In search of the best restaurants in Dundalk? Our Dundalk restaurants guide will make your belly happy!
Sitting at the mouth of the Castletown River, and at the beginning of the Cooley Peninsula, the live town of Dundalk has a lot to be proud of; history and heritage, music and myth, and of course, excellent cuisine.
From comfort food at Ma Brady’s to dinner with friends at Windsor Bar, there’s something to tickle most tastebuds here.
In the guide below, you’ll discover the best Dundalk restaurants on offer, with a little bit of something to suit most fancies.
Our favourite restaurants in Dundalk
The first section of our guide to the best restaurants in Dundalk tackles our favourite places to eat in Dundalk.
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. The Spotted Dog
No matter what brings you to Dundalk, The Spotted Dog is there for you day and night; pull up a seat in the courtyard-style dining area, or inside if you’re lucky, and take a load off.
The Spotted Dog is fresh and vibrant, with city-chic styling of industrial lighting and well-loved wooden tables and chairs. Grab a menu, and try not to drool, everything is as good as it sounds.
From the Great Northern Larder Breakfast to the Croque Madame, soup of the day never sounded so good before, and be warned; it’s very hard to go past the chocolate and hazelnut brownie.
2. The Townhouse
The Townhouse is finely located in the centre of the town, and it boasts a finely curated menu with comfort food and quirky eats (like their Buffalo Cauliflower Wings).
Abounding with European flavours and styling, you’ll find the menu is dotted with classics like bruschetta and crème brulée, but you’ll also find their house signature dishes.
Try the Superfood Salad with every colour in the rainbow, or the delectable Angela’s Cannelloni and its spinach and mushroom filling. This is one of our favourite restaurants in Dundalk for good reason.
3. Windsor Bar and Restaurant
Cosy and comfy with a traditional vibe to it, the Windsor Bar and Restaurant is a reminder of what true hospitality should look and feel like. Inside an old Victorian redbrick building, the decor is light and airy, with hints of old-world charm.
Order drinks from the bar, then find yourself a table to settle on into, you’re going to be here for a while, so there’s no need to rush.
Admire the wooden panelling as you nibble on some chicken liver pate, or the crab claws with prawns, and when you’re ready, get stuck into the lamb and mash.
The a la carte menu is packed with everything from marinated salads and risottos to crispy chilli chicken, gammon steak, Mexican 3 bean stew and much more.
4. Atami Japanese Cuisine
Dimly lit and seductive, the atmosphere at Atami Japanese Cuisine is one of intimacy and familiarity with its low lighting, small tables, and careful use of seating.
It’s the kind of restaurant you go to with your closest friends or someone you want to get to know better. Well, that and it likes to showcase the food, and when you see your plates you’ll understand why.
Choose the rainbow sushi if you fancy experiencing sushi as it should be or opt for the very tasty Teppan, either beef or chicken, and watch as the Teppan masters do their thing.
5. Ma Brady’s
Although it’s more of a cafe, I’d argue that Ma Brady’s could go toe-to-toe with some of the best restaurants in Dundalk, especially if you’re after some comfort food!
You’ll find it on Church Street where it’s popular with locals and visiting tourists alike. Although it has a no-fuss interior, it excels thanks to top-notch service and beautifully prepped food.
Menu wise, there’s everything from full Irish breakfasts and American-style pancakes to chicken burgers, curries and caesar salads.
Other popular places to eat in Dundalk
As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there’s an almost endless number of great places to eat in Dundalk on offer.
If you’re still not sold on any of the previous choices, the section below is packed with some more highly-reviewed Dundalk restaurants.
1. Sitar Indian Restaurant
Fancy heating things up a bit for a dinner out, or maybe just a hint of warming spices? The good news is that Sitar is the perfect spot if you’re seeking some Indian delights; all the classics plus a few you may not have tried before.
Relax and unwind in the traditional Indian decor of carved doorways and suspended cloth bunting. Feel free to float away on the delicious aromas as they fill the air while you wait, but do try the mild and aromatic Wicklow Lamb Pasanda, or the Prawns Phall to really clear your sinus.
Of course, if you need to cool things down, don’t forget the lassi! If you’re looking for Dundalk restaurants for a Saturday night out, Sitar is an excellent option.
2. Gourmet Palace Dundalk
Out of this world, or just out of Dundalk, this restaurant is the stuff of gourmet dreams. With a hint of mystery and international spy, the vibe of this restaurant is part Oriental-explosion and part sophisticated-gourmand with its carved statues and thematic ornamental decorations.
The crisp white linens, crystalline water glasses, and fine dining atmosphere are spellbinding. But try not to be too distracted by the opulent setting as you browse the menu, and focus instead on the immaculate presentation of dishes like Crispy Aromatic Duck, house-made Thai spring rolls and fish cakes, or Yungchow fried rice.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best hotels in Dundalk (with a mix of fancy and pocket-friendly stays)
Sophisticated elegance with comfortable familiarity, this small bistro-style restaurant offers its patrons a chic European experience with a menu that warms the heart.
Open from brunch through to an early dinner, it’s the perfect stop for that post-movie meal, or to charge yourself up before tackling the many things to do in Dundalk.
Circular grey velvet booth seats with crisp white linens, sparkling chandeliers with polished and bevelled mirrors, Greenmount may not be what you were expecting, but the menu will not just nourish your body, but also your soul.
Come for the quiet, stay for the Full Irish, or perhaps the steak and onion rings if you’re feeling more than peckish. This is another of the more popular Dundalk restaurants for good reason.
4. The Jockeys
Conveniently located within walking distance of the Dundalk Station, The Jockeys is an old school Irish pub that’s known for dishing up a tasty bit of grub, too.
You won’t find fancy plates here – this is the place for proper pub-grub – hearty and wholesome.. Take a seat at the leather-backed lounge, or the polished wood bar, and order the sharing platter if you’re with friends, or tackle a mains if you’re feeling hungry.
The portions here are generous and it’s a good spot to watch a match with friends.
What Dundalk restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant places to eat in Dundalk from the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!
FAQs about the various restaurants in Dundalk
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Where’s the best spot for a fancy meal?’ to ‘Where does the best pub grub?’.
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 Dundalk?
In my opinion, it’s hard to beat Windsor Bar and Restaurant, The Townhouse and The Spotted Dog.
What Dundalk restaurants are good for a weekend meal?
It depends what you’re after, really. If you like Indian, Sitar is a great option. If you fancy heading for drinks after, Windsor Bar is a good shout.
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.