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Donnellys of Barna

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Irish, Seafood, International
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Barna Coast Road | Galway, Barna, Galway, Ireland
353 (0)91 592 487
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Dining options: Dinner, 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
Amazing Seafood and Service!!!!!!

Was out for the day with Family and went to O'Grady's for bite to eat. However, could not accommodate us as they did not have what we wanted. Asked them to recommend another seafood restaurant nearby and they suggested the Twelve. Walking up the road to the Twelve we discovered Donnelly's Seafood... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2013
Novak23
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Galway
Good for:
  • Special occasions
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Was out for the day with Family and went to O'Grady's for bite to eat. However, could not accommodate us as they did not have what we wanted. Asked them to recommend another seafood restaurant nearby and they suggested the Twelve. Walking up the road to the Twelve we discovered Donnelly's Seafood Restaurant, less than a minutes walk from the... More 

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

Dear Novak23 Thank you for taking the time to review Donnellys after your dining experience. We were delighted that you spotted us after you left O'Gradys to make your way to the Twelve. We we very happy to read that you enjoyed the whole experience at Donnellys from service to your food. Thank you for recommending us as a Seafood... More 

Cork, Ireland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Went here for dinner on a busy Friday evening,They fit us in without a reservation.Lovely place,great service,fantastic seafood.Really worth a visit.

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

Dear Roblinehan, Thank you for taking the time to review Donnellys and it was a pleasure to read your positive comments about the restaurant, the service & the food. We look forward to welcoming you back to Donnellys next time you are in Galway. Kind regards Cecily & all the team at Donnellys More 

Savannah, Georgia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

While planning an Irish tour with my parents, my widowed aunt, and my brother and his wife, I searched Tripadvisor for restaurants in all of the cities we would be visiting, at all price points. I was initially thrilled to find, high on the list of Galway's restaurants, Donnelly's of Barna. My mother's maiden name/aunt's married name was Donnelly (... More 

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

Dear Soccermon844, Thank you so much for writing such a glowing review of our restaurant. To read about your experience as a "Donnelly" visiting our restaurant was fantastic. We were so happy to learn that you enjoyed the experience and that we made your trip to Ireland. To know that you had foodies in your group and that all of... More 

Galway, Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

we were lucky to get seats in the snug in this pub restaurant, it was very quaint. the staff were very friendly and efficient. The fish dish was the big disappointment, especially as it advertises as a fish restaurant, but the other dishes and the desserts were very good. Maybe this was a one off problem with the fish. lovely... More 

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

Dear Ann B, Thank you for taking the time to review Donnellys. We were delighted to hear you enjoyed the snug experience. It sure is a popular area with locals & visitors. We were very disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy your fish course. As a seafood restaurant this is certainly not something we like to hear. I... More 

Dubai
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I've been eating at Donnellys since I was a kid, and my dad would bring us to Galway to visit my grandmother. The food is still fantastic. The original pub has been extended to accommodate demand with a big extension out the back. We prefer to sit in the pub part as it's more atmospheric, but that's not always possible... More 

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

Dear Aoibhlinn H, Thank you for taking the time to review Donnellys. It is really nice to hear that you had come to Donnellys as a child and that when you returned it was as good as you remembered. During the month of August, we reduce our very extensive menu to ensure a smooth service for all our customers as... More 

Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Excellent food and friendly staff! It is a quick walk down the street from the beautiful Freeport Inn.

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

Dear Danette D, Thank you for taking the time to review Donnellys of Barna. Delighted that you enjoyed your dining experience. I hope you enjoyed your trip to Ireland and we look forward to welcoming you back should you return to Galway. Kind regards Cecily & all the team at Donnellys More 

Hampshire, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Mostly good. The best crab claws we've ever eaten, beautifully cooked. We had a blip with the mussels (far too salted), but this was readily addressed with the offer of a replacement (- more crab claws!) and more. My choice of hake was an excellent one - fresh, nicely prepared. We found the staff extremely friendly and efficient on what... More 

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

Hi 2Fairways2 Thank you for taking the time to review Donnellys. We were delighted you enjoyed our Crab Claws. Apologies for the blip with the mussels but I'm delighted our staff were able to rectify the situation. Thank you for the positive comments regarding our staff and service. Look forward to welcoming you back to Donnellys in the future. Regards... More 

Waterford, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Lovely food, great staff, overall a brilliant spot. Ate here 4 times during our week long trip to Galway.

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

Hi Yvonnecrotty Thank you for taking the time to review Donnellys. Delighted you enjoyed your stay in Galway and your visits to Donnellys. We look forward to welcoming you back next time you are in Galway. Regards Cecily & the team at Donnellys More 

Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

The food was very good and so was the service. However, the best part of the visit was the six or seven musicians that played and sang traditional Irish tunes. It almost seemed like they were performing just for us! It was a night I'll never forget.

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

Dear Manu204 Thank you for taking the time to review Donnellys. We were delighted to read your positive comments about our food & service. I have to agree that the Traditional Music is a great addition and both locals & visitors enjoy the atmosphere it brings. We hope to see you in Donnellys again next time you are visiting Galway.... More 

Clifden, Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

Leaving Galway city last Sunday decided to revisit an old favourite in Barna as we had not been for sometime. Very disappointed to see the menu has neither evolved or changed in recent years. Food was bland and we couldn't eat it. Plates taken away and nobody asked if anything was wrong, shameful in this day and age. Won't be... More 

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

Dear ConnachtGirl Thank you for taking the time to review Donnellys. We were very disappointed to read your comments. Our menus have evolved and we have added a lot of new items. However we feel that it is important to keep the dishes that are popular with our customers on the menu, even if this leads to customers like yourself... More 

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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 0 - 43
  • Cuisine: Irish, Seafood, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

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