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Recommended Reviews for Quay Co-Op
15 reviews in English
Review from Tim S.
- 0 friends
Staten Island, USA
This was a wonderfully warm and welcoming place for folks on Hillary like us. The food was fresh, very reasonably priced, and great rating. We would go back. It reminded us a lot of some of the best places for vegetarian fare we've been.
Review from Teresa R.
- 0 friends
Great atmosphere in two upstairs dining rooms overlooking the river.
Espressos were excellent as was the lunch. Would recommend to any
vegetarian. The only problem is that you have to pay for parking. Be careful not to park in the spots that require placards--you have to buy the placard first or they will boot your car. But WELL WORTH THE 2 EUROS to park on the side streets.
Review from Kendall B.
- 0 friends
I've been waiting to come here since leaving the United States, and I can officially say it was worth the wait. It's one of the few places I have absolutely no hesitation about spending money. Wonderful restaurant, and excellent selection in the store. This is one of my favorite restaurants on earth!
Review from Bevin M.
- 65 friends
Cork is a walking city, however it's important to remember your map or directions! We got totally lost trying to find this place, but what a joy when we did. I was especially nervous as they advertised "early dinner". What is an early dinner? We wouldn't get there until after 8 PM. Please let them still be open!
Thankfully they were and we had one of the best meals of our whole trip. I had a Spinach and Cottage Cheese Quiche with cole slaw and a green salad. Yum! My sister had the lentil burger (which didn't come with a bun) with a Satay sauce. Very good. Pick up a can of Elderflower soda for a refreshing and only mildly flowery drink. We couldn't resist desert and had a slice of double chocolate cake with soy whipped cream. Heaven!
Quay Co-Op was the best thing about Cork City!
Review from Anne K.
- 10 friends
Ohhh man.... SO nice to have a non-meat haven, when often the only choice is ordering chips and the "standard" Irish veggie patty. The vegetarian breakfast was ordered, and very enjoyable overall. Thumbs up to the veg sausage, although my boyfriend wasn't quite impressed. Carnivore that he is.
The poached egg was less than thrilling (although when is it ever?) Fairly rubbery, and the yolk had that old grey tint to it like it was sitting about for a few days. Admittedly, I don't remember EVER eating a good egg in an Irish restaurant. However, they are free-range...and I trust the Irish version much more than I trust American "free-range".
The thick slices of bread, were wonderful. I would've eaten 5 of them if humanly possible. Perfect texture, and gorgeous! Especially with butter all over it. We also ordered a leek/cheese tart for the road, which had a nice crust that would've been made even better by a warm-up in the oven.
The atmosphere was very comfortable, and there was a good view of the quay next to the window. A cute and cozy place, I wish I had snapped a photo to remember it better.
Grocery shopping in the attached store/bakery was fantastic too. A little pricey, but completely worth it. Bought an excellent brown loaf that didn't last long. Organic & veg options, supplements, beauty supplies, etc... much, much better than going to supervalu!
Parking blows, but isn't impossible. Disc street parking is available. That doesn't mean I'm ever driving in Cork again.
Healthy options, vegetables, and deliciousness... this is it, people.
Review from PaddyIrish G.
- 1 friend
5 stars over 15+ years!
This has been a place in my life for the last age. And it just keeps getting better!
The restaurant is just great - salads, warm mains, desserts, coffee are all great.
The shop is my bible - the place I go to when trying to source the oddest of things.
The staff are always great and not bothered with me wandering around.
Love, love, love the Quay co-op!
Review from Stephanie H.
- 1 friend
Santa Barbara, USA
Lovely casual setting with many healthy vegetarian options! I could see eating here quite a lot if I lived here... I had a variety of salads for lunch - a "small plate" is a choice of 3 salads and it was quite a substantial portion.
A nice casual place to sit and read the paper with some healthy foods and a good coffee. Seems like an easy place to eat alone, or meet up with friends, with a nice city view from its location above the street.
Review from Dave H.
The Quay Co-op, now in its fourth decade, is a perfect example of what it takes to become an "institution". So many places are described as this, but it's rarely appropriate. The Quay Co-op though, is a byword for good food in Cork, and probably one of the places that has contributed to Cork's foodie reputation.
Over the years, it's expanded into a serious enterprise, consisting of a handful of shops across Cork, a restaurant, bakery and all-round community amenity.
If you're on any sort of wholefood diet, the co-op will cater, and cater well for you. We were looking for gluten-free food, and have already become disillusioned with the selections in most health food stores. The co-op is different though, with an entire section of the store given over to their gluten-free selection. There's something liberating about being able to just pluck items from the shelves without having to check everything in your basket.
All in all, an amazing place, and one I can't wait to get back to!
Review from Nelly B.
- 6 friends
The restaurant upstairs is amazing! Lots of imaginative healthy salads, hot vegetarian dishes (like chick-pea burgers, moroccan tagine and veg lasagne), delicious filling soups and yummy deserts (try the dairy free, gluten free amazing chocolate cake! I was skeptical about the dairy free part, but it really was amazing). Really cheap for dinner (6-11 euro for a dish), and a very relaxing place to spend your lunchbreak. The atmosphere is lovely in there. I just wish there was a place like this in Dublin!
Review from Jeannie T.
- 6 friends
Oooh it is so good to have a good veggie restaurant in Cork.It not only looks good but the food is excellent too. I have always had problems eating out, as Im a darn good cook, and I have found that there's not much that lives up to my expectation of veggie cooking. But these guys are good thank Goodness.Its so nice to have a treat there . They could do with a good coffee machine though.
Review from Sheena B.
- 92 friends
I'm one of those annoying meat eaters that resents my friends for pulling me into a vegetarian eatery, but I've gotta say, I enjoyed each & every visit to the Quay Co-Op. The foods were delicious & crackling with live energy & flavour. Definitely one of few options to the vegans & vegetarians of Ireland, but at least you're rewarded with this place.
Review from Carrie O.
The Quay Co-op felt like a little piece of home in Ireland :). It reminds me a lot of my local co-op (that also has an amazing cafe!), and was nice to visit while in Cork. The food here is delicious! I had some kind of pesto stuffed pizza, and it was quite yummy. I also sampled some of the salads. They give you quite a bit of food, but it isn't TOO ridiculous portion-wise. The actual market part of this store is a bit expensive, but does seem to carry a lot of high-quality items, so maybe the price is worth it? I have no clue. Either way, I'd definitely recommend visiting the co-op for a meal! Delicious vegetarian fare, and not too expensive either!
Review from Lauren A.
- 16 friends
I'm American, so I had no idea how easy it would be to find vegetarian food in Cork. It turns out, that it's not that hard. Quay Co-op just happens to make it really easy. What I like about this place is that it's fast, reasonably-priced and tasty. I ate here twice during my visit to Cork and each time I had a baked meal (lasagna and a chick pea bake) with two sides of roasted veg and a salad. The food isn't mind-blowing, but it's good and wholesome. They also have free wifi, which was nice.
Review from Reg B.
Review from Shaeleen G.