Cafe Paradiso restaurant

16 Lancaster Quay, Cork City

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Cuisine:
Vegetarian

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39 reviews
4 stars - based on 39 reviews
Cafe Paradiso is an award-winning vegetarian restaurant in Cork that serves innovative food based on local produce since 1993. During the time, their cooking has evolved into a unique, mature and personal style, resulting in the publication of four celebrated cookbooks.
The restaurant is run by celebrity chef and television personality Denis Cotter.

Dinner Menu:
Two courses €33; three courses €40; two courses with ice cream of the month €36.

AWARDS & PRIZES

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OPENING HOURS

Mon5:30pm - 10:00pm
Tue5:30pm - 10:00pm
Wed5:30pm - 10:00pm
Thu5:30pm - 10:00pm
Fri5:30pm - 10:00pm
Sat5:30pm - 10:00pm
Sun5:30pm - 10:00pm

CAPACITY
50 people

CUISINES
Vegetarian

FACILITIES

Wine Only Veggie options available Take away service Will cater for children Accept major credit cards

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Cafe Paradiso

Flight Supervisor
Dublin
282 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 21st November 2013 (visited 14 November 2013 )

Ate here twice on a recent trip to Cork. I will write about my first visit as the second was equally as good as the first. There were three of us in the party and we all loved our food. I would say it was probably the best meal I had this year. For starters I chose a ravioli whilst one companion had a pumpkin soup the other opting for a tart. For mains I had the couscous cake whilst the other two had a turnip galette each. For desert I had a low sugar cake whilst the others had a chocolate cake and icecream . They also had some homemade chocolates. The service was elegant, professional and efficient. There was a very nice atmosphere in this recently renovated eatery. Overall an excellent meal with excellent presentation and so many different tastes going on with the food. I would highly recommend a visit here and Café Paradiso also do overnight accommodation which is handy.

Cafe Paradiso

lildevil
Dublin
28 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 30th August 2012 (visited 11 August 2012 )

Had a booking for 9pm on a Saturday Evening and the restaurant was busy on arrival, we were immediately seated at a table of our choice and were given menus and some nibbles (which were amazing). Having ordered approximately 5-10 minutes after being seated, our wine a Sicilian White arrived along with a second plate of nibbles, nearly 55minutes later our starters came, I had a goats cheese and beetroot tart and she the baby aubergine, both very tasty. Having completed starters we changed wine to a Riesling (Slovakian?) which was so insipid, extremely acidic and undrinkable and should be taken off the wine-list (avoid at all costs)! We had another 45minute wait on main courses which arrived just before 11 p.m. not ideal AT ALL....She ordered the sweet chilli glazed tofu with asian greens and I the courgette flowers both executed perfectly. Side of chips also very good.... For dessert we had the Crozier blue cheese, dates & crackers and dark chocolate silk cake. Both very good (chocolate cake very rich especially at 11:15 at night). The food here is EXCELLENT and enjoyed all of it and the €40 3 course menu is well worth it. The only issue we had was the speed (or lack) of service, and nobody checked back on the table, and the wine being served without a wine cooler, in a restaurant that hot and which seemed to lack air conditioning is not acceptable.

Cafe Paradiso

honest diner
Dublin
81 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 20th May 2012 (visited 17 May 2012 )

went here for dinner with 3 others. some were sceptical about the vegetarian concept. but everybody left more than happy. great restaurant. for starter i had the chilli, cardamom and honey aubergine with pomegranite and sesame yoghurt. it was exellent. i didnt know aubergine could taste that good. also tried the mozzarella and ravioli starters both were very good aswell. for main i had the cous cous cake which was okay but was the weakest of the mains that i tried the spiced chickpeas on the plate were very bland. i also tried the butternut squash eggroll, beetroot and goats cheese tart and the aubergine involtini. all were very good. the side of chips were so good we got seconds. large chunky fluffy chips, perfect.other side of sea kale was interesting but was little salty possibly from soy sauce. desserts were also good i had the cardamom custard with lovely poached rhubarb. 3 course menu is 40 euro which is amazing value. very good food for a very reasonable price.service was faultless and atmosphere good. im glad i went here and if in cork again would definitely return

Cafe Paradiso

ambrosia
Wicklow
47 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 13th April 2012 (visited 11 April 2012 )

We had a gorgeous dinner here. The staff are welcoming, the service relaxed but professional. We felt really well looked after by the one person all night. On to the food. I know some people feel it is expensive, but if you do want to eat local, organic, top quality food sourced from local artisan producers, you will love this. We started with prosecco - very nice - and took ages perusing the menu and asking questions - we were never rushed one iota, but our server was always there to help if we needed her. We tasted some wine and chose a Minervois that was absolutely delicious - fruity and spicy - I wouldn't think you would get a bad wine here - they obviously choose their wines carefully. For starters we had pecan & blue cheese ravioli and roast portobello in a wild garlic-shallot butter - absolutely delicious and a big portion - and how lovely to see a wild foraged product put to such good use - the delicate flavour of the wild garlic butter was subtle but delicious. The roast mushrooms where a lovely foil to the silky ravioli. We also had vegetable sushi with pickled ginger, wasabi dipping sauce and tempura of cauliflower & carrot, which I wasn't sure about ordering but my, the amazing fresh flavours in the sushi and the surprisingly lovely flavour of the cauliflower just barely cooked was really good. For mains we had beetroot & wild garlic risotto with Ardsallagh fresh goat’s cheese, lemon oil, sprouting broccoli & hazelnut crumb - a beautiful deep pink confection complemented by the creamy goats cheese, lemon oil and baby broccoli. We also had roast aubergine involtini of spinach and Knockalara sheep’s cheese with tomato cardamom broth, smoked almond praline, broad beans and crushed potato cake, which was roasted aubergine wrapped around a filling of spinach and that lovely Knockalara cheese - the crispiness of the aubergine was great with the silky unctuous filling and the other bits were really lovely too. For pudding, we had a really good baklava, but the star of the show was the cardamom set custa

Cafe Paradiso

VantagePoint
Carlow
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 20th May 2011 (visited 13 May 2011 )

I went to Cafe Paradiso for the first time in maybe 12 years on saturday for lunch and was simply blown away by the food! I was on my own so was able to savour every mouthful - I had the baba ganoush with tzatziki with grilled sourdough bread that had been brushed with olive oil. Each flavour was delicate and rich and much enjoyed. A glass of touraine to accompany it had the perfect level of acidity to complement the food without over powering it. My main was a roast aubergine stack served with a deliciously delicate hollandaise sauce and topped with fresh goats cheese. I found that mouthfuls that contained a piece of goats cheese were exquisite, but without the goat cheese it lacked character. To finish I had the vanilla ice cream with a shot of espresso and delicious hazelnut and chocolate cookies. Would be inspired to contrive some reason to go back to Cork ASAP to go here again - I wonder if they would do a tasting menu...

Cafe Paradiso

philips
Cork
3 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 04th May 2011 (visited 30 April 2011 )

this is where i have lunch most sat. i find the staff excellent, all ways so friendly, i'm not a vegetarian but the food is so good it keeps me coming back, a starter and mains , one or two glasses of wine news paper to read what more could u want on a sat,

Cafe Paradiso

pdlarsen
Dublin
44 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th April 2011 (visited 26 April 2011 )

We went to Cafe Paradiso with high expectations. These expectations were not exactly dashed, but they also were not met. The atmosphere was nice, but there was nothing particularly interesting about it. The service was of a very high quality. The young lady who served us was accommodating both in making us aware of certain changes to the menu, and in allowing us to take our time ordering, and indeed not rushing us out (we were the last party to leave the restaurant). The food itself was good, but was not in any way worth the prices that Cafe Paradiso charge. For example, to pay 13 euro for a single spring roll is, in my view, absurd. Cafe Paradiso obviously counts itself a "high class" restaurant, which seems to entail charging high prices and providing small, well-presented, portions of food. To be clear, the food is good, it is just not worth the cost. Unfortunately I feel that this might give people the erroneous impression that vegetarian food is a luxury. I would not recommend Cafe Paradiso for anyone who is on a budget.

Cafe Paradiso

mimic
Dublin
51 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 22nd March 2011 (visited 19 February 2011 )

We headed here for the Early Bird Menu on a Saturday eveninng, we were first in at 5.30 but the place filled up very fast! Choice on the Early Bird Menu was a bit limited but we ordered a starter of fritters, a risotto and a tower of mixed veg. The fritters were very tasteless and a bit greasy, of the mains my tower was lovely, very tasty but my husband didn't enjoy his risotto at all, we also had chunky chips which were fine! We finished with dessets of a brownie with white chocolate ice-cream (this was fab!) and an orange polenta cake which was also lovely! Service was fine. Our bill came to €80 which included a half bottle of wine, I thought that this was a bit dear for what we'd had. All in all an okay meal, worth trying but we won't be back in a hurry!

Cafe Paradiso

omnomnom
Limerick
12 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 18th October 2010 (visited 21 August 2010 )

Located on the bank of the River Lee opposite Jury's Hotel. Café Paradiso is a sort walk out Washington Street in the direction of UCC. It is nicely decorated with views into the kitchen where you can see the happy looking staff cooking. On this day, I brought my girlfriend with me, a carnivore with little to no experience of vegetarian cuisine. She was completely taken aback by the quality of the food. The day was fine, the place was nearly full and a couple of recognisable faces in the crowd. We got white wine with our food which was absolutely gorgeous, I wish I could remember the name of it. The server was good and knowledgeable of the menu. This is definitely the best place I have eaten this year. Can't fault it.

Cafe Paradiso

veggieLover
Dublin
9 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 23rd September 2010 (visited 18 September 2010 )

I have been dying to go to this restaurant for a few years now and finally got to Cork last weekend. It was definitely worth the trip! I had sushi and tempura for my starter - it was lovely and excellently rolled. My partner had beetroot (I think) and goat's cheese tartlet, which was absolutely amazing. For mains I had braised chard timbale of roast tomato, haloumi & puy lentils with new potatoes, saffron-hazelnut butter and green beans. It was absolutely delicious. I can't remember what he had for mains - I was too busy enjoying mine. The presentation was excellent on everything. I had two disappointments in the restaurant. The desserts just didn't appeal to me. My partner got a dessert which looked fantastic. It tasted pretty average. Normally, I suppose, that would be fine but I expected so much more by then! My other problem was with the heat! I couldn't stop thinking about how hot it was and I was looking forward to leaving for some fresh air. Looking at other people, I know I wasn't alone sweating. Anyway, overall it was well worth the trip. The food is beautiful. The chefs are very talented. Next time I'll ask for a table outside. :)

Cafe Paradiso

suzyq

89 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 09th August 2010 (visited 3 August 2010 )

Superb restaurant, even my boyfriend who is a committed carnivore was impressed. We went for the pre theatre which was excellent value, the choices were good and the food great. Service was great, friendly and casual.

Cafe Paradiso

JessC
Cork
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 06th August 2010 (visited 5 August 2010 )

I went for dinner last night with 5 friends for my birthday, and I’m glad to say I thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. The staff were helpful and friendly, recommending food they themselves had tried and just being nice overall. I had the roast aubergine for starter, and almond pastry galette of feta & spinach with coriander crushed potato, harissa sauce and sugar snaps for mains. The roast aubergine starter looked small but was just enough for a decent starter. The main course was beautifully presented with a tower of almond pastry with layers of spinach and feta mixture, potato underneath, and sugar snaps, and was quite filling so I couldn’t finish all of it despite wanting too! We skipped dessert this time around, but the dessert menu looked fabulous as well, and I’ll be sure to try it next time. The restaurant itself has a nice atmosphere, chilled out and laid back, suitable for an easy going dinner or a night out with friends. It is a little pricey, coming in at about €35 each for just a starter and a main course each when we split the bill, but to be honest, the food was worth it. The only complaint meat eating friends had was that there was none of the “standard” veggie meals on the menu they were expecting – lasagne or other pasta, so this restaurant may not be for the overly adventurous.

Cafe Paradiso

dkil79
Galway
12 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 30th June 2010 (visited 19 June 2010 )

Visited here for the first time on a wend to Cork a few weeks ago. It was a restaurant that had always caught my eye (being a veggie) but had never visited. Anyway it was a lovely balmy evening in Cork and the restaurant was very pleasant and airy with the shutters open and tables outside. The meal was deliscious and the staff very pleasant and attentive. The nibbles at the beginning of the meal served to wet our appetite for what was ahead, and we weren't disappointed. Our starters were €13 and main course were €25 and were absolutely gorgeous. We got a lovely bottle of wine with our meal from the extensive wine list. Our bill totalled somewhere in the region of €150 which I initally thought was pricey enough. However the use of top quality food from local producers and the attention to detail easily justifies this. Would definitely like to visit again.

Cafe Paradiso

shopaholic1982
Dublin
7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 24th June 2010 (visited 17 June 2010 )

I was in Cork on business and ate on my own here last Thursday. The food, service, everthing was fab. my 3rd time to Paradiso and I wasnt disappointed - for starters I had shitake mushrooms, a little too heavy with the chilli for my tastes but still delicious. That was my only quibble as the rest of my meal was just heaven - aubergine parcels for mains with a potato cake, and choc tart for dessert with salted caramel, and unusual, but not unpleasant, rosemary-flavoured ice cream. With a glass of the house white (also delicious!), the bill came to 52 euro, slightly expensive perhaps, but more than worth it - I've been raving about the place since. The service was second to none - attentive and friendly -and I highly recommend Paradiso to anyone - even if you're not a veggie, you'll be converted!

Cafe Paradiso

carlile
Cork
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 12th June 2010 (visited 4 June 2010 )

Aroma was siblime from the moment we entered. We were seated quickly and served promptly. Our meals did justice to the delicous aromas! Vegetarian food often bores me as I'm a meat-eater everything was devine. A wonderful evening for both my daughter-in-law myself.

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