If you’re in search of the best restaurants Bundoran has to offer, you’ve landed in the right place.
There’s heaps of brilliant things to do in Bundoran, and grabbing a fine, hearty feed after a day of exploring is up there with the best of them.
In the guide below, we’ll take you through our favourite restaurants in Bundoran, from gourmet meals to cheap and tasty eats. Go on – dive on in!
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The best restaurants in Bundoran
To create this guide, we’ve mixed our own personal experiences (we’ve visit Donegal a fair bit, as you’ll know if you’ve read our Donegal attractions guide) with online reviews.
The Bundoran restaurants listed below have either 1, been visited by one or more of our team or 2, racked up rave reviews online.
1. Allingham Arms Hotel
I’m going to kick things off with what is arguably our favourite of the many restaurants Bundoran has on offer, the Aughrus Restaurant.
With magnificent views of Donegal Bay, the Aughrus Restaurant at the Allingham Arms Hotel is a great place to have lunch or dinner with friends and family in a beautiful setting.
Everything on the carefully selected menu is made from scratch with the freshest ingredients and local produce.
If you need some inspiration, the tagliatelle with mushrooms and white wine is one of the best dishes on the menu. The stir-fried beef with noodles is also worth a taste.
The Aughrus Restaurant in Bundoran offers good deals on their Sunday Lunch menu. For just €24pp, you can enjoy a 4-course set menu (check prices in advance).
2. The Peak Restaurant (one of the best restaurants in Bundoran if you fancy a view!)
Our next restaurant is a stone’s throw from several of the unique Bundoran Holiday Homes in our Bundoran accommodation guide!
The Peak Restaurant is without a doubt one of the most popular restaurants Bundoran has to offer. Offering panoramic sea views of Donegal Bay, the restaurant is an ideal place to enjoy a relaxing meal.
Choose a table on the lower part and near the edge for some awesome sea views. For starters, I recommend opting for prawn pastry with tomato sauce or ordering bacon Ceasar salad.
For mains, you won’t go wrong when ordering the baked cod which is served with a tasty cream sauce. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t leave the Peak Restaurant before trying profiteroles (filled French choux pastry ball with whipped cream) for dessert.
3. Bia Bundoran
Bia Bundoran is hands down the best takeaway joint in Donegal. Whether you are craving some fish and chips, want to enjoy a hearty burger, or try fresh mussels, their menu offers something for every tastebud.
I liked the polenta chilly prawns and salt & spicy squid and the salted caramel cheesecake was also delicious.
Not to be missed is the teriyaki salmon and the yummy slaw salad. The portions here are huge and since it’s a takeaway, the service is fast with easy ordering and collection.
4. Spice Waves Indian Restaurant
If you’re in search of restaurants in Bundoran that dish up a fine bit of Indian cuisine, look no further than Spice Waves.
This is one of the more stylish restaurants in Bundoran. If you are into Indian food, you won’t be disappointed – the quality of food here is top notch.
The ambient lighting makes an ideal setting for enjoying hearty dishes like Korma with chicken and Jhinga Pakora.
Chicken Shashlik comes with a flavorsome sauce, while lamb in the lamb achari is so tender that it melts in your mouth.
The owner, Nishanti, is very welcoming and always more than happy to greet guests upon arrival.
5. Maddens Bridge Bar & Restaurant Bundoran
A family-run business in South Donegal, Maddens Bridge Bar & Restaurant is one of the more popular restaurants Bundoran has to offer.
The interior looks spectacular with its country-style décor and the food is always fresh and tasty. The crab on sourdough with broccoli soup is sensational and the open ham sandwich is also worth a bite.
If you fancy toasting a day spent checking out many of the best places to visit in Bundoran, the beer list at this place is extensive and there is a wide range of wines to choose from.
6. McGarrigle’s Restaurant in Bundoran
Welcome to McGarrigle’s Restaurant Bundoran, a family-run eatery located on Bundoran’s Main Street. Opened back in 1990, it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The lunch menu usually includes things like salads, wraps, freshly cooked roasts of the day, and sandwiches, while the evening menu is actually a four-course meal and will set you back €20.00 per person.
If you are looking for casual restaurants in Bundoran that dish up home-cooked food where the desserts are made from scratch and all the meat is sourced locally, McGarrigle’s has you covered.
7. The Courthouse Restaurant
OK, so, the last place in our guide to the best restaurants Bundoran has to offer isn’t actually in Bundoran… it’s in Leitrim (only a 6-minute drive from Bundoran!).
Chef-owner Piero Melis takes his job very seriously, so it comes as no surprise that he was named “Leitrim’s Best Chef 2011” by the Restaurant Association of Ireland.
Visitors can look forward to rich Italian cuisine with specialities like crab linguini with garlic and chili, Thornhill duck from Co. Cavan, and veal saltimbocca with mozzarella.
End your meal on a high note with mouthwatering desserts like house tiramisu or panncotta with berries. Wine lovers will be happy to hear that Piero imports a wide range of excellent Sardinian wines.
Cafe and Casual Restaurants Bundoran
Bundoran is a surfing town, so it probably won’t come as a surprise that there are a handful of casual (and brilliant) places to eat.
The second section of our guide tackles the best chilled cafe restaurants Bundoran has to offer!
One of the newer places to eat in Bundoran, HardyBaker is a fabulous café that offers simple and delicious food, as well as premium coffee by Cork based specialty roasters Badger and Dodo.
What I love about this place is that everything is made from scratch and that they source locally from suppliers like O’Reilly’s Fish in Ballyshannon and nearby Frizzels Craft Butchers.
If you’re in search of restaurants in Bundoran that knock up a great burger, their signature HardyBurger will make your belly happy.
2. Burro Burro
Craving some Mexican? Make your way to Burro Burro, a takeaway joint that offers mouth-watering South American dishes.
On the menu, expect to find a variety of options ranging from chicken burrito bowls with black beans to a vegan burrito with chili lentils.
Taco fries with guacamole are also a popular option for ordering. If you’re after pocket-friendly restaurants in Bundoran, this place should be right up your street.
Many of the dishes will set you back less than €9 (even with extras). If you are in the mood for spicy foods, add a few extra jalapeños to your give your tastebuds a kick.
3. Carolines Café
Located in the heart of Bundoran, Carolines Café is a family-run joint that’s loved by locals and tourists alike (the only thing better than the food in this place is the service!).
The atmosphere at Carolines Café is laid back and it’s known for being good at accommodating large groups.
Regardless of whether you’re after a solid breakfast or a tasty lunch (the fish and chips are the business), this place is worth visiting.
4. Waves Surf Café
Located on the Main Street, Waves Surf Café is all about comfort foods like wraps, soups, sandwiches, and sweet treats.
The place is clean and modern, while the staff are always friendly and helpful. Adults can try the homemade soup with veggie sambo, while kids will fall in love with the pancake stack.
The food at Waves Surf Café is reasonably priced and it’s the perfect spot to nab a coffee before you head off on a ramble.
If you have a sweet tooth, or if you just fancy something nutritious, give the smoothies from Waves Surf Cafe a bash – you’ll thank me later!
The best places to eat in Bundoran: Where have we missed?
I’m sure that we’ve unintentionally missed out on some brilliant restaurants in Bundoran in the guide below.
If you have a place to recommend, let us know in the comments section below. Or, if you’re visiting Bundoran, check out our Bundoran guide – it’s packed with things to do!