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“Beautiful setting, cozy dining experience, great food!”
Review of Lauragh Lodge - CLOSED

Lauragh Lodge
Price range: $4 - $12
Cuisines: Irish
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: A unique restaurant overlooking the mountains. There is no second seating, so you can take your time and enjoy the experience.
Reviewed August 19, 2014

On a recent trip to the area, we came upon this newly opened restaurant. Nestled away in a beautiful setting, it was well worth the trip. Directions are better given in an earlier review, but it is very well signed, so it is quite easy to locate. We were 3 adults and 2 school aged children. The menu is limited - 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts - but there was something for everyone; even my fussy 13 year old. I believe the menu changes nightly. The emphasis is definitely on local fish, of which there is plenty, and it is fresh.

Debra, the owner and chef, warmly welcomes everyone, and you truly do feel at home. They do not have a liquor license, so you may bring your own. No corkage fee, so that is a plus!

The view, the food, the warm welcome, and a very cheap dinner at that! I highly recommend it.

Thank norasmom
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Reviewed August 18, 2014

With friends, we have visited this new restaurant twice in four weeks, and each time we have been impressed with the hospitality, food and ambiance. The restaurant sits amongst the mountains, with stunning views over the valleys. On arrival, we are greeted by both Debra, the Owner of the establishment, and Grainne for the service, with a complimentary champagne to be taken at the comfortable seating area, prior to be taken to our table, in front of the large glass windows which go down to the floor, so that you can take in the views. There is no pressure on you at this restaurant, where you can take your time to order, or more importantly, no pressure on you to leave. The food was delicious, freshly made full of aroma and flavours. The sea bass was particularly tasty, locally sourced. Also, it was very good value for money. This is a place for relaxation, stunning views of the Kerry mountains, in the secluded valley. It is worth a visit and we will be back. We are recommending this restaurant to friends.

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Thank cliffhaven
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Reviewed August 18, 2014

Fabulous food, wonderful views and good company. Debra is a welcoming host, and the menu offers various options, all freshly cooked and all delicious. Our meal was appreciated by the whole family, including two "not-easy-to-please" teenagers. And even better - you can take your own wine!
Highly recommended....

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Thank Ruthe A
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

I recently discovered, (on recommendation from my cousin), this excellent new restaurant slightly up a mountain in Lauragh, on the Beara Peninsular. (its near the Church in Lauragh).

Its location is stunning, with large windows overlooking the mountain, (its quite cute, the mountain sheep wander up to the window while you are eating).

The food is very good, with freshly caught fish and some top class cooking. The host is Debra, and you get a very warm welcome, we each got a glass of Champagne as a welcome, but I guess that cannot last for ever!

The restaurant is very unusual with a welcome area of sofa's (for an early drink), the eating area itself, and an upper gallery of guest rooms where you can stay.

Its very very friendly, the guests all chat to each other, and when I was their, (twice), their were families with children and couples, so a good mix.

We were told beforehand that it is a BYO and at the time payment was cash, so remember to purchase your booze before turning up!

If you are swinging through Kilmackalogue Pier, its about 10 minutes drive.

We loved it.

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Thank kevin o
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

Lauragh Lodge Restaurant (Co. Kerry)

This is not your standard typical restaurant that you are familiar with. It is as non-standard as you are likely to find. It is located near the top of a mountain called Drombohilly, near Knockatee, with a narrow steep road leading to it. It is very well signposted from Lauragh on the Kenmare-Castletownbere road to the restaurant, using blackboard and chalk signs. It is worth a visit to the restaurant just for the views from it, taking in most of the local mountain ranges (weather permitting).

Lauragh lodge was open for less than one week when my wife and I dined there. We got a great and genuine welcome from Debra, the owner. We were then taken to a soft-seating area in front of a huge picture window that overlooked the mountains and offered a complimentary glass of “Bubbly”. There, our order was taken and about 20 minutes later as our starters were ready, we were shown to our table by our waitress Grainne. Shortly after that, the next group arrived and were once again shown to the seated area and offered a glass of “Bubbly”. It would appear that reservations are arranged to take place at 30 minute intervals because this is the manner in which each party arrived for the remainder of the evening. For this reason, I suspect that booking is essential for evening meals. The whole emphasis was on a relaxed experience, everything unrushed.

Since they do not have a wine licence (at the time of writing), you are welcome bring your own wine. You will not be charged for corkage which is rather unusual. The menu selection is small, three starters, main courses and deserts. If you are a big meat lover, perhaps this restaurant is not for you. The emphasis seemed to be on locally-caught fresh fish. The menu is not quite as limited at would appear at first in that some of the starters can also be ordered as a main course. The menu pricing is also rather unusual. The figure in brackets in the menu is a suggested price, for example, 10 Euro for a main course is the suggested price. You give what you think it is worth.

We really enjoyed our meal and the overall experience offered by Debra and Grainne. On our next visit to the area, we wish to repeat the experience.

Look at their website of the same name as the restaurant (no space between words) to get up-to-date information and booking details.

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Thank Pat S
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