Murphy Blacks Restaurant, Kilkee
This attractive restaurant is housed in a Victorian building and the owners, Cillian Murphy and Mary Redmond, have been careful to retain its period features. Menus lean towards seafood – specialties include crab tartlet and cannelloni of plaice – but meat eaters are well catered for too, and there is always a vegetarian choice. Desserts are homemade, and a balanced, accessibly-priced wine list includes a good choice of half-bottles.
Open Mon-Sat, 6-9pm (weekends only October-May). Seats 42 (outdoors 12); children welcome. Commendations: Georgina Campbell; McKennas’ Guide.