About Us

The Story

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.
In 1988, community stalwart Jim McGrath took over the Oyster Tavern and nurtured its fine reputation for fresh local food. He and his wife, Margot, and daughter Julie work with trusted staff to ensure the Oyster Tavern retains a family-run feel that has helped it to become one of the most popular restaurants in Tralee. 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.

The Setting

Overlooking Tralee Bay, on the famous Wild Atlantic Way, 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. Whatever the occasion, we will make it special. 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 is our function room. Available for all special occasions, it features a full bar and is ideal for any special occasions or significant birthdays.

Enjoy our menu of signature dishes such as our sumptuous Seafood Symphony or our mouth-watering chowder, as well as succulent special-occasion buffets of salads, meats, and seafood, or savour a glass of something outdoors and enjoy the sweeping sea views. 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 Promise

As at home in the heart of the community as an oyster in its bed, the Oyster Tavern works tirelessly to earn the loyalty of locals and visitors alike. Jim, Margot, and Julie McGrath, as well as Aine, Brendie, Cillian, and all the staff are on hand to make sure your experience is the best it can be. 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 13 years. He is joined by Hazel Kelly, a magician with anything sweet and also a dab hand at steaks, seafood, and our signature buffets. 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!”

“…the best seafood/steak/whatever food you’re into.”

The Oyster Tavern has earned many awards, including the Restaurant Association of Ireland’s 2016 Customer Service Award for Munster and TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2014, 2015, and 2016.

The accolade that matters most to us, however, is the smile on the face of every happy diner. Our emphasis on great food and customer service has prompted many people to write lovely things about us, and we appreciate each and every review.

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OUR WORLD is THE OYSTER and we hope you enjoy it too.

Awards won by The Oyster Tavern

  • Recommended by Georgina Campbell, Ireland Guide-2016.
  • Certificate of excellence award winner 2014, 2015 and 2016 (Trip Advisor)
  • Best customer service in Munster award 2016 from the Restaurants Association of Ireland.
  • Kerry county winner black and white pub of the year 2004
  • In 2004 The Oyster Tavern was given the Georgina Campbell award for the Jameson guide of Ireland’s best places to eat and drink. 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 The Oyster Tavern was part of the BMI Seafood Circle .
  • The Oyster Tavern was also recommended as one of the top 100 pub guide in Ireland 2011.