Top 10 restaurants in Cork, Ireland

February 12, 2018 Lean Nau

Plan to cross many bridges when in Cork. Ireland's third-largest city began life as an island and now spans both banks of the River Lee, with watery channels running beneath some of its main thoroughfares. The best way to experience this hilly southern seaport is on foot, following the signposted walking tour past St. Finn Barre's Cathedral and the riverside quadrangle of University College up the hill to red and white Shandon Church. Along the way, you'll meet plenty of the city's talkative residents.
Things to do in Cork

1. Liberty Grill

32 Washington Street, Cork, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Seafood, Irish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$157 +353 21 427 1049
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Liberty Grill

At Liberty Grill, we serve brunch, lunch or dinner to our neighbours, fellow Corkonians, and visitors to our wonderful city. Our restaurant uses fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to prepare dishes with mostly New England influences. From our all-day brunch serving classics like Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florentine, to our lunch and dinner menus with a choice of burgers, salads and steaks. Our menus feature a selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes and desserts. we offer a selection of vegan wines beers and cocktails. We stock soya and almond milk. For seafood lover we have number of seafood starters as well fresh fish dishes sourced from the nearby Cork English Market which change regularly with the seasons. Our steaks and burgers are from grass fed cattle, locally sourced from a local family farm belonging to our butcher

Reviewed By janiel - Meath

So good from beginning to end. The staff were so professional. The avacaddo salad which was fabulous. For mains we had lemon grilled chicken which was top quality and the cod special which was so fresh..The cheesecake and keylime pie were good. I can't wait to go back

2. Market Lane

5/6 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork T12 T959, Ireland Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Irish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$275 +353 21 427 4710
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Market Lane

Market Lane is an award winning restaurant and bar over two floors that offers great food, amazing value and friendly service always. Where possible we use ingredients from The English Market and local artisan producers to make up our menu which has a wide range of fish, salads, meat, game and sandwiches, in addition to coeliac and vegetarian dishes and a healthy kids menu. We brew our own beer next door, have a coffee blend exclusive to us and use herbs from our greenhouse. Take a virtual tour or make a booking on our website.

Reviewed By JumboJetJohnny - Melbourne, Australia

The Market Lane Restaurant & Bar has a great selection of local cuisine but is also known for its steaks. The wine list has offerings from France, Italy, Australian, NZ and Spain and nearly every wine on the list is available by the glass. There is also a good selection of locally brewed Elbow Lane stouts & ales and a respectable cocktail list. I started with the soup of the day, leek & potato, then followed this up with a perfectly cooked fillet steak which was served with mushrooms & chips and a side of fresh green vegetables - delicious. The restaurant was busy, the atmosphere was great and the staff were very friendly & attentive.

3. Cafe Paradiso

16 Lancaster Quay, Cork 1, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Vegetarian Friendly Dinner HK$220 - HK$385 +353 21 427 7939
Excellent
78%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 921 reviews

Cafe Paradiso

Reviewed By Hans W

No trip to Cork is complete without a visit to Cafe Paradiso. Consistently brilliant, innovative dishes based on fresh seasonal ingredients, great flavours and colours. Professional service and music at the right level. And a mean espresso. Highly recommended for vegetarians and beyond!

4. Greenes Restaurant

48 Maccurtain Street, Cork, Ireland Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$165 - HK$385 +353 21 450 0011
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 849 reviews

Greenes Restaurant

Greenes Restaurant, Awarded Best Chef in Cork 2015, is located in a beautiful courtyard within 5 minutes' walk of Patrick Street, Cork. Local ingredients, the finest seafood and meat available in Cork, we only offer what's in season, often organic but always artisan prepared. Greenes is without a doubt a must dine venue. The scenery alone is worth a visit, with its own floodlit waterfall looking onto a heated courtyard, Greenes city centre location is ideal for all those travelling in the South of Ireland. Keenly priced menu's, an extensive wine list, cocktail's and a full bar licence with Excellent Food ensures that Greenes remains one of the Best restaurants in Cork City.

Reviewed By lesbaird - Malaga, Spain

I visited this lovely restaurant with two special friends for an evening dinner . The venue is in a great area city centre, decor very tasteful . Menu to suit all tastes , very helpful and friendly staff . Would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Cork

5. South County Bar and Cafe - Douglas

Douglas West | Douglas village, Cork T12 CKD6, Ireland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Free Wifi Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$78 - HK$173 +353 21 489 1574
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 291 reviews

South County Bar and Cafe - Douglas

Good value Food, drinks and IRISH MUSIC is what makes the South County Bar & café, Douglas a must when visiting Cork. Douglas village is a short taxi ride(3 miles) from Cork city and the South County is within walking distance of local hotels The Maryborogh House & Rochestown Park Hotel(both 10 mins walk). This award winning Irish pub has an old world feel, has a cosy snug and a wonderful outdoor area, 'The Guinness beer Garden'. IRISH MUSIC sessions throughout the year...Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday nights aswell as a fun sing-along ballad session every Sunday at 6pm. This pub also boasts a large selection of Irish whiskies in the Whiskey corner and serves the tastiest Irish coffee around !!

Reviewed By chepaddy - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Always pop in when in the city. Very good bar that serves decent food. Fantastic on the ball service - really professional friendly staff.
Also have some decent live music - managed to catch some guys playing on Sunday's session - loved O'Neills March.
Keep up good work.

6. Haveli Indian Restaurant

Morris House | Douglas West, Douglas, Cork, Ireland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Reservations, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +353 21 489 4482
Excellent
81%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 488 reviews

Haveli Indian Restaurant

Small intimate restaurant serving dining and take away customers. Please note we open on Bank Holiday Monday's also and close the Tuesday immediately after the Bank Holiday!!

Reviewed By VictoireAimee - Paris, France

We highly recommand a gorgeous Indian Restaurant at the heart of Douglas, Co CORK, Ireland. Extremely welcoming in a very cosy atmosphere the most special and exquisite Cuisine.
A beautiful personal welcome, even at a late stage in the evening, just very pleasant music too.
One of the most beautiful gourmet Indian Cuisine We ever tasted.

7. Orso

8 Pembroke Street, Cork, Ireland Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Tunisian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$126 +353 21 243 8000
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 684 reviews

Orso

We serve exciting food with bold flavours in the heart of the city. Open from 8am, 6 days per week. We serve our own roast of coffee and an ever changing menu, amazing pastries, an exciting wine list and beers from our own brewery.

Reviewed By MrHappypinkunicorn - Newquay, United Kingdom

Delicious food, different flavours, busy atmosphere and attentive staff. Nothing was too much trouble.
Sat at the bar, enjoyed the halloumi starter, monkfish stew main and the market fish main then shared a chocolate board plus tried the craft beer. Everything we sampled was cooked to perfection and thoroughly tasty. Can’t wait to return.

8. Gallo & Galetti

Unit 7/8 High Street | Wilton, Cork, Ireland Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$94 - HK$212 +353 21 434 1095
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 215 reviews

Gallo & Galetti

Opened in May 2013, Gallo & Galetti is the new & exciting answer to modern Italian dining in Cork. The emphasis, is to use the best of local, artisan and international ingredients, creating innovative, fresh and tasty dishes. This popular Italian restaurant is a big favourite in Cork, with the added bonus of being economically priced. Our €25 Value Menu is perfect for that after work catch up. The 4 course meal includes a starter, main, desert & tea or coffee.Available Tuesday - Saturday 5 -7pm & Sunday 1 - 9pm

Reviewed By Windyroads

Save the best til last they say and they weren’t wrong. By far the meal I’ve had in 2017 and that says a lot. This is a restaurant that does the simple things excellently, nice decor, nice staff, amazing food, outstanding value for money, basically everything I look for when eating out.
The menu is varied and that’s the hard part, choosing what to have, and being a creature of habit I went for the the same starter that I usually go for when it’s in the menu, calamari, can’t praise it enough in G and G. For main course I went with the Pollo E Piselli and I was blown away, all the flavours combined made me want to make to main course never end, the puréed pea was 10/10, the chicken was succulent and the sauce was divine. I could eat this meal every weekend and never get sick of it. The portion size was perfect, not too big but big enough so I couldn’t even fit dessert and at almost €18 I felt it was unbelievable value for money.
Like an Italian sports car, this place just blew me away.

9. The Workshop Cork

Lios Cross | Ballygarvan, Cork 0000, Ireland Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, Cafe, European, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch +353 21 237 3033
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 465 reviews

The Workshop Cork

The Workshop is a local family business run by brothers Aiden and David. Our menu is very simple, for breakfast we serve, Organic Porridge with fruit compote, French Toast and Bacon and Scrambled eggs and Bacon. Our Lunch menu consists of gourmet sandwiches, soups, daily hot specials and our Tapas Salad. If your looking for something sweet you've come to the right place, we have a fantastic selection of desserts available daily. We have a large selection of teas, use fantastic Badger and Dodo coffee, and a variety of specialty drinks from Mochas to Oreo Milkshakes. We try to keep things as local as possible with most of our suppliers found here in Cork. We aspire to echo the service of the good old days and so we serve our tea in vintage fine bone China. We have aslo taken a backwards approach to the phrase "out with the old in with the new" in that you'll find the furniture found within the premises is either Antique, Vintage or Up-cyclyed.

Reviewed By Emma H

What a gorgeous little place out in the country! Such a quirky little spot with a warm welcome , food was delicious, great coffee and I spoilt myself to one of there many Deserts they had to offer which was so tasty. Everything tasted so fresh and the staff were so lovely and friendly. Recommend to book at the weekends. Definitely worth the trip!

10. Gallaghers Gastro Pub

32 Maccurtain Street, Cork T23 Y07X, Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +353 21 241 5635
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Gallaghers Gastro Pub

Gallagher's Gastro Pub was reopened June 2013 & has steadily gained a reputation for high quality, Locally sourced cuisine.Serving Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch & Evening meals. Gallagher's has also quickly established itself as one of Corks top music Venues.

Reviewed By Alicia N

The hotel recommended this place to us so we stopped in for our first meal in Cork. It was busy but mostly seemed to be tourists. The food was a nice portion and tasted good. Staff was attentive.Glad you stopped into Gallagher’s, we are happy to hear the food portion and staff were the best part of your experience. If you have any recommendations to make your next visit a 5 star visit, we would love to hear them!

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