The River Club

The River Club

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Hours
Sun
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mon
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tue
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wed
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thu
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fri
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sat
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Travelers' Choice Best of the Best 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
₱634.00 – ₱2,536.00
CUISINES
Irish, Bar, European, Grill
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
meals, features
Does this restaurant offer highchairs for toddlers?
About
The River Club brings an exciting new dimension to Cork's thriving restaurant and bar scene. With a cool New York vibe in the bar, sophisticated dining in the Grill Room and a distinctly relaxed Mediterranean feel on the riverside terrace, The River Club, is Cork's ultimate destination to eat, drink and be social.
PRICE RANGE
₱634.00 – ₱2,536.00
CUISINES
Irish, Bar, European, Grill
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles622 reviews
Excellent
540
Very good
41
Average
20
Poor
14
Terrible
7
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

AlisonPower2020
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 none
We visited the River Club for the first time in July. The hotel had not opened from Lockdown and we were not sure what to expect. It was recommended by one of our party and we were immediately delighted with the decor and the attention of their friendly staff. If your visiting Cork you will find The River Club to be a generous sized restaurant with a comfortable and varied decor that feels intimate because of they way it is laid out. We sat in the balcony area beside the River. Very comfortable on a warm evening with just enough of a breeze to make sure it was not stuffy. The seats were low but comfortable and the decor was busy and fun with a lovely indoor outdoor garden feel. I choose the sea bass salad while the silent partner had a beef burger. I definitely loved mine. Plenty of flavour and left room for an overly generous Sundae. Enough for two or three people in that. My silent partner was not as overjoyed with his choice. It was fine but not outstanding was how he put it. The real issue was lack of clarity on billing. When it was booked we were lead to believe that we would be charged per dish ordered, as we preferred, but on the night we were charged set menu prices and at that they over charged us. This they corrected with much apology but then we realised that the dishes were still not charged correctly and being Irish we didn't make any further fuss particularly as we were hosting others. The Verdict: I would go back for lunch with girlfriends but my silent partner would not go back or recommend. Might even give the hotel a try for a staycation. I would always encourage people to speak up if there is any issue only tricky when you are the host.
Written July 21, 2020
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jamesl822
Dear Alison Many thanks for your response. I am so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Apologies for the mix up with your bill, i know this can be off putting to end on, but i am glad to see you would come back to dine with us again. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future Kind Regards Pierce Lowney General Manager The River Club Cork
Written August 10, 2020
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Anna
London8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 none
Had the Christmas 3 course meal one night in The River Club. Adored the outdoor seating location as was very Christmasy with fairy lights and a Christmas tree. overlooking the river. However, felt it would have been better to have the option of the 2-course meal instead of 3 as €55 is quite expensive per person for a meal out without alcohol - cocktails starting at €12. Vegan options were great overall. The main offered a tofu curry or vegan burger for the main. I went with the burger which was very tasty but the starter could have had more flavour and been more inventive for what you’re paying. It was boiled kale, cashews and sweet potato with a dressing which felt a bit basic. The vegan chocolate mousse for dessert was absolutely delicious though! Couldn't fault the staff as they were attentive and very pleasant. Pricey but a lovely treat before Christmas. Would recommend for vegans visiting Cork.
Written December 22, 2020
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Pierce L
Dear Anna Many thanks for taking the time to share your dining experience with us. I am glad to see you had an enjoyable time. I do hope to be able to welcome you back in the near future, for post lockdown vegan treats and cocktails! Kind Regards Pierce Lowney General Manager The River Club, Cork
Written February 20, 2021
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Lynn H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 solo
Following an off site meeting I visited the River Lee as it was in close proximity and the street facing aesthetic was inviting. Th ed River Club restaurant discreetly tucked away from th rd reception area gave a true restaurant feel on arrival.I was seated immediately and observed the suspended greenery that softened the light and brought the outside in. A delicious varied menu I settled on the Ardsallagh goats cheese tart with a side of crunchy sweet potatoes fries, my server Coner brought a selection of breads, his professional and happy demeanour added th ok the overall experience. I will b ed returning to the River Club in the future.
Written February 2, 2020
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jamesl822
Dear Lynn, We simply couldn't ask for more positive feedback. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed our surroundings and atmosphere so thoroughly. We take pride in delivering outstanding service to all our guests, and I am delighted to read that Conner left such a positive impression on you. We are looking forward welcoming you in the near future. Kind regards, Pierce Lowney General Manager The River Club
Written February 23, 2020
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william l
Ireland50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
We recently booked Sunday lunch in the Grill Room and usually the Service is great but I’m afraid this time, it was all over the place. This the second time in recent months that service was a mess. We ordered our food including starters and we were sitting down chatting. There wasn’t many waiters/waitresses around and every now and then a manager would pop his head in for 2 seconds and then disappear again. There was no sign of our starters so I eventually stopped a waiter to see if it was ordered,’ you didn’t get it’, of course I didn’t, but if he was around in the room long enough, he would have noticed So the starter came out eventually after we chasing it and we just got on with it Within a few minutes, here are our main courses out on the table and we were still eating our starter plate ,I could have just got up and walked out at this stage but with my parents with me ,I decided to zip it. I should have just sent back the main dishes and let us finish the first course first. In summary, the food was lovely and we do love the restaurant and hotel but service being a mess 2 times in a row now will make us think if we will return again
Written March 2, 2020
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jamesl822
Dear William Many Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. I was very disappointed to see that you did not fully enjoy your most recent experience with us. It seems like a lot of simple service steps were missed on this occasion, and I can understand how annoying this can be from a customer point of view. Please do know that I will be taking your feedback to our service team here as a learning opportunity, in order for something like this to not happen again. It is great that you did enjoy the food, our culinary team here take great pride in their work so they will be glad to hear of your feedback! I can understand that receiving poor service can be off putting when thinking about returning, but I would ask that if you are ever coming back to us, please do pop me a quick email and I will be happy to book you a table and ensure that you all have an enjoyable experience with us next time. I am determined to make your next review a 5* experience! Wishing you the best Kind Regards Pierce Lowney General Manager The River Club
Written March 5, 2020
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Alan O
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 family
First of all the staff are very professional and excellent at their jobs but the overall experience for us was quite disappointing and we expected more considering we spent over €300 on our meal for my birthday. The food was average and my wife’s steak definitely tasted like a cheaper cut of meat. The decor in the restaurant is beautiful but we were cold throughout the meal and even do we asked them to turn down the air conditioning nothing was done. The difference was notable when you went to the toilets or reception areas of the hotel which were lovely and warm.
Written August 28, 2022
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Phayeser
Dublin43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 family
I would have scored 3.5 if possible. We returned to the River Club for a family birthday celebration as a group of ten including three kids. The ease of parking, charming decor and ambience, and cocktail menu were great reasons to come back. As we took our seats I had a vague recollection of a less than shining appraisal of the food on our last visit. No complaints as such this time but no dish really sparked anyone’s epicurean delight, as the prices might have suggested. Five of us were disappointed with the presentation and lack of flavour in the prawn cocktails. Three of us found the fillet beef very salty and uninspired in its presentation, despite good quality cuts. One carry over between starter and main was the lack lustre flavour of sauces. Fans of peppercorn and bearnaise were disappointed. Luckily the kids were happy with the generous portions and everybody loved their desserts! The staff were both attentive and patient. Much appreciated. After a €500 spend, the €30 car parking fee for our three cars really hampered digestion and prevented us from having a consensus on again returning one day. A minor over charge on our bill, remedied by an immediate presentation of the already printed correct bill left us a little puzzled.
Written January 29, 2022
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Lea C
Dear Phayeser, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at The River Lee, we greatly appreciate your feedback. I'm terribly sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectations at this time in the River Club. I have tried to reach out to you privately via TripAdvisor, if you would like to contact me personally you can contact me on the following email - "lea_clemenceau@doylecollection.com", so we can rectify your most recent experience with us. We have not taken this decision lightly. As you know, we had been happy for many years, to offer complimentary car parking to guests of the hotel, but due to the recent devastating loss of business and revenues alongside un precedented increases to our business costs we have no alternative path to follow. Following considerable research we have set a fee of €2.50 per hour which falls within the lowest hourly car parking rate in Cork city. I do hope you will understand the challenges that our industry has and is facing and accept the reasons for this course of action that we have taken. Kind Regards, Lea Clemenceau F&B Co-ordinator
Written February 9, 2022
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Ryan
Palm Beach Gardens6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 friends
Due to the restrictions we decided to call ahead in order to book a table at river club to secure a table for 5 on Sunday around 2 for brunch. We left it fairly late but yet the team managed to put something together for us on such sort notice which we really appreciated. As we entered the hotel we were welcomed with smiles before we even reached the front desk. The lad behind the counter showed us to the entrance to the restaurant which was notting short of amazing. From the decor to the uniforms we were truly blown away by every aspect of the visuals. We were sat right on the river basically and within seconds of sitting down (In a very busy setting I may add) we had jugs of water and menus in front of us all. We ordered a few Benedicts to share and we also got the oyster/champagne paring which was notting short of out of this world. Some of the nicest i have had in Ireland by a mile. We gorged on the cocktail menu soon after and much to our delight every single one was delicious as the next. I Also loved the fact the names of the cocktails paid homage to things or places related to cork. All in all we had one of the best days out in a long long time in cork city its definitely one we won't forget and can't wait to get back ASAP. Thanks again to all the staff especially the kitchen. Everyone played a blinder from start to finish. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Written August 8, 2021
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Argie P
Dear RyanosullO, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such lovely feedback! It’s very much appreciated by the whole team! We are so lucky here at the river club that our terrace is situation next to such a beautiful waterfront! I’m delighted to hear you enjoyed the decor and our uniforms. The kitchen will be pleased to hear you enjoyed everything! We look forward to welcoming you back to the River Club very soon! Argie Papageorgiou, General Manager, The River Club.
Written August 15, 2021
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martin f
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 friends
Ate here for lunch and got 5 adults and 1 child portion with soft drinks/coffees for less than €100. Great value considering the increased prices for everything. Service was quick and helpful when small extras were requested. All staff very pleasant and dining area comfortable and spotlessly clean. Of course the big thing was that food was excellent.
Written July 22, 2022
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The River Club
Dear martin f, Thank you for leaving us such a lovely 5* review. We are delighted to see how much you enjoyed our food, service and value. Our team love to cater to all our guest requests in a timely, efficient and friendly manner. We thank you for choosing to dine with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warm regards, Tom Murphy General Manager of The River Club
Written July 24, 2022
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Captain Kirk
Dublin27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 business
Had lunch with a colleague last week, nice setting by the riverside. The outdoor terrace area is covered with heaters. We choose to sit indoors, I like the solid feel of the furniture & the classic vibe from the bar area. Definitely not a standard hotel bar/restaurant. We both had the Seabass with a side of truffle fries & broccoli. The truffle fries are a must when you visit! The Seabass was great, cooked perfect with a fresh salad underneath & tangy light dressing. Would return, the cocktail menu looks tempting.
Written March 5, 2020
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Pierce_Lowney1
Dear Captain Kirk, We appreciate taking the time to share your outstanding review of your recent visit. I am absolutely delighted to read that you had a most comfortable and enjoyable experience, and thank you very much for complimenting our beautiful decor and our food, I will make sure to pass your comments to our amazing culinary team. We are looking forward welcoming you again in the future. Kind regards, Pierce Lowney General Manager The River Club
Written March 6, 2020
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Graham
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 none
Enjoyed our meal thoroughly in this lovely restaurant. From the service to the atmosphere I felt every effort was flawless. A vegan/vegetarian menu is also offered for any person abiding by those diets and for me this made a huge difference, it was nice to sit in a restaurant and feel facilitated. I would like to mention both Max and Laura for ensuring our visit to your restaurant was indeed flawless, thank you! I will be recommending this restaurant to locals and tourists alike for a very long time.
Written October 6, 2021
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John M
Dear gramatik, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such lovely feedback, its really appreciated by all of us here at the River Club! We pride ourselves on making guests experiences as enjoyable and as memorable as possibly so i am delighted to hear you enjoyed yourself! Our Kitchen team will be thrilled to hear you were happy with our Vegan Menu! Laura and Max will be absolutely delighted to hear your praise! We are overjoyed to hear that you will be recommending us in the future! We look Forward to welcoming you back to the River Club soon!! John Martin, General Manager, The River Club.
Written October 11, 2021
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spafan63
Chatel-Guyon9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Disappointed by the meal. Order taking and service almost too hurried, it was obvious we were not in a hurry. Huge chunks of vegetables in the sauce rather than tasty nicely chopped bits (no time?). And for me the ultimate sin:serving a tart for dessert heated in the microwave =soggy pastry. Can do better...
Written January 9, 2020
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Pierce_Lowney1
Dear spafan63, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. I am saddened to read that we didn’t meet or exceed your expectations. We care deeply about the service we provide to our guests, and I apologize if you felt that service was too rushed. I will also share your review with our culinary team, so we can learn and improve in the future. I hope we can regain your trust, should you decide to dine with us again. Kind regards, Pierce Lowney General Manger The River Club
Written January 16, 2020
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cmacbelfast13
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 couples
My husband and I booked The River Lees for our first-anniversary meal during a holiday to Cork. The setting is beautiful, the food was top-class and the service is second to none. In advance of the meal the general manager, Max, kindly emailed me the new menu in advance of our visit and welcomed us in person that evening. The staff were very attentive and the restaurant also arranged a very special anniversary dessert plate for us. We had a very memorable evening and couldn’t recommend it highly enough!
Written November 12, 2021
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John M
Dear cmacbelfast13, Thank you very much for your wonderful feedback from all of us here at the River Club! We are thrilled to hear we could add to the occasion of yourself and your husbands first anniversary..Happy Anniversary!! Max will be delighted to hear he made your day a little more special, as will our kitchen, floor and bar team! We hope to welcome you back to the River Club very soon!! John Martin, General Manager, The River Club.
Written November 21, 2021
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Lily Lockwood
London10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 couples
Fab restaurant! Me and my partner went here on a date and we’re not treated warmly at the entrance to the restaurant which was disappointing. However putting that aside, the food here was excellent. As a vegan I asked for options and was handed an exclusive vegan menu! I had a falafel salad to start which was to die for, the vegan tofu curry for main was on par with the starter, however I couldn’t finish it all as it was a huge portion (not complaining!) The real treat however was the vegan chocolate parfait for dessert… I have never had such a delicious vegan dessert! Hats off to the chefs at this restaurant as they certainly know a thing or two about vegan culinary foods! Despite poor service we enjoyed a lovely night, the decor and atmosphere at the restaurant was breathtaking - me and my partner couldn’t stop ogling at the walls. The atmosphere too was lovely - a 50th birthday party being held behind us had us treated to some classy saxophone playing (as a jazz lover myself I couldn’t hide my excitement!) Overall the restaurant has a great feel and exceptional food - friendlier staff would be appreciated though.
Written May 6, 2022
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emma
Western Ireland7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
We called the River Club before hand to ask could we book a table. On the phone we were told there was no need to book a table and there would be one when we arrived. We we arrived at the hotel on the bus from Douglas Village (15-30minute journey). At reception we were told that tables were only for residents. The receptionist was very passive and didn’t seem to care about the situation. A note for the River Club: Please do not do this to customers off the street because the hotel also needs these. As for me I won’t be back.
Written August 9, 2020
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jamesl822
Dear Emma I am very disappointing to hear about your experience. Is it possible i could ask you to contact me directly on pierce_lowney@doylecollection.com so i could get some more details from you? Kid Regards Pierce Lowney General Manager The River Club Cork
Written August 10, 2020
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LoveTravelVentures
Cork2506 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 friends
Had a nice brunch here celebrating a friend’s birthday! (Did note it on the booking that it was a 40th, it was not even acknowledged , they could have even done so through the desserts we ordered, lack of attention to detail). The food was lovely. My one gripe was my non alcoholic cocktail which at €11 was exorbitant and full of ice, when I asked the barmen to remove the ice he didn’t look impressed, he removed it and then my glass was half empty.
Written August 14, 2021
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Argie P
Dear LoveTravelVentures, Thank you so much for your constructive feedback. I am really very sorry that your friends birthday was not acknowledged, I have spoken to my team about this. With regard your cocktail, I do apologise and we will certainly take your feedback onboard when designing our cocktail menus in the future. I do hope you will return to the River Club in the future! Argie Papageorgiou, General Manager, The River Club. Argie
Written August 26, 2021
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