Why become a Member of the Restaurants Association of Ireland?


  • We promote improvements in the law affecting the Irish Restaurant Industry, locally, nationally and on a European level
  • We provide strong representation on issues effecting restaurants e.g local authority charges & rates, NERA inspections, FOG license regime, IMRO, PPI charges, Revenue & taxation matters to name a few
  • We represent the Irish Restaurant Industry on the Catering / Joint Labour Committees (J.L.C’s)
  • We represent the Irish Restaurant Industry in Europe through HOTREC
  • We lobby to Influence European legislation affecting the Irish Hospitality Industry
  • We organise, promote and protect the interests of Restaurant Owners and staff
  • We take combined action to protect the interests of every member of the Association
  • We keep watch on all proceedings of the Oireachtas and European Commission with a view to taking steps to promote/protect the interests of members
  • We reinforce  the views of the Irish Restaurant Sector upon all matters touching its interests


  • Through national and local marketing campaigns we directly increase business and footfall for restaurants.
  • We organise the annual Irish Restaurant Awards, Irelands premier restaurant event
  • www.irishrestaurantawards.com
  • We co ordinate Dine in Ireland weeks regionally and nationally  www.dineindublin.ie
  • RAI website and discussions forum www.rai.ie. Members can access up to date Human Resource templates, e.g safety statements, employment contracts, rosters etc
  • Each member receives a complimentary Reservations Diary and Yearbook
  • The Association produces the annual restaurant guide, Ireland’s major full colour illustrated guide to restaurants. The guide is distributed overseas through Tourism Ireland offices and is available through all Fáilte Ireland and Northern Ireland Tourist Board Information Offices. Entry to the guide is offered at a reduced rate to members
  • www.wheretoeat.ie is the Associations website for consumers. Through this site, restaurant owners have an online facility, enabling them to obtain bookings through global and internet distribution systems. It also provides the opportunity to promote their special offers.
  • Working closely with Fáilte Ireland, Bord Bia  and Tourism Ireland, the Association has a major input into how members’ restaurants are marketed both at home and overseas
  • The Association has representation on the Food Tourism Forum in association with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland
  • The Association regularly provides members with opportunities to advertise and promote their business on a co-operative basis
  • The Association organise seminars and workshops, which address specific marketing issues
  • The Association provides advice and assistance to members on their sales and marketing activities

Savings for your restaurant

  • Supplier Affinity Schemes, savings with our payments partner Elavon,  Utility Saver, PPI, Tablebookings online reservations system, Insurance with more to follow throughout the year


  • Monthly posted copy of Food for Thought – FFT.ie, the Official Trade Publication of the Association.
  • Bi Monthly news magazine ‘Food For Thought’ sent via the Hotel & Restaurant Times magazine
  • The Association distribute a monthly Ezine to all members informing of events, news issues, new members, HR advice , marketing advice and what’s new in the trade
  • To improve the technical and general knowledge of the members.
  • A “Text Alert” System is operated, warning members about breaking news in the industry.
  • Members Memos and fact sheets are circulated on specific pieces of legislation advising members.
  • The Association assists members on economic, marketing & promotion, legal and technical matters, including, copyright, safety legislation, fire precautions, liability insurance, labour relations, licensing, taxation, suppliers and information technology.
  • In conjunction with associate members/ trade suppliers, the Association provides information on the availability of products and services related to the restaurant industry


  • Food Safety Training & HACCP Consultation
  • Tailor made Kitchen Management Training for restaurants with Synergy ProChef
  • Customer Service Ambassador Programme with DTA Marketing
  • Sommelier Courses
  • Barista Courses


  • RAI Branch Meetings
  • Irish Restaurants Golf Society
  • The RAI organise an Annual General Meeting,  Restaurant Symposium and Presidents Dinner which gives members the opportunity to meet trade suppliers and associate members.
  • The RAI organise the Irish Restaurant Awards hosting regional events in March/April each year.
  • RAI is represented at Catex, Hospitality Expo, Food and Hospitality Show, and Stonehouse Exhibition.

The following membership forms are available to download:

Type of Membership Price per year Vat @ 23% Total
Restaurant – Full Year €635 €146.05 €781.05
Restaurant – Seasonal €430 €98.90 €528.90
Restaurant – Additional €160 €36.80 €196.80
Gastropub €430 €98.90 €528.90
Gastropub Additional €100 €23 €123
Coffee Shop €430 €98.90 €528.90
Coffee Shop Additional €100 €23 €123
Associate €745 €171.35 €916.35
Artisan Producer €300 €69 €369

*Additional charges may apply should you choose to pay by monthly or quarterly Direct Debit


If you would like to discuss the benefits of membership or discuss a payment plan please call us on 01-6779901 or email Membership Services Manager, Jacqui Simpson

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