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21 Shop Street Galway, Galway, Ireland
+35391563683
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Today
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/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 15
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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
Hidden gem

I was in Galway for one night and the hotel Spanish Arch did not have breakfast so we headed to Griffins. The lady in reception said its the best place for a classy breakfast. The decor and staff were pleasant . food was OK. Coffee perfect ! I'd like to have lunch here sometime so I will be back

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
Mick B
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Dessert
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173 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Cork
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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
7 helpful votes 7 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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galway
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is one of the cutest places I've ever been. It's quirky and nice. The food is delicious and the bakery on the ground floor invites you to buy everything only smelling the gorgeous delicatessen produced here. It is a must stop place in Galway.

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Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I was in Galway for one night and the hotel Spanish Arch did not have breakfast so we headed to Griffins. The lady in reception said its the best place for a classy breakfast. The decor and staff were pleasant . food was OK. Coffee perfect ! I'd like to have lunch here sometime so I will be back

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Province of Leinster, Ireland
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

we visited here on a Saturday afternoon and ordered tea for two with a sandwich and sausage roll ,waited 20 mins for the sandwich to be told that they didnt have any sausage rolls left so she the proceeded to ask my husband did he want to order something else to which he replied no as he would be waiting... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Visited here for lunch with a friend. Mainly a tea and cake kind of place. Limited hot food/sandwich selection. Also was not keen on how close the tables were to each other. We were basically sitting on top of the next table which was not the best when you were having a catch up with a friend.

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Galway, Ireland
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75 reviews 75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

have been here on a couple occassions n is to be highly recommended. would have no hesitation returning again n again.

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Dublin, Ireland
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Totally delicious with real sense of old world charm, the shop downstairs was also very good, service was a little slow but very courteous

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Ballinasloe, Ireland
2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I brought my 3 kids for pancakes to griffiths on Saturday morning, we all got 2 pancakes each and 2 hot chocolates and 2 orange juices, the bill came to 34 euro, never again. How can 2 small pancakes cost 6 euro? The juice was not fresh but out of a bottle, fruice.The staff were ok but I think the... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?