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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Coffee & Tea, 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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Visitor rating
  • 75
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Worth the wait

A small lunch spot, tucked away upstairs at a bakery in Galway city center. We had to wait a while for a table but we're glad we did. A nice place for lunch

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
Dkasler
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
Fayetteville, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Fresh, hand crafted and flavorful breads and pastries that are a delight to eat. Baked fresh every day, you'll not be disappointed by anything you purchase from Griffins, in downtown Galway.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A small lunch spot, tucked away upstairs at a bakery in Galway city center. We had to wait a while for a table but we're glad we did. A nice place for lunch

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Galway, Ireland
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

great breakfast to always remember. this is the real authentic irish breakfast.gets your taste buds going

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Service terrible .. The one of the girls rude .. Slow and no life in da place.. Is like sit eat and go.. Sorry but Never again..

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Ireland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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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, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?