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. Fishy Fishy Café

    $$$ | Seafood

    Originally a café in a fish shop, this place has moved up in the world, with sumptuous two-story premises in the town park. TV chef Martin Shanahan...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Greenes Restaurant

    $$$ | City Center North | Fusion

    Tucked away on a cobbled patio, this surprising haven is part of a Victorian warehouse conversion that houses Hotel Isaacs. Stone and redbrick...Read More

  • 5. Jacques

    $$$ | City Center South | European

    Tucked away near the GPO is one of Cork's favorite restaurants approached through a carefully lighted, curved Art Deco–style bar, that combines...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. The Bulman Bar and Toddies

    $ | Contemporary

    Kinsale has other pub-restaurants, but none with such an idyllic waterside location. In summer, bar food is served on the big stone quay right...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Elbow Lane Brew and Smoke House

    $$ | City Center South | Irish

    The small, dark, L-shape room (hence the name) on the ground floor of a handsome town house is dominated by a blue-tiled chimney with a wood...Read More

  • 11. Gilbert's Bistro in the Square

    $$ | Contemporary

    Just below Cobh's cathedral, a short step from the waterfront, this handsome cut-stone house dates to 1824. Locals can be seen lingering over...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Isaacs

    $ | City Center North | Contemporary

    Cross Patrick's Bridge to the River Lee's north side and turn right to reach this large, atmospheric brasserie in a converted 18th-century warehouse...Read More

  • 14. Island Cottage

    $$$$ | European

    On Heir Island—a four-minute ferry ride—this unlikely venture is a pilgrimage spot for food lovers, who praise the high standard of cooking...Read More

  • 15. Ivory Tower

    $$$$ | Washington Village | Contemporary

    Don't be put off by the seedy-looking street entrance to this second-floor restaurant: Seamus O'Connell, the American-born owner-chef here,...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Market Lane Restaurant & Bar

    $ | City Center South | Irish

    All that remains of this building's former identity as a pub is the long mahogany bar; today, it is a bustling bistro-style restaurant serving...Read More

  • 20. 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

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