In search of the best restaurants in Bray? Our Bray restaurants guide will make your belly happy!
With a gorgeous seaside location, close proximity to the capital and plenty of things to see and do, Bray is a solid little spot for a day trip from Dublin.
As a result of its popularity with domestic and international tourists, Bray has become something of a gastronomic hub within Wicklow.
In the guide below, you’ll discover 9 of the best restaurants Bray has to offer, from Indian and traditional Irish to burgers, pizzas and much more.
Our favourite restaurants in Bray
The first section of this guide tackles what we think are the best restaurants in Bray, from the brilliant Dockyard No.8 to some often-missed gems.
Whether its locally sourced seafood or authentic Italian pasta, this little seaside town punches well above its weight in the food stakes.
1. Dockyard No.8
Dockyard No. 8 is our favourite of the many Bray restaurants in this guide. This beloved Bray Harbor staple serves delicious food inspired by seasonal local ingredients.
Casual yet refined, a lively atmosphere reigns supreme at Dockyard No.8, whose harborside locale might just be the best spot in town.
Whether you’re after a top-notch Full Irish to tend to a tender head or if you’ve come in search of something more refined such as grilled whole local fish, this restaurant in Bray has you covered.
Rumour has it that the shrimp tacos here are some of the best to be found anywhere on the east coast.
2. Pink Salt Indian
If you’re in search of Indian restaurants in Bray that’ll make your belly happy, book in for a feed at Pink Salt Indian. This Main Street restaurant offers traditional Indian cooking executed expertly using time-tested recipes.
Far from your run-of-the-mill eatery, Pink Salt looks to refine the Indian dining experience whilst remaining true to the cuisine’s roots. They accomplish this and so, so much more.
With signature dishes including Alleppey Fish Curry and Duck Pepper Fry, it’s clear that Pink Salt Indian is the place to be for the sub-continental fare with flair in Bray. The decor is also a cut above the rest, with a refined vibe that’s as calming as it is elegant.
Related read: Check out our guide to the brilliant Bray Head walk (a mighty weekend ramble that offers incredible views)
3. Bistro-Cafe Ragazzi (one of the best restaurants in Bray according to Tripadvisor)
Next up is a quality little Italian restaurant in Bray that does everything right. Bistro-Cafe Ragazzi is quite simply the best place in town for an authentic Italian meal.
Those that visit can expect everything from opulent antipasti sharing platters to traditional seafood pasta and oh-so-crispy pizzas.
The decor is simple yet smart and the staff are some of the friendliest you’ll encounter. Ask for a recommendation and they’ll be happy to point you in the direction of a quality meal that’s perfect for your personal taste.
If you’re in search of Bray restaurants that’ll tantalize your tastebuds from beginning to end, Bistro-Cafe Ragazzi is a great shout!
4. Platform Pizza
Located on the gorgeous Bray seafront, Platform does hand-rolled, stretched and made fresh pizzas that have won various awards since launching in 2013.
With a hip, young vibe thanks to both the staff and clientele who frequent this spot, Platform Pizza is known in Bray for its blend of both local and imported, authentic ingredients.
The pizzas here are also a blend of traditional options such as the Margherita and more interesting creations such as one option with a crispy fried egg on top!
Throw in a quality selection of craft beers and Italian wines and it’s easy to see why Platform has done so well during its seven years in existence.
More great Bray restaurants with excellent reviews
As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there’s an almost endless number of great places to eat in Bray on offer.
If you’re still not sold on any of the previous choices, the section below is packed with some more highly-reviewed Bray restaurants.
1. Daata Tandoori
If you’re in search of places to eat in Bray for a fix of tasty Indian cusiene, Daata Tandoori should be right up your street.
This slick Indian and Pakistani restaurant on Bray’s seafront is another that looks to go a step further than your bog-standard high street Indian restaurant (not that we don’t love these, too!).
With elegant decor, incredible cocktails and professional yet friendly staff, this is the kind of place you will want to visit time and again.
Signature dishes include Mughalai Prawn, consisting of grilled prawns cooked medium spicy with cashew nuts, tomato, fenugreek and a hint of cream.
2. Box Burger (the best restaurant in Bray if you have burgers on the brain!)
If you’re in search of restaurants in Bray that knock out a burger that’s on par with Dublin’s Bunsen, this next place should tickle your fancy.
With a prime location on the Bray Seafront, Box Burger is probably the best place in town for delicious, homemade burgers with a gourmet twist.
They don’t mess around, with a huge menu that’s focused on the filthiest, most delicious burgers you can imagine! Peanut butter, jam, black pudding, mac and cheese.
No, we’re not simply listing our favourite foods, these are the toppings you can add to your burger at Box Burger!
For those who prefer something just a little lighter, Box Burger also provides veggie options including a seitan burger and even vegan buffalo fries.
3. Butler and Barry Bray
Another seafront locale, Butler and Barry is a self-styled Gastrobar that’s somewhat unique on the Bray restaurant scene.
Offering all manner of pub classics such as fish and chips alongside what has to be one of the best cocktail selections anywhere in town, this is not your average seaside watering hole.
Whether you come to try the hearty but quality grub or the house special Elder Not Wiser cocktail (gin, apple juice, passionfruit, lime), Butler and Barry will charm you with its relaxed yet unique atmosphere and friendly staff.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best hotels in Bray (with something to suit most budgets)
4. The Martello Hotel and Restaurant Bray
Last but by no means least in our guide to the best restaurants Bray has to offer is the Martello Hotel and restaurant.
As the name suggests, The Martello looks more like something you’d find on the Italian Riviera than Bray seafront.
With a plethora of plant life and a semi open-air setup, The Martello offers a chic place to come for cocktails and local seafood.
Keeping with the Italian theme, this place does a killer Aperol Spritz whilst the menu provides modern takes on gastropub classics such as wings, nachos and of course steak and chips.
The hotel here is small yet chic and immaculate, just beware that the bar of The Martello can get lively during weekends!
5. Ocean Bar And Grill (one of our favourite places to eat in Bray)
This is a Bray seafront staple specializing in deliciously vibrant cuisine served in chic surrounds.
The Ocean Bar and Grill focuses on using local ingredients to showcase the region’s produce, with no shortage of Irish fish, meat, fruit and veg on the menu.
Cocktails are also great here and at weekends you’ll encounter a trendy local crowd sipping mojitos over a shared plate of oysters or freshly caught shrimp.
This spot is also renowned as one of the best breakfasts in town, ideal for fuelling a ramble along the Bray to Greystones cliff walk.
What great Bray restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some great Bray 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 Bray, check out our guide to the best things to do in Bray.
FAQs about the best Bray restaurants
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from the best places to eat in Bray for a fancy feed to where to grab something hearty in the town.
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 Bray?
I’d argue that the best restaurants Bray has to offer are Dockyard No.8, Pink Salt Indian, Bistro-Cafe Ragazzi and Platform Pizza.
What are the best restaurants Bray has to offer for a fancy meal?
If you’re looking for places to eat in Bray that are less on the casual side, Daata Tandoori, Butler and Barry and Ocean Bar And Grill are great options.
What are the best Bray restaurants for lunch?
If you’re looking for restaurants in Bray for a hearty lunch, you can’t go wrong with Box Burger.
James Connolly is a professional writer based in London. Having lived in cities across the world including Mumbai, Medellin and Barcelona, he uses his expertise to write articles showcasing the best of global travel.