If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Tralee for a fine feed tonight, you’re in the right place.
As the largest town in County Kerry, Tralee has some great places to head for a bite to eat (there’s also plenty of great things to do in Tralee, too!).
The town sits at the edge of the Dingle Peninsula and is well worth a stop, despite not attracting the same crowds as some nearby towns.
The best restaurants in Tralee
Many of the best restaurants in Tralee can be found clustered along the town’s busy main street and its immediate surrounds.
You’ll find everything amongst the culinary scene in Tralee from traditional pubs to delicious seafood bistros and excellent Italian restaurants.
1. Croi Restaurant Tralee
Croi is one of the most popular places to eat in Tralee. This traditional Irish restaurant dishes out high quality food sourced from local producers.
The cosy candlelit tables offer the perfect atmosphere for intimate dinners with family and friends while the meals are impeccably presented.
Popular choices from this place are the fillet steak, pan seared scallops and duck breast. Don’t worry if you’re vegetarian though because they also have a great dedicated menu for meat-free eaters.
The restaurant is just outside of the centre of town but still within walking distance of most of the main attractions.
2. Kirby’s Brogue Inn
This traditional Irish pub is a true landmark in Tralee. The lively bar and restaurant is located right in the middle of town and stands out in its brightly painted exterior.
Kirby’s is open throughout the day but it really comes alive in the evenings when you’ll more than likely hear live music entertaining the crowd. It’s famed for its energetic atmosphere, but it also has some of the best food that you can find in town.
The menu features a large selection of Irish steaks as well as other popular meals like lasagne, salmon fillet and beef stroganoff.
3. Yummy Cafe Market Tralee
Tucked down a side street in the middle of town, Yummy Café Market is an award-winning family restaurant.
The rustic interior has plenty of character with wooden tables and mismatched colourful chairs. There’s also plenty of outdoor seating if it’s a warm sunny day.
They’re open for breakfast and lunch with two separate menus for both meals. There are plenty of wholesome salads and sandwiches on offer as well as all your favourite cooked breakfast options.
If you’re looking for restaurants in Tralee that can comfortably cater for families, give this place a shot. The kids’ menu also has great reviews!
4. The Oyster Tavern
Just a 10-minute drive along the coast towards the small village of Spa, you’ll come across this fantastic seafood restaurant that has been run by the McGrath family since the 1980s.
The popular country pub is known for its incredible fresh seafood that is served with a slightly French twist.
You can enjoy oysters, mussels and fish fillets straight from the sea with their seafood chowder, seafood pie and grilled oysters being popular choices off the menu.
You don’t have to be mad about seafood to enjoy the tavern though with sirloin steak, roast duck and marinated chicken also available. It’s open every day for lunch and dinner.
5. IL Pomo Doro Restaurant in Tralee
IL Pomo Doro is where you’ll find some delicious, good value Italian food. They have you covered for all your favourite dishes from the land of pizza and pasta with top choices being carbonara, seafood risotto and minestrone.
For anyone with dietary issues, the menu is clearly marked with all allergens and they even have a designated celiac menu for those who can’t eat gluten.
In true Italian style, you can also pair your meal with one of their house wines from their extensive list. They’re only open for dinner, but they also offer convenient take away.
6. Bella Bia
Just a stone’s throw away from Il Pomo Doro, you’ve got another excellent Italian restaurant. Bella Bia is a trendy little place with a reasonably priced menu.
You can find an array of pizza and pasta options, as well as, mains like fresh salmon, duck breast and rack of Kerry lamb.
If you’re looking for good-value restaurants in Tralee, try and nip in for the early bird special (runs from 5-7pm). You can get affordable two and three course meal options for under €20.
7. Gally’s Bar & Restaurant
Gally’s bar and grill restaurant is located just 2.5km out of Tralee town. It’s a popular choice for families and groups of friends with a spacious dining area and outdoor seating.
The menu has standard Irish and European cuisine all at very reasonable prices. Their steak sandwich, chicken stir fry and fish and chips are popular choices.
Although you have to save room for their homemade desserts with the many raving about the chocolate brownie.
8. Cassidy’s Restaurant
For an all-round traditional option, Cassidy’s is a great dinner choice. This casual restaurant serves consistently tasty food with an a la carte menu as well as a four-course gourmet menu on offer.
There are plenty of popular favourites from baked salmon fillet to pan-fried sirloin steak and an extensive dessert menu with everything made in-house.
They also have a full bar with an extensive wine list and cocktail menu for those who want to linger for a while after their meal.
9. Spa Seafoods
Spa Seafoods is a fantastic restaurant located in the village of Spa at just a 10-minute drive out of Tralee. It’s both a fresh seafood deli-style shop and bar and best catches of the day with a delicious menu showcasing the restaurant.
You can find a range of options from classic fish and chips to Thai red prawn curry along with a popular takeaway menu too.
The restaurant faces the ocean and offers sea views from many of the window tables.
What tasty Tralee restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some other great restaurants in Tralee from the guide above.
If you have a favourite Tralee restaurant that you’d like to recommend, pop a comment into the comments section below.