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Top contenders make it into the finals of The 4th Food Awards Ireland 2019

The Food Awards Ireland are back once again to celebrate excellence in the food industry.

Creative Oceanic introduced The Food Awards Ireland four years ago and committed to celebrating each year those who excel in this competitive sector.

It is well-known that Ireland provides a rich dining scene, offering a wide selection of popular dishes and cuisines from around the globe at great prices.

The Food Awards Ireland 2019 are an exclusive celebration dedicated to meritorious restaurants, takeaways, pubs, hotel restaurants, cafes, bistros and manufactures amongst others  that provide the Irish communities with the best of products, ingredients and services.

The Awards will take place on Monday, November 4 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel Dublin Airport and will welcome top professionals that have gone above and beyond to provide services and flavours that are second to no one.

The finalists list is full of local restaurants, fine dining spots and great specialists that have been voted for by the public to get the recognition they deserve for their dedication to be the best.

The Food Awards Ireland 2019 promise to be an unforgettable event in the food industry’s calendar this year, with a wide range of accolades ready to be presented to the most deserving professionals and establishments, including Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Cooking School of the Year and many more.

Irfan Younis, CEO of Creative Oceanic said: “Ireland offers a wide range of places that serve world cuisines. The finalists were voted for by the public for providing authentic recipes and unique dishes to their diners, creating memorable experiences for both residents and visitors.

“Undoubtedly, there are some amazing specialists around the country, who know how to offer great service, delicious food and meet the expectations of their diners. These are the professionals that we aim to reward at The Food Awards Ireland 2019.

“We would like to wish all finalists the best of luck and we can’t wait to welcome our guests and celebrate the winners with them.”

The finalists of The Food Awards Ireland 2019 are:

Restaurant of the Year North


Kitty Kelly’s  (Donegal)

Blas  ( Donegal)

Chandpur Indian Restaurant (Donegal)

The Harbour Restaurant (Donegal)

Kieran’s Restaurant (Monaghan)

Matt’s Diner (Donegal)

McNean House & Restaurant  (Cavan)

Courthouse Restaurant (Monaghan)

Oak Room Restaurant (Cavan)

The Batch Loaf  (Monaghan)



Dillons Bar & Restaurant (Mayo)

Sage Restaurant (Westport)

Flannerys Bistro (Ballinrobe)

Courthouse Restaurant (Leitrim)

The Cot and Cobble (Ballina)

Regans Gastro Pub and Restaurant (Roscommon)

Gather Restaurant  (Tuam)

The Cottage Restaurant  (Leitrim)

West Restaurant  (Galway)

Dela Restaurant  (Galway)



The Kitchen (Gorey)

Franzini’s  (Meath)

The Old House Restaurant (Mullingar)

Snail Box Restaurant (Ashbourne)

Ginos Diner (Dundalk)

Room 8 (Navan)

Captain House Restaurant  (Tullamore)

Rob’s Ranch House  (Wexford)

Eco Pizzeria and Restaurant (Gorey)

Cistín Eile  (Wexford )

Tang  (Westmeath)



Bao (Dublin)

Token  (Dublin)

Brasserie Sixty6  (Dublin)

The Cedar Tree Restaurant  (Dublin)

Locks Windsor Terrace  (Dublin)

Mr Fox  (Dublin)

The Vintage Kitchen  (Dublin)

Lavanda Restaurant  (Dublin)

Brookwood  (Dublin)



1826 Adare  (Limerick)

Roosters piri piri  (Cork)

Blairs Cove House  (Cork)

CoqBull  (Cork)

Emiliano’s   (Waterford)

The Gallery Bar & Restaurant (Cork)

The Black Pig  (Cork)

Son of a Bun  (Cork)

Tannery Townhouse  (Waterford)

Market Lane  (Cork)


Cafe/Bistro of the Year  North


Thyme Out Cafe and Tearooms in Glenveagh Castle (Letterkenny)

Sonder  (Letterkenny)

Florence Food Co.  (Letterkenny)

Number 6 Sandwich & Coffee Shop (Letterkenny)

The Counter Deli  (Letterkenny)

Honeypot Coffee House  (Letterkenny)

The Quiet Moment Tearooms  (Letterkenny)

The Hatter Tea Room (Ballybofey)



The Coffee Vine Cafe (Mayo)

Araby Coffee House  (Claremorris)

Appetite Cafe  (Castlebar)

Puddleducks Cafe (Mayo)

Rua Cafe and Delicatessen (Mayo)

Sweet Beat Cafe  (Sligo)

Tartare Café  (Galway)

Pascal Coffee House  (Galway)

Nook Cafe & Restaurant  (Sligo)

Mc Hugh’s Cafe (Mayo)



The Hot Sandwich Co. (Ashbourne)

Mocha’s Vintage Tea Room & Restaurant ( Kilkenny)

Harvest Home Bakery & Cafe (Meath)

PS Coffee Roasters (Kildare)

Hungry Bear Gorey (Gorey)

Caffe Letterario GattaNera  (Wicklow)

Poppies (Wicklow)

Olive Cafe & Deli (Fingal)

The Cosy Cafe & Bakery (Laois)



The Farmhouse Cafe (Dublin)

Mochaland Cafe (Dublin)

Container Coffee (Dublin)

Urbanity Cafe (Dublin)

Avoca Café (Dublin)

The Cake Cafe (Dublin)

The Tram Café (Dublin)

Green Bench Cafe (Dublin)

Bleecker Street Cafe Bar (Dublin)

The Press Cafe (Dublin)

Samsara (Dublin)



Story Café (Limerick)

CafeSIVEEN (Kerry)

Earth Cafe (Cork)

Perry Street Market Cafe (Cork)

Cork Coffee Roasters (Cork)

Myo Cafe (Cork)

Napoli Italian Delicatessen & Cafe (Cork)

Lemon Leaf Cafe (Cork)

The Parlour Cafe (Cork)

Mug & Bean (Killarney)


Takeaway of the Year

Chaska (Killarney)

Castle Takeaway (Meath)

Banaras Indian & Thai Takeaway (Dublin)

Masala Blanchardstown (Dublin)

Franks Takeaway (Cork)

Gogo Grills (Cork)

McGuinness Traditional Take Away (Dublin)

Dublin Pizza Company (Dublin)

Lavish (Cork)

Saba To Go (Deansgrange)


Gastro Pub of the Year


The House Gastro Pub (Donegal)

Mickalene’s Bar (Ardara)

McGettigan’s Pub (Letterkenny)

Nancy’s Bar (Ardara)

Rosatos Bar (Donegal)



John Keogh’s Gastropub (Galway)

The Draft House Gastropub (Silgo)

Regans Gastro Pub and Restaurant (Roscommon)

The Pilot Bar (Silgo)

The Towers Bar & Restaurant (Westport)

Araby at the Dalgan (Ballyhaunis)

An Púcán (Galway)

Porterhouse Restaurant  (Galway)



Danny’s Byrnes (Westmeath)

The Station House (Edenderry)

William St. Bar & Eatery (Tullamore)

Auld Shebeen (Moate)

dcKitchen @ Dead Centre Brewing (Athlone)

Lennons Gastro Pub (Dundalk)

Tides Gastro Pub (Rosslare)

Roches Bar Duncannon (Wexford)

The Cross Guns (Meath)

PJ O Hare’s (Louth)



The Elphin Bar (Dublin)

The Old Spot (Dublin)

Brannigans Bar (Dublin)

P.Mac’s (Dublin)

Nancy Hands Bar & Restaurant (Dublin)

Searsons (Dublin)



Cashel Palace Hotel and Mikey Ryan’s Bar and Kitchen (Tipperary)

O’Sullivans Bar & Restaurant Douglas (Cork)

The Glenbeigh Hotel

Gallagher’s Gastro Pub (Cork)

The Overdraught Restaurant & Pub (Cork)

McMunns Bar (Kerry)


Hotel Restaurant of the Year

Zuni Restaurant, Bar & Boutique Hotel (Kilkenny)

Blairs Cove House & Restaurant (Cork)

Ocean Sands Hotel (Sligo)

The Duck Restaurant (Gorey)

Tara hotel (Killybegs)

Restaurant gigi’s at the g Hotel (Galway)

The Saddle Room at the Shelbourne (Dublin)

Ballymaloe Hotel and Restaurant (Cork)

Waterfront House & Restaurant (Sligo)

Gregans Castle Hotel in the Burren (Tipperary)


Best Fish N’ Chips Establishment

CF Lennox’s (Cork)

Little Saltee Chipper (Wexford)

The Monte Carlo (Monaghan)

Jackie Lennox Chipper (Cork)

Donkey Fords (Limerick)

Sorrento Fish & Chips (Cobh)

Quinlans Fresh Fish and Seafood Bar (Kerry)

Beshoff Bros (Dublin)

Luigi’s Traditional Fish and Chips (Limerick)

Sharky’s Fish and Chips (Wexford)


Caterer of the Year

Blasta Street Kitchen (Monaghan)

Yes Chef Catering (Donegal)

Connolly Catering (Monaghan)

Treanlaur Catering (Mayo)

David Smyth Catering (Westmeath)

A Slice of Life (Westmeath)

Artizan Food Company (Dublin)

Lolly and Cooks (Dublin)

Luceys Good Food (Cork)

Peter Molloy Catering (Waterford)


Best Indian Establishment

Chilli Lounge (Cavan)

The Holy Grail Wexford Indian Restaurant (Wexford)

Fethard Indian Curries & Fast Food (Fethard)

Chandpur Indian Restaurant (Donegal)

Royal Spice Indian Restaurant (Kilkenny)

Konkan Indian Restaurant  (Dublin)

Achari Indian Restaurant (Limerick)

Bombay Pantry(Bray)

Kerala Kitchen (Dublin)


Best Italian Establishment

Nonna Nenne’ Italian Restaurant (Dundalk)

Toscana (Dublin)

IL Vicolo (Galway)

Ristorante Rossini (Cork)

Espresso (Waterford)

The Pizza Bros  (Castlebar)

Trattoria Magnetti (Galway)

IL Vicolo (Galway)

Napoli Italian Delicatessen & Cafe (Cork)

Mona Lisa Restaurant (Galway)


Best Mediterranean Establishment

Salamanca Tapas Bar & Restaurant (Dublin)

La Bodega (Dublin)

Cava Bodega (Galway)

The Port House Pintxo (Dublin)

Mykonos Taverna (Dublin)

Cape Greko Greek & Cypriot (Dublin)

El Celler Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar (Dublin)

Picaderos (Kildare)

Iberian Way (Cork)


Best Oriental Establishment

Ken’s Oriental Restaurant (Westmeath)

Blue Elephant (Dublin)

M & L Szechuan Chinese (Dublin)

Ngai’s Oriental Restaurant (Kildare)

Wau Asian Cuisine (Meath)

Ka Shing Chinese Restaurant (Dublin)

Michie Sushi Ranelagh (Dublin)

Tippenyaki Restaurant Rathmines (Dublin)

Zakura Izakaya (Dublin)

The Lantern Chinese Restaurant (Mayo)


Best World Cuisine

Tedo Tapas Bar (Cork)

Wau Asian Cuisine (Meath)

Hailan Korean Restaurant (Dublin)

Chez Hans (Tipperary)

Captain Americas (Cork)

Saba (Dublin)

Jerusalem Restaurant (Dublin)

Sabor Nordestino Restaurante (Dublin)

Cafe Oasis (Dublin)

Aussie Outback  (Dublin)


Best Vegetarian Establishment

143 V  (Cork)

Take a Veg (Dublin)

Sova Vegan Butcher (Dublin)

Vish.Shop  (Dublin)

The Fat Vegan (Cork)

The Blazing Salads Food Company (Dublin)

Umi Falafel (Dublin)

Cornucopia (Dublin)

The Cutting Vedge (Kilkenny)

Veginity (Dublin)


Best Seafood Establishment

Linnane’s Lobster Bar (Cartron)

Matt The Thresher (Dublin)

Fishy Fishy Kinsale (Cork)

Cavistons Seafood Restaurant (Dublin)

Eithna’s By the Sea Restaurant (Sligo)

Moran’s Oyster Cottage (Galway)

Silver Fox Seafood Restaurant (Wexford)

Nick’s Seafood Restaurant & Piano Bar (Kerry)

Wild & Native (Rosslare)

Barrtrá Seafood Restaurant (Clare)


Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

Chapter One Restaurant (Dublin)

West Restaurant (Galway)

Bresson (Dublin)

Bastion (Cork)

Loam Restaurant (Galway)

Aniar Restaurant & Boutique Cookery School (Galway)

Rasam Restaurant (Dublin)

Seasons Restaurant  (Dublin)

Anocht Restaurant (Kilkenny)

Burren Fine Wine & Food (Clare)


Dessert Outlet of the Year

Dolce Sicily (Dublin)

Casanova Gelateria (Cork)

Pappagallino (Malahide)

Bubble Waffle Factory (Dublin)

Lemon Crêpe & Coffee Co. (Dublin)

Fantastic Flavours (Youghal)

Murphy’s Ice Cream (Dublin)

Le Petit Breton Artisan Crêperie (Dublin)

Offbeat Donut Co. (Dublin)


Best Street Food 

Mi Asian Street Food (Wexford)

Wild Atlantic Crepes (Dungloe)

Asahi Asian Street Food (Dublin)

Neon Asian Street Food  (Dublin)

Vish.Shop (Dublin)

Veginity (Dublin)

Xi’an Street Food  (Galway)

Khao Asian Street Food (Cork)

BiteClub (Galway)

Lana Tullamore Asian Street Food (Offaly)


Best Irish Cuisine 

Dela Restaurant (Galway)

Bofey Quinns Bar & Restaurant (Corofin)

The Boxty House (Dublin)

Old Mill Restaurant (Dublin)

The Winding Stair (Dublin)

O’Sheas Restaurant (Dublin)

Kai Café + Restaurant (Galway)

An Port Mór (Mayo)

Finnegans (Dublin)

McHughs Traditional Pub & Restaurant  (Galway)


Bakery of the Year

Harvest Home Bakery & Cafe (Meath)

Buttercream Dream (Dublin)

OffBeat Donuts  (Dublin)

Mannings Bakery and Cafe (Dublin)

Firehouse Bakery and Cafe (Wicklow)

The Bretzel Bakery & Cafe (Dublin)

Il Valentino Bakery & Cafe (Dublin)

Hansel and Gretel Bakery & Patisserie (Dublin)

Griffins Bakery  (Galway)


Outstanding Restaurant Supplier of the Year

Dublin Meat Company  (Dublin)

Branagan Meats (Dublin)

Heaney Meats Catering Company (Galway)

Deli Meat Supplies (Dublin)

Flesk Meats (Cork)

The Premium Butcher (Waterford)

Traditional Cheese Co. (Dublin)

Allfresh Wholesale Ltd (Cork)

Kish Fish (Dublin)

Scallan’s Food Service  (Wexford)


Chef of the Year

The Harbour Restaurant  (Donegal)

Kieran’s Restaurant (Monaghan)

Matt’s Diner (Donegal)

Dillons Bar & Restaurant (Mayo)

Sage Restaurant (Westport)

Flannerys Bistro (Ballinrobe)

Courthouse Restaurant (Leitrim)

The Kitchen (Gorey)

Franzini’s (Meath)

The Old House Restaurant  (Mullingar)


Restaurant General Manager of the Year

IL Vicolo (Galway)

Achari Indian Restaurant (Limerick)

Napoli Italian Delicatessen & Cafe (Cork)

Mona Lisa Restaurant (Galway)

Loam Restaurant (Galway)

Aniar Restaurant & Boutique Cookery School (Galway)

Rasam Restaurant (Dublin)

Seasons Restaurant  (Dublin)

Dela Restaurant (Galway)


Cookery School of the Year

Cloughjordan House Cookery School (Cloughjordan)

Multyfarnham Cookery School (Multyfarnham)

Baking Academy of Ireland (Dublin)

Ballyknocken House (Wicklow)

Cooks Academy Cookery School (Dublin)

Dublin Cookery School (Dublin)

Dingle Cookery School (Kerry)

Ballymaloe Cookery School (Cork)

Alix Gardners Cookery School (Dublin)

Aniar Restaurant & Boutique Cookery School (Galway)


Outstanding Restaurant of the Year

Chilli Lounge (Cavan)

Rob’s Ranch House (Wexford)

Banyan Restaurant (Tramore)

Flame Restaurant (Navan)

Mejana Restaurant (Limerick)

Shapla Indian Restaurant (Carlow)

The Willow Tree Bar and Restaurant (Rathdowney)

Zucchini’s (Navan)

Paulines restaurant (Edenderry)

Quays   (Dublin)


Buffet Restaurant of the Year

Pomegranate Turkish(Galway)

Istanbel Buffet House(Dublin)

Global Cuisine (Dublin)

Jasmine Palace Restaurant  (Limerick)

The Innisfallen Restaurant (Kerry)

Tango Restaurant (Louth)

Mongolian Barbeque (Dublin)

Freestyle (Louth)

Amerta Chinese Restaurant (Dublin)

KC Peaches  (Dublin)


Middle Eastern Restaurant Of The Year

Lavish (Cork)

The Cedar Tree Restaurant (Dublin)

Al Mezza Lebanese Restaurant  (Westmeath)

Mejana Lebanese (Limerick)

Damascus Gate Restaurant (Dublin)

The Grill House Swords (Dublin)

Umi Falafel (Dublin)

Shouk (Dublin)

Sultan Cafe Restaurant & Shisha Lounge (Cork)

Shakshuka (Dublin)


Best Pizza Establishment

Firehouse Pizza (Dublin)

Independent Pizza Company (Dublin)

Platform Pizza Bar (Wicklow)

Sano Pizza (Dublin)

Da Mimmo (Dublin)

Paulies Pizza(Dublin)

The Rusty Oven – Pizzeria (Donegal)

The Dough Bros (Galway)


Crust Bucket (Galway)


Burger Bar of the Year

BóBós Burgers Restaurant (Dublin)

BlockBurger HQ(Dublin)

Box Burger (Wicklow)

WOWBURGER   (Dublin)

Gourmet Burger Bistro  (Cork)

Captain Americas(Dublin)

Bunsen (Dublin)

Bison Bar & BBQ (Dublin)


Best Mexican Establishment 

Cafe Azteca (Dublin)

Burrito Loco (Letterkenny)

Boojum (Dublin)

The Hungry Mexican Restaurant  (Dublin)

Cafe Mexicana  (Cork)

Pablo Picante(Dublin)

Casita Mexicana (Killarney)

Picaderos (Kildare)

El Grito Mexican Taqueria (Dublin)

Tuco’s Taqueria (Galway)


Best Asian Food Establishment

Saba (Dublin)

Yang’s Chinese Restaurant (Dublin)

Kopitiam (Dublin)

Okayu   (Dublin)

Hub Himalayan  (Dublin)

Miso Sligo (Sligo)

Mi Asian Street Food (Wexford)

Okayu   (Dublin)

Zakura Izakaya  (Dublin)

Opium  (Dublin)


Best of Dublin

Beast Dublin

The Vintage Kitchen


Bloom Brasserie

Forest Avenue

WILDE Restaurant

Trocadero Dublin

Sophie’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace

Craft Restaurant



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