Brunch in Cork City

Brunch, part breakfast part lunch, all delicious. Like weekend mornings in a sun-filled kitchen with family and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Sausage or bacon sizzling in a pan on the stove and the family dog sniffing around everyone’s feet to try and get a sliver of the scents in the air. That is what I think. In later years, it would be university cafeterias or pancake houses, but there is something uniquely memorable about family food. My parents would serve their pancakes up with dabs of butter between each layer and topped with warm Vermont maple syrup, usually from a stockpile given to us at Christmas by New Englander friends. I wish I could pull you all back in time for a moment to sit in the dining room for brunch. Sometimes there would even be bagels with cream cheese and lox or hash browns. Cereal is rarely the main event. Far too… to the point. Brunch is a meandering meal, not one that is efficient or to the point.

Here are the restaurants and cafes in Cork offering special weekend brunch menus. Yes, some are even open early mornings or on Sundays!

You can also contact me on Twitter @BrunchCork if you’re on the go and can’t read this blog post but need a recommendation.

UPDATE: I’ve created a Google Doc list of all Cork City restaurants which offer brunch (or brunchy breakfasts) so I can keep it updated more easily. There is a dedicated Brunch in Cork page on this blog so check it out for the most up-to-date restaurant information and hours.

The list in this post was accurate as of February 2012

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    Breakfast (menu) and brunch (menu) on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 3-ish
    Breakfast and Lunch Mondays through Fridays.
    Early Dinner and A La Carte Dinner Tuesday though Saturday.
    No. 5, Fenn’s Quay, Sheares Street, Cork City Centre (located one street north and one street west of the Courthouse)
    (021) 427 9527
    Menu includes fluffy pancakes, eggs Benedict, eggs Florentine, fresh-baked breads/croissants/scones, and scrambled eggs. Their Hollandaise sauce is Pasteurized (great for pregnant ladies). I love this place because of its warm neighborhood feel. Linger over the morning newspaper and enjoy starting the day on your terms at your pace or meet up with friends and tease them about the crazy stuff they did the night before!
  • Duke’s Coffee Company  – CURRENT BRUNCH in CORK PROFILE
    Breakfast daily specialising in coffee and food that goes well with coffee.
    Carey’s Lane, Paul Street, Cork City Centre
  • Liberty Grill
    Brunch 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Breakfast weekdays.
    Washington Street, Cork City Centre
    (021) 427 1049
    Like Fenns Quay, their Hollandaise sauce is Pasteurized (great if pregnant).
    Mondays through Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.  to 6:00 p.m.
    Caroline Street at Maylor, Cork City Centre
    They offer suspended coffees.
  • The Sextant
    Brunch (menu) on Sundays from 12 Noon to 3:30 p.m.
    Weekday breakfasts (menu) from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon also
  • Brick Lane
    Brunch Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm
    North Main Street, Cork City
  • ButterCup Cafe
    Sat brunch9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Breakfast weekdays.
    19 Dominick Street, Shandon, Cork City
    (021) 455 1888
  • Fresco Bistro
    Brunch (menu) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and from 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.
    Lower level of Lewis Glucksman Gallery, UCC Campus, Cork City
    (021) 490 1848
    Tables are in demand (reservations available by phone) and a stroll around the gallery afterward is a good excuse to eat something decadent. Evidently (and not surprisingly), it serves up the best food on UCC campus hands down. For peek inside their kitchen, check out the appetite-inducing video of the food as photographed by Neil Danton. Great location for art lovers.
  • Crawford Gallery Café
    Brunch from 9:00 a.m.  to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Breakfast weekdays.
    Crawford Gallery, Emmet Square, Cork City Centre
    Great location for art lovers.
  • Cafe Serendipity
    Breakfast/brunch from 8:00 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday
    Palace View, Western Road (opposite the River Lee Hotel), Cork City Centre
  • Gwen’s Crepes
    Brunch menu from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays as well as Mondays through Fridays (regular menu after that)
    French Church Street, Cork City Centre
    Morning menu includes French omelets as well as their usual and large traditional French crepes.
  • O’Flynn’s Gourmet Sausages
    Breakfast Daily
    Winthrop Street, Cork City
  • Yellow Sub
    Breakfast daily
    Grand Parade & South Mall Junction, Cork City
  • Nash 19
    Brunch from 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Breakfast Monday through Friday.
    Princes Street, Cork City Centre
  • SoHo
    Brunch (menu) on weekends.
    Grand Parade at Washington Street, Cork City Centre
    Great if there’s a match on – have you seen their TV collection?
  • 6ix
    Brunch (menu) on Sundays from 12 Noon with Disco DJ
    6 Bridge Street, Cork City
  • Castle Cafe
    Brunch (menu) from 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays
    Blackrock Castle, Blackrock, Co.Cork.
  • Serendipity Cafe
    Breakfast/Brunch from 8 a.m. on Saturdays.
    31 Palace View, Western Road, Cork City
  • Bodega
    Brunch and lunch (menu) from 10:00am on Saturdays and Sundays.
    Corn Market Street, Cork City Centre
  • Amicus
    Brunch (menu) from Noon on Sundays
    Paul Street, Cork City Centre
  • Woodford
    Breakfast (menu) from 10:00am to Noon on Saturdays
    and Noon to 4pm on Sundays.
    Paul Street, Cork City Centre
  • Cornstore
    Brunch (menu) on Sundays from Noon to 4pm


  • Orchids Restaurant at Hayfield Manor
    Serves a weekly special Sunday lunch (sample menu) and even more Special Gourmet Brunch a few times a year (Mother’s Day, Easter, Father’s Day, Jazz Festival).
  • Greenes Restaurant
    Only open on Sundays for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Jazz weekend, and holiday weekends. Would be great on a sunny day if you grabbed a table by the waterfall!

I link to their brunch or weekend morning menus whenever possible. Because you probably came here for information, I’m adding all the mouth-watering brunch photos to the end of this post. PLEASE NOTE: This post only lists the weekend hours. These establishments also have weekday hours which you can learn about by clicking on the restaurant name to visit their website. To help you locate the nearest spot to you, I’ve placed as many of these restaurants (or their host hotels) in a custom Google BRUNCH IN CORK Map. There’s also an @BrunchCork Twitter account and Brunch in Cork Facebook page devoted to this exact topic!

Brunch can be for friends to catch up after a busy week or a time for family to gather, especially for holidays like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, Jazz Festival weekend or some such special occasion. But I like brunch any weekend!

Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest tasty updates.  

Brunch in Cork Google Map
@BrunchCork on Twitter
Brunch in Cork on Facebook

And now for those yummy photos I promised you… (there are MANY)

My #EggsFlorentine for #brunch at #fennsquay. Love #Cork #eggs. #EatLocal#morning #cuppa #latte at #fennsquay in #cork#morning at #fennsquayMy custom omelet has arrived! @fennsquay #breakfast #foodSoldiers and eggs and Marmite and potato straws. Brunch at Fenns quay#Cappuccino to start the day. Brunch at @caitl's @fennsquay.Eggs Florentine at @fennsquay for breakfast.

Breakfast at Fenns Quay makes even a Thursday feel like a holiday. Custom ham, cheese, and tomato omelet

Ardsallagh, ham and tomato omelet with black and white @rosscarberyreci pudding. @fennsquay @caitl #brunch

Eggs on Toast


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19 thoughts on “Brunch in Cork City

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  1. As a Cork girl living in America for almost 20 years I discovered Dim Sum while visiting Boston’s China Town years ago & loved it from my very first bite ! A recent visit home to Cork had me searching out Dim Sum & to my delight was not disappointed at Yuan Ming Yuan restaurant on Prince’s Street. A great alternative to traditional brunch and a very fun meal to share with friends & family. p.s. leave room for dessert – the Egg Custard Tarts are delicious !!!!

  2. Thanks for the recommendation, Ciara! Must check it out.

    Claire, the link is updated. Thanks for catching that. Perhaps it was the universe’s way of telling me to go on a world tour of Cafe Paradisos? 🙂

  3. Moving to Cork in four weeks from the states and stumbled upon your blog. Great information and I love that you included brunch!

    1. How exciting, Megan! Cork is a great place to live so hope you like it here. Where are you moving from? A fresh perspective is always helpful, is there anything my blog is missing? I set out to write for those moving here but ended up writing more about living here. Which makes sense, but I do want to try to pass on my experience from the move as much as I can. Safe travels and how lucky you’re arriving in time for the Guinness Jazz Festival!!!

      1. Evin, We moved from Indiana but we were only there for 10 months. I’m from the DC area and my husband is Irish (he lived in the DC area 12 years). We just arrived this weekend and looking forward to this new adventure!! I really enjoy your blog, it’s been very helpful.

    1. Excellent, Joanne! I’ll add that to the list. I think I am going to split this post into two, the useful list and the photos so it loads quicker on mobile devices when people are literally standing in Cork City and looking for a place that’s open.

  4. When Willie & I first met, it was great on a Saturday morning to buy the papers & go for brunch in town (Cork City). 18 years on & living in West Cork, he’s just returned from delivering over the past 4 hours so looking for a second breakfast (my version of brunch to keep him & the 2 boys going till mid afternoon.

  5. My favourite would be Latitude 51 on Union Quay. Delicious Saturday brunch in the most relaxing and unique ambience. Highly recommended!

  6. Some good spots listed but Widways (beside Nash 19) is a serious omission. They do an excellent breakfast (all day on Sat) and is reasonably well priced.

    Most of the establishments above are closed on Sunday which is a bit of a pain though.

  7. I think you might mean ballymaloe house instead of the cookery school. The cafe in ballymaloe is a lovely spot also, I think they do lunch from 12.30 to 4.

  8. Try Bramley cottage near FOTA excellent spot for brekky and Dinner also Tara’s in McCurtain st

  9. Hi Evin, I was wondering if you have time to comment on something.. My parents are coming to Cork next week (my Dad’s 70th birthday) and I would like to offer them a breakfast/ brunch in a typical pub (fire place and all that , you know 🙂 ) on his birthday morning / midday. The evening is organized by my brother who works in Cork. I have googled about the heritage pub etc., but it is difficult to know which one to choose without seeing them!
    Alternatively, I could also organize them a half-day trip a bit outside Cork (by the sea?) if someone can recommend a lovely place to eat somewhere outside the city (this option would include renting a driver + car).
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you so much!! Have a lovely week.

    1. So many ideas. You could look at Ballymaloe House (near Cloyne) or Longueville House (near Mallow) for grandeur and a hearth. If you want to stay in Cork’s city centre, perhaps Hayfield Manor (though I believe they only do brunch on special occasions like Mother’s Day). If a fireplace is essential, Sober Lane does brunch and has a stove hearth. Ring them and ask if you can reserve the table by the fire? It is a pub too so nice casual vibe. Hope this helps. There are so many wonderful brunch options in Cork right now. A real resurgence of brunch appreciation, so I’m sure you’ll find the right spot. So wonderful to mark your dad’s birthday in this way. Let me know if I can help more. I’m also on Twitter as @freckledpast.

      1. Thank you so much Evin!!! I will google the places you mentioned. I am not going to be there with them so it is a bit of a challenge to organize this by internet but I remain optimistic 🙂
        Have a lovely week.

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