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Location: 16 Lancaster Quay, Mardyke, Cork

Established in 1993, Cork City’s Paradiso is a wonderful, vegetarian eatery. Ground breaking in its early years, Paradiso has now become something of an iconic institution in the Cork dining scene and the wider and Irish food culture. It is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner, and Friday and Saturday for lunch.

Since it opened, Paradiso’s cooking has evolved into a unique, mature and personal style, resulting in the publication of four celebrated cookbooks. This style has been strongly influenced by the producers of local vegetables and cheeses, with whom the restaurant works to maintain the supply and quality of raw ingredients.

Paradiso has won many accolades and awards over the years. It was listed in the Bridgestone Guides 100 Best Restaurants from its first year and holds the highest ‘icon’ status in that guide book. It was voted Best Restaurant in Munster by the readers of ‘Food & Wine’ magazine in 2001, and Denis Cotter was voted ‘Chef of the Year ’ by the same magazine in 2005. The restaurant was also voted ‘Restaurant of the Year’ by Les Routiers Ireland in 2004.