Irish Restaurant Awards 2022: Ireland’s best eateries, revealed

The Irish Restaurant Awards were back this week after a two-year break, and one Dublin eatery took the top prize as the best restaurant in Ireland.

The winners of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2022 were revealed this week. Eateries all across the Emerald Isle gained recognition for their impeccable service and great food.

After a two-year break due to restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 1,000 restaurants and hospitality businesses from all four provinces came together for the ceremony earlier this week.

A huge boost to businesses facing rising costs and bills, the Irish Restaurant Awards 2022 is a welcome celebration for Ireland’s hospitality industry.

Ireland’s top eateries ‒ for great food and top-quality service

Chapter One took the top prize at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2022.
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Dublin’s Chapter One was named the best restaurant in Ireland at the final of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2022. Held in Dublin’s Convention Centre earlier this week, the awards celebrated the very best of Ireland’s hospitality industry.

As one of the most loved restaurants in the city, Chapter One has a reputation throughout Ireland for its high-quality food and exquisite dining experience.

Having already received two Michelin stars, many critics have argued that Chapter One could become Ireland’s first three Michelin star eatery.

Located on Parnell Square, Chapter One is known for its understated and elegant dining rooms. It serves international cuisine and perfectly curated menu from talented chef Mickael Viljanen.

The winners ‒ top prizes at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2022

Mount Juliet Estate Restaurant was named Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant.
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Chapter One was not the only restaurant to win big at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2022. Mount Juliet Estate in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, claimed the title of Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant.

Ahmet Dede, chef of Dede Restaurant at the Customs House in Baltimore, County Cork, won the prize for Best Chef. Meanwhile, The Rusty Mackerel in County Donegal was awarded Best Gastro Pub.

Uno Mas in Dublin received the award for Best Customer Service, while Goldie in Cork won Best Casual Dining. The much-loved The Sky and The Ground in Wexford was named Pub of the Year. Meanwhile, Dublin’s Orwell Road Restaurant won Best Newcomer.

You can find the full list of winners on the Irish Restaurant Awards website here.

A much-needed boost for Ireland’s hospitality industry ‒ a celebration of the best

This year's winners were revealed at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2022.
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The Irish Restaurant Awards 2022 will provide a much-needed morale boost for hospitality businesses from all across Ireland, who have faced a difficult two years.

Paul Lenehan is President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland. Speaking at the awards ceremony, he said, “This has been an outstanding year for the Irish Restaurant Awards.

“In its 13th year now after a two-year break due to COVID, we have surpassed previous years’ online public nominations with over 100,000 received in June, and our Regional Events held in August and September in Meath, Cavan, Cork, and Leitrim had almost 3,000 attendees.

“The Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the existing and up-and-coming talent in the sector. They are a reminder that hospitality is nothing without the dedicated and passionate staff in the industry.

“We are delighted to have the Awards back up and running again. It has been a fantastic display of what the industry has to offer here tonight in the Convention Centre Dublin.”

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