I have been coming to Nimmos/Ard Bia over many years through a few changes of owners. To be clear, Nimmos is downstairs and also serves food and wine. Ard Bia is upstairs but as an update to the other reviews, as of a few weeks ago, they are trying something new here and have made this in to a wine bar. You need to ask them when you ring what exactly that means for having food as they have changed the interior. They also only now open (at least as of now) from Thursday-Sunday so if you are coming on one of the other days, you will be seated downstairs in Nimmos. The food and wine here are very good. The best bit is the location in a small two storey stone building. Really lovely on the water. There are always times that restaurants will ahve off days and I am not surprised to hear that this happened from some others. The place is small and the biggest complaint is that they sometimes over stretch reservations, so you plan to eat at 9 and may not get seated until 930-945. Don't be annoyed, grab a drink and just enjoy. The food is quite varied, always some good veggie choices, fish and meat. If you are in Galway, I would recommend this over Vina Mara and others for sure. In fact, I think Artisan and Nimmos/Ard bia are really the two to go to. Also I am noting below not really suited for large parties, that really applies to truly large gruops as it is unlikely you will get in but you can try!
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