County Donegal, Ireland Food Guide: 10 Irish food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Letterkenny

December 14, 2019 Florencio Paulino

Find out what Irish restaurants to try in Letterkenny. Letterkenny (Irish: Leitir Ceanainn, meaning "hillside of the O'Cannons"), nicknamed "the Cathedral Town", is the largest and most populous town in County Donegal, Ireland. It lies on the River Swilly in east Donegal and has a population of 19,274. Along with the nearby city of Derry, Letterkenny is considered a regional economic gateway. Letterkenny acts as an urban gateway to the Tír Chonaill Gaeltacht, similar to Galway's relationship to the Connemara Gaeltacht.
Things to do in Letterkenny

10. McGettigan's Pub Clanree Hotel Letterkenny

Derry Road The Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny Ire Ireland Irish, Bar, European, British, Gastropub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Liv [email protected] +353 74 912 4369 http://www.mcgettigans.com/letterkenny/
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4 based on 357 reviews

McGettigan's Pub Clanree Hotel Letterkenny

The very first McGettigan's Irish Pub was opened in Dublin in 1964 by Donegal man Jim McGettigan. In 2010, McGettigan's started its journey around the world. After opening pubs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Fujeirah, McGettigan's regturned home and arrived at

Reviewed By Billy O

Very busy but seemed to have plenty of staff.Food was generally just ok but in price range wasn’t expecting fine diningThing that took gloss off was service levelsStaff were extremely pleasant but place seemed totally disorganised. It took over 30 minutes after our starter plates were removed before main course was served and by then steak in steak sandwich was only barely warm. Asked for desert menu and after long wait had to ask another staff memberOnly time I think I didn’t tip staffIn summary. Food was OK. Staff pleasant. Badly organisedDear Billy O,Many thanks for your review! I was sorry to hear that you did not fully enjoy your time here and I can only apologise for the service shortfalls you experienced. We'll certainly look into these issues to make sure we improve.All the best,Annette O'DonnellSales & Marketing Manager

9. Silver Tassie Bar & Restaurant

Ramelton Rd, Letterkenny F92 NFP9 Ireland Irish, Bar, British, European Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi, Live Music [email protected] +353 74 912 5619 http://www.silvertassiehotel.ie
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4 based on 471 reviews

Silver Tassie Bar & Restaurant

A Word from our Head Chef Hi, my name is Karl Murtagh and I am the Head Chef at the The Silver Tassie Hotel with over 20 years experience satisfying the taste buds. Together with a dedicated and hard working team, my aim is to ensure all our customers enj

Reviewed By tommV7271FL

We had a birthday dinner here for 4 people. The general consensus was that the food was slightly over cooked. I myself had the steak burger which was tasty and the reason I gave it 4 stars. Otherwise going on the other meals it would've been 3 stars.

8. Pats on the Square

9 Market Square Donegal, Letterkenny ROI Ireland Italian, Irish, Pizza, Mediterranean, European Drinks, Dinner Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +353 74 912 4901 http://www.patsonthesquare.ie/
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4 based on 356 reviews

Pats on the Square

We are in the Market square, right in the centre of town, half way down the main street. We are a 50 seater restaurant, recently renovated. The kitchen and foyer are downstairs and the restaurant is upstairs. We are a bistro style establishment, we serve

Reviewed By travelin-the-globe23

Mushroom app with aioli mayo quite good. The "caprese" salad delicious. We added roasted red peppers. Pasta carbonara just enough to make it lick your plate clean. Prawns with linguine(shrimp scampi) had thin slices of zucchini & cherry tomatoes, garlic was perfect & not too wet! Raspberry brownie with ice cream & cream quite nice, just couldn't taste any raspberry, perhapsxtasberry sauce on pkste with the chocolate sauce would enhance this dish. My husband had a Chilean cab SUV. Maya was excellent & sweet! Best Italian we've had across the pond!!

7. The Brewery Bar and Restaurant

Main Street Market Square, Letterkenny Donegal Ireland Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Fusion Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music [email protected] +353 71 912 7330 http://www.thebrewerybar.ie
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4 based on 644 reviews

The Brewery Bar and Restaurant

The Brewery Bar and Restaurant is conveniently located in the heart of Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Food is served all day, including lunch, Bar Food, and a la Carte. You can choose to dine in our cosy lounge with open fire, or our upstairs restaurant. We al

Reviewed By jochristian01

This is the second time we’ve been here and the first time wasn’t a fluke! Great value, really tasty food for a reasonable price. Lovely friendly atmosphere and excellent service. Highly recommended.Don’t pass the sweet potato fries

6. Yellow Pepper

36 Lower Main Street, Letterkenny F92 K125 Ireland Irish, European, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, Healthy Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +353 74 912 4133 http://www.yellowpepperrestaurant.com/
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4 based on 1031 reviews

Yellow Pepper

THE YELLOW PEPPER ENJOYS THE ULTIMATE CUSTOMERS APPROVAL ITS ALWAYS BUSY. THE RESTAURNT WAS REFURBISHED in 2009 AFTER A REALLY BAD FIRE. IS LOCATED ON THE MAIN STREET CLOSE TO MANY BARS.THE FOOD IS CONTEMPERY WITH A GREAT EMPHAISE ON LOCAL PRODUCE FROM TH

Reviewed By Gerry G

Our hiking group (20 of us) had dinner at this establishment. Our room was set with 2 long tables which allowed for plenty of conversation time. We were offered a special menu that allowed various choices (starter, main and dessert) for our entire group. The service was hopping and smiling the entire evening. I chose the mussels (very good and plentiful), then the sweet cured bacon which was actually a pork chop and a desert made with seaweed. It was a great meal served hot and with a smile. By the time, our group was finished, there wasn't a seat left in the entire place. If in town, plan on the Yellow Pepper

5. Browns on the Green

Barnhill Golf Course Road, Letterkenny Ireland Irish, European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Table Service [email protected] +353 74 912 4771 http://www.brownsonthegreen.com/
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4 based on 272 reviews

Browns on the Green

Browns On The Green is a fine dining restaurant recommended each year in the Michelin Guide. Sister restaurant of the multi award winning Browns Bonds Hill, the restaurant is situated on the outskirts of the town in Barnhill. Owned by Chef Patron Ian Orr

Reviewed By Opal22

A lovely restaurant with great views over the golf course and further afield. The service was first class and staff friendly and courteous. Food was presented to perfection and delicious. Ribeye is well worth it. Early bird menu at £19.95 for two courses was excellent with a good menu to choose from. No booking was necessary and they were busy enough. Well worth a visit!

4. Wholegreen Healthfood

Church Lane, Letterkenny Ireland Irish, Cafe, Healthy, Soups Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Wheelchair Accessible +353 86 174 4874 http://www.wholegreen.ie
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5 based on 107 reviews

Wholegreen Healthfood

Healthy vegan/vegetarian style deli, serving hot and cold dishes. Fresh coldpressed Juices and smoothies served all day. Herbal teas and coffee with a sitin or takeaway also available.

Reviewed By PabloCafe

Incredibly friendly staff who are very knowledgeable about the food they are serving. The food is nothing short of fantastic, try the avocado on toast which is rapidly becoming my guilt free best new habit. One of the things that always seems to let the healthier end of the restaurant trade down is the lack of good coffee, that's not the case here! A full five stars, get yourself in here when in the Northwest!

3. The Lemon Tree

Lower Main Street Unit 32-34 Courtyard Shopping Centre, Letterkenny F92 EK13 Ireland Irish, European Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +353 74 912 5788 http://www.thelemontreerestaurant.com/
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4 based on 669 reviews

The Lemon Tree

The Lemon tree has recently moved MAY 2017 to a NEW location in Letterkenny at the Courtyard Shopping Centre to the rare of the building at the carpark. This is a Letterkenny owned family run restaurant opened in 1999. The three brothers in the kitchen ha

Reviewed By Andrewshighhopes

Whilst touring the Wild Atlantic Way, we booked this restaurant based on the TA reviews. We were slightly uncertain about it's location under a shopping centre but we couldn't have been more wrong. The food quality and presentation was of Michellin standard. The manager was professional and knowledgeable about the menu and wines, which were fantastic. Particularly loved the Beetroot starter (inc Beetroot ice cream). Well done to all including Chris (Head Chef/owner), what a culinary delight.Ps. No lighthouse at Mizen Head (in joke)

Top 10 restaurants in Letterkenny, Ireland

2. Quiet Moment Tearooms

The Quiet Moment 94-96 Upper Main Street, Letterkenny 0000 Ireland Irish, Cafe Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch Takeout, Seating, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +353 87 259 7785 http://www.quietmoment.ie
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4 based on 144 reviews

Quiet Moment Tearooms

Open for Breakfast, Lunch or Quick Afternoon bite with daily specials available - excellent selection of baps, sandwiches, wraps, panini's, toasted sandwiches, triple sandwiches filled with fresh hot and cold meats and fillings - salads, hot lunches, soup

Reviewed By Lyle M

Visited this venue on a previous occasion so, when returning to Letterkenny for a two-night stay we chose the Quiet Moment tearooms for breakfast knowing full well that the service, food and everything else would deliver.Not disappointed. As soon as we arrived a friendly waitress handed us a menu and given enough time to determine what we wanted, the order was taken and the food soon followed.Two poached eggs accompanied by hash brown, toasted wheaten and a refreshing pot of tea was just the perfect start to the day and at a price that was easy on the purse!No surprise when we went back on the second morning for the much of the same - why change?A Quiet Moment has much to commend it and I would thoroughly recommend it for food at any time of the day.We the management and the hard working staff off the Quiet Moment tearooms Letterkenny appreciate you kind review .We look forward to you next visit to letterkenny. Regards Brendan.

Top 10 Things to do in Letterkenny, Ireland

1. Wood Berry Grill Bar & Restaurant Arena7

Ramelton Road Unit 1- 4 Ballyraine Retail Park, Letterkenny F92 R674 Ireland Pub, Irish Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +353 74 912 8853 http://www.arena7.ie/wood-berry-grill-bar-restaurant/
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4 based on 204 reviews

Wood Berry Grill Bar & Restaurant Arena7

Wood Berry Grill Bar & Restaurant is a must visit when in Letterkenny. We are very popular for families on day out or large group celebrating a special occasion. Check out our website for great menu options or call us

Reviewed By chellyeire

Food was of a vvvv poor standard, more or less tasteless and burnt.. my children could cook better.. used to be a family favourite but standards in food was awful today. Witnessed someone get burnt by staff, also a pet hate of my clearing the table before everyone finished their food..Hi chellyeireThank you for your feedback.I am so sorry to hear that your visit was not a pleasant one and your points are ones that we take very seriously.You mentioned Arena7 was a family favorite of yours in the past and we would dearly like to put things right with you.As you know our food is usually to a very high standard and we take your poor experience very seriously.If you could contact myself Darren on 0749128853 I would like to discuss it with you and help make things rightKind RegardsDarren

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