Top 5 best restaurants in Cork that foodies LOVE, revealed

From succulent steaks to hearty veggie options, Ireland’s culinary capital truly does have it all…

Read on to discover the top five best restaurants in Cork you need to visit.

When I was growing up a staple meal in Ireland was either a bowl of stew or a plate of bacon and cabbage, with a bit of Donegal Catch on a Friday.

To even suggest you might turn vegetarian (vegan wasn’t even a thing!) was enough to get a look only an Irish mother can give and told to “eat your dinner!”

How things have changed for the better. No more lumpy mash and watery veg for us. With organic ingredients from our lush green fields, some of the best farmers on the planet and creative flair from Ireland’s finest chefs, we have become a nation of food lovers.

And where better to try out some of the countries most mouthwatering dishes than Cork? A city crammed with quality restaurants and warm welcomes, this wasn’t an easy list to compile. Still, here are our top five restaurants in Cork for foodies. Bon Appetite!

5. Jacques – for tasty tapas and an unrivalled atmosphere

Jacques offers a creative menu of tasty tapas and exquisite wine.

If ambience is high on your agenda Jacques will tick the box. It is an ideal spot for foodies to gather around a plateful of tasty tapas and a bottle of house white.

Lunch is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the variety of delicious food products this city has to offer. From traditional ham to spiced rhubarb, the menu offers a vast range of tempting options. Dinner is equally delectable with the fresh fish served delightfully simple.

Set in a prime location to take in the city at its best Jacques is a super restaurant to catch up with friends, share food, and watch the world go by.

Address23 Oliver Plunkett St, Centre, Cork, Ireland

4. Market Lane – sourcing ingredients from the local market

Market Lane is one of the best restaurants in Cork, known for its delicious menu that focuses on ingredients sourced from the local English Market.
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The English Market in Cork City is arguably the best roofed food market in Ireland and Britain. It is a historical hub heaving with traders of the finest local produce and freshest ingredients.

So, a restaurant that uses it as the main source for their menu is going to be up there with the best of them.

Market Lane is a busy spot on Oliver Plunkett Street in the heart of the community. It is a great meeting point and I would say the perfect place for visitors to kick-start a weekend in Cork.

The three-course early bird option is delicious, not to mention a lunch offer starting at an amazing 12 Euros. (You won’t find anything as tasty for 12 Euros in Ireland!) Kind to not only your wallet but your waistline too, a bit of downtime at this restaurant is a must.

Address5-6 Oliver Plunkett St, Centre, Cork, T12 T959, Ireland

3. Café Paradiso – a paradise for vegetarians

Café Paradiso is an absolute must-visit for vegetarians in the city.
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This heavenly vegetarian restaurant is a perfect example of how far we have travelled down the culinary road in Ireland. Nibbles on arrival really get the taste buds going before choosing from a menu bursting with deliciousness to suit any pallet.

The couscous cake with lemon chickpeas is to die for and the wine compliments the food perfectly. Those with a sweet tooth will be in Paradise when they sample what is on offer for dessert.

The founder of Café Paradiso, Denis Cotter, is the author of four award-winning cookbooks so you can continue your journey at home. Paradiso Seasons strongly reflects the restaurant’s creative use of seasonal vegetables …. a great addition to any food lovers kitchen!

Address16 Lancaster Quay, Mardyke, Cork, Ireland

2. Greenes – for fine-dining in the heart of the city

Greenes is an exquisite fine-dining restaurant in the heart of Cork City.
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Nothing less than a foodie’s paradise! Greene’s is delectable in both menu and location. Every course is uniquely presented, taking you on a journey of gastronomic discovery.

From a pleasantly affordable early bird option to an extravagant nine-course degustation menu there is something to suit every pocket. Where classic favourites are fused with modern melodies of flavours, you will be spoilt for choice.

Their menu features a range of carefully-crafted dishes made using the very best locally-sourced ingredients.
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Set in the Victorian Quarter of the city centre, you can enjoy your meal al fresco by the calming waterfall or stay inside the bright restaurant. Either way, an evening at Greene is more than just fine dining … it is an experience to savour.

AddressGreenes Restaurant, 48 MacCurtain Street, Cork City, Co. Cork, Ireland

1. Cornstore Cork – one of the very best restaurants in Cork

Cornstore Cork tops our list of the best restaurants in Cork you need to visit.
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Touted by many as one of the best restaurants in Cork, Cornstore simply needs to be on your bucket list when it comes to dining out in Ireland’s culinary capital.

An elegant and upscale bar and restaurant specialising in locally-sourced seafood and steaks, alongside award-winning infused cocktails, this is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic date night or a catch-up with friends.

They offer a casual, warm, and lively dining experience, where everyone is made to feel welcome. So, it comes as no surprise that Cornstore has enjoyed over a decade of success in the city already.

Address41-43 Cornmarket St, Centre, Cork, T12 R886, Ireland

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