In search of the best restaurants in Wexford Town and beyond? Our Wexford restaurants guide will make your belly happy!
Wexford has a full table when it comes to cafes, bars, bistros and restaurants that are dishing up a storm.
Whether in Wexford Town itself or the wider county, there’s bound to be something to whet your appetite or soothe the hangriest of us all.
In the guide below, you’ll discover the best Wexford restaurants on offer, with a little bit of something to tickle every fancy.
What we think are the best restaurants in Wexford Town
The first section of our guide to the best restaurants in Wexford Town tackles our favourite places to eat in Wexford.
These are pubs and restaurants that we (one of the Irish Road Trip team) have munched away in at some point over the years. Dive on in!
1. Cistín Eile
Located just up from the Wexford harbour, Cistín Eile has every reason to be popular with locals and visitors alike. Its convenient location makes it ideal for those taking in some retail therapy or visiting the historic sights around the waterfront.
Step inside the bright and airy cafe and make yourself comfortable in the relaxed seating, it’s wise to book a table to avoid disappointment, as tables are limited.
Expect dishes like their sandwich of Doyle’s corned beef on Yola sourdough bread, with red onion and mustard, or their fried Meadow Field Farm goat’s cheese with a beet slaw, pear and hazelnut. This is one of the best restaurants in Wexford Town for good reason.
2. La Côte Seafood Restaurant
Situated right on the waterfront, opposite the Wexford harbour wall, on the corner of Anne St. This small boutique restaurant brings an air of style and grace to the gritty waterfront scene with its simple yet elegant presentation, high-backed formal seating and naked table arrangements.
The focus is rightly on the food, with stunning plating, and a mouth-watering tasting menu with dishes like salmon Gravlax tartare served with trout caviar and a sweet mustard potato salad, or grilled Lemon Sole with a cauliflower and truffle puree, cauliflower tempura and caper beurre noisette.
If you’re looking for Wexford restaurants to kick back in this weekend, La Côte is well worth checking out.
Related read: Check out our guide to 10 of the best pubs in Wexford Town (a mix of trad bars and funky spots)
3. Donna Marina Restaurant
As their name suggests, Donna Marina is less than a 5-minutes walk from the marina, and easily found on South Main St, nestled halfway between Oyster Lane and King St. The dining environment is casual and rustic, with wooden tabletops, woven baskets with your fresh bread, and ambient lighting during the meal.
You can expect a Mediterranean flavour to their menu, with classic dishes like tortino di gamberi, or the ever-popular carbonara sauce with your choice of pasta. They also have a vegan menu, with many familiar dishes done to suit vegan dietary preferences.
4. Simon Lambert & Sons
At the northern end of South Main St., Simon Lambert & Sons is the gastro-pub you want if you’re looking for a relaxed and inviting escape from the world. Make yourself comfortable at the bar, or at one of their open-plan tables, and tuck into a generously proportioned meal.
Look for menu items like their ‘Dirty Fries’ with hot sauce, blue cheese dip, and fresh chilli and scallions, or the Cajun ciabatta with grilled chicken, crisp bacon, Brie and Cajun mayo dressing.
5. Green Acres Restaurant
Not just a restaurant, this venue really does take the cake with ‘in house’ products. With a distinctive nouvelle cuisine presentation, their dishes really are as good as they look. What’s more, many of the products used are available in the attached shop. If that’s not enough, there’s also an art gallery that you can visit before or after your meal, or at any time you like.
Come for a coffee and cake, stay for the confit of salmon with artichoke and truffle puree, or perhaps grab one of their fresh Turkish pide to go! If you’re looking for Wexford restaurants to visit with friends, this Michelin recommended restaurant is well worth considering.
Other great places to eat in Wexford Town with rave reviews online
Now that we have our favourite places to eat in Wexford out of the way, it’s time to see what other culinary delights this county has to offer.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from 10 West and Crust to some often overlooked Wexford restaurants that are well worth nipping into.
1. 10 West Bistro & Cocktail Lounge
Looking for somewhere special to celebrate, or perhaps really wow your guest? Then 10 West Bistro & Cocktail Lounge will surely please. Located just near the ruins of Selskar Abbey, the dramatic setting is reflected in the dishes. With special attention paid to the presentation, the bistro’s dishes are something else.
The Richie Doyle beef short rib is highly recommended, as is the Kilmore cod with its remarkable potato and mussel velouté. If your sweet tooth needs satisfying, try the Wexford strawberry choux!
This is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Wexford Town for good reason.
2. Vine Restaurant
Set your senses alight with dinner at Vine, and their authentic Thai dishes. Book your table in their atmospheric restaurant, filled with plush red velvet-covered chairs and dark wooden tables, and relax into an all-consuming experience.
Their menu is broad, so you can be sure to find something to suit every level of spice and appetite. Highly recommended are the Seekoang Mu, marinated pork spare ribs with a chilli sauce, or their Massaman curry which is always a crowd favourite.
This is another great option for those of you in search of the best restaurants in Wexford Town for a bite-to-eat this weekend.
Related read: Check out our guide to 14 of the best things to do in Wexford Town (walks, historic sites and nearby attractions)
3. Mi Asian Street Food
Street food in style, not in location! This restaurant brings together the passion and enthusiasm of quality street food and transforms it into a memorable dining experience. Pull up a bench seat in the open-plan restaurant, and settle in for a super-relaxed meal with friends or family.
With gluten-free and vegan menu options, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Popular suggestions include the Hatiayam, a classic Indonesian curry, or of course a proper Pad Thai or Singapore noodle bowl for a lunch that’ll set you up for an afternoon of adventure.
Artisan pizza by name, and most certainly by plate! Crust as masters in woodfired pizza creation, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find better in Wexford.
Crust is everything you’re looking for; contemporary styling and open plan in design, welcoming and comfortable so your meal won’t be rushed, and the staff are exceptional in every area.
Start with the focaccia with roast garlic oil and move on to one of their highly recommended are the Aubergine Parmigiana and the Nduja pizzas for something really special. Or, there’s the classic Parma or ‘Hawaiian’ (Ham & Pineapple Thyme).
If you’re looking for casual places to eat in Wexford that pack a punch, give Crust a go!
5. The Red Elephant
Contemporary Asian styling with dark timber tables and chairs, soft lighting, and touches of verdant greenery, The Red Elephant is an old school Asian restaurant that has moved with the times. Situated at the mouth of the River Slaney, the restaurant is a popular spot to watch the ships pass in both the day and night.
If the weather’s cool, or you need something to rev your engines, try their Tom Yam Goong soup, or if you’re in the mood for something filling, opt for the Esan Kao Soi which will be sure to satisfy.
Our favourite restaurants in Wexford (outside the town)
The final section of our guide takes a look at the best restaurants in Wexford outside of the town.
Below, you’ll find everything from The Duck and the Silver Fox to plenty more stunning places to eat in Wexford at the weekend.
1. Silver Fox Seafood Restaurant
Pop down the R739 into Kilmore Quay and you’ll be sure to spot the Silver Fox. Nestle yourself into their comfortable high-backed leather dining chairs, or if the sun is shining sit yourself down at one of their spacious outdoor tables, and tuck into the freshest of seafood dining.
If oysters are your thing, they’re at the best here; so good they may even convert the harshest critic. Otherwise, try a bowl of their seafood chowder, or the hot Kimore Prays and Kilmore Crab claws.
2. Wild and Native Seafood Restaurant
Take a quick trip down the N25 and follow the signs to Rosslare, and there you’ll find some of the best seafood in all of County Wexford. Situated just behind the waterfront, this restaurant is unassuming and a well kept secret.
Menus change daily with the morning’s fresh catch, but you can expect to find dishes like Wild Atlantic prawn cocktail, grilled oysters, Rosslare crab, or pan-fried Brill or Hake. They also serve excellent non-seafood dishes, and the Sleeda Farm fillet of beef, with a choice of whisky and mushroom, or garlic butter, or peppercorn sauce is delicious.
3. The Duck Restaurant
Elegant and rustic aren’t words you’d usually see paired together, but The Duck Restaurant in the Marlfield House Hotel manages it effortlessly. With exposed brickwork, casual seating, and a bright and airy glasshouse with French doors, it’s both stylish and relaxed.
A set lunchtime menu of two-courses includes dishes like pulled pork with glass noodles or crispy confit of duck with salad. On the two-course dinner menu, you’ll be treated to dishes like roasted garden beetroot and feta salad, or roast Margaret duck breast with summer vegetable ratatouille.
4. Alba Restaurant
Located in nearby Enniscorthy, Alba Restaurant offers diners a broad selection of the finest in Italian foods. With a traditional formal atmosphere, dark-wood tables and chairs, fine-stemmed glasses and linen cloths, it’s a fine-dining experience worthy of its reputation.
Whet your appetite with the grilled goat’s cheese and Sicilian caponata crostini, or even the duo of Sicilian arancini. Whilst the pasta is always a favourite, it’s worth skipping ahead to the slow-roasted pork belly roll for a real treat.
5. The Wilds
This is the kind of place where you come for your brunch on any given Sunday, and linger. You’ll sit over a cappuccino, read the paper, talk with friends.
You’ll relax and unwind in this casual yet chic environment, and that’s why it’s perfect. What’s great though is that you can take that style home too, as they have an in-house selection of wares available for purchase.
Start with a coffee while you wait for your Wilds Full Irish or Wilds Veggie Breakfast, and you’ll be stoked all day. If you want something lighter, try the Wilds granola or breakfast bap.
6. The Courtyard Bar & Restaurant
And last but by no means least in our guide to the best best restaurants in Wexford is the Courtyard. As the name suggests, the Courtyard Bar & Restaurant is perfect for those group gatherings, or louder social occasions.
With a variety of indoor and outdoor seating, ranging from bright and airy to a more moody atmosphere, there’s always room for one more.
The menu is filled with gastro-pub classics like golden fried mushrooms in beer batter, Brussels pork and cranberry paté, and chicken wings. But, you’ll also find Courtyard specialities like their cold meat platter, or the warm marinated Cajun chicken and egg salad.
What great Wexford restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some other great restaurants in Wexford in Town and beyond from the guide above.
If you have some favourite places to eat in Wexford that you’d like to recommend, drop a comment into the comments section below.
FAQs about the best places to eat in Wexford
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What Wexford Town restaurants are good for a date?’ to ‘Which Wexford restaurants with outdoor seating cater for groups?’.
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 Wexford?
In my opinion, Donna Marina, La Côte Seafood Restaurant and Cistín Eile are hard to beat.
What Wexford restaurants are good for a special occasion?
Personally, I think Alba, The Duck and Vine are hard to beat if you’re looking for something special.
Katherine is an food and travel writer with family-roots in Ireland. She enjoys hitting the road at every given opportunity, and can often be found with an atlas and notebook to hand planning the next big trip.