Bodega Restaurant & Winebar, Waterford

Bodega Restaurant & Winebar

Irish diners place a high premium on atmosphere – often rating it even above the quality of food when choosing where to eat out – but this restaurant, although certainly atmospheric, has much more to it than that. As everyone familiar with past winners of our Atmospheric category will know, we seek out establishments that offer very high standards all round, with great atmosphere as the icing on the cake.

Good food is only half the battle in running a successful restaurant, especially in Ireland where atmosphere has always been at least as important.

When I was training with the late great Egon Ronay there was great emphasis on sticking to ‘the food on the plate’ without allowing distractions like a fantastic location or a fun ambience to influence decisions - admirably pure, but it didn’t wash here.

What does work brilliantly here though, is a combination of great food - in the case of Cormac Cronin’s hugely popular Waterford restaurant, Bodega, including a seriously impressive amount of terrific local produce, especially fish - enthusiastic service, and a good buzz.

The cooking style is eclectic and it’s all great fun - warm bright colours and a buzz of conversation that reaches Spanish levels make this hugely atmospheric restaurant feel like a corner of the Mediterranean.

At lunchtime the place fills up with young people, some with children - who are made especially welcome - and there are lots of regulars.

Plenty of local craft beers too - no wonder it’s so popular. 


Bodega - Exterior
18 votes


Waterford, Co. Waterford
Restaurant / Wine Bar
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. Serious About Seafood Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Firmly established as a leading Waterford restaurant that delivers quality and value, the warm bright colours of Bodega feel like a corner of the Mediterranean and it is always busy. Proprietor Cormac Cronin has a high regard for the quality of raw ma ...

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