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Ivory Tower Restaurant

Japanese, Irish, Fusion
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35 Princes St, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 427 4665
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Monday
Closed
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Hours:
Thu - Sat 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: An intimate restaurant run by locally famous chef Seamus O'Connell...
An intimate restaurant run by locally famous chef Seamus O'Connell, featuring some of the most imaginative food in Ireland. The menu includes cajun, french and asian influences, with dishes such as blackened shark with banana ketchup and veal chimichanga ensuring that Cork locals and tourists alike take the time to locate this hard to find restaurant.
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Visitor rating
  • 83
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very satisfying experience

We had a lovely meal , Quality of food was excellent , service was also very good and waitress was very friendly and knowledgable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
DenisR359
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Cork
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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123 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Cork, Ireland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Amazing food, combination of classic ingredients with new and imaginative twists. Not the typical "nouvelle cuisine" style with ridiculously small rations, 5 courses and you end up full. And the staff is just lovely. Worth every penny

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

Best food I've had in ages, a party in your mouth. The staff is charming as can be, with a "younger" looking fellow overseeing things, and the place is decked out in incredible artwork; kept me there all night. If you're in cork, the ivory tower is an absolute must.

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Cork, Ireland
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Our third visit within a few months, so why so hesitant? Well, the first time, the unusual setting takes a little getting used to, old dressers and window ledges packed with crockery from the turn of the last century, a hall door guarded by a headless suit of armor, a rickety stairs to the dining room and the menus written... More 

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Limerick, Ireland
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The most amazing meal ever - and with such variety of tastes and very good value. The irish veal liver along with the asparagus tempura was truly delicious. The venision accompanied by chocolate sauce was soo different and then finished with my favourite dessert creme brulee! Seamus recommends a good wine at a reasonable price and what more can one... More 

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Cork
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We had a lovely meal , Quality of food was excellent , service was also very good and waitress was very friendly and knowledgable.

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598 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 750 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Hovered between rating poor or terrible...some dishes of the five courses we were served on Valentines night and the Ivory Tower menu at €50 each were passable and saved it from the lower rating. However it was a very poor dining experience and our total bill for eight was waved as a result of our complaints...the final insult were the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

Terrible experience . Freezing restaurant food only ok . We eat out a lot this is the only bad review I have ever written. Don't waste your money .

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Cork, Ireland
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79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Not my words but that of a fellow diner having eaten their way through a five course meal for a cost of €50 (without wine). Ivory Tower served up another taste sensation and well known chef Seamus O'Connell was on both cooking and serving duty and he did it with aplomb. Nowhere else can you have such fine food in... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Top class cooking and presentation, in an eclectic but welcoming ambience. On the third floor of a somewhat dilapidated building, at the junction of Oliver Plunkett and Princes St., this place is well worth a visit. It's style is indefinable, adventurous and excellent value foe the quality on offer. DON'T MISS IT!!

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Clonmel, Ireland
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Back in Ivory Tower after 10 year lapse. Never mediocre, we've had fab and odd meals here, and this was a high point. Good value five course menu, from veal livers through exquisite miso, to odd-ball rice gel and ice cream, was exciting at every turn. Food from the heart. Makes a delightful change from menu-by-numbers

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Additional Information about Ivory Tower Restaurant

Address: 35 Princes St, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 21 427 4665
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Cork  >  Cork
Open Hours:
Thursday 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisine: Japanese, Irish, Fusion

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 35 Princes St, Cork, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Cork  >  Cork
  • Phone Number: +353 21 427 4665

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Irish, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

An intimate restaurant run by locally famous chef Seamus O'Connell, featuring some of the most imaginative food in Ireland. The menu includes cajun, french and asian influences, with dishes such as blackened shark with banana ketchup and veal chimichanga ensuring that Cork locals and tourists alike take the time to locate this hard to find restaurant.
Open Hours
Thursday
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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