Top 5 best restaurants for foodies in Waterford city

Visiting the Waterford sights is hungry work. So here are the top five best restaurants for foodies in Waterford city.

Waterford City is a popular tourist destination in Ireland with lots of attractions such as Waterford Crystal and the Viking museum.

Waterford is especially popular at Christmas because of the fantastic Waterford Winterval they host every year.

With so many restaurants and places to eat in Waterford, it can be hard to know where to go. So we have compiled a list of the best restaurants for foodies in Waterford city to help make your decision a little easier.

5. Geoff’s Cafe Bar – next level stir fry

Geoff's Cafe Bar is up there with the best restaurants for foodies in Waterford city.
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Geoff’s is always busy. Every time we have been there, it has been packed. Some people might see this as a negative, but we see this as a sign of good quality food and great service.

Geoff’s is a cosy pub with good food and an exciting menu.

They have a wide variety of foods from Italian dishes to Asian dishes to seafood and a lot more in between. It definitely isn’t boring pup-grub.

As a result of Geoff’s always being busy, you might have to wait for a table – but if you have the time the food is definitely worth the wait.

All of their dishes are great, but Geoff’s stir-fry is next-level.

Address: 9 John St, Waterford, X91 WP98, Ireland

4. Bodega – one of the best restaurants for foodies in Waterford city

Bodega is a must-visit!
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Bodega is a funky restaurant in the heart of Waterford with a unique design and feel. According to their website, they try to create a relaxed environment where customers can let go, and they have definitely achieved this.

The outside of the restaurant is covered in awards, and the food they serve is representative of why.

They open Monday to Saturday from 17:00 to 22:00, but if you can make it in between 17:00 and 18:45 on Monday to Friday, you can avail of their fantastic early bird menu of two courses for €23 or three courses for €28 with a good selection of starters, mains, and desserts.

Overall, Bodega is an excellent restaurant for foodies in Waterford to try out.

Address: 54 John St, Waterford, X91 XW2R, Ireland

3. McLeary’s Restaurant – famous fish

McLeary's Restaurant is number three on our list of restaurants for foodies in Waterford city.
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McLeary’s Restaurant on Parade Quay and McLeary’s Cafe on Cork Road are both fantastic places to eat in Waterford, and both offer a different experience. McLeary’s Restaurant is our choice for one of the best restaurants for foodies to try out in Waterford city.

Although McLeary’s have a variety of fantastic dishes, they are really well known around the city for their outstanding fish.

They have a variety of different types of fish dishes, and it would be hard to find a traditional fish and chips in Waterford better than McLeary’s, it is to die for.

If you are unable to decide between fish or meat, you can always choose the Surf and Turf, and you will receive an 8oz sirloin steak as well as tiger prawns beautifully cooked in garlic butter. It really does taste as good as it sounds.

Address: 122 Parade Quay, Waterford, X91 NN59, Ireland

2. Momo Restaurant – great lunch offers

Momo Restaurant does great lunch offers.
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Momo is a multi-award winning restaurant in Waterford City that features fresh and healthy food direct from the local food producers in County Waterford. Momo presents dishes rich in flavour and finesse in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.

Unlike some other restaurants, Momo is open on Sundays, and they offer their fantastic value early bird menu from 13:00 to 20:00 on Sundays, giving you loads of time to get in and try it out.

Their early bird offer is two courses for €23.50 or three courses for €28.50.

One thing we really like about Momo is their great lunch options. You can either eat off their lunch menu or choose their great lunch offer where you get to choose two items from their selection of freshly made sandwiches, daily salad bar, or homemade soup for €10 eat-in or €9 for take-out.

Address: 47 Patrick St, Waterford, X91 DX49, Ireland

1. Emiliano’s – best pizza in town

Number one on our list of restaurants for foodies in Waterford city is Emiliano's.
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Emiliano’s is ranked as the number one restaurant in Waterford on TripAdvisor with a five-star rating and over 1,000 reviews. The food is good, the prices are fair, and the staff are pleasant – a winning combination.

Arguably, this cosy little Italian restaurant does the nicest pizza in Waterford. Alongside their pizzas, Emiliano’s also offer a selection of meat, fish, and pasta dishes, even including a fresh catch of the day.

To top it off, Emiliano’s feels authentically Italian and doesn’t feel like an imitation.

Every item on their menu is fantastic, but Emiliano’s Rustica Pizza is simply out of this world. A beautifully cooked pizza with tomato, mozzarella, parma ham, rocket salad, and parmesan.

We think that Emiliano’s is the best of all the restaurants for foodies in Waterford city.

Address:21 High St, Waterford, X91 YX39, Ireland

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