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Vista Wine Bar and Bistro Kinsale


Shearwater, Pier Road, Kinsale

021 470 68 66

Hours: 9am - late 7 days


Vista lives up to its name. This busy wine bar and bistro enjoys stunning views over the marina from its waterside position. Enjoy a glass of wine or dine al fresco in the summer months, Vista is purpose built to gives you some of the best views in Kinsale.

The restaurant is features large glass picture windows, with the terrace off to one side. There is also a first floor terrace which offers some of the best views in town while, hopefully enjoying some of the Irish summer. Inside it’s contemporary chic, with exposed stonework walls and dark wood tables with chairs in a variety of styles and colours.

Vista opens for breakfast and serves right through the day. The breakfast features the usual favourites, but since you’re quayside, perhaps the kippers might tempt. Lunch offers a selection of hot and cold options, with a selection of Panini and sandwiches as well as fish cakes, a homemade burger and catch of the day or a very nice seafood platter to share. They also have a pretty good pizza menu, which runs through the day and evening and would be very suitable for dining en famille.

The evening menu is extensive and they also offer a selection of tapas, with some interesting options including a salty cod mini tortilla and pepper crust calamari.

On a recent visit we dined in the evening, and enjoyed starters of scallops with Clonakilty black pudding with a chilli dressing. This classic combination worked were, juicy scallops complimented the famous black pudding and was given a kick with the chilli. Next up, fillet steak on a bed of champ with sautéed mushrooms and onions hit the spot, and a pasta dish with chorizo, garlic, chilli and cream was pungent and tasty.

We skipped dessert, but there is a selection of homemade dishes including a chocolate brownie with raspberry coulis, or home made tart. An early bird runs each evening offering good value dining at €18.50 for two courses, or €23.50 for three. Tapas are all priced between six and nine euro, but they are the size of decent starters, so they’re good value.

Vista is all about casual dining at value for money prices, and service is friendly and prompt. Coupled with a great location and better views, this family friendly restaurant has a very good Vista indeed.

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