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Sink your teeth into some of the best food in the county at one of these Donegal restaurants. 

From fine dining to tea rooms, there are many places to eat in Donegal. With so many flavours from around the world, these restaurants in Donegal are ideal for couples, families, and friends.

Get out, relax and enjoy a hearty meal in one of these wholesome restaurants.

Keep reading to see 17 of the best Donegal restaurants…

1. The Harbour Restaurant & Bar

Quay Street, Donegal Town, 074 972 1702

In the heart of Donegal town, The Harbour Restaurant & Bar serves fresh seafood, burgers, steaks and much more.

The owners’ Mary and Paul, have a vision of serving delicious food with fresh local ingredients.

From Irish beef casserole to herb-crusted salmon, The Harbour Restaurant gives you a taste of traditional Irish cuisine.

If you want to know more about traditional Irish food, take a look at our online guide.

2. La Bella Donna Restaurant

Bridge Street, Milltown, +353749725790

Not far from the Abbey of Donegal, La Bella Donna Restaurant is a unique dining experience.

Above the spacious restaurant, you can find a cosy cocktail bar, the perfect place to retreat after a hearty meal with your friends.

On the menu, you can find a variety of dishes to fill those hungry bellies, with the taste of Italy at its heart.

Choose from pasta, pizza, risotto, fish, and a collection of antipasti starters. It really is the perfect place to enjoy great food with your friends and family.

What makes this one of the best restaurants in Donegal? Well, it’s the combination of Italian flavours with fresh Irish ingredients.

3. Olde Castle Bar & Red Hugh’s Restaurant

Castle Street, Donegal Town, 074 972 1262

Claiming to be Donegal’s leading seafood restaurant, Olde Castle Bar is one of the best places to stop for a fresh taste of the ocean.

The bar has been welcoming guests since the 1700s and is still as popular as ever.

The O’Toole family have owned the Olde Castle Bar since 2007. Since then, they have turned the restaurant into an award-winning gastropub.

On the menu, you can find locally sourced ingredients split into sections. As well as famous Donegal seafood, there are chefs specials, meals from the bay, from the field, and gourmet sandwiches.

4. Kitty Kelly’s

Unit 1, Donegal Town, +353 74 970 2744

If you are looking for high quality comforting food, Kitty Kelly’s is a place for you.

Each night the restaurant offers different specials, making the most of seasonal produce.

5. Blueberry Tea Room and Restaurant

Castle Street The Diamond, Donegal Town, 074 972 3663

Sometimes we don’t need a fancy restaurant. Sometimes we want to sit down; grab a coffee and a light meal to keep us going.

And what’s better than a charming tearoom to do just that.

The Blueberryis one of Donegal’s most popular stops among tourists and the locals.

That is down to the simplicity of what they serve. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Or, make your friends jealous with one of The Blueberry’s freshly baked desserts.

If you are looking for things to do before you stop at The Blueberry, why not take a look at these Donegal attractions to keep you busy.

6. Furey’s Diner

Main Street, Donegal Town, +353 74 972 2610

Furey’s Diner is ideal if you want quick comfort food for a reasonable price.

It may not be as fancy as some other restaurants on this list, but the flavour makes up for it.

The kids can choose from fish and chips, burgers and pizzas, and so much more.

Plus, if you are in a rush, you can always take your food away and enjoy it from the comfort of one of these Donegal holiday homes.

7. Chandpur Restaurant

Unit 4 Main Street, Donegal Town, 074 972 5452

If you are looking for something a little different, Chandpur is an Indian restaurant that won multiple awards over recent years.

The chefs have worked hard to offer customers a delicious taste of traditional Indian cuisine.

There’s not much better after a day of exploring Donegal than settling down in one of the towns best curry houses and enjoying your favourite curry with a cold drink.

Chandpur also has a menu to keep the kids happy. The children’s menu offers many great flavours without too much spice.

8. McCafferty’s

The Diamond, Donegal Town, +353 74 974 2656

McCafferty’sis a traditional Irish pub that serves fresh local produce alongside its selection of cocktails and whiskies.

Fresh food doesn’t get much fresher than this. McCafferty’s works closely with The Farmer to serve up hearty meals with ingredients grown on their doorstep.

Although the menu may be small, they cook each dish to perfection.

Why not sink your teeth into a juicy pork and apple burger with sage and apple jelly?

And to top off the meal, you can add some delicious curry chips on the side.

9. The Salmon Inn

Mullanasole, County Donegal, +353 74 973 4040

If you want to get out of the city and see what County Donegal has to offer, The Salmon Inn may be right for you.

Along the Wild Atlantic Way, you will struggle to find many restaurants in a more beautiful location.

And to accompany the location, you can get stuck into fresh seafood, hearty burgers, curries and a pint of Guinness.

What better way to enjoy the sunset after a warm summers day on the west coast?

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10. Cedars Restaurant

Lough Eske Castle, Donegal Town, +353 74 972 5100

The Wild Atlantic Way is home to some of Irelands freshest ingredients.

Cedar’s restaurant at Lough Eske Castle makes the most of this with its traditional menu.

The restaurant may be a little more expensive than others, but it is a great place to dine out in style with your loved ones.

If you love wine, you could try their additional wine pairings to accompany your meal.

There is also a separate vegan menu. So you can enjoy a meal no matter what your preferences are.

11. La Fiesta

Merchant Court, The Diamond, Donegal Town, +353 74 974 2542

La Fiesta is a family-run Mexican restaurant in the centre of Donegal. 

If you are looking for something different to the traditional Irish cuisine, this Donegal favourite is a great place to try with the family.

The menu is a selection of hearty dishes with full stomachs in mind.

You can choose anything from a homemade quesadilla to a saucy enchilada. Or, if you want something a little different, you can pick up a Philly steak or a grilled chicken burger.

12. Old Stone

Main Street, Donegal Town, 074 972 3815

Whether you are looking for a relaxing vibe or outdoor dining, The Old Stone is a charming restaurant in the centre of Donegal town.

The food combines bold flavours with family favourites that will keep you going throughout the day.

If you want to visit The Old Stone, brunch goes from 9:00-12:00, and lunch is from 12:00-17:00.

Why not treat everyone to the crispy lamb kofta on a warm flatbread.

13. Blas

The Gateway Lodge, Donegal Town, +353 74 974 0405

Named as the Gaelic description for taste, flavour and accent, Blas serves some of the freshest local produce in Donegal.

The restaurant can be found in The Gateway Lodge and is open for breakfast and lunch.

From main courses to a selection of sweet treats, the Blas menu is a perfect blend of sweet and savoury.

Why not try the fusion burrito followed by a messy sundae to share?

14. Market House Restaurant

The Abbey Hotel, The Diamond, Donegal Town, +353 74 972 1014

With a mixture of pub classics and fine dining, The Market House Restaurant caters to all.

Sit back and relax with a warm meal and a wine & gin bar to stop you from getting thirsty.

In the towns Diamond region, The Market House overlooks a prominent obelisk. It is the perfect place to finish after a long day of sightseeing.

15. McGrory’s Hotel

Culdaff, Inishowen, +353 74 937 9104

On the beautiful peninsula of Inishowen, McGrory’s Hotel is right at the top of County Donegal.

It is a creative restaurant that makes the most of seasonal produce and changes the menu to keep everything fresh.

The fish is caught off the coast, and the meat is farmed in Inishowen. It doesn’t get much fresher than this.

Plus, there is no better way to enjoy a meal than to have it with a smooth pint of Guinness.

16. Aroma Coffee Shop & Mini Bakery

Donegal Craft Village, County Donegal, +353 74 972 3222

It’s not always about choosing a fancy restaurant to enjoy the food you are eating. The Aroma Coffee Shop & Mini Bakery is an excellent example of this.

Each day offers a variety of mouth-watering cakes and sweet treats that are sure to keep the kids hyper all day.

But it isn’t all cakes. Here you can pick up a selection of infused oils, bread, dressings and much more.

Or, sit back with a fresh coffee and enjoy the location of this charming coffee shop.

Whatever you want from your next meal out, these Donegal Restaurants have something for everyone. 

Whether you want a luxurious romantic meal to celebrate or a quick bite to eat with the whole family, your choice is yours in Donegal. 

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