Kerry's Leading Bar, Seafood & Steak Restaurant
Best Customer Service Award
Best Restaurant Manager Award Winner
Publican of the Year Winner 2018
Best Family Run Business Award Finalist
Best Family Run Business Award Winner
TripAdvisor Hall of Fame 5 Years in a Row

Discover the Story

Based in Tralee, Co. Kerry, The Oyster Tavern is a small country pub serving fresh seafood in the stunning surroundings of the Slieve Mish Mountains.

The Oyster Tavern

En route to Barrow lies a hostelry of fame,
“The Oyster Tavern “ is its name,
A “Cead Mile Failte” you’ll find there,
A welcome that beats anything elsewhere.

The remarkable selection of liquors that awaits you,
Includes everything except “Mountain Dew”,
The choice of cuisine and chardonnay are second to non,
Served in a wonderful atmosphere of fun.

Here attention and service know no measure,
At “The Oyster Tavern” it is just a pleasure,
To enable one to relax and be merry,
At the Spa, in the Kingdom of Kerry.

The Story

The Oyster Tavern Bar and Restaurant is run by the McGrath family since the 1980's it has become a favourite haunt amongst Tralee locals and visitors.

The Oyster Tavern started life as a small country pub, nestled in the heart of Tralee Bay, with the Slieve Mish Mountains at its back and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean stretched out before it. With an abundant ocean harvest outside the front door, including one of the last remaining natural oyster beds in Europe, it seemed only natural to make the most of it. In 1974, the Oyster Tavern started serving local seafood cooked in the home kitchen, and a culinary tradition was born.

The Setting

We want to make you feel at home, whether it’s a casual pint or a formal dinner. Stroll down Cuckoo Lane just across the road and enjoy a refreshing walk on the beach, breathing in the air of the Wild Atlantic Way.

The Oyster Tavern works tirelessly to earn the loyalty of locals and visitors alike. The McGrath family and the wonderful team are on hand to make sure your experience is the best it can be.

"Food brings people together, good food is fuel for the soul"
-Malcolm Forbes

The Barn Bar

The Oyster Tavern is the perfect setting for any get-together. Enjoy a meal after a round of golf (Tralee Golf Club is just a few minutes’ drive away) sitting outside as the sun sets over the bay, or gather friends together for a celebratory meal. The Oyster Tavern maintains its tradition of hospitality with a popular bar, extensive wine list, great music and craic, and the odd party in the Barn.

The Barn Bar cators for private parties of up to 30 people. Available for any special occasion or significant birthdays.
The barn bar is a very cosy setting and has its own private bar, toilet facilities and outdoor seating.

We source quality ingredients locally, cooking fish that is delivered daily from pristine waters. We focus on friendly and efficient service and always emphasise value for money.“..the food is unbelievable especially the fish dishes and the desserts - the chocolate fondant is out of this world!”

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Restaurant Opening Hours

- Summer Season-

Bank Hol Monday.................3-8.00pm




Friday.................5 - 9.30pm

Saturday.................5 - 9.30pm


The bounty of the Atlantic Ocean fills our menus. With an 'A la carte' and 'Bar menu' including added specials, as well as kids options and set menus for any occasion we have something for all budgets and tastes!

Head Chef Darren Thibeaud trained in France at his father’s restaurant and has been delighting our guests with his exquisite French cuisine and seafood for more than 15 years. He is joined by the equally talented Avni Neziri, also a dab hand at trying out new dishes, steaks & seafood.


Discover the story

In 1974, The Oyster Tavern started serving local seafood cooked in the home kitchen, and a culinary tradition was born.

In 1988, a community stalwart Jim McGrath took over the Oyster Tavern and nurtured its fine reputation for fresh local food. Today, you can enjoy the best of oysters, mussels, and other delights of the sea, as well as steaks and dishes from the land.

Jim and his family are delighted to welcome everyone, and visitors soon become friends.

quality & delicious food since 1974