Six Brilliant Spots Where You Can Get A Healthy Meal in Cork


For some people, eating out and eating healthy can mean two entirely different things! The temptation to stop off at the nearest chipper or pig-out in a greasy spoon can be pretty overwhelming. However, thanks to Cork city’s wide range of independent cafés, restaurants, and bistros, eating healthy has never tasted so good.

Whether you’re looking for a wholesome salad lunch or some nutritious fine dining, the variety in Cork definitely has you covered. Here are 6 of the best restaurants (in no particular order) for healthy eating in Cork, get the goodness into ya!

The Quay Co-op

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Known for its acclaimed vegetarian restaurant, in-house bakery, and wholefood shop, the Quay Co-op is one of our top picks. The restaurant’s diverse menu includes a wide range of vegan and vegetarian starters, salads, main courses, specials, desserts, teas and coffees.

The Quay Co-op also offers a selection of gluten-friendly & nut-free options, including the delectable tofu dish of the day. The Co-op sets itself apart with its superb wholefood and organic shop stocking fruit and vegetables of all kinds, organic wines, fresh bread from their in-house bakery, herbs and spices, an extensive range of gluten-free products, chilled and frozen foods, and meat alternatives.

Orso

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Opened by the same team behind Market Lane, Elbow Lane and Castle Café, this small but perfectly formed café has you sussed for a night of nutritious grazing. ORSO brings Persian flavours to Pembroke St and is a great call for a bite to eat in the new year.

During the day, this health food haven takes orders from The Bar, a long counter filled with Ottolenghi-style large bowls of salads and sundries. Nighttime sees the Kitchen taking over, and the Middle Eastern influence is strong in this menu too. It’s casual – the menu isn’t divided into starters or mains and sharing is encouraged.

The Rocket Man

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Located on Prince’s Street, you will never find The Rocket Man on a slow day, and with good reason! They continue to serve the best of local, seasonal produce in plentiful portions and at an affordable price.

Specialising in nutritious salads, hearty stews, and “the tastiest falafel in the country”, there is something for everyone to enjoy. All of food here is made with locally sourced ingredients, bringing healthy and high quality meals to the people of Cork city.

Uncle Pete’s

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Established in 2003 as a pizza delivery shop, Uncle Pete’s has always retained its fiery determination to bring great tasting ‘real’ food to the Irish people. Chef Aaron Buckley and his team work tirelessly to bring the renowned Italian cuisine to Cork, emulating the finest pizzerias of the USA.

Uncle Pete’s menu offers a selection of freshly prepared salads with crispy ciabatta bread, as well as artisan pizzas, gourmet burgers with the finest Irish steak mince, homemade pastas, chowders, and stews to name but a few. This wholesome pizzeria is the perfect place for those looking to treat themselves but not renege on their new year resolution.

AMICUS

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This swanky bar does everything from tapas to amazing charcuterie boards, hefty burgers and delicious wings. The theme here is very much about good quality casual dining, and the menu is long and offers a range of dishes to pretty much keep everyone happy even when you’re watching your diet.

This dreamy brasserie boasts healthy options like Veggie Boards with Grilled Haloumi, Roast Vegetables, Green Olives, Greek Salad and Grilled Flat Bread or Warm Prime Irish Beef Salad with Cashel Blue Cheese, Rustic Potatoes on Seasonal Leaves with House Dressing & Balsamic Glaze. For the fish lovers you can get Roast Darne of Cod served with Green Beans, Chive Creamed Potatoes and a Tomato and basil sauce. Amicus has become an institution in Cork, in a shorter time than normally takes due to the fun vibe, good food and reasonable prices.

House Café

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Offering breakfast and an all day menu of light lunches and more substantial mains, the House Café specialises in home baked goods with nutrition at the heart of every dish. The café uses a selection of local cheeses, Irish butchers, organic salads and vegetables, Arbutus bread and Golden Bean coffee along with a selection of other local producers to create a rotating menu of ever-changing flavours.

The House Café has won awards from the Restaurant Association of Ireland for its casual dining, and has also been listed in the Irish Times’ 10 Best Coffee Shops in Ireland as “An amiable, artisanally-minded gem on the banks of the Lee”. The café also acts as the perfect precursor to a night at one of the many events hosted at the Cork Opera House.

So, there you have it.

Now all you have to do is choose…

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