There’s some incredible restaurants in Letterkenny, once you know where to look.
And, while it’s often the trad pubs in Letterkenny that get the attention online (some do mighty Guinness, to be fair!), the town is home to several culinary delights.
From the lip-smackingly-good Yellow Pepper to the excellent Wholegreen Health Food, the town boasts a foodie scene with countless heavy hitters.
In the guide below, you’ll discover the best restaurants in Letterkenny in 2022, 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 2022.
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 which has retain 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, I’d recommend the YP36 Herb Garden Marinated Chicken (with garlic potatoes) or the poached salmon with coconut and lime cream. This is regarded as one of the best Letterkenny restaurants for good reason!
2. Lemon Tree
Lemon Tree is another beautiful spot for a bite-to-eat (especially if you’ve spent the day ticking off the various things to do in Letterkenny and you’re in need of a feed!). 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 4.7/5 from 574 reviews at the time of typing.
Pats-on-the-Square has been on-the-go since 1984, making it one of the longest running restaurants in Letterkenny. This is pizza at its very finest – no messing, just dough (made from 5 ingredients), fresh toppings and all at an affordable price.
Now, I’m probably a bit biased towards this place, as I had lunch here last summer and loved it! On the menu, you’ll find everything from the Chicken Pesto Pizza (blended pesto, tomato sauce and chicken) to the Taco Beef (spicy beef, onion, potato cubes, taco sauce and chilli sauce).
If you’re wondering where to eat in Letterkenny with friends before hitting the town, Pat’s really is hard to beat.
5. Wholegreen Health Food
OK, so it isn’t a restaurant, but Wholegreen Health Food is an absolute zinger! This is a predominantly vegan wholefood cafe on Church Lane that’s racked up some seriously impressive reviews online.
Although I’m struggling to find a menu online, I’ve seen reviewers rave about the spicy potato stew, the mushroom stroganoff and their chickpea tagine.
There’s also everything from juices and cakes (the carrot cake looks delish!) to more healthy options on offer!
More very popular places to eat in Letterkenny
Now that we have what we think are the best restaurants Letterkenny has to offer out of the way, it’s time to see what other culinary delights the town is home to.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from Wholegreen Health Food and the Silver Tassie to some often missed Letterkenny restaurants.
1. House – Wine Bar & Tap Room
If you are looking for a place with 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 is divine and the bar offers cocktail making courses. Don’t leave without trying seasonal brews from Kinnegar (one of our favourite Irish beers).
2. 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 absolutely delicious. I also recommend ordering their baby back ribs and creamy fresh chowder that’s served with homemade wheaten bread.
3. Honeypot Coffee House
Opened in 2016, Honeypot Coffee House is all about great food and top-notch service and it has won numerous awards at both local and national level.
On the menu, expect to find daily specials, homemade desserts, and hearty breakfasts and lunches. The traditional Irish breakfast is out of this world, as well as the homemade scones with jam, butter, and fresh cream.
The house speciality coffee here is roasted by the famous Ristretto. If you wish to have dessert, I recommend the red velvet or the ginger cake.
4. 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?
Pats-on-the-Square, Wholegreen Health Food and Honeypot Coffee House are three excellent casual places for lunch in Letterkenny.
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…).