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The Oyster Tavern

4.6
4.6
111 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 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. We are very proud to have been awarded a MICHELIN Plate in 2020 and gain in 2021 for our delicious food offering.
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 40 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 12:00–20:00

  • 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

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

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What 111 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SW

    SusanW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was exceptional from start to finish we were early so we were allowed sit at the bar for pre drinks but then discovered dinner wasn’t been served until 4 as the restrictions changed but our server was so nice and accommodating she left us wait at our table so we could have the dinner menu the food was 💋chicken wings especially and staff were so nice we will be back again

  2. PC

    PaulC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful food and cocktails, the staff were very friendly and attentive. Would recommend.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic place and staff are wonderful

    The Oyster TavernResponded 3 days ago

    Thanks for the rating and feedback Ian Finnan GM

  4. RC

    RebekkahC

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We did brunch for my Birthday. The fish and chips was delicious. The cocktails were nice but would have preferred more selection. Staff were lovely and very accommodating!!! Over all wonderful spot!

    The Oyster TavernResponded 3 days ago

    Dear RebekkahC Thanks for your kind words Im glad you enjoyed your visit over all. We change our cocktail menu quite frequently and like to use as fresh ingredients as possible which is why the list is not enormous however we are always more than happy to make up anything that we have the ingredients for so if your in with us again dont hesitate to ask for anything you would like to try and we would be happy to make it up for you. Thanks again for the feedback Ian Finnan GM

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Me & my husband went there for a first time, and we are absolutely in love with this place. The food was great, the margaritas were okish, but the atmosphere & service, absolutely amazing.

  6. TW

    TriciaW

    Cork

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Small menu, but food lovely, staff very friendly very enjoyable night

  7. CH

    CarolineH

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always an enjoyable experience at thus restaurant. Will definitely be back again

  8. MC

    MagsC

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was friendly & efficient. Cocktails fab & food devine. 🥂🥂

  9. MK

    MarkK

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience. Lovely grub, great service, reasonably priced.

  10. C

    Ciara

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    The service was appalling. Food arrived cold. Coffee was cold. Drinks were so slow to arrive. Very expensive for the quality. Steak was over cooked and cold. Side salad was a few limp leaves. We spent nearly €600 and everyone at the table agreed that we would not return

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 1 January 2022

    Dear Ciara Im sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit to the Oyster Tavern. I know the 30 minute delay in your party being fully seated would have meant that your table now coincided with the 2 groups of tables which we schedule to arrive in 15 minute intervals. Im sorry this caused delays with drinks. I am sorry that you feel that you can not return and only wish that you had asked for me while at the restaurant When I could have addressed the issues. Regards Ian Finnan

  11. J

    Janetc

    Cork

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Food and drink were excellent , staff very helpful and friendly, will go again

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 11 January 2022

    Dear Janetc Thanks for the feedback Im delighted you enjoyed your visit and hope we see you again soon. Ian Finnan GM

  12. LN

    LizN

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall3food1service5ambience5

    Needs to expand and include dining options for gluten free & vegan guests. Staff A+, beautiful place!

  13. LR

    LiamR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We go here for a family Christmas tradition lunch on the 23rd. i have no hesitation in recommending this place for food, cocktails and or a combination with wine or beer. A big selection of all is available at a reasonable price.

  14. GS

    GillianS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a lovely night with amazing food in a beautiful setting. The staff were so attentive and nothing was too much trouble. Will definitely go again.

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 27 December 2021

    Dear GillianS Thanks for taking the time to pass on your feedback. Delighted to read you enjoyed your visit to the Oyster and I hope we see you again soon! Ian Finnan Gm

  15. LG

    LoicG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent place to eat. Would recommend it. Nice food, reasonable prices.

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 27 December 2021

    Dear Loic Thanks for your kind words and we hope to see you again soon! à beintot! Ian Finnan GM

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and amazing Christmas atmosphere! Staff super friendly, highly recommend!

  17. KS

    KateS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Lovely venue, great service but we will not be returning for food. We had a nice starter however our main lacked flavour, arrived cold with undercooked vegetables. Dessert was poor.

  18. SM

    StephanieM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food , very COVID safe . Fab staff xx thank you

  19. KK

    KarenK

    Cork

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food, great service and very atmospheric. I would recommend it

  20. KM

    KevinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great selection of cocktails including salted caramel expresso martini's and painkillers, being my personal favourites.

  21. OH

    OliviaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fab! Staff was helpful, food was lovely! Would definitely recommend.

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 19 December 2021

    Dear OliviaH Lovely to hear your were well taken care of. Ian Finnan GM

  22. MW

    MelissaW

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Steak, cheesecake,fish and chips,wine and a salted caramel cocktail-all stunning!!! And the staff were so nice,chatted away and had a bit of craic which was lovely.Just fab.

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 19 December 2021

    Dear MelissaW Thanks for your kind words I will pass them on to the team. Im delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. Regards Ian Finnan GM

  23. MC

    MarthaC

    Cork

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Gorgeous food and lovely staff - very friendly and attentive. Lovely atmosphere in there also, looking forward to coming back!

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 15 December 2021

    Dear MarthaC Thanks for your rating and feedback. Ian Finnan GM

  24. JL

    JennyL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    The menu had very little selection, but the food was fine. The service was abosolutely terrible though. Multiple times we asked for items and the servers either forgot, or were too busy to bring them, so we had to ask again. Another large group was seated right next to us, instead of at any of the other empty tables, and they were so loud. It would have made more sense to seat them further away from the only other booth occupied at the time.

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 15 December 2021

    Dear JennyL Im sorry to read that you didn't enjoy your experience at the Oyster. The table of five next to your table were celebrating a birthday and Im sorry if they were a little animated. Im sorry that errors were made by the team due unfortunately to our team being under immense pressure as a good few of our team members are not available due to being close contacts of Covid infectee's. Thanks for your feedback which will be shared with the team. Ian Finnan GM

  25. KD

    KateD

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and cocktails! Staff are lovely too!

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 15 December 2021

    Dear KateD Im delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit. Many thanks Ian Finnan GM

  26. BR

    BrianR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very well run. Great food and service. Would definitely recommend.

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 15 December 2021

    Dear BrianR Thanks for your kind words and we hope to see you again soon Regards Ian Finnan Gm

  27. AH

    AlisonH

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food absolutely beautiful, cocktails were Devine I can’t wait to get back again.

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 15 December 2021

    Dear AlisonH Thanks for the kind words and we hope to see you again soon. Regards Ian Finnan

  28. MF

    MeganF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely place to eat. Will definitely be back soon. Was always a place on my list and I was not disappointed.

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 15 December 2021

    Dear MeganF Thanks for taking the time to pass on your feedback Im delighted you both enjoyed your visit and I hope to see you again soon Ian Finnan GM

  29. RF

    RoseF

    Cork

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic meal and lovely atmosphere. Lovely staff

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 15 December 2021

    Dear RoseF Thanks for your feedback Im delighted you enjoyed your visit. Regards Ian Finnan Gm

  30. G

    Gnightout

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great decor and atmosphere. Staff very friendly and attentive

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 15 December 2021

    Dear Gnightout Im glad you enjoyed your visit Regards Ian Finnan GM

  31. S

    Shinners

    Munster

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Table of 6 friends dined here on 10th December 2021. I was impressed with all the Covid precautions in place and felt very safe. The food was really good and the staff were superb. Very enjoyable night. Noise level perfect, we were all able to hear each other for a really good catch-up. I will most definitely go again.

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 10 December 2021

    Dear Shinners Thank you for your feedback I was delighted to read you enjoyed your evening and felt the team took good care of you. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Ian Finnan GM

  32. U

    Unknown

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Food very good, I had the Turkey and ham, it was delicious however the veg and potato was only warm, the drinks and service were excellent

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 6 December 2021

    Thank you for the feedback I will pass it on to the team. Ian Finnan Gm

  33. B

    Baglione

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Lovely atmosphere, huge portions and friendly staff

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 6 December 2021

    Dear Baglione Thank you for the feedback. Regards Ian Finnan GM

  34. OR

    OrlaR

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great night. Very festive and relaxed. Staff were attentive but not overbearing. Mocktails were really good!

  35. CB

    CatherineB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    I love this pub and am a regular. However I was disappointed on this occasion. I had booked a table upstairs but was told on arrival that upstairs was closed. Downstairs was fine but not what I had hoped for. The fish and chips we ordered was a disappointment as the fish was very bland. Staff are always lovely and helpful and the ambience is wonderful

  36. EO

    EmerO

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Henry was a fabulous server. Chatty, lighthearted and funny. He brought a smile to our faces while serving us. A great asset to the company.

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 6 December 2021

    Dear EmerO Thanks for your kind words about Henry he is a joy to work with fits perfectly into our team of friendly light hearted and hard working people. Im very proud of all the team at the Oyster. Ian Finnan Gm

  37. EK

    ElaineK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Service not great at the start. Had to call someone to take our order after quite a while but after that it was good. Staff really friendly. Food was excellent. Chicken wings and fish and chips were delicious. Really light crispy batter on the fish. Would definitely return.

  38. GC

    GillianC

    Munster

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good choice of food to suit all food types. Reasonable priced. Staff very attentive.

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 6 December 2021

    Dear Gillian C Thanks for taking the time to pass on your feedback we appreciate it! We hope to see you soon. Ian Finnan Gm

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thanks all loved the sea bass love the staff see you tomorrow x

  40. JD

    JenniferD

    Cork

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Service very slow table at 7.30, served dinner at 9.30....of the 6 meals...2 were lovely (Hake)...2 were cremated.( Turkey and a burger)...2 were o.k.....even drinks service was very slow.... waiting ages for wine...we were told the barman was busy making cocktails!! Disappointed overall...

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The Oyster Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 111 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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2 people

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Booked 40 times today
Google Map for The Oyster Tavern

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

  • Cross Street

    Market Lane is off Patrick Street, beside Lifestyle Sports

  • Area

    Cork City

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 12:00–20:00

  • 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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