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2 euro For Cooking & Service Well Above Average 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. 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
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Isaacs Restaurant
48 MacCurtain Street, Cork Cork City
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Tel: +353 21 450 3805

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In 1992 Michael and Catherine Ryan, together with partner/head chef Canice Sharkey, opened this large, atmospheric modern restaurant in an 18th-century warehouse and it immediately struck a chord with people tired of having to choose between fine dining and fast food, and became a trend-setter in the modern Irish food movement.
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Contemporary Irish
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Early Bird / Value Menu Available
  • Informal
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

Isaacs Restaurant

In 1992 Michael and Catherine Ryan, together with partner/head chef Canice Sharkey, opened this large, atmospheric modern restaurant in an 18th-century warehouse and it immediately struck a chord with people tired of having to choose between fine dining and fast food, and became a trend-setter in the modern Irish food movement.


The combination of international influences and reassuring Irish traditions was ahead of its time, and it quickly gained a following of people who enjoyed both the informal atmosphere, and the freshness of approach in Canice Sharkey's kitchen.


In a quiet, low-key way, this Cork restaurants played a leading role in the culinary revolution that has overtaken Ireland over the last decade or two. Their original blend of Irish and international themes, together with a policy of providing quality food and good value in an informal, relaxed ambience has attracted endless imitations.


Ingredients are carefully sourced, the cooking is consistently accomplished and menus are freshened by occasional inspired introductions (a plate of tapas, for example, which can be a starter or a lovely light lunch). A list of about seven specials changes twice daily, and most dishes are available with little oil and no dairy produce, on request.


Offering great food at a fair price has always been the philosophy here and everything is sourced from the market or their own farm in East Cork. All menus offer good value, but the set dinner menu (offered as early bird later in the week) merits special mention at just €25 for three courses.


The re is a full bar licence and the wine list follows a similar philosophy, offering a good combination of classics and more unusual bottles, at accessible prices - and Isaacs coffee is organic and Fair Trade.


The service is terrific too, and a visit here is always great fun.

Seats 120. L Mon-Sat 12.30-2.30, D daily 6-10 (Sun to 9). Set L €14.50; set D Mon-Wed & early bird Thu-Sat €25; also short à la carte L&D and daily blackboard specials; vegetarian dishes highlighted. House wine from €22. Service discretionary. Toilets wheelchair accessible; children welcome (high chair, baby changing facilities). Closed - L Sun, Christmas week, L Bank Holidays. Amex, Diners, MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 11-07-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

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