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Cafe Paradiso

Cafés   0.73 miles from Cork City Gaol 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Since he opened Café Paradiso in 1993, County Cork-born chef Denis Cotter has been on a mission to attract omnivorous diners by doing away with what he calls the “penitential” reputation... — Afar Magazine

Legendary vegetarian restaurant. Friendly service in an ever-crowded space. . — Insight Guides

Stylish little restaurant with a grey and green colour scheme, friendly service and intimate atmosphere. — Michelin Guide

The Mediterranean–Eastern fusion-style food here is so tasty that even dedicated meat eaters forget that it's vegetarian. — Fodor's

A contender for best restaurant in town in any genre, Paradiso serves contemporary vegetarian dishes, including vegan fare. — Lonely Planet

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Fenn's Quay Restaurant

  0.83 miles from Cork City Gaol 73 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Modest little bistro with whitewashed brick walls, closely set tables and a loyal following. Simple, flavoursome cooking offers light lunches and more substantial dishes at dinner; pop in... — Michelin Guide

This tiny city-center restaurant, on the ground floor of a 250-year-old Georgian house, is always buzzing with a faithful local clientele—legal eagles from the nearby courthouse at lunch,... — Fodor's

From breakfast (Rosscarbery black pudding with smoked Gubbeen cheese on home-baked toast) to lunch (spiced beef and pickle sandwiches or fresh fish platters) to dinner (collar of bacon... — Lonely Planet

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Liberty Grill

  0.9 miles from Cork City Gaol 70 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's a burger joint with a difference—all the food is freshly prepared and locally sourced, the classic burger really tastes of beef, and there are also lamb, crab, and tuna varieties. — Fodor's

The Liberty Grill is popular for its locally sourced menu of crowd pleasers, such as traditional breakfasts, burgers, sandwiches, salads and slightly more ambitious dinner fare. — Lonely Planet

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Strasbourg Goose

  1.07 miles from Cork City Gaol 70 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Excellent food, although the French accent is illusory: prime Irish sirloin?. — Lonely Planet

Tucked away in a pedestrian alley, this is the kind of personable restaurant you dream of finding on vacation and turning into a culinary home away from home. It's cheerful, bustling,... — Fodor's

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Les Gourmandises

  1.19 miles from Cork City Gaol 73 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Remember those beautiful fresh fish you saw in the English Market? Many of them end up at this cute little restaurant which will remind you of that perfect place you stumbled across in... — Lonely Planet

Pat's training with Marco Pierre White, John Burton Race, and Patrick Guilbaud shows in his mastery of a robust modern French repertoire. — Fodor's

Well-run restaurant with a spacious, high-ceilinged dining room that was formerly a Turkish bath. — Michelin Guide

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The Long Valley Bar

  1.22 miles from Cork City Gaol 67 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The friendly, old Long Valley pub, popular with artists, writers, students, and eccentrics, serves tea, coffee, pints, and sandwiches. — Fodor's

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Jacques

  1.25 miles from Cork City Gaol 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The freshest Cork food cooked simply. — Lonely Planet

Food is always sourced from local artisanal producers, and chef Jacques's cooking allows the flavor to shine through. — Fodor's

Personally run restaurant with a cosy, intimate feel; hidden away in the centre of town. Seasonal, Irish-inspired menu: honest regional cooking uses quality local ingredients and has... — Michelin Guide

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Market Lane

  1.32 miles from Cork City Gaol 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It’s always hopping at this bright corner bistro. The menu is broad and hearty, changing to reflect what’s fresh at the English Market. — Lonely Planet

Most ingredients come from the renowned English Market, for a menu (on no-frills paper table mats) that is mainly contemporary Irish, majoring on comfort food. — Fodor's

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Farmgate

  13.96 miles from Cork City Gaol 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

I visited The English Market in Cork a day before Christmas. The timing amped up the energy at this beloved covered market to a festive level that felt crushing as I tried to navigate my... — Afar Magazine

One of the best—and busiest—informal lunch spots in town is on a terraced gallery above the fountain at the Princes Street entrance to the atmospheric English Market. All ingredients used... — Fodor's

An unmissable experience at the heart of the English Market, the Farmgate is perched on a balcony overlooking the market below. — Lonely Planet

Popular, long-standing eatery above a bustling 200 year old market; turn right for self-service or left for the bistro. — Michelin Guide

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The Heron's Cove Restaurant

  58.84 miles from Cork City Gaol 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It’s all about the bounty of the sea at this laid back restaurant about 15km (9 miles) from Mizen Head. All the seafood is caught on the West Cork coastline; expect Bantry Bay salmon,... — Frommer's

Although only minutes from Goleen's village center, this harborside retreat is a peaceable kingdom—expect to see herons outside the window. — Fodor's

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