Everyone knows that Dublin is the capital city of Ireland, but we think that Cork is Ireland’s capital of cool. With its vibrant student scene, stunning architecture, and thriving restaurant community, Cork is a pretty trendy place to hang out. It’s also great for a romantic weekend away (or a romantic night out with your other half.) Whether you’re one of the thousands of students trying to do romance on a budget, a local looking to surprise a date, or a tourist spicing up your break, we’ve put together a list of the most romantic restaurants in Cork to get your lurve on.
There is nothing more romantic than being up high. Don’t believe us? Then why do so many people get engaged at the top of the Eiffel Tower, the summit of mountains, or on rooftops? These spots get the heart racing, and the blood pumping. Just like the Panorama Bistro. Set in a gorgeous location at the top of the Montenotte Hotel, Panorama Bistro looks out over the city of Cork. Grab your loved one, a window seat, and settle in for some delicious food like pan-fried medallions of monkfish, or herb crusted cod. After dinner, grab yourself a glass of champers and sit on their outdoor terrace overlooking the city.The Montenotte Hotel, Cork City, Ireland, T23EYW3 Book Panorama
The Spitjack Rotisserie Brasserie
We are absolute suckers for a rotisserie. If you’re anything like us, you’ll know there’s no greater pleasure than a perfectly roasted piece of meat or chicken. And so, if you’re anything like us, you’ll love Spitjack Rotisserie and Brasserie. As you’d expect, meat features high on the menu with delicious favourites like rotisserie pork belly and West Cork rotisserie chicken enough to whet anyone’s appetite. It’s the steaks that take pride of place though with 48 hour rotisserie roasted sirloins and surf and turf being particular highlights. If you’re looking for romantic restaurants in Cork, you’re in luck, the classy upstairs section of the venue is perfect for a relaxed date.34 Washington Street, Cork, Ireland Book Spitjack
You know that scene in Lady and The Tramp where they’re eating pasta together? Think how much better that would have been with pizza. Cork’s most popular pizza restaurant Sliced is the perfect place to take your date, whether you’re heading out together for the first time, or you’re on date 290. Serving up an unrivalled selection of pizzas, this relaxed restaurant says they’re “a salad when you’re feeling healthy, and a dessert when you’re not” making it the perfect place to hang out with your amore. (They also do pasta if you’re insistent on doing the spaghetti thing.) We recommend their New York style selection where you can choose double pepperoni, the super hero, or diablo, all for around 15 euro.14 Parnell Place, Cork, Ireland Book Sliced
One of the most exciting restaurants to open in Cork in the last few years, Rachel’s is ran by Rachel Allen, the women who the BBC calls the “Irish cooking queen.” Famous for using local ingredients to create beautiful dishes, the menu at Rachel’s is traditional with a twist, featuring dishes from a classic steak sandwich to Skeaghnamore duck breast with celeriac gratin and braised chicory. The venue combines decor that you’d expect to find in a top fine dining restaurant, crossed with a cosy feel, making it a great place for a romantic night out. Best of all, Rachel’s also has a piano bar, serving expertly-mixed cocktails til the early hours with a gorgeous soundtrack. Perfect for wooing any date.Book Rachel's
We always think that a good hotel restaurant is more romantic than any other. Perhaps it’s the knowledge that if you overindulge, you can always book a room and relax in the opulent suites. Regardless of the reason, if romantic restaurants in Cork are what you’re after, Fairbanks at The Kingsley Hotel is a great choice. This plush spot screams understated class, and the secluded corners and comfy seats make it a great place for a romantic meal in Cork. Start your meal off with oysters, a classic aphrodisiac and enjoyor great cooking like a dup of lamb loin or rack, or black sole with crab mousseline. If you’re staying at the hotel, make sure that you make full use of the fantastic facilities and treat yourselves to a spa treatment including facials or massages to really complete the loved-up experience.The Kingsley Hotel, Victoria Cross, Cork, Ireland Book Fairbanks