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The Fish Wife is well established on the Cork scene. the Fish Wife prides itself on quality locally sourced fresh food. Burgers are produced daily by the local butcher. Chips are cut daily in the shop and fish are sourced locally. Specials vary depending on availabilty. Shop is charming, quirky and homely. Small but cute!!
PRICE RANGE
US$4 - US$12
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Irish
FEATURES
Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards, Street Parking, Digital Payments
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Reviewed 19 June 2022 via mobile

Ordered 2hake and chips today and when I collected the order I asked again to make sure it was hake, I was told it definitely was but when we got home it was just disgusting. It most definitely was not hake but also the fish...was mostly empty batter that was not fresh because it smelled there was lots of lettuce thrown on top of the chips to hide the fact that the portion was so small the peas were solid and cold it was the worst I ever had. I have eaten here before and it was always lovely but I hadn’t been there for a while and now I won’t be back, I’m thinking maybe it has been taken over by someone else and that would explain the huge difference between now and the last time I was there but who knows. I rang them and I got absolutely no satisfaction so my advice would be AVOID.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 29 November 2021

For our trip to Ireland, we were really craving some traditional fish n chips. After looking at some options, we decided to order from The Fish Wife. Unfortunately, the meal wasn't at all what we were expecting. The fish itself was fine, but the batter...was mushy without any crispiness. The chips were fine, but after the fish, they served their purpose. We really wanted to love the place, but we just didn't.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 14 August 2021

I will say that I haven't tried too many fish & chips in Cork yet only three places before this one where the Clayton Hotel had the best tasting out of those three but The Fish Wife definitely holds the first place for me. Had...the cod with chips and the cod was so tasty. Usually the fish in fish and chips can be under-seasoned and dry but this was neither and the portion was large too. For €11.50 this was well worth and the remoulade sauce was great too. Only negative I can think of is that they don't have seating there, at least not now during Covid so you have to plan for a place to eat but they did offer cutlery but I live close by so didn't need it.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 2 April 2021 via mobile

Got the Fish Wife tonight for a change. I have to say we were impressed. My parents had a fish supper and I had curry chips and onion rings. The both of them said the fish was lovely so were the chips. We were dissapointed...in the onion rings, they could definately be better but overall a very tasty dinner.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 21 March 2021

Firstly let me say that the only reason I awarded any star at all was that I needed to so as to submit a review. 1 star is "Terrible" it was far worst than that. i and my partner fancied something a bit better than...chipper food in this endless lock down and haven purchased food from the Grand Parade version of this cafe previously, I was more than a little looking forward to it. Big mistake there is not a chipper in Cork I could have chosen which would have presented me with worse food. I purposely asked the young lady at the counter whether the scampi was made in house or bought in ? she assured me it was made in house ! she lied, it was the cheapest of processed crap with a thick battered crumb containing minimal filling which I would suggest was at best a very distant relation of a prawn. To compound matters I also unwisely ordered onion rings, which made the scampi look posh. To say they were cheap and processed is an understatement, and at € 4 a portion were exorbitantly overpriced. Both meals, which by comparison to similar fare anywhere else were expensive, sat heavy on the stomach resulting in us both feeling quiet unwell for a good period of time after relegating most of the food to the bin. I would suggest the cooking oil was stale and possibly under temperature, resulting in greasy, stodgy and down right unpleasant food. The tartar sauce was straight out of a cheap jar, worse that the cheapest satchel of processed muck you have ever gotten in the worst cafe you have ever eaten in. Being in business myself, I do not lightly berate any other enterprise trying to make a living, and I further acknowledge that all reviews are down to personal opinion. However, I can only strongly, strongly suggest that this establishment is not, only not good for your pocket, but that it also certainly was not good for our digestive systems. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 15 March 2021 via mobile

Ordered Fish n chips for four and onion rings.Fish was supposed to be hake , got haddock, chips used to be twice fried ,these were average at best . Onion rings were processed, not the beauties we used to get .Bad enough the Grand Parade...unit closed, this used to be a sublime experience, now only 6/10. Come on guys, get the finger out ! I,ll try once more .More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 19 September 2020 via mobile

Oil had turned rancid, the chips were awful and I got Haddock & not Cod! Standards have dropped! Not feeling the best today from the food. I did go back to tell them afterwards and was offered more chips which I didn't take.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 2 September 2020

Ordered the ling special & a portion of onion rings last night the fish smelt & tasted overpoweringly of ammonia when i went to eat it, it was not good at all The chips were good but the onion rings at €4 were frozen processed...ones and that price they should be fresh homemade onesMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 15 August 2020

Every other time we were there, we loved the fish and chips, being impressed at how they freshly batter before cooking and the chips were absolutely fab. However, this was not our experience on this occasion. Chips very average and batter not so good. Sorry.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 15 March 2020 via mobile

The food was amazing and very large portions. The price was very reasonable- don’t miss this hidden gem while in cork!

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 4 March 2020 via mobile

The food! Just wow. I had the fish and chips and my husband had a burger and chips. The portions are huge which only matters when it’s worth eating which the food is. We were in the grand parade branch. The waiter was lovely ....We were not huge fans of the decor and table set up but to be honest once we tasted the food we didn’t care. Restaurant is a little cold though. We would however definitely come back m. Yum!!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 27 January 2020

Popped in late Saturday night and we tried the popcorn fish and chips whilst friends had a standard cod and chips. Nice small place, and the food was brilliant - cooked to order so you know it is fresh and not been sitting around. The...popcorn cod pieces were massive and were value for money. Tasted superb too!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 15 December 2019

My second review for the Fish Wife, was always pleased enough with the grub and value in grand parade On this occasion after not being in for a while I asked for my usual of a fish supper...cod. I see €13 on the till and...I said to the chap hang on its usually €8-9, yeah sorry it was priced at €9.50 but now its priced at €13. I said thanks but no thanks. €13 for fish and chips is completely taking the piss. It will be Jackie Lennox's in bandon road for much better value going forward for me.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 4 December 2019

Called in on a cold rainy night. It was very busy and I was lucky to get a table seat. I had the fish and chip special which came in a basket and served with mushy peas and tartare sauce. The portion was huge but...the chips a little bland and the fish way too greasy. It filled a gap but I’m sure there are better options available.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 27 November 2019 via mobile

We stopped in for some take away chips. While waiting I was looking at the plates others had gotten and they were massive. Our chips didn’t disappoint.

Date of visit: November 2019
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our chips are cooked in lard. our fish is cooked in vegetable oil.
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The Fish Wife is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4