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The Oyster Tavern, Cork, Co. Cork

The Oyster Tavern

4.6
4.6
281 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu 12:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    083 029 3197

  • Payment Options

    Contactless Payment

  • 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

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

What 281 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Munster

    Group Bookings

  • Munster

    Healthy

  • Munster

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. K

    Kora

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food from Christmas menu was very nice, each of us enjoyed it a lot. Service excellent :)
  2. S

    Sabrina

    Cork

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We really enjoyed our meal, and our waiter was excellent but the food was very slow between courses so many of our group were quite annoyed and very hungry.
  3. MO

    MelissaO

    Munster

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    When we arrived.. we were told we could only have the seat for an hour and 15mins.. we were placed on high stools and my husband injured his back last week and asked could he be given a low sitting chair.. we were told we could be moved and were moved.. but told we could only have this seat for an hour and 15mins.. there was plenty of staff there.. three times I had to ask for a glass of wine.. my food was cold waiting for the wine.. the food was absolutely amazing.. 5 star quality and I am fussy.. would I have booked if I knew I only had the table for an hour and fifteen mins no.. would I go back def because the food is top quality…
  4. PS

    PatriciaS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had excellent service from a really friendly waitress. The food was lovely . Overall a great experience
  5. BD

    BloodymaryDiva

    Cork

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very welcoming service, nice seating area for group of 6 cocktails excellent food very tasty. Ciaran made our night.
  6. FC

    FionaC

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was stunning and the service was outstanding. Would highly recommend and its a place I'd always visit. 11/10🙂
  7. M

    Mumof3

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Good buzz, Great decor. Food was okay and reasonable value. More for groups than couples.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and of course amazing staff
  9. D

    Davids

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A well appointed venue with a warm ambience serving excellent quality food.
  10. AL

    AnnieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Very very nice and accommodating service, the food was good, atmosphere was awesome, would definitely go back, very good quality drinks too
  11. D

    Dave

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Loud music playing for first 15 minutes when we arrived, not exactly best vibe for a Saturday morning brunch with family. Food was okay but menu itself seemed limited and not reflective of what I'd look for in a brunch. Some healthier options perhaps? More juice or a smoothie option especially.
  12. D

    Dinner123

    Limerick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food great service would definitely come back!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good location good ambience
  14. JR

    JenRose

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Enjoyed meal overall but those who chose the fish special were underwhelmed as portions were small and tepid.The other members of the group were happy with their choices.Great service from friendly and pleasant staff.
  15. a

    anneb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous food served by very friendly attentive staff.
  16. CM

    ChrisM

    Cork

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, server's were friendly. Would definitely go back
  17. G

    Gemma

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food, great service at a great price.
  18. RS

    RobertS

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    about 5 items not available on the menu. Very nice ambience and food was just ok to slightly above average.
  19. Y

    Yuan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place to hang out with friends. Both food and drink are good.
  20. S

    Shoare

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Monkfish was delish. Perfect portion size. 6 dining in our group- all very pleased. Amazing service from our waiter Ciaran! What an asset!!!
  21. S

    Sarah

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and food was good! Staff were excellent!
  22. R

    Raine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time to be @ Oyster tavern and enjoyed the food, service and ambiance. Will definitely come back and recommend to friends and family
  23. MM

    MargaretM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 October 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We had a very good meal. The sea bass was excellent, the fish and chips were very good. I wasn't overly impressed with the MKT burger - a bit dry. I would have preferred one juicy burger, than two thin dry ones. But it was well presented, the chips were excellent and the salad was tasty. A window was open beside our table, and the staff immediately moved us to a warmer spot. Some of our party are over 60, and didn't like the volume level of the background music. Perhaps it could be confined to the bar downstairs, or a separate playlist created? We didn't complain, so maybe if we had, the volume would have been turned down. Those are the reasons why it's not a five star review. But overall a very good experience and we will be back.
  24. J

    Julie

    Cork

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 in every way! Staff are outstanding, food was incredible (all has fish and chips - unreal), the bottle of Prosecco was delicious! It’s our second time calling in the last month and we’ll be calling again for definite. We just love it here! Thank you to all.
  25. PS

    PatS

    Munster

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Staff were very friendly and our reserved table was ready for us. I ordered loin of pork and my wife ordered fish of the day (monkfish) Wait for food was about average. When our plates arrived, food looked good and substantial, until I began to eat About 9 very thin (about 2mm) of pork slices about 35mm in diameter and 4 ultra-thin slices of black pudding, were placed on a very substantial bed of watercress and something like lettuce pieces. 5 baby potatoes accompanied it. My wife's meal would have been very inadequate also, but since she eats very small portions and normally, can never finish her meal it was just about OK for her. We have great memories of this restaurant till it closed some time ago, absolutely wonderful meals. Only recently, we learnt that it had reopened and were really looking forward to reliving great times there. Unfortunately the name of the restaurant was the only part we identified. While I have and average appetite, I like to feel that I've had a meal rather than a plate made up of 75% watercress/lettuce. Can't remember the last time I did not get enough to eat at a restaurant. This time, couldn't wait to get home to top up a very inadequate meal.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic staff and as usual service was excellent. The meal was delicious
  27. G

    Gemma

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really really lovely staff and great food. We were very well looked after!
  28. RS

    RoseS

    Cork

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We waited about an hour to have our food served and then its was only warm. Staff were friendly but overall very slow service.
  29. MM

    MarianM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, drinks & great service!!! We had a great evening and would recommend!
  30. AM

    AlbaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 September 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Service is excellent. Very friendly and helpful staff.
  31. PM

    PaulM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, service, food and value. Would recommend
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Ad usual service excellent and staff are fantastic
  33. CC

    CaryC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don’t miss this restaurant Best in Cork! G Manager takes care of business
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic staff and service brilliant. The good was delicious
  35. s

    siobhanm

    Munster

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    On this occasion it was disappointing. When we arrived we were rushed into ordering because the kitchen was closing. I was not informed of this when booking. We were also asked if we would want desserts before we had even ordered main courses. When our food did arrive mine was lukewarm and had to be returned. They did replace it with a fresh hot plate and did not charge us for it. Staff were very nice.
  36. AM

    AMYL

    Cork

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the atmosphere and the service was fantastic However the menu on the website is different to what was on that night. Only one vegetarian option so was limited. Please bring back the cauliflower steak that was the most amazing dish!!
  37. RJ

    RedJer

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Bar Staff downstairs and first rate service upstairs in the restaurant. Food was also excellent and reasonably priced. We spent a very pleasent afternoon in the bar and had an excellent meal in the restaurant later that evening. All in all one of the best meals we have had in quiet some time and will definitely return again.
  38. F

    Foodgal

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing!
  39. DC

    DoloresC

    Cork

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Haven't been for a while, it's lovely restaurant although on entry that could be improved, no one to tell us where to go, bar staff were busy so we had to wait to ask was it still upstairs, just a minor comment, it was overall very good food, excellent, x
  40. SH

    SharonH

    Cork

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    First issue was that we were squeezed into a booth with two other people. No way you could have any sort of private conversation. Squeezing as many in as possible to make a profit is a bad move. No couple goes for a meal to be slammed up against strangers who can hear your every word. Also we went for dinner here in July and the food was a lot better. It was like a new chef was cooking and trying to put their own spin on the food. The bruschetta was a real let down this time. In July i got a large mixture of beautiful fresh tomatoes seasoned beautifully and a salad dressed delicately which gave the dish a lovely balance. This time round hardly a tomato on the bread, which was soggy and just lettuce with pine nuts and no dressing. Disappointing. The steaks were a perfect medium in July and again the plate was beautifully balanced. This time round, one steak was medium the other overcooked and over seasoned. Inconsistent. The plates had far too much chutney/relish on the plate, with 3 steak balls instead of one this time round. Finally the panacotta was also altered with too much fruit and hardly any crumb. It was lacking texture as a result. My fiancé had the soup which was lovely and the orange cake which we both enjoyed. Overall it was ok but maybe stick with the original way of making the food. Could have just been a bad night in the kitchen but the tried and tested recipes are what keeps people coming back. Probably wont book again anytime soon sorry to say.

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 281 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

19:00


Booked 12 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

    Wed, Thu 12:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • 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

    Contactless Payment

  • Executive Chef

    Chris Curtin

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

  • 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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