Ireland’s top 100 Restaurants
by the official Licence Trade

License Trade list of the top restaurants in the Ireland forms the backbone of what we represent as a brand. It’s a chance for us to shout about the best-of-the-best in both emerging and established culinary roles and allows us to celebrate the incredible chefs and hospitality teams out there going above and beyond to give their diners top-class experiences to experience local National and International food emporium.

Imagine having a friend who can give you all the best restaurant recommendations wherever you are headed – this is where we can help. Our best restaurant guides and reviews explore more than just the menu – although we do plenty of that – we also give you insight into the style, vibe, ambience, decor and service you can expect.

Whether you want to find the best restaurant or Pub in your local area, or the best spots to enjoy your favourite cuisine, you have come to the right place. Here at SquareMeal we review thousands of restaurants every year and our team is dedicated to trying out anything and everything within the Irish restaurant scene so we can recommend the best restaurants for you.
Explore our annual Irish and Dublin & Cork Top 100 lists for our definitive guide to the best places to eat. If you are headed to a specific town or city in the Ireland then our regional best restaurant lists will highlight those hidden gems that are just waiting to be discovered.

Our most popular restaurant guides.
Our top 100 lists are updated annually with all the best dining spots each year. Take a look at this year’s best restaurants in London and the best restaurants in the UK. If it’s something new you are searching for then explore our hottest new openings, a guide that is constantly updated with all the latest eateries. Or for something to impress, don’t miss our edit of the coolest restaurants in town.

The best restaurants in Dublin & Cork City and County .
Our guide to the top 100 restaurants in Dublin & Cork is a great start but if you are looking for something for specific then our guides to Ireland most popular hot spots is here, giving you the inside scoop on all the best places to eat in the city and County. We have it covered from the far West of Ireland to the East from the South to the North

What we look for in a best restaurant.


It goes without saying that the food is at the forefront of our minds when it comes to picking the best restaurants. There is no style over substance for us – if the dishes aren’t doing it for us then we won’t be recommending a visit. So if you choose to visit one of the recommended restaurants in our guides then you can feel safe in the knowledge that you are in for a treat.


Each and every restaurant offers a different level of service, whether that be an attentive server at a fine dining establishment or a fun and friendly service at your favourite casual dining spot. When it comes to restaurant service the thing we look for is did we leave feeling we had a positive experience and were treated as a valued customer. Our reviews will always include the type of service you can expect.


Sometimes you want somewhere with a buzz and other times you are looking for a little piece of tranquility. We’ll let you know what you can expect at each and every restaurant we review so you can pick something that suits your mood.


Now we said we don’t enjoy style over substance but that doesn’t mean we don’t love a restaurant that just does it for the ‘gram. This is why we will always include photos of the restaurant and tell you a little bit about the decor and furnishings.

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We Ensure that all the Restaurants and Pubs we recommend have access to the finest products available providing freshness and competitness offering the Highest quality available.