Where to Eat in Skibbereen: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 1, 2017 Elouise Mccaul

Skibbereen (/ˌskɪ.bəˈriːn/; Irish: An Sciobairín), is a town in County Cork, Ireland. It is located on the N71 national secondary road. The name "Skibbereen" (sometimes shortened to "Skibb") means "little boat harbour". The River Ilen runs through the town; it reaches the sea about 12 kilometers away, at the seaside village of Baltimore. As of the Census of Ireland 2011, the population of the town (not including the rural hinterland) was 2,568. Skibbereen is in the Cork South–West (Dáil Éireann) constituency, which has five seats.
Things to do in Skibbereen

1. The Church Restaurant

Bridge Street, Skibbereen P81 EE95, Ireland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$47 - HK$290 +353 28 23625
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 590 reviews

The Church Restaurant

The Church Restaurant is located in the heart of Skibbereen Town in West Cork, it was originally a Methodist Church from 1833 to 2003. Steeped in history and character with lovely stained glass windows and high wooden ceilings, The Church Restaurant is open 7 days a week serving a variety of locally sourced produce. All beef & meat served in this restaurant is of Irish origin and purchased in the local butcher shop. Fresh fish comes from the local shores of Union Hall and vegetables are purchased daily for local suppliers.

Reviewed By Tubalt - Skibbereen, Ireland

One of several visits here but first for a lunch menu as we usually go in the evening. The choice was great as usual and we both went for Baked Hake with a herb crust with mashed spud and veg. It was delicious! Portion size was good - we were unable to fit a dessert in. We enjoyed a good quality house red and the service was great! Atmosphere was fab and we left the restaurant happy and full. Cheers!

2. Riverside Cafe

6 North Street, Skibbereen, Ireland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Irish, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$8 +353 28 40090
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 138 reviews

Riverside Cafe

Reviewed By A I - Manchester, United Kingdom

Visited the Riverside recently for a take away lunch. Really lovely. Had the goats cheese and roast veg crust with homemade soup. Delicious and reasonably priced especially if your a solo traveller. Next time will visit for a full lunch. Had a look at the menu lots of local produce there and a great wine list available.

3. Sibin Pub and Restaurant

Rath,, Baltimore, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night +353 28 20383
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 158 reviews

Sibin Pub and Restaurant

Reviewed By LiamBrussels_Belgium - Brussels, Belgium

This is a pub which doubles as a proper restaurant rather than offering pub-food. The food was excellent: straight-forward, genuine Irish cuisine made from fresh local produce and seafood, well prepared. The service is quick and efficient, as usual in Ireland. The atmosphere is pleasant and relaxed.
An excellent place, a little bit off the beaten track if visiting Baltimore but well worth a visit.

4. Kennedy's @ The West Cork Hotel

Ilen Street, Skibbereen, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Irish, European, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 101 reviews

Kennedy's @ The West Cork Hotel

Reviewed By paul o - Greater London, United Kingdom

Went her first about eight. O this ago and it was excellent! Good service but most importantly excellent food. Red caggabe to die for, excellent garlic potatoes, wonderful vegetables and interesting meats-stuffed chicken etc. Been there a few times since and every time it seems to have gone downhill more....mashed potatoes lacking in taste, over roasted potatoes, and even today the vegetables looked like they were instant and frozen! No real taste to anything on the plate. Really sorry to see what was good go downhill so quickly! Woman behind the counter just slashed the potatoes on top of everything-a short lesson there would not go amiss!

5. Apple Betty's Cafe

The Square, Skibbereen, Ireland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Waitstaff Cafe, Irish, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$86 +353 28 51833
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Apple Betty's Cafe

Located in the heart of Skibbereen town. Offering Breakfast,Light lunches,Salads,Wraps,Panini,Open Sandwiches & Toasties.Home Made Soups, Quiche, Lasagne .Great coffee and speciality tea served.Delicious Home Baking. Gluten-free and spelt options.Meal Deals & Kids Menu. Daily specials on our chalk board.FREE WI_FI.

Reviewed By Niall O - Clonmel, Ireland

We popped into Apple Betty's on a visit to West Cork and just loved it. We had basic stuff with just soup and sambos and it was gorgeous. Really lovely staff and very helpful . Spotlessly clean and one thing that I really thought was nice was a notice/poem in the loo about mental health and to speak about things. In this day and age it's good to see a small business doing this. A really lovely cafe

6. Kalbos Cafe

26 North Street, Skibbereen, Ireland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Irish, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +353 28 21515
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Kalbos Cafe

award winning cafe situated in the heart of Skibbereen town. serving breakfast & lunch using the best of West Cork produce and agreat selection of cakes & desserts all baked on site.

Reviewed By corkboy2009 - Ireland

Visited Kalbos today. Very nice experience sitting outside. Cakes were fresh and delicious, the coffee was really good. Staff quick and friendly. Highly recommended. Well done Kalbos, I shall return.

7. Annie Mays Bar & resturant

11 Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +353 28 22930
Excellent
55%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 154 reviews

Annie Mays Bar & resturant

Reviewed By tripb0y2000 - County Londonderry, United Kingdom

Enjoyed a nice lunch here. Staff friendly and seafood chowder was delicious. Just the job after 6 hours on a boat!

8. Mary Anns Pub & Restaurant

Main Street, Castletownshend, Ireland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Pub, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$275 +353 28 36146
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 317 reviews

Mary Anns Pub & Restaurant

Mary Ann's is a well established bar and restaurant in the beautiful village of Castletownshend. The current owners, Fergus and Patricia O'Mahony, are at Mary Ann's since 1983. We serve lunch and dinner every day from March to November and then November to March Wednesday to Sunday lunch and dinner. We have a restaurant overlooking the sea upstairs dining in our old fashioned bar downstairs and in season in our walled garden and vine room. We sell modern Irish and European cuisine and add some Asian Fusion dishes. We have a comprehensive wine list and an art gallery upstairs selling Irish and international modern art. We have won many awards for our food and are featured in over 40 guides worldwide.

Reviewed By Mymats - Annandale, Virginia

After driving all day, The Castle recommended Mary Ann's for dinner. This quaint pub was friendly and the service was very good. Our meals were quite good, hot and tasty. The food was served right away. We all had seafood and would recommend that.

9. Benedict's

48 North Street | Skibbereen, Skibbereen, Ireland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Irish, Cafe, European, British, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner HK$78 +353 86 661 6662
Excellent
53%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 59 reviews

Benedict's

Friendly family cafe. Homemade cakes, freshly ground coffee from only €1.00 Euro. Full Irish breakfast served all day. Selection of different breakfasts, including French toast, poached and scrambled eggs and crepes. Freshly made to order thick cut sandwiches, toasties, paninis, baguettes. Homemade soups, and special of the day. Evening meals prepared for holiday makers. Outside catering and special occasion cakes available.

Reviewed By Gerard F

Despite an expensive Gaggia machine and what one is lead to believe are Lavazza beans my latte was terrible. Bottom line is that the staff need to go to a barista course.
They were out of some menu options because they were busy the day before, that would suggest not everything is freshly prepared.
The food was bordering but not quite ok.
The experience was topped off by other patrons playing videos of their previous night out loudly, without intervention from the staff.
Needs a good clean too.

10. Leslie's Cross Road Diner

Regal Estate Skibbereen, Skibbereen, Ireland Takeout, Seating Irish, Fast Food Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +353 28 40380
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Leslie's Cross Road Diner

Reviewed By TrishWarnz

My husband and I started coming to Leslie's a few months back and now we make it a family treat every now and again. The chips are huge and nice while the portion is too big for me my husband loves it. Chicken fillet burger is really good and our son enjoys his chicken nuggets. We've tried other fast food places so we can say food at Leslie's is always much better. Recommended.

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