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The Oyster Tavern, Cork, Co. Cork

The Oyster Tavern

4.6
4.6
235 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

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Dining areas

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

    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.

  • Neighborhood

    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

What 235 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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    Great for Lunch

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    Vibrant Bar Scene

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    Best Overall

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  1. OO

    OOOO

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    JamieH

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    Kieran22

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    Valg

    Cork

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    Maya

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

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

    CiiiH

    Cork

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

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

    EllaG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

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

    AilishO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

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

    PatF

    Munster

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

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

    LisaB

    Cork

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

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

    DiegoM

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

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

    liamm

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

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

    EmmaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 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
  19. S

    Scamdemic

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 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.
  20. m

    mariken

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 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 June 27, 2022Hi Mariken, such wonderful feedback we are thrilled you had a great experience with us! Thank you for your review, Chloe.

  21. PF

    PamF

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

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

    OrlaL

    Munster

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

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

    Etnah

    Cork

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    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 on June 27, 2022Hi 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.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

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

    MardiK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

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

    CaroH

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

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

    MaryM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 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 June 13, 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.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

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

    The Oyster TavernResponded on June 10, 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.

  29. CC

    CiaraC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service staff are so friendly
  31. EO

    EilishO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 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
  32. KR

    KristinaR

    Cork

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

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

    NiamhW

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

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

    GermanaA

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

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

    DawnR

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

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

    RichardN

    Cork

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

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

    The Oyster TavernResponded on May 28, 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

  37. JK

    JimK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

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

    ChrisC

    Dublin

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 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 May 18, 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

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and atmosphere

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

The Oyster Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 235 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for The Oyster Tavern

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Market Lane is off Patrick Street, beside Lifestyle Sports

  • Neighborhood

    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

    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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