Athy Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Athy

February 15, 2018 Lean Nau

Athy (/əˈθaɪ/; Irish: Baile Átha Í, meaning "town of the ford of Ae") is a market town at the meeting of the River Barrow and the Grand Canal in south-west County Kildare, Ireland, 72 kilometres southwest of Dublin. A population of 9,677 (as of the 2016 census) makes it the sixth largest town in Kildare and the 50th largest in the Republic of Ireland, with a growth rate of approximately 60% since the 2002 census.
Things to do in Athy

1. The Bay Tree

4 Stanhope Street, Athy, Ireland Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$55 - HK$243 +353 86 361 8633
Excellent
69%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 129 reviews

The Bay Tree

Cafe Restaurant serving Irish Food prepared in house, Specialising in Gluten Free. we also provide outside catering

Reviewed By David D

Have had lunch and evening meals here over the last few years. Great menu and staff are always great - polite, efficient and accommodating. Food is of high standard and quality. Very few places left to eat in Athy unfortunately so The Bay Tree deserves a visit

2. Mad Hatter Cafe

Unit 1 Keenans Lane, Castledermot, Ireland Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch HK$8 +353 85 714 8085
Excellent
82%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 107 reviews

Mad Hatter Cafe

Delicious home bakes,gourmet sandwiches and signature hot dishes. Superb coffees and teas. Homemade artisan jams,marmalades,dressings,cakes and bakes available for take away too.

Reviewed By beavis7777 - Athy, Ireland

I visit the Mad Hatter Cafe regularly with my young daughter and always leave feeling very impressed. The food is as tasty as you could ever expect in a “cafe”. The superfood salad is delicious and generously served. The staff are welcoming and efficient and always very child-friendly. You’d be mad not to try it!

3. Ngai's Restaurant

29a Leinster Street | Emily Square, Athy, Ireland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian Dinner, Late Night +353 59 863 8008
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 65 reviews

Ngai's Restaurant

Reviewed By Mickgas

The Chinese menu is definitely above par for Chinese in Ireland. Great food and service in a nicely decorated restaurant. Definitely reccomend if you looking for a sit down dinner in Athy

4. Deelish Food

29 Leinster Street, Athy 0000, Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Takeout Irish, Cafe, European Breakfast, Lunch +353 59 864 1533
Excellent
52%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
14%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 42 reviews

Deelish Food

Reviewed By BB-Kildare - Kildare,

Dropped in here for lunch with my husband after a funeral. Very warm welcome. Staff very friendly and efficient. No delays with food being served. Food was very good. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Would visit again.

5. Crookstown Inn

Crookstown Inn Crookstown Inn Crookstown Inn Ballytore, Athy, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, European, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch +353 59 862 3129
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Crookstown Inn

Reviewed By Alan F

This pub/restaurant is quite local to us,we visited here 4 years ago and it was appalling. We were told that it had changed ownership and decided to give it another go. Very pleasantly surprised the place was completely empty as we were eating early at 18:00 hours. Food was tasty and very very pleasant,I got a pulled pork with the bree starter very pleasant indeed. Friendly service from the nice waitress good pint nice and cold. Toilets were clean plenty of parking outside. The car park itself could do with a bit of a spruce up some flowers trees et cetera. Overall pleasant experience will be happy to go back there again possibly sooner rather than later :-).

6. Bradbury's Bakery

Leinster Street | Athy/Newbridge, Athy 0000, Ireland Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Cafe, Irish, European Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +353 59 863 1845
Excellent
45%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Bradbury's Bakery

Reviewed By BB-Kildare - Kildare,

Enjoyed a family lunch here. Plenty of choice on the menu to suit all tastes and appetites! Staff very friendly and helpful. Relaxed atmosphere, clean and spacious restaurant. Food well cooked and very generous servings. Beautiful cakes to take away.
Bathroom facilities limited to one gents and one ladies but spotlessly clean.

7. Bailey's Bar & Bistro

Dublin Road | Clanard Court Hotel, Athy, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Irish, Bar, European, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch +353 59 864 0666
Excellent
70%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Bailey's Bar & Bistro

Reviewed By Kay D

We had Sunday lunch the restaurant was very busy but I had roast beef and my friends had Turkey and ham. Both meals served in a lump on the plate with the meat on top of the potatoes it was most uninspiring and off-putting. I complained to the waitress that the potatoes was cold. She said she would let the chef know. There was no feedback from that complaint. A very disappointing meal.

8. J-One Cafe

Emily Square, Athy, Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Irish, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch +353 59 863 3155
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

J-One Cafe

Reviewed By dobrien2016 - County Kildare, Ireland

Some of the dishes that were served looked ok, and not too bad. But my dish was fairly tasteless and I won't order the same again. The price was average enough. The environment was very small and cramped. The level of hygiene was ok but not great. The staff could benefit form a new uniform as their current uniforms seemed shabby and dull.

9. Novak's Restaurant

52 Leinster Street, Athy, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +353 59 863 3627
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Novak's Restaurant

Reviewed By DublinWelcomesAll - Dublin

Dinner here on a Saturday night was very pleasant. Starters were excellent - the duck terrine in particular was very good. Mains were excellent all around - chicken roulade, sea bass and duck breast were all very good. [side note - can chefs stop using pea shoots as a garnish especially when there are no peas on the plate - they are pointless - your plates of food don’t need it]. Desserts also had some high notes but some of the flavours don’t marry well together - mango sorbet whilst excellence doesn’t go well with a coffee creme brûlée. Raspberries and pineapple shouldn’t be in the same plate. A lime sorbet with the pineapple would have worked better. Decent selection of wines. Chairs that the restaurant selected when fitting out the room - faux leather - are now very worn and unsightly and are a disappointment as they give an impression that the kitchen doesn’t care as much about the dining room as they do about their food!

10. New Moon Tandoori Restaurant

79 Leinster Street, Athy, Ireland Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Bangladeshi, Thai Dinner, Brunch HK$118 - HK$243 +353 59 863 8227
Excellent
76%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
8%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

New Moon Tandoori Restaurant

Enjoy a unique experience at new moon tandoori restaurant athy Kildare with a delicious food from our menu of authentic Indian deshes

Reviewed By BarryJC27 - County Kildare, Ireland

Well, the only Indian in Athy. New owners, still great food. Restaurant is well worth a sit down. Newly decorated and really welcoming. Staff are really nice and very accommodating.

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