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Fresco Eaterie and Bistro

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Lewis Glucksman Gallery | University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 12
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  • 5
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  • 2
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good food but not that vegetarian friendly

The menu at Fresco is impressive, and includes a wide variety of cuisine. However, the menu is not that accessible for vegetarians, and all options include meat. I understand that the cafe does not advertise itself as a vegetarian one, but as it is (a) located at a gallery, and (b) situated on... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
Naoise D
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Cork, Ireland
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Cork, Ireland
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Fresco Bistro is a place that I have tried to like, but can't. I have had lunch there twice recently but won't be returning. On the most recent occasion I had a teriyaki salmon salad which was really plain. There wasn't enough flavour in the salmon and the salad was just..dull. The whole thing was really falvourless. My friend had... More 

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Thank laura l
Cork, Ireland
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The menu at Fresco is impressive, and includes a wide variety of cuisine. However, the menu is not that accessible for vegetarians, and all options include meat. I understand that the cafe does not advertise itself as a vegetarian one, but as it is (a) located at a gallery, and (b) situated on campus terrain, I believe it is excluding... More 

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Thank Naoise D
Prague, Czech Republic
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

Went there for lunch yesterday. I had the pumpkin soup which was nice but only barely filled half way up the tiny bowl and one small slice of brown bread. Extortionate price. I also had the Thai Beef Salad. It was absolutely drowned in a cheap sweet chilli sause and only a few small pieces of beef on a large... More 

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1 Thank Therese M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

My friends and I decided to get away from the stress of studying for exams in UCC and treat ourselves to a nice lunch on campus.However, we were not only extremely dissatisfied with our meal but also left feeling very unwell for the rest of the day. What makes things worse is that this was not an isolated occurrence- last... More 

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1 Thank MarM93
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

Visited Fresco for a coffee recently, service was horrendous. Waited for ages to be seated while the waitress ran around bringing cutlery to a table one set at a time (seriously, four cutlery trips to the same table). Waited 40 minutes for two hot chocolates and a brownie. The cafe was not even half full. Loads of dirty tables, staff... More 

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2 Thank Ciara G
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78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

Authentic Malaysian chef explains the menu and the flavours - having spent some time in Malaysia in the summer - this is as good as being there. My eating partner had the burger which was chargrilled and vert tasty - served with a Waterford Blaa which is one of the 5 (only) Protected Geographical Indication foods in Ireland - the... More 

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Thank Jean D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

SORRY, but my meal in Fresco Eaterie and Bistro was terrible, grease, grease and more grease. Terrible menu..please do NOT go there for a meal. When I went home I had some Andrews Salts to settle my tummy from all the grease. Surroundings in the restaurant [all steel]...please paint over this steel with a warm colour...this will help it and... More 

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3 Thank Tom R
Portlaoise, Ireland
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I wanted to visit the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in the morning and didn't really know where to eat, but downstairs I found Fresco so decided to have breakfast there. The surroundings were pleasant, even on the dreary rainy day, and the staff were pleasant.The French Toast was done well and was delicious with the bacon. I grabbed a mocha, which... More 

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Thank Jamie R
Ireland
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Great coffee and brunch options, you will not be disappointed! This has become a regular treat for me. Staff are very friendly and provide great service. Expect a wait for a table at peak times like 1pm on a Saturday, worth the wait!

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Thank yogabunny30
Cork, Ireland
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195 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Came here as part of a deal, and was not disappointed. Good varied menu, nice staff and nice surroundings make for a very pleasant experience. Will return.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Lewis Glucksman Gallery | University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Cork  >  Cork

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Diner
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?