Cork City is home to some terrific eateries, suiting all tastes and preferences. Whether you’re in the mood for a light lunchtime snack, a casual sit-down meal or you have a special occasion to celebrate, there are plenty of options. Here are some of our favourite restaurants in the city, so you won’t go hungry during your visit:
Five Flavoursome Cork Restaurants
The Glass Curtain
The Glass Curtain has taken the spot of the iconic Old Thompsons Bakery, which was once a huge part of the city’s identity. The bakery was so cherished by locals, who allegedly nicknamed it ‘The Glass Curtain’ due to its remarkably innovative glass walled architecture. This inspired the name of the restaurant which has since taken its place.
The building is now home to one of Cork’s most beloved contemporary restaurants, serving a range of delicious organic dishes in a relaxed and modern environment. Each meal is designed, cooked and seasoned with care, so you can sample the local flavours at their very best.
Cornstore originated 12 years ago in Limerick City, and has since graced the city of Cork with its two-floor restaurant. With a menu of organic seafood, grilled steaks and sourdough pizzas, the restaurant is perfect for a well-earned celebration or just a casual dining experience.
Offering an extensive menu of colourful cocktails, it’s the perfect spot to relax, enjoy a drink and soak up the bright and lively atmosphere. The warm and welcoming private dining room is perfect for group events, seating up to 35 people.
ORSO kitchen and bar serves an all-embracing menu of European and Mediterranean dishes, including light starters, seasonal main courses and deliciously sweet desserts and pastries. The restaurant sources its ingredients from local and artisan producers, creating succulent meat and seafood dishes, nutritious vegetarian options, and more.
The restaurant doubles as a café, with a brilliant team of qualified baristas, and even offers its very own barista classes. Head to ORSO during the day for a coffee and cake, or enjoy an evening meal with glass of wine or a fruity cocktail.
Jacobs on the Mall
Jacobs on the Mall is a unique dining experience, based in the building of Cork’s former Turkish Baths. This brilliantly vibrant restaurant offers a broad selection of food and drinks in a warm and inviting environment.
Using locally sourced products, the restaurant serves bright and flavoursome dishes to suit all tastes, from abundant sharing boards to top quality meat and fish dishes. To top it all off, Jacobs also offers an extensive vegetarian and vegan menu. This stylish bar and restaurant is a great spot to catch up with friends and family over a drink.
Paradiso restaurant is the ideal spot for vegetarians looking for a high-class dining experience. Serving a colourful menu of meat-free dishes, Paradiso is committed to offering top quality dishes made from seasonal local produce.
As one of Cork City’s most renowned restaurants, presentation is priority, from the interior design to each uniquely vibrant dish. You can relax in the intimate atmosphere while you enjoy a meal complemented by a glass of Paradiso’s finest wine. Enjoy a small plate and a flavoursome veggie main, followed by a delicious serving of something sweet.