Why become a Member of the RAI?


  • Promotion of improvements in local, national, and European laws affecting the Irish Restaurant Industry
  • Strong representation on issues affecting restaurants, such as local authority charges, the VAT rate, national minimum wage, excise duty, and the overall cost of doing business
  • Representation on the Irish Restaurant Industry at HOTREC -the umbrella association of Hotels, Restaurants, Cafés & similar establishments in Europe.Bringing together 45 Member associations in 33 countries, the voice of the European hospitality industry. 
  • Lobbying to influence European legislation affecting the Irish Hospitality Industry
  • Protection of the interests of restaurant owners and staff by keeping watch on proceedings of the Oireachtas
  • Representation on the Food Tourism Forum in association with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland


  • Direct increase in business for members through local and national marketing campaigns
  • Promotion opportunities at the annual Irish Restaurant Awards, Irelands premier restaurant event
  • Complimentary Reservations Diary and Yearbook
  • Seminars and workshops that address specific marketing issues.
  • Advice and assistance to members on their sales and marketing activities


  • Payment processing with Elavon
  • Employment, Legal Defence, and Tax Protection Insurance Policy free as part of membership
  • Non-bank financing with GRID Finance
  • And more! See all possible savings here.


  • Monthly posted copy of Food for Thought, the Official Trade Publication of the Association
  • Monthly E-zine to all members covering upcoming events and issues, new members, HR and marketing advice, and what’s new in the trade
  • Text Alert System to let members know about breaking news in the industry
  • Advice on specific pieces of legislation through member memos and fact sheets
  • Assistance on economic,  legal, and technical matters, including copyright, safety legislation, liability insurance, labour relations, licensing, taxation, suppliers, and information technology
  • Information on the availability of products and services related to the restaurant industry

RAI Training

  • Online courses in Fire Safety, HACCP Food Hygiene, and more with Olive Media
  • GDPR Staff Awareness online course
  • GDPR Compliance 12 Step Course
  • Sommelier and Barista Courses

Restaurant and Hospitality Skillnet

Courses are available to members at a discounted price, including:

  • 8-Day Management Development Program
  • Kitchen Management Training
  • Customer Care Training
  • Social Media Training
  • Restaurant Induction Bundle
  • Food and Beverage Skills Training

Learn more about these courses and register here.


  • RAI Branch Meetings
  • Irish Restaurants Golf Society
  • Annual General Meeting, Conference, and Presidents Dinner
  • The Irish Restaurant Awards regional and All-Ireland events in March/April each year
  • Representation 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 Sales Manager, Jacqui Simpson

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