Where to Eat in Ballyvaughan: The Best Restaurants and Bars

October 28, 2017 Etsuko Causey

Ballyvaughan or Ballyvaghan (Irish: Baile Uí Bheacháin, meaning "Ó Beachán's townland") is a small harbour village in County Clare, Ireland. It is located on the N67 road on the south shores of Galway Bay, in the northwest corner of The Burren. This position on the coast road and the close proximity to many of the area's sights has turned the village into a local center of tourism activity. At the time of the 2011 Census Ballyvaughan had a population of 258. The area was officially classified as part of the West Clare Gaeltacht, an Irish-speaking community, until 1956.
Things to do in Ballyvaughan

1. Gregans Castle Hotel Restaurant

Corkscrew Hill | Gragan East, Ballyvaughan H91 CF60, Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards European, Irish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner HK$534 - HK$675 +353 65 707 7005
Excellent
86%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

Gregans Castle Hotel Restaurant

The elegant formal restaurant at Gregans Castle Hotel has commanding views of Galway Bay and The surrounding Burren landscape. Award winning cooking from acclaimed Chef David Hurley who in both 2014 and 2015 was awarded Best Chef in the Munster Region.

Reviewed By Tonypose

The restaurant here offers wonderful gourmet dining. This is a very fine restaurant with a staff that brings freshly prepared food, extremely well presented, creative, and very tasty to the table. A very good wine selection accompanies the menu. Great cheeses, desserts, and coffee are also part of a wonderful meal here. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and do a great job. Most of the food is all supplied locally. Wonderful!

2. Monks Ballyvaughan

The Pier, Ballyvaughan H91 W9TN, Ireland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Irish, Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$47 - HK$290 +353 65 707 7059
Excellent
42%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
10%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 789 reviews

Monks Ballyvaughan

At Monks we have a special love for the sea and you can taste it in every delicious mouthful of our authentic, traditional food – lovingly prepared with only the freshest and finest, locally-produced ingredients. And it’s all paired with the picture-postcard prettiness, harbour charm and welcoming country comfort that is the beautiful old fishing port of Ballyvaughan – pearl of the Burren.

Reviewed By foodenstein

Visited yesterday, 13th, lovely cup of coffee but more importantly the very best scone in Ireland, crisp, light, buttery and utterly delicious. Outstanding baking, reminds me once again just why scones are a thing.
Pub/Restaurant itself is a lovely, light filled, warm but airy space, beautiful interior that just invited you to stay. I'll be back for dinner but this is a place for scone pilgrimage!

3. Linnane's Lobster Bar

New Quay | Burren, New Quay, Ireland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Irish, Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night +353 65 707 8120
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 539 reviews

Linnane's Lobster Bar

Reviewed By PatNor - Dublin, Ireland

Great to find Linnanes open in November when some other places had closed for the season. As always, the food and service was excellent. It was quite busy on a Saturday evening so I'd recommend making a reservation, although you can always wait at the bar for a table to free up.

4. L'Arco Italian Restaurant

Main Street, Ballyvaughan, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$149 - HK$251 +353 65 708 3900
Excellent
53%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 406 reviews

L'Arco Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By davidor2017 - County Galway, Ireland

We have dined here several times. The service and food can vary. We would have a preference for more consistency. Sometimes excellent service and food, other occasions not as we would have expected. Very important to have the owners on hand to oversee customer service, quality of food. On one dinner night out the wine we requested was not what was served. Simple mistake, shouldn't have happened in a restaurant with a good reputation. Overall nice place to dine out in, but and unfortunately there is a but which I hope can be attended to and rectified.

5. Vasco

Coast road between Doolin & Ballyvaughan | Craggagh, Fanore 0000, Ireland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Irish, Soups, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$204 +353 65 707 6020
Excellent
74%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 119 reviews

Vasco

Reviewed By Claire S - United Kingdom

We were looking for somewhere to have coffee and cake an were so glad we stumbled across this place. Our only regret was that they weren't open for dinner as the cooked food looked and smelled amazing we would have loved to have returned to try it. But back to the cakes - I chose an almond and nectarine slice which was served warm with cream and it was simply superb! My partner opted for apple and cinnamon cake which he said was great too. Coffee was great. If only we'd had another day in the area I'm sure we would have gone back to enjoy a tasty lunch. It's in a great location too overlooking coastal and country views.

6. Tea and Garden Rooms

Coast Road, Ballyvaughan, Ireland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Irish, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch +353 65 707 7157
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 412 reviews

Tea and Garden Rooms

Reviewed By SFWOxford - County Galway, Ireland

I had driven past on a number of occasions but never stopped. On Sunday I popped in for lunch. Very nice surroundings - cosy 'living' area with a fire and then a very bright and comfortable conservatory looking out over a lovely garden. Friendly service. Selection of soups (tomato and basil was amazing!) and sandwiches as well as a few more substantial meals. Wine available. The cakes looked fabulous but we didn't indulge. All in all a very pleasant experience and I will be back. They will, however, apparently be closed over the winter for refurbishment.

7. Burren Fine Wine and Food

Corkscrewhill Road, Ballyvaughan, Ireland Delivery, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, International, Wine Bar, European, Cafe Drinks, Lunch HK$47 - HK$141 +353 87 763 3241
Excellent
79%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Burren Fine Wine and Food

We are open May 1st through Mid-September from 11am-5pm Daily. Our Dishes follow the rhythm of the season drawing on the best of what the Burren has to offer and enlivening them with sweet and savoury touches. Serving them with our delicious home made scones, breads, pickled vegetables and condiments. Enjoy our Beilini Plates (Irish Tapas), Smoked Fish, Chicken and Regional Cheeses, Stone Baked Pizzas, Seasonal Soups, Weekly Specials and a range of mouth-watering Homemade Desserts. Lunches are a delicious blend of local and regional produce, the culinary know-how of our Chef and Cathleen's baking and gardening skills.

Reviewed By CailinDublin_Ireland - Dublin, Ireland

We had lunch here and enjoyed authentic Irish cooking in a lovely cottage environment. Served warmly and with beautiful crockery in delightful surroundings it was a complete pleasure.

8. O'Donohue's Pub

The Coastal Road, Fanore, Ireland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Highchairs Available Irish, Bar, Seafood, Pub Lunch, Dinner +353 65 707 6119
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 154 reviews

O'Donohue's Pub

An absolutely incredible pub on the Coastal Road in Fanore, Ireland. The food is out of this world for pub food. Beautiful, artistic, inexpensive and of the highest quality. We had better food there than we did at several high end restaurants in Dingle. Please rate this place. It it totally worth a visit.

Reviewed By JonG371 - Ickleton, United Kingdom

Took the family here on a recent stay. A truly great experience. Traditional Iris atmosphere. The menu was not as traditional as I would have expected, but good nonetheless. I have a couple of fussy teenagers and they found something to eat easily. The oysters which I started with were delicious, the chowder that my wife had even better! The main course was superb (Irish stew). I can't tell you what the dessert was like as I was too full to have one!

9. Hyland's Burren Restaurant

The Square, Ballyvaughan, Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Gluten Free Options Lunch HK$94 - HK$385 +353 65 707 7037
Excellent
43%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 157 reviews

Hyland's Burren Restaurant

Dinning at Hylands Burren Hotel is located in picturesque village of Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare which is the mid point of the Wild Atlantic Way and is surrounded by the wonderful Burren district of Co. Clare. The hotel is family owned and managed by the Quinn family and is a member of the Burren Food Trail. We are committed to offering our guests good quality food using local ingredients as much as possible. You will be assured of a great welcome and a willinginess to serve you great food.

Reviewed By GuyRopeTrip - Cheltenham

We stopped here for a family birthday meal whilst staying nearby on holiday. The food was excellent and reasonably priced for the area (Ireland is expensive in general). Lovely presentation of dishes. Friendly staff. The only thing stopping this being a 5-star review is the lack of vegetarian choices. There was only one vegetarian main course, which was very tasty, but another option would have been better... particularly for people who don't like aubergines.

10. The Wild Atlantic Lodge

Main Street | Ballyvaughan, Co.Clare, Ballyvaughan H91HD90, Ireland Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Soups, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$181 +353 65 707 7003
Excellent
40%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 265 reviews

The Wild Atlantic Lodge

Situated along the Wild Atlantic Way, The Wild Atlantic Lodge offers charming, family-run accommodation and a welcoming bar. The picturesque County Clare coastline and the Cliffs of Moher are nearby. Enjoy traditional food and drink in the inviting bar, with regular entertainment. Cosy features include beamed ceilings and open log fires. Staff are friendly and welcoming. The Wild Atlantic lodge offers comfortable rooms, with en suite facilities and a TV. An inclusive breakfast is provided for guests.

Reviewed By mcconnellboys - Lexington, Kentucky

The B&B we were staying in for the night did not serve dinners, so they sent us into town and suggested this restaurant for us. It was pretty good!

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