In search of the best restaurants in Portrush? Our Portrush restaurants guide will make your belly happy!
Portrush is a lively little coastal town in Antrim and, while it’s small in size (population approx. 7,000), it packs a mighty punch when it comes to it’s food scene.
In the guide below, you’ll find everything from casual cafes to Portrush restaurants that are perfect if you want to mark a special occasion.
Our favourite restaurants in Portrush
The first section of our guide to the best restaurants in Portrush tackles our favourite places to eat in Portrush.
These are pubs and restaurants that we (one of the Irish Road Trip team) have munched away in at some point over the years. Dive on in!
1. Panky Doos
One of our favourite places to eat in Portrush, Panky Doos is famous for its sweet treats, pancakes and Irish cuisine. Whether you’re looking for a tasty breakfast or want to satisfy some sweet cravings, this is the place to make a beeline for.
Strawberry crepes, french toast, bagels, waffles and pancakes roll out of the kitchen stacked high with toppings, sauces, fruit and cream.
For afternoon tea, check out the buttercream sandwich cakes, chocolate delice, pastries, meringues and more. Yes, they do savory, too, including bacon and eggs, sandwiches, wraps and soups, but you won’t escape without ordering something sweet!
2. Urban Restaurant
Urban by name and contemporary by nature, the Urban Restaurant is an upscale restaurant on Dunluce Ave, Portrush.
It’s a mecca for local cuisine with a great chef and a varied menu. Try fresh fish and seafood, cooked to perfection, washed down with a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc.
Salads, BBQ pork, ribs, pasta dishes and pies are just some of the delicious options on the menu. This is one of the most popular Portrush restaurants for good reason!
3. Kiwi’s Brew Bar
Located in one of the oldest Art Deco buildings in Portrush (a former cinema), Kiwi’s Brew Bar is all about the beer. Technically it’s a pub but it does great food so we’ve included it here.
As well as cask ales, it offers a stack of bottled beers served straight from the chillers lining the bar. Beer aficionados will enjoy the “Meet the Brewer” nights with invited speakers and IPA Fridays with live music and guest beers.
Yes, it serves wine, cider, gin and prosecco if that’s your thing. There’s also snacks and pubgrub, coffee and desserts.
4. The Tides Restaurant
From cocktails to steaks, The Tides Restaurant in Portrush is a lunch and dinner venue that specialises in local cuisine.
It’s a great restaurant for a celebration or romantic meal and you can count on excellent service. Start with a mint mojito, beer or glass of plum wine while perusing the menu.
Leave room for zesty lemon dessert, sticky toffee pudding or old-fashioned lemon posset. With generous portions and an upscale ambience, it gets full marks from its many repeat diners.
Other great places to eat in Portrush
As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there’s an almost endless number of great places to eat in Portrush on offer.
If you’re still not sold on any of the previous choices, the section below is packed with some more highly-reviewed Portrush restaurants.
1. The Quays Bar & Restaurant
Close to Barry’s Amusements in the centre of Portrush, The Quays Bar and Restaurant is hard to miss. Start at the bar which serves chilled beer and a good selection of wines at attractive prices.
Sit down to dine on steaks, lasagne or local fish and seafood. End with one of the cooked cheesecakes that the Quays is known for.
This trendy restaurant has a cool atmosphere, great decor and merit-worthy service making it a smashing place for casual dining with a touch of class.
If you’re in search of Portrush restaurants to mark a special occasion, you can’t go wrong with an evening spent at the Quays.
2. Ramore Restaurants
Ramore Restaurants is a stable of bars and bistros in Portrush that include Basalt, The Mermaid, Neptune & Prawn, Coast, The Wine Bar and the Harbour Bar and Bistro.
Basalt focuses on casual dining with Spanish influences (think tapas, chorizo and monkfish) and the outdoor terrace has stunning views of the harbour and beach.
For Asian-inspired cuisine, head to Neptune and Prawn right on Portrush Harbour. It’s THE place for sunset drinks with an upstairs cocktail bar. For a more rustic ambience, the Harbour Bistro serves wood-fired meats, fish and mouthwatering steaks from JD Hart Butchers.
3. Infinity Fish Bar & Grill
The Infinity Fish Bar on Main Street goes beyond perfectly battered cod and chips to offer tasty battered sausages, scampi, burgers and goujon baps along with vegetarian options including halloumi and veggie sausage.
Try the Munchie Box (£6.95) filled with sausages, nuggets, goujons, tenders, chips, dip and a canned drink. Ideal for take-aways and affordable family meals, you can enjoy your meal outdoors on the nearby beach or harbour.
Voted “Best in the City” this fish bar is open daily from 4-9pm and noon-9pm on weekends. It’s also a stone’s throw from some of the best things to do in Portrush.
4. Babushka Kitchen Cafe
In a prime location on Portrush South Pier, Babushka prides itself on serving affordable food and coffee along with bespoke Babushka gifts and foodie merchandise.
Tables line the waterfront at this Kitchen Cafe so you get a delicious meal and the best views in town. Serving fine coffee, organic produce and local meats and eggs, it’s a great place to chill for a while.
Open from 9.15am to 5pm-ish this beach cafe also serves tea, coffee, soft drinks and did we mention Morelli ice cream treats? If you’re in search of Portrush restaurants by the sea, get yourself here!
5. Indigo Cafe Portrush
A full range of barista-made coffees. Lattes and teas are the mainstay of Indigo Cafe Portrush along with snacks, sandwiches and home-baked treats.
It does vegan and gluten-free options too. Check out the chewy brownies fresh from the oven, or try a colourful salad or cooked pie. Apple tarts and baked apples are a nice way to round off your meal.
The cafe serves breakfast, lunch and brunch from its Eglinton St premises in the centre of the town. It’s pet-friendly and has a refined atmosphere with fair prices.
6. Ocho Tapas Bistro/Restaurant
This award-winning restaurant is owned and run by Head Chef Trudy and partner Sean Brolly. They brought their passion for Spanish cuisine to Portrush after 19 years of catering in Spain.
Serving sharing plates, fresh seafood and freshly prepared dishes along with wine and local beers, this bright and breezy restaurant is a delight to frequent.
As well as operating the Back Bar in neighbouring Portstewart, the couple offer cookery classes for groups of 6. Learn to prepare and cook authentic paella, Spanish Tortilla or Gambas Pil Pil. Then tuck into your creation with a glass of sangria, cava, bread and dips.
What great Portrush restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some other great restaurants in Portrush from the guide above.
If you have any favourite Portrush restaurants that you’d like to recommend, drop a comment into the comments section below.
FAQs about the best restaurants in Portrush
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from what are the best restaurants in Portrush for a fancy feed to which Portrush restaurants are nice and chilled.
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 the best places to eat in Portrush?
In my opinion, the best restaurants in Portrush are The Tides Restaurant, Kiwi’s Brew Bar, Urban Restaurant and Panky Doos (although the other options above are great, too!).
What are the best restaurants in Portrush for something casual and tasty?
If you’re looking for casual places to eat in Portrush, Infinity Fish Bar, Babushka and Indigo Cafe are all worth a shot.
Gillian Birch is a travel writer and published author. She has travelled the world and uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many travel experiences, particularly those that involved adventures in Ireland.