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Star Anise

#25 of 494 Restaurants in Cork
Certificate of Excellence
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4 Bridge Street, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 455 1635
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 am
Thu - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Quail was the most delightful starter I've had the pleasure of eating in a long time. The owner, a lovely French lady creates a divine atmosphere in this little but dreamy restaurant in Cork.

Thank Chilichoco
Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited around Christmas time for dinner. First impression, the furniture and table distribution suited a cafe more than a restaurant. The menu was not varied much. We ordered the chowder, and what a pleasant surprise! it was loaded with seafood and very yummy. I also had the lemon ravioli, not annoyingly creamy and full of flavors. We also had... More 

Thank Mohammad S
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and my husband visited here for our wedding anniversary meal after Christmas. We picked this restaurant after reading the good reviews. We booked it last minute the night before the date. On arriving our table was not ready although we were 5 minutes late. The waitress gave us the impression that they were not expecting us. She had to... More 

Thank Mulfin2013
Cork, Cork, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Finally visited Star Anise after threatening to go for years. Very small restaurant, tables and chairs felt like cheap cafe furniture, cold draught coming in the door wasn't ideal, my starter and main was nice but nothing special, decent meal but certainly not as good as I expected

Thank More_Mash
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Back again to Star Anise last week. As usual it was a last minute decision/opportunity, and our first call was, can we get a table, so we called and left a message and of course Virginie called back and squeezed us in. Place full, as usual, and the service was as usual, friendly, professional, and personal. There were two large... More 

4 Thank Trevor S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

I went to Star Anise for an early bird last week. The food was really lovely. The staff were very welcoming and attentive. The goat's cheese starter should not be missed. My husband had the most succulent chicken ever for his mains. The panacotta and coffee creme brûlée were both excellent. Going back again this week!

1 Thank FoodieCork
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

I love this place, petite, lovely staff and warm atmosphere. Beatiful menu, you won't go home feeling hungry and the creme brulee is to die for! Tried it in various other place, just not the same... Needs to be booked well in advance but well worth the wait. Why are still reading this review... Get booking! And say hi to... More 

3 Thank Tia S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

We visited here nearly 4 years ago and were very pleased with the food and value. as we were staying the area around McCurtain Street we poped in for an early bird menu. It was just as good as before. Considering the value of the early bird the food is exceptional. It may be rustic for some peoples expectations but... More 

2 Thank SetantaCork
Cork, Ireland
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Nice restaurant, ok location and a little tight seating wise but overall nice. Did the early bird which is good value and ran all evening on the Thursday that I visited. We ate here on the recommendation that it was the best in Cork, as I say it was nice, good value but I wouldn't rank it amongst the best... More 

2 Thank Dennydug
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

This tiny spot makes a big impression on your palette. The portions are more towards Irish tastes than French, so it might be best to share an entrée. The duck breast was really good and their preparation of vegetables was better than my favorite restaurants in the USA. Two courses for 25 euro is a real deal, too.

2 Thank Richard M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$14 - $43
French, European, Irish, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:00 am
6:00 pm - 10:00 am
6:00 pm - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Bridge Street, Cork, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Cork  >  Cork
  • Phone Number: +353 21 455 1635

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