10 restaurants in Cork with outdoor seating still serving food al fresco 2 weeks ago

10 restaurants in Cork with outdoor seating still serving food al fresco

Who would have thought Ireland would ever become a hub for outdoor dining?

Al fresco dining has become a very popular thing on our isle, and I have to say I'm not complaining about it.

Yes, we may need a few more layers of clothes than you do in other countries, but layers can be stylish and fresh air on your face gives you a glow. Once it's not raining. Too much.

Things aren't looking brilliant for date nights at the moment, but you can still sit outside in some of your favourite spots in Cork for the next few weeks and support local businesses.

Here are some of our favourite places still doing table service outside in Cork.



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How amazing does @princesstreetcork look this evening ? We are so proud to be supporting @corkarccancer with this gala event!

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A favourite in Cork, Clancys is located on Prince Street and will continue to serve outside the front of the restaurant for any locals who want to go for an outdoor meal.

River Club


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Following the recent government protocol announcement, The River Lee will only be accepting bookings in our indoor restaurant and bar spaces for resident guests as of Wednesday 7th October until further notice. The River Club terrace will be operating extended opening hours for breakfast, lunch & brunch, and dinner from 8am-10pm daily with limited spaces for non-residents. Please visit theriverclubcork.ie to book. If you have an outstanding reservation with us during this time, please be advised that our guest relations team will be in touch to cancel or amend your booking accordingly. We look forward to welcoming you through our doors once again very soon. Your friends at The River Lee

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The outside area in River Club is the spot you will want to sit, whether inside is open or not.

It's beautifully decorated and very Instagrammable. Honestly, this place makes sitting outside like something from a fairytale, so treat yourself to a little booking on the patio.


Goldbergs on the docks will be looking after their customers over the next few weeks in their outdoor dining space.

They do everything from burgers to brunch, so if you find yourself looking for a place to sit and eat outside around the docklands, this is your place. The burgers and sandwiches are as delicious, as are the Instagram pictures of them.

Orso Kitchen

You will be happy to hear this very popular restaurant in Cork City will remain serving tables over the coming weeks.

Bring a coat or two for their cute outdoor area, but the staff are brilliant and so is the food so they will distract you from even the coldest of nights. They have cut their hours down though, so book a table so you're not disappointed!

Coqbull Cork

Coqbull have recently added some heaters to the front of their place, so you'll get to stay warm enough while you eat.

They've got delicious rotisserie chicken, cocktails and a delicious spice bag to keep you busy. Make sure to book though, because outdoor spots are limited.

Tom Barry's 

Thanks to their gorgeous outdoor area, Tom Barry's are able to stay open serving diners outside their famous spot. The only rule is that every guest has to order a pizza, but that sounds okay to me.

Good Day Deli


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We’re back! BOOK YOUR OUTDOOR BRUNCH this weekend on our sheltered patio in the gorgeous gardens of @nanonagleplace ! www.gooddaydeli.ie/reservations We’ll be serving all of your favourite brunch + lunch dishes, @westcorkcoffee, decadent cakes + natural wines in a big open space surrounded by nature + culture ? We’re currently taking bookings from this Friday 9th Oct to Sunday 11 Oct! Don't forget to bring your own blanket to stay warm + cosy ??? As we’ll be running things a little differently over the next 3 weeks, please read our reservation guidelines before confirming your booking ? See you all soon! And stay tuned for updates ? #outdoorbrunch #gooddaydeli #gardencafe #nanonagleplace #corkcity

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Another spot famous for their weekend brunch menu in Cork is Good Day Deli, and they have a sheltered outdoor dining space where you can still enjoy some eggs Benedict with some stunning views of Nano Nagle Place.

Perfect for a stroll after you've filled yourself.

Sage 2.0


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Decided to leave the dust settle from yesterday ? We have decided to keep the restaurant doors open Outside dining for 15 people max as allowed - blankets ? We will extend our opening hours & now serve Hot Food all day from 12-9 pm Wednesday to Sunday Bookings can be made online via the website http://www.sagerestaurant.ie/book-your-table/ We have updated the Take away menu which you can order from here Click & Collect https://sage.tablepath.com/sage-2go#/sage-take-out_4717 The Foodstore will now be open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am Coffee , Scones etc We have re introduced the click & collect for home meals or you can just call in & shop as normal https://sage.tablepath.com/sage-2go#/sage-2go-foodstore-click--collect_4732 All info is up on the Website Food & Drink outside All Day from 9am Take Away Food store Outside Catering for Homes Home meals 0214639782 ?

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There's nothing like a few picnic tables and some delicious food to keep al fresco dinning in Cork alive!

Sage restaurant are offering dining services with blankets, so if you didn't bring enough layers, you're sorted. They will also be extending their hours so that more people can tuck into their delicious food.

Burnt Pizza Cork

Pizza al fresco sounds delicious to me - and you can get your hands on a few pizzas on Prince Street here.

Bring a coat and perch for the day. Pizza is good for lunch and dinner... and breakfast too, if you ask me.


Grab a delicious pasta while people watching outside Koto in Cork. They have limited seats outside available for the next few weeks, so you will have to book but it will be worth it.