Where to Eat in Donegal Town: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 16, 2017 Jana Sager

Donegal Town is a fairytale of a place, featuring a charming harbor, serene beaches and stoic stone remains of centuries past, like those of 15th-century Donegal Abbey. Stern-looking Donegal Castle, recently restored to its one-time Gaelic glory, is the crown jewel of the area. If you’re looking for souvenirs, snag a hand-woven tweed or carpet, the signature goods of the area. For a good craic, the pubs of The Diamond area are a sure bet.
Things to do in Donegal Town

1. The Restaurant at Harvey's Point

Lough Eske, Donegal Town, Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$432 - HK$534 +353 74 972 2208
Excellent
79%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 552 reviews

The Restaurant at Harvey's Point

Unveiled in early 2014, this new look Lakeside Restaurant at Harvey's Point is set to Wow new guests and regular guests alike! The creation of a new theatre style open kitchen allows you to 'come into' the Kitchen and view the gastronomic dishes being prepared. At the same time you feel like you are outside looking in with the magnificent vista across Lough Eske. Matched with the finest personal service, this gastronomic experience at Harvey's Point rivals any in the country. Our Restaurant team will assist you in choosing the perfect wine or champagne accompaniment to each course of your meal - the right wine can totally transform a dish. If you are looking for a romantic break- Allow us to provide the perfect setting for you!

Reviewed By HappyCoupleIreland - Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

What can you say that has not already been said the choice on the menu is amazing and all the food cooked to a very high standard. All the waiting staff are friendly and make your eveneing thta little bit better. Superb food cooked by excellent chefs.

2. Castle Murray House Hotel & Restaurant

Castlemurray House Hotel Castlemurray House Hotel St. Johns Point, Donegal Town, Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Irish, European, French, Seafood Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$322 - HK$455 +353 74 973 7022
Excellent
78%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 148 reviews

Castle Murray House Hotel & Restaurant

Castle Murray prides itself on its dedication and passion to achieving a consistently high quality dining experience. Our Head Chef Remy Dupuy, who has worked in Castle Murray since 1995, is well renowned for using the best of locally sourced produce to create dishes that once enjoyed will have you planning your next trip back to Castle Murray. Our evening dinner menu showcases the passion and talent of Remy and his team while giving the customers a gastronomic experience that is often mimicked but seldom equalled. Great care and attention to detail is given to the design, creation and Delivery of each dish on the menu, which reflects the dedication and desire for greatness which motivates Remy and his team. If you haven't already heard about our House Special dish 'Prawn and Monkfish', then it is a must have. A dish so good it should have its own Appreciation Society! The dining room is refined yet comfortable, with a warm and welcoming ambiance that surrounds you once you enter the room. The striking views of St. John's Point and its natural beauty can be enjoyed throughout the dining room. Our restaurant has the added bonus of having a beautiful open fire, which in the winter, when the fire is roaring creates a warm and homely atmosphere that is much sought after on dark winter nights. Through the direction of the General Manager Marguerite Howley and our Maitre d'Hotel Fabrice Costes, a commitment to a professional and personable service is guaranteed to you. Along with our evening dinner menu, we offer a mouth watering 5 course Sunday Lunch that is extremely popular with people far and near. And if that hasn't tempted you 'foodies' out there then we are pleased to tell you that during the summer months we have a gourmet bar lunch menu available and an absurdly delicious and decadent Afternoon Tea service that is sure to tantalise those taste buds.

Reviewed By Bipbip06

We were in this place few days ago. The hotel is really peaceful and the rooms are clean and spacious.
Eating here is a special moment, the food is exquisite. The "signature" course is really enjoyable !!!
Many thanks to all the staff who made our stay a beautiful experience.
Mention spéciale au briviste Antoine pour une cuisine inventive et goûteuse !!!

3. Aroma Coffee Shop & Mini Bakery

Craft Village, Donegal Town, Ireland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Takeout, Reservations, Parking Available, Free Wifi Irish, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast +353 74 972 3222
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 185 reviews

Aroma Coffee Shop & Mini Bakery

Reviewed By chapeluser - Oxford, United Kingdom

Came for a coffee and just wish I was hungry enough for lunch. Had their leek n potato soup and Tom's soda bread instead. Scrummy!! Such pride in their presentation and food. Thank you.

4. Olde Castle Bar

Castle Street, Donegal Town, Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Irish, Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$63 - HK$377 +353 74 972 1262
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Olde Castle Bar

Donegal’s finest traditional old Irish Bar & Restaurant offers a warm welcome to visitors to Donegal Town and locals alike. The Olde Castle Bar and Restaurant Donegal is home to the finest Donegal seafood, steaks, beers, wines & whiskies – served by the O’Toole family and their team, with a smile and a Cead Mile Failte!

Reviewed By BurgessNeil - Worthing, United Kingdom

We stayed at the Gateway Lodge and the hotel recommended the Old Castle Bar for dinner.
It did not disappoint, great menu and the food was fantastic. The staff were all very polite and couldn’t help enough.
If looking for food in Donegal, the Old Castle is a must!

5. The Blueberry Tea Room

Castle Street | The Diamond, Donegal Town, Ireland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi Irish, Cafe, European, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$8
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 584 reviews

The Blueberry Tea Room

Reviewed By Innisfree63 - Sligo, Ireland

Our 1st visit to this restaurant. Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Great choice on menu. very efficient and friendly staff greeted customers as they entered and directed them to vacant tables. Busy restaurant frequented by locals and regulars from our observations. Thank you to Charlie our server who was both efficient and friendly. Would recommend and we will look forward to our next visit!

6. La Bella Donna

2 Bridge Street, Donegal Town, Ireland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$8 +353 74 972 5790
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 309 reviews

La Bella Donna

Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By frac38 - Glasgow

Arrived at the door for dinner as a group of six without a reservation and were professionally accommodated after some reshuffling of tables. We all had a variety of dishes from steak to pasta along with a carafe of house red and everyone was complimentary on the quality of the food and drink. A Lovely atmosphere and decor coupled with a price range that won't break the bank gives you a great little Italian restaurant which i would highly recommend if in Donegal Town.

7. Doms Pier 1

Quay Street | Donegal Town, Donegal Town, Ireland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +353 74 972 2719
Excellent
50%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 404 reviews

Doms Pier 1

DOM'S PIER 1 - Perched on the shores of Donegal Bay just a short walk from the Diamond , Dom's is the place to Eat, Drink & Relax in Donegal Town.Our Restaurant has stunning views of Donegal bay and its piers and with dining from 12noon till late seven days a week it is a must for locals and visitors alike.Our large and lively bar with its extensive range of beers, wines & spirits is the perfect place to meet friends for a night out or just to relax and sip a coffee.If you ever come to town you have to be able to say... " I've been to Dom's"...... See you soon !

Reviewed By lesbaird - Malaga, Spain

Popped in here for a lunch on our travels up through Donegal . Easy parking and very spacious restaurant , making the most of the views from it's great position . The menu was very varied , and found the staff to be really friendly .

8. Market House Restaurant

The Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Irish, Seafood, European, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$47 - HK$290 +353 74 972 1014
Excellent
69%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 254 reviews

Market House Restaurant

The Market House restaurant on the Diamond, Donegal Town, has built up an enviable reputation for quality food at affordable prices. Capitalising on its views overlooking the Diamond’s Iconic Monument, the restaurants interior setting is spacious and traditional with a clever twist of modern décor. The Market House name originated from the old historical Market Hall which was located in the current building. The perfect place to stop and dine along the Wild Atlantic Way. Our guests can dine in our newly refurbished, award winning Market House Steak & Seafood Restaurant where they are treated to a range of high quality menus served with creativity and flair to suit everyone’s needs. Our whole ethos is fresh local produce complimented with a fantastic Wine & Gin Bar Menu All dishes are prepared with the freshest of locally sourced produce and meats. Our speciality seafood comes 'straight off the boat' from the popular fishing village of Killybegs on the Wild Atlantic Way. For guest looking to avail of an early bite, the Market Value Menus is ideal, available from 6.00 pm to 7.00pm daily. Our award winning chef creates an excellent three course menu daily from local sourced fresh produce at a fantastic value. For a more fine dining experience why not try our A La Carte Menu? With so many top quality dishes to choose from, to cater to every taste, you really are spoiled for choice with our this extensive menu. Available daily, the A La Carte menu is most favourable by locals and visitors alike. Our famous Steak on the Stone is a meal experience like no other, consisting of a 100% Irish 8 oz Prime Fillet Steak cooked to your own liking, served with a trio of sauces and a side order of our highly desired twice cooked homemade chips and onion rings. For special occasions, parties or get togethers for groups of 12 or more we offer two set menus - The Deluxe Menu and The Superior Menu. The Food Hall at The Market House is an exciting new dining concept for Lunchtime in Donegal Town incorporating Gourmet Salads from our Healthy Garden, Artisan Breads , Daily Specials, Homemade Soups, Sandwiches, Wraps and Baps and Freda’s Homemade Bakes. Breakfast served from 9am - 11am Daily Specials served from 12 noon - 3pm Light Snacks served from 3pm - 4pm

Reviewed By 864Paula16 - Donegal Town, Ireland

We visited this restaurant for a carvery lunch. The 3 of us were very happy with our lunch, the roast beef was cooked to perfection. My son and grandson had beef stroganoff which they truly enjoyed. My son and grandson had orange and chocolate cheescake which they said was excellent. The only down side was a lack of friendliness but will definitely be back for the food.

9. Linda's Diner

Main Street Car Park, Donegal Town, Ireland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, Cafe, European, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 - HK$133 +353 74 972 2610
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 254 reviews

Linda's Diner

Located just off the diamond opposite aldi in Donegal Town,casual spacious dining over two floors,child friendly with an extensive affordable menu,come in and join us!

Reviewed By David M

Linda's Krusty kitchen has dropped the Krusty to become Linda's.
Although the name may have changed slightly I'm happy to report the standard of food and service hasn't.
If your looking a good place to eat this "diamond just of the diamond" in Donegal Town is the place to go.
Good food very attentive service and free Wifi as well, what more could a weary traveller ask for.

10. Salmon Inn

Mullinasole, Donegal Town, Ireland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Irish, Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +353 74 973 4040
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 135 reviews

Salmon Inn

Reviewed By SallinsCailin - Co Kildare

Went for Sunday Lunch while visiting the area. A family of five. The setting is beautiful looking out on Donegal Bay and the rising tide. The food was beautiful and the staff were very friendly. Visitors given plenty of time to eat and no rush to give table to other customers as it was a Sunday. Very relaxing and enjoyable. I will be back.

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