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2009 Award Winners SEAFOOD RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2009


O'Connor's Seafood Restaurant


BIM Seafood CircleThis long-established seafood restaurant is right on Bantry’s main square (site of the May mussel festival each year), and has been completely refurbished since Peter and Anne O’Brien became proprietors a few years ago - creating the stylish, but very comfortable look it has today.

And they took care to retain all of the things that have always made this place special - the same staff, the same great seafood and, best of all perhaps, the same fair prices.

So, you’ll find a lobster and oyster fish tank sending all the right messages, and Bantry Bay mussels, cooked all ways, are a big speciality - try their Mussels in Murphy’s Stout (steamed in stout and cream), followed perhaps by lobster (when in season), and served with an abundance of fresh vegetables.

Daily specials on a blackboard might include another eight or ten fish dishes, but there’s a fair choice of non-fish dishes available too, all using local produce - roast rack of local lamb, perhaps, (served with black pudding mash and a port & thyme jus) – and, at lunchtime, there’s a more casual menu, including hot or open sandwiches (fresh local crab and mayo; smoked salmon & Durrus cheese) as well as a mini-menu of Bantry Bay mussel dishes and hearty fare such as Seafood Pie or sirloin steak.

And - although this famous restaurant is no longer directly in the O’Connor family, there’s actually a very old family connection as Anne O’Brien’s great-grandmother was the original owner of the bar licence back in 1914 - which makes for pretty good continuity by any standards.

O'Connor's Seafood Restaurant

Bantry, Co. Cork
Bar / Restaurant
O'Connors Seafood Restaurant - Bantry County Cork
100%
6 votes
3 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Serious About Seafood Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Easy to spot by the three model yachts in full sail in the front window, this long-established seafood restaurant is right on the main square (site of Friday markets and the annual early-May mussel festival. The owner, former head chef Patrick Kiely, i ...


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