Gilbert's Restaurant & Townhouse
11 Pearse Square, Cobh
Steak and Seafood
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Reviewed 28th September 2015 (visited 27 September 2015 )
Friendly and welcoming.Food excellent.Great value early bird menu.
Reviewed 07th August 2012 (visited 10 July 2012 )
I took the whole family to Gilberts one evening while we were on holiday in Cork. We had just done the Cobh Heritage centre tour which is really very good and were ready for dinner. The restaurant is bright and we got a lovely table at the window. The menu was varied and as we had ages ranging from 8 to 16 with us that was very welcome. The food, particularly the chowder was very good and the service very friendly. I would recommend Gilberts to anyone visiting Cobh.
Reviewed 31st March 2012 (visited 30 March 2012 )
I don't know how objective my review is as Gilbert's is one of my favourite lunchtime haunts. The dining experience keeps me coming back and that is a real testament to the charm of the place. The decor is elegant, understated, cool colours, original artwork. the staff are calm, friendly and efficient- they know me by now and realize my time restraints. The menu is select but varied, the seafood chowder is particularly good and good value as I usually don't need a big lunch. The soup du jour is usually interesting and I'll often opt for a sandwich special @ euro 10.50 that includes small soup, ham, chicken or salmon sandwich on a choice of breads and a coffee - pretty good value. Speaking of coffee -it's always good ( a key ingredient of a good restaurant imo) the staff tell me it's sourced from Cork Coffee Roasters. As far as I can see, the place is always spotlessly clean and the bathroom is an example to other establishments - clean, piped Bossa Nova music, fragraced, with one of those snazzy Philippe Stark blade dryers that work quite well. Only negative point I can see is ..if the place is busy, we'll have to go deep into the interior where there are no windows and tables are close together, but that's the nature of the architecture and doesn't really diminish the overall excellent dining experience.
Reviewed 07th September 2011 (visited 9 August 2011 )
My girlfriend and I visited this restaurant during our trip to Cobh. The food was amazing. She had asparagus soup for starters and I opted for the salad with blue cheese and pear which was really nice. For mains I got the seafood tagliatelle. It had a cream sauce and came with mussels and FRESH prawns. Overall the service was good and the food very good. The only thing that i could fault this restaurant on was the fact that we were sat by a window that had two dead wasps on the ledge! It was slightly off putting but the food alone made us return the next night.
Reviewed 08th February 2011 (visited 11 January 2011 )
I ate at this restaurant for lunch recently and was disappointed with the menu. Firstly, there aren't any sandwiches listed at all which i found to be strange - either hot or cold. There are a few salads though. The menu consists of mainly hot food like Fish and Chips and traditional Irish food. People generally have a limited time to spend during lunch. I think the restaurant would benefit from looking at their menu and introducing dishes that are quick to prepare. I just wanted a tasty sandwich like a chicken cajun wrap. I didn't want to eat a heavy meal or eat chips. The service was very slow, it took about 10 mins before we received a menu, 10 mins before the order was taken and then another 5 mins before we received a bottle of water. We were waiting 40 minutes before our food arrived and we didn't order any starters. No bread basket was provided either. The fish was very fresh and the batter light and airy. Now, I prefer grilled or baked fish but they only had fish in batter. So if you fancy healthy eating, you are limited to a overpriced dry salad. However, the chips were delicious as was the coffee. Overall, I think the owners need to look at their market, perhaps cater for business people a little more and provide a less traditional menu.I think they are trying to do too much. I was disappointed with the choice offered and the service. And contrary to a recent review of this establishment where a well known sports star dined here, i disagree in calling it a trendy restaurant. I have lived in Australia for many years and dined in many restaurants, this does not make it into my top anything. It is yet another average dining experience in Ireland. I'm in my 30's so maybe this isn't the target market for Gilberts.
Reviewed 25th September 2010 (visited 30 August 2010 )
I must commend the owners for having the foresight to renovate this lovely building. It is furnished in a modern style which might appeal to younger patrons. I had high hopes for this restaurant. I have eaten here a handful of times now, mainly for other people's birthday's. I have been disappointed with the food. The staff have generally been very attentive and good at explaining the dishes of the day. Upon the order being taken, the waiter provides each table with some tapas to start - feta cheese, black olives and chorizo. This is a nice touch. However, my companion had ordered the Greek salad to start as wished for a lighter starter. Two of the tapas ingredients are included in the Greek Salad... I think the restaurant could benefit from removing one of the duplicated elements and adding another. As the tapas are provided after the orders are taken, new patrons won't be aware. The Greek salad itself was ok but a lack of a plentiful flavoursome dressing let the dish down. It was too dry. When the main courses arrived, my steak was cooked correctly - medium. It had a nice flamegrilled flavour. However, the vegetables accompaniing the dish let it down. Very hard skinned boiled baby potatoes which were almost impossible to pierce with a fork. The steak knife managed to crack them open, only to find the inside was very overcooked and soggy. The choice of veg was red cabbage and pureed carrot. I would have preferred something less traditional, like the addition of green beans or stirfry veg. The dessert I ordered was homemade icecream. The vanilla hardly had any vanilla flavour at all, the chocolate was very bitter, like the quantities were incorrect and it hadn;t been mixed properly. Also, the strawberry icecream didn't taste of anything but cream. The scoops sat on a large round homemade biscuit which was tasty but very crunchy. The dessert spoon wasn't able to crack it. I had to pick it up with my hands to try it. Pricey for the quality and standard of food.
Reviewed 30th August 2010 (visited 29 August 2010 )
Unless you want to eat in a pub, there's a limited choice of eating places in the centre of Cobh. Sunday was a busy day with a liner in the Port. We went to Gilberts for a late lunch at about 3.30pm but it wasn't packed. They run specials until 5pm on a Sunday. The decor is modern and the atmosphere is relaxed. There was two waiting staff and an older man who could possibly be the owner. He's exceptional - warm, attentive & despite the fact that he was rushed off his feet, made sure he asked every table how their food was. The complete antithesis of his staff who were pleasant enough but seemed to be a bit sleepy. Anyway I had the salmon & monkfish & my partner had the burger. My fish was delicious but the portion was tiny - both pieces of fish were approx large egg size. They were served on a bed of beetroot, green beans & pesto with a side of potatoes and carrots. It was delicious but for €14.95 it just wasn't worth it. The burger was €12.95. Scrummy too - homemade mince & onion mix with fries and mixed green leaves. So both main and one Coke ( €2.40 ) came to €30.30. Good food but too expensive for a Sunday lunch.
Reviewed 09th August 2010 (visited 7 August 2010 )
went for meal with 3 friends service brilliant nice and cosy food cooked to perfection just have one gripe if you are a big eater stay away otherwise perfect
Reviewed 09th July 2010 (visited 6 July 2010 )
Lovely restaurant with lots of character in Cobh. Gilberts was great value at €20 for two courses all night on Tuesdays. We were seated beside the bar and given plenty of fresh bread with olives, feta cheese and chorizo as an appetiser. I had sea bass which was served with very tasty crushed sweet potato and a saffron sauce. Other mains at the table were rib eye steak, cooked to perfection. Deserts were also very good - a fruit crumble, passion fruit cheesecake, ice cream and chocolate mouse. €110 in total for 4 mains, 4 deserts, a bottle of wine and one coffee - can't beat that. Great food, good service and a lovely dining room.