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Set in the very centre of town, Bastion is a contemporary restaurant owned and run by a talented couple: Paul cooks, while his wife Helen looks after t...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
Simple restaurant
About
Michelin star awarded Restaurant, we serve an eight course menu. We strive to serve locally sourced ingredients where possible and better.
PRICE RANGE
US$7,831 - US$8,992
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
Irish, International, European
FEATURES
Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After eighteen months of home cooking, our first proper dining out experience was here, and it was truly wonderful. Every course was so well executed and the service was so professional. Tasting menu for both of us, my wife has a shellfish allergy so they...very quickly made some tweaks for her. Lovely pace to an evening of superb food.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing experience, food and service was flawless. The 8 course tasting menu was phenomenal, each dish was a surprise, excellent selection of wine, staff incredibly welcoming and professional. Overall an unforgettable night and we will definitely be back for another meal.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 30 August 2021 via mobile

This was an outstanding experience from the welcome, the food, the surprise treats, the wine and the service. The quality of food was second to none and the chef’s creations were delicious. To top it all off, Chef Paul personal returned to the restaurant on...a closed day to return my husband’s red wine influenced lost phone (on the table…) 🤣 Would highly recommend and would love to return to taste another seasonal menu. Congrats to all at Bastion!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 28 August 2021

A welcoming reception, very professional and knowledgeable staff. Our children were made to feel as valued diners. Food was off the charts! Beautifully presented, explained and every mouthful was stunning. Wine pairing was perfect and explained with every course. Great meal from start to finish....Will definitely be back. Chef Paul was also helpful with our booking by way of a cancellation - great to see a Chef take so much interest in his customers from start to finish.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 18 March 2021

We visited Bastion, during two of the lockdowns in Ireland as we wanted to visit more fine dining restaurants in Cork. When we got there the service and wait staff were extremely friendly and polite and explained about the seasonal tasting menu etc. As they...didnt offer beer, we asked for a wine recommendation and based on my partners preference for wine the staff suggested a wine that she really enjoyed and it was probably the cheapest wine on the menu (which I feel showed they cared more about the guests likes then making a few extra euro). We were aware of what was on the 6 course tasting menu (not including some additional small dishes) and I wasn't as excited as I would have liked with some of the dishes not sounding to my liking. I was very wrong. I enjoyed each course a lot and even those that weren't my favourite there was something interesting about them and something that caused conversation esp the Cauliflower and Caviar Cheesecake, and the Cured Langoustine. The menu ended really strongly I feel with the desert of White Chocolate and Passion Fruit, white chocolate would never be my favourite thing but the balance and different textures were great. Overall really enjoyed the food and the staff made it a really great experience. Not sure I would return for the same tasting menu as I would like to try some different things but would be back to try their next seasonal menu.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 21 December 2020 via mobile

It’s always a little uneasy when you go to a restaurant like Bastion for the second time, the first was so good, you wonder can the second visit live up to it?! Let me put your mind at rest, it was even better. We travelled...and overnighted in Kinsale specifically to have dinner at Bastion, and if they were a little closer, you would find us there every weekend! We were thrilled to be met by John and Helen again, John alone is worth the trip, what a character! Helen’s knowledge of the wine was wonderful, without being overwhelming, a genuine passion and I even learned a few things. The menu was outstanding, although it did result in a few sharp words between Sian and I over which menu was better but we both agreed that keeping the prawn dish was a stroke of genius. This restaurant is about more than Michelin stars, and we really hope when these difficult times are over, we’ll be sitting at a table in Bastion again but this time in it’s full glory. Merry Xmas to you all. Mossy & SianMore

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 26 September 2020 via mobile

So a restaurant like Bastion has a certain amount of expectation before you even arrive at the door, let me tell you this restaurant exceeds every one of those! From the moment we entered and were greeted by our waiter, John, everything was perfect, and...I mean perfect. The tasting menu was exquisite, topped only by the matching wines. John’s knowledge of the food and wine knew no bounds, and the lovely touch of the chef delivering two courses to our table, made our night. In these difficult times safety precautions seemed to blend effortlessly into this restaurant’s personal touch. I would go back in a heartbeat. If you are in the West Cork area, Bastion should be too of your list. A night to remember..... many thanks, Maurice & SianMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 11 September 2020 via mobile

We visited Bastion on our recent visit to Kinsale .This was one of the most incredible Tasting menus I have experienced. Paul was a Total Star delivering Artwork on a plate with amazing flavour combinations .The service and the atmosphere was sophisticated but relaxing .I...can understand why this restaurant has received such stunning reviews. This was just such a Special dinning experience for all of us .I can't speak highly enough of this Gastronomic experience. Will definitely be backMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 10 September 2020

Ate in bastion last week and had a delightful evening. All the staff were wonderful so friendly and helpful. The chef came out to chat which is a a lovely touch. All the dishes were works of art but tasted delicious the langoustine and horseradish...was inspired. We had the wine pairings and felt it was worth it for the different wine we would never have got to try. Would definitely recommendMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 8 September 2020 via mobile

Dinner here was excellent. The staff were polite and natural, our table was well away from others, the food and wine were beautiful. A very relaxing evening.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Michael B
9 November 2019|
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Response from DenisByrne74 | Reviewed this property |
I think so, but the tasting menu is amazing and delicious.
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bassethund
3 April 2019|
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Response from Starryeyed2015 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Best thing is email restaurant, my inkling would be No as menu is very prescriptive & i cant remember whst child policy is But do.try and arrange fir yourself it is a gourmet wonder
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Response from RealFoodIreland | Reviewed this property |
Kinsale is full of them . " The Lemon Leaf" is approx 20 steps away. "Unas' on the Quayside, where you can sit outside. "Vista" next door.Theres The Blue Haven Hotel coffee shop where you can sit outside and watch the world... More
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Bastion is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5