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“Best seafood in town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Donnellys of Barna

Donnellys of Barna
Barna Coast Road | Galway, Barna, Galway, Ireland
353 (0)91 592 487
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Ranked #1 of 5 restaurants in Barna
Price range: $6 - $43
Cuisines: Irish, Seafood, International
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Letterkenny, Ireland
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31 restaurant reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Best seafood in town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

A cosy pub thats a lot bigger than you expect. Excellent selection of food on the menu - lots of seafood & game. Well cooked & very generous portion of food on the plate.

Visited November 2012
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English first
Dublin
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“fantastic bread and great ambiance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

we had lunch and a dinner here, good sized porions, a roaring firm lovely guinness and full of character. It was a horrid mnight out but a wonderful place to spend an evening relaxing with some great food.

Visited November 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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13 restaurant reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Loads of atmosphere.....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We were staying about one hours drive from Barna but we had heard so many good things about Donnelly's that we felt we just had to try it !! We were too late for the restaurant but the smiling waitress informed us that we could eat in the bar. It's a lovely pub - roaring fires, lots of friendly locals but not too crowded.

We were shown to a table and given the menus. Everything looked delicious and making a choice was difficult. I opted for the red onion and goats cheese tartlet which was delicious. My companion chose the Seafood Chowder and he pronounced his absolute satisfaction with it. I went for the safe option of a fillet steak as the mussels were finished. It was cooked to perfection and was really tender. It arrived with chips, onions and mushrooms. My companion opted for rabbit which was stuffed with black pudding and sat on a bed of mashed potatoes. He didn't have to comment on it - his empty plate spoke volumes !! We went for the platter of desserts - it was absolutely superb !! Nice glass of Merlot washed it all down beautifully.

The service was great - the waitresses were so pleasant and friendly. We were debating the translations of the 'Irish-isms' which were on display around the bar. While neither of us speak perfect Irish, it was quite obvious that these were either 'indirect Irish' or colloqualisms. The girls translated them for us and settled the arguements !!

I rarely stay in a bar to listen to live music but Donnelly's was the exception. The music coming from the other 'room' was fantastic. We ended up taking our coffee into that room to listen more closely and we didn't leave until they did !! These guys sometimes play there on Thursdays and it is worth going to Donnelly's just to hear them.

Overall - a great pub - very good (and plentiful !!) food - reasonable prices - lovely wait staff - and the added bonus of the brilliant music. What more could a body want.......

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cecily H, Manager at Donnellys of Barna, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a detailed and positive review about your visit to Donnellys. We appreciate your comments and know our future customers rely on what people say about their visit. Our staff always take the time to look at our reviews and when we they read it a positive one it always motivates them to be even better.
Thank you again and we hope we can welcome you back to Donnellys soon.
Regards
Cecily
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“Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

I really enjoyed everything from the food, the service, the atmosphere and the staff. I would highly reccommend a visit here and will be most definately returning. Overall excellent.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cecily H, Manager at Donnellys of Barna, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
Hi Grace, thank you for taking the time to review Donnellys. We are glad you enjoyed your meal with us and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Regards
Cecily & all the team
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Killarney, Ireland
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“One of the Best Restaurants in Galway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I cannot write enough good things about Donnelly's. I go there frequently, both for lunch and for evening dinner. They have an amazing set of fish dishes (crab claws to mussels to hake, you name it - they have it), and they also have a lovely range of meat and even vegetarian dishes.
For lunch they have several dishes at €10 (like lamb stew with creamed mash, home-made burger and chips, fish and chips, bacon and cabbage). They also have two or three specials every day for lunch ! I won't start talking about their desserts - bread-and-butter pudding, apple crumble, etc.
For evening dinner they are also great. I have eaten there so often and have never been disappointed. They also have a great wine selection. Service at Donnellys is excellent - no matter how busy they are. Simply outstanding.
One of the lovely features of Donnellys is their "Snug" - in fact, they have two "snugs". These are small separate rooms where you can really be on your own - like for a small family, two couples, etc. They are incorporatred nicely into the dining area.
Another great thing about Donnellys is the coziness of the entire area ! And they have two lovely open fires.
And, if you don't want to eat there, the pub is simply great too ! Just for a pint or a glass of wine. On Saturdays they nearly always have musicians playing Irish music.
One more thing - they also have outdoor seating at the back.
So, if you are looking for a really cozy place and a REAL taste of genuine Irish home cooking, then Donnellys is the place to go.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cecily H, Manager at Donnellys of Barna, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Dear Marion, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive review of Donnellys. We are delighted that you are enjoy your visits to Donnellys. Our snugs are certainly very popular with our customers and I think our friendly welcome and coziness is what bring people back again and again.
Myself and all the staff at Donnellys look forward to your next visit.
Kind regards
Cecily
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