Co. Cork’s growing list of Michelin stars has ramped up fine dining in the region. For those in the know, it’s the culinary capital for anyone traveling to Ireland for a luxury vacation. But you don’t have to wait months on a waiting list and pay big bucks to eat well.
Exciting gastronomy is everywhere, with many wonderful places to eat – it’s impossible to list them all. If you’re staying in the city of Cork, you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice and the food scene is flourishing. These are 3 outstanding restaurants to try when you’re here.
This is one of the finest restaurants in Cork, serving a mix of innovative and modern dishes made with local ingredients. If you only eat out once in the city, make your reservation at Greenes.
Head Chef Bryan McCarthy and his team have received dazzling reviews from The Irish Examiner, Irish Daily Mail, Sunday Independent, and many more publications over the years. They work closely with regional food producers in the county to ensure that plates are as fresh and seasonal as can be. Devoted to both foraged and organic goods, the signature dishes here created for the forward-thinking diner.
Set inside a former bonded warehouse in the historic Victorian Quarter, guests are promised a truly unique experience when they come here.
Address: 48 MacCurtain Street, Cork
Phone: +353 21 455 2279
An award-winning, family-run café, established in 1994 following Maróg O’Brien’s first restaurant opening in 1984. Located inside The English Market on the upper floor, you can tuck into your lunch with views of the stalls below. For locals, it’s a place to rest their legs and people-watch in peace.
If you’re looking for a daytime spot to refuel on something honest and hearty, this is the place to come. From the lunch menu, you can enjoy locally sourced dishes such as a fish plate starter, classic tripe and onions, traditional pork sausages with mash, Irish lamb stew, or their catch of the day. Or start your day early and head here for breakfast. Their full breakfast is a must if you need energy for sightseeing.
Address: The English Market, Princes St, Centre, Cork, T12 NC8Y
Phone: +353 21 427 8134
There two main reasons to eat at Ichigo Ichie. It’s one of the city’s finest examples of elevated international cuisine. And it’s recently earned itself a Michelin star. With Cork’s proximity to the coast, sushi and seafood just seems to make sense. Guests get to enjoy an elegant 12-course-tasting menu, curated by Chef Takashi Miyazaki, and you can dine at the counter or at a table.
The waiting list can be long during busy periods, but it isn’t impossible to get into. In a way, this remarkable restaurant is still one of the city’s best-kept secrets. So book your vacation to Cork and grab a table before the foodies come queuing.
Address: 5 Sheares St, Centre, Cork, T12 RY7Y
Phone: +353 21 427 9997
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