Jack's Coastguard Restaurant

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Bar / Restaurant

3 euro For Cooking & Service Well Above Average A selection of establishments outside the standard categories that should enhance the discerning travellers experience of Ireland Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Serious About Seafood The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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Jack's Coastguard Restaurant
Waters Edge, Cromane , Killorglin Co Kerry
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Tel: +353 66 976 9102

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This restaurant is a great asset to the area and it’s well worth building a visit into your plans
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (coarse nearby)
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing nearby)
  • Fishing (Sea Angling nearby)
  • Forest / Woodland with trails nearby
  • Gardens (Outstanding)
  • Golf nearby
  • Hunting/Shooting (nearby)
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Banqueting
  • Conference Venue
  • Family Friendly
  • Heli-Pad
  • Location - Beach on site
  • Location - By the sea
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Scenic
  • Location - Waterside
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Open New Year
  • Private Parties
  • Smoking Area
  • Smoking Area Covered
  • Seafood
  • Attractive Views
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Formal
  • MSG Free
  • Music - Other Live
  • Music - Trad
  • Old World / Traditional
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Party Venue
  • Sunday Dining
  • Traditional Pub
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

Jack's Coastguard Restaurant

Just a stone’s throw from the sea at Cromane, where the mussels that the area is famous for are landed, this handsome stone building is smartly maintained and sends out all the right signals from the outset. Jack's recently celebrated 50 years in business, having been opened by the original owner, Jack Sugrue, in December 1961 - and it's going stronger than ever today.


Entrance is through an attractive traditional bar at the front, then through to a big, bright split level dining room with big windows overlooking a landscaped garden and sea at the back; the décor is basically simple but, with quirky details and bright turquoise accents in fun cushions and lovely fish-themed murals, the effect is fresh and original.


Well spaced tables, crisp white linen and gleaming glasses also augur well and, after a warm welcome, menus are promptly presented. Head chef is Jonothan Keary, brother of the owner of Jacks, Brian Keary, and he's doing an excellent job with fresh produce that includes the meats of the area - Kerry lamb and beef, speciality foods such as Annascaul puddings - and, most notably, fish and seafood.


Although the ubiquitous tiger prawn finds its way in, even here (in a speciality tempura dish, served with a zucchini salad and sweet chilli sauce), when available the superb range of seafood offered includes hake, black sole, prawns, lobster, plaice on the bone, turbot, and scallops.


And Cromane mussels also star, of course, typically in classic marinière style. The cooking is excellent and everything beautifully presented, with generous servings of lovely fresh vegetables, and irresistible puddings - vanilla crème brulée with almond biscotti comes highly recommended.


A well chosen wine list complements the food, and staff are pleasant, accommodating and knowledgeable.


This restaurant is a great asset to the area and it’s well worth building a visit into your plans. Booking is strongly advised, especially at weekends. Be prepared for Dublin prices.

Seats 130 (private room, 20); children welcome before 10pm (high chair); toilets wheelchair accessible. Closed Tue. MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 23-02-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

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