Waterville A Food Lovers Paradise
Waterville is very well known for Golf and Fishing but with all the beautiful restaurants that are in Waterville you could stay for a week and have your taste buds tantalised in a different way every day in different establishments. If you are staying for a shorter time the you have some tough decisions to make!
No Food Lovers life is complete without a visit to some of the fantastic restaurants and pubs located in Waterville.
To start off, if you want to visit a Cafe and have a nice bite of lunch and a chat there are two - The Beachcoue Cafe which has a stunning location looking out over the bay. This cafe overlooks the Atlantic and offers fresh battered fish and chips, the perfect meal to eat in this seaside escape. If you’re looking for a morning retreat, try the homemade scones and the delicious Cappuccino. The second is Peter's Place Cafe. This quirky cafe is right across the road from the beautiful Promenade but on a nice day you can actually sit on the Prom and Enjoy soup and sandwiches, homemade baked goods, delicious coffee, and incredible sunset views.
Next are the restaurants which most are open for both lunch and dinner but best to check their websites to make sure. Im going to write about them in Alphabetical Order which doesn't favour one over the other.
First up - An Corcan, a bistro style restaurant which is rated as Trip Advisors Number One restaurant in Waterville. This is a small, cozy village restaurant with home made simple delights. Try Fionas Fiery Fruit Curry or the steak sandwich or the chowder. An Corcán wonderfully caters to people with food allergies or special diets, making being a foodie with limitations perfect at this place. They have also won an award for their famous "Auntie Bridies Brown Bread" a must try.
Next - Butler Arms hotel, the food here is absolutely fabulous and eating it in the Chaplin Lounge while you watch the sun go down is just sublime. The hotel is brimming with character, the service is great and the atmosphere is sure to impress. Any good foodie would devour the fresh seafood. Try the crab and finish off your meal with a sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
Then - Dooley’s Seafood and Steakhouse has a wonderful varied menu but the the Grade A Dry-Aged steak is delicious. at Dooley’s, as you won’t find it at many places in town. The breads and desserts are all homemade and they’ve got perfectly paired wine choices. Dooley’s is a great place for the entire family. Make sure to book ahead during busy times.
The Sealodge is up next which is a boutique hotel overlooking the promenade. This is a nice modern option for foodies and the seafood pie is a great dish to try. Wander down to the bar after dinner for a nightcap. Enjoy the craic and the evening entertainment.
Last but most certainly not least The Smuggler’s Inn with spectacular views across ballinskelligs bay. My favourite dish here is the mouthwatering Prawn Ketafi which is their signature dish. But there are loads of must try's the menu from any of the Seafood dishes to the more exotic Wild Boar. You could dine here every night of your holiday and have loads of different dishes to try. You really can’t make a poor food choice at The Smuggler’s Inn.