Ireland

Fine dining: Ireland's Michelin-star hotel restaurants

Hotels don't just do impressively big buffet breakfasts and chocolates on pillows; you can have a true gourmet experience in a Michelin-star restaurant, too.

A meticulous dégustation menu, a vintage wine cellar and a compelling ambiance; these are the winning ingredients of Ireland’s Michelin-star hotel restaurants.

Work up an appetite on the hotel’s golf course, or afterwards work off those extra calories with a swim in the spa’s dreamy infinity pool. Wrap up a day of indulgence with a final nightcap in the hotel bar before surrendering to your food coma in your suite upstairs.

Cliff House Hotel

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Perched on the picturesque coast overlooking Ardmore Bay, this Michelin-star hotel restaurant serves dreamy Atlantic views alongside their award-winning fare.

The Cliff House Hotel is a haven for foodies and design-lovers alike thanks to its boutique vibe and team of discerning sommeliers ready to pair your meal with the perfect vino.

House Restaurant

Style

Irish with international influences

Seating capacity

64

Opening hours

Wednesday – Saturday | 6.30pm – 10pm

The restaurant

Step into the bright, glass-walled dining room and get ready to savour the panoramic seascape; when it comes to dinner with a view, the House Restaurant is utterly unparalleled.

You’ll find the hotel’s characteristic Irish style stamped in the restaurant, too, but with a sophisticated twist; the plush tweed chairs are teamed with elegant silver velvet banquettes and an aquamarine carpet to reflect the waves outside.

If you really want to make the most of the restaurant’s oceanfront location, there’s also al fresco dining on the outdoor terrace. Alternatively, splash out on private dining with a dramatic 20-foot oak table and open fire.

Signature dishes

While the menus change regularly, signature dishes include a starter of West Cork Scallop with Avruga caviar, codium, black garlic and ham, followed by Guinea Fowl with garden turnips, gnocchi, tarragon gel and smoked jus.

After joining the team at Cliff House Hotel, Executive Chef Martijn Kajuiter set up a kitchen garden supported by St Raphael’s Centre in Youghal - here, people with special needs can work and grow seasonal vegetables outdoors.

The bedrooms

When you’re ready to sleep off the food-induced coma, retire to one of the hotel’s 39 rooms and suites. The tweed theme continues in the rooms with warm handwoven throws from Donegal, while the bathrooms are sleek and modern with over-sized free-standing baths and invigorating rainforest showers.

You’ll be pleased to discover that the spectacular sea views aren’t exclusive to the restaurant, either. With floor-to-ceiling windows bathing the rooms in light and your own private balcony, you can wake up to the sun rising over the water or even unwind with a glass of wine while you whale-watch.

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Why not work off your feast by swimming a few lengths in the indoor infinity-edge pool? For something more bracing, there’s a natural outdoor rock pool you can enjoy at full tide. Or if your visit is all about indulgence, there’s also an outdoor heated Jacuzzi and relaxation terrace with two stone baths.

Cliff House Hotel

Top rated
9.1 Excellent (706 reviews)
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Mount Juliet Golf & Spa Hotel

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You’ll find this Michelin-star hotel restaurant set in one of Ireland’s finest Georgian mansions, surrounded by 500 acres of lush Kilkenny countryside.

Boasting superb views over the River Nore, the 18th-century Mount Juliet Estate delivers on classic country house feels mixed with modern, bold touches.

Lady Helen

Style

Contemporary international

Seating capacity

50

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday | 6.30pm – 9.30pm

The restaurant

Named after Lady Helen McCalmont – the last owner of Mount Juliet Estate and a renowned host – the Michelin-star restaurant is brimming with period charm.

Bask in the old-world glamour of the dining room; think tasteful taupe tones, high ceilings, delicately-patterned wallpaper and luxurious drapes. The tables are dressed in immaculate white linen and gleaming silverware, while chairs are upholstered in brushed velvet.

Book a table next to the tall bay windows, and you’ll be in prime position for the panoramic views of the estate’s rambling grounds. Alternatively, cosy up in front of the Italian marble fireplace and enjoy the atmospheric candlelight.

Signature dishes

The menu uses ingredients handpicked from the hotel’s herb garden and farm, and stars dishes such as a starter of potato and truffle ravioli with a delicate duck egg yolk, followed by main of Kilkenny rosé veal.

Trading the drawing board for the chopping board, Executive Chef Ken Harker has a background in architecture - which explains the spirit level chilling in the kitchen's refrigerator. For the terrines, of course.

The bedrooms

The 32 bedrooms situated in the Main House are traditionally large and lavish, each one individually designed with its own trademark Georgian extravagance. Book yourself into Riverview Manor House King rooms that look across to Ballylinch Stud and you’ll enjoy the same sweeping views as the restaurant.

Meanwhile the lodgings at Hunter’s Yard offers a fresher, more chic take on Mount Juliet’s rich history, located just a five minute walk from the Manor house.

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Work up an appetite and enjoy a pre-dinner round of golf at the hotel’s lush fairways course. You can also explore the 500-acre estate on horseback, go salmon fishing in the private stretches of the River Nore or try your hand at archery and falconry.

Mount Juliet Estate

Top rated
8.8 Excellent (403 reviews)
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Parking garage
Wellness center / Spa
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Merrion Hotel

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The Merrion Hotel – comprised of four meticulously-restored terraced Georgian townhouses – is home to Ireland’s only two-star Michelin restaurant.

Here you’ll discover carefully curated Irish art collections, classic 5-star service and stellar style, all tucked neatly away in Dublin’s city centre.

Patrick Guilbaud

Style

Contemporary Irish with French classical roots

Seating capacity

70

Opening hours

Tuesday-Saturday | 7pm – 10pm

The restaurant

The eponymous Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud was opened by the French chef back in 1981, and its legacy as an iconic Irish institution lives on still.

Overlooking the hotel’s classical garden and featuring high arched ceilings with a gold leaf finish, round tables and eclectic art deco inspired canvases, the contemporary restaurant offers a chic, cultivated fine dining experience in the capital city.

And if you consider yourself something of a wine connoisseur, you’re in luck: the hotel’s cellar is stacked with over 20,000 bottles. Looking to celebrate? This is the place.

Signature dishes

The à la carte menu at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud changes seasonally, but you can expect dishes like ravioli of blue lobster with lobster coconut cream, toasted almond and split curry dressing, or Celtic Sea black sole with prawn and saffron butter and tomato viennoise.

The son of a baker, executive head chef Guillaume Lebrun always wanted to work with food; however, a flour allergy lead him to kitchens in Paris, and finally Ireland. He believes chefs should be 'invisible' - the culinary arts are all about the food, after all.

The bedrooms

With just under 150 bedrooms, the Merrion does nothing by halves. Like the haute cuisine served in the restaurant downstairs, the guestrooms are all about grand-scale elegance and sophistication.

Suites in the Main House boast original fireplaces, period-style furniture and vaulted ceilings, while the Garden Wing suites boast bathrooms made of Italian carrera marble, and showcase views of the hotel’s private manicured courtyard.

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Flanked by columns and tiled in turquoise mosaic, this pseudo-Roman bath is the perfect place to unwind before or after your Michelin-star banquet. Pair your visit to the dreamy 18-metre infinity pool with a spell in Italian marble steam room and you’re golden.

The Merrion Hotel

Top rated
Dublin, 1.9 km to 3Arena
9.5 Excellent (1776 reviews)
WiFi in rooms
Parking garage
Pets allowed
Wellness center / Spa
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