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COVE RESTAURANT - DONEGAL WELCOME Serious food from artisan producers, stunning location on Sheephaven Bay, chefs with
over 60 year’s combined experience and a fun, laid back atmosphere…
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COVE RESTAURANT - DONEGAL BY THE SEA Overlooking Hornhead and Sheephaven Bay
Cove Restaurant


In a stunning location, the restaurant overlooks Hornhead and Sheephaven Bay (our holding tank for Crab and Lobster) backed by the distant hills and fields which provide the best quality fresh produce for our kitchen.

Meals are prepared by a team of chefs with over 60 years’ combined experience in treating great ingredients with respect, imagination and flair.

Diners can enjoy a fun, laid back atmosphere, looked after by attentive, capable and happy waiting staff.

We look forward to your visit.
local artisan suppliers

Local Produce

We are serious about our food

We are serious about supporting great local and national artisan producers

We are serious about promoting sustainability

The Cove Restaurant Commitment:

  • Quality Ingredients
  • Great Customer Experience
  • Memorable Meals
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Lovely place. My daughter and I really enjoyed our dinner there. Very friendly staff and a great menu.

Jackie Morrison

Our second great experience at The Cove this week, amazing food, super service, left with a smile on our faces again! ?

Sarah Quinlan

We are so lucky to have this beautiful restaurant on our doorstep. Last night our family enjoyed a wonderful meal here for the first time since lockdown and it was as amazing as ever!!!

Sharon McClean

Wonderful food and drinks here. Great views from the upstairs lounge. Beautiful menu and a very knowledgeable member of staff on hand to assist with choice of drinks. All was delicious ? and we enjoyed a wonderful night at Cove. Thank you. We’ll definitely be back when we are next in Dunfanaghy.

Anne Ritchie
Local Artisan Suppliers

All the best from land & sea: from Sheephaven Bay to the distant hills and fields, our artisan suppliers provide fresh, best quality produce for our kitchen

inventive dishes

Our wonderful local produce is showcased by our team of chefs who constantly and skilfully adapt our menus to reflect the, often short lived, bounty of the season.

East to West

Our experienced and creative chefs combine flavours from around the globe to enhance, not smother our great locally grown, caught or farmed produce.

Caring for our Environment

We forage, upcycle, recycle and occasionally bicycle to be as environmentally responsible as possible, protecting the land & sea which feed us

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If you would like to enquire about booking a table with us then please feel free to click on the link below. You will be taken to our onlin ereservation section where you can book a table.



Give the gift of food to that some special or as a thanks.

Our gift vouchers are the perfect way to share The Cove Restaurant’s fine dining experiences with people who deserve a special treat. Our gift vouchers can be redeemed at any time in the restaurant.

Simply select the amount you want, select Add to Cart and you will be taken to the checkout page.  A digital copy gift voucher will emailed to your chosen address.

Buy your gift vouchers online now here GiftVouchers@Cove

Allasdar O’Riada

Made in Cork, matured in Donegal, Allasdar O’Riada has worked in the local food industry for nearly two decades.  Fostered by talented local chefs, he has built and expanded on a love for cooking that began at home.

Ballymaloe Cookery course was the book that sparked in him a culinary curiosity.  This keen interest in food and insatiable appetite for knowledge has since led him to explore many cuisines and techniques, most recently delving into the world of fermentation and slow foods. Travels to Spain and Italy have informed his palate and their attitudes towards food have left an indelible mark.

A respect for honest relationship between kitchen and customer and a belief in and high regard for his fellow staff are central tenets of his approach.

Allasdar is taking over the mantle in the Cove kitchen and with his care, attention to detail and dedication to his culinary talent, we look forward to enjoying a new and exciting restaurant experience in 2023