Kinsale Restaurants

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Kinsale has been hailed as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, with no shortage of cafes, pubs and restaurants to suit every taste and budget.

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| Crackpots | White Lady | Toddies | Captain's Table | Fishy Fishy | Hamlets | The Little Skillet | Max's Wine Bar | Shanghai Express | Fishmarket Restaurant Blue Haven | Restaurant d'Antibes | Man Friday | The Stolen Pizza | Zuul's Restaurant | Cucina | The Spaniard | | Gort na Nain | The Shack | Jim Edwards | Pier One

| Crackpots | White Lady | Toddies | Captain's Table | Fishy Fishy | Hamlets | The Little Skillet | Max's Wine Bar | Shanghai Express | Fishmarket Restaurant Blue Haven | Restaurant d'Antibes | Man Friday | The Stolen Pizza |Zuul's Restaurant |Cucina | The Spaniard | | Gort na Nain | The Shack | Jim Edwards | Pier One


Crackpots has recently been extended, re-furbished and now includes a patio area in our own private garden area, for those relaxing, sunny days to eat ‘al fresco’. The atmosphere is light and airy and the ceramics on view are made by the owner Carole Norman. These are displayed around the walls together with some interesting art work. This ties in nicely with the newly opened Art Gallery above the restaurant, where local, as well as international artists exhibit throughout the year. The ambience of the main restaurant area has a rustic French feel and many of the exciting dishes enhance the dining experience, there is also an extensive selection of wines to suit every ones budget. The restaurant nestles in the heart of Kinsale. Being a sea-faring port, some of the dishes that have been created by Head Chef Sean Williams with seafood in mind, lobsters, oysters and crab can be found regularly on the menu, together with various other local seasonal meat and vegetarian creations.

White Lady Restaurant

photo of interior mirror reflecting tables Book in to our restaurant for an evening of fine dining, comfortable surroundings and friendly and efficient staff. On arrival you can relax, have a drink in the bar and let your eyes wander over the delightful choice our menu has to offer. The selection is carefully put together by our head chef Syed, whose oriental influence can be seen subtly through the menu

Toddies at the Bulman

With our seaside location and Kinsale's sheltered harbour, Toddies is a great place to be in fine weather. You can wander out to the seafront and sit on the wall while enjoying a bowl of Oysterhaven Mussels or locally caught Lobster, looking out at the Atlantic Ocean. It is equally as enjoyable on a Winters night with the open log fires burning, dinner in the bar or upstairs in the restaurant, banter every night and live music four nights a week. Toddies comes recommended from Michelin and has received a Demi-star Award from Georgina Campbell as well as being noted in the Bridgestone Guides `Top 100 Restaurants` for the last 10 years. Toddies has also been awarded the 'Best of the Best - Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year` by Georgina Campbell.

Captains Table Restaurant

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Kinsale is 'the gourmet capital of Ireland' and Actons Hotel has been played a leading role in the creation of this international reputation. The Captain's Table Restaurant is a member of the prestigious "Kinsale Good Food Circle". Specialising in sourcing local ingredients, the award-winning chefs draw on an eclectic menu to provide a culinary experience second to none. A choice of menus are on offer featuring modern Irish cuisine with an emphasis on seafood and healthy options. Why not treat yourself to a "A taste of Kinsale", a 3 night package in Actons Hotel, where you can enjoy your evening meals in your choice of any of the "Kinsale Good Food Circle" restaurants. Lunch Sunday Carvery     12.30 - 3pm Dinner Every Evening 7pm - 9pm Back to Top of Page

Hamlets of Kinsale

A totally new experience in the heart of Kinsale
Hamlets of Kinsale’ -A Cafe Bar right in the heart of Kinsale. Lunch/Dinner off our new Italian Theme menu, the very best coffee, a cocktail or a pint. Week nights or weekends. In the bar or out in one of our covered heated deck areas. Live bands, DJ’s, or the match on the big screen. The perfect place for a par or a drink with friends all year round. For Parties we offer a range of options from BBQ’s that can be catered to your individual requirements and budget. Group bookings and packages available from €5 upwards Group discounts also available . Call us on 021 4772939 today.

Max's Wine Bar

Max's Wine Bar, a quaint, social restaurant with lively atmosphere and friendly professional service and is situated in charming main street in the Centre of Kinsale. The Restaurant is owner run by Anne Marie ( front of house) and husband Olivier who is head chef since 1999. We stock a comprehensive list of personally selected wines which we update monthly , featuring an excellent selection of wines by the glass. We also choose the best vintages when possible. We offer classic French cuisine with an Irish - twist, and come highly recommended by nearly all leading guide books. We are well known for large selection of local seafood married with Olivier's fine creative sauces. Our daily fish selection is offered in the form of creative specials,,, we are very conscious of the changing seasons and we choose our seafood accordingly. We are well known for large selection of local seafood married with Olivier's fine creative sauces. Our daily fish selection is offered in the form of creative specials.

Fishy Fishy

Fishy Fishy is a `must do` item during any visit to Kinsale. We cater for all seafood lovers. We will cook and serve the most wonderful seafood dishes in our pier side Fishy Fishy Restaurant. We prepare the freshest local catch for you to take home and cook yourself in our Fishy Fish Shop and we will serve you the best traditional fish & chips you will ever taste in the newly established Fishy Fishy Chippie. Whatever it is you love about seafood - we have it for you. Our speciality at Fishy Fishy Kinsale is seafood. All our fish is caught locally, from lobster to crab, crayfish to cod, monkfish, squid, john dory and haddock. Our menu changes daily and we work with the seasons and daily catch. We cook all our seafood fresh to order with respect and simplicity. As a Good Food Ireland member we are committed to prioritising the core indigenous ingredients of Irish Cuisine and promoting local and artisan producers. Back to Top of Page

The Little Skillet

The Little Skittle, Kinsale has both restaurant and luxury guesthouse facilities offering quality accommodation and personal service. Anne and Richard invite you to join them at the Little Skillet. Located in the centre of the historic seaport of Kinsale, now famous for its "Gourmet Capital" reputation. Our cosy 18th century home has been lovingly and tastefully restored to become a well established restaurant, popular with locals and visitors alike. Graphic drawing of the front elevation <strong>Little Skillet Restaurant</strong> Specialising in the use of fresh local produce cooked to traditional recipes with an emphasis on fresh seafood, supplied daily by our local fishermen. We firmly believe that dining with us should be a memorable experience in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Above the Restaurant our luxurious, all non- smoking, en-suite guest rooms, have been designed to provide all the comforts of home and more, with remote control TV, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers and daily newspapers. Each room is individually decorated and filled with interesting regional collectibles. A wide choice of breakfast awaits you including traditional Irish with Clonakilty black and white pudding, scrambled eggs with local smoked salmon or smoked Atlantic kippers. Email: for more details

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Restaurant d'Antibes

Restaurant d'Antibes @ The White House Open nightly from 6.00pm to 10pm Small, intimate and tastefully decorated serving excellent food. The menu offers a large selection of fresh fish, shellfish, Irish meat, poultry, vegetarian & Pasta dishes and is celiac friendly. Set Menu available €25.00 An extensive wine list offers a wide choice of wines from around the world including some Wine Geese Wines. Also serving a selection of brandies and liqueurs. AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence 2008/2009 Please view our a la carte menu.

Fishmarket Restaurant - Blue Haven

Fine Cuisine in an Elegant setting. The Blue Haven is famous for its fine cuisine and service excellence. Culinary ingenuity and the finest of the earth’s bounties come together for a superb dining experience in our restaurant. Night time photograph of the outside of the restaurant A founder member of Kinsale’s famous ‘Good Food Circle’, Blue Haven Restaurant features modern Irish cuisine with a broad array of international influences. Our Chefs draw from local produce to create inspirational dishes, complimented with our wine list which is carefully selected to ensure the ultimate culinary experience. View our sample A la carte menu - view here Back to Top of Page

Man Friday

Photograph of the timbered archway entrance to Man Friday Man Friday is one of the most established restaurants in Kinsale. This very popular, fully licensed restaurant is located in the picturesque Scilly district, just a short stroll from the town center. Man Friday has a distinctly tropical ambience, which never fails to set the tone for an unforgettable evening. The Restaurant spreads out over four levels, including a conservatory with elevated views over the inner harbour, yet may be sectioned off for to cater for all occasions
Philip & Joss Horgan have owned and run Man Friday since 1978. Philip has the warmest of welcomes for all who make their way down the palm covered passage that leads from the road to the restaurant, inviting them to sit on the palm tree stump seats surrounding the central bar.

botanica food co,

Everybody likes to eat healthy, nourishing food. Everybody likes it to taste really, really good. It's not always easy to do both - but thats what we do. And we deliver. The Botanica Food Co. is a Kinsale based food company aiming to take the hassle out of healthy creative eating. We provide really healthy, really nourishing but really tasty food delivered to your workplace, your gym or your home. The objective is to make healthy eating easy and delicious. We all know the different styles of diets around from the Atkins to the South Beach to the Paleo. This is not one of those. This is food inspired by Ottolenghi, Denis Cotter, David Tanis and blogs like and This is modern, creative, healthy food. Food you would love to have the time to make yourself.

The Spaniard

The Spaniard has held a commanding view over the town of Kinsale for centuries. It still retains it's unique charm. You can be sure of the same welcome, the same quality and the same high standards our restaurant and bars have been renowned over for generations. Our townland of Scilly took it's name after very many visiting Cornish sailors actually settled here. Maybe you are not thinking of staying quite so long, but, at The Spaniard we want to make your visit an enjoyable and memorable occasion. So, if you are planning a visit to Kinsale, why not book a table for you and your loved ones. Enjoy our fine fare, our fresh fish landed at the Port of Kinsale. Recall the olde days when Kinsale was one of Ireland's foremost Vintage Ports as you enjoy your selection from our range of fine wines. Join us, join in on the musical nights at the Spaniard among friends. Fáilte Isteach.


NOW OPEN EVENINGS - Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 9.30pm - See Menu Here Located at the heart of Kinsale, Cucina offers a bustling and lively atmosphere overflowing with Continental charm. Our menu is fresh and exciting leaving you spoiled for choice. Relax over a cappuccino or sample some of the delicious dishes on offer. Cucina has a full wine menu keeping some of the finest wines in stock. If that's all too much for you then why not stay the night with us at our comfortable B&B accommodation. Our B&B is extremely comfortable and offer the best value accommodation Kinsale has to offer. So come and visit us at Cucina today - our friendly staff are always on hand to make your visit to Kinsale a memorable one.


In our Courtyard Café coffee, tea, our home made cakes, pastries, sweet treats and scones are served, with a lunch menu using fresh locally sourced ingredients and organic produce from our own gardens and orchards. Our bread and cakes are baked at Walton Court with organic flour. We offer a full range of coffees from espresso to latte, using beans roasted in Kinsale by artisan coffee roaster Eric van der Kroon of Roastinghouse Coffee, a selection of teas, fruit smoothies, milkshakes, organic apple juice, traditional lemonade, cordials and presses. To complement your lunch we also offer a selection of wines, and artisan beers from the Dungarvan Brewing Company Our lunch menu changes seasonally.

Shanghai Express

Oriental bistrot serving asian tapas sized dishes, as well as a selection of main courses. User friendly wine list and imported bottle beers from around south east Asia. Friendly staff, great ambience, great food.


Welcome to Apéritif, Kinsale’s stylish wine and tapas bar located in the very heart of picturesque Kinsale which is situated only 20 minutes from Cork City. Aperitif is part of the award winning Blue Haven Collection. Aperitif is an ideal choice for a light bite, great tapas and a glass of wine from our extensive selection in our wine cellar or indeed if you would like to just relax and have a coffee in a wonderful atmosphere. If you are dining in one of Kinsale renowned gourmet restaurants, it is an ideal place for a pre-dinner drink or for some delicious tapas. You will find a lovely atmosphere, great food, great company and service. We are open Thursday to Sunday from 5.30pm serving our full tapas menu. Aperitif is also the perfect venue for all special occasions and is available as a private party function for you if you would like to book out the venue.


Set in a calm and relaxing setting one can enjoy some time out or meet with friends in this lovely cafe. The menus change with the seasons, and use fresh, local and artisan products. The Lemon Leaf’s cakes and breads are all fresh daily, and in addition to the menus you will find a selection of specials in the Cafe daily. You will also find a selection of healthy options dishes which have been created in conjunction with Rogue Fitness personal training centre here in Kinsale.