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Five of Ireland’s best restaurants, based on their TikTokability


By Sarah Gill
03rd Mar 2023

Misunderstood Heron

Five of Ireland’s best restaurants, based on their TikTokability

From a picturesque food truck in Galway to a gorgeous garden terrace in Cashel, here are five fan favourite foodie destinations around Ireland, according to TikTok.

Apparently, TikTok has officially overtaken Google when it comes to search queries among Gen Z. From beauty product recommendations to where to head off on holidays, it’s no surprise that food and drink suggestions are also a top priority.

Influencer marketing agency Ubiquitous put in the heavy lifting when it came to sifting through the infinite content on the video platform, and have revealed the most Tik-Tokable restaurants and bars of last year, according to views.

The list was topped by London’s Nusr-Et with 21.6 billion views on the app, followed by Chula in Sydney and another London destination in Luca. Just last week, we ran through five destinations in Dublin that topped the list and now we’re widening our scope to the rest of Ireland.

From the wonderful West to the real capital down South, here are five of the best restaurants in Ireland, based on their TikTok-ability.

Misunderstood Heron, Galway

Derrynacleigh, Leenane, Galway

If you’ve never personally visited this unique food truck cafe, chances are you’ve seen it splashed across your social media feeds time and time again. A definite destination for your foodie bucket list, Misunderstood Heron overlooks the shores of the majestic Killary Fjord in Connemara Co. Galway. Opened back in 2017 by husband-wife team Kim and Reinaldo, this award-winning food truck immerses its patrons in the Connemara wilds while putting a huge focus on environmental sustainability and providing an ever-changing menu of flavour-filled food.

Okura, Cork

East street douglas, Douglas, Cork

Specialising in Japanese cuisine that’s second to none, Okura serves up 100% natural, fresh and healthy food with a skillful flourish. Using the highest quality ingredients prepared daily by their expert chef, their menu features incredible selections of sashimi, hosomaki and temaki that will leave your taste buds singing.

The Martello, Wicklow

47 Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

A bar, restaurant and hotel in the heart of Bray, The Martello is a hugely popular option when it comes to snapping the perfect shot of some top-notch food and drink. From their cocktail trees to their artfully plated dishes, everything served up is ready for its close-up. The gastropub-style grub is only enhanced by the buzzing atmosphere, so whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can choose whether it’s best enjoyed in The Martello Bar, The Tower Bistro or al fresco in the Pergola Garden Bar.

LIGNUM Restaurant, Galway

Slatefort House, Bullaun, Galway

The goal of LIGNUM is to showcase the quality and diversity of ingredients from the wonderful people who raise, grow and produce them, and they certainly achieve that goal. Their menus are constantly changing and evolving, and by cooking over raw flames in the centre of their kitchen, the restaurant gives a nod to the historic food culture of the area while growing and creating something new.

Mickey Ryan’s, Tipperary

76 Main Street, Dominick’s Abbey, Cashel, Tipperary

At the centre of cultural life in Cashel for over a century, Mickey Ryan’s was taken over by its current owners in 2016 who, through careful extension and restoration, have breathed new life into the space. Combining produce, pubs and passion, the bar and restaurant provide a stunning experience, but it’s the garden that really draws a crowd. An outdoor hideaway to enjoy dining in the sunshine surrounded by nature (summer is on its way!), a crisp glass of rosé is an absolute essential.