If you’re in search of the best restaurants in Dunfanaghy in Donegal, you’ve landed in the right place.
Dunfanaghy, as you’re probably aware of if you’re reading this guide, is a fine little best for exploring some of the best things to do in Donegal.
And, your belly will be glad to hear, there are several brilliant restaurants in Dunfanaghy where you can grab a tasty post-adventure feed.
Our favourite restaurants in Dunfanaghy
Below, you’ll find everything from casual dining and cheap places to eat in Dunfanaghy to pizzerias and cosy cafes.
If you have any restaurants in Dunfanaghy that you’d like to recommend after reading this guide, let us know in the comments.
1. The Rusty Oven Pizzeria
The Rusty Oven Pizzeria is one of the most popular restaurants in Dunfanaghy. Tucked in behind Patsy Dan’s Pub, this restaurant offers authentic wood-fired pizza with genuine Buffalo mozzarella cheese.
Step inside this secret garden and enjoy a variety of pizza ranging from options like caramelized onion and goat cheese pizza (there’s even Nutella pizza for desert!).
The pizza dough and bread is made fresh and the restaurant uses the finest ingredients when preparing their wares. Keep in mind that this is a cash-only restaurant it’s worth booking a table in advance during the summer months.
2. Muck n Muffins
Situated inside a beautifully renovated three-story building in the coastal resort of Dunfanaghy, Muck n Muffins is a pottery studio, café, and a gift shop.
After finishing Ceramic Design at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, two Sisters, Deborah and Emma Moore decided to open one of the most unique restaurants in Dunfanaghy.
The gift shop is where visitors will find Deborah and Emma’s pottery and a wide range of fair trade gifts like candles, scarves, and jewellery, while the pottery studio can be found on the ground floor and offers everything from sculptural pieces to tableware.
Upstairs, the cute café overlooks the square and is a great place to enjoy coffee and hot chocolate, as well as tasty foods like salads, fajitas, wraps, soup, and sandwiches.
Lizzie’s Diner is one of the more popular restaurants in Dunfanaghy and it attracts both locals and tourists who come here to enjoy the reasonably priced, top quality food on offer.
On the menu, expect to find dishes like seafood chowder with wheaten bread, chicken fillet burger topped with goat’s cheese, and seafood tagliatelle. They also have steak nights, so keep an eye out!
You can even bring your own bottle of wine and pay a small corkage fee. Lizzie’s seems to be constantly busy, so make sure to book your table in advance or visit early in the day.
4. Patsy Dan’s Bar
Sharing a building with the previously mentioned Rusty Oven pizza joint, Patsy Dan’s Bar is one of our favourite pubs in Dunfanaghy.
With low ceilings, cosy fires, and dark corners, this pub hosts live music nights all year round and offers a wide range of both local and imported beers.
Not to be missed are the Traditional Irish Sessions that take place every Friday and Monday evenings. In case you get hungry, order tasty pizza from the adjacent pizza place or check out the ice cream parlour that serves an extensive variety of Italian ice creams.
5. Cafe Arnou Cocktail & Wine Bar (one of our favourite restaurants in Dunfanaghy)
Serving a full breakfast and lunch menu, Cafe Arnou Cocktail & Wine Bar is a great place to unwind and enjoy a variety of foods ranging from steaks to speciality burgers like the Indian inspired lamb burger. A
ll burgers are served with a selection of fabulous sides. Visitors with a sweet tooth can try desserts like cookie sandwiches and retro banana splits. The freshly baked scones are also worth ordering.
In the evening, this place transforms into a cool gourmet bar where guests can enjoy cocktails and stunning views of Sheephaven Bay and Wild Atlantic Way.
6. An Chistin
Located in the centre of Dunfanaghy, An Chistin offers an amazing variety of tasty foods for every palate. Whether you are craving a Full Irish breakfast, want to try her homemade chowder, or enjoy kebabs and pizza, Angie and her team have got you covered.
The restaurant also offers it’s signature traditional roast, as well as steaks and homemade hamburgers.
An Chistin is situated inside your average village house and offers a laid-back vibe. Keep in mind that An Chistin has only one dining room and bookings on weekends are essential.
7. Starfish Café & Bistro
If you’re in search of restaurants in Dunfanaghy that knock up a very rasty brunch, make your way to the Starfish Café & Bistro.
The French toast with bacon, maple syrup, bananas and natural yoghurt is delicious and the signature dish on the menu.
The décor is lovely and has a nautical vibe which is not that uncommon for eateries in this part of Ireland. Order the butternut squash soup or try the local Donegal cheese and ham platter with wheaten bread toasted sandwich.
Places to visit near Dunfanaghy after you’ve eaten
So, after you’ve fuelled up in one of the restaurants in Dunfanaghy, it’s time for a bit of exploring. Below, you’ll find places to visit a stones-throw from the town.
1. Horn Head
The mighty Horn Head is a short, 10-minute drive from many of the places to eat in Dunfanaghy mentioned above. It’s easy to get to and on a clear day the views are sensational.
Dunfanghy is a short spin away from some of the best beaches in Donegal. Killahoey Beach, Tramore, Marble Hill Strand are all perfect for a post-feed ramble.
3. Walks, walks and more walks
The mighty Ards Forest Park is a 10-minute drive from most of the restaurants in Dunfanaghy mentioned above. There’s endless walking opportunities here to dive into.
Dunfanaghy restaurants: Where have we missed?
I’m sure that we’ve unintentionally missed out on some brilliant restaurants in Dunfanaghy in the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let us know in the comments section below.