There are heaps of brilliant restaurants in Athlone that’ll make your belly happy.
A charming town on River Shannon, Athlone oozes charm at every turn.
Walk down the town’s picturesque streets dotted with colourfully painted houses, score some cool souvenirs at antique shops, and visit the magnificent Athlone Castle.
After all the sightseeing (there’s plenty of things to do in Athlone), you’ll probably get hungry and want to enjoy a hearty meal.
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The best restaurants in Athlone
The good news is that the capital of the Midlands is not short on amazing dining establishments ranging from fine dining to cheap and tasty eats.
In the guide below, you’ll find what are, in our opinion, 10 of the best places to eat in Athlone with something to suit every budget.
1. The Fatted Calf Restaurant
What used to be a gastropub in the cute lakeside village of Glasson is now a modern Irish restaurant located in the centre of Athlone.
This family-run dining establishment is one of the best places to eat in Athlone if you want to enjoy delicacies such as John Stone 30-day sirloin and scallops with balsamic strawberries.
The head chef at the Fatted Calf, Julian Pedraza uses seasonal and locally sourced ingredients for his mouthwatering dishes.
Try the lisduff black pudding or order their signature terrine of Horan’s smoked ham. I also like their extensive wine list, as well as the glass-walled dining room with a funky interior.
2. Thyme Restaurant (one of our favourite restaurants in Athlone)
Located in the heart of Athlone, Thyme has been serving delicious modern Irish food since 2007. The interior with an exposed brick bar and wooden floors looks spectacular.
The extensive food menu here offers both a la carte and set menus that are reasonably priced and include dishes like smoked bacon and Whelan’s black pudding potato cake and tea-smoked chicken and Cashel blue salad.
As for the a la carte menu, the options are plentiful with favourites such as duck confit with fig relish, pan-fried hake with lemon beurre, and baked goat’s cheese soufflé on beetroot.
For dessert, order chocolate fondant and get ready to be blown away with the perfectly balanced flavours. This is one of our favourite restaurants in Athlone and for good reason!
3. The Silver Oak Indian Restaurant Athlone
If you’re in search of top-notch Indian restaurants in Athlone, look no further than the Silver Oak. Located centrally on Church Street, this sit-in and takeaway spot offers both classic and modern Indian cuisine.
I had the chicken Kolhapur with curry leaves and mustard seeds some time ago and it was excellent. The Tandoori Shashlik is also a popular option and there are many types of rice dishes to choose from.
If you are a vegetarian, you won’t go hungry here. The potato curry is great, as is the mixed vegetable curry. They also have a small wine list and offer classic Indian desserts like Mango Lassi and Kulfi.
4. The Left Bank Bistro
As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there’s no shortage of incredible places to eat in Athlone and the Left Bank Bistro is up there with the best of them.
You will find this place a short walk from the might Athlone Castle. The main lunch food attractions here range from pasta and salads to wraps and fajitas.
For dinner, dishes like the Asian-marinated duck, the Thai-spiced chicken breast, and the beef with butter and wholegrain mustard are popular.
I forgot to mention that this restaurant in Athlone has its own small deli where they sell things like chocolate sauce and chilli dips.
5. Il Colosseo (one of the best places to eat in Athlone if you fancy pizza)
For a taste of some fine Italian cuisine in Athlone, pay a visit to Il-Colosseo. With chefs and waiters from Italy and the finest imported ingredients, this authentic Italian joint has a small menu with options ranging from pizza to pasta.
I really liked their selection of pizza toppings, as well as the flavoursome homemade pasta sauces.
As for the interior, the walls are decorated with photos of Rome and the outdoor balcony is a great place to dine on a warm summer day.
If you’re in search of restaurants in Athlone for an Italian fix that’s reasonably friendly on the pocket, book in for a meal here.
6. 1810 Steakhouse
If you are craving a high-quality meal with unforgettable charcoal flavours, you might want to stop by the 1810 steakhouse.
These guys use the trendy Mibrasa Charcoal Oven which is one of the most professional tools in the BBQ scene these days.
T-Bone and Sttiploin are two of the most popular options on the menu. You can also go delicacies like Argentinian red shrimp, fillet mignon, baby chicken wings, and much more.
7. Bacchus Restaurant
Offering magnificent views of River Shannon and Athlone Castle, Bacchus Restaurant is one of the more popular places to eat in Athlone.
The service here is impeccable and the food is to die for. This comes as no surprise, since the main chef, Jasim, is an experienced cook who crafts all his dishes to perfection.
Apart from a classic Mediterranean menu with locally sourced ingredients, this place serves the best cocktails ever.
If you are looking for restaurants in Athlone with reasonably priced food and stunning views, you’ll definitely want to come here for dinner or lunch.
8. Corner House Bistro
Welcome to the Corner House Bistro, a place where the food is tasty, the service is spot on, and the presentation is excellent.
The steak sandwich has all the right combination of flavours, while the salad with roasted beetroot peppers is also a big hit with the customers.
They also have a nice selection of both local and international wines and serve a wide range of fresh seafood.
9. Las Radas Wine & Tapas Bar
Las Radas Wine & Tapas Bar is one of the newest restaurants in Athlone. It’s a Spanish tapas bar with an extensive list of sharing platters.
I like eating tapas-style and sampling many different dishes at the same time. Therefore, I was really looking forward to checking out this restaurant.
The first thing I noticed that this is not your typical tapas bar with the same old boring menu.
Whether you are in the mood for pigs ears and falafel or you wish to try their liver pate and octopus, the menu is really creative and offers something for everyone.
10. Murphy’s Law
A family-run bar, Murphy’s Law is one of the finest bars here in Athlone (read our guide to Sean’s Bar in Athlone if you fancy visiting the oldest pub in Ireland).
They have an excellent selection of beers and an extensive food menu ranging from their all-day breakfast options to burgers, fish, steaks, and much more. All of the dishes here are reasonably priced and the service is attentive.
Try their signature Murphy’s breakfast that includes 4 sausages, 4 eggs, rasher, pudding, mushrooms, beans, and pudding. After this hearty meal, I can bet you that you won’t be thinking about food until dinner time.
What great Athlone restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some great Athlone 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.
Or, if you’re looking for places to visit during your time in Athlone, check out our guide to the best things to do in Athlone.