There’s some incredible restaurants in Letterkenny.
And, while it’s often the trad pubs in Letterkenny that get the attention online, the town is home to several culinary delights.
From the lip-smackingly-good Yellow Pepper to the excellent Lemon Tree, the town boasts a food scene with plenty heavy hitters.
In the guide below, you’ll discover the best restaurants in Letterkenny in 2024, with a bit of something to tickle most tastebuds. Dive on in!
What we think are the best restaurants Letterkenny has to offer
The first section of our guide is packed with our favourite places to eat in Letterkenny – these are places that one or more of the team have eaten in.
Below, you’ll find everything from Yellow Pepper and Lemon Tree to some of the most popular Letterkenny restaurants in 2024.
1. Yellow Pepper
Yellow Pepper really is a stunner of a spot. Located on Lower Main St., this place has been keeping bellies happy since way back in 1994!
The restaurant is set inside a building that was once a shirt factory and it has retained many of its old features, like the original stone walls and the Victorian cast iron beams.
There’s an A La Carte menu, a value menu and a Blackboard menu on offer at the Yellow Pepper.
If you’re visiting, give the YP36 Herb Garden Marinated Chicken (with garlic potatoes) or the poached salmon with coconut and lime cream a bash.
This is regarded as one of the best Letterkenny restaurants for good reason!
2. Lemon Tree
Established in 1999, Lemon Tree is a family-run, Michelin recommend restaurant that showcases Irish cooking at its very best.
On the menu, you can expect everything from Irish Beef Tartare (with Hollandaise Sauce, Mustard, Capers, Watercress and Sourdough Crouton) to Lamb Rump (with Rolled Shoulder Wilted Spinach, Romesco Sauce and Black Olive).
Keep in mind that the menus are subject to change according to the availability of produce. This is one of the best restaurants Letterkenny has to offer for marking a special occasion, in our opinion.
3. Burrito Loco
If you’re in search of more casual restaurants in Letterkenny, or if you just fancy a good burrito, give the hugely popular Burrito Loco a crack.
Located on Port Road, Burrito Loco serves up a variety of dishes ranging from loaded nachos and salad boxes to burritos and crispy tacos.
Run by Tommy and Leah, Burrito Loco is one of the best-reviewed places to eat in Letterkenny, having racked up 4.6/5 from 675 reviews at the time of typing.
4. House – Wine Bar & Tap Room
If you’re hankering for pizza, cheese boards, an extensive selection of fine wines, and locally brewed craft beers, make sure to check out the House Wine Bar & Tap Room.
This chic and retro wine bar boasts a relaxed vibe, making it an ideal place to visit with friends and family on the weekends.
Their selection of Irish produced cheese and meats will get your belly grumbling.
If you fancy a tipple, give one of the seasonal brews from Kinnegar (one of our favourite Irish beers) a crack!
5. Luca’s Restaurant
If you’re in search of restaurants in Letterkenny where you can grab a fine bit of comfort food, look no further than Luca’s.
Whether you’re craving authentic wood-fired pizza, a homemade burger, or a plate of fresh pasta, you’ll find something to make your belly happy here.
The sirloin steak sandwich with onion rings is a firm favourite while their baby back ribs and creamy fresh chowder are mentioned in many reviews online!
6. Honeypot Coffee House
Opened in 2016, Honeypot Coffee House on High Road has won numerous awards at both local and national level and it’s a great shout for breakfast or lunch in Letterkenny.
If you head in for breakfast, expect to find everything from tasty Turkish eggs and banging burritos to veggie options.
There’s also pancakes, chicken burgers, linguine and plenty more on offer for lunch along with specials which change by the day.
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7. Oasis Bar
If you’re looking for places to eat in Letterkenny where you can combine food with a night out, point your belly in the direction of Oasis Bar in Letterkenny Shopping Centre.
Starters are plentiful and include options such as fresh soup of the day, mussels steamed in white wine, and sesame fried French brie.
As for the mains, cod fillet with chorizo mash and Oasis chicken curry are big crowd-pleasers.
They also offer classic Irish foods like fish and chips and the roast of the day. As for the portions, they are quite generous compared to some restaurants in Letterkenny!
Restaurants Letterkenny: Which ones have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant places to eat in Letterkenny from 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 where to find great food in Letterkenny
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Where’s good for a casual bite?’ to ‘What Letterkenny restaurants are the fanciest?’.
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 Letterkenny?
In our opinion, it’s hard to beat Lemon Tree, Yellow Pepper and the brilliant Burrito Loco, but each of the above are worth checking out.
What are good casual places to eat in Letterkenny?
Burrito Loco and Honeypot Coffee House are two excellent casual places for lunch in Letterkenny.
Keith O’Hara has lived in Ireland for 34 years and has spent most of the last 10 years creating what is now The Irish Road Trip guide. Over the years, the website has published thousands of meticulously researched Ireland travel guides, welcoming 30 million+ visitors along the way. In 2022, the Irish Road Trip team published the world’s largest collection of Irish Road Trip itineraries. Keith lives in Dublin with his dog Toby and finds writing in the 3rd person minus craic altogether.