Gala Dining

The Imperial Hotel is one of the top gala hotels in Cork city and is steeped in over 200 years of history. We now combine that prestigious heritage with modern facilities to provide a luxurious haven in the heart of Cork. As a result, we have become renowned for the gala dinners our hotel are able to host in Cork City. When it comes to luxury hotels in Cork, the hotel's grand setting, exquisite cuisine and our dedicated, professional events team will ensure your event will be the talk of the town for many years to come.

After all, we have a rich tradition in hosting gala dinners. The “Grand Soiree and Conversazione British Association” dinner took place in our halls in 1843. To this day, the letters of the night are still hanging in pride of place in the hotel. Nearly 200 years later, our extensively refurbished main ballroom is still providing gala dining for up to 180 guests. This amazing event room is lit by crystal chandeliers and filled with rich fabrics and classic table settings. Luxury chair covers are provided, and an elegant floral candelabra rests on each table.

If you are hosting a more intimate event, you can choose the elegant dining area of our Duchesse Suite. This allows your guests to enjoy the warmth of the marble fireplace in the open plan sitting area, before heading into the dining area for a delicious meal. Either venue can be staged to fit your requirements.

All of our gala dinners are catered by our expert chefs

Click here to view the menus on offer for private dining.

A five course meal is served for each gala dinner, prepared fresh in The Imperial Hotel. Our experienced Kitchen Team use only the highest quality of ingredients, sourced locally to ensure that each dish is a true gastronomic masterpiece and reflect the elegance and grandeur of your event.

Menu options can be discussed with our team, and we would be happy to cater to any dietary requirements. As one of the premier private party venues Cork has to offer our chefs are skilled in preparing gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan dishes for your guests. A full list of allergens can also be provided upon request.

If your celebrations continue all night, a bar extension can be provided upon request and there is also the option of a finger food buffet.

The gala dinner hosts can arrange entertainment for the venue

If you wish, you can arrange live entertainment for your event. We would be happy to accommodate their presence, would be delighted to offer our advice and recommendations and can arrange the layout of the function room to your exact requirements.