In search of the best restaurants in Ennis? Our Ennis restaurants guide will make your belly happy!
This lively little town in Clare is home to some mighty places to eat, from casual pub grub to fancy dining that packs a punch!
In the guide below, you’ll discover the best Ennis restaurants on offer, from tasty pub grub to fancy places to eat.
Our favourite Restaurants in Ennis
The first section of our guide to the best restaurants in Ennis tackles our favourite places to eat in Ennis.
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!
Far from the average pub, Brogan’s is the kind of place that attracts lovers of food, drink (the Guinness here is ridiculously good!) and all things craic.
Serving fabulous cocktails and home to regular Irish music nights, Brogan’s truly comes to life in terms of the food they serve.
From homemade soups, salads and mussel starters to the hearty mains including locally reared steak, baked fish dishes and a range of stacked beef-burgers, this one of the best places to eat in Ennis if you’re looking for a hearty feed.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best pubs in Ennis (for great Guinness, live music and food).
2. The Market Bar & Restaurant
One of Ennis’ most popular spots for a cocktail or a refined evening meal, The Market Bar & Restaurant is known for the high quality experience it delivers.
With traditional but refined surrounds, The Market Bar & Restaurant boasts a menu packed with dishes to get guests salivating long before dinner arrive.
Some highlights here include seafood chowder, bacon and black pudding salad and hearty mains including steaks, burgers and fish dishes.
Overall, The Market is one of our favourite places to eat in Ennis, offering an authentic experience for locals and tourists alike.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best hotels in Ennis (with something to suit most budgets)
Serving up classic dishes in relaxed surrounds, Peppermill is a solid option of you’re looking for restaurants in Ennis that knock up a tasty lunch!
Or, you’re in search of places to eat in Ennis that do a great breakfast, the menu here boasts, with a rotating menu that can include anything from pancakes to bagels to waffles to full Irish breakfasts.
Guaranteeing a warm welcome, Peppermill is a homely spot open throughout the day for a range of delicious meals for the entire family.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best things to do in Ennis (you’ll find everything from stuff to do in the town to places to visit nearby)
More Restaurants in Ennis with excellent review scores
As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there’s an almost endless number of great places to eat in Ennis on offer.
If you’re still not sold on any of the previous choices, the section below is packed with some more highly-reviewed Ennis restaurants.
1. Henry’s Bistro & Wine Bar
Offering a classic dining experience in the heart of Ennis, Henry’s is a top quality spot for refined eats in this beautiful town.
The decor is classic and the menu follows suit, with locally sourced ingredients that are prepared according to first-rate techniques.
Some of the highlights at this bistro and wine bar include the mushroom risotto starter and the black pudding bon bons, a popular choice with those seeking a real taste of Ennis.
When it comes to mains, meat eaters will surely look toward the Hereford Rib Eye steak with all the trimmings whilst the lamb shank is also sure to entice.
This Italian bar and cafe at the heart of Ennis is a cracking spot for everything from breakfast to mid-morning snacks to a pasta lunch or elegant three course dinner.
With simple, light decor that makes good use of the huge windows, there is a real authentic feel to Passatempo.
Foodies in Ennis should head to Passatempo during their time in the town, with this popular spot serving up some seriously delicious goodies.
Whether hearty bowls of delicious gnocchi and pasta or a salumi plate for the whole table to dig in and share, Passatempo offers the full Italian experience in the heart of Ennis.
3. Poet’s Corner Bar
Offering a taste of classic Irish bar hospitality, Poet’s Corner is decked out in a way that you just don’t see enough these days.
Fortunately, the food is fantastic! Whether you choose the homemade soup, fish and chips or a delicious hearty burger, be sure to stick around into the evening in case one of their popular trad sessions breaks out, always an experience to remember!
Packed with character, Poet’s Corner is one of the more unique Ennis restaurants on offer. This place is well-worth nipping into!
4. McHugh’s Bar
To the naked eye, McHugh’s Bar is a traditional Irish pub with the kind of quaint charm that is commonly seen across County Clare.
On closer inspection however, McHugh’s Bar is a unique spot to visit for craft beer, designer cocktails and some of the most adventurous food in town!
McHugh’s Bar is known for their fresh approach, carving out a niche for themselves in the Ennis gastronomic milieu.
McHugh’s Bar serves up flavourful tacos, tapas and much more besides. Classic starters such as baked camembert and mussels in white wine sauce are always a good bet for this with a traditional palette.
Other great places to eat in Ennis
The final section of our guide to the best restaurants in Ennis is packed with some more spots that have racked up rave reviews online.
Below, you’ll find popular places to eat in Ennis, like the Old Ground, to some of the towns’ newer eateries.
1. The Old Ground Hotel
Locals know that The Old Ground is home to one of the best kept culinary secrets in Ennis. Although a renowned elegant hotel, The Old Ground is home to excellent dining options too.
When it comes to pastry, they might even do the finest of any establishment in Ennis and this is best exhibited in their vol au vents. Coming with a range of fillings, the vol au vents at The Old Ground are stacked high and come with the kind of flakey crunch that is hard to find outside of France!
Something of a dying art in the culinary world, a high quality vol au vent is something everybody should have the chance to try and those served up at The Old Ground are among the finest anywhere!
If you’re looking for Ennis restaurants where you can mark a special occasion, you can’t go wrong with an evening spent at the Old Ground.
2. Souper Cafe
Serving up the finest broths, soups and consomme in all of Ennis, this homely town centre spot is a top place to come for a warming bowl accompanied by a range of traditional breads, sandwiches and more.
Souper Cafe is known for the quality of their goulash, a traditional Hungarian soup/stew packed with meat, vegetables and lots and lots of paprika, a not so secret ingredient that makes Hungarian cuisine delicious.
Other options at this popular spot include cream of mushroom, roasted vegetable and a delicious soup of the day that changes regularly.
3. Sweet N Green (one of the more popular Ennis restaurants)
Modern, unique and always always fresh, Sweet N Green is another of the more casual Ennis restaurants that’s perfect for a post-adventure bite-to-eat with friends or family.
Whether you choose one of their delicious smoothies or hearty dishes such as baked eggs or eggs royale, the end result at Sweet N Green is always delicious!
From their berry smoothie bowls to their delicious gym bowls, the food at Sweet N Green is always colourful and incredibly inviting. Without a doubt, this is a unique place to come and eat in Ennis!
4. Adriano’s Pizza & Pasta
Specialising in Pizza tonda, a uniquely Roman variety of this classic Italian comfort food, Adriano’s has established itself as one of the most popular spots in Ennis for mediterranean flavours.
Simple, authentic and always great quality, Adriano’s is a staple when it comes to delicious Italian cuisine in Ennis.
Their ingredients are often imported from Italy, whilst the staff always maintain a warm demeanour even when it gets busy, which it does on weekends at Adriano’s!
5. Mondo Coffee Shop Ennis
Serving up what is in all likelihood the finest coffee in Ennis, Mondo is also known for the quality of their delicious snacks, plates and cakes.
The cinnamon rolls in particular are the stuff of legend at Mondo, whilst the sheer quality of their coffee makes this spot head and shoulders above the competition in Ennis!
Whether you want a strong espresso or a comforting, creamy flat white to get your day going or provide a much needed boost, Mondo is the place!
What great Ennis restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some other great restaurants in Ennis from the guide above.
If you have a favourite Ennis restaurant that you’d like to recommend, drop a comment into the comments section below.
FAQs about the best places to eat in Ennis
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from what are the best restaurants in Ennis for a fancy feed to which Ennis 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 Ennis?
My favourite restaurants in Ennis are Henry’s Bistro & Wine Bar, Peppermill, The Market Bar & Restaurant and Brogan’s.
What Ennis restaurants are good for a fancy meal?
If you fancy steering away from the more casual places to eat in Ennis, Old Ground Hotel and Henry’s are two great options.
What are the best restaurants in Ennis for something casual and tasty?
The likes of Brogan’s and McHugh’s are two spots for pubs grub. The cafes mentioned above are also nice and casual.
James Connolly is a professional writer based in London. Having lived in cities across the world including Mumbai, Medellin and Barcelona, he uses his expertise to write articles showcasing the best of global travel.