Everybody loves the warm welcome and authentic Italian food at Bruno Boe’s stylishly appointed contemporary restaurant at Knockvicar marina.
The lovely location is a major attraction, and it's a very pleasant place to be: the interior is well-designed on two levels to take full advantage of views over the river and marina, and the decor is colourful and comfortable, with smart polished wood tables, high-back chairs, classy tableware and fine glasses - an unusually cosmopolitan approach for a rural restaurant.
Bruno offers real Italian home cooking and fair prices. Without being overlong, his menus are varied enough to have something for everyone, including a tasty Italian platter of parma ham, seasoned sausages Napoli salami, olives and grilled vegetables that can be a starter for one or a sharing plate for two (€8.50/€15.00; along with some crusty bruschetta (€6.50) and a glass or two of wine, it makes a sociable start for an enjoyable meal. Main courses on the à la carte include some great steaks (from about €21.50) that will be a welcome sight for people coming in off the river after a day in the fresh air, and some lighter fish dishes too.
Like most Italian restaurants, Bruno's is very family friendly, with a relaxed attitude and crayons and colouring paper for children - and separate pizza and pasta menus that are especially appealing to younger tastes. The long opening hours on Sunday make it a great spot for a family day out too.
Although perfectly located for boating visitors to the marina, Knockvicar is only a short drive from Carrick-on-Shannon and Bruno's is equally popular with local diners who enjoy the lovely situation and relaxing ambience - a perfect combination for maximum enjoyment of a good meal.