‘Food glorious food’… a saying best known from the musical Oliver, but also refers to what is served in the restaurants of Cork. Cork is a city of winding streets and delicious eateries. It is a food haven to suit all age groups and tastes.
From coastal haunts serving fresh fish, city eateries serving ethnic delights, traditional restaurants serving the best of Irish food and markets serving sweet and savoury treats, there is no place like Cork. Beautiful restaurants line the city streets and coastal roads.
It is hard to know where to begin when it comes to the sheer number of world class eateries and organic food options in the region; it truly is Ireland’s food capital. The city is renowned for its thriving number of artisan food producers and organic suppliers.
The biggest problem that visitors have is choice….where do I start? Where do I go?
This is where we, your ACET Team, can try to help you.
From cheap eats to pricey treats we believe that our city has something for everyone. No matter what your budget is you can enjoy an ‘eating tour’ of our city.
Let’s start with some delicious choices on a low budget, followed by reasonably priced eateries and finally we’ll finish with the pricier fine dining options. Please remember that there are many, many places in Cork but the following are a pick of the ones the ACET team have tried, tested and would recommend.
As Cork has such wonderful food you have a great variety of places to eat on a low budget. Below are some of the options that we have tried.
O’Flynns Gourmet Sausage Stand in the English Market where they serve a variety of tasty sausages including beef, pork, vegetarian and venison. Prices are approximately €5.
Jackie Lennox’s Chip Shop on MacCurtain Street & Bandon Rd. This is good for fresh fish and homemade chips. The portions are big and the prices are low. A visit is a must!!
Dashi Deli is a small sushi & noodle bar where prices begin as low as 50c. The food is both tasty and healthy.
The Long Valley on Winthrop Street is a great option for freshly made sandwiches. Prices are approximately €5. Traditional warm corned beef is one of the specialities and should not be missed. You will leave with a very full & satisfied tummy.
NOT TOO EXPENSIVE:
These mid price restaurants offer good value and excellent quality restaurants. You are in for a treat if you visit them.
Isaccs on MacCurtain Street is a beautiful restaurant with lunch options from €12 – €20. You can sit by the window and watch the world go by.
Orso Kitchen & Bar on Pembroke Street has delicious, hearty food at a good price. Their flavours are both fresh and vibrant. Their dishes are perfect for sharing.
If you fancy a bit of spice you can try Banna Thai on Maylor Street where there is a host of Thai treats on offer.
Scoozie’s on Winthrop Avenue has something for everyone at a decent price. It is fun and cool with delicious food and generous portions.
Market Lane on Oliver Plunkett Street is a wonderful choice. The restaurant offers a wide range of fish, salads, meat, game and sandwiches.
Other places to mention are Cafe Mexicana, Gourmet Burger, Cafe Bar Deli, Luigi Malone, Amicus and many more.
This section goes through the more expensive venues for dining in Cork. Once again there are many options but these are the ones the ACET Team have tried and would recommend.
Fenns Quay Restaurant is a beautiful option with a philosophy of using only the best produce from the best local suppliers and treating these products with care and attention to detail. It shows. This place is a real treat.
Jacobs on the Mall in the heart of the Financial District is a contemporary style restaurant serving European food with an emphasis on locally sourced free range and organic produce. Artists often exhibit on the walls of the restaurant so if you are lucky you can dine and browse through art pieces at the same time.
Star Anise on Bridge Street serves simple, honest food and works on offering maximum taste and quality of local ingredients. It is a cosy, intimate choice with mouth-watering food.
Greens on MacCurtain Street is set back off the road with its very own waterfall! The surrounding are perfect both inside and out. The range of food is good and the flavours are complimentary yet distinct.
Les Gourmandise on Cook Street is a fabulous restaurant known for using the best French and locally sourced produce. It is French dining at the highest standards.
If there is nothing to tantalise your taste buds in those suggestions fear not….there are many, many more places to eat in our city and county. Our winding city streets filled with restaurants were made to be explored, as are the coastal towns such as Kinsale & Crosshaven. Around every corner in Cork is another culinary surprise. As George Bernard Shaw said, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”