The trend towards using local and seasonal produce makes Donegal one of the best places in Ireland to find a good restaurant. At one of Donegal’s most successful restaurants in the Foyle Hotel, Moville, you should try their mussels with cider and barley. The Boathouse in the town shows how it’s done, with very good reports. In the pretty village of Culdaff, McGrory’s Hotel, with its legendary front bar, back bar and restaurant, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There’s an Indian influence joining the Irish specials with the bar menu offering a tasting plate with bhajis, tempura prawns, Donegal wings and goat’s cheese fritters.
A few miles away, Kealy’s in Greencastle is famous for its seafood chowder, described by fans as thick and creamy with decent chunks of proper fish. This family-run restaurant, founded in 1989 by James and Tricia McKealy who converted his father’s pub, is the place to choose for a special night out. The Red Door Country House overlooks Lough Swilly and after a walk to work up an appetite on part of the Wild Atlantic Way, you can dine in a property built in the same year as the French Revolution, 1789. And in Carndonagh, Simpsons Bar and Restaurant has been feeding hungry locals and visitors since 1911.
Unit 4, Main Street Car Park, Donegal, Ireland
Situated in Donegal Town on the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way is Chandpur, a Bangladeshi/Indian restaurant, multiple winner of Best Indian Restaurant in Ireland. All of the food is prepared to order using only fresh, locally-sourced produce, fused with spices and produce from Asia to create award-winning dishes. No colours or preservatives are added to the food and the restaurant caters for customers including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free. Visit website
Riverside Retail Park, Neil T Blaney Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Put simply, Stateside is “a real taste of America!”. Situated on the Neil T Blaney Road in Letterkenny, Stateside is a fantastic stop off on the Wild Atlantic Way route to refuel before continuing on your journey! The menu is typically American with great individual tasty appetisers and some amazing ones to share, fresh home-made burgers, steaks, ribs, chicken, fajitas and pastas. Visit website
The Mall, Townparks, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Though only being under new management since October 2017, Nirvana Restaurant in Ballyshannon, has become a firm favourite with both locals and tourists alike. New owners, head chef Eugene Gallagher and manageress Sharon Norris have a wealth of experience under their belts, having worked in restaurants across the UK and Europe over the past 15 years. Sharon gained most of her knowledge managing a variety of restaurants in Scotland, meanwhile Eugene has headed up kitchens in both Spain and back on home turf.
The House Gastro Pub
The Diamond, Crossmoyle, Donegal Road, Co. Monaghan, H23 HV00, Ireland
The House Gastro Pub is situated in the heart of the historic Donegal Town with dining views onto The Diamond. It’s a warm and cosy Irish pub that is becoming famous for its food with a difference. The team always aim to keep their produce local, Irish and fresh, however the dishes all range from different influences with some of guest favourites including dynamite shrimp, salt and chilli confit duck wings, General Tso chicken and cashew cream vegan lasagne.
The Rusty Mackerel
Teelin Road, Lergadaghtan, Carrick, Co. Donegal, Ireland
The Rusty Mackerel is a renowned traditional Irish bar restaurant made famous for its traditional Irish music, food, warm and friendly atmosphere with a vibrant mix of both locals and visitors at the foot of the Sliabh Liag Mountains. The menu reflects the best seasonal local produce Donegal has on offer served in the flag-stoned bar with fish caught at night and delivered fresh to our door every morning. Visit website
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