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The Oyster Tavern, Cork, Co. Cork

The Oyster Tavern

4.6
4.6
255 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 7 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 255 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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Munster

    Best Overall

  • Munster

    Best Service

  • Munster

    Best Value

  • Munster

    Hot Spot

  • Munster

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Munster

    Most Booked

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  1. G

    Gemma

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    RoseS

    Cork

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  3. MM

    MarianM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    AlbaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    PaulM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Ad usual service excellent and staff are fantastic
  7. 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
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic staff and service brilliant. The good was delicious
  9. 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.
  10. 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!!
  11. RJ

    RedJer

    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.
  12. F

    Foodgal

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing!
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. HO

    HannahO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Staff were absolutely lovely! Great service without being overbearing so we could enjoy our meal and conversation. Very good table spacing so couldn’t hear other customers conversations. Scallop starter was amazing and the flavours in the pork dish were amazing. Best Moscow mule I’ve ever had out and the espresso martinis were delicious.
  16. NO

    NiamhO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were exceptional. Will definitely be back and recommend to others.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 18 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks all for a lovely evening food amazingly staff friendly and on point
  18. HO

    HughO

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice place, great food with generous portions at a reasonable price for the experience. Lovely staff, will definitely go to again.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a gorgeous pre concert meal with a friend. Just beautiful great service food and good value
  20. OO

    OOOO

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hi, we had a lovely meal, food was great as was the service. I would particularly like to compliment Yabby. A fabulous girl.
  21. JH

    JamieH

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice, relaxed, casual dining. Really enjoyed it. Food was excellent 👍
  22. K

    Kieran22

    Poland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Chiefs need better cooking and quality,, food was taste unhappy 🙁.. future get better Chiefs do right way.. service stuff is best on time and good thank
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic staff the service beyond excellent and the food delicious
  24. V

    Valg

    Cork

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff! Very helpful and accommodating. Food and service were to perfection
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service , the food to die for and the staff second to none thank you 😊
  26. M

    Maya

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious, the ambience is cute and romantic. The service is outstanding. Highly recommend.
  27. CH

    CiiiH

    Cork

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unreal , really loved it , food was amazing. Will be back!
  28. EG

    EllaG

    Munster

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Great service. Super sweet servers. Would go back for the craic.
  29. AO

    AilishO

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff! Made a big effort for my Mums 60th! Thanks a million!
  30. PF

    PatF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was really good. Oysters for starters and steak main course, very very nice. Will go back.
  31. LB

    LisaB

    Cork

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food choice was lovely 👍🏻 Not big portions Staff pleasant Not cheap Relaxing evening as it was quiet Would go there again
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious, good service and lovely ambience! We’ll definitely be back!
  33. DM

    DiegoM

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing environment and really good food. The dessert was tasty and unique!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food for our anniversary celebration and the staff were very attentive Attention to detail was excellent
  35. l

    liamm

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    the food was the star of the show but the staff deserve a mention too. Great experience overall.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, would definitely recommend. Food was amazing and wait staff were properly attentive. Excellent choice if in Cork.
  37. EK

    EmmaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and the menu had a mix of everything to suit the needs. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere in the restaurant was buzzing
  38. S

    Scamdemic

    Dublin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent location, delicious food, friendly staff. We trusted the staff and the fish of the day did not dissapoint. It was amazing all round. Perfect for a date night. Would defo return.
  39. m

    mariken

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    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 on 27 June 2022Hi Mariken, such wonderful feedback we are thrilled you had a great experience with us! Thank you for your review, Chloe.

  40. PF

    PamF

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

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

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 255 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 7 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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