Dating back to 1978, Philip Horgan's characterful restaurant high up over the harbour is one of Kinsale's longest-established. It is also one of the most popular and, housed in a series of rooms, it has great atmosphere and a garden terrace, which makes a nice spot for drinks and coffee in fine weather.
Philip presents seasonal à la carte menus that major on seafood but offer plenty else besides, including several vegetarian choices and ever-popular duck, steak and lamb.
While geared to fairly traditional tastes, the cooking is generally sound and can include imaginative ideas - and there's usually a good buzz, which adds hugely to the enjoyment of a meal.
Simple, well-made desserts include good ice creams.
Service is cheerful and efficient and, unlike many other restaurants in the Kinsale area, which are seasonal, Man Friday is open in the winter.