The Pembroke @ The Imperial Hotel restaurant

South Mall, Cork City

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18 reviews
4 stars - based on 18 reviews

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OPENING HOURS

Mon12:00pm - 9:00pm
Tue12:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed12:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu12:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri12:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat12:00pm - 9:00pm
Sun12:00pm - 9:00pm

CAPACITY
90 people

CUISINES
European

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The Pembroke @ The Imperial Hotel

paula.okeeffe

2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 09th July 2014 (visited 9 July 2014 )

The food here is scond to none, if you like great food you should not miss the opportunity to eat in this restaurant. It is based in the heart of Cork city and it has the best steak in Cork. Staff are very friendly and the service you cannot go wrong, this is a must. Enjoy

The Pembroke @ The Imperial Hotel

cillian85

5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 29th March 2014 (visited 28 March 2014 )

Our starter was quite nice, but I wish we'd made it last longer because we then had to wait an hour for our main course. There was no attempt to communicate by the restaurant staff during this time until we asked them when our food would be coming ourselves. We asked for a well-done steak, which was pink when it arrived. It was also a very poor cut, most of which was inedible. The rest of our food was underwhelming and we were keen to leave as soon as possible. The excuse from the staff was that the restaurant was "busy" due to a large party that had arrived. This is unacceptable from a large restaurant. When leaving we were not charged for our steak, and apologies were offered. "There is no excuse for this." commented one of the staff, who subsequently offered us numerous excuses and made no attempt to get us to return to the restaurant. We got average food, poor value, and pitiful service Utterly woeful stuff from the Pembroke. We won't be returning.

The Pembroke @ The Imperial Hotel

Acea R

7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

Reviewed 26th August 2013 (visited 2 August 2013 )

There was a group of 6 and 5 of us went with the early bird menu. The menu had quite a good selection & the price was very reasonable. In terms of value though, with hindsight, I would not have expected to pay any more for the standard of food. I, along with two others at the table, had steak. It was over cooked on the outside (almost burned) but under cooked on the inside. The same was the case for the 3 steaks. Myself, I ordered a medium steak but got medium rare. It would not have been possible to cook it further & I was not intending to wait around for a fresh one. The potatoes & veg were ok. The waiting staff were very nice & attentive without being overbearing.

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jeanie
Cork
9 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 03rd March 2013 (visited 2 March 2013 )

Had a lovely meal with my parents waitress was excellent, I had the crab starter very fresh and the monkfish for my main which was cooked very well and was very tasty all in all a great night with no complaints I will be returning :)

The Pembroke @ The Imperial Hotel

FineDining82
Cork
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 21st November 2011 (visited 19 November 2011 )

This was the first time I had been to the Pembroke. The restaurant was lively and welcoming and the starters, mussels, deep fried brie and baked mushrooms were pleasant enough. However, there were already minor niggles and they only got worse: *the bread had been cut some time ago and although not stale had become dried out. *To get a glass of water or a top up you had to seek out a staff member and specifically ask. *We ordered wine which was dumped onto the table while the waitress muttered something and walked away. *For the main course 2 guests ordered Plaice with a sun dried tomato salsa and I ordered monkfish with a plum, pineapple and cucumber salsa - all from the specials board. The description promised something fresh and tangy but what arrived was fish in a very average white sauce, served on roast root vegetables (I assume they were roasted, though there was no colour to be seen). The salsa was not present on any dish. *Upon mentioning to the waitress the manager was called over and preceded to claim that we were all mistaken and the salsa was indeed there! *after being asked to point it out he conceded it wasn't there and went to get some, returning with 2 pots of plum salsa and no sun dried tomato salsa. At the end of dinner we were not charged for the wine due to the errors made, however, I (and having asked them, my guests) would not eat at the Pembroke again.

The Pembroke @ The Imperial Hotel

Anaa

20 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 30th May 2011 (visited 27 May 2011 )

I went for dinner last friday night and the place was bustling and hustling!!! No wonder why! We were shown to our table by the Maitre D who introduced us to our waitress. She was professional and bubbly. We didn't have starters as we weren't really hungry but we had a lovely steak and the traditional fish and chips. The quality of the food was second to none, the fish was really fresh and the presentation of the plates really good! We decided then to have desserts and they were amazing! We ordered the cheesecake as apparently is their speciality and the baileys creme brulee... The cheesecake was to die for and the creme brulee was cooked to perfection, with a lovely baileys hint. The restaurant is modern and tastefully decorated and the chairs are super comfortable, we could almost feel that we were glued to them. We weren't rushed in any moment so we had plenty of time to enjoy our coffees after the desserts. Definitely recommendable, 10/10 for the service, food and ambience!

The Pembroke @ The Imperial Hotel

marieoh
Dublin
9 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 10th January 2011 (visited 6 January 2011 )

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. The pasta was truly delicious and hubby enjoyed his traditional fish and chips too. The Bailey's souffle served in a chocolate shell was light and tasty. The restaurant was very busy (for a Thursday evening) and the early-bird value was excellent. Will definitely return.

The Pembroke @ The Imperial Hotel

masala_thosai
Cork
37 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 27th December 2010 (visited 17 December 2010 )

Went here for dinner with a group of 10 people. Place looked very busy, but still service was very good. Had seafood cocktail for starter, nice but too much sweet chilli sauce in the mix for my liking. Had rack of lamb for main course, was gorgeous, decent portion. For dessert had fruity creme brullee, unique and tasty. Friendly staff.

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demely
Dublin
23 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 12th October 2010 (visited 10 October 2010 )

I went here as part of a package (2B&B + 1D) and had dinner on a Sunday. The restaurant was very busy and was really nice. Our waiter was prompt and professional. Found the dinner amazing - I had goats cheese salad to start and my friend had the chowder. Both were delish. Then we both had the minute beef for main which was very tasty - only wish for more of that red jus sauce. The desert was the best bit - berry creme brule - we just about didn't lick out plates. All in all a lovely experience :) will be back someday.

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jackjill
Dublin
11 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 10th July 2010 (visited 9 July 2010 )

In Cork for the weekend, and had dinner as part of a package, at The Pembroke. the hotel itself is okay in a very old school way, but the restaurant is a big disappointment. My starter, Carrot and Ginger soup, was promising - it was fresh, full of flavor, and our served with a wonderful bread but sadly, things went down from here on in. My main course, Chicken, was so bland - just over a week on, I'm struggling to remember anything about it, apart from the fact that it's skin looked rather cremated. My partner ordered pasta, and it was also completely bland, overcooked and somewhat soggy. A side order of vegetables looked and tasted as if they had come straight out of 70's Ireland...When will hotels in ireland learn that serving up this sort of thing is just no longer acceptable??

The Pembroke @ The Imperial Hotel

pcmurphy
Cork
22 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 05th December 2009 (visited 22 November 2009 )

Went here for dinner and was pleasantly suprised! There's a great variety on the menu and the food is prepared and served with the highest quality. Great for a group or a romantic meal.

The Pembroke @ The Imperial Hotel

mcginncf
Wicklow
40 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 30th June 2009 (visited 10 June 2009 )

My wife & I dined here as it was part of our 3-day stay, and invited our son & girlfriend to join us. I was glad of them coming along as we were the only diners there for 8pm on a midweek evening. However, the restaurant does a great range of sauces accompanying main courses such as tarragon which I asked for with my steak, while my wife delighted in the champagne & chive offering with the Leomon Sole. The girfriends salmon fillet was a huge portion, as was the roast beef for our son, with no shortage of crunchy vegetables & chunky chips. Yes, a splendid meal, but it went cool too quick due to the excessive air-conditioning, which kept our jackets and sweaters on. Maybe they expected more diners! Breakfasts there are also superb, as you choose your own makeup of the traditional Irish breakfast from the hot plates. The staff even made one up for me to bring back to my wife who had stayed in bed. You won't be disappointed and the dinner menus are very reasonably priced for what is a very upmarket hotel.

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Belinda
Cork
25 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 20th May 2009 (visited 15 May 2009 )

Dined with a party of 7 on a Fri night & it had a lovely buzz about the place. The staff were very friendly & helpful. All 7 were very pleased with their food and the avocado starter was to die for! Will definately be back.

The Pembroke @ The Imperial Hotel

Gerrycat
Dublin
8 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 20th April 2009 (visited 18 April 2009 )

I love the style of thr Pembroke, very modern but in a nice way and its a great contrast with the old stlye of the hotel. We ate from the set menu as part of a dinner/B&B package. Our meal was lovely and portions were huge. The house white was a bit on the warm side and the waitress didn't seem to register this as an issue, but did provide an ice bucket with the bottle. Our main waiter was so friendly and helpful, he compensated for her! We were too full for dessert so asked for Irish coffees instead which we got, big thumbs up:) I like it!

The Pembroke @ The Imperial Hotel

meljoe79
Cork
11 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 11th September 2008 (visited 27 August 2008 )

I ate here with my partner, for lunch & was very disappointed......Not very busy but full of dirty tables we both ordered seafood dishes & were very disappointed they were like microwave weight watchers meals.....staff frighting......prince scandalous

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