If you’re in search of the best restaurants in Donegal Town, you’ve landed in the right place.
This lively town in County Donegal is home to many brilliant places to eat that are perfect to drop into after you tackle some of the many things to do in Donegal Town.
Whether you’re looking for traditional Irish meals or wish to sample international cuisine, foodies visiting Donegal Town are spoilt for choice.
From fine dining to pub grub, you’ll find a mix of Donegal Town restaurants below that’ll tickle every taste bud.
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The best restaurants in Donegal Town
- Olde Castle Bar & Red Hugh’s Restaurant
- Quay West Restaurant Donegal Town
- La Bella Donna Restaurant
- Chandpur Restaurant
- Blueberry Tea Room and Restaurant
- Furey’s Diner
- Market House Restaurant
- The Harbour Restaurant & Bar
- Kitty Kelly’s
- Toni’s Bistro
1. Olde Castle Bar & Red Hugh’s Restaurant
First up is one of our favourite restaurants in Donegal Town (it’s also home to one of our favourite pubs!) – the Olde Castle Bar & Red Hugh’s Restaurant.
Located near Donegal Castle and right next a picturesque 9th century Church, Olde Castle Bar & Red Hugh’s Restaurant is a traditional Irish bar and restaurant that offers the freshest locally sourced seafood and steaks.
Owned by the O’Toole family, the restaurant exclusively uses locally sourced ingredients and produce including everything from beef, lamb, and pork to seafood.
An extensive wine and whiskey list can be found on the menu. It is worth mentioning that the restaurant is a member of the B.I.M Good Seafood Circle which is a group of restaurants and outlets known for the highest quality of seafood.
2. Quay West (one of the best Donegal Town restaurants if you fancy food with a view)
If you wish to enjoy magnificent views of Donegal Bay and Bell’s Isle, stop by Quay West Restaurant in Donegal Town for lunch or dinner.
With its chic interior, this award-winning dining establishment is well-known for delivering flavorsome and reasonably priced food.
The food menu is extensive and features local delicacies like Donegal mountain lamb, chargrilled Aubrac beef, and fresh Killybegs Seafood. I
n case you get thirsty, Quay West Restaurant Donegal Town serves a variety of local craft beers, innovative cocktails, and artisan distilled spirits.
The restaurant is located just opposite of the Donegal Pier and a stone’s throw away from the centre of Donegal Town.
3. Chandpur Restaurant
If you’re in search of restaurants in Donegal Town that fire up some mighty Indian cuisine, look no further than multi-award-winning Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant Chandpur.
Run by husband and wife, Rana and Susan, this large restaurant is a place where guests can enjoy a variety of classic Indian dishes, as well as many special foods.
The signature dish at this lovely dining establishment is the Indian Railway Curry. Head chef Rana was born in Chandpur, Bangladesh where he was taught to prepare tasty food by his mother.
After moving to Ireland, he decided to open up his own restaurant together with his wife Susan, who is originally from Scotland. The restaurant offers early bird menus and caters for both vegetarians and vegans.
Located within the Gateway Lodge just outside the centre of Donegal Town, Blas is a family-run restaurant and café that offers homemade cooked food.
The ingredients are sourced locally, there is brunch on Sundays, and the café has been awarded as Best In Ireland at the Good Food Awards back in 2017.
If you arrive in for breakfast, give the Belgian waffles a bash! Blas is situated inside a 19th-century Drumcliffe house and features a lovely décor with many original features.
5. La Bella Donna Restaurant (one of the best restaurants in Donegal Town for Italian)
Craving some authentic Italian cuisine? Head out to La Bella Donna Restaurant on Bridge Street. Run by Nabil and Anne, this recently refurbished Italian restaurant boasts a lovely atmosphere and décor with a price range that won’t break your bank.
What’s on the menu? La Bella Donna Restaurant offers an excellent selection of fish and steak, pizza, pasta, and chicken.
Make sure to save some space for the fresh ground coffee and some fine Italian desserts. Dishes are cooked to order and the restaurant uses fresh local produce.
6. Blueberry Tea Room and Restaurant
If you’re in search of good-value restaurants in Donegal Town that dish up a tasty feed, our next spot will be right up your street.
Thanks to its central location just off the Diamond, Blueberry Tea Room and Restaurant attracts large crowds of visitors.
This moderately priced dining establishment boasts a lovely interior with small-paned windows. On their menu, guests will find a wide range of tasty homemade traditional Irish foods.
The home-made desserts including sticky cakes and jams are known to be extremely delicious at this tearoom and restaurant.
7. Furey’s Diner
Furey’s Diner will suit anyone on the lookout for no-frills Donegal Town restaurants that offer hearty meals at a reasonable price.
restaurants that are always packed with locals. Run by mother and daughter Mary and Sarah Furey, the restaurant can be found alongside the Grand Canal and boasts a charming décor.
They also have a nice selection of homemade burgers and pizza. If you are searching for a casual restaurant with a laid-back vibe, fast service, and an extensive food menu, you’ll definitely want to stop by Furey’s Diner.
8. Market House Restaurant
The Market House restaurant in Donegal Town has an extensive menu. From fresh seafood that comes straight from the boats in the village of Killybegs to locally sourced lamb and pork, the restaurant’s menu offers something for everyone.
Try the signature Steak on the Stone that consists of a 100% Irish 8 oz Prime Fillet Steak or order one of the mouthwatering gourmet salads.
Apart from excellent cuisine, the restaurant offers magnificent views of Diamond’s Iconic Monument and has a spacious interior with a mix of traditional and modern décor.
9. The Harbour Restaurant & Bar
If you’re in search of restaurants in Donegal Town where you can kick back with a few post-adventure drinks after, try this place.
Located in the heart of Donegal Town, The Harbour Restaurant & Bar is a casual joint that specializes in home-cooked food that is made from the highest quality local ingredients.
You can choose from the restaurant’s seasonal daily specials or order something from their full a la carte menu that includes everything from pizza options to seafood and steak. There’s also a children’s menu available.
10. Kitty Kelly’s
The final spot in our guide to the best restaurants in Donegal Town is the brilliant Kitty Kelly’s (what I’d do to be sat by the fire in the photo above right now!).
The restaurant is owned by Remy and Donna Dupuy. Remy is an award-winning chef from France, while his wife Donna runs the restaurant business.
There’s an intimate feel to this fine dining establishment. The place is made up of multiple rooms and each one is beautifully decorated.
Whether you wish to try their Donegal-lamb moussaka, enjoy seafood delights like stone bass, langoustine, and scallops, or go for locally sourced steaks, every bite you take at Kitty Kelly’s is heavenly.
What great Donegal Town restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some great Donegal Town restaurants from the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let us know in the comments section below and we’ll check it out.