There’s plenty of Achill Island restaurants worth nipping into.
Some are nice and casual and they make the perfect spot for a post-beach feed while others are a little more formal.
Now, a heads up – this isn’t an exhaustive guide to all of the Achill restaurants – it’s a guide to our favourite places to grab a bite!
Our favourite Achill Island restaurants
There’s heaps of things to do on Achill, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of grabbing food from the first place you see.
However, there’s some mighty Achill Island restaurants in operation in 2022 – here are some to check out!
1. The Amethyst Bar
Sitting in the village of Keel, the Amethyst Bar is one of the more popular Achill Island restaurants. The new gastro bar and restaurant retains many of the features and stylings of the historic hotel, such as gorgeous hardwood beams and floors, stone fireplaces, and rustic brickwork.
The food is fantastic, with a varied menu offering everything from crispy fish and chips and succulent steaks to curry and pasta.
There’s also a diverse vegan menu as well as dishes for the little ones, so you can be sure everyone will be happy. Working with numerous local producers and suppliers, the ingredients are fresh and regional.
2. Mastersons Bar and Restaurant
Mastersons Bar and Anchor Restaurant serve up superb food and offer a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
Plus, it boasts a fantastic location on the edge of Achill’s Golden Strand, a gorgeous sandy bay, and the start point of the Valley Loop Walk, making it ideal for beach-goers and walkers.
It’s recently re-opened after a few years of being shut down and it’s great to see it open again.
The seafood chowder is still to die for while their fish and chips remain a classic lunch for a day at the beach.This is one of our favourite Achill restaurants for good reason.
3. The Diner
I can never resist stopping off at the Diner on a visit to the island. Family-run and owner-managed, they offer a warm and friendly welcome (for you and your dogs!).
The food is fantastic as well, with a varied menu that takes in pizza, fish and chips, curries, burgers, and much more. And, they do it all really well, with good portion sizes and excellent value for money. There are several options for vegans too.
They also offer a superb full Irish breakfast and gorgeous brunch options, at least at the weekend anyway. If you’re looking for Achill Island restaurants that dish up some delish comfort food, get yourself to the Diner.
4. Blásta at Ted’s
Ted’s in Cashel is always a good choice for a fantastic pint or two and the restaurant is also pretty decent. But it’s always a real treat when Blásta is in town!
Parked up in the pub car park, this fantastic food truck offers up a wealth of tasty treats, including mussels, excellent fish and chips, shrimp tacos, and falafel.
With daily specials, there’s always something new to try. In fact, the only problem with Blásta is that it’s so hard to choose something!
Although this is a food truck, we’d argue that it could go toe-to-toe with some of the more popular Achill restaurants!
5. Beehive Crafts and Gifts
The Beehive Coffee Shop is in the middle of Keel. The first time I came here I was just after a coffee and a slice of cake. They offered a fantastic selection of coffees and cakes—the cream slice is sublime—, but I couldn’t help noticing the main menu.
On a return visit, I was able to enjoy some of their offerings. The menu is brilliant, and the food is beautifully cooked and presented. You’ll find everything from grilled sandwiches to fishcakes and plenty of exciting daily specials.
The staff are super friendly and professional, with fast and efficient service, even when it’s really busy. If you’re looking for Achill restaurants with mighty views, get yourself here.
6. Ted’s Bar, Restaurant & Venue
Ted’s is one of my favourite pubs on Achill Island and I can never resist stopping by for a pint when I’m in the area. With nautical decor, a cosy fireplace, excellent Guinness, and a superb outdoor area, it oozes charm and character.
The food is mostly pub grub done right, with a varied menu that offers all the classics, such as traditional soups and stews, fish and chips, and lamb shank in gravy.
They also offer mussels and specials from around the world. But they excel in the dessert department, with cream teas, a variety of homemade cakes, and pies.
7. Achill Cliff House Hotel & Restaurant
Enjoying a gorgeous location in Keel, just a stone’s throw from the beach, Achill Cliff House Hotel is another great place to eat on the island.
The restaurant is the heart of the business, and this becomes clear the moment you walk in and see the gorgeous fireplace and stonework.
They offer a fine dining experience and a seasonal menu that boasts a wide array of dishes. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients drive the menu, with sumptuous seafood options, succulent steaks, and much more.
You’ll find vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options too, so there’s something for everyone. The food is reasonably priced, while the service is friendly and professional.
What Achill restaurants have we missed?
As we mentioned in the intro, this isn’t an exhaustive list to all of the Achill Island restaurants, and I’ve no doubt we’ve missed some worth mentioning.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, shout in the comments section below.
FAQs about places to eat in Achill
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Where’s good for brunch?’ to ‘What’s a good dinner option?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What are some good casual places to eat in Achill?
The Diner, Blásta at Ted’s and Beehive Crafts and Gifts are some of the more casual places to eat on the island.
What are the best Achill restaurants?
In our opinion, it’s hard to beat the Amethyst Bar, Mastersons Bar and Restaurant and The Diner.
Andy was once on a glorious worldwide trip on his equally glorious motorcycle. After 4 years, he’d still only made it as far as Eastern Europe, before falling in love with his surroundings and deciding to settle down a while. Nowadays, he spends his time writing about traveling through the places he once explored, normally while sipping a pint.