A Guide to Local Independent Cafes and Restaurants in Cork City.

Idaho Café

Daytime Café

We are an owner operated daytime Café that is proudly “Vocal about Local”. We are adjudged to be the Best Café in Ireland in 2013, but are more concerned with making people happy! We source nearly all our ingredients from a 90km radius, we also grow our own herbs and vegetables. Idaho is located on the corner behind Brown Thomas and we are ready to welcome you!

Gallo & Galetti

Restaurant

Opened in May 2013,
Gallo & Galetti is casual, modern and family friendly Italian restaurant in Cork.
Located at High street Wilton, Bishopstown it is ideally situated across from Cork’s university hospital (CUH) and close to Wilton shopping centre.

The Crawford Gallery Café

Daytime Café and Restaurant

Situated at the entrance to one of Cork City’s cultural and historical landmarks, the ambience of the cafe is both informal and understated, yet redolent of an elegant urban bistro. From the ladies of Cork to trendy art students, business professionals, or tourists, the cafe offers something to everyone – a creative space in which to linger over coffee; the perfect spot for afternoon tea; or a lunch venue with a difference.

Elbow Lane

Brew and Smokehouse

Set in a handsome building at the end of Oliver Plunkett Street, this restaurant combines an in-house nano brewery – producing a range of all-natural craft beers – with a smokehouse serving exciting food and drinks. Open 7 nights a week.

Market Lane

Bar and Restaurant

Situated on Oliver Plunkett St in the heart of Cork city centre, Market Lane is a contemporary, quality family-friendly restaurant. The menu is widely varied and regularly-updated using seasonal and artisan products from The English Market where possible. With a full bar licence, comprehensive wine-list and great selection of non-alcoholic beverages, it is known for providing great local food and friendly service always.

Orso

Kitchen and Bar

Neatly slotted into the busy mix of Pembroke Street, just alongside the GPO in Cork city centre, Orso is a smart, compact and friendly city eatery. Feast your eyes on the freshly prepared fare displayed through the glass-fronted entrance – all food on their menu can be eaten in-house or packed to go. You can also pre-order online for immediate collection, or at a time that suits you. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday.

Paradiso

Restaurant

Paradiso is a longstanding icon of the Cork food scene – 25 years in 2018 – that sources local vegetables to create a unique, flavour-driven vegetarian cuisine. The food is matched by a carefully curated wine list, with all wines available in a four measures …

The Castle Cafe

Restaurant

Nestled alongside the historic Blackrock Castle Observatory, just minutes from Cork city centre, the Castle Cafe is a stylish, modern, family-friendly restaurant. The restaurant also boasts an attractive outdoor terrace. Serving Brunch, Lunch and Dinner, and with a full bar and wine licence, all food is homemade using local, seasonal and artisan products where possible. Thin-crust pizza and flatbreads are also available. Free wi-fi. Open 7 days.

Liberty Grill

Restaurant

Simply serving Brunch, Lunch and Dinner…
using only the freshest ingredients, locally-sourced with seasonal highlights.

Les Gourmandises

Fine French Dining

Over the last 17 years, Pat Kiely chef owner has been cooking good hearty French food by using the finest local products.
The Dining room is spacious and comfortable. If you are a wine lover, we are too. Soizic, restaurant owner has selected lovely wines by the glass from independent small wine producers.

Dashi Deli

Sushi & Noodle Bar

We create traditional and Dashi Style Sushi. From our simple rolls, to our more extravagant rolls, anything is possible in Dashi!
We have our own take on various Asian cuisines. The pick & mix sushi selection, platter deals, party platters of sushi and tasty noodles/rice dishes, ramen, weekly specials prove to be very popular. Every other week we have a new or returning sushi special rolls and a weekly changing menu for our Pan Asian Food

Farmgate Café

English Market

Eat where the locals eat…right in the heart of Cork city, in Ireland’s oldest most historic covered food market: enjoy a glass of Longueville Cider or Rebel Red Ale with a plate of market Corned Beef and East Cork jacket potatoes ‘skin ’n all’…or maybe a feed of Tripe and Onions, with Drisheen if you dare…and watch the hustle and bustle of market life drift by from the piano balcony. AA Gill did.

Chef Sessions

every six weeks at ORSO

Once every 6 weeks, ORSO Kitchen and Bar hosts a special night of exciting food with wine & beer pairings. The night showcases new methods, ingredients and cooking styles that chefs across four restaurants have been experimenting with.
The next event is on Monday 05 March 2018 Info and tickets

Miyazaki

Japanese Take Away Restaurant

Miyazaki Japanese Take Away Restaurant brings you the real flavours of Japan. A unique experience in Cork, this beautiful and tiny takeaway (there are no more than half a dozen stools for eat-in customers), attracts great acclaim for both the quality and variety of its food. Open lunchtime and evenings, Tue–Sun.

Jacques

Restaurant and Tapas Bar

Cafe / Lunch (10:00–5:30): Serving all cakes / pastries baked in house. Lunch, Pies, Tarts, Fresh Fish, Soups & Sandwiches…
5:30–10:00 pm: Tapas /Small Plates in Bar & A La Carte in Restaurant. Serving simple, fresh Cork food, bursting with flavour in a friendly relaxed atmosphere using Local Suppliers

Sites we like

Stitch And Bear

Food blog which includes many reviews of Cork restaurants

Cork Billy

A blog of restaurants and food in Cork by Billy Lyons

Discover Ireland - Cork

Failte Ireland tourist information site

Cork Past and Present

A site by Cork City Libraries on the history, genealogy and culture of Cork.