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21 Shop Street Galway, Galway, Ireland
+35391563683
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu - Sat 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Reservations, Takeout
Description: A breath of fresh air, that's what Griffins Tea Rooms on Shop Street...
A breath of fresh air, that's what Griffins Tea Rooms on Shop Street Galway is. Griffin's is a family run Bakery founded in 1876, but with beautiful tearooms to the rear. Surround your self in traditional surroundings, Irish language and five generations of Griffins by real open fires and enjoy simple food at it's best. All the breads and soups are made in house .The menu is straight forward; sandwich, baps etc.. but all served on Griffin's own delicious home made breads. While enjoying your meal, one can watch and smell the food parade as piping hot bread and cakes are carried out to the shop past your very eyes. You just cant get fresher anywhere! Their award winning breads make such a difference to the sandwiches with a choice of Wheat, Rye, Mixed Grain, Italian, French and even Gluten free bread for Coeliac's. The friendly pleasant staff take charge, store your buggy for you , supply high stools and provide a very reasonably priced children's menu. The children can do colouring on the children's menu while awaiting their order .Half portions of most products is available with wickedly delicious half portions of Belgian hot chocolate.Going to the modern, spotless toilets was a pleasure and in particular that there are baby changing stations in both Female and Male toilets, a very rare thing these days. The smaller room "The Snug" is also noticably popular with breast feeding mothers where they can enjoy a coffee in privacy, warmth and comfort with their babies. Griffins is a must visit, conveniently located at the end of Shop Street Galway City . Further down Quay Street in Galway is the world famous Mc Donaghs Fish and chips, a must for familys on the go or those with a hankering for delicious fresh fish.Martines Winebar is just across the street and fabulous food there late into the night. If you cross the road at the end of Quay Street, you will find Tamirand Restaurant, another delight for parents with children. They offer fantastic Asian style cuisine &half price menu on everything.High chairs and colouring are provided , they even bring the children to the kitchen to make up their icecream desserts. Christine and the team there are fantastic.
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  • 30
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  • 17
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great breakfast

They do the simple things well. Sourdough bread for your toast; tea is loose leaves with strainer in tea pot. breakfast good and service - done well

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
donalIreland
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Ireland
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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180 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Ireland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

They do the simple things well. Sourdough bread for your toast; tea is loose leaves with strainer in tea pot. breakfast good and service - done well

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Can't be bothered writing a full review, like the dark haired girl couldn't be bothered being polite. Food ok, Coffee too hot, staff rude.

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Ralston, Nebraska
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We were looking for a small restaurant to have a light lunch and this tea room was perfect. The ambiance was very quaint with a lovely Irish feel. My Chai Latte was very good and of course all the desserts looked fantastic and delicious.

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Huntington Beach, California
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49 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

Cozy upstairs room We had soup and salad for $6 Huge! Good egg salad Yummy vegetable soup Bread made there

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Galway, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I always go to a place twice before I give a place a not so great review. Breakfast was a disappointment. First coffee or tea is extra. Toast is plated on your food plate, not a separate plate, and comes with two packets of butter. This makes for a full plate for no place to butter your toast. No Jelly... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

On entering you are filled with the wonderful smells and sights of the bakery and the small room at the back with the turf fires are lovely All in all it should have been a great exexperience however I found the staff to be rather surley and not very friendly. The scone was lovely but could have been nicer I'd... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Family loved this tearoom. My open sandwich was very tasty and my hubby loved the Connemara smoked salmon. The toasted smoked salmon bagel and toasted sandwich were also much enjoyed.

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Cork
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6 reviews 6 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Went there today sat upstairs ended up at a table that needed a wiping but didn't get it! Had two jam doughnuts which tasted a bit of yesterdays a tea and large Americano.Ordered a 2nd regular Americano which was cold arriving so I sent it back and was given another just poured.Whole lot came to 15.15 euros .Too expensive for... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We were here for breakfast on a Sunday morning. Having lived in Galway for years I never realised they had seat in area in the back, and upstairs. Tiny little place but full of character. The breakfast was lovely, all served with home made sourdough bread or bagels. The place were packed already early Sunday morning, but the service was... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Popped in for breakfast, but the breakfast was served cold. The receptionist took our complaint on board and did not charge us for our coffees. Funny thing is, our coffee was fine and it would have been more appropriate to not have been charged for our breakfast. Will skip this place next time.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21 Shop Street Galway, Galway, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Galway  >  Galway
  • Phone Number: +35391563683

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 14
  • Cuisine: Irish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

A breath of fresh air, that's what Griffins Tea Rooms on Shop Street Galway is. Griffin's is a family run Bakery founded in 1876, but with beautiful tearooms to the rear. Surround your self in traditional surroundings, Irish language and five generations of Griffins by real open fires and enjoy simple food at it's best. All the breads and soups are made in house .The menu is straight forward; sandwich, baps etc.. but all served on Griffin's own delicious home made breads. While enjoying your meal, one can watch and smell the food parade as piping hot bread and cakes are carried out to the shop past your very eyes. You just cant get fresher anywhere! Their award winning breads make such a difference to the sandwiches with a choice of Wheat, Rye, Mixed Grain, Italian, French and even Gluten free bread for Coeliac's. The friendly pleasant staff take charge, store your buggy for you , supply high stools and provide a very reasonably priced children's menu. The children can do colouring on the children's menu while awaiting their order .Half portions of most products is available with wickedly delicious half portions of Belgian hot chocolate.Going to the modern, spotless toilets was a pleasure and in particular that there are baby changing stations in both Female and Male toilets, a very rare thing these days. The smaller room "The Snug" is also noticably popular with breast feeding mothers where they can enjoy a coffee in privacy, warmth and comfort with their babies. Griffins is a must visit, conveniently located at the end of Shop Street Galway City . Further down Quay Street in Galway is the world famous Mc Donaghs Fish and chips, a must for familys on the go or those with a hankering for delicious fresh fish.Martines Winebar is just across the street and fabulous food there late into the night. If you cross the road at the end of Quay Street, you will find Tamirand Restaurant, another delight for parents with children. They offer fantastic Asian style cuisine &half price menu on everything.High chairs and colouring are provided , they even bring the children to the kitchen to make up their icecream desserts. Christine and the team there are fantastic.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm

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