Irvine Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Irvine

February 7, 2018 Merry Kessler

Discover the best restaurant in Irvine, United Kingdom (UK) including Adesso, The Ship Inn, Lawthorn Farm Indian Restaurant & Pub, The Clubhouse Bar & Kitchen, Small talk, Porthead Tavern & Hamiltons Restaurant, Si! Cafe Bar Restaurant, Puffers cafe, The Gailes Restaurant and Hotel, Dandan's Diner
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1. Adesso

6 Glasgow Vennel, Irvine KA12 0BD, Scotland Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$165 - HK$275 +44 1294 272723
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 342 reviews

Adesso

Reviewed By Scott F - Irvine, United Kingdom

Favourite venue and not disappointed. Tandoori king prawn with mango starter was excellent highly recommend. Alforne Carne tastier than i remember. Staff friendly and attentive as always

2. The Ship Inn

120-122 Harbour Street, Irvine KA12 8PZ, Scotland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$86 - HK$196 +44 1294 279722
Excellent
55%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 948 reviews

The Ship Inn

The Ship Inn is a traditional pub which dates back to the 1500s. It was here that Robert Burns found that his poetry was more than just a hobby and the proprietor Charles Hamilton helped fund Burns first publication. We have been a family run business with a hands on approach to service and customer interaction since 1989. The Pub has a strong food operation which serves traditional pub food to a high standard. Food is made on site by our team of chefs using locally sourced fresh ingredients. Winner of Sunday Mail pub of the year 2005Tam Cowan Daily Record " it'll float your boat" 23/25Scottish licensed trade news Pub caterer of the year 2006. Finalist for Scottish Pub Food 2016, Scottish hospitality & entertainment awards. Dog friendly Pub of the year 2015/6 Dram Awards. 2nd Place Dog friendly establishment for uk 2106, Dugs and Pubs awards

Reviewed By mairi4416 - Kilmun, United Kingdom

Booked online, really easy and efficient. Had heard good things about the Ship Inn so our party of 4 plus small dog we're looking forward to lunch. Arrived in a warm vibrant pub/restaurant with lovely open fires, fantastic.... we were then directed to the dog friendly area, a drab, cramped area off the main bar. I was quite cool until I swapped places with my husband and sat beside a warm fan heater. Disappointing.
Good menu, my brother had fish and chips, fish was lovely but chips were poor, my husband and nephew had the large steak pie which they loved. Tasty and fresh with crispy puff pastry, nice veg but poor mash. I had the Haggis neeps and tatties, the turnip was lovely but the haggis was gloopy and very underseasoned and the mash wasn't nice.
The staff were lovely, very professional and friendly (one of them brought our dog some treats which he loved).
Mixed feelings about the food but really disliked the second rate area that they use for people with dogs.

3. Lawthorn Farm Indian Restaurant & Pub

1 Littlestain Road | Perceton, Irvine KA11 2AF, Scotland Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Asian, Pub, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night +44 1294 203523
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 253 reviews

Lawthorn Farm Indian Restaurant & Pub

Reviewed By Iain G

Hadn't been here for a couple of years although we never booked and it was really busy we only waited 5 mins for a table. Food was even better than I had remembered, service was excellent and most of all value for money 10/10. Best Indian in my area at the moment definitely will be back.

4. The Clubhouse Bar & Kitchen

53 East Road, Irvine KA12 0BT, Scotland Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, International, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Lunch, Dinner HK$47 - HK$141 +44 1294 277648
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 105 reviews

The Clubhouse Bar & Kitchen

The Clubhouse Bar & Kitchen offers a warm, family friendly atmosphere. Our menu is all freshly cooked and includes our excellent pizzas, burgers, pastas, salads, fajitas, as well as traditional dishes like steak pie,chilli & steaks. We serve lunch 12-2.30 and dinner 5-8 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and all day from 12-8 Friday,Saturday, and 12.30-8 Sunday. Our bar is open late every night with music and always a great atmosphere. We also do fantastic meal and drinks offers.

Reviewed By Sunshinemama - Scotland

Visited our much loved restaurant only to find something not quite right....
The food was not as good, the once amazing lemon meringue pie was disgusting, now the staff did pick up on this and not charge me, but the rest of the meal was average... The staff weren't as happy either.. Was was wrong
Oh... The place got sold and this has obviously effected everything.
BIG... MASSIVE... shame... We will miss thus place if was a real gem, now lost

5. Small talk

54 Harbour Street, Irvine KA12 8PY, Scotland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +44 1294 271994
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 183 reviews

Small talk

Small talk is a small coffee/tea shop at harbourside in Irvine. They provide A really good breakfast and lunch and the cakes are all home made. The view of the harbour is lovely too. The staff are great and provide great service, nothing is too much trouble.

Reviewed By McNeills15 - Ayrshire, Scotland

I was down in the area and popped in for coffees to go,cakes looked so good had to have them. Great value

6. Porthead Tavern & Hamiltons Restaurant

2-4 High Street, Irvine KA12 0AY, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Television Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +44 1294 274640
Excellent
48%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 100 reviews

Porthead Tavern & Hamiltons Restaurant

Porthead TavernPublic House situated in town centre of IrvineOffers a wide selction of Beers and Sprirts, Sky Sports.Food Served 12 - 2.30 lunch and supper 5-8.30 saturday all day 12-9 and sunday 11-8pm Cocktail & Wine Bar.Private Parties catered for

Reviewed By The_H0tel_Inspectors - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Prompt and helpful service, great menu selection, well priced, clean and well presented dining room. The food was excellent. Probably the best pub food I've eaten in Ayrshire. I enjoyed the chicken tempura. Lightly battered breast goujons with a zesty salad and sweet chili sauce and the deep fried Brie and sweet onion marmalade. To follow an excellent and filling lasagne al forno, a stunning grilled salmon and a classic haddock and chips. Portions just right. Tasty and hot. Well done to all of the team for making a Thursday feel like Friday! So good. Thank you.

7. Si! Cafe Bar Restaurant

18 Kilwinning Road, Irvine KA12 8RU, Scotland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Bar, European, British, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$55 - HK$275 +44 1294 204040
Excellent
35%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
9%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 521 reviews

Si! Cafe Bar Restaurant

Reviewed By Doreen W

My husband and I had lunch at Si today. The food and service were first class! Nicole was the waitress for our table and was very friendly and efficient.
I need a gluten free diet and was delighted that I was able to have fish and chips (with gluten free batter). There were quite a few other gluten free options also.
My husband was very pleased with his lunch and we will both be keen to return.

8. Puffers cafe

Montgomerie street, Irvine, Scotland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
47%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 151 reviews

Puffers cafe

Reviewed By DawnDunlop - Irvine, United Kingdom

Go regularly with the family for drinks and snacks. Very friendly good service. Nice cakes. Good prices. Play area for the kids. Would recommend to anyone

9. The Gailes Restaurant and Hotel

Gailes, Irvine KA11 5AE, Scotland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Validated Parking Bar, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$55 - HK$275 +44 1294 204040
Excellent
39%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
7%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 152 reviews

The Gailes Restaurant and Hotel

Reviewed By RuthyGlasgow - Glasgow

I went with friend for dinner but had not booked, which was no trouble and manager showed us to a table. We were a few minutes late to take advantage of the evening deal of 2 courses that finished at 6.30 but the waiter asked the chef and he said it was ok so we opted for this menu. The chicken tempura were delicious, very light with side salad and tangy dip. I opted for the beef in ale gravy but asked for boiled potatoes instead of mash which was fine with them. Very tasty not a big portion with piece of puff pastry and root vegetables. My friend chose lasagna which was a good sized portion and she could not eat it all, it was good but not the best I've tasted, think it lacked more tomato sauce? We opted to share a desert (with add on of £2.50) the lemon meringue pie which was very good indeed. All in all a good meal in a lovely restaurant and the service was great too. Would go back.

10. Dandan's Diner

Unit 68 Third Avenue, Irvine KA12 8LT, Scotland Takeout, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, British Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch HK$31 +44 7503 925265
Excellent
84%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Dandan's Diner

Hot and cold food takeaway using the best quality ingredients available.

Reviewed By homeglory

Regular at dandans diner, best food & banter in Ayrshire by far. Don't want to step on anyone's toes so thought this was the best way to find out without any embarrassment, is wee Jodi single?

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