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Cru Bistro opened in 2018 and offers modern European cuisine with an Asian twist on some dishes. We have an extensive wine list (many of which are available by the glass) and we also offer prosecco based cocktails and craft beers & cider (no spirits). Limited outside dining is available in the summer months.
PRICE RANGE
US$6 - US$29
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Irish, European, Wine Bar
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great venue for a meal out in Kinsale, the menu wasn't extensive, but what was on offer was done really well. The scallops were particularly amazing, and the waiter was very knowledgeable about the wines on offer which made DH very happy....Based on our experience and enjoyment of our meal at Cru, I would definitely recommend it to others,More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in here by chance . Food was excellent. Wine was decent but a bit on the pricey side. Service was very good and staff were friendly and attentive Happy to revisit

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The booking process was a bit onerous but we were keen to try somewhere new (for us). The food was good - particularly the starters - mains were tasty enough but a little plain. Dessert - chocolate mousse - was lovely. Wine pricey. Overall the...service was rushed - barely placed the order before the starters arrived. We prefer to have a more leisurely experience.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 9 October 2022

We had a great meal here while staying in Kinsale. Fresh seafood and an awesome wine list. It is on the expensive side.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 October 2022 via mobile

The best meal we had in Kinsale, and that includes Black Pig. We can't recommend this highly enough! The service was top notch, the wine list is excellent, and the food was the best we've had in Ireland so far (10 days in). The scallops...starter was perfect, and the Hake was so good!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 13 September 2022

The food was exceptional. From starters to dessert all was made of fine, local ingredients, delicious and beautifully presented on the plate. Our entree, local hake with local veggies, was divine. The wine list, as one would expect is outstanding, overwhelming, so we selected from...the shorter recommended list. We all loved the Acquisto (?) Catalan red wine from Onstat. The staff were knowledgeable, especially the sommelier/manager, and the atmosphere, simple, casual and warm interior was a reflection of the warmth and welcoming nature of the place.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 5 September 2022 via mobile

Made a reservation via their website, which directed me to some third party software “Tablepath” who didn’t confirm my booking by email or text, leaving me wondering if I had a reservation or not. On arrival it was confirmed that we had a table upstairs,...and we were shown to our table. Upstairs there was about seven tables, but only one guy trying to deal with them all…he gave it his all, but it was obviously beyond anybody’s capabilities, and things didn’t happen as they should…we were continually looking for our server to continue our meal. This was unfortunate as the food was very good, great in fact, but seemed to be spoiled by the owners trying to run a high end restaurant on a shoestring. Having been in the Black Pig the previous night, the 5 stars go to The Black Pig!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 31 August 2022

We went here for an impulsive dinner. The place is nice and cosy and service is welcoming and friendly. The food and drinks were good. Would recommend :)

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 30 August 2022 via mobile

From start to finish, this was a really fab restaurant. Restaurant ambiance and the menu is very impressive. There’s lots of local produce and multiple options for seafood, meat and vegetarian. I had the starter platter which contained smoked salmon, mackerel, mussels and crab meat....This was really divine, highly recommended My mains was the lamb meatballs. This was also top class. A perfect blend of spices mixed through the succulent lamb, with a lovely selection of veg and sauces to compliment. There was no room for desert, but I did look at the menu and there was lots of fab offerings. Thanks to the staff of CRU, you really do a great job and your restaurant deserves to be one of the best in Kinsale 👏👏👏More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 22 August 2022 via mobile

So the wine saved this place for me. Good recommendations from the knowledgeable server, a very extensive list of wines . The food we had was not great, edible but oretty disappointing and expensive. I hate eating dishes that I know I would cook a...much better version of. The deserts were sickly. I'd drink here and eat elsewhere in future.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 15 August 2022

This was our first time visiting Cru. Forced upon us by the lack of dining options on a Monday evening in Kinsale. But thankfully it turned out a happy accident. The food is very good. The staff are exceptional - although it would be nice...if the owner/Colm smiled occasionally :). Prices wont hurt you ..... particularly given what you get in return. Good choice of wines - although many at the premium end. I did have a steak issue (stringy and tough) on one of our evenings but our choices on the subsequent visits were all excellent. You will not be disappointed with your dining/drinking experience at CruMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 14 August 2022 via mobile

Wow, incredible service from Fred and the team, and the best food we have had in Ireland or England to date! Go here!!!!!!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 6 August 2022 via mobile

Booked a last minute trip to Kinsale to get a night away from the kids and was lucky enough to get a reservation in Cru. From start to finish, our experience was nothing but positive. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, very knowledgeable about...the local ingredients and most importantly, the wine menu! The food was absolutely first class. Seafood was extremely fresh, and deserts were sublime. Would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Cru. I will definitely be back againMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 30 July 2022 via mobile

Unusual food, but in a very good way. Everything we ate was full of flavour. Great wine list - boy, you could really push the boat out with some of the wines on offer ! Lovely staff, and a full restaurant gave a great atmosphere....Definitely plan to be back on our next visit to Kinsale.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 29 July 2022

We had a wonderful dinner and the service was excellent, had the fish special which was delicious, highly recommend

Date of visit: July 2022
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5