Where to Eat in Portrush: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 21, 2017 Dorsey Hagwood

Portrush (from Irish: Port Rois, meaning "promontory port") is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. The main part of the old town, including the railway station as well as most hotels, restaurants and bars, is built on a mile–long peninsula, Ramore Head, pointing north-northwest. It had a population of 6,454 people as measured by the 2011 Census. In the off-season, Portrush is a dormitory town for the nearby campus of the University of Ulster at Coleraine. It neighbours the resort of Portstewart.
Things to do in Portrush

1. The Harbour Bistro

5-6 Harbour Road, Portrush BT56 8DF, Northern Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 28 7082 2430
Excellent
62%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 837 reviews

The Harbour Bistro

Reviewed By Hoildaymaker1234

We ve been coming here on many occasions, tonight first time on a Saturday, food was absolutely lovely and our seever professional and nice but i had a very bad experience whenever we tried to get back up in the bar, we ve been stopped by the bouncers asking us if we have a stamp, before our dinner we were upstairs waiting for 1 hour to dine downstairs, i never knew you need an stamp i can understand the place is very busy on a Saturday but i think you should let people know they need a stamp if place is getting to busy
To be honest this ruined what was a perfect night for valentines day

2. Coast Bistro Italian Restaurant

Harbour Road, Portrush BT56 8DF, Northern Ireland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner +44 28 7082 3311
Excellent
46%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 356 reviews

Coast Bistro Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By mrsteaker

Cold food and charging peak summer holiday prices 1st weekend in December. Total rip off. Why is this place so busy? Cheap ingredients and mass produced food. There are much better tea time deals elsewhere

3. Leona's Tea Room & Bakery

41 Magheraboy Road | Magherabuoy House Hotel, Portrush BT56 8NX, Northern Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Wheelchair Accessible British, Irish, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch HK$31 - HK$102 +44 28 7082 3507
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

Leona's Tea Room & Bakery

Leona's is a cosy Tea-Room and Bakery located at Magherabuoy House Hotel in Portrush. We sell a wide range of baked goods, including traybakes, cakes, breads and scones, all of which are made by us in-store following traditional recipes and using locally-sourced ingredients.You will be warmly welcomed to Leona's and can be assured of friendly, professional service at all times.

Reviewed By George D

We stay in Blair's Caravan park every June, we always went to leona's for Brunch, the food is great, all homemade by Leona, and we actually got to know Leona herself, very nice lady, staff very friendly, we are going to Blair's Caravan Park again in the middle of June, and will be having brunch here most days. See you all then.

4. Adelphi Bistro

67-71 Main Street | Adelphi Portrush, Portrush BT56 8BN, Northern Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Irish, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 28 7082 5544
Excellent
68%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 312 reviews

Adelphi Bistro

Reviewed By Louise R

We were staying in the hotel and decided to eat in the restaurant which proved to be a good idea. Nothing was too much trouble. The food was great and the menu had lots of choice and was good value for money. Would definitely recommend a visit to this hotel and restaurant.

5. Harbour bar

6 Harbour Road | 6 Harbour Rd Portrush, County Antrim BT56 8DF, Portrush BT56 8DF, Northern Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Irish, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +44 28 7082 2430
Excellent
78%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 715 reviews

Harbour bar

Reviewed By IncognitoJones - London, United Kingdom

Great craic, great Guinness and very cosy.
Walked in during the middle of a wake (!) but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. This is a pub where the local faces go, including the golfers that the area is famous for. I got to hold Darren Clarke’s Ryder cup trophy that he gave to the guys here and James Nesbitt is another regular.
Staff great fun, loved the memorabilia around the place and the cosy fire most welcome in the snow.
We had to head home on the last night as the snow was falling hard but it was heaving with locals who were waiting for the live music.
Would love a local like this is London although the charm is due to the lovely personalities.

6. Inn on the Coast

50 Ballyreagh Road, Portrush BT56 8LT, Northern Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner +44 28 7082 3509
Excellent
53%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 107 reviews

Inn on the Coast

A lovely family friendly restaurant and bar which boasts an animal friendly section. Serving beautiful food and providing superb customer service.

Reviewed By Tom-BFT

I visited on a weekend with my partner for a celebration meal. There were plenty of spare tables which was unusual for a Sat night. The menu was quite basic and reasonably well priced. Staff were friendly but not overly professional. The food was acceptable. Good for families with children but not really great for a special night out. Local restaurants in the vicinity where packed out.

7. The Quays Bar

63 Eglinton Street, Portrush BT56 8DZ, Northern Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating Bar, Pub, Irish, International, British, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$31 - HK$102 +44 28 7082 3889
Excellent
62%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 138 reviews

The Quays Bar

The Quays Bar Portrush, (formally known as The Alpha Bar) is a family run bar with over 40 years experience. Situated opposite the Portrush Train station and a stone throw away from the west strand beach, it is the perfect gathering place for those wanting to enjoy Portrushs famous events such as the North West 200, The Airshow , Raft Race, Atlantic Sessions or Pipe Band Championships. Having been recently renovated and expanded, it is now one of the busiest bars in the triangle area. Winning accolades such as, Pub of Ulster's 2012 'Best new/improved' bars in Antrim and being a finalist in their 'Best neighbourhood bar' division. The Quays bar has become a hub for tourists and locals alike. Hosting a large selection of: beers from 'Around the world', cocktails, draught and bottled beers, coffees, specially selected wines and spirit promotions such as '2 x selected spirits and mix for £5', there is something to suit all tastes. The Quays Bar decor is a blend of a traditional Irish pub theme with a modern twist, offering customers a warm, clean and welcoming atmosphere in which to relax and shelter from the North Coast weather or kick their heels up and start the weekend party. With 5 large screen televisions showing all live sporting events, an extensive outdoor smoking area/beer garden, LIVE music Friday-Sunday, free WI-FI, daily drink promotions and delicious homemade pub grub served Tuesday-Sunday, there is no better place to be on the North Coast. Open 7 days a week and serving food Tuesday-Sunday (during winter months) and daily during summer months. We cater for all parties/charity events/private functions. Buffet and full meal options available.

Reviewed By HB92397 - Pennsylvania

After a very lo g day of touring we ventured to Portrush for dinner. The best way to describe Portrush is very New Jersey shore like.
We ventured into this place because we were cold and tired if walking.
The first impression was not impressive at all. The place clearly needs some TLC and there were some interesting people in the bar. We were not worried ed as there were families with children already in the bar so we felt comfortable with our child.
The bartenders were very helpful and polite. We had the BEST nachos that I've ever had in my life. Yes I have been many places and never thought that I would order nachos in Northern Ireland let alone have the best ones ever.
Overall we were pleased, the place just needs a face lift. Have the nachos.

8. Morelli's

7A Eglinton Street, Portrush BT56 8DX, Northern Ireland Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating +44 28 7035 7155
Excellent
63%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 106 reviews

Morelli's

Reviewed By Margaret B - Belfast, United Kingdom

We stopped here for ice creams as, traditionally, when in Portrush Morelli's is the ice-cream 'hot spot!' We each choose different flavours and all enjoyed very much. There was a mountain of ice cream for £1.75 which was excellent value as a single scoop was £1.50! Only downside was, tables outside weren't cleared or cleaned though when I requested this it was immediately tidied. Morelli's is consistently very good homemade Italian ice cream.

9. The Tides

21 Ballyreagh Road, Portrush BT56 8LR, Northern Ireland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 28 7082 3833
Excellent
56%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

The Tides

Reviewed By BL242014 - Belfast, United Kingdom

Absolutely stunning setting and staff friendly. Two stars given for view. Stops there. Mussel starter had sauce that was far too sweet - completely spoilt the mussels. Chicken pakora starter looked more like tikka and did not taste like any pakora I’ve had. Asked for no cheese on veg hot pot as one person vegan. Came with cheese - had to be sent back and arrived as rest finished their main. This also had same sweet sauce as mussels.
Strawberry daiquiri more like a strawberry slush puppy.
No acknowledgement at all from management for service error.

10. Mermaid Kitchen and Bar

Harbour Road, Portrush BT56 8DF, Northern Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 28 7082 6969
Excellent
72%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 708 reviews

Mermaid Kitchen and Bar

Reviewed By hotsunlady

We had a great meal at this lovely restaurant , the food was excellent, the prawn starter was amazing, I think we all had this and I as well as many others had a very tasty steak. Desert was fab too , the special !
The view from the tables by the windows is fantastic, looking down at the harbour and the strand, would be worth booking to get one of those tables.
We have been to other restaurants in the group and all of them serve very good food, will return soon again. Great service and very friendly staff, thank you for an enjoyable evening.

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