Crawford Garden Café
Visit our beautiful Garden Café for breakfast and lunch.
Call us on 0214 274415 for reservations.
*For the most up-to-date opening hours and information on Crawford Gallery Café, please check the Café's website and social media pages before your visit.
Crawford Gallery Café, a venue with a difference, is located on the ground floor of Crawford Art Gallery and run by Sinead Doran. The roots of the Crawford Gallery Cafe go back to 1986 when the doors were originally opened by Mrs Myrtle Allen and her daughter Fern. That Ballymaloe ethos - taking the very best quality food and cooking it simply but beautifully - continues to underscore the cafe in its modern incarnation.
This award-winning Café serves quality local produce and is a favourite of Corkonians and visitors alike. Whether it’s a drinks and Canape reception in a Gallery space or a sit-down meal in the Café, Sinead is available to discuss menus, costs and capacities with you at:
Phone: +21 427 4415
VISITOR ATTRACTION WINNER: The Crawford Gallery Café, Cork
Georgina Campbell's Irish Breakfast Awards in association with Failte Ireland”
The Crawford Gallery Café has been named in 'The 100 Best Restaurants' in Ireland by John and Sally McKenna.
For a lighter bite, the home baking is always irresistible - and, while lunch is the big date for many Corkonians, the Crawford Gallery Café Breakfast, especially on Saturdays, has also become an institution in itself.
The Crawford Gallery Café is set to celebrate 30 years in business on September 15. Ballymaloe matriarch and culinary icon Myrtle Allen and her daughter Fern opened the café in 1986, situated in the same building as the Crawford Art Gallery at 1 Emmet Place in the heart of Cork city.
Evening Echo September 2016
This high-ceilinged, airy room with tall windows is one of the best environments for eating that I know and it’s a kind of common room – virtually a club, in fact – for people like us who drive for an hour or more to shop in the Real Capital. And there are lots of discerning Leesiders as well.
Read the full review here.
Evoke.ie January 2016
Three dishes, and three perfect dishes, served by terrific staff in one of the city’s sweetest, brightest rooms. The Crawford may be a veteran, but Ms Doran’s cooking eats like the new kid in town.
Read the full review here.
John and Sally McKenna's Guides 2015
Star ingredients combined with kitchen talent make the city’s best lunch venue The Crawford Gallery Café.
It’s the humble garden salad that makes us both smile. There’s a picture on the cafe’s Facebook page of a cardboard box into which greens have been picked from the polytunnel where they grow in neat rows surrounded by rigorous coverings of weed barrier. You can taste the difference between these leaves and the zombie greens that get chlorine-washed and then packed into gas-flushed plastic bags. They don’t even look, never mind the taste, alike.
I’m horsing into the roasted marrowbone starter in Cork’s Crawford Gallery Cafe. It’s food that makes you grin. As art on a plate goes this one’s from the school of English chef Fergus Henderson. But it’s a loving rendition rather than a copy.
Irish Times November 2014
I love eating at the Crawford Gallery Café - really delicious food in lovely surroundings.
Rory O’Connell, Author of "Master It” cookbook, Chef/ Teacher and co-founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School
When I’m in Cork, I love heading to the Crawford Café for lunch, and Sinéad’s breakfasts are some of the best in the city. Sinéad makes an egg’s Benedict like no other! For anyone in Cork looking to eat really fabulous food at decent prices I urge you to head down to the Crawford Café - you won’t be disappointed.
Rachel Allen, Chef
"Feeling flahed out (wasted) from walking the hills? Stop in at the Crawford Art Gallery and Cafe. The airy former Custom House, built in 1724, defies the overpriced and gowy (snobby) reputation of museum restaurants. An ever-changing menu offers selections like a rich, creamy cucumber, lettuce, and mint soup and a Spanish tortilla accompanied by a zinger of a country relish. Have a sconce (quick look) at the museum’s collection of modern and classical works, and don’t miss the watercolors by the Irish stained-glass artist Harry Clarke."
36 Hours, 125 Weekends in Europe
New York Times
Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland
Tel: 021 480 5042
N.B. Last entry is 15 minutes before closing
Thursday until 8.00pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays
Gallery: 11.00 am–4.00pm
Café: Closed Sundays & Mondays
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