Once again my hubby and I took a trip to Kildare town, this time for a special Valentines date. After doing a little bit of research online looking for a nice place to eat, my husband said Harte’s is reported to have one of the best chefs in Ireland and was rated “Best in Ireland” 2013, 2014, & 2015 by the McKennas Guides. Intrigued we went in to discover for ourselves.
Harte’s Restaurant, established in 1835, was delightful. The atmosphere was romantic and cozy, dimly lit- not dreary, old and unique -not shabby. Different walls made special, some with plaster board and beautiful wooden casing displaying lovely watercolor paintings, while other walls composed of brick held chalk board signs and antique lamps. There were tables out in the open clustered together, but also several private nooks that I found inviting. Across from us sat a larger private table by a book shelf with a pretty teapot and saucer resting calmly beside a few books on the shelves. One nook I spied had a “reserved” sign sitting on the iron claw footed table in the corner…on future visits I might call ahead to reserve such a spot.
We arrived in time for a nice lunch around 1:00 and found only a few people but before our lunch was through the place had filled to nearly full. Noel ordered the sirloin steak sandwich and I had the beef blaa, both were excellent and came with a little tin bucket of potatoes (chips/fries or fried potato peels) and small salad.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this place for a nice date with your special someone or for a cup of tea with a friend.
Weekends the parking is free.
The earlier the better, as the place tends to fill up quickly, at least from our limited experience.
Harte’s is located in Market Square, the parking area next to Saint Brigid’s down town Kildare, across from the visitor center.