8 Restaurants in Dungarvan That Pack A Fine Punch In 2021

Dungarvan restaurants guide
Photo left via Merrys Gastro Pub on Facebook. Photo right via the 2 Sisters Restaurant on Facebook

In search of the best restaurants in Dungarvan? Our Dungarvan restaurants guide will make your belly happy!

While Dungarvan is a popular seaside getaway to explore the beautiful southeast coast of Ireland, it’s also home to plenty of great places to grab a meal.

The town has a lively restaurant scene with everything from traditional pubs to classy dining experiences on offer.

Here are our favourite restaurants in Dungarvan to head to for a bite, with a bit of something that’ll tickle most tastebuds.

Our favourite restaurants in Dungarvan

Clonea strand
Photo by Pinar_ello (Shutterstock)

The first section of our guide to the best restaurants in Dungarvan tackles our favourite places to eat in Dungarvan.

These are pubs and restaurants that we (one of the Irish Road Trip team) have munched away in at some point over the years. Dive on in!

1. 360 Cookhouse

places to eat in Dungarvan
Photos via 360 Cookhouse on Facebook

Located at the heart of the action on Castle Street, you’ll find the wildly popular  360 Cookhouse – this is frequently ranked as one of the best restaurants in Dungarvan and for good reason.

The candle-lit interior offers the perfect romantic setting for date night or a cosy dinner with friends. The menu has something for everyone too, with fresh fish, steaks, gourmet burgers, stone-baked pizzas and a range of tapas on offer.

If you’re feeling thirsty, you’ll find classic cocktails, cask wines, and local craft beers served at the bar. If you only have time for one meal in town, make it here – there are few places to eat in Dungarvan that can go toe-to-toe with 360 Cookhouse.

2. The Local

the local Dungarvan
Photos via the Local on Facebook

The Local is a traditional pub and restaurant on Grattan Square in the centre of Dungarvan. Boasting a lively atmosphere and a varied menu, The Local is the perfect spot for a feed and a drink with a group of friends.

They have an excellent pub-grub menu with everything from spicy pittas and goujon wraps to burgers and fresh fish and chips served at lunch and dinner.

However, the seafood chowder here is the showstopper – especially if you’re in need of a warming up after a dip at Clonea Strand.

3. The Square Grill

square grill restaurant
Photos via the Square Grill

Another restaurant on Grattan Square, The Square Grill, is a delightful family-friendly restaurant. It has a very welcoming vibe with friendly staff serving up dishes buckling with hearty feeds.

They’re open for brunch and lunch, with their all-day cooked breakfast options a hit with locals and tourists alike.

They’re one of the more reasonably priced restaurants in Dungarvan, with most items coming in at under €15. Their grill menu has a range of mixed grill options, including roast chicken, sirloin steak and lamb. You’ll also see a bunch of fresh seafood available too.

Related read: Check out our guide to the best things to do in Dungarvan (from walks and cycles to scenic drives and more)

4. The 2 Sisters Restaurant

2 Sisters Restaurant
Photos via the 2 Sisters Restaurant on Facebook

The 2 Sisters Restaurant is the perfect option for a late breakfast or for a bit of lunch on a fine day (there’s seating outside). The food here is always fresh and delicious, and they have plenty of options to choose from. 

For breakfast you can find savory options and delicious brunch stacks. Their sandwiches also get rave reviews online, with crispy chicken and breaded halloumi stealing the show.

If you’ve a hankering for something sweet, their banoffee pancakes are an absolute winner (see above).

Places to eat in Dungarvan with excellent reviews

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As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there’s an almost endless number of great places to eat in Dungarvan on offer.

If you’re still not sold on any of the previous choices, the section below is packed with some more highly-reviewed Dungarvan restaurants.

1. Tannery

the Tannery
Photos via the Tannery on Facebook

The Tannery is a classy restaurant that’s part of the townhouse accommodation that was rated highly in our recent Dungarvan hotels guide.

Since opening in 1997, it’s built up a reputation for its incredibly unique Irish dishes with an ever-changing menu produced with passion.

Their menu is designed for a three-course experience, with Irish beef, grilled pork, hand cut chips, soft polenta and roast cod on rotation. It’s perfect for a romantic dinner or special family occasion.

2. The Moorings

one of the more popular Dungarvan restaurants
Photos via the Moorings on Facebook

If you’re after a beautiful oceanfront dining experience, The Moorings Bar and Grill is right on Davitts Quay overlooking the harbour.

They have a rustic interior with plenty of dining area, plus a traditional bar to enjoy a drink with friends. 

Open for lunch and dinner, they have an extensive menu with main options both from the sea and from the grill with fresh salmon, seafood pie, burgers, crab and chorizo pasta and a whole separate gluten free menu too. 

3. Shamrock

the Shamrock Dungarvan
Photos via Shamrock on Facebook

Located on O’Connell Street in the middle of Dungarvan, Shamrock is a traditional Irish restaurant that packs a punch.

Although most people rave about their breakfast being great value for money. They have big, cooked breakfast plates with bacon, eggs, sausages, mushrooms and roast tomatoes.

If you’re there later in the day you can try their fresh hake or roast pork or even a chickpea and beetroot burger for dinner. It’s also surprisingly a good spot for coffee and cake, with mouth-watering homemade cakes on offer.

4. Merrys Gastro Pub

Merrys Gastro Pub
Photos via Merrys Gastro Pub on Facebook

On the lower end of main street, Merrys Gatro Pub is a quirky yet classy restaurant and bar. Housed in a 150-year-old building, the décor includes everything from old photographs and memorabilia to an entire wall covered in mugs. 

Their menu is full of delicious options including the Famous Burger and Dungarvan Brewing Company beer battered cod. Their fish and chips are definitely a massive hit as well, along with pork ribs and chicken wings.

You’ll also find craft beers at the bar and they even have live music on some nights of the week.

5. Kimmy’s Kitchen @ The Mill

Kimmy’s Kitchen
Photos via Kimmy’s Kitchen @ The Mill on Facebook

Located on Davitts Quay, Kimmy’s Kitchen is one of the more underrated restaurants in Dungarvan. They’re open for lunch and dinner, with all day breakfast options, too.

This place boasts some delicious breakfasts, with big plates of bacon, eggs and sausages or stacks of fluffy pancakes drizzled with chocolate and fresh fruit ready and waiting.

You’ll find them in an old stone building just back from the harbour, making it a quieter alternative to Grattan Square and Main Street.

What tasty Dungarvan restaurants have we missed?

I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some other great restaurants in Dungarvan from the guide above.

If you have any favourite Dungarvan restaurants that you’d like to recommend, drop a comment into the comments section below.

FAQs about the best restaurants in Dungarvan

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from what are the best restaurants in Dungarvan for a fancy feed to which Dungarvan restaurants are nice and chilled.

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 Dungarvan?

I’d argue that the best places to eat in Dungarvan are The 2 Sisters Restaurant, The Square Grill, The Local and 360 Cookhouse.

What Dungarvan restaurants are good for a fancy meal?

If you’re looking for Dungarvan restaurants to mark a special occasion, it’s hard to go wrong with Tannery.

What are the best restaurants in Dungarvan for something casual and tasty?

There are some great casual places to eat in Dungarvan, with The Square Grill and Kimmy’s Kitchen @ The Mill the pick of the bunch, in my opinion.

Elisha is a freelance writer, content creator and blogger and her work can be read in Lonely Planet, Remote Lands and Matador Network. You’ll usually find her travelling in offbeat places or hiking wherever there are mountains; always with a camera in hand.

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