In search of the best restaurants in Lahinch? Our Lahinch restaurants guide will make your belly happy!
A popular surfing destination in County Clare, the lively town of Lahinch is a seaside resort well-known for its 18-hole championship golf course and beautiful sandy beach.
This picturesque town on Liscannor Bay is also home to many excellent dining establishments that offer everything from seafood delicacies to traditional Irish cuisine.
In the guide below, you’ll discover the best Lahinch restaurants on offer, from tasty pub grub to fancy places to eat.
Our favourite Restaurants in Lahinch
The first section of our guide to the best restaurants in Lahinch tackles our favourite places to eat in Lahinch.
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. Tasty Station Restaurant
If you are craving traditional Irish cuisine mixed with Eastern European flavours, look no further than the Tasty Station Restaurant.
This family-run restaurant is located in the beach town of Lahinch and just a short drive away from the popular Cliffs of Moher.
It’s all about locally sourced ingredients here at the Tasty Station Restaurant. Fish is supplied daily from CS, while the meat is delivered by O’Connor’s butchers from Limerick.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best things to do in Lahinch (you’ll find everything from stuff to do in the town to places to visit nearby)
2. Danny Mac’s
It’s no secret that Danny Mac’s is an institution here in Lahinch. Food is extremely tasty, comes in big portions, and is reasonably priced. What’s not to like?
Whether you opt for their big breakfast that includes 4 sausages, bacon, eggs, tomato beans, mushrooms, and white pudding or you decide to order lunch and dinner favourites such as roast lamb, salmon, or fish and chips, everything on the menu is mouthwatering.
In the mood for some sweet stuff? Go for the sugar and lemon crepe- style pancakes and you won’t be disappointed.
3. Barrtrá Seafood Restaurant
Overlooking Liscannor Bay, Barrtrá Seafood Restaurant is a family-run seafood and steak dining establishment that has been in the business since 1988.
Situated inside a whitewashed Irish country cottage with a lovely glass conservatory dining room and offering spectacular views of the bay, this fabulous spot is famed for its five-course surprise seafood or meat menu.
From the a-la-carte menu, try the fennel-stuffed plaice with shellfish bisque or order the 8oz Ribeye steak of Black Angus.
Desserts include options such as Queen of Sheba chocolate cake with coffee ice cream and Pavlova with fresh cream and whipped cream.
Packed with character, Barrtrá is one of the more unique Lahinch restaurants on offer. This place is well-worth nipping into!
Places to eat in Lahinch with excellent reviews
As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there’s an almost endless number of great places to eat in Lahinch on offer.
If you’re still not sold on any of the previous choices, the section below is packed with some more highly-reviewed Lahinch restaurants.
1. The Corner Stone Bar and Restaurant
You will find the Corner Stone Bar and Restaurant right on the main street in Lahinch. With traditional home-cooked Irish dishes like smoked salmon, grilled monkfish, sea bass, and bacon and cabbage, this casual eatery is an ideal place to stop for lunch or dinner.
Make sure to try their fish and chips, as well as the lemon cheesecake. In addition to hearty Irish home cooking and an extensive wine list, the Corner Stone Bar and Restaurant feature live music performances on the weekends.
If you’re looking for Lahinch restaurants where you can mark a special occasion, you can’t go wrong with an evening spent at the Cornerstone.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best hotels in Lahinch (with something to suit most budgets)
A self-proclaimed adventurer, Randy Lewis is from Canada. He cooked all over the world and decided to settle down in Lahinch where he opened up his Randaddy’s café and restaurant.
Located on the seafront, this lovely eatery offers an interesting food menu with favourites such as Moroccan meatballs with baked bread, seafood tagliatelle, and sweet potato fries.
The restaurant boasts a nice patio where guests can have breakfast, lunch, and evening meals while enjoying views of the Atlantic Ocean.
If you’re looking for restaurants in Lahinch that punch well above their weight, you won’t be disappointed with a visit to Randaddy’s.
3. O’Looney’s Bar & Restaurant
Welcome to O’Looney’s Bar & Restaurant, a stylish dual-level bar and restaurant located right on the promenade in Lahinch.
The restaurant’s shoreside terrace with panoramic views of the sea creates a perfect setting for a memorable dining experience.
From pub grub classics like chowder, chips, burgers, and steaks to exciting daily/evening specials and seafood delicacies, O’Looney’s offers something for everyone. This one of the best places to eat in Lahinch if you’re looking for a hearty feed.
4. Vaughan Lodge Hotel
Located between Cliffs of Moher and Lahinch in the small fishing village of Liscannor, Vaughan Lodge Hotel is home to the VL Restaurant.
This family-run pub has received numerous awards including 2 Rosettes for exceptional cuisine from the Automobile Association of Ireland.
Head chef, Pawel Giasiorowski uses locally sourced and high-quality ingredients for preparing lamb, scallops, sea bream, lobster, and duck dishes.
The restaurant is also featured in the Michelin Guide, so it comes as no surprise that it is usually packed with guests.
If you’re in search of Lahinch restaurants for dinner, there are set menus available for both 2 & 3 courses, as well as an extensive a la carte lunch and dinner menu.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best holiday homes in Lahinch (with something to suit most budgets)
Cafes and other great casual places to eat in Lahinch
The final section of our guide to the best restaurants in Lahinch tackles the more casual (yet none-the-less-tasty) places to eat in Lahinch.
Below, you’ll find everything from the brilliant Joe’s Cafe and Hugo’s to one of our favourite spots for a bit of lunch.
1. Joe’s Café
It may look like your average café from the outside, but Joe’s Café is actually one of the best places to eat in Lahinch for hearty homemade cuisine.
Located just before the promenade, this cute cafe is all about locally sourced foods. For instance, their beef is imported from Bernard Roughan, fresh herbs are brought in from Bell Harbour’s Celtic Salads, and sausages come directly from Loughnanes in Galway.
Healthy eaters will be pleased to hear that all stews and soups at Joe’s Café are dairy and gluten-free. It is also worth mentioning that desserts and pizza dough are made daily on-site.
2. Hugo’s Deli
No visit to Lahinch is complete without checking out the amazing Hugo’s Deli, a small bakery and café where bread tastes like heaven and Portuguese pastries are simply mouthwatering.
Customers say how the Portuguese custard tarts are extremely delicious and add that warm sausage rolls and locally sourced ham and cheese are also amazing.
As for the interior, there are a few wooden seats and a cool counter which is made from recycled packing cases.
3. Dodi Café
Dodi Café is another of the more casual Lahinch restaurants that’s perfect for a post-adventure bite-to-eat with friends or family.
Located in the heart of the town right on the main street, the café offers tasty Middle-Eastern inspired grub in a beautiful setting. Keep in mind that this is a small café and can accommodate approximately 20 guests.
Order their signature Shakshuka, a well-balanced dish with a bit of spice. Lemon & Poppyseed pancakes are also delicious, as well as tabbouleh & chorizo dishes. If you are in the mood for dessert, don’t miss the scones served with homemade raspberry jam.
What tasty Lahinch restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some other great restaurants in Lahinch from the guide above.
If you have a favourite Lahinch restaurant that you’d like to recommend, drop a comment into the comments section below.
FAQs about the best places to eat in Lahinch
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from what are the best restaurants in Lahinch for a fancy feed to which Lahinch 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 Lahinch?
Tasty Station, Danny Mac’s, Barrtrá and the Corner Stone Bar are our favourites of the many restaurants in Lahinch.
What Lahinch restaurants are good for a fancy meal?
If you fancy steering away from the more casual places to eat in Lahinch, both Barrtrá and Vaughan Lodge Hotel are worth checking out.
What are the best restaurants in Lahinch for something casual and tasty?
You can’t go wrong with Joe’s Café, Hugo’s Deli and Dodi Café.