The 10 BEST restaurants in Tipperary (for EVERY budget)

Planning a trip to the ‘Premier County’? Check out our list of the ten best restaurants in Tipperary to dine the right way while you’re there.

The 10 BEST restaurants in Tipperary (for EVERY budget).

Famous for the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle, horse racing, and so much more, Tipperary should certainly be on your Irish road trip itinerary. 

You will find an abundance of excellent restaurants offering fresh, seasonal ingredients and warm and friendly service in the ‘Premier County’.

From the best places to dine for foodies and the most popular restaurants in Tipperary to the lesser-travelled eateries and the hidden gems, let’s take a look at the ten best restaurants in Tipperary.

Ireland Before You Die’s top tips for eating in County Tipperary:

  • Although a landlocked county, Tipperary gets fresh fish from Lough Derg. Bordering counties Clare, Limerick, Cork, and Waterford all have coastlines, meaning you can enjoy fresh seafood in many Tipperary restaurants.
  • Complement your evening meal with a few post-dinner drinks in one of Tipperary’s many great pubs.
  • Make sure to try some local artisan foods and drinks, such as the cheese from Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers or some craft beers from the Whitefield Brewery.
  • Make the most of eating in Ireland by trying some uniquely Irish dishes.
  • Tipping is not customary in Ireland, but will always be greatly appreciated by your waiters.

10. Sean Tierney’s Bar and Grill – for great pub grub in Clonmel

Sean Tierney's Bar is one of the best restaurants in Tipperary.
Credit: Facebook / Sean Tierneys

Sean Tierney’s Bar and Restaurant is the place to go for a relaxing meal and a few drinks in the Tipperary town of Clonmel.

The menu offers beef, lamb, chicken, and fish dishes, all sourced locally, and even includes a small but satisfying vegetarian menu, including the likes of a stir fry, omelette, and curry.

With the drinks selection you’d expect at a top bar, you can’t go wrong with Sean Tierney’s!

Address: 13 O’Connell St, Oldbridge, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, E91 RD83, Ireland

9. The Peppermill – quality over quantity

The Peppermill favours quality over quantity.
Credit: Facebook / The Peppermill Restaurant

Perhaps not the most extensive menu you’re likely to find, but that’s because the team at this Nenagh restaurant focuses much more on quality than quantity.

On top of a great a la carte menu and Sunday lunch, you’ll find a delicious Saturday breakfast menu and small plates that can be enjoyed at the wine bar.

Address: Kenyon St, Nenagh South, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

8. Ranna Ghor Indian Restaurant – great value Indian food

Ranna Ghor is one of the best restaurants in Tipperary.

With dishes for as little as €14.95 per person and equally economical meal deals for one or two people, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better value Indian cuisine – or any cuisine for that matter – in Tipperary.

And with vegetarian selections, a kids’ menu, and a range of European dishes on offer as well, there’s something for everyone at Ranna Ghor.

Address: Castle Arcade, Liberty Square, Thurles Townparks, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, E41 C953, Ireland

7. O’Neill’s Bistro – an excellent spot for vegans

An excellent spot for vegans.
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O’Neill’s Bistro offers a very extensive menu, whether you visit in the early evening, for dinner, or for their renowned Sunday lunch.

Vegetarians and vegans will find much to like about O’Neill’s Bistro as it offers a more varied menu than many other restaurants in the area do. There is also a good selection of children’s dishes to choose from. 

With the highest rating of any restaurant in Tipperary on Tripadvisor, this is a great choice.

Address: Ardobireen, Thomastown, Co. Tipperary, E25 TN66, Ireland

6. Matt the Thresher Inn – an award-winning Birdhill gastropub

Matt the Thresher is one of the best restaurants in Tipperary.
Credit: Facebook / Matt The Thresher Inn

Matt the Thresher Inn in Birdhill was named the best gastropub in Munster in 2017 by the Good Eating Guide.

Found in a bright, quaint Birdhill building, the Matt the Thresher Inn has established a reputation based on its authenticity, delicious food, and friendly staff.

With a seasonal menu comprising local dishes and ingredients and a welcoming atmosphere that’s extended to children and dogs, a bite to eat at the Matt the Thresher Inn is an experience for the whole family.

Address: Gortybrigane, Birdhill, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

5. Mitchel House – renowned for steak

Mitchell House is renowned for steak.
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You’ll find Mitchel House in the town of Thurles, where it has been a mainstay of the culinary scene for 16 years.

Serving great Irish cuisine in a welcoming environment, it’s easy to see how it has achieved its longevity.

Pop in for a Sunday lunch or enjoy their renowned steak on a stone for one of the best food experiences in County Tipperary.

Address: Mitchel Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, E41 D1K2, Ireland

4. Stars of India – some of the best Indian food in Thurles

Stars of India is one of the best restaurants in Tipperary.
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Stars of India is one of the best-loved Indian restaurants in Thurles, and it’s easy to see why. Attentive and friendly staff make dining here a relaxed and comfortable experience.

Add to that the huge range of food options on their well-thought-out menu, and you’ve got one of the best restaurants in Tipperary. We highly recommend Stars of India for vegetarians.

Address: Slievenamon Rd, Thurles Townparks, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

3. Chez Hans – a beautiful setting for beautiful food

For beautiful food and atmosphere.
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Chez Hans is, admittedly, on the pricey side of restaurants in Tipperary, but its building is almost worth the price alone: the restaurant is housed in a repurposed Victorian Gothic church.

Head chef Hans Peter Matthiae earned Chez Hans a Michelin star in the 1980s before passing the reigns to his son, who carries out the operation with the same ethos as his father.

Address: Moor Ln, Moor, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

2. La Candela – for epic Italian flavours in the heart of Ireland

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For a laidback yet refined Italian dining experience at the heart of Tipperary, we highly recommend checking out the incredible La Candela Restaurant.

Intimate and friendly, the focus here is kept on the food, with the incredible team rustling up a delightful menu of delicious Italian favourites. So, you can enjoy everything from freshly baked pizzas to hearty pasta dishes and plenty of wine.

Address: Bank Pl, Knockanrawley, Tipperary, Ireland

1. Mikey Ryan’s Bar & Kitchen – global food with an Irish heart

Global food with an Irish twist.
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The menu at Mikey Ryan’s has a wonderful array of dishes from across the globe, all carefully prepared using fresh Irish ingredients.

Alongside standard Irish fare like a seafood chowder and lamb shoulder, you’ll find inspired dishes such as black curry dahl, chicken schnitzel, and tiger prawn tagliatelle.

Address: 76 Main St, St. Dominick’s Abbey, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, E25 NY58, Ireland

Notable mentions

Mani deserves a notable mention.
Credit: Facebook / Mani Restaurant Clonmel

Kyoto: A trusted nationwide chain, Kyoto is a great place to head for some excellent Asian street food and sushi.

Mani: The fantastic food on offer in this Clonmel restaurant is equalled only by its extensive wine menu.

Emperor: Dine in or take away from one of the best-loved Chinese restaurants in the county.

The French Quarter Café: For quality homemade food and desserts in a relaxed atmosphere, you’ll love the French Quarter Café in Tipperary town.

The Tipperary Inn Pub & Restaurant: An excellent 19th-century hotel with an acclaimed restaurant and stunning views of countryside hills and greenery. For a great stay and high quality food, this is an excellent choice.

The Bishop’s Buttery: Don’t just take our word for this one, the Bishop’s Buttery at Cashel Palace took the hotel and guesthouse restaurant award at the Irish Restaurant Awards recently.

House Restaurant: House Restaurant at the Cliff House Hotel offers beautiful sea views and delicious food to go along with it.

Your questions answered about restaurants in Tipperary

Your questions answered.
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If you’ve still got questions in mind, don’t worry! In this section, we answer some of our readers’ most frequently asked questions about restaurants in Tipperary, as well as some that often appear in online searches.

How did Tipperary get its name?

Tipperary is the anglicised name for the Irish Tiobraid Árann, meaning ‘the Well of Ara’. The Ara is the river that runs through the town of Tipperary, from which the county derives its name.

What are the largest towns in Tipperary?

The five largest towns in Tipperary by population are Clonmel, Nenagh, Thurles, Carrick-on-Suir, and Roscrea.

Where is Tipperary located in Ireland?

Tipperary is located in the province of Munster. It is the largest landlocked county in the country and is bordered by Offaly, Laois, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Clare, and Galway.

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