If you’re in search of the best restaurants in Letterkenny in Donegal, you’ve landed in the right place.
Letterkenny, as you’re probably aware of if you’re reading this guide, is a fine little base for exploring some of the best that Donegal has to offer (there’s also loads of things to do in Letterkenny itself!).
And, your belly will be glad to hear, there are several brilliant restaurants in Letterkenny where you can grab a tasty post-adventure feed.
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- A Guide 11 Of The Best Pubs In Letterkenny
- A Guide To The Best Airbnbs in Letterkenny
- 20 Things To Do In Letterkenny Town
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Our favourite restaurants in Letterkenny
Below, you’ll find everything from casual dining and cheap places to eat in Letterkenny to pizzerias and cosy cafes.
If you have any restaurants in Letterkenny that you’d like to recommend after reading this guide, let us know in the comments.
1. Yellow Pepper (one of the best-reviewed restaurants Letterkenny has to offer)
First up is arguably one of the best places to eat in Letterkenny – it’s our favourite, anyway! Foodies visiting Letterkenny can look forward to a memorable dining experience at the Yellow Pepper restaurant on Lower Main Street.
Run by Kieran and Carol, the restaurant is situated inside a historical building that was once a shirt factory. The restaurant offers a takeaway menu, as well as lunch and dinner menu, children menu, and vegan menu.
Signature dishes include the delicious shepherd’s pie, homemade lunch burger, Donegal seafood platter, and Irish sirloin steak. For dessert, try their chocolate brownie or order a slice of Yellow Pepper’s famous apple pie.
2. Brewery Bar and Restaurant
There is no shortage of fabulous places to eat in Letterkenny and Brewery Bar and Restaurant is definitely one of them (it’s also one of our favourite pubs in Letterkenny!).
In 2015, Enda Nicholls and Niall Doherty took over this dining establishment and made it one of the best restaurants in the city. Try the mouthwatering starters like jumbo chicken wings, cheese nachos, and seafood chowder.
As for the mains, expect to find everything from Donegal fish and chips to 10oz prime sirloin steak and roast stuffed turkey and ham.
The restaurant also offers an excellent burger menu and desserts like winterberry pavlova and triple chocolate brownie.
3. Burrito Loco
If you’re in search of more casual restaurants in Kilkenny, or if you just fancy a good burrito. give this place a crack.
Located on Port Road, Burrito Loco is a Mexican eatery that serves 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 472 reviews at the time of writing.
4. Luca’s Restaurant (one of the best restaurants in Letterkenny for tasty comfort food)
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.
Brother’s Luke and Caine are two Irish chefs who decided to open a restaurant of their own and serve some seriously awesome foods.
Whether you are craving authentic wood-fired pizza, wish to have a homemade burger, or want to enjoy a plate of fresh pasta, there is something for every visitor.
The sirloin steak sandwich with onion rings is absolutely delicious. I also recommend ordering their baby back ribs and creamy fresh chowder that is served with homemade wheaten bread.
5. Oasis Bar
You will find the Oasis Bar in the busy Letterkenny Shopping Centre. This casual food joint has been recently reopened and offers delicious food daily from 10 am to 9 pm. The menu changes seasonally and produce here is sourced locally.
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 other restaurants in Letterkenny!
6. Friars Rest Letterkenny
If you’re in search of no-fuss places to eat in Letterkenny where you’ll be presented with a meal that’ll make the grumbliest of bellies happy, take a detour into Friars Rest.
Friars Rest is a chilled spot with an extensive menu. From their tasty French fried onion rings and hot wings served with coleslaw to chicken curry and a wide range of burgers, there is definitely plenty of excellent options to choose from on their food menu.
You can eat in or grab the food to take away, which is a handy option if you’re staying in one of the many self-catering Airbnbs in Letterkenny and you don’t fancy cooking.
7. Bamboo Court
If you’re on the lookout for Asian restaurants in Letterkenny, the brilliant Bamboo Court is worth dropping into.
This place boasts an extensive menu with favourites such as lamb in satay sauce, fillet beef in black pepper sauce, crispy duck curry, and King prawn.
Make sure to try their signature Mongolian fillet beef. Bamboo Court was voted the best Chinese takeaway by Just Eat National Takeaway Awards.
8. Tin Tai
One of several family-run restaurants in Letterkenny, Tin Tai has been in the business for more than 30 years. It is actually the oldest of several Chinese restaurants in Letterkenny.
The food here is tasty and reasonably priced. Try the spare ribs which melt in your mouth or order the kung po chicken if you are a fan of spicy foods.
Seafood lovers can go for the prawn cocktail, while the classic chicken fried rice is also worth ordering.
The portions at Tin Tai are quite large and great for sharing. The restaurant is always busy on the weekends, which is a good sign.
9. 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 in Letterkenny.
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 for tours and groups which is kind of cool.
10. Honeypot Coffee House
Opened in 2016, Honeypot Coffee House is all about great food and high-quality service. This place 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 going for the red velvet cake or the ginger cake.
Where to grab a drink after visiting one of the above Letterkenny restaurants
Letterkenny is home to a clatter of brilliant pubs where you can whittle away an evening after exploring the best the town has to offer.
In our guide to the best pubs in Letterkenny, you’ll discover everything from local haunts to traditional Irish pubs where you’ll be treated to some live music.
What great places to eat in Letterkenny have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some great Letterkenny 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.