The Irish Restaurant Awards 2017 took place at the The Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin, this month and named the top restaurants in Ireland for 2017.

The black tie event, attended by over 900 restaurateurs and staff, was a celebration of the hard work and achievements within the industry over the last 12 months. Guests were treated to a lavish six course gala dinner prepared by a team of five chefs. The Awards Chef Team is hand-picked by the Restaurants Association each year and is made up of winning chefs from the previous year’s awards with each Chef representing a region of Ireland.

Chapter One restaurant in Dublin was named as the 2017 All-Ireland Best Restaurant while Danni Barry of Deanes EPIC, Antrim took home the 2017 All-Ireland Best Chef title. Morrissey’s in Laois was named All-Ireland Best Pub for 2017 and Walled City Brewery in Derry won All-Ireland Best Gastro Pub.

Speaking at the awards, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins commented, “This is the ninth and most successful year of the Irish Restaurant Awards to date. These Awards are the accolades of the Irish restaurant industry – everybody wants to win one. From over 70,000 online nominations cast earlier this year to 2,500 guests attending our regional events, it is clear that the stature, calibre and reputation of the awards is expanding at a considerable rate and it is all in aid of recognising the talent within our sector. All winners and finalists here tonight are very deserving of their awards.”

The full list of regional and All-Ireland winners is as follows;

Best Restaurant

  • All-Ireland – Chapter One, Dublin

  • Dublin – Chapter One, Dublin

  • Connaught – Kai Café & Restaurant, Galway

  • Leinster – Sha-Roe Bistro, Carlow

  • Munster – Wild Honey Inn, Clare

  • Ulster – MacNean House & Restaurant, Cavan

Best Chef

  • All-Ireland – Danni Barry of Deanes EIPIC, Antrim

  • Dublin – Ciaran Sweeney of Forest & Marcy, Dublin

  • Connaught – Shamzuri Hanifa of The Cottage Restaurant, Leitrim

  • Leinster – Gary O’Hanlon of VM Restaurant at Viewmount House, Longford

  • Munster – Keith Boyle of The Bay Tree Bistro, Waterford

  • Ulster – Danni Barry of Deanes EIPIC, Antrim

Best Restaurant Manager

  • All-Ireland – Alain Kerloc’h of OX, Antrim

  • Dublin – John Healy of Suesey Street, Dublin

Pub of the Year

  • All-Ireland – Morrissey’s, Laois

  • Dublin – The Long Hall, Dublin

  • Connaught – John Morans Bar, Mayo

  • Leinster – Morrissey’s, Laois

  • Munster – Davy Macs, Waterford

  • Ulster – The Coach House & Olde Bar, Monaghan

Best Hotel Restaurant

  • All-Ireland – The Dining Room at Gregans Castle Hotel, Clare

  • Dublin – The Saddle Room at The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin

  • Connaught – Wildes at the Lodge, Mayo

  • Leinster – Ballyfin Demesne, Laois

  • Munster – The Dining Room at Gregans Castle Hotel, Clare

  • Ulster – St Kyrans Country House Restaurant, Cavan

Best Newcomer

  • All-Ireland – Forest & Marcy, Dublin

  • Dublin – Forest & Marcy, Dublin

  • Connaught – Cian’s On Bridge Street, Mayo

  • Leinster – Three Old Bar & Restaurant, Louth

  • Munster – Holy Smoke, Cork

  • Ulster – Bull & Ram, Down

Best Gastro Pub

  • All-Ireland – Walled City Brewery, Derry

  • Dublin – The Exchequer, Dublin

  • Connaught – Keenans of Tarmonbarry Gastro Bar, Roscommon

  • Leinster – Mary Barry’s Bar, Wexford

  • Munster – Morrissey’s Bar and Restaurant, Clare

  • Ulster – Walled City Brewery, Derry

Best Customer Service

  • All-Ireland – The Maigue Restaurant at Dunraven Arms Hotel, Limerick

  • Dublin – Chapter One, Dublin

  • Connaught – Library Restaurant at Belleek Castle, Mayo

  • Leinster – LENNONS @ VISUAL, Carlow

  • Munster – The Maigue Restaurant at Dunraven Arms Hotel, Limerick

  • Ulster – MacNean House & Restaurant, Cavan

Best Casual Dining

  • All-Ireland – The Muddlers Club, Antrim

  • Dublin – Etto, Dublin

  • Connaught – Bar One, Mayo

  • Leinster – Wild and Native, Wexford

  • Munster – Momo Restaurant, Waterford

  • Ulster – The Muddlers Club, Antrim

Best Wine Experience

  • All-Ireland – OX Cave, Antrim

  • Dublin – Ely Wine Bar, Dublin

  • Connaught – Sheridans Cheesemongers – Wine Bar, Galway

  • Leinster – Greenacres, Wexford

  • Munster – L’Atitude51 Wine Café, Cork

  • Ulster – OX Cave, Antrim

Best Kids Size Me

  • All-Ireland – Café Rua, Mayo

  • Dublin – Farmhill, Dublin

Best World Cuisine

  • All-Ireland – Wa Café, Galway

  • Dublin – 777, Dublin

Best Café

  • All-Ireland – Lost & Found, Derry

  • Dublin – Meet Me in the Morning, Dublin

Local Food Hero

  • All-Ireland – Michael Kelly of GROW HQ, Waterford

  • Dublin – Brid & Colm Carter of Honest2Goodness, Dublin

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine

  • All-Ireland – Forest & Marcy, Dublin

  • Dublin – Forest & Marcy, Dublin

Best Digital Marketing

  • All-Ireland – Two Boys Brew, Dublin

Best Cookery School

  • All-Ireland – Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School, Tipperary

Best Private Dining & Club Restaurant

  • All-Ireland – Pullman Restaurant at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway

Best Seafood Experience

  • All-Ireland – Fish Shop Queen St, Dublin

Best Cocktail Experience

  • All-Ireland – Candlelight Bar at Siam Thai Dundrum, Dublin