Thanks to pleasingly simple décor, large windows and a conservatory, views of Liscannor Bay take centre stage from Paul and Theresa O'Brien's traditional, whitewashed cottage, on the cliffs just outside Lahinch - and it can be magic on a fine evening.
Aside from the stunning location, local seafood is the other star attraction - Barrtra was our Seafood Restaurant of the Year in 2002 - and Theresa's excellent, unfussy cooking continues to make the most of a wide range of fish, while also offering a choice for those with other preferences.
Giving value has always been a priority here and several menus are offered in high season. Local seafood is all offered at customer-kindly prices; lobster is a speciality, when available, and is quite reasonably priced - on the dinner menu it only attracts a moderate supplement.
Otherwise expect dishes like a richly flavoured Barrtra fisherman's broth, or delicious pan-seared scallops with caramelised orange segments and spiced Cointreau sauce, and perfectly cooked main course fish - a retro dish of deep-fried beer battered hake, perhaps, with homemade crinkle cut chips - with excellent sauces; exact timing and perfect judgement of flavourings enhances the fish, while always allowing it to be "itself".
Vegetarian dishes (and dishes suitable for coeliacs) are available, and vegetables generally are another strong point (note the large polytunnel); a deliciously flavoursome combination that will include beautiful Clare potatoes is served on a platter.
Paul is a great host, managing front of house with easy hospitality, and is responsible for an interesting and keenly priced wine list, which includes a wide choice of house wines and half bottles, several sherries and a beer menu.
Quality and value are the hallmarks of this great little restaurant - and frequent visits by the Guide invariably confirm that it remains as delightful as ever.