In search of the best restaurants in Killaloe? Our Killaloe restaurants guide will make your belly happy!
Located on the banks of the Shannon River and Lough Derg, Killaloe is a historic town in County Clare just across the 13-arch bridge from its sister community, Ballina.
We’ve hunted down some of the best restaurants in Killaloe, and if we occasionally stray across the river to Ballina, rest assured it’s worth the trip!
In the guide below, you’ll discover the best Killaloe restaurants on offer, from tasty pub grub to fancy places to eat.
Our favourite restaurants in Killaloe
The first section of our guide to the best restaurants in Killaloe tackles our favourite places to eat in Killaloe.
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. Tuscany Bistro, Ballina/Killaloe
Tuscany Bistro on Main Street Ballina brings a touch of authentic Italian cuisine to the shores of the River Shannon. It began as an upscale mother-and-daughter catering company and now has two restaurants promising the ultimate in Italian dining.
Rooted in a passion for authentic Italian cuisine by a family originating in Italy, this is a restaurant that never fails to delight.
From the signature pizzas with a pantry-full of toppings to the sirloin steaks served with asparagus wrapped in parma ham, Tuscany Bistro provides a divine experience for foodies.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best things to do in Killaloe (you’ll find everything from stuff to do in the town to places to visit nearby)
2. Brian Boru on the Hill
Named in honour of the High King of Ireland who was born in Killaloe, Brian Boru on the Hill is equally impressive as a top-notch dining establishment. Established in 2003, it frequently features on lists of the best restaurants in Tipperary and beyond.
This high-class restaurant and the adjoining O’Donovan’s Bar serves cocktails, lunch and dinner and caters for vegetarians with both Irish and European cuisine.
Consistently rated “Excellent” by diners, this classic restaurant in Ballina is known for its Sunday lunch and catered functions with amazing food and wonderful service.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best hotels in Killaloe (with something to suit most budgets)
3. Flanagan’s on the Lake
Right on the waterfront in Ballina and just a hop from the bridge, Flanagan’s on the Lake is everything an award-winning Gastropub should be.
It has it all – a scenic location, extensive menu, great atmosphere, indoor and outdoor seating and a good choice of beers, wines and spirits.
The menu has something for everyone with vegetarian and gluten-free options. Whiskey lovers will appreciate joining in a whiskey tasting in the iconic whiskey tower experience. This superb eatery is open from noon to midnight 7 days a week
Other great places to eat in Killaloe
As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there’s an almost endless number of great places to eat in Killaloe on offer.
If you’re still not sold on any of the previous choices, the section below is packed with some more highly-reviewed Killaloe restaurants.
1. Goosers Bar and Restaurant
Goosers is a charming all-Irish thatched pub restaurant which is said to have put Ballina on the radar for gourmands many years ago. It combines fine dining with a country pub experience right on the waterfront.
Goosers was developed in the 1980s by Richard Perrott who began the gastro pub experience in Ireland. After successfully running several other successful pubs and restaurants in Kinsale, he relocated to Ballina and Goosers was born.
Now run by Fidelma and Thomas Andrews, the restaurant’s strong culinary reputation combines traditional Irish favourites and international cuisine served in intimate dining spaces. This one of the best places to eat in Killaloe if you’re looking for a hearty feed.
2. The Wooden Spoon
At the foot of Convent Hill on Main Street, Killaloe is the Wooden Spoon. This is another of the more casual Killaloe restaurants that’s perfect for a post-adventure bite-to-eat with friends or family.
Passers-by beware – it seduces with its aromatic offerings of fresh bread, pastries, sausage rolls, Irish cuisine and lemon pie that are all made fresh daily in the kitchen. Opened in 2009 by Laura Kilkenny, the Wooden Spoon has an imaginative menu of all things good.
The cafe-style menu offers great latte and hot chocolate to accompany sweet treats, but if it’s lunch you’re after delve into the grilled meats, salads and quiches. They’re all good!
3. The Pipers Inn Bar and Restaurant
The Piper’s Inn Killaloe is an authentic Irish alehouse-cum-restaurant with over 100 years of history. Opened in the 1920, it was Tony Keegan who introduced traditional music in the 1980s.
This family run pub continues the transitional with a stylish restaurant, bar with snug and a campsite if you want to pitch a tent and sleep off the night’s partying!
Lunch (noon to 6pm) flows seamlessly into dinner with a menu of tasty starters, burgers, roast beef and Yorkshire pudds, fresh fish and local meat all attractively priced.
4. Ponte Vecchio
Of course, Killaloe has its own little taste of Italy at Ponte Vecchio, aptly named after Florence’s famous bridge. Beneath the rafters, this charming grocery and coffee shop is heaped with delicious food, wine and coffee.
Pick up gourmet ingredients for dinner or spoil yourself by letting Andrew and his team cook it for you.
From toasted ciabatta and handmade pizzas to fresh clams and Sicilian arancini, it all goes down sublimely with a glass of wine – Italian of course!
5. The Lakeside Hotel (one of the most unique restaurants in Killaloe)
Standing on the Ballina side of Lough Derg since 1894, the imposing Lakeside Hotel makes a great first impression with its lovely garden dining and scenic views.
They specialise in sourcing the best farm-to-fork ingredients used in extensive and creative menus.
The menu here boasts everything from prime Irish Hereford steaks swim in creamy peppercorn sauce with crispy onion rings or how about seared seabass fillets with couscous and a coconut and chilli sauce followed by strawberry and ginger creme brulee?!
If you’re looking for Killaloe restaurants where you can mark a special occasion, you can’t go wrong with an evening spent at the Lakeside Hotel.
6. Bóruma Gastro Bar
Formerly Mollys Bar and Restaurant, Bóruma Gastro Bar is a welcoming open-plan restaurant and bar right on the lakeside and close to the bridge.
On the ground floor, traditional bar food is served including pastas and pizza and the extensive drinks menu ranges from milkshakes and cocktails to wine and draught beers.
Head upstairs to enjoy outdoor dining with fantastic views of Killaloe, or perhaps you’d prefer to embrace the fresh air and riverside views from street-side tables. After dark, the basement comes to life as a local nightclub so everything’s covered.
What great Killaloe restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some other great restaurants in Killaloe from the guide above.
If you have a favourite Killaloe restaurant that you’d like to recommend, drop a comment into the comments section below.
FAQs about the best places to eat in Killaloe
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from what are the best restaurants in Killaloe for a fancy feed to which Killaloe 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 Killaloe?
I’d argue that the best restaurants in Killaloe are Flanagan’s on the Lake, Brian Boru on the Hill and Tuscany Bistro.
What Killaloe restaurants are good for a fancy meal?
If you fancy steering away from the more casual places to eat in Killaloe, the likes of Flanagan’s on the Lake is a great option.
What are the best restaurants in Killaloe for something casual and tasty?
The Pipers Inn, Bóruma Gastro Bar and Ponte Vecchio are all well worth dropping into!
Gillian Birch is a travel writer and published author. She has travelled the world and uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many travel experiences, particularly those that involved adventures in Ireland.