Dingle enjoys a reputation as an oasis of fine dining. The town boasts a huge selection of eateries that spoils visitors for choice. Dingle Horse Riding guests have recommended the following restaurants:
Doyle’s Seafood Bar | John Street | +353 (0)66 915 1174
Doyle’s is a colourful restaurant, full of character, and is synonymous with the best that Dingle has to offer. Originally a small shop and pub built in 1790, the restaurant has held onto many of its original features, giving Doyle’s a cozy country atmosphere. The menu showcases Irish cuisine, but local seafood is the main attraction. Nightly specials depend on the day’s catch, and lobster, selected from a tank in the bar, is a specialty. For non-seafood eaters, Doyle’s offers the finest food selected on a daily basis from Kerry landscape.
Red meat eaters need not apply: Out Of The Blue is strictly for seafood lovers! Everything depends upon the catch of the day, and nothing but the best will do. If there is no fish, the restaurant doesn’t open. The menu, given on blackboards, changes every day offering a huge variety of whatever is available from the boats that morning. Anyone who is lucky enough to get a table in this small casual restaurant can expect seriously delicious seafood cookery.
Ashe’s Bar | Main Street | +353 (0)66 915 0989
If you’re expecting “pub grub” with your pint you won’t find it here. The food in Ashe’s is simply the best pub food anywhere around (if you can even begin to call it that). This quaint public house has made a name for itself amongst locals and visitors alike for serving superior food at reasonable prices. The menu is unique, offering traditional Irish dishes side by side with contemporary offerings and constantly changing specials that take advantage of the freshest and finest ingredients. Ashe’s is an unexpected surprise that never disappoints.
The Chart House | Mail Road | +353 (0)66 915 2255
The Chart House is an informal gathering place which matches the proportions of the town — a restaurant where guests feel instantly at home. The menu is largely based on local ingredients, but creative and confident cooking gives traditional dishes a new character and an international flare. Changing with the seasons, there is always something new on offer made from the season’s freshest and choicest produce.
The Boatyard | Strand Street | +353 (0)66 915 0920
Located just across the road from Dingle Pier and Marina, the Boatyard Restaurant is a relaxed, cosy and family friendly restaurant with stunning views of the Harbour. The restaurant and bar, together with fabulous decking, allows you to soak up the unique character and atmosphere of Dingle town and experience the sunset cast over the harbour at evening. The Boatyard restaurant serves the very best of fresh Dingle produce and fish that comes straight off the local fishing boats.
The Half Door | John Street | +353 (0)66 915 1600
Each morning local farmers deliver produce through the stable door from which this cottagey restaurant takes its name. The menu changes with the seasons but whatever is on offer is perfectly cooked and generously served. During the summer months, every plate is decorated with some of the famous deep pink fuchsia blooms.
Fenton’s Restaurant | Green Street | +353 (0)66 915 2487
A family-run Dingle restaurant with a background in farming and all ingredients are sourced locally. Located on Green Street in the heart of the Dingle peninsula.
The Global Village | Main Street | +353 (0)66 915 2325
The restaurant board displays the local provenance; fresh fish from inshore local fisherman, fresh meat from farmers who operate a sustainable farming policy, and seasonal vegetables grown in the Global Village chemical free vegetable garden run using bio-dynamic principles. The extensive wine list is complimented by a range of craft beers.
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