In search of the best restaurants in Navan? Our Navan restaurants guide will make your belly happy!
The food scene in Navan has been transformed over the last decade or so, with the town now home to a flurry of excellent eateries.
From our firm favourite, Room 8, to great places for a delicious lunch, like Crave, there’s plenty to choose from.
In the guide below, you’ll discover the best Navan restaurants on offer, with a little bit of something to tickle every fancy.
Our favourite restaurants in Navan
The first section of our guide to the best restaurants in Navan tackles our favourite places to eat in Navan.
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. Room 8
Room 8 is situated in the centre of Navan and has won several awards, like the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence to the 2019 Irish Hospitality Award and the 2019 Irish Edition Restaurant Award.
For breakfast (8 – 12), you’ll find a mix of light-bites and hearty dishes, with everything from their speciality scone to the breakfast burger (my personal favourite!) on offer. For lunch, there’s everything from the R8 superfood salad and a tasty shredded five spice duck salad to their selicious bang bang chicken and more.
This is, in my opinion, one of the best restaurants in Navan for good reason!
2. Zucchini’s Restaurant
Zucchini’s Restaurant is situated north of Navan in Blackcastle Shopping Centre. Run by head chef and director Paul McCullagh and his wife Fiona, Zucchini’s Restaurant opened in 2005 and has won several awards such as best restaurant, best casual dining, and best chef in Meath and Leinster.
All of the dishes here are freshly made with locally sourced products. Some of my favourites from Zuchini’s are the golden fried brie, the honey glazed pork belly and the very tasty Zucchini’s burger.
They also have an excellent early bird menu (all night from Sunday to Thursday and 5 – 7 on Fridays and Saturdays) where you’ll get 2 courses for €25 and 3 for €29. If you’re looking for restaurants in Navan to mark a special occasion, Zucchini’s is well worth checking out.
3. The Cross Guns Gastropub
The Cross Guns Gastropub is located in Castletown, a short spin from Navan town centre. Set inside a beautiful old stone building, they offer ‘New World Food in an Old World Setting’.
On the a la carte menu (this changes by season) yoiu’ll find everything from the soup of the day to an indulgent langoustine and lobster dish. There’s also everything from chciken wings and potato skins to truffle risotto and plenty more.
If you fancy splashing out, we’ve heard good things about their steak on the stone (comes with a side of Ratatouille and a choice of pomme dauphine, chips or champ, and is served with either herb butter, bearnaise sauce or pepper sauce.
Related read: Check out our guide to 15 of the best things to do in Navan (and nearby) in 2022.
Crave is located in the heart of the town at 30 Railway Street. This place is the perfect option for both for vegans and vegetarians as it features many options tailored to both diets. Here you will find an early bird menu, an a la carte menu as well as a vegan and vegetarian menu.
There’s an excellent early bird here – 2 courses for €23 or 3 courses for €27. On the menu, you’ll find a mix of small plates and mains. For starters, there’s everything from sticky pork ribs and cheese and bacon croquettes.
For mains, there’s stuffed chicken, lamb rack, a choice of steaks and a variety of fishy dishes.
5. The Central Navan
The Central is another of the more popular places to eat in Navan, and it’s racked up some rave reviews online over the years (currently 4.5/5 from 1,228 reviews on Tripadvisor).
Here you’ll find several bars (the Front Bar, the Vintage Lounge, the Tiki Bar, the Secret Speakeasy and the Restaurant Bar) where you can kick-back after a day of exploring.
On the evening menu, you’ll find starters like Asian duck nuckles and chicken wings to panko crumbed calamari and black pudding bon bons. For mains, there’s the half roast duck, a tasty Thai curry, wok tossed chicken and plenty more.
Other popular places to eat in Navan
As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there’s an almost endless number of great places to eat in Navan on offer.
If you’re still not sold on any of the previous choices, the section below is packed with some more highly-reviewed Navan restaurants.
1. China Garden
China Garden is a bit of a Navan institution and the reviews online (45./5 from 550+ reviews on Google) give you a sense of what to expect. This restaurant features five main areas, each of which is decorated with Chinese paintings and pieces of art from statues to wonderful lamps to traditional furniture.
Here you will find a la carte menus, set menus and special lunch offers. The two-course lunch special will only cost you around €10.00 while the three-course lunch special is around €15.00.
Some of the best dishes you will find here include lobster with ginger and spring onions, duck soo chow style and fried bean curd with vegetables in black bean sauce. This is another of the most popular restaurants in Navan for good reason.
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2. Soprano Pizza
Now, if you go off reviews, Soprano Pizza in Beechmount Home Park is one of the best places to eat in Navan, and they’ve racked up a 4.9/5 review score on Google at the time of typing.
A quick glance at the menu here throws up no real surprises – it has everything you’d expect from a pizza place on offer.
However, it’s the quality of the dough and the toppings that people rave about in reviews online.
3. The Valley Cafe
The Valley Cafe is situated in Navan town centre on Watergate Street. Founded in 1963, this is Navan’s oldest family-run restaurant! Some of the signature dishes include the burger special (a hamburger with chips accompanied by one side order and a can of minerals or milkshake).
There’s also the pizza special (a pizza with a choice of two toppings served with one side order and a can of minerals or milkshake).
This is one of the better-value restaurants in Navan, with dishes ranging from €3 to €10. The reviews for this place are also top-notch, with the Google review score sitting at 4.6/5 from 500+ reviews at the time of typing.
4. Fifty50 Navan
Fifty50 is a Mediterranean restaurant with Italian influences located in the heart of the town on Kennedy Road. Here you will find an a la carte menu, an early bird menu and a cocktail menu.
Some of the dishes served here include the Fifty50 bruschetta with chopped fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, chorizo and goats cheese, and the Fifty 50 risotto with wild mushrooms and shallots.
Fifty50 Navan also has a vast selection of vegan meals and a great choice of spirits, craft beers and cocktails that you can sip away on in the lounge area after, or before, your meal.
What great Navan restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some other great restaurants in Navan from the guide above.
If you have a favourite Navan restaurant that you’d like to recommend, drop a comment into the comments section below.
FAQs about the best places to eat in Navan
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What are the best Navan restaurants for a meal with friends?’ to ‘Which are the fanciest?’.
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 Navan?
In my opinion, the best restaurants in Navan are Room 8, Crave, Zucchini’s Restaurant and the Cross Guns Gastropub.
What are some good Navan restaurants for a night out?
Although it’s not exclusively a restaurant, the Central is a solid option for a night with friends. The food is great and there’s 5 bars to kick-back in.
I was born in a quiet corner of a Gaeltacht on the Dingle Peninsula. Over the years, I’ve explored Ireland far and wide, from the wilds of West Clare to the shores of Sherkin. Particularly fond of heritage, history and hikes (and words beginning with ‘H’, apparently…).