A Guide to Foodie Favourites this Festive Season

Faithlegg Hotel

Visit Faithlegg this Christmas, dine at The Roseville Rooms and enjoy some of Waterford’s finest ingredients prepared by award-winning chef Jenny Flynn, or relax and unwind in The Red Cedar Lounge with delicious menus to suit the whole family. You can now enjoy brunch and cocktails at the 1783 Whiskey & Cocktail Bar, the perfect spot to meet friends this festive season. 

At Faithlegg this festive season you can enjoy Festive Afternoon tea served daily and Festive lunches served every weekend up to the 7th of January (excluding Christmas weekend).

‘Celebrate the season at Faithlegg. Enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea filled with seasonal flavours available every day or a festive lunch available every weekend with live music, crackling fires and mulled wine!’

The Cliff House Hotel

Indulge in luxury this festive season and dine at The Cliff House Hotel, the award-winning restaurants at Cliff House Hotel attract foodies from all over the world the Bar Restaurant and the Michelin-starred House Restaurant honour the produce of Irelands South-East Coast. 

The Granville Hotel

Relax and unwind in the heart of the historic city centre and dine at The Granville Hotel. The Thomas Francis Meagher Bar or the Bianconi Restaurant provide the perfect setting this festive season. The Bianconi restaurant offers a 4 course traditional Sunday lunch and a wholesome dinner menu prepared by head chef Stephen Hooper. The Thomas Francis Meagher Bar offers a daily carvery as well as an extensive bar food menu and a large selection of whiskeys, gins and vodkas. It is the perfect place to visit while exploring all Waterford City has to offer. 

Dooley's Hotel

Dooley’s Hotel has a long tradition of good food and provides a range of dining options from early morning to late evening. Dooley’s menus are a combination of local and International influences including local Irish succulent steaks and fresh seafood from the trawlers of Dunmore East. This Christmas Dooley’s is offering diners an array of festive culinary treats to be enjoyed in the stunning surrounds of The New Ship Restaurant or Dry Dock Bar. Take a well-earned break from the hustle and bustle of the city at Dooley’s.

The Reg

Located in the heart of Waterford’s thriving Viking Triangle is The Reg bar and restaurant. The Reg prides itself on providing a high-quality, locally sourced menu. Located directly beside Reginald Tower, The Reg is a great spot for a bite to eat, a casual pint or some cocktails with friends. The Reg features 6 bars including the SHUSH cocktail bar all under one roof. With music, 7 nights a week and an ever-growing selection of locally sourced whiskeys, craft beers and gins it is a must-visit spot when out and about in Waterford City. The Reg has a variety of menus to choose from including casual dining, party food, set menu and kids menu. 

The Stables Café at Mount Congreve Gardens

The award-winning Stables Café by The Pantry at CLIFF is a delightful setting for breakfast, lunch, light bite or Sunday Carvery. The Stable Café offers a wide range of delicious culinary treats prepared daily by head chef Bruno Dantes using locally sourced produce some of which come directly from the gardens. The café is family-friendly and offers cooked-to-order breakfasts, and traditional afternoon tea that can be enjoyed in the tack room. A recent addition to the menu is the delicious Sunday Carvery.  It is a must-visit while out and about exploring the world-renowned Mount Congreve Gardens this festive season. 


Indulge in the heart of Waterford’s historic city centre at Bodega where the vibrant atmosphere meets Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Bodega sources its fresh flavours from Waterford’s finest local produce – think O’Flynn’s Butchers for juicy fillet steaks, Dunmore East for the freshest fish, and Grantstown Tomatoes just a stone’s throw away.
As described by the Mckenna guide, Bodega is “one of the great Irish restaurant rooms – always raucous, always fun, a place to celebrate whether you are two, or ten. Excellent cocktails and great wines complete the picture”


Located in the heart of Waterford City, Burzza is well known for its Neapolitan wood-fired pizza, signature burgers, authentic pasta, as well as bites, craft beers & wines. Taking pride in the ingredients, Burzza uses fine organic Italian flour, fresh yeast, slow-proving dough & toppings sourced from artisan Italian & Irish suppliers. Burgers are made by Waterford butcher, Tom Kearney using the finest meat & nothing else.
More recently Burzza introduced a brunch menu on Saturday & Sundays, featuring Southern
Fried Chicken & waffles, wild mushroom toast & poached eggs, American style pancakes &

The Fitzwilton Hotel

Visit the Met Bar or Chez K’s Bistro located in the Fitzwilton Hotel in Waterford City. The trendy Met Bar is bright and inviting with an upbeat atmosphere and a festive bar food menu it is the ideal place for a Christmas catch-up with friends. Relax and enjoy a casual dining experience at Chez K’s Bistro with a menu full of delicious dishes to satisfy every palate created with locally sourced ingredients and pair perfectly with a signature cocktail. It is a must-visit when exploring the city this festive season. 

The Tower Hotel

Experience award-winning dining at The Tower Hotel this Christmas. Overlooking Waterford’s quayside on the first floor, Hobson’s Restaurant boasts one of the best views of Waterford city. This is a fabulous setting for a festive get-together or a celebration with friends.  Pier 37 Bar & Grill, the hotel’s atmospheric bar, is one of the most popular places to visit in Waterford city.  It is a great place to relax following a long day of sightseeing or Christmas shopping. You can enjoy afternoon tea and a wide range of speciality coffees, beers, wines and cocktails as well as a variety of hearty and healthy snacks and meals. 

Revolution Craft Beer & Whiskey Bar

Located in the heart of The Apple Market on John Street in Waterford City, Revolution Craft Beer & Whiskey Bar is a folk favourite. Revolution offers a choice of over 300 whiskeys, gins and craft beers from local distilleries and breweries as well as a casual dining experience with a delicious menu of locally sourced produce including fresh fish, beef burgers and other bar food favourites, Revolution also have a party food menu perfect for sharing. 

360 Cookhouse

Located in the heart of Dungarvan’s culinary quarter 360 Cookhouse is renowned for its seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The venue offers a wide variety of spaces from quiet and cosy snugs to the Pergola Room, a fully enclosed heated outdoor space that is pet-friendly. The extensive menu at 360 Cookhouse includes steaks, tapas and cocktails, with a festive group menu and drinks packages available. It is a must-visit spot when visiting Dungarvan this Christmas. 

Merry's Gastro Pub

Located in the Culinary Georgian Quarter of Dungarvan, Merry’s Gastropub boasts a full menu of delicious food including Fungarvan Burger and Dungarvan Brewing Company Beer Battered Cod. Merry’s is renowned for its great atmosphere, live music and wide range of locally sourced beers and spirits. Merry’s offers a wide range of culinary delights including Pizza, Set Dinner, Finger Food, A La Carte and a mouthwatering festive menu. 


And Chips is another culinary treasure located in Dungarvan. And Chips offers locally sourced, seasonal produce. The gourmet takeaway prides itself on delivering sustainable and seasonal fast food. Since opening in April 2019 AndChips has become a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike garnering national attention earlier this year by being crowned takeaway of the year 2023 and also taking home the Champion Chip award. The popular, award-winning takeaway is owned by Eunice Power and offers an enticing and exciting menu of chips, fish, burgers and tacos. It is a must-visit when out for a walk or cycle in Dungarvan this festive season. 

The Wooden Pestle at The Viking Hotel

Meet up with friends, family or colleagues this Christmas at The Wooden Pestle Restaurant & Bar at The Viking Hotel and enjoy the relaxed, friendly atmosphere in new and refurbished surroundings. Food is served right through the day and evening with plenty of options to suit all appetites. The Wooden Pestle has an extensive breakfast, lunch, carvery and dinner menu located a stone’s throw from Waterford City it is a must-visit this Christmas. 


Waterford Marina Hotel

The 1843 Bar at The Waterford Marina Hotel is spacious, comfortable, and designed to suit every occasion. The Bar Food Menu offers a wide and varied range of snacks and meals from 12.30 pm to 9 pm daily. Whether it’s that large family get-together in one of our spacious areas, simply a quiet drink in the open-plan seating area, or a catchup with old friends this Christmas the 1843 bar has you covered. The newly refurbished Elva restaurant overlooks the river Suir, and is a beautifully designed all-day dining space. Reflecting the Viking heritage of Waterford, the name “elva,” Norwegian for river, is a reminder of their historic arrival into Waterford city. Elva is a delightful venue for families and friends to dine this festive season. 


The Majestic Hotel

The Majestic Hotel, Tramore are passionate about food. The team work with local suppliers and producers to ensure that customers are eating the tastiest and best food. The team of chefs work hard to create menus for all to enjoy, with a focus on fresh, seasonal and local food. Breakfast lunch and dinner are served daily and a carvery offering on Sunday, it is the perfect spot for family and friends to relax this Christmas and enjoy sea views and a  signature cocktail. 

Waterford Castle Hotel

Dining at Waterford Castle provides an opportunity to taste the best of traditional and contemporary Irish cuisine.
Whether you choose a casual lunch overlooking the championship golf course in King’s Channel Clubhouse, sample the Castle’s famous Afternoon Tea, or the award-winning fine dining experience in the warm ambience of the Munster Room Restaurant, you can be assured of a mouth-watering meal crafted using only the finest seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The Munster Room Restaurant is critically acclaimed and holder of 2-AA Rosettes. Under the direction of our Head Chef, the award-winning culinary team continually creates dishes with intense flavours that tantalize and satisfy every food lover’s palate and create a truly memorable fine dining experience.

The Haven Hotel

At The Haven Hotel in Dunmore East, the team celebrate Irish produce and takes pride in their food, specialising in their World Famous Roast Rib of Prime Irish Beef and locally caught seafood. With an extensive culinary offering including Lunch Menu, Snack Menu, A La Carte, Sunday Menu, Kids Menu and Christmas Party Menu, the Haven are ready to welcome you this Christmas. 

The Round Tower Hotel

The Round Tower Hotel encompasses a dining/breakfast room, small function room with piano, traditional Irish bar and residents lounge. Fresh local produce features prominently on both the bar and restaurant menus. The traditional Sunday Lunch menu is served all year round. Nestled in the historic town of Ardmore The Round Tower provides a cosy and traditional atmosphere and guarantees fresh, locally sourced produce. Call in for Sunday lunch this festive season!

The Stable Yard

The Stable Yard is a unique collection of artisan food destinations based around a network of old medieval city lanes and yards. Comprising of Carters Chocolate Café specialising in unique hot chocolate, No. 9 restaurant serving delicious breakfast and brunch, The Stable Yard Bakery selling freshly baked bread & homemade donuts, which adjoins with an Italian café serving pizza slices and panini, The Ice Cream Place serving homemade gelato, Carters Little Sweet Shop selling all the coolest confectionary for young and old, and The Stable Yard Deli making delicious sandwiches to order with homemade soup, and finally, Mediterranean food store where you can find some of the unique ingredients , alongside a carefully curated wine selection.

Waterford Café

The Waterford Café has recently undergone an extensive renovation with the new design incorporating colours from the Irish landscape, luxurious brown bench seating, and hanging lights which add an air of comfort and warmth to the space. Enjoy your dining experience with Waterford glasses and Wedgwood tableware; a visit to the Waterford Café is the perfect way to recharge this Christmas. The Café offers an extensive menu of freshly made breakfast and lunch options like fresh berry granola pots and toasted goats cheese sourdough, indulgent sweet treats, and gluten free and vegetarian options. Open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. The perfect spot to take a well deserved break from your Christmas shopping.

Searching for the perfect experiential gift? The Waterford Café’s Afternoon Tea voucher is the perfect gift for this festive season. Our Afternoon Tea is filled with delicious scones, sandwiches and indulgent sweet treats, served on Wedgwood fine china and accompanied by a selection of specialty teas or coffee


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