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The Briar Rose

#238 of 495 Restaurants in Cork
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Gastropub
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Douglas Road, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 429 1686
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I asked not to be seated in the bar. It's 12.45 PM. TV'S are on full blast as is the canned music great...NOT. The other section wasn't open, I was told. Open when we left. Next the crowd at the bar yelling at the game. All 3 of us hadn't seen each other in months and wanted to chat and... More 

Thank emurphy190
Cork, Ireland
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63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

The Briar Rose is under new management recently so the girls decided to visit it last Thursday. It is beautifully decorated and partly refurbished. The menu is also changed. There were four of us at the table, three of us had Starters, we all had the Caesar Salad it was a great size portion and delicious. For mains two of... More 

Thank Mary C
Cork, Ireland
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Food was nice and good value but the service by one waitress in particular was terrible. Ended up leaving and won't be back despite living so close

Thank DN C
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72 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

Had a staff party here a few years ago with bbq and drinks. nice location close to town,loads of room to sit down inside or outside. food was lovely but i would presume outsourced at the time. friendly staff. no complaints.

1 Thank Aaron H
County Cork, Ireland
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

Was there today for lunch some staff nice, Got seated quick. We had to ask for menu .The chef was helping cleaning tables thought this was wrong .Then got our food it was cold and tasted strange. We left a lot of the food on the plate. The soup was not nice also cold. my husband got steak it was... More 

Thank Siobhan P
Cork, Ireland
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587 reviews
466 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 505 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

My Husband and I went for lunch recently to the Briar Rose. It was very busy. The staff were nice and helpful.We both had soup and sandwiches. The soup was delicious and tasty.The sandwiches were extremly fresh and tasty. We enjoyed our visit and hope to go back again soon.

1 Thank Caroline D
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38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

Was in Douglas on business and decided to pop into The Briar Rose for a late lunch before heading back to the city. There was still a nice crowd there and I spotted a nice curry coming out to another customer, do I decided to give it a shot. Gorgeous with lots of prime chicken strips and a lovely dry... More 

Thank Balmace
Shannon, Ireland
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191 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016

I had the pleasure of having Prawns Pil Pil. It was to have cooked in a garlic chilli oil but I asked if I could have them cooked in ordinary olive oil and they kindly obliged. It was delicious and accompanied by a modestly priced Pinot Noir. Thank you Briar Rose.

1 Thank Aidan W
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63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

Dined here last Sunday with some friends. Bar busy due to sport on the TV. Very basic menu of "roast of the day" type dishes. Took a long time to get our order taken from a young waitress who didn't seem at all interested in us. Drinks came ten minutes later. We noticed other tables around us who arrived after... More 

Thank TheTippTwins
County Cork, Ireland
Level Contributor
14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

As far as bar food goes its not bad at all, We got the Burger and the Veg Curry , Huge portions and reasonably Priced food staff very friendly aswel, My one complaint is the Price of drink is scandalous espeacially in the location that its in...

2 Thank kellogs182

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$29
Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Gastropub
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Douglas Road, Cork, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Cork  >  Cork
  • Phone Number: +353 21 429 1686
The Briar Rose is one of Corks most impressive bars and yet has managed to maintain a personal touch which will never fail to make an impression on each and every customer. With great food and drink and a friendly atmosphere, we are sure your time spent with us will be memorable. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?