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Review King Sitric Restaurant & Accommodation Howth

A mere 30 minutes by the Dart train from Dublin to Howth is the #1 King Sitric Fish Restaurant and 4-star accommodation in Howth Ireland.  A member of  Blue Book Ireland for the last 28 years King Sitric is ideally located as an alternative to staying in Dublin, where accommodation can be expensive. Visiting Howth is one of the top things to do in Dublin and we would highly recommend it.

(Editor Update 2021)

We had originally planned to spend one night before flying to Dubai but Hurricane Ophelia put a stop to that and we had to extend another night allowing us to enjoy more of King Sitric’s hospitality and great food.  King Sitric at Howth, although only 17km from Dublin Airport, is a destination that should not be limited to one night only as a transit stop, there is so much to do and see you will need at least 3 nights we would recommend more. King Sitric is one of the top hotels in Howth Ireland.

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Where is Howth Dublin 

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Howth Ireland Map

Howth is located 15km from Dublin City Centre on the peninsula of Howth Head in the County of Dublin.

Where is King Sitric Located in Howth Ireland

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Location of King Sitric

King Sitric is located on East Howth Pier, about a 10-minute walk from the Howth Dart Station with views over Ireland’s Eye.

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King Sitric Howth – Accommodation

King Sitric currently has 8 bedrooms all with panoramic views over Balscadden Bay. All the rooms are named after Irish Lighthouses. Bedrooms range from a ground floor standard room, first floor Superior Rooms and a Penthouse.  They are all tastefully decorated with polished wood furniture and a nautical theme throughout.

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Our nautical blue bedroom on the first floor

Our room was located on the first floor and decorated in a nautical blue theme.  We had such a great nights sleep, not only was the bed comfortable but we were lulled to sleep by the waves lapping the shore.

A table and 2 chairs positioned at the window allowed me to people watch whilst working.  The WiFi worked well in the room. Tea and coffee making facilities, hot chocolate and shortbread biscuits were a welcome added touch.  We loved the modern large bathrooms and fluffy white towels.

King Sitric Howth – Fish Restaurant

We arrived in time for Sunday Lunch on the first floor of the King Sitric Fish Restaurant.

Chef Aidan MacManus and his wife Joan opened their seafood restaurant back in 1971 sourcing the best local produce possible. Both Aidan and Joan came from a hospitality background and have worked hard over the years to earn the title of Ireland’s Premier Seafood Restaurant winning numerous awards for their efforts.

  • 2010 Dublin Magazine Best Seafood Restaurant
  • March 2010 Bord Bia’s “Just Ask Restaurant for the Month”
  • 2011 BIM Seafood Circle – Most Informative Menu
  • 2011 recommended by Georgina Campbell in her Ireland Guide
  • In 2012 entered the Food & Wine Magazine Hall of Fame
  • 2013 Georgina Campbells – Newcomer of the Year – East Cafe Bar located on the ground floor
  • 2017 Georgina Campbells – Irish Breakfast Award for their homemade soda bread (which we can attest to, we could not stop at just one slice)
  • 2020 Georgina Campbells – Seafood Restaurant of the Year

With so many awards we now understand why it is voted one of the best fish restaurants in Howth Ireland.

Their location close to Howth Pier allows Aidan to source the freshest fish, oysters, mussels and lobsters for the restaurant.  They purchase smoked salmon from Nicky’s Plaice on the West Pier.

Wild game and beef dishes are also included in the King Sitric menu. John sources the beef from the local Bellingham Family farm and free-range chicken comes from the Green Acres Farm Co. Cavan.

With well priced 2 and 3 course menus available, we could not believe what good value the restaurant represents, no wonder reservations are recommended.

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Starter – Figs and Goat Cheese
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Dublin Bay Prawns
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Black Sole Meuniere
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Lightly spiced beer battered cod

We dined on Goats Cheese and figs (Jane)  and Dublin Bay Prawns (Duncan) for starters, Black Sole Meuniere (Duncan) and Lightly Spiced Beer Battered Cod (Jane) with a delightful Hugel Pinot Blanc wine.

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You must try the award winning soda bread

Don’t forget to try their award-winning bread.

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The wicked chocolate meringue explosion

A wicked Chocolate Meringue explosion followed for dessert. Coffee was served with petit fours.

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View from our table

Such a memorable lunch and a stunning view over the Bay, a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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Full Irish Breakfast

Breakfast served in the restaurant is another wonderful experience, what with the view, great service and an excellent menu it was hard to leave.  Hurricane Ophelia gave us the opportunity to enjoy 2 breakfasts and a meal at the East Cafe/Bar.

East Cafe/Bar Howth

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East Burger and fries and a pint of Guinness of course!
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Vegetarian Burger with sweet potato fries

What a buzzy bar and cafe! A fun time was spent enjoying a pint of Guinness and burgers (a Green lentil potato and mushroom vegetarian burger and an East burger with bacon and cheese). When the weather is kind to Howth you can sit outside and enjoy a drink or two and try the delicious offerings on the menu especially during the twilight of summer.

To Travel Too Tip

Check King Sitric’s special offers for either a Bed and Breakfast package or a Dinner Bed and Breakfast. Check out their mid week specials as well.


What to do around Howth

If you are wondering what to do in Dublin we would highly recommend visiting Howth. You can easily visit from Dublin in a day.

It is always a good idea to chat with a local to find out all about their hometown.  Joan spent an hour of her busy time giving us great tips on what to see and do.

Shane’s Howth Hikes

Shane runs guided coastal cliff hikes and heritage walks in Howth. Shane is passionate about his village and country and shares a lot of history and local knowledge during his walks along Howth Cliffs. You can book a 4-hour safari walk here.


Local Walks Around Howth

Stop off at the Tourist Centre in the middle of Howth and pick up their recommended local walks guide.  You can enjoy a 1.5-hour walk up to the summit for great views over Howth and the surrounding countryside or a longer walk up to about 4 hours duration.

Howth Castle

Howth Castle is only open during the weekends in the summer months.  Reservations need to be made in advance. The castle was built between 1250 and 1350 and it has stayed in the same family hands since its construction.

The Back Streets of Howth and the Church and Graveyard

Take a stroll around Howth turning right at the Abbey Tavern, turn right at the Church and Graveyard.  You will note in the graveyard that there are only 5 or 6 families buried there, they are the families of the local fishermen. Around the back streets, there are colourful character cottages on narrow and dead-end laneways.

Sports in Howth

Howth is very popular for kite surfing and bodyboarding.

Irelands Eye Howth

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Howth Lighthouse with Ireland’s Eye in the background

Irelands Eye is owned by the family from Howth Castle. It is the island that you can see from the shore, it is now a wildlife bird sanctuary which the family lease to the State for 1 guinea a year.

Hurdy Gurdy Museum Howth

The Hurdy Gurdy Museum is ‘quirky’ said Joan and well worth a visit.  The museum is a communications museum based in the Martello Tower, one of the many network towers that were built by the British around Ireland over 150 years ago as lookouts for an expected Napoleonic invasion. There are fine examples of early Morse equipment, valve radios, gramophones, crystal sets and more.

National Transport Museum Howth

The National Transport Museum has over 60 examples of transport on display dating from 1883 to 1984. They have more than 170 items in total under 4 categories  Passenger, Commercial, Fire & Emergency, Military and Utility.

Lambay Island Howth

Skerries Sea Tours run tours to Lambay Island and Rockabill Lighthouse. Lambay Island is home to grey seals, wallabies, fallow deer, seabirds and cattle.  The Island is owned by the Baring Family of Baring Bank fame.

Malahide Castle Howth

Malahide Castle is one of Ireland’s oldest medieval castles and home to over 5,000 species of plants in their botanical garden.

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival

Each year the famous Dublin Bay Prawn Festival is held for 3 days around 17th March – St Patricks Day celebrations.  King Sitric Restaurant and other bars and cafes in the area host a variety of amazing food experiences at the Harbour Festival Food Village.  We highly recommend advance accommodation bookings for this very popular event. The festival is one of the best things to do in Dublin.

Contact details for King Sitric Howth


East Pier Howth, County Dublin, Ireland.


Tel: (+353 1) 832 5235
Fax: (+353 1) 839 2442

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Cost of the Dublin to Howth Dart Train

Return fare as of 2020/1 Euros 6.25 – there are also day return specials. Click here.

Our Thanks

Our thanks to Aidan and Joan and their family for our memorable 2-night experience from our peaceful night’s sleep to the best of Irish cuisine and hospitality. It was a pleasure eating at the best restaurants in Howth – King Sitric and East Cafe/Bar and we kindly thank the staff for looking after us so well.

Our two-night stay was a combination of complementary dinner bed and breakfast and their media rate for bed and breakfast. We will definitely return and explore more of Howth and the surrounding area. We thank Irelands Blue Book for their assistance in our 3 week road trip.

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