The House Restaurant

Irish modern cuisine with a Michelin star
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The House Restaurant

Cliff Escape

Ideal for those who want to feast at both our Michelin-starred restaurant and bistro-style bar.
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House Restaurant will be closed for annual holidays from the 12th of January and will reopen on the 29th. We look forward to welcoming new and old guests in 2020. Our Bar Restaurant will still be open during this period.


Our one Michelin-starred hotel restaurant in Ireland is simply named The House Restaurant at The Cliff House Hotel.

The fine dining experience is open for dinner from 6.30pm, and comprises both a tasting menu as well as à la carte options enjoyed in our ocean-facing, glass-walled dining room with a sea-coloured carpet, silvery velvet banquettes and plush tweed chairs.

To ensure availability of the Tasting menu we would recommend that you select it upon reservation.

The adjacent private dining room features a fire and dramatic, 20ft-long oak table.

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Menus change as regularly as the team’s explorations, with kitchen chefs helping to ensure standards are always high.

Darren is originally from Limerick and worked at the 5-star Doonbeg Resort before joining the team at Cliff House Hotel in 2012 and working his way through the ranks.

Sample Menus

Menus change as regularly as the team’s explorations of new ideas, and Ireland’s growing seasons. Below are samples of our signature dishes.

– Three-course cost €88

– Three-course wine-tasting menu cost €42

– Tasting menu cost €110

– Tasting menu wine flight cost €62

– Tasting menu wine flight with champagne cost €80

Bantry Bay Organic Salmon

Sea Lettuce, Vegetables, Salmon Ice Cream, Oak Smoke


Seared & Marinated , Black Garlic, Spinach, Lemon, Tonburi Akita

Squab Pigeon

Chervil Roots, Smoked Lettuce, Black Rice, Blackberries, Jus

McGrath’s Black Angus Beef

Garden Vegetables, Bresaola, Kilbeggan Whiskey, Beef Tea

Irish Wild Venison

Tarte Tatin Sweet Potato, Chicory, Lentils, Red Wine Jus

Wild Atlantic Halibut

Wild Mushroom, Garden Fennel, Aniseed Milk, Saffron Jus

Organic Chocolate 65 %

Olive Oil, Rhubarb, Sea Salt, ”White” Coffee Ice Cream

“Alto el Sol “ Peru – Vintage 2016”                                    

“Cliff 10” Organic – Vintage 2018”  

Pear 2019

Pear Preparations, Jasmin Rice, Meringue, Poire

Farm House Cheeses “Trolley”

Home-made Condiments, Crackers, Bread

Starter Collection

Scallop – Spinach, Tonburi Akita, Butter Sauce, Rock Samphire

Wild Venison – Avruga, Pear, Butternut Squash, Lettuce, Yang Sauce                                                         Duck Foie Gras – Fig, Black Olive, Cracker, Hazelnut

Voila, Aligny, Greece 2017 / Jumping Juice, Victoria, Australia 2017

Sea Food Cocktail

Herb Pancake, Hollandaise, Woodruff

Audacia, Galicia, Spain 2015

Irish Wagyu Beef

Sweet Onion, Lismore Girolles, Potato, BBQ Oil

Guerila, Vipava Valley, Slovenia 2017

Irish Pheasant

Bacon, Brussel Sprouts, Blonde Beer, Smoked Jus

Love Red, California, USA 2016

Additional Cheese Course 3/6 Pieces €14.00/ €20.00

Dessert Collection

Organic Chocolate 65%Malted Barley, Olive Oil, Gold, Sea Salt

Magnum Black Current & Guinness     

Glenilen Yoghurt Apricots, Apple Mint                             

Pear   Candy Floss, Custard, Crunch

Parfait “Nougatine” Kaki, Popcorn, Caramel

Animae, Veneto, Italy

The House Restaurant is also where houseguests can enjoy an à la carte breakfast until 11am — the price included in your room rate. Dishes include a full Irish breakfast, as well as local oatmeal porridge or smoked salmon with spinach, egg and tartar sauce.

The menus provided below should be treated as samples only. Wine pairings – including tasting menus – are provided by our cellar.

In summer, House Restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday nights. In winter it is closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights. There are exceptions in weeks with bank holidays.

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If you want book a table with us, please use our online booking engine below. This works for any table at The House Restaurant booked on the days we are open to the public, highlighted below, but not at weekends when preference is given to resident guests.

In the case of a weekend booking by a non-resident, please contact us directly by email or calling +353 24 87800.

Please note that resident guests are advised to make advance bookings at the time of their bedroom reservation.