County Cork Restaurants

County Cork, home of the famous Slow Food Ireland movement, has become Ireland's top foodie destination. The mecca: Ballymaloe House, where Myrtle Allen pioneered New Irish cuisine and her daughter-in-law, the celebrated cookery author Darina Allen, learned her trade. Adventurous, well-traveled chefs throughout County Cork make
County Cork, home of the famous Slow Food Ireland movement, has become Ireland's top foodie destination. The mecca: Ballymaloe House, where Myrtle Allen pioneered New Irish cuisine and her daughter-in-law, the celebrated cookery author Darina Allen, learned her trade. A
County Cork, home of the famous Slow Food Ireland movement, has become Ireland's top foodie destination. The mecca: Ball

County Cork, home of the famous Slow Food Ireland movement, has become Ireland's top foodie destination. The mecca: Ballymaloe House, where Myrtle Allen pioneered New Irish cuisine and her daughter-in-law, the celebrated cookery author Darina Allen, learned her trade. Adventurous, well-traveled chefs throughout County Cork make the most of the first-rate local specialties: succulent beef and lamb, game in the winter, fresh seafood, and farmhouse cheeses. The best restaurants are not all in towns: even tiny villages might boast a gastropub.

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  • 1. Finns' Table

    $$$$ | Contemporary

    Since opening in 2013, Finns' has become Kinsale's undisputed crown jewel of fine dining and one of the very best examples of its front-parlor...Read More

  • 2. Flemings Restaurant

    $$$ | Tivoli | French

    On a hillside overlooking the river on the eastern edge of the city, this restaurant is in a stately Georgian house with extensive grounds,...Read More

  • 3. Mary Ann's

    $$ | European

    Irish writer Edna O'Brien calls this low-beamed pub—one of Ireland's oldest—her favorite in the world. Visitors mingle happily with the few...Read More

  • 4. Bastion

    $$$ | Contemporary

    Prosecco on tap sets the tone for fun at this wine bar and restaurant in the heart of Kinsale. There's a bar in the funky front parlor, along...Read More

  • 5. Blairs Inn

    $ | European

    Surrounded by woods just five minutes' drive from Blarney, Blair's Innis the perfect retreat from Blarney's tour-bus crowds. This is a real...Read More

  • 6. Farmgate Café

    $ | City Center South | Irish

    One of the best—and busiest—informal lunch spots in town is on a terraced gallery above the fountain at the Princes Street entrance to the...Read More

  • 7. Heron's Cove

    $$$ | Seafood

    Although only minutes by foot from the main road and Goleen's village center, this harborside retreat is a peaceable kingdom—expect to see herons...Read More

  • 8. Jim Edwards

    $$ | European

    One of Ireland's original bar-restaurants, this is a Kinsale institution that serves local steak, lamb, duck, and fresh seafood. Choose from...Read More

  • 9. L'Atitude 51 Wine Cafe

    $ | South Docklands | European

    Formerly a pub, this informal riverside venue is now a sunny wine and tapas bar with large, often shared tables, where an imaginative selection...Read More

  • 10. Liberty Grill Restaurant

    $ | Washington Village | American

    This busy eaterie with a plain decor–-black leather banquettes, plain white walls, and a wood-plank floor–-is popular with families. It may...Read More

  • 11. Max's

    $$$ | French

    Polished antique tables, a large stone chimney, and bay windows lend considerable charm to the open-plan ground floor of this double-fronted...Read More

  • 12. O'Connors Seafood Restaurant

    $$ | Seafood

    On Bantry's main square, this restaurant is a stone's throw from the sea that provides for the bulk of its menu. The chef has a way with fish...Read More

  • 13. Strasbourg Goose Restaurant

    $ | City Center South | Irish

    Tucked away in a pedestrian alley, this is the kind of personable restaurant you dream of finding on vacation and turning into a culinary home...Read More

  • 14. The Pink Elephant

    $ | European

    The legendary Pink Elephant looks out to sea and across the bay to wooded slopes. Huge windows frame the stunning view, and in good weather...Read More

  • 15. Crackpots

    $ | Eclectic

    A grocery store was transformed into Carole Norman's "ceramic café," a simple but elegant eatery with warm yellow walls, an open fireplace,...Read More

  • 16. Good Things @ Dillon's Corner

    $$ | Contemporary

    Owner-chef Carmel Somers trained in Paris and London, and is noted for her simple, fresh food. She also runs a cooking school here, and writes...Read More

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