Gastronomical Wonders: 10 Best Places To Eat In Cork, Ireland

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After exploring Cork’s architectural wonders and beautiful parks, it’s time to try out the culinary masterpieces. The city, which is on the banks of the River Lee, is home to a wide variety of establishments that will please your taste buds. Let this list take you to the 10 best places to eat in Cork. What better way to make your vacation extra special than with a delightful meal.

1. Farmgate Café

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It’s located on the mezzanine of the famous English Market, and its breakfast, lunch, and dessert menu promises to put a smile on your face. Farmgate Café offers some of the most delightful local dishes such as rashers, lamb stew, sausages, and tripe and onions with Drisheen pudding. Enjoy your meal with a cup of their beloved coffee or tea. You can eat in the area overlooking the market or in the dining room, which has a calmer atmosphere. The café’s walls consist of poems by the most renowned writers not only from Ireland, but also from other countries.

Farmgate Café

Address: The English Market, Princes St, Centre, Cork, T12 NC8Y, Ireland

Website: Farmgate Café

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2. Market Lane

Posted by Market Lane on Wednesday, 9 August 2017

This restaurant in Oliver Plunkett Street is well-known for its unique combination of different ingredients from the English Market. You can try out a wide variety of fish, salads, meat, and sandwiches, all of which are not only delicious, but are also presented creatively. For dessert, you will surely love the marmalade and vanilla bread and butter pudding, early grey crème brulée with a citrus biscuit, and many more. Market Lane’s menu regularly changes, but one thing is for sure, it will give you an unforgettable dining experience. Savor the restaurant’s lively atmosphere while you enjoy your meal.

Market Lane

Address: 5-6 Oliver Plunkett St, Centre, Cork, Ireland

Website: Market Lane

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3. Café Paradiso

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Posted by Paradiso, Cork on Tuesday, 21 February 2017

If you’re looking for a delicious vegetarian dinner, then Café Paradiso in Lancaster Quay is where you should go. Each meat-free dish consists of ingredients from local farmers while the cooking and presentation are influenced by international styles. Some of the favorites here include chili glazed tofu, summer beans, honey roasted aubergine, deep fried squash flowers with ricotta-pea stuffing, and roast beetroot. There are also plenty of options when it comes to wines and desserts. Thanks to the intimate atmosphere, expect a relaxing dining experience all throughout. You can spend the night in one of the café’s three spacious bedrooms after enjoying your meal.

Café Paradiso

Address: 16 Lancaster Quay, Mardyke, Cork, Ireland

Website: Café Paradiso

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4. Ivory Tower

Posted by The Ivory Tower on Friday, 23 March 2012

Ivory Tower, which is on the first floor of the Exchange Buildings, offers the delicious culinary works of renowned chef Seamus O’Connell. Absorb the restaurant’s calm atmosphere and then, enjoy a wide variety of Asian, Irish, or Brazilian dishes. The menu changes every day, adding further excitement to your visit. Complete your dining experience with an equally delightful dessert. The restaurant opened in 1993, and it remains to be one of the most popular in the city.

Ivory Tower

Address: First Floor, The Exchange Buildings, 35 Princes St, Centre, Cork, Ireland

Website: Ivory Tower

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5. Liberty Grill

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Posted by Liberty Grill on Monday, 13 February 2017

Liberty Grill in Washington Street features a delightful New England-influenced menu. For brunch, you can enjoy a plate of eggs Benedict with French toast and coffee. If you visit during lunch or dinner, then you can choose from a wide selection of steaks or burgers. The Wild Boar Burger is one of the most famous dishes here. There are also plenty of vegetarian and seafood options, all of which are equally delicious. Another highlight of Liberty Grill is its charming bistro setting.

Liberty Grill

Address: 32 Washington St, Centre, Cork, Ireland

Website: Liberty Grill

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6. Electric

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Electric is located inside a building with an impressive Art Deco design. After marveling at the architecture, head inside to try out its wide selection of delectable dishes. You can try out the popular beef burger, slow roast short ribs, Angus beef sirloin steak, and many other meat specialties. The restaurant also offers different types of lovely seafood delicacies. Enjoy not only your meal, but the astounding views of St. Finbarr’s Cathedral and the River Lee as well. At night, you can have a drink at the bar while the DJ entertains you with good music.


Address: 41 South Mall, Centre, Cork City, Co. Cork, Ireland

Website: Electric

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7. Nash 19

Posted by Nash 19 on Thursday, 13 October 2016

Nash 19 in Princes Street has been welcoming locals and tourists for over 20 years now. Inside, you can enjoy its breakfast and lunch menu, which consists of local ingredients and spices from different countries. Apart from salads, sandwiches, and chicken and beef dishes, the restaurant also serves different types of delicious cakes and scones. You will certainly enjoy the desserts even more with a cup of tea. At back of Nash 19 is gallery housing the works of renowned Irish artists.

Nash 19

Address: 19 Princes St, Centre, Cork, T12 W718, Ireland

Website: Nash 19

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8. Jacques Restaurant

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Posted by Jacques Restaurant on Friday, 13 May 2011

Jacques Restaurant, which is also in located in Oliver Phuket Street, welcomes its visitors with a laid back atmosphere and a wide selection of tasty dishes. Come and have a bite of beef, lamb, fish, or cheese, all of which are cooked with fresh ingredients. If you want a complete dining experience, then make sure you try out one of the wines as well. The restaurant has been satisfying appetites for 36 years, and it shows no sign of slowing down.

Jacques Restaurant

Address: 23 Oliver Plunkett St, Centre, Cork, Ireland

Website: Jacques Restaurant

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9. Isaac's Restaurant

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Posted by Isaacs Restaurant Cork on Monday, 13 June 2016

Isaac’s Restaurant is housed in a stunning 18th-century building in MacCurtain Street, and it has been in business since 1992. After taking in the beauty of the place, enjoy its award-winning lunch or dinner menu, which changes twice a day. The dishes consist of ingredients from local sources, and they are served in a simple but elegant way. There’s also a wide variety of wines and desserts for you to try out. While you’re pleasing your taste buds, let the view of the Everyman Palace Theater amaze you.

Isaac's Restaurant

Address: 48 MacCurtain Street, Montenotte, Cork, Ireland

Website: Isaac’s Restaurant

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10. Quay Co-op

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Posted by Quay Co-op Vegetarian Restaurant and Wholefood Stores on Thursday, 9 March 2017

Considered the first vegetarian eatery in Cork, Quay Co-op has been open for over 30 years now. Head to the restaurant on the first floor of Quay Co-op to try out its wide selection of tasty dishes, all of which are gluten and meat-free. Each dish is not only delightful, but it’s served with creativity as well. The restaurant also has a lot of options when it comes to coffee, tea, and desserts. After a wonderful meal, you can buy or just check out the marvelous local artworks on the wall.

Quay Co-op

Address: 24 Sullivan’s Quay, Ballintemple, Cork, T12 X867, Ireland

Website: Quay Co-op

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Satisfy your appetite in Cork

Enjoy every bite, cherish the amazing atmosphere, and fall in love with the city even more. These places will definitely add another precious moment to your Cork trip. Start your dining adventure now.

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