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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Irish, Seafood, European
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Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I always feel first impressions are extremely important and Im afraid our recent visit to Man Friday was very disappointing. We walked in and the Restaurant Manager had her back to us, as strangely her screen faced away from the door. Two other members of...staff looked up and looked away. In my view a restaurant of this caliber should have a hostess/manager who is there to greet diners with a smile and a welcome the minute they walk in the door. Both our starters were great, as were our mains courses. But my husband asked for the cheese board and asked our waitress what cheese was on it. The waitresses reaction was " do you want to know everything on it ?" My husband said, well yes please. She stomped off and returned 10mins later, stood by the table, picked at her nails and told him without looking at him. It was so unprofessional and disrespectful. He ordered the board, I ordered my dessert and 20 mins later it arrived. We were also aware of orders being incorrect at tables beside us. If a member of staff is asked about an item on their menu, they should know the answer or at least be pleasant and say they will find out. This woman was rude. Needless to say, against our usual generous tipping habits, we did not leave a tip. Also while we were sitting at the bar awaiting a taxi a group of woman had had dinner, but want to pay separately. The restaurant manager told them she was not happy to do this. One of the women said that none of them were in a position to pay over €400 on their card and that money was money, that the restaurant should be more accommodating. The manager was rude and gave each woman grief as she reluctantly took the individual payments...... They say they are extremely busy, but they wont be for long if they treat their customer like this. Wouldn't be in a rush back and regardless of great food, I wouldnt be recommending it. Manners and respect are more important than food......More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I had an excellent dinner at this restaurant.It was a busy Saturday night but the staff were very attentive and actually went the extra mile to ensure we got back to our hotel when we couldn't get a taxi.I had moule mariniere...for starter and scampi for main with sides of salad and chips,My husband had lobster bisque and then duck,only complaint was the portion size of the duck dish it was very large could have done without the starter.The food was excellent. We would highly recommend this restaurantMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked dinner at Man Friday's for our party of 4 as it had been recommended by a friend as a great restaurant with very good food. The food was good but overall our experience was absolutely terrible. As a party of 4, including 2...elderly ladies, we were seated in the conservatory area where 2 large bus-tour groups were already seated. We settled in to enjoy the evening, but as it went on the level of noise and rowdiness around us got steadily worse. After our main course, we asked the waiter to please relocate us to another seated area. This seemed to take a while to organise, while all the time the group next to us got louder and louder. We eventually couldn't take it any longer and decided to leave. We went to the desk to pay our bill, at which point we were presented with a bill that included 2 early birds which we did not have, I explained that we had ordered from the main menu. The front-of-house manager was extremely unhelpful and told us that we should have asked earlier to be relocated, she then suggested that as it was a late booking there was really nothing else they could do. I would think that if they could not accommodate us they should not have taken a late booking. I found her attitude rude and unhelpful, to say the least. Overall a very disappointing experience.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 30, 2022

The best fine dining meal we had in Ireland. If weather allows, get a seat on the charming patio. Our server was excellent and so was the food--fresh, flavorful and modern.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 18, 2022 via mobile

Man Friday is definitely one of the best in kinsale. Great vibe, food was so good. The duck is always amazing. Everyone enjoyed their meal. What makes Man Friday is the staff..in particular Kate who was working this particular night. Effortless, welcoming, and goes the...extra mile. Made everyone feel relaxed. Thank you for a lovely evening.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 16, 2022

Had not been to Man Fridays in some time. We really enjoyed our visit. Food was excellent probably the best scampi I’ve ever had. Lovely atmosphere. Will be back

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 15, 2022

This restaurant had been strongly recommended by friends and we were delighted to experience it - we had booked well in advance, owing to its popularity.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 15, 2022

Each year when we go to Kinsale for our 3-week vacation, Man Friday's is our favourite dining venue. However this year Man Fridays got even better - something that we never thought possible and was not needed, given that it was already the best restaurant...in the town. Every dish is wonderful - from the scampi or smoked salmon starters to the steak or turbot or daily special main courses to the many dessert choices. All at such affordable prices. Great wine list. Brilliant staff - most of whom are there for many many years. The hugely & infectiously affable owners (Joss & Philip) have handed over management and control to Daniel, their son. He is doing a wonderful job and making his parents very proud The only negative is that we have to wait till next year before we can have the MF experience again. IF you want to visit please book. Don't be disappointed. BookMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 2, 2022 via mobile

Wonderful location, fabulous views and gorgeous food. Highly recommended. The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere. We were sitting on the terrace and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 1, 2022

Man Friday was recommended to us by our host at our previous stay. She was absolutely correct when she said we needed to eat there. The food and the atmosphere were amazing, and the staff were very good

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 28, 2022 via mobile

I was recommended my two separate groups to Man Friday. My husband and I walked in no reservation and were so warmly welcomed by Conny. The restaurant was packed but she cheerfully asked us if we could wait a bit and she would find us...the perfect table which she quickly did. The restaurant is beyond quaint, cozy and charming but she took the time to situate us at a table with a perfect view of Kinsale before sunset. As if that we not enough, we were happily greeted by our waiter Slavo, impeccable ( had Conny’s customer service skills). Then the meal BEYOND PHENOMENAL. I am an Italian New Yorker but this may have been the best meal I ever had. The Brie cheese and salad appetizer was perfectly seasoned crisp and light. The hake was so flavorful with fresh ingredients and beautifully presented to my husband. Picture perfect! Then came my duck not gamey but cooked to utter perfection accompanied by a melody of hot scrumptious mashed potatoes and a combination of broccoli peas and beets that was to die for. The grain bread and sweet butter was so good we left with no room for desert. But out they came warm apple pie with ice cream, flourless cake and the all famous Irish Coffee. We were so pleasantly surprised by the hospitality, friendliness, location and beauty of the restaurant but most of all a meal beyond to be imagined. If you are anywhere in Ireland make a reservation as they are packed but this restaurant is not to be missed!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 22, 2022

While Man Friday lives off a great name and super food in the past, there seems to be cracks appearing. We ate on the terrace on a lovely evening overlooking low tide … but the gardens below that we looked down on were overgrown and...rubbish strewn. The ballistrade needs painting and a general tidy up outside is required. Our food was OK, but nothing to get too excited about. The mussels were however cooked perfection mind you. Reading through other reviews, there is a common thread of chaos and disappointment in diners and that is only for month of June. Take stock Man Friday.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 22, 2022 via mobile

I phoned on the day for a reservation as I got no email to confirm my online booking. On arrival we were left waiting for 10 minutes with others being completely ignored by passing staff. We were eventually led to a table that was half...set. Our starters of brie and scampi were good. I had hake and my companion had fillet steak which were delicious. We shared it's trifle for dessert which was yum! I suppose our main issue was the place was very busy and there was a lot of confusion among the waiters. We had 5 different ones serve our table. The service from the start was poor and it took from the overall experience.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 20, 2022

We had an incredible meal at Man Friday -- the service was warm and welcoming, the food was delicious, and we caught the sunset off the outside terrace as we ate. It was a memorable meal in Kinsale! Not to miss!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 15, 2022

Great location overlooking the harbour, so a bit of a climb to get there. Large family restaurant, very busy on a Friday night. Food was good, service prompt. A pleasant experience all round.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Street parking only but should not be a problem
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Response from gilmore23 | Reviewed this property |
Man Friday is open 7 days a week and as far as I can remember is open for Sunday lunch
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No but most people dress well so we do the same.....smart casual.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4