Where to Eat in Blessington: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 24, 2017 Agatha Simes

Blessington, historically known as Ballycomeen (Irish: Baile Coimín, meaning "town of Comyn", from the Irish surname Ó Coimín), is a town on the River Liffey in Wicklow, Ireland, near the border with Kildare. It is around 25 km south-west of Dublin, and is situated on the N81 road, which connects Dublin to Tullow.
Things to do in Blessington

1. Vie de Chateaux

The Harbour, Naas, Ireland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$220 - HK$337 +353 45 888 478
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 368 reviews

Vie de Chateaux

Fine French dining with gourmet ingredients and great service in the centre of Naas, Co. Kildare. Awarded best restaurant in Co. Kildare in the 2011 & 2012 Irish Restaurant Awards, Vie de Chateaux has been at the top of the list of best restaurants in Ireland since opening in 2007.

Reviewed By Emily G - Dublin, Ireland

I was really impressed with this restaurant. Beautiful decor and lovey ambiance. The staff are excellent. I had a beautifully cooked muscle starter followed by chicken for main course. The food was fabulous. Especially liked the French bread with olive oil as we waited for our food. I highly recommend Vie de Chateaux for a romantic meal, special occasion or for any foodie looking for a great place to eat. I have also had the lunch office catering from here and it was delicious and excellent value.

2. The Bistro @ Lawlors Hotel

Poplar Square, Naas, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Irish, Bar, European, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$235 +353 45 906 444
Excellent
54%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 228 reviews

The Bistro @ Lawlors Hotel

Reviewed By claremorrisdolly - Claremorris, Ireland

Enjoyed a delicious meal here one Tuesday evening. Soup and bruschetta with mushrooms lovely Steak presented on hot stone slab continued to cook . Veg and chips delicious. try the pear and almond tart or the white chocolate creme brulee as they were mouth watering. Lovely atmosphere as venue was busy . Warm and tasteful décor. Attentive service . Very enjoyable meal .

3. Il Lago

Avon Ri, Blessington, Ireland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Irish, European, Contemporary Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$290 - HK$1,162
Excellent
40%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
8%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Il Lago

Reviewed By 123zero - Blessington, Ireland

I took my two adult children to eat in II Lago in September.
The service was not just bad but the waitress lacked social skills, there was no wine list & the room was dark & dreary.
I ordered a steak Sandwich. When it arrived, it consisted of 2 white slice's of bread with a piece of beef (from a roast) between the slices. There was no dressing of any kind on it. I could not believe what i was experiencing.
My daughter had pork, it arrived with cooked celery & other overcooked veg.
My son had Turkey & ham, which was not very nice either but was the safest bet.
The entire meal cost €79,was robbery to say the least.
We will not be going anywhere near this place again.

4. Hollywood Inn

Hollywood | Co Wicklow, Wicklow, Ireland Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, Gastropub, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$63 - HK$173 +353 45 864 846
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 209 reviews

Hollywood Inn

Located in West Wicklow, at the end of the famous Wicklow Gap. Enjoy the majestic scenery & visit the production sites of “Braveheart”, “Michael Collins” & “Excalibur”. Established in 1790, this family-run, traditional Irish pub & restaurant, provides an all-day food service using local produce, fresh fish & delicious homemade cuisine. The Hollywood Inn is renowned for exceptional food & warm hospitality.

Reviewed By 234jah - Naas, Ireland

In spite of already having a party of 22 booked they accomodated us in the bar ( which often has food served there),There was a very varied choice on the menu including Turkey. The starters included the incredible " Hollywood Inn smokies " (Smoked Haddock) a great favourite of mine,.Spiced chicken wings ( one portion would easily do 2 people ) with a choice of how "hot" you wanted them and soup.The mains included their own "Hollywood Inn Burger", well known favourite, Fish and Chips ( to die for ) and Vegetarian tartlets with salad. Steaks cooked to taste and seasonal fair. Desserts included cheese cake,brownies, & Ice cream . As it was a special celebration we had our own cake which they kindly cut and served for us.The staff were very efficient , attentive & friendly without being intrusive.Their wine list was superb and their House Wines increadable. As usual there was no pressure on us to "eat up and leave" as there is in some places. We have eaten there several times and have always come away satisfied. I would recommend The Hollywood Inn to anyone interested in good food at a reasonable price.

5. The Ballymore Inn

Main Street | Ballymore Eustace, Ballymore Eustace W91PO24, Ireland Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, Bar, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$157 - HK$369 +353 45 864 585
Excellent
54%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 277 reviews

The Ballymore Inn

Reviewed By rubesjd - Ireland

I grew up around Ballymore Eustace and this restaurant has been at the epicenter of many a family celebration over the years.
My family and I positively adore the food, which no matter how meticulously you follow the recipes inside this restaurants cook book are impossible to match. There is an essence within the atmosphere of this restaurant which is incomparable to any other!
Recently the menu has been condensed and some of my favorites including the chicken stir fry and Greek lamb and yogurt pizza have been removed from the menu, but there is still plenty to chose from, each option more flavorsome and homely than the next.
The food is infallible, from the freshly baked bread and pine nut pesto served before the food to the last lick of deliciously rich chocolate pot and honey comb from the spoon.
The Ballymore Inn provides an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu, which is a very cosmopolitan choice for a restaurant in a rural area. The creation of these two further menus may explain the removal of some options from the omnivore menu and although I am myself a meat eater, I have ordered the stuffed peppers from the vegetarian menu and have very much enjoyed them.
Overall, an excellent place to break bread with family and friends. A little on the expensive side but you really do get what you pay for with this gem.

6. Butt Mullins Restaurant

Poplar Square, Naas, Ireland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Irish, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +353 45 874 252
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 367 reviews

Butt Mullins Restaurant

Reviewed By thecountryspoon

I have very mixed feelings about Butt Mullins, others have sung its praise and I had high hopes when we dined here before Christmas, unfortunately something just didn’t sit right for me. The garlic mushrooms in my opinion were still raw in the middle, too thick to have been cooked through, however the beetroot relish and breads that came along side were divine. Mixed emotions.
The main course had me on the fence also with the ordering the Roasted Vegetable Tartlet, their divine chips were the only star as the “tartlet” was hard, dry and lacked the apparent vegetables, flavour or moisture to compliment the tart!Again not disgusted but not wowed. I will sing praise for the dessert that night, simple Christmas pudding, moist, fruity and melt in your mouth texture, thumbs up. Good service and lovely interior but, jury’s out on Butt Mullins for me.

7. Las Rada Wine & Tapas Bar

New Row | Newbridge Road, Naas W91 TF90, Ireland Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available European, Spanish, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$94 - HK$141 +353 45 879 978
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 343 reviews

Las Rada Wine & Tapas Bar

Las Rada Wine & Tapas bar is a small, cosy bar that serves tasty tapas to share with your family and friends.

Reviewed By Louise_M3 - Ireland

The atmosphere is nice although not as nice as the previous location.
We had food from the early bird menu which was good value. But I was disappointed again by the vegetarian option. Every "vegetarian" dish seemed to have Parmesan, which of course is NOT vegetarian, either in it or on it. I thought I had dodged it only to be seved with a side of salad smothered in pesto with parmesan.
This immediately makes me wary of what else may be lurking undeclared in dishes. It's disgusting, but also a potential allergy risk if the chef is not up to speed on basic ingredients.
Food was ok. Service was slow.
Overall not as good as it used to be.

8. Kenny's Kitchen

Main Street, Blessington, Ireland Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Irish, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
35%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
13%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 36 reviews

Kenny's Kitchen

It's a small bakery cum restaurant in the town of Blessington whioch does a fantastic irish breakfast at shockingly low prices after a weekend in Dublin.

Reviewed By Duncan W - Peterborough, United Kingdom

I was here a few times ... all meals are great value and good quality. Try the full Irish and see if you can eat it all !!!

9. West Wicklow House

Main Street, Blessington ROI, Ireland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, Bar, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks HK$78 - HK$196 +353 45 865 214
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 247 reviews

West Wicklow House

West Wicklow House Blessington is a cozy traditional Irish pub located on the N81 road in the picturesque village of Blessington at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains. Home to scenic movies such as Braveheart, king Arthur, The New Vikings series and PS I love You. We are open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and evening meals and offer great group rates. Our menus are based on traditional pub food with excellent contemporary and classic seafood specials. All our staff are helpful and full of local knowledge to assist you plan your sightseeing day. So if you like walking the Wicklow Hills, visiting the Glendalough Monastic site or just driving around the beautiful Blessington Lakes make sure to add the West Wicklow House to your to visit list. Check us out on Facebook, West Wicklow House Blessington. Excellent on street free parking and free wifi available.

Reviewed By kelly f - Belfast

We were staying at Avon ri for a few days which we do every year and popped in to west Wicklow house for our dinner as we do every year also. We weren’t disappointed, I had the roast chicken dinner but it was so good that we returned to have it again the following day! The bar staff were lovely and we had free WiFi so overall it was lovely experience, perfect fitting for our little holiday in Blessington. I wish we had a west Wicklow house in Belfast, I’d get very fat though.
Thank you west Wicklow house and no doubt we’ll be seeing you again next year

10. Grangecon Cafe

Kilbride Road, Blessington, Ireland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Irish, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch +353 45 857 892
Excellent
53%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

Grangecon Cafe

Reviewed By Nschaefer - Blessington, Ireland

Forget about the price, this is by far the most delicious place for coffee, cakes and lunch that Blessington has to offer. Everything is fresh and locally sourced and Richard and his wife make sure that quality and customer service is at a high standard. We come for years and will continue to enjoy breakfasts and lunches - I recommend the sausage rolls, the scrambled eggs and the tuna salad and ham and cheese toastie.

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