In search of the best restaurants in Killarney? This guide will make your belly happy!
This lively town County Kerry is home to many fantastic dining establishments and casual eateries where you can satisfy your taste buds.
Whether you’re looking for traditional Irish fare or wish to sample international cuisine, foodies visiting Killarney are spoilt for choice.
From fine dining to pub grub, there’s something for every budget in our guide below.
The best restaurants in Killarney, Ireland
- John M. Reidy
- Treyvaud’s Restaurant
- Murphy Brownes
- Khao Asian Street Food
- Quinlan’s Seafood Bar
- Porterhouse Restaurant
- Panorama Restaurant Killarney
- The Shire Bar and Café
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 popular restaurant 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
Next in our guide to the best places to eat in Killarney is the mighty John M Reidy. 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.
A fine pub: Reidy’s topped our guide to the best pubs in Killarney. This place is well worth nipping into for a pint, too!
3. Treyvaud’s (one of the best restaurants in Killarney for fine dining)
Welcome to Treyvaud’s, a family-run restaurant in Killarney located on the towns High Street that focuses on 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 most recent additions to Killarney’s dining scene, 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
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!).
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.
The restaurant is located close to the Killarney National Park, making it a great place to visit after a long day of hiking.
7. 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 city.
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 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 (pods, cabins and luxury gaffs).
9. Panorama (one of the more unique restaurants Killarney has to offer)
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 should tickle your fancy.
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.
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
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.