Top Places To Eat Beside The Sea

Fishing Boats in Cork

‘Oh we do like to be beside the seaside. Oh we do like to be beside the sea...’ So goes the summer song. Today’s blog is all about eating beside the sea. We have some top places where a stroll to the water before or after your meal is only a short distance away. Take a look at these marine dining destinations which provide a stunning view to match the delicious food. 

Aqua Seafood Restaurant in Howth has waterside views to echo the menu of freshest fish and seafood caught just off the Dublin coast. Dive in and enjoy it while gazing out across the water where Ireland’s Eye, a tiny offshore island, is clearly visible.

Murph’s Tavern lies on the estuary of Cork harbour at East Ferry. Views out over the water include yachts and pleasure boats sailing by. The crews may even tie up at the small pier below the restaurant and call in for a pint and a bite to eat. They’re not daft! The cooking of Michael Cashman is worth going ashore for! 

Ard Bia at Nimmo’s is situated in Galway City, right on the mouth of the River Corrib leading out to Galway Bay.

A wonderfully eclectic Mediterranean influenced menu featuring Irish ingredients is served in funky surroundings, by friendly staff.

What more could you be wanting?

Ard Bia at Nimmos, Galway City

La Marine Bistro at Kelly’s Hotel has just the right name. Outside this hotel runs along a sandy beach where you can watch the waves come rolling in or go for a brisk stroll. La Marine serves a French inspired casual dining menu with seafood a speciality and French wines from the family vineyards of Bill Kelly’s wife and brother-in-law. How’s about that for cool?

The Connemara Coast Hotel is situated on the Galway Coast overlooking Galway Bay, the Burren and Ballyvaughan in Co. Clare. Some seriously stunning scenery around these parts, plus the chance to walk by the sea via the hotel gardens. Two restaurants at the hotel include fine dining and a more casual family experience. The Gallery Restaurant overlooks the sea and serves a menu of fusion of Irish and continental dishes.

Connemara Coast Fish

Daly’s is a family choice for night time dining with Table D’Hote and A la Carte menus. The Players Bar and Sin Sceile Eile (English translation means ‘that’s another story!) are interconnected bars serving a relaxed menu of house burgers, fish and chips, home made soups and typical pub grub throughout the day. 

Cronin’s Pub and Mad Fish Restaurant in Co. Cork has a prime spot on the waterfront at Crosshaven in Cork harbour. A bar menu is served throughout the day in the pub, with seats outside which get snapped up when the weather is good. Mad Fish is a night time restaurant serving the best of Cork fish and seafood.

The Crookhaven Inn, owned by husband and wife team Emma Jepson and Freddie Olsen, feels like it’s on the edge of the world, almost  at the tip of the Mizen Peninsula in West Cork.

The sea is right outside the door and just through the village, you can walk the famous Cockleshell Beach and pick seashells to your heart’s content. What a breathtaking spot for lunch or supper. 

Bowl of Mussels at The Crookhaven Inn, Co. Cork

Gets busy in the height of summer with a great buzz around the place! Enjoy West Cork fish and seafood plus local meats and fresh produce. All cooked exquisitely by Swiss born Freddie and served by a friendly team. 

Rathmullan House occupies a spectacular position on the banks of Lough Swilly in Co. Donegal.

Access to the sandy beach via the house garden is the perfect way to lead into a meal here, or walk one off!

The Cook and Gardener Restaurant at Rathmullan House marries the abundant fresh produce of the walled garden here with exquisite cooking from the kitchen brigade. 

Rathmullan House, Co. Donegal

Every plate is a taste of the season. A great spot to while away a couple of days, breathing in fresh sea air and enjoying this amazing location and its food.

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