In search of the best restaurants in Killybegs? Our Killybegs restaurants guide will make your belly happy!
Killybegs has plenty of independent cafes, bars and restaurants with something for every occasion.
Whether you want a box of fresh seafood from a food shack, a cream tea or a family meal and a pint, there’s plenty to choose from.
In the guide below, you’ll discover the best Killybegs restaurants on offer, with a little bit of something to tickle every fancy.
Our favourite places to eat in Killybegs
The first section of our guide to the best restaurants in Killybegs tackles our favourite places to eat in Killybegs.
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. Anderson’s Boathouse Restaurant
Owned and operated by renowned chef Garry Anderson and his wife Mairead, The Boathouse opened in 2019. It was a step up from their successful Killybegs Seafood Shack, an award-winning seasonal eatery on the Old Pier.
Garry has worked under Gordon Ramsey in Claridges and at the five star Lough Eske Castle, Donegal, Spotting an opening for an authentic upmarket seafood restaurant, they chose an appropriate location overlooking Killybegs harbour, Ireland’s premier fishing port.
Their delicious cuisine includes Garry’s award-winning Seafood Chowder (Ireland’s Best 2019 and 2020) and his equally well-acclaimed Pavlova with Winter Berry Compote. This is one of the best restaurants in Killybegs for good reason.
2. The Fleet Inn Guesthouse & Restaurant
Hard to miss with its bright exterior and corner location on Bridge Street, The Fleet Inn offers a warm welcome. It’s a 3-in-1 with a guesthouse, restaurant and pub. Open from 5pm (and noon on weekends), it has a broad menu focusing on local cuisine and prime ingredients.
Try the Soup of the Day with Guinness Bread and move onto to delicious entrees including Sous Vide Chicken with Wild Mushroom and Truffle Tortellini or Pink Duck Breast with Cranberry. It’s not your normal run-of-the-mill pub grub, as you can see.
If you’re looking for Killybegs restaurants to kick back in this weekend with a group of friends or familias, The Fleet Inn is well worth checking out.
Related read: Check out our guide to 13 of the best things to do in Killybegs (and nearby) in 2022. There’s a mix of tours, walks, hikes and scenic drives.
3. Killybegs Seafood Shack
Doing a brisk trade on the pier in Shore Road, Killybegs Seafood Shack is the #1 TripAdvisor Quick Bites. Open for lunch and dinner, it has a tasty menu of seafood, Irish favourites and fast food including the tastiest fish and chips.
Try the fried calamari or breaded scampi and chips – the portions are very generous! Seafood lovers can share a seafood mix – big chunks of cod, succulent scampi, calamari and chips.
Lovely! Food is prepared fresh to order and there’s always a queue, which is a recommendation in itself.
4. Ahoy Cafe
Specialising in breakfast, brunch and lunch, the Ahoy Cafe is right on the waterfront on Shore Road in Killybegs. It’s a great place to drop in after a bracing walk as it does a tasty line in sandwiches, soups and specials as well as coffee and cakes.
Eat in or take away options include include delicious crab burgers with chips on a toasted brioche bun, fish tacos with a side of chips and flavoursome burgers including a vegan option.
The pulled BBQ beef and nacho crumb is a signature dish, also served in a tasted brioche bun for added yum! If you’re looking for casual restaurants in Killybegs that pack a punch, you’ll love Ahoy Cafe.
Other excellent places to eat in Killybegs with brilliant reviews
Now that we have our favourite places to eat in Killybegs out of the way, it’s time to see what other culinary delights this county has to offer.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from the Turntable and Mrs B’s to some often overlooked Killybegs restaurants that are well worth nipping into.
1. The Turntable Restaurant
Located in the Tara Hotel, the Turntable Restaurant serves outstanding cuisine in upscale surrounding with warm decor and nice table settings. The waterfront location on Main Street provides outstanding views of Killybegs Harbour.
The plush restaurant offers Table d’Hote and A la Carte menus. providing a superb choice of traditional and modern cuisine. They also do an excellent bar menu with fish and chops, monkfish medallions, steaks, curry, pasta and lasagne.
Or how about the Castlefinn Sirloin Steak Sandwich on toasted ciabatta with pepper sauce? Desserts include homemade trifle and sticky toffee pudding with rum toffee sauce. This is another good option for those of you looking for more formal restaurants in Killybegs.
2. Mrs B’s Coffee House
Mrs B’s Coffee House is a smart and friendly cafe with outdoor tables when the weather’s fine. They start with a menu of cooked breakfast favourites including bacon, sausage, eggs, pudding and potato bread with toast, tea and coffee included in the price.
They also do a veggie cooked Irish option along with pancakes and tasty bacon, sausage and egg baps. Later in the day, they roll out scones, soups, salads, wraps and stuffed artisan sandwiches.
You can even build your own toastie! It’s a great place to order ahead by phone and pick up a take-away picnic lunch if you’re going exploring for the day.
3. Hughie’s Bar
Located at 22 Main Street, Hughie’s Bar is a traditional pub with a bar and lounge in the hub of the town. It not only serves up delicious food, ranging from curries to burgers, it also has lively entertainment starting every Friday night with a local band.
Saturday nights have DJs spinning the sounds and requests are welcome. The Juke Box is a popular feature, loaded to the hilt with hits. Bar food is served hot and is always tasty.
For drinks, they have a full range of ales and a superb signature cocktails menu including many top gins and botanicals.
4. Melly’s Cafe
Melly’s Cafe is open Monday to Saturday 11am to 6pm and focuses on Irish cuisine is in a friendly cafe environment on the waterfront on the High Street. Awarded “Best in City” for their seafood and fast food, they have friendly staff and great personal service.
Their perfectly cooked haddock and chips is a mainstay along with yummy mile-high burgers, tasty seafood, catch of the day and fresh fries. Warming soups and fish chowders also make a filling lunch option followed by dessert.
Sweet treats include apple pie and ice cream accompanied by a speciality coffee or herbal tea.
5. The Bayview Hotel
Luke’s Bar at the Bayview Hotel in Killybegs makes a great stop for those exploring the Wild Atlantic way near Killybegs. Steeped in history, the hotel has a fine cocktail lounge on the first floor with fabulous harbour views through picture windows.
The bar has large screen and 50” plasma TV for watching the game with your mates in comfortable surroundings around the fire.
At street level, Luke’s Bar oozes character and is just the place for sharing tall tales over a pint of Guinness, or enjoying casual dining and coffee with friends.
They also serve fabulous bar snacks and cream teas with homemade scones and strawberry jam.
What great Killybegs restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some other great restaurants in Killybegs from the guide above.
If you have some favourite places to eat in Wexford that you’d like to recommend, drop a comment into the comments section below.
FAQs about the best places to eat in Killybegs
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What Killybegs restaurants are good for a date?’ to ‘Which have outdoor dining options?’.
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 Killybegs?
In our opinion, it’s hard to beat Anderson’s, The Fleet Inn and Killybegs Seafood Shack, but each of the options above is worth checking out.
What Killybegs restaurants are good for a special occasion?
Anderson’s Boathouse Restaurant and The Turntable Restaurant are arguably two of your best bets if you’re looking for a more formal sit-down meal in the town.
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.