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Ivory Tower Restaurant

35 Princes Street, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 427 4665
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good11%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible8%
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“tasting menu” (27 reviews)
“venison” (13 reviews)
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Irish, European, Fusion
35 Princes Street, Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

we went on a tasting day and ate some very fine food The quality varies whether the chef is on or off.Unusual combinations of food in a convivial atmosphere

Thank joely m
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I absolutely love this place. It is a lot different to your standard restaurant and a must try for any foodies out there. I love the decor, the staff are friendly and the food is incredible. Lots of different flavours and really interesting menu. One...More

Thank Roisin B
Reviewed 27 March 2017

This is an expensive treat but worth every penny. Ask your server for advice as the dishes are unusual but you will be surprised and delighted with every course. Wine by the glass is expensive but by the bottle very reasonable so share a bottle....More

Thank mickhanney7373
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Unique cuisine in a slightly less than formal setting, can't get there often enough, every time we visit the only disappointment is that we can't sample more of the menu!!!

Thank Gsherlock1
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Brought my partner here for his birthday, and was surprised by the meal - I had heard the hype but my general opinion is that, after a certain price point, there's no ROI when it comes to food. I was wrong, though. I got the...More

Thank thames_begone
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Never had such an eating experience ever. Amazing, unassuming and utterly unexpected. Fab service. I would highly recommend to people who like the element of surprise

Thank Pat M
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

I ate here with my wife. The restaurant is setup like eating in the front room of an old house. Very eclectic, with chef O'Connell in the kitchen at the back. We had the 5 course menu for €50. There was a good selection for...More

Thank Brianontheroad
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

As always, worth its money as the quality of the food is very good. Friendly staff :) Even if the restaurant doesn't look like a restaurant in the beginning - still it has its own charm and makes you feel comfortable

Thank Allan M
Reviewed 4 January 2017

We have been visiting the Ivory Tower probably about once a year for the last decade or so and we are really fans of the place. It’s in a lovely quirky room overlooking Oliver Plunket Street full of curiosities even the plates are vintage!! We...More

Thank MurphCork
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is one of the only True experimental gourmet dining experiences in all of County Cork (it's in the city). Seamus O'Connell is a wizard with food - his balance of Ying & Yang, East Vs West and unexpected combinations (Shark Steak with Banana Ketchup)...More

Thank Robert D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Princes Street, Cork, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Cork  >  Cork
  • Phone Number: +353 21 427 4665
  • E-mail
An intimate restaurant run by locally famous chef Seamus O'Connell, featuring some of the most imaginative food in Ireland. The menu includes cajun, french and asian influences, with dishes such as blackened shark with banana ketchup and veal chimichanga ensuring that Cork locals and tourists alike take the time to locate this hard to find restaurant.