Killarney Restaurants Guide: The Best Restaurants In Killarney For A Tasty Feed Tonight

best restaurants in Killarney
Photo via The Porterhouse Gastropub Killarney

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

The lively town of Killarney in County Kerry is home to many fantastic places to eat that’ll leave your taste buds buzzing!

Whether you’re looking for traditional Irish fare or you wish to sample international cuisine, foodies visiting Killarney are spoilt for choice.

In the guide below, you’ll discover a mix of great places to eat in Killarney, from fine dining and pub grub to quirky cafes and much more.

The best restaurants in Killarney, Ireland

  1. Bricin
  2. John M. Reidy
  3. Treyvaud’s Restaurant
  4. Murphy Brownes
  5. Khao Asian Street Food
  6. Murphy’s
  7. Quinlan’s Seafood Bar
  8. Porterhouse Restaurant
  9. Panorama Restaurant Killarney
  10. The Shire Bar and Café

1. Bricin

Bricín Restaurant Killarney
Photo via Bricín Restaurant and Boxty House on Facebook

Located in the heart of Killarney on High Street, Bricin has been serving tasty traditional Irish meals for over 20 years. When I say tasty, I mean mind-blowingly delicious.

Their signature Irish boxty is to die for, as is the roast supreme of chicken. If you have a sweet tooth, I’d recommend grabbing a slice of warm chocolate cake, also!

Owned by Johnny and Paddy McGuire, this is one of the more popular restaurants Killarney has to offer, and it boasts a lovely interior with natural stone walls and stained glass. Expect warm service and top-notch produce.

Related read: Check out our guide on what to do in Killarney (it’s packed with hikes, walks, waterfalls and more).

2. John M. Reidy

jm reidy restaurant killarney
Photo via J.M. Reidy

Next in our guide to the best places to eat in Killarney is the mighty John M Reidy – arguably one of the best pubs in Killarney.

Once a sweet shop, this place now offers daily brunch and bites with signature meals like Thai green chicken curry, pulled beef tacos, and a mouth-watering open steak sandwich.

If you fancy some dessert, the house brownies and the apple crumb tart are spectacular. If the weather is nice, you can kick-back in a nicely decorated outdoor area with a post-dinner drink.

Reidy’s also knocks out some of the best breakfast in Killarney (if you visit, give the breakfast hash a shot – it’s incredible!).

3. Treyvaud’s (one of the best restaurants in Killarney for fine dining)

Treyvaud's Restaurant
Photo via Treyvaud’s Restaurant

If you’re in search of Killarney restaurants that make fine dining look easy, carve out some time to visit Treyvaud’s.

Treyvaud’s is one of several family-run restaurants in Killarney and you’ll find it located on the towns Main Street where the dish up tasty international cuisine.

Brother’s Paul and Mark are both amazing cooks. Whether you opt for a fillet of ostrich with caramelized shallots and red wine or a roast saddle of rabbit, every bite you take here will be heavenly.

Specials like Guinness pie with mash and braised shank of Kerry lamb will also make your belly happy.

Every year in November, the restaurant hosts the world-famous ‘Wild Game Night’ when Mark and Paul’s father, Michel Treyvaud, comes to prepare delicacies such as pan-fried venison sausage, wild rabbit parfait, and wild boar terrine.

4. Murphy Brownes

one of the best places to eat in Killarney
Photo via Murphy Brownes

One of the more recently opened places to eat in Killarney Town, Murphy Brownes is run by two talented foodies, Denis Murphy and Deirdre Browne.

Everything you order here is fresh and local. The steaks come from the nearby butchers Tommy Cronin (one of the best butchers in the county), while the veggies are delivered by O’Callaghan’s.

Try the Kerry lamb shank or the baked fillet of salmon which melts in your mouth. Vegetarians are also well catered for (the wild mushroom pasta is supposed to be incredible), while seafood lovers can opt for the local mussels. 

5. Khao Asian Street Food

Khao Asian restaurant killarney
Photo via Khao Asian Street Food

Next up is one of the best restaurants in Killarney for Asian cuisine. I’m talking, of course, about the brilliant Khao.

Craving some tasty Asian food? Look no further than Killarney’s Khao Asian Street Food, a gorgeous restaurant that offers everything from green fish curry and duck stirfry with rice to the classic Pad Thai and Thai potatoes.

The only thing better than the food in this place is the service – knowledgable staff will happily offer dish advice to those who need it.

I’ve also heard some good things about the lunch menu (it’s pretty cheap by all accounts and there are good-value deals, by all accounts!).

6. Murphy’s 

Murphy's restaurant
Photo via Murphy’s of Killarney

Opened back in 1955, Murphy’s Bar, Restaurant and Townhouse is one of my favourite places to eat in Killarney. This rustic pub and restaurant boasts a gorgeous décor and offers a mixture of traditional Irish cuisine and Mediterranean dishes.

Try the beef and Guinness casserole or order the prime Irish state if you’re in need of a hearty feed. The seafood options are plentiful and include everything from mussels and sea bass to oysters and more.

Now, for those of you that like to combine a day spent hiking with a night spent eating good food and sipping on great Guinness, pay attention.

You could easily do one of the Killarney National Park walks, or Cardiac Hill or Torc Mountain during the day, and kick back with food and pints in Murphy’s at night. A fine combo.

7. Quinlan’s Seafood Bar

one of our favourite killarney restaurants
Photo via Quinlan’s Seafood Bar

There’s no shortage of seafood restaurants in Killarney, but Quinlan’s Seafood Bar is definitely the best place to enjoy the freshest of seafood in the town.

The produce is cooked to order and you can choose from options like wild mussels, salmon, lobster, crab, and prawns.

The restaurant has its own fishing boats, so everything you order here was probably still swimming in the ocean the day before.

Traveller tip: If you’d rather avoid the batter, you can request to have your fish pan-fried. Just check with the server in advance of ordering.

8. Porterhouse Restaurant

The Porterhouse Gastropub Killarney
Photo via The Porterhouse Gastropub Killarney

The Porterhouse Restaurant and Gastropub is a family-run business that’s recognised for delicious food, an extensive drinks menu, and live music.

All of the produce here is locally sourced and all meat is charcoal flamed! The gourmet burger and Angus steak match perfectly together with their local craft beer, while the Kenmare pil pil prawns and beer-battered fish and chips are also delicious.

As for the portions, they are quite generous compared to some other restaurants in Killarney. The restaurant also offers an extensive list of whiskies and gin.

Related read: Check out our guide to the most unique Airbnbs in Killarney and the best places to stay in Killarney.

9. Panorama (one of the more unique restaurants Killarney has to offer)

Panorama Restaurant
Photo via the Europe Hotel

If you’re in search of Killarney restaurants that’ll knock your socks off, this next place should tickle your fancy.

If you wish to splash out a bit or are looking for a fine dining establishment for a special occasion in Killarney, the 5* Europe Hotel & Resort’s Panorama Restaurant is just the job.

This elegant restaurant has some of the most spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney. When it comes to the food, chef Alex Nahke is there to satisfy your taste buds with his array of superb dishes.

The Kerry Lamb here is spectacular as is the Thornhill duck breast and pan-fried scallops. This place is located in the finest of the many 5 star hotels in Killarney, so you’re guaranteed something special.  

Related read: Check out our guide to the best hotels in Killarney (you’ll find something to suit every budget).

10. The Shire Bar and Café

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One of the more unique restaurants in Killarney: Photo via the Shire

Finally, we’re onto one of the more unique restaurants Killarney has to offer. Fans of the Lord of the Ring movies will most definitely want to check out Killarney’s Shire Bar and Café. 

With hobbit-themed interiors, a visit to this café feels like stepping inside Middle Earth. On the drinks menu in the bar, expect to find LOTR themed cocktails, shots, and beers here at Shire Bar and Café.

The café’s food menu is extensive and reasonably priced. For instance, the Irish breakfast which includes 2 slices of bacon, 2 sausages, 1 egg, toast, and pudding will set you back €8.

There is also the vegan option of Irish breakfast with waffles and a variety of pastries. 

What great Killarney restaurants have we missed?

I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some great Killarney 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 a place to stay in Killarney for a night or two, drop into our Killarney accommodation guide – there’s something in it for every budget.

FAQs about where to eat in Killarney

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from what are the best places to eat in Killarney for pub food to where to eat in Killarney that does fine dining.

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 restaurants in Killarney?

  1. Bricin
  2. John M. Reidy
  3. Treyvaud’s Restaurant
  4. Murphy Brownes
  5. Khao Asian Street Food
  6. Murphy’s
  7. Quinlan’s Seafood Bar
  8. Porterhouse Restaurant
  9. Panorama Restaurant Killarney
  10. The Shire Bar and Café

What Killarney restaurants are good for a fancy meal?

Treyvaud’s and Panorama (in the Europe) are two of the best restaurants in Killarney for a fancy meal, in our opinion.

Where can I get a great pint and good pub food in Killarney?

Murphy’s and John M. Reidy are 2 great Killarney restaurants if you fancy a solid pint of Guinness and some great pub food.

A thirsty travel writer with a passion for weird street food, Aperol spritz, and tropical islands.

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