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The Oyster Tavern, Cork, Co. Cork

The Oyster Tavern

4.5
4.5
303 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 13 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 303 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Munster

    Brunch

  • Munster

    Good for groups

  • Munster

    Hot spot

  • Munster

    Romantic

  • Munster

    Lively

  • Munster

    Most Booked

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  1. BB

    BrianB

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good reminders, message to say table ready while having a nice drink at bar, friendly staff, very tasty food, just very pleasant evening. Would highly recommend to anyone, I will definitely be back.
  2. CD

    ClaireD

    Cork

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our first visit to the Oyster Tavern for dinner. Lovely food & great service, very friendly staff. Good value too.
  3. RA

    RedA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Kieron the server was so charismatic. Me and my girls felt comfortable and very welcomed when we arrived for our booking to celebrate double birthday. The food was delicious.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this bar the staff are fantastic and the food is delicious
  5. MM

    MaeveM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was so lovely, food was a little delayed coming out so we were offered a complimentary drink and she was so polite that it ended up not bothering us at all that the food took too long. Food is always amazing and fresh.
  6. RJ

    RJEM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was great, food was a little cold but besides that everything was delicious. Portions slightly small but we ate everything and it was delicious! Service was great and all staff were really friendly. Was disappointed to see the amazing wings ye used to have on the menu were gone! Will definitely come back again!
  7. P

    Pixie

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very enjoyable evening. Food was excellent and the staff very friendly.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic staff, amazing new menu and food delicious.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service , great food and great ambience would highly recommend can't wait to come back.
  10. PC

    PaulC

    Cork

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Hi, our food was tasty but a little under temperature. Our bill was €181 so I paid €200 cash, the waitress did not return with my change. As I was with a group I did not make a fuss, I would have given this as a tip anyway but the presumption was annoying
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent evening, our waitress Ava was lovely and good fun. In fact all the staff were great
  12. CH

    CarolH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Went for Bottomless Brunch and while the food was good I found the service very slow including the topping up of the Prosecco!
  13. EB

    EilishB

    Munster

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    We ordered for 4.the table was set for 3 e should have queries it only 3 meals arrived! One of the party ordered peppermint tea, got a put of black tea with some peppermint in it! Noticed we were charged for a drink which was out of stock. Online menu was better than reality. Only one vegetarian option and no gluten free!
  14. CO

    ClodaghO

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food lovely but 3 dishes we wanted to order were taken off the menu. Also 2 wines we wanted off wine menu were unavailable. Then we all wanted the pudding for dessert but that too was unavailable so disappointing overall. Staff all lovely and helpful. Music towards end of night was so loud that we went elsewhere so we could have a proper chat
  15. S

    Sara

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience4
    Food was extremely poor quality- croquettes were inedible. Wing portion was tiny. Have been to the Oyster for food on many occasions but yesterday will be my last unfortunately.
  16. DD

    DoloresD

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Not great to be honest , very little selection on the menu I understand it was Christmas but they could have added more . The quality of the food was only ok and to top it all off it was very expensive .
  17. C

    Clod

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely Christmas meal upstairs in the restaurant. The food was delicious, great portions and great value for money. The service was also very good. The only downside was the female toilets which are in need of maintenance and were very dirty. However, I would still highly recommend going here for dinner or a drink.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely kind staff and an amazing place to eat and drink in
  19. CC

    CatrionaC

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lovely evening. Very helpful young staff who moved us from a high table to a booth in request. We graduated to the bar for drinks later. Bar was busy but staff so pleasant. Great night in Cork for all the ladies!
  20. CC

    ClaraC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience4
    Lovely central spot for lunch. As it was Sunday fish dishes were not available as supplied by English market. Lovely friendly staff . However we waited long time for our food and never got the desert menu even though we asked twice. Also asked several times for our coffees ....waited over 40 minutes for them. Staff apologised and told us they were short staffed.
  21. AF

    AbsoluteF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Poor choice of menu , food could be much hotter. Not a memorable dining experience.
  22. SR

    SiobhanR

    Cork

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family of 5 - 3 teenagers & parents, thoroughly enjoyed our meal at the Oyster Tavern after our annual Christmas shopping day. We loved everything about it - ambience, service, food & drinks. Will definitely be back.
  23. K

    Kora

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2022

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

    Sabrina

    Cork

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2022

    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.
  25. 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…
  26. 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
  27. 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.
  28. 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🙂
  29. M

    Mumof3

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and of course amazing staff
  31. 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.
  32. 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
  33. 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.
  34. D

    Dinner123

    Limerick

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good location good ambience
  36. 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.
  37. a

    anneb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous food served by very friendly attentive staff.
  38. 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
  39. G

    Gemma

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food, great service at a great price.
  40. 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.

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 4.5 stars by 303 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 13 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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