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Outdoor Dining in Cork

The Best Outdoor & Scenic Dining in Cork

While indoor dining slowly returns, during the summer Cork embraced outdoor dining like never before. As garden terraces & rooftop scenes became the settings to enjoy our favourite food & drink, we began do embrace outdoor dining. At The Metropole Hotel, we have created a list of some of our favourite outdoor dining spots around Cork.



Not to be biased, but we do believe that the Terrace at our in-house restaurant, The MET, has the perfect laid back ambience to enjoy sipping on some cocktails and enjoying a delicious meal. Located just outside The Metropole Hotel, guests can enjoy the terrace for every meal of the day. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner; make sure you stop by during your next stay.

Our Head Chef, Trevor O’Keefe, has curated new menu items to enjoy, including, McCarthy’s Spiced Beef Bon Bons, Pan Fried Seabass and Barry’s Tea Creme Brulee.

As well as dinner, our brunch menu has proved a huge hit on our outdoor terrace, for those filling their bellies before a big day of shopping and sightseeing around the city.

Check out The MET’s menus here.



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What became the envy of many cities and towns in Ireland, Prince’s Street became a foodie haven during the summer months and it’s not hard to see why. Located just off Oliver Plunkett Street, Prince’s Street is a fully pedestrianised and rain-proof street where a number of local restaurants & bars have now embraced outdoor dining.

Along Prince’s Street you will be spoiled for choice with something for absolutely everyone –

Ristorante Rossinis – Serving up traditional Italian dishes.

Clancy’s – From pizza, wings & burgers, to some of the best cocktails around.

Quinlan’s Seafood Bar – For some of the freshest fish dishes in Cork.

Nash 19 – A local’s favourite, serving up wholesome favourites since 1992.

Tedo’s Tapas Bar – Serving tapas, small plates, wine and street food from around the world.

For more information about Prince’s Street check out their website here.



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Opening in 2017, Cask has made it’s mark on Cork’s food scene already. Located just across the road from The Metropole Hotel, Cask serves up seasonal small plates and sharing boards with a global infusion, Cask have a stunning outdoor setting.

As you enjoy award-winning cocktails, and can also enjoy the enclosed waterfall that is located in Cask’s outdoor garden. The Victorian Quarter has never felt so innovative!

For more information, check out their website here.





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If you are looking for a more casual, laid back atmosphere, Franciscan Well is the perfect spot. Always famed for its beer and pizzas, Franciscan Well have now extended their beer garden in the back of their microbrewery and is ideal for those looking to sip on some local beers in the sun.

They have now also expanded their drinks menu to include some speciality cocktails, so whether its a Rebel Red you are looking for, or an espresso martini, there is something to quench everyone’s taste with. Their outdoor area is bright and airy and adorned with colourful fixtures and features. An ideal place to get a group of friends together after a long day of sightseeing around Cork City.

For more information, check out their website here.


So grab the last bit of summer and enjoy outdoor dining around Cork. If you need any other food recommendations during your stay in The Metropole Hotel, our Guest Relations Manager, Gavin, is on hand to find you some delicious restaurants with glorious scenery.


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