Review on Fishy Fishy Café

'So good they named it twice' is a suitable epithet for this brilliant enterprise right beside Kinsale harbour. Since opening, it has become the town's celeb hangout: this is where the beautiful people come to eat incomparably fresh seafood straight from the local day boats.

Fishy Fishy is a radical kind of place: it goes its own way, it doesn't serve meat (it doesn't need to!) and it doesn't accept bookings at lunchtime - but no one minds queuing when the food on the plate is so good. Note that they now take reservations for dinner.

Since much depends on the haul, eating here is a flexible feast and menus are forever changing as supplies come and go. Among the delights you might find are gargantuan shellfish platters, incomparable seafood chowder, plates of oysters nestling on beds of seaweed, bowls of steamed mussels and clams, squid, John Dory, black bream ... the list goes on and on.

The whole place has been designed with the kind of cosmopolitan acumen that might flatter a big-city venue, let alone a harbourside cafe. A fabulous continental-style courtyard is the main attraction with its decking, big parasols and artfully arranged beach stones, although the bright, airy interior has its own attributes. Across town, the original Fishy Fishy cafe/shop/deli is still doing great business at the Gourmet Store opposite St Multose church.

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Martin Shanahan

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 through until
Dinner: 9.00pm (High Season)

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Facilities at Fishy Fishy Café

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • 150 covers
  • Family Friendly


Fishy Fishy Café
Crowley’s Quay
County Cork

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