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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was nervous... I had waited years to get to Cork and have a meal at Paradiso! I was not disappointed... every plate was exquisite - taste, colour, texture, surprise and balance. Thank you chefs 👍 all was deliciously beautiful.... yum! Thank you Laura and...the rest of the serving team we felt so welcome and enjoyed your chat and explanations of the food. A word about the gnocchi...soft and pillow-like with vibrant wild garlic sauce and crispy nettle garnish... loved it... my favourite. Oh but... then there was the asparagus 💚 OK ... it's impossible to name a favourite as each plate was the best. Thank you xxMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Where to start...The venue is basic so the atmosphere is a bit lacking. However, the food is amazing. Beyond amazing; we had the vegan tasting menu and it literally was to die for. I've travelled the world, been to MANY restaurants but this, this food...was quite possibly the best food I've ever eaten. Our waitress was fantastic, I'm sorry we didn't get her name, but she was brilliant, full of personality and totally attentive. There is absolutely no doubt that when I'm back in Cork, I will be eating there again. HUGE thanks to the people that created this concept and all the people that make it happen. You're all amazing!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here on Wednesday last 27th March. Myself and two friends. Unfortunately one of our party got delayed and arrived 45mins late. And while this would be a problem for any restaurant, the staff were really great - fully understanding and treated us...superbly. And then when we got to eat our food - what an experience. Top quality food experience - taste, flavours, variety etc. Can’t wait to return. Thank youMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is fabulous. The food is incredible, the service exceptional. One of the best restaurants I've ever dined at!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This goes down as one of the best culinary experiences of my life. We had the taster menu with the wine pairing and these combinations were truly made for each other. Everything was absolutely perfect. The lighting, the food, the atmosphere, the knowledge, the service,...the whole package had my partner and I giddy with excitement! Exceptional.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 28 January 2024 via mobile

The ‘Cafe’ may be gone from the name since our last visit some years ago but the food and service are as brilliant as ever and the atmosphere is the same. Now with a tasting menu with optional wine pairing I recommend going for the...wine pairing as we did. The best meal we had in a long time. If I lived in Cork this would be my ‘go to’ so just make sure you go.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024 via mobile

Stepping off the street on a cold January evening, we were struck by the quiet elegance of this stylish restaurant and the warmth of the team welcoming us in. There was a sense of expectation and the staff were clearly excited to see our reactions...to the parade of six courses on their tasting menu. Dish after beautiful dish was carried from the kitchen and delivered to our table with a flourish. The wine list was interesting and reasonable, and there were temptations for every taste including several “natural” wines. (All can be ordered by the glass if you want to pair with the food.) Each course was sublime, the menu cleverly building from the lightest coconut broth, a wonderful smoked tofu bite and a tiny beetroot wafer, through to a rich turnip and chestnut galette with a port and beetroot sauce we wanted to lick off the plate. In addition to all the wonderful tasted in between, dessert was perfect finale of roast pear, a light silky chocolate ganache with chipotle chilli and a pumpkin seed crumb. Every mouthful was an adventure, as we tried to identify all the flavours and textures. This was a masterclass in brilliant cooking, perfect seasoning and inventive presentation. Definitely eat here if you are travelling nearby. Or far away. Worth the detour from, say, London.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 29 November 2023 via mobile

Was here for dinner last night with the lovely Ursula. What can I say? Six course meal, a luxurious holiday for the taste buds! Exquisite little dishes sculpted by a chef who knows what exactly they’re doing. Gordon Ramsay eat your heart out! The staff...are superb, the nicest most pleasant and charming people you could meet. It was very busy but our service level was excellent, just right between courses. I can’t praise this menu enough. It’s not the cheapest in town and the staff do explain to people coming in about the cost which I think is great, before the customers sit down and then decide to leave. I have never experienced a crafted menu like this before. Ursula was also delighted with it. Each course is completely different and unique. Paradiso has been in existence 30 years and I cannot believe I never went here before. By the way, it’s vegetarian but the food is so delicious, you wouldn’t even miss a meat dish if you’re a carnivore! Top top recommendation from me!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 7 November 2023 via mobile

Amazing vegetarian dinner out with a close friend. We both were amazed at the taste and the service was spot on. We had a great time and I highly recommend for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 7 October 2023

Simply sensational as ever. The most interesting and delicious food you’ll ever eat in cork. Exceptional staff too.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 28 September 2023 via mobile

The food is creatively composed and delicious always and the autumn menu did not disappoint. Except for the potato course which was just a roast potato with sauces and a tiny mushroom. More green vegetables would be welcome too. The old menu had more balanced...dishes - no doubt there are reasons for the change. Having said that the restaurant staff are very welcoming and paradiso is one of the best.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 5 September 2023

The prix fixe dinner (to my knowledge, the only choice that night) was super interesting, offered a lot of creativity, and was, quite simply, absolutely delicious.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 30 July 2023

Lovely spot great atmosphere, always welcoming everytime I go and great for family events. Not too pricey

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 20 July 2023

The food here is unbelievably good. I am a vegetarian, my partner is not, but we both thought every dish was delicious. I am sure the next time we come back there will be a Michelin star and it completely deserves it.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 30 June 2023

What a wonderful treat! Neither my husband or myself are officially vegetarian and I thought this restaurant might be a bit of a challenge for him! In fact the 6-course taster menu was one of the most creative and tasty dinners out we’ve had in...a long while. Fun when you have to look up some of the ingredients because you’ve never heard of them before….such as “dandan”. The combination of flavours was great eg roasted cauliflower with cashew korma, samphire and pickled walnuts; beetroot risotto with nettle broth, orange and pine nut. The presentation and service are also faultless. Good to have a flight of wines to accompany the meal if you want to relish the treat fully. I think an Irish Times review from the springtime may have described this restaurant as creating dishes that make one forget meat ever existed…..I see what they mean!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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JohnL63
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Response from Jim R | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure. We never saw a small child in the restaurant. It is a upscale experience and I would call them first.
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Response from Dxbliz | Reviewed this property |
Think you have the wrong reviewer, Cafe Paradiso is excellent
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Response from julienp252 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, It's quiet small, but calm in general. Seating is comfortable. Last time, even if the restaurant was full, I was seating in the left corner near the bar, it was quiet and the noise didn't disturb me ;)
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5