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The Oyster Tavern, Cork, Co. Cork

The Oyster Tavern

4.6
4.6
217 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

21:30


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–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 217 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

    Best Overall

  • Munster

    Best Service

  • Munster

    Best Ambience

  • Munster

    Best Value

  • Munster

    Brunch

  • Munster

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Munster

    Healthy

  • Munster

    Hot Spot

  • Munster

    Romance

  • Munster

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Munster

    Most Booked

  • Cork City

    Best Overall

  • Cork City

    Best Food

  • Cork City

    Best Service

  • Cork City

    Best Ambience

  • Cork City

    Best Value

  • Cork City

    Fit for Foodies

  • Cork City

    Lunch

  • Cork City

    Romance

  • Cork City

    Special Occasions

  • Cork City

    Most Booked

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  1. m

    mariken

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I could not get over the service in the oyster. The staff were above and beyond. Best cocktails in cork and the food was delicious. Already can’t wait to return.

    The Oyster TavernResponded 4 days agoHi Mariken, such wonderful feedback we are thrilled you had a great experience with us! Thank you for your review, Chloe.

  2. PF

    PamF

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous! Recommend the market burger, scampy salad and duck salad for brunch
  3. OL

    OrlaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food and drinks were great. Service was great and staff were very friendly and helpful.
  4. E

    Etnah

    Cork

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and drink! Really really enjoyed it! Good atmosphere and not too loud! Ciaran was an waiter and really added enjoyment to our evening!

    The Oyster TavernResponded 4 days agoHi Etnah, delighted to hear you had a great experience with us! Ciaran is always the life and soul of the evening! Hoping to see you join us again soon. Chloe.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic staff, friendly environment, amazing food
  6. MK

    MardiK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service from the staff, all very friendly and welcoming. The food was excellent, fresh and well presented. Love the ambiance here 😁
  7. CH

    CaroH

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was gorgeous..the cocktails too. Absolutely amazing service! Can't wait to go back again
  8. MM

    MaryM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a trendy spot , loved the food , ordered soup for starter and monkfish for main , we ordered Chablis wine . Such a fun atmosphere, all different ages , Trevor met us at the door lovely guy .. all staff were friendly

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 13 June 2022Hi Mary, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your review. I'm sure the staff will be ecstatic to hear you enjoyed The Oyster Tavern just as much as we do! Hoping to have you and your guests back again soon.. Kind regards, Chloe.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual food 🥘 fantastic and the staff amazing as ever. Service is top notch.

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 10 June 2022We are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your visit! Thank you so much for your kind words and amazing review. Look forward to having you join us soon. Chloe.

  10. CC

    CiaraC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was fabulous!!! Service was great.. Mains came out a little too quick after starters but other than that highly recommended.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service staff are so friendly
  12. EO

    EilishO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A very pleasant surprise in the middle of the city ,beautiful decor ,brilliant staff very good food ,good value dining in a lovely setting ,the only issue was the floor was very slippy but management are aware and are working on a solution ,would highly recommend the oyster tavern
  13. KR

    KristinaR

    Cork

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything was great expect for the starter. We took meat plate and it was quite poor.
  14. NW

    NiamhW

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant, very friendly staff, gorgeous cocktails 🤤 and amazing food!
  15. GA

    GermanaA

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service amazing, music was just a little too loud.
  16. DR

    DawnR

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, fantastic service and the waiters are exceptional.
  17. RN

    RichardN

    Cork

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time and the staff were very nice and helpful we will definitely go again

    The Oyster TavernResponded on 28 May 2022Dear Richard N Thanks For your kind review and we look forward to taking care of you again in the not too distant future. Ian F Gm

  18. JK

    JimK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent meal on Saturday night on the Oyster. The food was fresh and tasty and our server Matt did an excellent job. Great atmosphere in the room too, everyone having a great time.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you all for a fantastic Birthday 🥳 I really appreciate it.See you all soon 🙏🥰
  20. CC

    ChrisC

    Dublin

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    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 on 18 May 2022Dear 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

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and atmosphere
  22. KC

    KatherineC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    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!!
  23. D

    Derand

    Austria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    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.
  24. 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.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and the staff are amazing 🤩
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic staff extremely helpful and of course chefs doing an amazing job with the food 🥘
  27. 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
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic day with my favourite peeps thank you 🙏 see you tomorrow 💕
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, oysters were giant and delicious. The staff are super friendly.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and had a fantastic meal gnocchi….delicious
  33. 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.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another amazing evening thank you 🙏
  35. 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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get the prince peach it’s amazing.
  37. 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.
  38. LB

    LaneyB

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, amazing service and lovely ambiance!
  39. 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
  40. 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.

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 217 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

21:30


Booked 20 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 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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