In search of the best restaurants in Cobh? Our Cobh restaurants guide will make your belly happy!
Although arguably best known for its Titanic link, there’s plenty of things to do in Cobh that make it a great base for an adventure.
In the guide below, you’ll discover the best Cobh restaurants on offer, with a little bit of something to tickle every fancy (and budget!).
Our favourite restaurants in Cobh
Cobh has some outstanding places to dine and many restaurants have magnificent waterfront views and outdoor terraces.
When it comes to choice, several top restaurants are located within Cobh hotels while pubs, bars and pizzerias have their own following. Life’s too short for a bad meal, so check out the best below!
1. Harbour Browns Steakhouse
First up is one of the better-known Cobh restaurants – Harbour Browns. This is an excellent steakhouse and oh so much more! Mix with locals and other well-informed diners who’ve discovered this gorgeous restaurant on West Beach.
At lunch time, tuck into a generous Irish carvery or a lighter choice such as BLT, Steamed Ballycotton Mussels or Classic Fish and Chips.
Evening dinner ups-the-ante with main courses such as fillet and prime rib-eye steaks with delectable sides, sauces and toppings.
Chicken Florentine, Scampi and Braised Lamb Shanks offer alternatives. And don’t miss the Sticky Toffee Pudding – one dessert you definitely won’t want to share!
2. Grand Italia Pizzeria Cobh
Ask around for a pizzeria recommendation and most locals will direct you to Grand Italia Pizzeria on Roger Casement Square.
It consistently maintains exceptional 5 star ratings for food, value and service which says it all. This family-run pizza empire was established in the heart of Cobh in 2012 and is still owned by the Girasole family.
This place offers a mouthwatering range of pizza as well as authentic pasta dishes, fresh fish and juicy steaks.
If you’re after places to eat in Cobh where you’re guaranteed a tasty, hearty meal, get yourself to Grand Italia.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best hotels in Cobh (a mix of fancy spots and cheap places to stay)
3. The Quays Bar and Restaurant
Taking its name from its waterfront location, The Quays Bar and Restaurant is in an idyllic spot for a bite to eat or a drink.
Especially if you can grab a seat on the outdoor terrace, where you can eat and sip while watching the boats come and go in Cork Harbour.
It’ll whet your appetite for fresh seafood but the menu also showcases a variety or international favourites such as Thai Green Curry, fully-loaded burgers, tasty salads and pizzas.
More great Cobh restaurants with excellent reviews
As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there’s an almost endless number of great places to eat in Cobh on offer.
If you’re still not sold on any of the previous choices, the section below is packed with some more highly-reviewed Cobh restaurants.
1. Titanic Bar and Grill
Welcome aboard! The Titanic Bar and Grill occupies part of the historic Scott Building, home of the original ticketing office for the Titanic and White Star Line and right next door to the Titanic Experience Cobh.
Surrounded by history, the historic bar was opened in 2000 by Millvena Dean, the youngest survivor of the Titanic who was just 9 weeks old at the time.
It now serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features Irish favourites including local beef, freshly caught seafood and Clonakilty black pudding. The waterfront terrace is the perfect place to linger over a tasty lunch and watch the world go by.
2. Jack Doyles
Located at the “Top of the hill”, Jack Doyles Bar and Restaurant sports an Irish green facade that’s hard to miss. Step over the threshold for a warm Irish welcome, traditional ales, a full menu and live entertainment every evening.
Named after a local legend who was a boxer, singer and famous entertainer, Jack Doyle’s continues the tradition with fun every night.
The addition of the restaurant added another dimension with a specials menu to suit every occasion and taste. You could say it’s a knockout!
If you’re in search of Cobh restaurants that’ll tantalize your tastebuds from beginning to end, Doyle’s is a great shout!
Related read: Check out our guide to the best things to do in East Cork (you’ll find loads of places to visit near Cobh)
3. O’Shea’s Bar
You’ll find O’Shea’s Bar inside the landmark Commodore Hotel in Cobh. Find a table and have a nosey at the fine collection of maritime memorabilia gracing the walls and adding a sense of tradition and history.
As well as a wide choice of ales, wines and spirits, O’Shea’s offers bar food that packs a punch. The bar menu definitely excels, from the finest catch of the day to flash fried fillet steak, a fisherman’s basket and fragrant curries.
If you’re staying in Cobh, linger at O’Shea’s and enjoy live entertainment and make new friends in this friendly establishment.
4. Jacob’s Ladder Restaurant
For a truly special dining experience, make reservations for the Jacob’s Ladder Restaurant at the WatersEdge Hotel. The location and upscale setting make this a fabulous place to dine overlooking Cork Harbour.
Chef-created dishes are cooked to perfection and served with imaginative flair. Driven by food excellence, the kitchen team use locally sourced produce and the smiling service makes this a wonderful place to dine.
If you’re in search of Cobh restaurants for a special occasion, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Jacob’s!
What great Cobh restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some other great restaurants in Cobh from the guide above.
If you have a favourite Cobh restaurants that you’d like to recommend, drop a comment into the comments section below.
FAQs about the best restaurants in Cobh
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from what are the best restaurants in Cobh for a fancy feed to which Cobh restaurants are nice and chilled.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What are the best restaurants in Cobh?
Harbour Browns Steakhouse, Grand Italia Pizzeria Cobh and The Quays Bar and Restaurant are three of my favourite places to eat in Cobh.
What are the best places to eat in Cobh for pub grub?
O’Shea’s Bar, Jack Doyles and The Quays can, in my opinion, go toe-to-toe with some of the best restaurants in Cobh.
What Cobh restaurants offer the best views?
It’s hard to beat Jacob’s Ladder Restaurant and the Titanic Bar and Grill when it comes to views. In particular, if you can nab a seat in the outdoor area of Jacob’s on a fine day you’ll be treat to gorgeous views of the sea.
Gillian Birch is a travel writer and published author. She has travelled the world and uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many travel experiences, particularly those that involved adventures in Ireland.