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!
What we think are the best restaurants Bundoran has to offer
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. Maddens Bridge Bar & Restaurant
A family-run business on the Main Street, Maddens Bridge Bar & Restaurant is one of the more popular restaurants Bundoran has to offer.
There’s a lunch, evening, breakfast and kids menu on-the-go at Madden’s. On the dinner menu, expect to find everything from a spicy shrimp sauté to a tasty vegan stew.
There’s also some glorious pork tomahawk steaks, sweet honey glazed ham hock and a banging surf n turk cajun shrip burger.
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.
2. The Fox’s Lair
When we first published this Bundoran restaurants guide last year, we missed The Foxs Lair and good God did we get an earful.
And rightly so. It wasn’t until one of our writers visited Bundoran earlier this year did we realise how bad of an omission it was!
The Fox’s Lair is a cosy spot up on Church Road. The menu here is small, but it packs a punch. If you’re feeling peckish, the sirloin of beef with horseradish sauce should go down a treat.
The haddock goujons and the grilled salmon are lighter options and there’s some enticing deserts on offer, like their strawberry pavlova.
3. The Peak Restaurant
I want to start this with a disclaimer – I’ve tried calling the Peak Restaurant but I can’t get an answer and it’s saying on Google that they’re closed, but I can’t get that confirmed (I’ll update this when I hear more).
If you’re looking for the more unique restaurants Bundoran has to offer, look no further than this place – the panoramic sea views of Donegal Bay are worth the visit alone!
For starters, we’d recommend the prawn pastry with tomato sauce or the bacon Ceasar salad. For mains, the baked cod which with cream sauce is hard to bate.
If you have a sweet tooth, the profiteroles (filled French choux pastry ball with whipped cream) are sensational!
The Peak Restaurant is without a doubt one of the most popular restaurants Bundoran has to offer for good reason. Hopefully it’s still on the go when you visit!
4. The Oceans Restaurant
The Oceans Restaurant at the Allingham Arms Hotel is another fine spot for food in Bundoran. With magnificent views of Donegal Bay, this is a great place to dine with stunning sea views for company.
Everything on the carefully selected menu is made from scratch with the freshest ingredients and locally sourced produce.
It’s worth sussing out the set dinner menu here which comes in at around €38 p/p. On it you’ll find everything from an Irish lamb shank and wild mushroom tagliatelle to roast turkey and ham and more.
Related read: Check out our guide to the finest holiday homes in Bundoran (a mix of fancy stays and budget accommodation).
5. 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 and, if Indian food is your thing, you won’t be disappointed.
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.
Cafes and casual places to eat in Bundoran
Now that we have what we think are the best restaurants in Bundoran out of the way, it’s time to see what else the town has to offer.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from Caroline’s and The Salty Fox to some often overlooked places to eat in Bundoran.
1. The Salty Fox
Although it’s a cafe, The Salty Fox could go toe-to-toe with the best restaurants in Bundoran when it comes to their grub. Located next to Tullan Strand, this is an award-winning eatery with a focus on fresh, homemade food and a warm and friendly environment.
The menu here is mighty – there’s heaps of brekkie options (the breakfast bap is a banger, as is the organic porridge if you want to keep it clean!). There’s also some gorgeous sandwiches, ranging from a salmon bagel to a tasty cajun chicken wrap.
There’s lots of tasty baked bits, if you’re tempted, and some excellent caffeine kicks brewed up with McCabe’s Coffee.
2. Mamma Rosa’s Pizzeria
Another solid option for those of you looking for casual places to eat in Bundoran is Mamma Rosa’s Pizzeria on Station Road.
Although there’s plenty of pizzas on offer (the loaded pepperoni and the pesto chicken are clear winners!) there’s also gourmet burgers, too.
The food is fresh and it’s a handy takeaway option if you fancy kicking back with a feed while watching the waves.
Related read: Check out our guide to 18 of the best things to do in Bundoran in 2022 (walks, surfing and nearby attractions).
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 we 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.
4. 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 they’re known for being good at accommodating large groups, if the reviews online are anything to go by.
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.
5. Waves Surf Café
Located on the Main Street, Waves Surf Café is all about comfort food, like wraps, soups, sandwiches, and sweet treats.
The place is clean and modern and the staff are friendly and helpful. Food wise, there’s everything from a homemade soup and veggie sambo to a delicious 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.
What Bundoran restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant restaurants Bundoran has to offer the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!
FAQs about the best places to eat in Bundoran
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What are the fanciest restaurants Bundoran has to offer?’ to ‘Which are the cheapest?’.
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 Bundoran restaurants?
In our opinion, it’s hard to beat Maddens, The Fox’s Lair and the brilliant Peak Restaurant (the views are incredible!).
What are good casual places to eat in Bundoran?
The Salty Fox, Mamma Rosa’s Pizzeria, HardyBaker and Carolines Café are all well worth checking out if you fancy a casual setting.
I was born in a quiet corner of a Gaeltacht on the Dingle Peninsula. Over the years, I’ve explored Ireland far and wide, from the wilds of West Clare to the shores of Sherkin. Particularly fond of heritage, history and hikes (and words beginning with ‘H’, apparently…).