Ireland has 15 Michelin-star rated restaurants - which ones have you been to?
The 2019 edition of the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland, which was announced last year, honors 16 Irish restaurants with Michelin stars. (One restaurant, Heron & Grey in Dublin, has since closed and rebranded to Liath.)
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin was the only Irish restaurant to receive two Michelin stars, while the other 15 restaurants each received one.
Take a look at Ireland's Michelin-star restaurants here:
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
21 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2
Of Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, the only Irish restaurant to receive two stars, Michelin says: “A truly sumptuous restaurant in an elegant Georgian house; the eponymous owner has run it for over 35 years. Accomplished, original cooking uses luxurious ingredients and mixes classical French cooking with modern techniques. Dishes are well-crafted and visually stunning with a superb balance of textures and flavors.”
53 Lower Dominick Street, Galway
Michelin says: "Both the room and the cooking have a back-to-nature ethos. Aniar means 'From the West' and this is where most of the produce comes from: the three set menus are only confirmed once all of the day's ingredients have arrived. Contrasts in texture and temperature play their part in delicate, Scandic-style dishes.”
5 the Arches, Gashouse Lane, Kilkenny
Michelin says Campagne is "a chic, relaxed restaurant with smart booths and contemporary local art, hidden close to the railway arches away from the city center. Modern cooking has a classic base, and familiar combinations are delivered with an assured touch. The early bird menu is a steal and service is friendly and efficient."
18-19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Of Chapter One, Michelin says: "Good old-fashioned Irish hospitality meets with modern Irish cooking in this stylish basement restaurant beneath the Writers Museum. The series of interconnecting rooms have an understated elegance and striking bespoke art hangs on the walls. Boldly flavored dishes showcase produce from local artisan producers.”
28-40 Howard Street, Belfast
Of Eipic, Michelin says: "An elegant, intimate restaurant featuring a glass-fronted wine room and a smart champagne bar. Top-quality local and foraged ingredients feature on modern seasonal menus and combinations are original and creative. Clearly defined flavors are enhanced by original wine pairings by the glass or shot."
21 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Of Greenhouse, Michelin writes: “Stylish restaurant with turquoise banquettes and smooth service. Menus include a good value set lunch, midweek set and tasting menus and a 5 course 'Surprise' on Friday and Saturday evenings. Accomplished, classically based cooking has stimulating flavor combinations and creative modern overtones.”
House at Cliff House Hotel
Middle Road, Ardmore, Co Waterford
Of House, Michelin says: "Full-length windows give every table an impressive coastal view at this smart hotel restaurant. Concise menus showcase local and garden produce and cooking is complex - a host of ingredients are used for each course. Creative dishes combine a good range of flavors and textures and presentation is unique."
5 Fenns Quay, Sheares Street, Cork
Michelin writes of Ichigo Ichie: "This authentic restaurant has dark, moody décor and something of an industrial feel. The interesting monthly omakase menu cleverly mixes long-standing Japanese techniques with local ingredients and modern touches. A lucky few get seats at the counter to watch the Sushi Master's deft preparation.”
Mount Juliet Estate, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny
Michelin says Lady Helen is "sited within an impressive Georgian house is this grand, luxurious restaurant which looks out over the estate and the River Nore. Ambitious, visually impressive modern dishes are precisely prepared and ingredients come from the estate, the county and the coast; for the full experience go for the tasting menu.”
109A Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2
Michelin says L'Ecrivain is a "well-regarded restaurant with an attractive terrace, a glitzy bar and a private dining room which screens live kitchen action. The refined, balanced menu has a classical foundation whilst also displaying touches of modernity; the ingredients used are superlative. Service is structured yet has personality.”
Geata Na Cathrach, Fairgreen Rd, Galway
Of Loam, Michelin says: "A large basement with industrial styling; the focus here is on the quality of the ingredients, which grow in the fertile local loam. The talented chef understands his craft and produces modern, understated dishes with pure flavors. Choose from the two- to three-course fixed price menu or the seven-course tasting menu.”
Baltimore Village, Co Cork
Of Mews, Michelin writes: “Two friends own this cozy, intimate restaurant. County Cork boasts a wealth of top-quality produce and the chef uses it to full effect. Fish is from the adjacent harbor and meat from the surrounding area. The appealing modern tasting menu is well-balanced and local herbs and seaweeds are a feature.”
1 Oxford Street, Belfast
Of Ox, Michelin writes: "Top quality seasonal produce guides the menus at this Scandic-style restaurant, where dinner is a daily changing 5-course 'surprise' based on around 30 or so ingredients. Ask for a seat in the old minstrels' gallery to take in views of the river - and arrive early for an aperitif in the Wine Cave."
Staball Hill, Ballydehob, Co Cork
Michelin writes of Restaurant Chestnut: “Locally-born Rob and his partner Elaine have transformed this old pub into a sweet, intimate restaurant with an elegant style and a relaxed feel. He has a great understanding of textures and flavors and dishes are understated with a focus on pure, natural flavors and regional produce.”
Wild Honey Inn
Kincora Road, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare
Michelin writes about Wild Honey Inn: “This personally run inn started life as an 1860s hotel, so it may not look much like a pub, but once inside it's warm, cosy and full of pubby character. Two weekly changing fixed-price menus have a classical French base and showcase the county's produce in neat, confidently prepared dishes which are packed with flavor. Comfy bedrooms have a fittingly traditional feel.”
Ireland's Bib Gourmands
Michelin has additionally awarded several Irish restaurants with “Bib Gourmand” status which recognizes establishments offering simple yet skillful cooking for under €40 (£28) for a three-course meal.
- 1826 Adare, Co Limerick
- Aldridge Lodge Duncannon, Co Wexford
- Bar + Grill at James Street South Belfast
- Bastible Dublin 8
- Bastion Kinsale, Co Cork
- The Chart House Dingle, Co Kerry
- The Copper Hen Fenor, Co Waterford
- Courthouse Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan
- Craft Dublin 6W
- Deanes at Queens Belfast
- Delahunt Dublin 2
- Etto Dublin 2
- Fontana Holywood, Co Down
- Forest & Marcy Dublin 4
- Giovannelli Killorglin, Co Kerry
- Home Belfast
- Kai Galway
- Morrissey’s Doonbeg, Co Clare
- Noble Holywood, Co Down
- Pichet Dublin 2
- Pig’s Ear Dublin 2
- Pigeon House Dublin 3
- Richmond Dublin 2
- Sha-Roe Bistro Clonegal, Co Carlow
- Two Cooks Sallins, Co Kildare
- Wine & Brine Moira, Co Armagh
Have you ever dined in a Michelin-star rated restaurant in Ireland? Tell us about it in the comments!