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Crawford Cafe
The Crawford Café is located on the ground floor, and is open during Gallery opening hours. Serving delicious lunches, teas, coffees and cakes, it is a popular meeting place in Cork, and is under the management of Sineád Doran.

The Café provides a friendly informal eating place, while the ambience of the large dining room is enhanced with the display of works of art from the Crawford collection.

New opening times:
Every morning opening at 8.30am Monday to Saturday

8.30am–4 pm

For information on bookings and corporate dinners, contact the Café directly:
Tel: +353 (0)21 427 4415


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...

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Jenny Regan
Evening Echo Septemer 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.

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Tom Doorley
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.

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John McKenna
John and Sally McKenna's Guides

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 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.

Catherine Cleary
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
May 2014

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
October 2014

"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."

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