The cove restaurant sits on the road just near a beautiful bay. When I arrived I was greeted very warmly by the staff and they took my girlfriend and I upstairs where we were able to order our meal and some drinks. I didn't feel like I was in a rush like I do in most restaurants. The atmosphere was very laid back and there is an amazing view of the bay from the upstairs bar. We were only set down to our tables when our food was ready for us. We had ordered a lobster bisque to share between the two of us which was delicious and full of flavor.
For our main courses I had ordered a 12 ounce sirloin steak which came with onion rings, home made fries, and garlic butter. My girlfriend had ordered the fresh seabass fillets which was served with a peanut, ginger, and lemongrass sauce. Her meal also came with fresh vegetables and basmatti rice. Both meals were full of flavor and prepared to our specifications. Being an American and coming so far north in Ireland, I felt like I was eating a steak that was larger than I would order in a restaurant back home. I know the steak is local beef but I had such a cozy feel while eating in the Cove. The seabass was delicious and easily the best fish we have ever experienced with a touch of Asian style cooking!
The menu has a nice variety of food available for everyone's taste buds. The staff again, were very friendly and attentive during our wait upstairs and during our meal. I did not feel like I was in a restaurant back home where I felt in a rush to order, eat, and leave. The Cove sets a very relaxing ambiance where you can have a nice and relaxing meal and conversation.
I highly recommend The Cove to anyone who is fortunate enough to stumble across this beautiful town. Dunfanaghy is definitely a hidden gem of Ireland and I feel so lucky to have stumbled across this town, County, and The Cove restaurant!
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