Food & Wine

Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2022: the shortlists revealed

The results of the awards, which are held in association with Rémy Martin, will be announced on November 6 at a ceremony in Dublin

The team from Ballynahinch Castle celebrate their win at last year’s Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards: this year’s event takes place on November 6

The Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards in association with Rémy Martin return on Sunday, November 6. Taking place in the Round Room at Dublin’s Mansion House, the awards will celebrate the talent, resilience and determination of the Irish food and drinks sector.

The members of the judging panel, chaired by Food&Wine editor Gillian Nelis, have pooled their extensive knowledge and experience to come up with shortlists that recognise the breadth of talent in the hospitality industry across the island of Ireland.

This year, the event will see the welcome return of the Newcomer of the Year category, while pastry chefs will also be recognised in the Pastry Chef of the Year category.

Back for 2022 is the hugely popular Innovator of the Year category, which recognises those across sectors including business, charity and social enterprise, publishing and academia for their stellar work this year.

You can keep up with the countdown to the event via the hashtag #ROTYA2022 on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and you can find this year’s shortlists below.

More information about the event, including how to book tickets, is available at


Best restaurant

Delahunt, Camden Street

Bastible, South Circular Road

Liath, Blackrock

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Merrion Street

Pickle, Camden Street

Chapter One, Parnell Square

Mamó, Howth

Potager, Skerries

Dax, Pembroke Street

Rosa Madre, Crow Street

Mae, Ballsbridge

Locks, Windsor Terrace

Best chef

Barry Sun, Volpe Nera

Keelan Higgs, Variety Jones

Grainne O’Keeffe, Mae

Mickael Viljanen, Chapter One

Sunil Ghai, Pickle

Damien Grey, Liath

Karl Whelan, Saltwater Grocery

Jutarat Suwankeeree, Nightmarket

David O’Byrne, Richmond

Cathal Leonard, Potager

Graham Neville, Dax

Kevin Burke, Library Street

Best casual dining

Saltwater Grocery, Terenure

Big Fan Bao, Aungier Street

Margadh RHA, Ely Place

Uno Mas, Aungier Street

Grano, Stoneybatter

Spitalfields, The Coombe

Piglet, Cow’s Lane

The Purty Kitchen, Dun Laoghaire

Fish Shop, Benburb Street

Little Mike’s, Mount Merrion

Frank’s, Camden Street

CN Duck, Ranelagh

Best wine experience

Volpe Nera, Blackrock

Note, Fenian Street

Mamó, Howth

Rosa Madre, Crow Street

Allta, Trinity Street

Etto, Merrion Row

Uno Mas, Aungier Street

Variety Jones, Thomas Street

Woodruff, Stepaside

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Merrion Street

Potager, Skerries

Host, Ranelagh


Best restaurant

Aimsir, Kildare

The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet, Kilkenny

Square, Dundalk

Thyme, Athlone

Chakra by Jaipur, Greystones

Restaurant Lady Anne, Kilkenny

Campagne, Kilkenny

Ristorante Rinuccini, Kilkenny

Kathleen’s Kitchen at Carton House, Kildare

Aldridge Lodge, Wexford

Best chef

Jordan Bailey, Aimsir

Dinesh Chander, Chakra by Jaipur

John Coffey, Thyme

Garrett Byrne, Campagne

Ken Harker, Statham’s

John Kelly, The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet

Keith Boyle, Restaurant Lady Anne

Conor Halpenny, Square

Sam Moody, Ballyfin Demesne

Angela Papakonstantinou, Grangecon Kitchen

Best casual dining

Statham’s, Kilkenny

Ripasso, Bray

The Grain Store at Kilruddery, Wicklow

Pink Salt, Bray

The Strand Cahore, Wexford

The Glyde Inn, Louth

Hartes, Kildare

Lennons @ Visual, Carlow

Dubh, Kildare

Grangecon Kitchen, Wicklow

Best wine experience

Aimsir, Kildare

Lady Helen at Mount Juliet, Kilkenny

Ely Wine Store, Maynooth

The K Club, Kildare

Thyme, Athlone

Square, Dundalk

Ristorante Rinuccini, Kilkenny

Campagne, Kilkenny

Ballyfin Demesne, Laois

The Duke’s Rest at Carton House, Kildare


Best restaurant

Aniar, Galway city

Éan, Galway city

Loam, Galway city

Kai, Galway city

Lignum, Galway

An Port Mór, Westport

George V at Ashford Castle, Mayo

The Dining Room, Castlebar

Best chef

Enda McEvoy, Loam

Christine Walsh, Éan

Alice Jary, Rúibín

Danny Africano, Lignum

JP McMahon, Aniar

Jess Murphy, Kai

Michelle McGowan, The Red Bank, Leitrim

Dominique Majecki, The G Hotel

Best casual dining

Rúibín, Galway

Ard Bia, Galway

Oxtail Kitchen, Mayo

The Sea Hare, Clifden

Dough Bros, Galway

The Red Bank, Leitrim

Kappa-ya, Galway

Eithna’s by the Sea, Sligo

Nook, Sligo

Best wine experience

Ashford Castle, Mayo

Loam, Galway city

Aniar, Galway city

Sheridans Wine Bar, Galway city

The Twelve, Bearna

The Lamplight, Clifden

The Universal, Galway city

Lignm, Galway


Best restaurant

Dede, Baltimore, Cork

Bastion, Kinsale, Cork

Everett’s, Waterford city

Ichigo Ichie, Cork city

Land to Sea, Dingle, Kerry

Pilgrim’s, Rosscarbery, Cork

Restaurant Chestnut, Ballydehob, Cork

Cush, Ballycotton, Cork

The Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna, Clare

The Old Bank, Dungarvan, Waterford

Best chef

Mike Tweedie, The Oak Room at Adare Manor, Limerick

Aishling Moore, Goldie, Cork city

Ahmet Dede, Dede at the Customs House, Baltimore, Cork

Robbie McCauley, Gregan’s Castle, Clare

Rob Krawczyk, Chestnut, Ballydehob, Cork

Mark Jennings, Pilgrim’s, Rosscarbery, Cork

Paul McDonald, Bastion, Kinsale, Cork

Takashi Miyazaki, Ichigo Ichie, Cork city

Aidan McGrath, The Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna, Clare

Damien Derwin, The Tannery, Dungarvan, Waterford

Best casual dining

Goldie, Cork city

Mikey Ryan’s, Cashel, Tipperary

Pigalle, Cork city

1826 Adare, Adare, Limerick

The Beach House, Tramore, Waterford

Linnane’s Lobster Bar, Newquay, Clare

Paradiso, Cork city

O’Mahony’s of Watergrasshill, Cork

Sage, Midleton, Cork

Saint Francis Provisions, Kinsale, Cork

Best wine experience

Restaurant Chestnut, Ballydehob, Cork

The Beach House, Tramore, Waterford

The Black Pig, Kinsale, Cork

Dede, Baltimore, Cork

The Oak Room at Adare Manor, Limerick

Vaughan’s Anchor Inn, Liscannor, Clare

Bastion, Kinsale, Cork

MacCurtain Wine Cellar, Cork city

L’Atitude 51, Cork city

Kingdom 1795, Killorglin, Kerry


Best restaurant

MacNean House and Restaurant, Blacklion, Cavan

The Olde Glen, Donegal

Courthouse, Carrickmacross, Monaghan

Ox, Belfast

Deanes Eipic, Belfast

Stock Kitchen, Belfast

The Muddlers Club, Belfast

Noble, Holywood, Down

Waterman, Belfast

Wine & Brine, Moira, Down

Lottie, Belfast

Best chef

Stevie Toman, Ox, Belfast

Simon Toye, Stove Bistro, Belfast

Carmel McGirr, MacNean House, Cavan

Gemma Austin, A Peculiar Tea, Belfast

Paul Waterworth, Coco, Belfast

Alex Greene, Deanes Eipic, Belfast

Ciaran Sweeney, Olde Glen Bar, Downings, Donegal

Chris McGowan, Wine & Brine, Moira, Down

Ian Orr, Browns, Derry

Gareth McCaughey, The Muddlers Club

Aaron McNeice, The Waterman, Belfast

Best casual dining

Freight, Belfast

El Tapas Gra, Derry city

Origin 101, Moira, Armagh

Brewer’s House, Donaghmore, Tyrone

Fisk Seafood Bar, Downings, Donegal

The Parson’s Nose, Hillsborough, Antrim

Native Seafood & Scran, Portstewart, Derry

The Holestone, Ballymoney, Antrim

Thyme & Co Café, Ballycastle, Antrim

Digby’s Killylea, Armagh

Best wine experience

Blank, Belfast

Frae, Holywood, Down

Ox, Belfast

The Muddlers Club, Belfast

Coco, Belfast

The Boathouse, Bangor, Down

Deanes Eipic, Belfast

Edo, Belfast

Noble, Holywood, Down

The Crafty Vintner, Belfast


Innovator of the year

Rise at The Cove, Greystones, Wicklow

Martin Holec, Three Storey, St Stephen’s Green

Giselle Makinde, Cream of the Crop, Dublin

Fla Larkin, Haddington House, Dun Laoghaire

Kristen Jensen, Nine Bean Rows

The Kelly family, The Village Butcher, Dublin

Annette Sweeney, Technological University Dublin

Fergus Halpin, Harvest Day, Limerick

Gary Grant, Imbibe Coffee Roasters

Niamh and Ruairi Dooley, BiaSol

Eva Pau, Asia Market

Mark Senn and Ingrida Baceviciut, Veginity

Stillgarden Distillery

Dún Artisan Bakery, Dungarvan

Hearty Growers, Belfast

Café of the year

Firecastle, Kildare

Canteen, Limerick

Daddy’s Café, Dublin

Café Rua, Mayo

51 Cornmarket, Cork

OHK Café, Kinsale

Pota, Galway

Grálinn, Wexford

Bread 41, Dublin

Haptik, Belfast

Arán, Kilkenny

Baker Boys, Sligo

Good Day Deli, Cork

Kaffe-O, Belfast

The Jolly Sandwich Bar, Enniskillen

Best cocktail experience

The Sidecar, Dublin

Bar 1661, Dublin

The Tack Room, Adare Manor, Limerick

Café du Parc, Killarney, Kerry

Cask, Cork city

Three Storey, Dublin

Love & Death, Belfast

Vintage Cocktail Club, Dublin

Rare 1784 Kinsale, Cork

The Universal Bar, Galway city

1824 Bar The Shelbourne, Dublin

O’Mahony’s of Watergrasshill, Cork

The Prince of Wales Bar, Ashford Castle, Cong, Mayo

Parlour Bar, Haddington House, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Crow Street, Dublin

Pastry chef of the year

Audrey Cahatol, Library Street, Dublin

JR Ryall, Ballymaloe House, Cork

Orna Larkin, InterContinental Dublin

Paul Kelly, The Merrion, Dublin

Laura and Rory Gannon, Cakeface, Kilkenny

Paula Stakelum, Red Carnation

Daniel Duckett, Lazy Claire Patisserie, Belfast

Caoimhe Hanafin, The Shelbourne, Dublin

Nicole Crowe, Ox, Belfast

Hilary Quinn, No Messin’ Bakery, Dublin

Shane Palmer and Charlotte Leonard Kane, Scéal Bakery

Karen Smith, Hip Key Café, Dublin

Juliana Robert, Mae, Dublin

Newcomer of the year

Library Street, Dublin

Orwell Road, Dublin

Note, Dublin

O’Donoghue’s Public House, Killarney

Alumni Kitchen Table, Kildare

Dillon’s Corner, Skibbereen, Cork

Table Wine, Dublin

Saltwater Grocery, Dublin

The Bishop’s Buttery, Cashel Palace, Cashel, Tipperary

A Peculiar Tea, Belfast

Margadh RHA, Dublin

Union Wine Bar and Kitchen, Waterford

Sonflour, Cork city

Hotel restaurant of the year

Oliveto at Haddington House, Dublin

Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

The Cove Restaurant at Fota Island, Cork

The Owenmore Restaurant

at Ballynahinch Castle, Galway

The Oak Room Adare Manor, Limerick

Lady Helen at Mount Juliet, Kilkenny

Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Cork

The River Room Restaurant, Galgorm, Antrim

Canteen at The Marlin, Dublin

Wilde’s Restaurant at The Lodge, Ashford Castle, Mayo

The George V, Ashford Castle, Mayo

Taylor & Clay, The Bullitt Hotel, Belfast

Rathmullan House, Donegal

The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, Ballingarry, Limerick

Adrift Restaurant at Dunmore House, Clonakilty, Cork

Liss Ard Estate, Skibbereen, Cork

Young chef of the year

Dan Guerin, Cush, Ballycotton, Cork

Dan Hannigan, Orwell Road, Dublin

Audrey Cahatol, Library Street

Leticia Miranda, Mae, Dublin

Jack Lenards, Liath, Dublin

Attila Galambos, Aniar, Galway

David Bradshaw, Frank’s, Dublin

Ryan Jenkins, Roam Pop-Up, Belfast

Shauna Murphy, The Oak Room at Adare Manor

Eoghan O’Flynn, Liss Ard Estate, Cork