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Ivory Tower Restaurant

#125 of 502 Restaurants in Cork
Certificate of Excellence
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35 Princes Street, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 427 4665
18:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 23:30
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Wed - Sun 18:00 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 19:00 - 23:30
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Cork, Ireland
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Unique cuisine in a slightly less than formal setting, can't get there often enough, every time we visit the only disappointment is that we can't sample more of the menu!!!

Thank Gsherlock1
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Brought my partner here for his birthday, and was surprised by the meal - I had heard the hype but my general opinion is that, after a certain price point, there's no ROI when it comes to food. I was wrong, though. I got the 7 course tasting menu, and each course was bursting with flavour. I'm cynical when people... More 

Thank thames_begone
County Kerry, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Never had such an eating experience ever. Amazing, unassuming and utterly unexpected. Fab service. I would highly recommend to people who like the element of surprise

Thank Pat M
Level Contributor
59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

I ate here with my wife. The restaurant is setup like eating in the front room of an old house. Very eclectic, with chef O'Connell in the kitchen at the back. We had the 5 course menu for €50. There was a good selection for each course. My wife had the ham and barley risotto to start, I had the... More 

Thank Brianontheroad
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

As always, worth its money as the quality of the food is very good. Friendly staff :) Even if the restaurant doesn't look like a restaurant in the beginning - still it has its own charm and makes you feel comfortable

Thank Allan M
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87 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We have been visiting the Ivory Tower probably about once a year for the last decade or so and we are really fans of the place. It’s in a lovely quirky room overlooking Oliver Plunket Street full of curiosities even the plates are vintage!! We most recently dined there on New Years Eve and went for the 8 course tasking... More 

Thank MurphCork
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

This is one of the only True experimental gourmet dining experiences in all of County Cork (it's in the city). Seamus O'Connell is a wizard with food - his balance of Ying & Yang, East Vs West and unexpected combinations (Shark Steak with Banana Ketchup) never fail to excite the palate with new experiences.Wide ranging but set-menu's at fixed prices,... More 

Thank Robert D
Cork, Ireland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We were invited by friends to dinner at the Ivory Tower just before Christmas. What a treat. From the moment we stepped through the door, we knew we would enjoy ourselves. The decor is arresting. Full of treats and visual surprises. The places oozes character. It is different. You are promised something special, just by the wall art and layout... More 

Thank RogerOverall
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Love this restaurant,great food ,good crack waitress.We had E50 set menu which had plenty of choice and was good value. Petit Bouche of marinated herring to start was delicious I had beef veal liver beautifully cooked followed by apple/calvados sorbet and a main course of swordfish which was superb. My dining partner and current wife had carayfish sausage which was... More 

Thank pudser
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We had a delightful meal in a wonderful friendly and eclectic atmosphere, we tried the Japanese tasting menu which was delicious, i loved the marinated herring with plum overtones which left me feeling like I could see the plum trees in Japan, I had my first Umami experience which was also wonderful and some bluefin tuna belly sushi also was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Irish, European, Fusion
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Princes Street, Cork, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Cork  >  Cork
  • Phone Number: +353 21 427 4665
An intimate restaurant run by locally famous chef Seamus O'Connell, featuring some of the most imaginative food in Ireland. The menu includes cajun, french and asian influences, with dishes such as blackened shark with banana ketchup and veal chimichanga ensuring that Cork locals and tourists alike take the time to locate this hard to find restaurant.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?