Our epicurean tour starts on the banks of the River Lee that flows through the heart of Cork City. Book in for a sumptuous meal at The River Club in The River Lee Hotel and really treat yourself. Try some local delights and order up the English Market tasting board or the Ballycotton seafood chowder, served with a tasty slice of Guinness brown bread.
While you're here make time for a pre-dinner drink at the River Club’s Bar & Terrace. Mediterranean inspired, this fern lined bar is soaked in natural light and the perfect place to sip on a cocktail after a long day in the city. The heated terrace is balmy year round and offers up stunning river views. Our pick is a Cloud Nine, a refreshing combo of gin, cherry and lemon, delicious with hickory-smoked almonds.
Sit on one of the nicest patios in Cork at the Good Day Deli in Nano Nagle Place. Listen to birds sing from the treetops as you tuck into a yummy breakfast of summer berry pancakes, made with sustainable foods. The spiced carrot fritters are the highlight of the lunch menu. Served with beetroot hummus, coconut yoghurt and onion pickle, this is the perfect summer meal.
The staff at Good Day Deli have a strong focus on protecting culture, heritage and the environment and they champion these through thoughtfully selected ingredients and displaying local artwork. Diners are encouraged to visit Nano Nagle Place afterwards and learn about one of Cork’s most beloved people.
Making up part of the famous Flying Enterprise Complex, The Courtyard on Sober Lane is one of the best places to eat in Cork when the sun is shining. This outdoor space has a buzzing atmosphere as servers bring course after course of crowd pleasing dishes like mighty sirloin steaks, pizzas hot from the oven and decadent desserts that please even the sweetest of tooths.
We mightn’t be able to go see our favourite teams play at the moment, but with Cork’s largest outdoor TV, you’ll feel like you’re actually there. As the sun sets on this incredible city, parasols pop up and outdoor heaters turn on, making The Courtyard an ideal place for catch ups that run late into the evening.
Corkonians have embraced outdoor dining with open arms and there’s no better place to experience it than on the recently pedestrianised Princes Street in the city centre. Cork City has created a truly special outdoor dining setting that rivals anywhere else.
Clancy’s Bar and Restaurant is a great spot to grab a table on Princes Street. Serving from 9am through to late night, the kitchen at Clancy’s focus on using fresh ingredients to put a twist on classic menu favourites. Try the fried chicken burger or tuna focaccia and don’t forget about the crispy calamari made with West Cork squid. Find a seat on Princes Street or call ahead and get one of the coveted spots on the rooftop terrace.
Find one of the best beer gardens in Cork, if not the country, on the edge of the River Lee. Take a short cycle from the city to dine at The Anglers in Carrigrohane. The pub has been here for over 200 years and in that time, it's gone from being a safe house during the War of Independence to a destination venue serving magnificent food in an unbeatable setting.
There’s no end to the delicious meals here with their varied breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. People rave about the turkey ballotine with sausage meat and chestnut stuffing and the soy and red cabbage cured salmon. After your meal, check out the Whiskey Bar and unwind under the marquee by the water’s edge.
Mexican food is the perfect cuisine to enjoy on a beautiful, sunny day in Cork and Tequila Jack's on Lapp's Quay is a firm local's favourite. Much loved for their fresh bowls of flavour packed guacamole, traditional servings of fish tacos and sensational Tex-Mex plates of nachos and Buffalo chicken wings, you'll find yourself ordering seconds. Pick a drink to go with your meal and let the expert staff talk you through their four types of margaritas.
Relax in your slice of Mexico under leafy trees on Tequila Jack's outdoor dining area, or spoil yourself and book a table at Dine at Dome. These six seater tables are covered by a dome creating a unique and private dining experience - ideal for an atmospheric and unforgettable meal out in Cork City.
Focusing on seasonal ingredients and using them in bold and creative ways, Orso Kitchen and Bar stands out in the Cork foodie scene as one of the most inventive places to eat. Get the bean tagine and the spiced beef kaftas for the table for lunch, they’re almost too good to share.
Unwind afterwards on their covered patio on Pembroke Street with an expertly made latte and freshly baked treat. Drop by anytime from 9am to 3pm during the week, or book in for an evening meal Thursday through to Saturday.
Opening up shop in an old antique dealers has allowed the team at Cask to create an unforgettable and picture perfect meal out in Cork City. The eye catching tiled floor and beautiful decorations as you make your way to the outdoor dining area are just a taste of what’s to come.
The real star of the show is the section of tables overlooking the waterfall in the courtyard. Perfect for a light lunch with friends or a romantic evening out, the menu here covers everything from tasty tapas to main courses crafted by award winning chefs.
When it comes to food trends, bao buns are a big deal and Electric on South Mall make some of the best in Cork City. Walk by and nab a table by the river to try this brilliant Asian dish and order a side of salty edamame beans to go with them. Best known for their cocktails, the staff at Electric whip up wonderful creations that work brilliantly on their own or paired with a dessert – the wasabi cheesecake steals the show here. Electric don’t take bookings so walk by from 3pm to 11.30pm Wednesday to Saturday to nab a table.
Serving wood fired pizza with a craft beer is a tried and tested practice that Franciscan Well Brewery have perfected in Cork’s North Mall. Reserve a table in their covered outdoor dining area bursting with bright flowers and enjoy the latest flavours and creations. With a core range of traditional beers like the Chieftain IPA and Frier Weisse to specials that use intriguing ingredients like coffee and clementine, there’s something here for every beer lover.