Kinsale (/kɪnˈseɪl/; Irish: Cionn tSáile, meaning "Tide Head") is a historic port and fishing town in County Cork, Ireland, which also has significant military history. Located approximately 25 km south of Cork City on the coast near the Old Head of Kinsale, it sits at the mouth of the River Bandon and had a population of 5,281 at the 2016 census. Its population increases during the summer months when the tourist season is at its peak and when the boating fraternity and other tourist visitors arrive in numbers. Kinsale is in the Cork South–West (Dáil Éireann) constituency, which has three seats.
Things to do in Kinsale
4.5 based on 798 reviews
Such fresh and delicious sea food the langoustines in bread crumbs were absolutely delicious and the fish pie was packed with beautiful fresh fish and seasoned perfectly. All the staff were so friendly and kind a must when visiting Kinsale! The views are stunning to boot!!
4.5 based on 655 reviews
Called in to grab something to eat on the way from the airport to our B and B. We all had the Breakfast, which was hearty, well cooked and nicely presented, with coffee and a large orange juice. Really friendly place and a nice pint of Guinness too. Very interesting display about US Irish veterans and 9/11 firemen of Irish descent.
4.5 based on 547 reviews
Wonderful place, high beamed ceilings, spacious dining. Now the food, excellent, fresh fish Salmon on Hake with wine sauce, lovely crunchy veg, dauphinois potatoes and crisp chips. The service was beyond excellent , will definitely return. A great dining experience, not to be missed??❤️
4.5 based on 598 reviews
Max's Seafood Restaurant in Kinsale was established in 1978 and serves a wide array of carefully crafted seafood dishes by resident head chef and owner Olivier Queva. Early Bird menu available, daily specials, and the best array of fine wines and local cheese. Situated in the heart of Kinsale in West Cork and simply, a great place to eat!
Food is simply outstanding. Loads of flavour and very fresh. Specials available. Just started smaller share plates on a Tuesday. Seems popular. Don’t go past the creme brulee for dessert. Prices very reasonable. Great surroundings and ambience. Friendly staff. Bathrooms in very good condition. Overall, a faultless evening.
4.5 based on 890 reviews
Well worth a visit even to hear the tales from the fantastic bar staff and incredibly loyal local customers ..
It’s a gem ! & run to perfection by its owners Mary & Pearse O Sullivan who are very much part of the Craic that is found in this amazing Bar & Restaurant -
The lunch time trade is so special and can go terribly wrong as it’s hard to leave ! ...,The menu offers a fantastic variety to suit all tastes ! My favourite being the selection of oysters available ! ... eg Bloody Mary oysters !..
I love it so much that you can definitely find me at least once a week if not 2/3 !
The ambience is tremendous and the glowing fires add something extra special to this beautiful bar on the sea ..
Extra special thanks to Mary & Pearse this week ( storm Emma) who saved all the locals from starving and opened up to feed us !
Very loyal to their customers indeed ! ....
10/10 guys !
Ye so deserve it ❤️
4.5 based on 272 reviews
It is a high-class restaurant with a great service! Even though the interior and the menu show a high level of the restaurant, personal make your stay comfortable and easy - smiling, friendly and professional, they let us relax! Very tasty food and nice wine list!
4.5 based on 350 reviews
The Reading Cafe and Book Exchange
If you want a Sandwich that is so amazing and different you got to try here. From sweet chilli chicken to pesto mozzarella chicken.... a must try. Also there was Moroccan stew on the day we were there. Loved the decor. Great choice of teas and coffee. And the cakes looked to die for. Great find and highly recommended.
4.5 based on 267 reviews
I've eaten here at least half a dozen times, the pizzas are really great with top quality ingredients, the place also has a really nice buzz, however, and this is a big however, as it actually outweighs the positives above, their opening times are very unpredictable. I've made 4 attempts in the last 12 months to make a booking only to find out that they were closed The last time was just over 3 weeks ago. I was told that they were opening for a few days at the start of December and that they weren't sure after that. I now see buried in their Facebook page (I'm not sure this is the best medium alone to sell a restaurant) that they have been closed for pretty much all of December and not opened until the 29th. I'd probably forgive all this if it weren't for the attitude of the person I spoke to on the phone the last two times. I felt that my enquiry was an inconvenience and they whole tone was quite condescending, what's the attitude about? I was looking to give them some business!
I wouldn't be bothered considering it as an option the next time I'm in Kinsale again, I'm beginning to wonder if Bruno's is just a pet project and they don't really need the money and open and close when it suits them.
4.5 based on 587 reviews
Finns' Table is a cosy, atmospheric Restaurant in the heart of Kinsale , County Cork, serving delicious dishes created from locally sourced ingredients.
What a wonderful meal we had at Finn’s Table tonight. The fish, black sole and turbot were exquisitely cooked with lovely tasty accompanying vegetables.
I was so looking forward to eating here having read reviews and it was even better than I imagined.
Great friendly staff and incredibly warm and welcoming owner.
Thank you for a truly memorable first night in Kinsale. Finn’s table has set the bar high for Kinsale restaurants for us.
4.5 based on 475 reviews
Sunday Business Post 101 Great Irish Restaurants 2018; McKennas' Guides Top 100 Restaurants in Ireland 2017; Georgina Campbell Best Wine Award Ireland 2014; Restaurant Association Awards Best Wine Experience Munster 2015 & Cork 2014. Set in an 18th century coach house with a cobble stoned back garden under the stars.Over 200 wines by the bottle, with over 100 by the glass and a wide selection of organic, biodynamic & natural wine. Serving the best in locally sourced artisan food.
Came upon this by chance, tucked away around the back streets. Have some very nice wine in little courtyard at back, made to feel very welcome even though they were rammed. food looked very nice, tapas style, smells were great. Had time permitted we would have gone back to eat another day. on our to do list for next trip.
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