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Cloister Restaurant

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Abbey St | Lower, Ennis None, Ireland
+353 65 686 8198
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

very enjoyable, friendly staff, the best food, good value for money - excellent2 and 3 course meal options, nice décor, nice experience

1 Thank Lucia M
Belfast, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a wonderful restaurant, beautifully situated by the river with ample parking. The manager welcomed us warmly and was attentive throughout our meal, even though the restaurant got busier as the night progressed. The food is of a very high quality and the portions are generous. The special starter of the day was mussels cooked in a creamy garlic... More 

Thank MObelf
Camarche, Owner at Cloister Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi MObelf Thanks so much for the lovely review, it was very nice to meet you and your German friends, and glad to read how much you enjoyed yourselves. Thank you for your visit and posting so positively on tripadvisor. Regards Dermot & all the Team. More 

Tobaccoville, North Carolina
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ate here as a group of 30. Service was excellent and so was the food. We had a whiskey tasting in the bar before dinner---really interesting and tasty. The owner was very knowledgeable about the different whiskeys. Portions were good.

Thank edgefield2017
Camarche, Owner at Cloister Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear edgefield2017 Thanks very much for posting your review, very glad to hear you enjoyed your evening so much, I guess plying you with Whiskey before dinner can only help :-) Great to have you all at The Cloister. Dermot & all the Team. More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My husband and I truly enjoyed our dining experience at the Cloister restaurant in Ennis. We were looking for a top end restaurant for our anniversary and we hit the spot. The food was absolutely delicious and the staff was friendly and made an effort to get to know the customers. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone traveling... More 

Thank JenSully5
Camarche, Owner at Cloister Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi JenSully5 Thanks for your post, really glad to hear that you enjoyed your dinner so much and thanks for your positive comments on the Team. Kind regards Dermot. More 

County Dublin, Ireland
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202 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm currently in Ennis staying with family. My sister suggested The Cloister Restaurant for lunch today for 3 of us. I'd never been but my sister has several times & loves it. We each had a main course & 2 of us had dessert. I had the pork belly - yum! My sister had the goat's cheese salad & my... More 

Thank ClaremcDublin
Camarche, Owner at Cloister Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi ClaremcDublin. Thanks for taking the time to write about your visit, glad you enjoyed it as much as you did. The dishes you chose are good and very popular, good choices!! Thanks Dermot and all the Team. More 

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97 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're living in the region or just visiting, this top-class restaurant is a "must visit" for Lunch or evening meal.. It's the best and most consistent restaurant ever !!.. The Management; staff; food; wine selection; ambiance; the welcome - absolutely everything is "top notch"..... "all the time"... Their 'secret sauce' is their consistency in everything they do... If you... More 

1 Thank myhonestopinion4u
Camarche, Owner at Cloister Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi myhonestopinion4you. Thanks again for taking the time to post on TripAdvisor. We're delighted that such a regular visitor is still prompted to write so nicely about what we do. Thank you. Dermot and all the Team More 

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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in here on our way home from the cliffs of moher and holy god someone will have to roll me out, I'm as full as a bull. Had the mushroom risotto for starters...well I licked that plate clean, then we had the days special of roast beef, I think I've actually eaten a whole cow😂

1 Thank Shellsuit14
Camarche, Owner at Cloister Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Shellsuit, Thanks for your visit, we're really glad you enjoyed your Lunch so much. The Beef is a winner alright! Regards Dermot and all the Team More 

Cork Ireland
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and i thoroughly enjoyed our evening here in Cloister last night Tuesday 2nd May...we did not have a reservation on arrival but were very warmly ,courteously greeted and kindly accommodated by a gentleman who i would think is the owner..we had lovely comfortable seating and had a most relaxed ,unhurried and enjoyable meal. Actually in my view, it... More 

2 Thank FinolaCorkIreland
Camarche, Owner at Cloister Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Finola, Many thanks for the lovely review you posted. Glad to read how much you both enjoyed your visit to us here at the Cloister, we enjoyed having you visit us also. Kind regards Dermot and all the Team. More 

Dublin, Ireland
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Cloister is one of my favourite places to go for dinner. The chef is so passionate about food, the service is second to none and the surroundings are just fab.

2 Thank Karen H
Camarche, Public Relations Manager at Cloister Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Karen, Thanks for your review. It's always nice when repeat customers are so happy. Dermot & all the Team. More 

Ennis, Ireland
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

We go to the Cloister quite a bit but just review once a year. It is the go to restaurant when we want excellent; Food Wine Service Atmosphere Every year it gets better. It's a credit to Noreen, Dermot and all of their wonderful staff. We are very lucky to have this standard of restaurant in our lovely little town... More 

3 Thank 375maeve
Camarche, Owner at Cloister Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear 375maeve, Thanks for your review, so glad you enjoy visiting us here, we enjoy having you as such regular guests. Regards Dermot and all the Team. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$50
Irish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Abbey St | Lower, Ennis None, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Clare  >  Ennis
  • Phone Number: +353 65 686 8198
Situated in the heart of medieval Ennis. This is a modern restaurant that serves fresh locally sourced produce. Wonderful to visit for a light bar meal during the day or more inventive cuisine in the evenings.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?