Trawling for Great Fish and Seafood with Good Food Ireland
Summer is almost here and with it, the taste for lighter foods. Seafood fits that bill nicely. From big Dublin Bay Prawns to seasonal lobster and crab, scallops and fresh fish of all types, Ireland has the lot!
Our fish and seafood restaurants are among the best in the world, because we have some of the best fish in the world! If you’re a fan of all things oceanic when it comes to food, here are a few places to try locally caught fish and seafood in our network.
A great spot close to the water to try the best Wexford caught fish and shellfish. La Côte Seafood Restaurant has a French theme with an Irish twist, to bring you a new take on fish and seafood dishes. You'll find some French classics given the La Côte treatment and some new inventions sitting side by side. Experiment!
O’Connor's has a prime spot on Bantry Town Square, overlooking the busy thoroughfare and Bantry Bay. Here is where the boats land the catch for Pat Kiely’s lovely restaurant. His menu features some all time favourites while the specials feature whatever is available on the day. Could be Whiddy Island hand dived scallops, local prawns, crab and lobster, to the prime fish of the Wild Atlantic. You’re in for a treat.
Kate and Andrew Cooke run a fine ship (excuse the pun) at QC’s Seafood Bar and Restaurant on the wonderful Ring of Kerry. Fish and shellfish here is caught by Kate’s family’s own boats. Fresh as a daisy every day.
Great casual dining in a fantastic spot, with table seating, or stools up at the counter if you prefer a more casual snack. Down this neck of the woods, you might want to make a night of it because in summer it’s just too nice to go home! Kerry's amazing coastline is just outside, waiting to be explored. Grab a comfy night’s kip at the luxuriously elegant QC’s Townhouse after your dinner and enjoy breakfast of rolls and croissants in your room the next morning. Lovely start to a Kerry adventure!
The finest fish from the East Coast, served in a vibrant atmopshere of Caviston's Seafood Restaurant, with Peter Caviston a the helm. Peter is legendary in this business, an entrepreneur, raconteur and has been known for a song or two as well! You’ll love this local restaurant, full of locals. If you fancy cooking fish at home, pop next door to Caviston's Food Emporium and gaze in wonder at the marvellous display of fish in front of you. You won't be able to choose.
Howth in north county Dublin is a favourite spot for Dubliners to escape the noise of the city and get a bit of sea air.
Aqua Seafood Restaurant occupies a great position in front of the pier, looking out over the water at Ireland’s Eye, a little island just off shore. Here you get fish and seafood right from where the boats land it. Can’t get fresher than that.
The name of this restaurant is taken from the old days of the poachers who would like to steal a salmon or two from the mighty Bandon River! But that doesn’t happen anymore, of course! Barry McGloughlin is an expert fish cook, delivering dishes that shine on taste, texture and exquisite cookery techniques. All fish delivered daily from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Specialising in fresh fish and shellfish caught by the Kinsale fishing fleet which lands its catch in the harbour just down the road. From deep fried scampi to the best of the catch like turbot, brill, lobster and crab, this has the lot. Complete with a friendly West Cork welcome and convenient placing in the centre of town. The restaurant is located next to the bar, so you can pop in next door for drinks after your meal. Seafood bar menu is also served. Jim Edwards has rooms above the pub, if you fancy spending a day or two in town.
But don't be disheartened. It moves fast and there's lots of outdoor and indoor seating. We promise it's worth the short wait at Fishy Fishy to try Martin's own brand of fish cookery, influenced by his time on the West Coast of America and always led by the freshest catches from the boats outside his door in Kinsale harbour. Martin sources from individual boats and their skippers are named on the menu. It's that good.