Limerick has lots of delicious food options to offer visitors. The city’s reputation for good food is fast growing and I’ve decided to compile a list of the best restaurants and cafe’s in the city.
- The French Table, 1 Steamboat Quay, Limerick
Without a doubt, my favourite restaurant in Limerick. Their seven hour shoulder of lamb is to die for. It literally falls off the bone. This hidden little gem is situated on Steamboat Quay, near the Clarion Hotel. The emphasis here is on high quality, relaxed dining. Prices are reasonable with starters ranging from €4 – €11 and mains ranging €16 – €22. The menu is broad and Braised Veal, Seven Hour Shoulder of Lamb and Roast Toulouse Sausage, Confit of Duck Leg & Pork Belly. Menu du Soir (€28) is available Tues – Sun all evening long, with a choice of 4 dishes for each course.
- The Cornstore Restaurant, 19 Thomas Street, Limerick
One of Limerick’s most popular restaurants, the Cornstore will not disappoint. With a whole range of menus on offer, particularly uplifting is their reasonable children’s menu with a good healthy selection of kid-friendly meals to offer, from organic pork sausages to meatballs or oven roast salmon: it’s certainly not your typical ‘fast-food type’ kids menu. Something of particular note is their range of Gluten Free options on the menu, which is by far the best range I’ve ever noticed in a restaurant. The Cornstore offers a broad ‘Value Menu’ with four courses for €34.50. As much food as possible is sourced locally from food producers in Limerick and surrounding counties and if you decide to stop by, the rib-eye steak is definitely worth ordering.
- Hamptons, Henry Street, Limerick
In one word. Yum. The Hamptons is the perfect location for a cosy romantic meal with that special someone. The atmosphere, food and service are top class. The menu choice is superb, with a 3 course value menu on offer for €25. If you do decide to treat that special someone in your life to a meal at the Hamptons, you can avail of the reasonable €67 for 3 courses for 2 and a bottle of wine. The A La Carte menu here is so broad, it takes me quite a while to decide each time I go. But I will recommend the Surf n Turf (juicy and tender), T Bone Steak (divine) and the Rack of Lamb (locally sourced). I’m not a coffee drinker, but apparently the coffee here is worth the trip.
- La Chocolat, 109 O’Connell Street, Limerick
If you’re looking for a good value, high quality restaurant in Limerick, La Chocolat can certainly tick those boxes. There’s a modern city feel to the restaurant. The menu again offers a great range: starters range from €4 – €7.50, mains €11 – €21, with everything from a tender sirloin steak, to thai red curry and seafood risotto on offer. Chocolat also offers a fantastic value 3 course Early Bird menu for €17.50.
- Copper & Spice, 2 Cornmarket Row, Limerick
- La Cucina, 5 University Court, Castletroy
- Bella Italia, Thomas Street, Limerick
Bella Italia has long since been a casual dining institution in Limerick. The restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine at very reasonable and tasty prices. Offering what are possibly the best pizzas in Limerick, Bella Italia is one of my favourite haunts on a Saturday afternoon. The bruschetta, antipasto and homemade ravioli are the tastiest you will find in the city centre. If you have room for dessert, make sure to try the Tiramisu.
- Azur, George’s Quay, Limerick
One of Limerick’s most popular evening restaurants, Azur offers an extensive seafood and steak menu. €31.50 for the 3 course menu with a great selection of dishes on offer from hot seafood platter, cornfed chicken and seabass. The food, service and atmosphere are friendly and welcoming at Azur and it’s not hard to see why after all these years, it is still one of Limerick’s favourite spots. The place is always buzzing and is a romantic spot for you and your partner to enjoy a romantic meal together.