By Niamh Wallace
Co. Cork is home to some of Ireland’s finest dining experience, combining rustic culinary concepts from the west coast with the growing metropolitan feel of Cork city. These restaurants in Cork are 5 star, often Michelin awarded, unique dining experiences of Ireland that are perfect for any special occasion to suit all culinary palettes. Try something new and experience the finest dining Ireland has to offer!
Orchid’s Restaurant - Cork City, Co. Cork
This Michelin star spot at Hayfield House in Cork is renowned for its combination of traditional decor and contemporary cuisine. The country house setting is a perfect base for an elegant restaurant, and overlooking the private gardens is the ideal way to sample their afternoon tea. The menu is devised by Executive Head Chef Mark Staples and his team of experts, and focuses on Irish cuisine using the freshest local ingredients. The ambience is undeniable, with soft candlelight creating the perfect cosy corners for great conversation while sipping a pre-dinner aperitif, in anticipation of an unforgettable meal to follow. Al fresco dining can be enjoyed in the summer months, making full use of the atmospheric Hayfield House.
Jacques’ Restaurant - Cork City, Co. Cork
Jacques’ is the intersection of Irish and French dining experiences, and the longest established restaurant in Cork. The owners have created a unique blend of Mediterranean culture with the personable aspects that characterise Cork hospitality. Here you can find a traditional menu with creative twists, using flavours from Europe, Asia, South America and more, depending on the newest inspirations of the owners. They are constantly updating their menu to bring their guests new flavours and ideas, always using local produce and pairing with wines sourced from Cork. Jacques is beloved by locals and visitors alike, worth a visit to be a part of the culinary conversation.
Greenes Restaurant - Cork City, Co. Cork
Greenes is another Michelin star restaurant in Cork, based in the historic centre of the city. Greenes ambience is greatly enhanced by their waterfall feature, and the decor serves to soothe the psyches of their guests by blending the historic exposed brick with refined furnishings in a mixture of rustic and jewel tones. Outside seating is lantern lit, and has the effect of a city woodland refuge. Their menu is created by Head Chef Bryan McCarthy, who was awarded Best Chef in Cork 2015. Menus at Greenes are seasonal, with a focus on simplicity with local west coast produce the shining star. Expect seafood chowders, tender lamb and pork dishes, and vegetarian/vegan options that are full of flavour. Seasonal cocktails can be enjoyed here, such as Cask Autumn Punch and a Crab Apple Margarita, or stay traditional by trying the Sommelier's wine recommendations. Greene's is an unforgettable culinary experience, and a must visit in Cork for fine dining in the city.