In search of the best restaurants in Clontarf in Dublin? Our Clontarf restaurants guide will make your belly happy!
Regardless of whether you’re looking for something more formal to impress, or for somewhere casual to relax and unwind, there’s restaurants in Clontarf to tickle every fancy.
And, the beauty of grabbing food in this seaside town is that you can head for a ramble on Bull Island or in St Anne’s Park first, and kick back with a bite after.
In the guide below, you’ll discover the best Clontarf restaurants on offer, with a bit of something to suit most budgets.
Our favourite restaurants in Clontarf
The first section of our guide to the best restaurants in Clontarf tackles our favourite places to eat in Clontarf.
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!
With a relaxed atmosphere and family-oriented presentation, Hemmingways is perfect for a special night out. Located just up from Clontarf Road, the restaurant combines modern cuisine with comfortable surroundings.
Try their Crispy Spring Rolls as a starter, or perhaps the Seafood Medley since you’re by the coast. If seafood’s not to your liking, try the Caribbean Blackened Chicken, or fillet steak, as they always please.
If you fancy a tipple, Hemmingways has a fine selection of wines from across Europe and South America. Dine-in, or takeaway orders can be placed online.
Kinara is an award-winning Pakistani restaurant that produces outstanding cuisine and service. The atmosphere is relaxing and inviting, with an Asian-inspired aesthetic of gold-linen walls, dark table settings and crisp linens.
Sit back and unwind, let their attentive staff bring you one of their cocktails, perhaps a High King, or Popcorn Gimlet. Be tempted by the Behari Kebab entree, or perhaps share a seafood platter, both are mouth-watering.
When you’re ready for your main course, the Palak Gosht is unforgettable; slow-braised lamb finished with traditional spices. If you’re looking for restaurants in Clontarf to mark a special occasion, you won’t go wrong here.
3. Harry Byrnes
Looking for somewhere to kick back like a local, and maybe sink a few pints after you’ve rambled around St Anne’s Park?! Harry Byrnes will be right up your street!
A lively local with a welcoming vibe, this pub is the perfect getaway from what worries you most (it’s also one of the oldest pubs in Dublin!).
Have them pull you a Guinness, or cocktail of choice, and sit back while you wait for your wood-fired pizza to be prepared. If you’re into classic toppings, go for their #1 with Toons Bridge Fiori di latte cheese.
But, if you like a bit of oomph, then try the #6 with its variety of meats. Open 6 days a week, from 3-10:30pm, and closed on Monday.
4. Bay Restaurant
Take in the sea views and sunset as you relax into the informal setting of this coastal restaurant. With pale coloured tables, tonal linens, and polished cutlery and semi-formal tables, it’s better suited to older children or adult companions.
Their Sesame Chicken or Pistachio and Orange Duck Liver Pate are bound to start the conversation. The Warm Vietnamese noodle bowl also comes highly recommended, as does the Vegetarian pulled oats tacos.
Or perhaps sip on an Aperol Royal while you decide for yourself. Dine-in, or takeaway is available with phone orders only. Open 7 days a week, from 9am-10pm.
Other popular places to eat in Clontarf
As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there’s an almost endless number of great places to eat in Clontarf on offer.
If you’re still not sold on any of the previous choices, the section below is packed with some more highly-reviewed Clontarf restaurants.
1. Picasso Restaurant
Picasso Restaurant offers the very best of traditional Italian hospitality and authentic cuisine. They use the freshest local ingredients, and all their chefs are chosen for their years of experience in real Italian kitchens. The atmosphere is formal, so best suited to adult dining.
For an unforgettable evening, ask for the Granchio al Limone, Tartare di Salmone Affumicato, or Cozze alla Marinara to set the tone.
All of these dishes would pair beautifully with a Champagne Henriot, or IGT Principato Chardonnay. Dine-in, or takeaway with an online ordering option. Open 7 days, from 12-11pm.
2. The Pigeon House Clontarf
Defined as modern European, the atmosphere is light and airy, with pale wooden chairs and tables. Settings are classical, with white linens and polished cutlery and cut-clear glass. An alfresco area is available with limited seating, and dining inside or out is recommended for all ages.
The menu features dishes like Dill Cured Salmon, and Baba Ghanoush, or Pork Chops on Celeriac Slaw. While the drinks menu is tempting with cocktails like a Toblerone or Gingerbread Heaven.
Open 5 days a week for dine-in or takeaway; Wednesday-Sunday 9am-3pm and Thursday-Sunday 5-9pm, closed on Monday and Tuesday.
3. The Yacht
With waterfront views, a modern exterior and lovely and cosy on the inside, you’ll be blown away as you step through the doors of The Yacht.
The atmosphere is elegant sophistication, with dark-wood bars, ornate plaster ceilings, and radiant chandeliers that show off the polished-wood floors. The Yacht is everything a bar and restaurant should be.
Nibble on the inviting ‘Bites’ menu while you wait for your drinks. The Roast of the Day, and Oven Baked Lasagne are popular, and the Buttermilk Chicken is a strong favourite with its onion rings and fries.
If you’re looking for Clontarf restaurants where you can kick back with a few drinks after your meal, The Yacht is a great shout (especially if you can nab the outdoor seaview seating).
4. Casa Pasta
Family-friendly across the generations, Casa Pasta is your go-to for good times in great company. The tables are spacious and meant to be lingered over with those you love most. Whilst the waterfront setting will keep your eyes busy, the delicious flavours and textures of their dishes will satisfy even the hungriest of appetites.
Get stuck into any of their pasta dishes, from the Carbonara to the Hot Italian Sausage, or perhaps their specialty pizzas if you prefer.
There are daily specials, so do check before ordering. Open 7 days a week for dine-in and takeaway, or contactless delivery; available from 8am-8:30pm Sunday – Wednesday, or 8am-9pm on Thursday – Saturday.
As the name would suggest, Fishbone is primarily a seafood restaurant, however, there are several non-fishy options on the menu, like chicken wings and pulled-pork tacos.
Sit down at one of their modern tables, or at the bar on their deep-cushioned stools if you prefer, and order from the tempting menu.
Their Signature Burger is more than a mouthful, and the Pan Fried Sea Bream is sure to please delicate palates. But, if you’re looking to hang on to the lingering warmth of summer, try the Mediterranean Style Grilled Fish, and dream away.
What great Clontarf restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some other great restaurants in Clontarf from the guide above.
If you have a favourite Clontarf restaurant that you’d like to recommend, drop a comment into the comments section below.
FAQs about the best restaurants in Clontarf
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from what are the best restaurants in Clontarf for a fancy feed to which Clontarf restaurants are nice and chilled.
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 places to eat in Clontarf?
In our opinion, the best Clontarf restaurants are Bay, Kinara and Hemmingways (and, while Harry Byrnes is a pub, the food here is delish, too!).
What Clontarf restaurants are good for a meal with a group?
Personally, I like The Yacht for group get-togethers, as there’s some good space if you’re visiting with 5+ (just make sure to book in advance).