Four Waterford restaurants earn prestigious awards at the Irish Restaurant Awards

Four Waterford restaurants earn prestigious awards at the Irish Restaurant Awards

The All Ireland Final of Irish Restaurant Awards 2023 took place in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 4 on Monday.

Almost 1200 restaurant and hospitality business owners and staff celebrated their hard work and achievements at the Awards Event, which saw many well-known restaurateurs, hospitality business and staff turn out to see if they had won one of the prestigious awards.

Waterford walked away on Monday having claimed four of the prestigious awards.

Union Wine, Bar and Kitchen was crowned both Best Wine Experience in Munster, and overall All-Ireland winner of Best Wine Experience across the country.


Also claiming a major regional title was Momo Restaurant in Waterford, which was named Best Casual Dining in Munster.

In the Free-From category, Avo Café was crowned Best Free From in Munster.


Speaking at the Irish Restaurant Awards All Ireland Final, President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Paul Lenehan, said; “Now in their 14th year, the Irish Restaurant Awards returns with a record-breaking number of public nominations – over 130,000. This sheer number of votes highlights the support & appreciation by the general public for our hospitality sector and all who contribute to it.

The Awards continue to showcase the incredible food that is on offer in the cafes, hotels, pubs and restaurants of Ireland. As an industry, the restaurateurs, pub-owners and entrepreneurs of Ireland, continue to defy the odds. You strive to create jobs, expand upon Ireland’s understanding of food standards and world cuisine, all while maintaining exemplary customer service. Your support of Irish produce has never been greater and for this you should be wholeheartedly applauded. Tonight, is a celebration of your unrelenting commitment, ambition and devotion to the Irish Food Industry.


Our Regional Events held in March in Limerick, Kildare, Monaghan and Sligo had almost 4,000 attendees – an incredible turnout from proud owners, managers & staff. The Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the existing, and up and coming talent, in the sector and are a reminder that hospitality is nothing without their dedicated and passionate staff – it is a pleasure to be able to see these Individuals & teams recognised for their incredible efforts throughout the year during these events.”

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