021 243 8000

8 Pembroke Street Cork

Recent review from Cork Billy. Thanks so much for kind words


It’s bright and chatty, maybe even witty. That’s the service style at ORSO, now into its eighth month on Pembroke Street. No reservations here but turnover at lunchtime is relatively speedy, not that they’ll put you under any pressure (on the contrary) and, if full, don’t run off, they’ll help you get a seat soon enough.

As you pass the counter on the way in, you may study the various salads, usually four of them. Pick one or a bowl with all four. The salads are also used to accompany the main dishes on quite a large menu that is influenced by the Southern Mediterranean and beyond.

Called in for lunch in midweek and the first thing we ordered was one of their famous juices (changes daily). This, a mix of orange and carrot, was fantastic, giving the waiter a chance to crack a joke about glowing in the dark. It is an informal space, so sit back and relax between bites or swallows.

After studying the menu, CL choose the Stuffed roast aubergine (with spiced roast vegetables, yoghurt and hazel nuts) and her salad was the Roast squash and beetroot with smoked bacon, butter beans, lentils and orange zest.

For me it was the Slow cooked lamb and spice potato pie in flaky pastry and my salad was the Cous Cous with coriander, apricots, almonds, roast saffron vegetables and hummus. Each of the mains, including the salad, cost €8.90 and both were excellent.

Something sweet to finish with. Some of the pastries had vanished, they are open from 8.30am, but the Mixed Berry Crumble was still available and we each had one, along with a cup of their special 5 bean blend coffee, roasted for ORSO by Greenbean. A very impressive crumble – loved the oatmeal topping – and a smashing coffee.


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Since 1 Jan 2019 and based on 2018’s average daily spend


Monday 8:30am – 6:00pm.
Tuesday to Thursday from 8:30am – 10:00pm.
Friday and Saturday from 8:30am – 10:30pm
Sundays in December from 1:00pm to 10:00pm
All other Sundays: Closed.

Contact us

For enquiries, or to phone in your take-out order call us on 021 243 8000

Please note ORSO does not take reservations

To contact us by email please use our contact form or email info[at]ORSO[dot]ie


Find us at No. 8 Pembroke Street, just a few steps from the General Post Office – the geographic centre of Cork city.

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