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The Oyster Tavern, Cork, Co. Cork

The Oyster Tavern

4.6
4.6
199 Reviews
€31 to €50
Irish

Welcome to the Oyster Tavern! We were delighted to have restored and reopened this historic venue in August 2017.
The venue now comprises two floors, with a relaxed traditional feel bar on the ground floor, and a beautifully designed upstairs Restaurant& Bar, perfect for dining and social sips.
We are located at the Market Lane entrance to the world-famous English Market.
Our kitchen team walks through the English Market on a daily basis sourcing ingredients for our casual dining menu.
A 10% Discretionary service charge will be added to parties of 6 or more.

We can’t wait to welcome you soon!

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Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 12:00–00:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–01:00 Sun 12:00–23:30

  • Phone number

    083 029 3197

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Chris Curtin

  • Private party facilities

    Please enquire about private events, larger parties, weddings etc at the Oyster Tavern. We would be delighted to discuss your requirements and find a way to make your event come to life.

  • Area

    Cork City

  • Cross Street

    Market Lane is off Patrick Street, beside Lifestyle Sports

  • Parking Details

    Pay by hour off street parking nearby

  • Public Transit

    Served well by all bus routes in city

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 199 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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    Fit for Foodies

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    Vibrant Bar Scene

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    Best Overall

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    Best Service

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    Best Ambience

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you all for a fantastic Birthday 🥳 I really appreciate it.See you all soon 🙏🥰

  2. CC

    ChrisC

    Dublin

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience1

    We arrived at 7.00 as booked.....as you can gather and only reason we choose this restaurant.....Oysters....we were told that they had run out...fish n chip ....run out....not the start i was hoping for. Chef can recommend you get a grip of your kitchen odering....tourist season in full swig now. The reason we were told that the Oysters had run out is because someone at lunchtime had ordered 36...really bad kitchen management...No fish n chip...sorry English Market closed...i get buy local and fresh...buy more it wont be in a poor condition on Monday .... Very disappointing

    The Oyster TavernResponded 3 days ago

    Dear Chris Im terribly sorry that you were disappointed and I do understand where you are coming from. However on the Saturday before your visit which was the last day on which we can get fresh shell fish deliveries we ordered an excess of what we expected to sell. We sold much more than expected on saturday and hence why we ran short. I understand the disappointment but will always err on the side of freshness with Fish and Shell fish particularly as we are closed Mon & Tues Regards Ian F

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food and atmosphere

  4. KC

    KatherineC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Friendly attentive staff, delicious food which arrived very quickly, very reasonably priced, not a fan of the music but that's an age thing!!

  5. D

    Derand

    Österreich

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Service a little slow, however the food is delicious, best burger I ever had, amazing fresh prawns in the lightest of batter, yummie mussels and fantastic fish - cooked just right - flaky melt in the mouth lovely ligjt crispy batter. The restaurant is very nice and the staff we're very friendly.

  6. CF

    CormacF

    Cork

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Can't believe it's only been my first time here. The food was outstanding 👌. The service was amazing 👏. The cocktails are delicious. Will definitely be going back.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambiance and the staff are amazing 🤩

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic staff extremely helpful and of course chefs doing an amazing job with the food 🥘

  9. SM

    SiobhanM

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely helpful staff. Food was great and reasonable price. Would return, had a lovely experience

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another fantastic day with my favourite peeps thank you 🙏 see you tomorrow 💕

  11. AB

    AnnmarieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great atmosphere and fantastic staff. Always a memorable experience for the right reasons.

  12. C

    Caleb

    France

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great brunch option! We had the eggs Benedict which I would highly recommend, eggs florentine which was great & the avocado toast. Too much hollandaise sauce on the avocado toast however was disappointing.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, oysters were giant and delicious. The staff are super friendly.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great staff and had a fantastic meal gnocchi….delicious

  15. TB

    TynanB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My GF and I really enjoyed our night at The Oyster Tavern. Our hostess pleasantly guided us to our table, our waiter and the gentlemen who brought the food were very nice too. Our waiter noticed we were trying to take a photo and offered to take our photo which was very nice. They cleaned our table between courses. The food was amazing, even more so when you factor in that it's very affordable. We had the crispy tofu appetizer (which was almost a meal in itself), the fish and chips, vegetable tart and the panna cotta for dessert. All 4 we're fantastic. If I was a local I would be coming here 2-3 times a month. Highly recommend going at least once! You won't be disappointed.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another amazing evening thank you 🙏

  17. DW

    DinnerWithColleagues

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Had a great time and would recommend this restaurant to others. Didn't feel as pubish as most other locations in Cork which can be good or bad depending on what you are looking for. Had the oysters to start followed by the seafood special that had tiny clams, mussels and fish. Worth a stop here and easy to make a reservation on OpenTable. I don't like that they required a credit card for reservations and were totally slow when we arrived and throughout our dinner.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Get the prince peach it’s amazing.

  19. KS

    KristyS

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a wonderful meal! Not only did we have excellent food, but also superb service. I highly recommend the seafood chowder. It is, by far, the best I have ever had.

  20. LB

    LaneyB

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food, amazing service and lovely ambiance!

  21. MG

    MaryG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely venue....great food....very good value for money....fab cocktails and really great service....highly recommend

  22. M

    Maxi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and lovely atmosphere in the Garden Room The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful always on hand to answer any questions.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great time thanks all for a fantastic service

  24. EA

    EvelynA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, especially the scampi and monkfish. Excellent service and great ambience. Will definitely be back!

  25. TM

    TrudyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Lovely tavern. Food always good although could be more generous with the duck in duck salad. Chowder excellent. Great fries. Fantastic service. Lovely staff.

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 23 April 2022

    Dear TrudyM I will certainly pass your feedback onto the kitchen and thanks for taking the time to post your review Regards Ian F Gm

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As usual fantastic service and staff

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 23 April 2022

    Thank you so much Regards Ian F Gm

  27. V

    Valg

    Cork

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing staff amazing food . Ambiance was perfect. Great chilled vibe . Already booked to celebrate my 50th birthday

  28. NC

    NicoleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Our experience in The Oyster was fantastic. Very friendly añd efficient service, beautiful food with stylish presentation and big portions. Excellent music and vibe.

  29. IC

    IanC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely afternoon with great food and cocktails. Back soon

  30. C

    Corinne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing staff, great service and food will definitely return

  31. KC

    KarlaC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    About food: The oyesters was quite poor, small, not fair vs price Gnocchi was bad, too much flour used, tastes like gum Service: delayed, didn't clean the table after the start dishes Waitress looks distracted Sound: Too loud, was not a pleasant dinner with high tech music

  32. AO

    AmandaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated a birthday in the oyster tavern last night with 3 friends. It was absolutely fantastic, staff couldn’t have been nicer, extensive menu to chose from, food delicious, loads of drink and finished it off with cocktails! Couldn’t have ask for a better night ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  33. SZ

    SadhbhZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Gorgeous surroundings and very good service, plus a very decent selection of drinks, make this a really lovely spot for a night out. Would be great for dates too.

  34. JQ

    JacquelineQ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5

    Love the place Menu very limited food just ok service brilliant

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place , great food and fantastic staff

  36. KP

    KPDeats

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5

    Delicious and friendly service but nearly 90 min until appetizer and nearly 2 hours until dinner.

  37. SC

    ShaneC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Quite mediocre. The menu is limited. The food was OK and so was the service. Nice place and nice location. Unexciting and unexceptional pub grub.

  38. GW

    GemmaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had an amazing night last night for Mother’s Day ,our server was masking and constantly attentive ! Definitely will be back again

  39. f

    franciscom

    Cork

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    Our table was 2m away from the orchestra. Thee musicians playing drums, eléctrico piano and guitar. The band was Good but we could hear each other. Not the best location. We expected food to be better.

  40. CL

    CameronL

    Munster

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food was extremely fast and tasted great would recommend

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

The Oyster Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 199 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 11 times today
Google Map for The Oyster Tavern

4 Market Lane St Patrick's St. Cork, Co. Cork T12 NP29

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Market Lane is off Patrick Street, beside Lifestyle Sports

  • Area

    Cork City

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 12:00–00:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–01:00 Sun 12:00–23:30

  • Cuisines

    Irish, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Pay by hour off street parking nearby

  • Public Transit

    Served well by all bus routes in city

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Chris Curtin

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    083 029 3197

  • Private party facilities

    Please enquire about private events, larger parties, weddings etc at the Oyster Tavern. We would be delighted to discuss your requirements and find a way to make your event come to life.

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