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Donnellys of Barna

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Chowder, Irish, Seafood, International, Pub
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Barna Coast Road | Galway, Barna, Galway, Ireland
353 (0)91 592 487
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
I was last here 3 months ago - and they remembered my order!

Itr is nice when you have a local pub and they know your order - but when you are only able to visit once every three months and they still remember your order that's class! This is a traditional pub. When you walk in you should make eye contact with the customers, nod and say "How are you?" Then... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
David P
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Pontefract, England, United Kingdom
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  • Special occasions
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Galway, Ireland
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

I was here in April, i had mussels, they were not great, very poor dish, i had scallops, they were on black pudding which was look very old and scallops were not tasty at all and i didn't even like the crab meat. I don't think i will ever be back

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Foxford, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Having heard lots about Donnellys we decided to book a table for eight adults- with which mains and a dessert was agreed. Service was slow considering we were the biggest group eating on a Tuesday afternoon and we're looking forward to a nice meal. Finally our mains arrived and my chicken dish was average- we didn't receive enough vegetable or... More 

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Pontefract, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Itr is nice when you have a local pub and they know your order - but when you are only able to visit once every three months and they still remember your order that's class! This is a traditional pub. When you walk in you should make eye contact with the customers, nod and say "How are you?" Then you... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We have been visiting Galway and Connemara areas over past few weeks. Tried out all the recommended pubs and restaurants., Eventually found the best ., Donnellys of Barna has it all ., the best pint of Guinness and most probably in our view the best pub for food in Ireland ..!! The mussels were the best i have ever had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Lovely Irish Bar with great food. Very cosy atmosphere in Bar. Food can be eaten in the Bar area or the restaurant. Great menu selection & good tasting food. Visit here often for lunch and dinner. Nothing nicer than sitting by the fire with some of their delicious food. Definitely worth a visit.

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We have been spending a week or so in Barna for the last twelve years. We always eat at Donnelly's at least once if not twice during each stay, so it's safe to say we have dined there at least twenty times. The food is so fresh and well prepared my mouth waters just thinking about it. The wait staff... More 

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Western Ireland, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We took visiting friends to Donnellys on overwhelming recommendations of others. We'll be back again when in that area, without a doubt! We booked well in advance so as not to be disappointed and we got everything we asked for then and more. Great selection, each dish better that the other and exceptional friendly service throughout the meal, yet with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Service was great. Right across the street from The Twelve hotel. Ate lunch there first day and dinner our third day. The chicken was delightfully tender and juicy and the sauce divine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

whenever we stay in Spiddal, we always eat at donnellys. Great pub and great food. The food is good, reasonable and served quickly. don't miss this pub

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Cecily H, Manager at Donnellys of Barna, responded to this review

Dear kathy49, Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your meal and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thank you. Kind regards Cecily & all the team at Donnellys More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I am embarrassed to admit that I have been to Galway City area of Ireland at least 6 times over the years and can only recommend one restaurant as its the only one I have ever eaten in. Its that good. Donnellys of Barna is one of my favorite places to eat in all the world. The staff is fantastic,... More 

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Cecily H, Manager at Donnellys of Barna, responded to this review

Dear Bill B, First of all, thank you for taking time to write us a review. We are delighted you enjoyed your meal, the crab claws are very popular so we are glad you enjoyed them. The staff are very happy with your high opinion of them. Positive comments always help to boost morale. We look forward to seeing you... More 

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Additional Information about Donnellys of Barna

Address: Barna Coast Road | Galway, Barna, Galway, Ireland
Phone Number: 353 (0)91 592 487
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Galway  >  Galway  >  Barna
Average Prices: USD 43
Cuisine: Chowder, Irish, Seafood, International, Pub

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Barna Coast Road | Galway, Barna, Galway, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Galway  >  Galway  >  Barna
  • Phone Number: 353 (0)91 592 487

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 43
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Irish, Seafood, International, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

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