An Irish spot has been named as the best seafood restaurant in Europe. 

The announcement was made as part of the World Luxury Restaurant Awards, which took place in St Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday night.

SOLE  Seafood & Grill on South William Street, already renowned on our shores for its ocean-fresh fish and focus on "shore to soil" fare, executed with extreme style, received the honour, and was the only Irish restaurant included in the awards. 

Open since 2018 and headed by Head Chef Richie Wilson, the chic and sophisticated spot is celebrated for its fresh oysters pulled from coastal waters, beef that is dry-aged in-house by its chefs, Howth smoked salmon and Irish lobsters. 

Of particular note is the SOLE Meuniére, their take on the French classic and beloved by many guests. 

Speaking about the win, Executive Head Chef at SOLE Richie Wilson said;

"The team at SOLE are absolutely blown away. Since opening in 2018, the whole team have worked so hard to raise the standard of seafood in Dublin and offer patrons a top quality dining experience with Irish produce on the top of our agenda.  To win such a prestigious award is such a testament to the whole team's passion and dedication."

The restaurant itself is an incredibly atmospheric one, imagined as a glamorous marine-inspired lounge by Belfast-based designer Graham Barrow. Most striking in its bronze-and-grey interior is no doubt the memorable bar, featuring a sweeping colonnade of apertures bolted onto bespoke rusted pillar capitals,  intended to remind guests of Victorian paddle steamers. 

The World Luxury Restaurant Awards are seen as the most prestigious awards ceremony in the luxury restaurant industry. The 2019 awards saw 850 entries from across Europe and restaurants were shortlisted on a voting basis that saw guests, travellers and industry players casting over 100,000 votes over a four week period.