Irish Restaurant Awards 2016 – Winners

We’re foodies at JobsatExcel. Our Hospitality Team always look forward to this event, which sees the best culinary talent across the country rewarded. As former Chef’s and Restaurant Managers, it is particularly rewarding to see our  clients and candidates flourish in such contested award categories. Below are the full list of winners in both regional and nationwide categories.

National Winners

Best Restaurant- sponsored by Dalcassian Wines & Spirits

  • Luna, Dublin.

Best Chef– sponsored by La Rousse Foods

  • Enda McEvoy, Loam Galway

Best Restaurant Manager

  • Alain Kerloc’h, Ox Belfast

Best Hotel Restaurant– sponsored by Elavon

  • The Dining Room, Gregans Castle Hotel

Best Casual Dining

  • Etto, Merrion Row

Best Gastro Pub– sponsored by Bunzl McLaughlin

  • The Oarsman, Leitrim

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine– sponsored by Odaios Foods

  • Locks 1, Windsor Terrace

Best Newcomer

  • Bay Tree Bistro, Waterford

Best Wine Experience– sponsored by Classic Drinks

  • George V Dining Room at Ashford Castle, Mayo

Best Customer Service

  • Kai Café and Restaurant, Galway

Best Kids Size Me– sponsored by Heinz

  • Momo Restaurant, Waterford

Local Food Hero– sponsored by Rewarding Times

  • JP McMahon, Aniar, Galway

Best World Cuisine

  • Chakra by Jaipur, Wicklow

Best Café

  • Rua, Mayo

Best Digital Marketing

  • Coqbull, Cork

Best Cookery School

  • Tannery Cookery, Waterford

Best Private Dining and Club Restaurant

  • FortyOne at Residence, Dublin

Best Seafood Experience – Ireland

  • O’Gradys on the Pier, Galway

Best Cocktail Experience

  • The Exchequer
Regional Winners

Best Newcomer – Connaught

  • The Idle Wall, Mayo

Best Newcomer – Leinster

  • The Lighthouse Seafood Restaurant, Wicklow

Best Newcomer – Muster

  • The Bay Tree Bistro, Waterford

Best Newcomer – Ulster

  • The Muddlers Club, Antrim

Best Newcomer – Dublin

  • Craft Bistro

Best Wine Experience – Connaught

  • George V Dining Room at Ashford Castle, Mayo

Best Wine Experience – Leinster

  • Ristorante Rinuccini, Kilkenny

Best Wine Experience – Munster

  • La Bohéme Restaurant, Waterford

Best Wine Experience – Ulster

  • Ox Cave, Antrim

Best Wine Experience – Dublin

  • Etto, Merrion Row

Best Customer Service – Connaught

  • Kai Café and Restaurant, Galway

Best Customer Service – Leinster

  • Chakra by Jaipur, Wicklow

Best Customer Service – Munster

  • Inch House Country House & Restaurant, Tipperary

Best Customer Service – Ulster

  • The Great Room Restaurant at merchant Hotel, Antrim

Best Customer Service – Dublin

  • Luna

Best World Cuisine – Connaught

  • Miso Sushi, Sligo

Best World Cuisine – Leinster

  • Chakra by Jaipur, Wicklow

Best World Cuisine – Munster

  • Iyer’s, Cork

Best World Cuisine – Ulster

  • DinaDina, Antrim

Best World Cuisine – Dublin

  • Boqueria

Best Café – Connaught

  • Rua, Mayo

Best Café – Leinster

  • The Blackberry Café

Best Café – Munster

  • Granary Café, Waterford

Best Café – Ulster

  • Aroma Café, Donegal

Best Café – Dublin

  • The Pepper Pot

Best Kids Size Me – Dublin

  • Jamies Italian, Dundrum Dublin

Best Gastro Pub  – Connaught

  • The Oarsman

Best Gastro Pub  – Leinster

  • Left Bank, Kilkenny

Best Gastro Pub – Munster

  • Merry’s Gastro Pub, Waterford

Best Gastro Pub – Ulster

  • Sweet Afton Bar and Kitchen, Antrim

Best Gastro Pub – Dublin

  • Mulligan Grocer, Dublin

Local Food Hero – Dublin

  • Pádraic Óg Gallagher of Gallagher’s Boxty House

Best Restaurant Manager – Dublin

  • Declan Maxwell, Luna

Best Casual Dining – Connaught

  • The Pantry and Corkscrew, Mayo

Best Casual Dining – Leinster

  • Foodworks, Kilkenny

Best Casual Dining – Munster

  • Elbow Lane Brew and Smokehouse, Cork

Best Casual Dining – Ulster

  • The Ginger Bistro, Antrim

Best Casual Dining – Dublin

  • Etto, Merrion Row

Best Hotel Restaurant – Connaught

  • The Library Restaurant, Mayo

Best Hotel Restaurant – Leinster

  • The Lady Helen, Mount Juliet, Kilkenny

Best Hotel Restaurant – Munster

  • The Dining Room, Gregans Castle Hotel, Clare

Best Hotel Restaurant – Ulster

  • Harvey’s Restaurant at Harvey’s Point, Donegal

Best Hotel Restaurant – Dublin

  • The Marker Hotel

Best Chef – Connaught

  • Enda McEvoy, Loam, Galway

Best Chef – Leinster

  • Rob Krawczyk, Tankardstown House, Meath

Best Chef – Munster

  • David Hurley, The Dining Room, Gregans Castle, Clare

Best Chef – Ulster

  • David Gilmore, James Street South, Antrim

Best Chef – Dublin

  • John Wyer, Forest Avenue

Best Restaurant  – Connaught

  • Loam, Galway

Best Restaurant – Leinster

  • The Pigeon House Café, Wicklow

Best Restaurant – Munster

  • 1826 Adare, Limerick

Best Restaurant – Ulster

  • Browns Restaurant and Champagne Lounge, Derry

Best Restaurant – Dublin

  • Luna