Image of The Happy Pear restaurant in Greystones to illustrate the best vegetarian options in Ireland

4 of the best… vegetarian restaurants

Vegetarian dining has come a long way, with more and more specialised restaurants popping up around the country. And while we’re always happy to see more choice appear on menus, we can’t ignore those that have been catering to us vegetarians for years. So here’s our favourite vegetarian restaurants around the country.


Cornucopia, Wicklow St

A Dublin staple since it opened over 30 years ago, we love Cornucopia because its commitment to quality and produce has never waived. While the team of talented  chefs make the delicious array of  breakfasts, soups, salads, main-courses, breads, desserts, cakes and snacks onsite daily.

Cornucopia, 19/20 Wicklow St, Dublin 2. For opening times and menus visit cornucopia.ie 


The Happy Pear, Greystones

Since it first launched in 2004, The Happy Pear has become as much about a lifestyle as it is abut food. And while we know you cook the recipes at home and buy the pesto in your local supermarket, there’s something lovely about visiting the place where it all began. Community-based and with the friendliest service, the Greystones Happy Pear is something special.

The Happy Pear, Church Road, Greystones. For opening times and menus visit thehappypear.ie 


Paradiso, Lancaster Quay

First opened in October 1993, Paradiso has long attracted international acclaim for the innovative and groundbreaking vegetable cuisine of Denis Cotter, founder and executive chef. One of the true pioneers of vegetarian cooking, Paradiso is as much of a destination restaurant as it is a local gem.

Paradiso, 16 Lancaster Quay, Cork City. For opening times and menus visit paradiso.ie


The Lighthouse Cafe

A cosy cafe strongly catering to the vegetarian market, The Lighthouse Cafe has been a welcome addition to the Galway foodie scene. We love the home baked scones and cakes and the fact that the vegetarian options are also available for takeaway.

The Lighthouse Cafe, 8 Abbeygate Street Upper, Galway. For opening times and menus, click here