2017 marks the ninth year of the Irish Restaurant Awards which took place earlier this year and aims to celebrate the best chefs, restaurants and dining experiences that Ireland has to offer.

The awards, which took place in May highlight how this is an exciting time for Ireland's food scene and this year was no different. If you're thinking of going somewhere nice for New Year's or planning ahead for 2018 - here are some ideas.

Chapter One took home the award for the best restaurant in Ireland, Forest and Macy were named best newcomer while Ireland's only female Michelin star chef, Danni Barry of Deanes Eipic, Antrim earned the title of Ireland's best chef.

Check out the full list of winners and start planning your next meal out!

Best Restaurant

  • Ireland – Chapter One, Dublin
  • Dublin – Chapter One, Dublin
  • Leinster – Sha-Roe Bistro, Carlow
  • Munster - Wild Honey Inn, Clare
  • Ulster– MacNean House & Restaurant, Cavan
  • Connaught – Kai Café & Restaurant, Galway

Best Newcomer:

  • Ireland – Forest & Marcy, Dublin
  • Dublin – Forest & Marcy
  • Leinster – Three Old Bar & Restaurant, Louth
  • Munster – Holy Smoke, Cork
  • Ulster – Bull & Ram, Down
  • Connaught – Cian’s On Bridge Street, Mayo

Best Chef

  • Ireland – Danni Barry of Deanes Eipic, Antrim
  • Dublin – Ciaran Sweeney of Forest & Marcy, Dublin
  • Leinster – Gary O’Hanlon of VM Restaurant at Viewmount House, Longford
  • Munster – Keith Boyle of The Bay Tree Bistro, Waterford
  • Ulster – Danni Barry of Deanes Eipic, Antrim
  • Connaught – Shamzuri Hanifa of The Cottage Restaurant, Leitrim

Best Gastro Pub:

  • Ireland – Walled City Brewery, Derry
  • Dublin – The Exchequer, Dublin
  • Leinster – Mary Barry’s Bar, Wexford
  • Munster – Morrissey’s Bar and Restaurant, Clare
  • Ulster – Walled City Brewery, Derry
  • Connaught – Keenans of Tarmonbarry Gastro Bar, Roscommon

Best Casual Dining:

  • Ireland – The Muddlers Club, Antrim
  • Dublin – Etto
  • Leinster – Wild and Native, Wexford
  • Munster – Momo Restaurant, Waterford
  • Ulster – The Muddlers Club, Antrim
  • Connaught – Bar One, Mayo

Best Hotel Restaurant

  • Ireland – The Dining Room at Gregans Castle Hotel, Clare
  • Dublin – The Saddle Room at The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin
  • Leinster – Ballyfin Demesne, Laois
  • Munster – The Dining Room at Gregans Castle Hotel, Clare
  • Ulster – St Kyrans Country House Restaurant, Cavan
  • Connaught – Wildes at the Lodge, Mayo

Best World Cuisine

  • Ireland – Wa Café, Galway
  • Dublin – 777, Dublin

Best Café

  • Ireland – Lost & Found, Derry
  • Dublin – Meet Me in the Morning, Dublin

Local Food Hero

  • Ireland – Michael Kelly of GROW HQ, Waterford
  • Dublin – Brid & Colm Carter of Honest2Goodness, Dublin

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine

  • Ireland – Forest & Marcy, Dublin
  • Dublin – Forest & Marcy, Dublin

Best Private Dining & Club Restaurant

  • Pullman Restaurant at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway

Best Seafood Experience

  • Fish Shop Queen St, Dublin

Best Cookery School

  • Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School, Tipperary

Pub of the Year

  • Ireland – Morrissey’s, Laois
  • Dublin – The Long Hall, Dublin
  • Leinster – Morrissey’s, Laois
  • Munster – Davy Macs, Waterford
  • Connaught – John Morans Bar, Mayo

Best Wine Experience

  • Ireland – Ox Cave, Antrim
  • Dublin – Etto, Dublin
  • Leinster – Greenacres, Wexford
  • Munster – L’Atitude51 Wine Café, Cork
  • Ulster – Ox Cave, Antrim
  • Connaught – Sheridans Cheesemongers Wine Bar, Galway

Best Cocktail Experience

  • Candlelight Bar at Siam Thai Dundrum, Dublin

Best Digital Marketing

  • Two Boys Brew, Dublin