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“Very tasty” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ard Bia at Nimmo's

Ard Bia at Nimmo's
Spanish Arch | Long Walk, Galway, Ireland
091561114
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Ranked #14 of 338 restaurants in Galway
Cuisines: Irish, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Ard Bia at Nimmo���s restaurant in Galway City enjoys one of Galway���s most romantic locations in a gorgeous upstairs room with lovely views of the river, hard by the Spanish Arch. This restaurant is famous in Galway and beyond for the stupendous quality of its cuisine and its professional and welcoming service, all in a charming setting. The d��cor is rustic boho chic with quirky details. You might find fresh local garden blooms on your table in a tin coffee pot, for instance. The seasonally-changing Irish/Moroccan/North African eclectic menu blows you away with dishes like the Gubeen antipasto dish, all made with the finest and freshest of local ingredients. Ard Bia���s commitment to live and modern art make it a happening place, though if you just want to come for the great food and service and see why the restaurant won Regional Restaurant of the Year from Food & Wine Magazine, no one will mind.
Galway, Ireland
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Very tasty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Had dinner here with work and it was really good. Everyone got something different and the food was amazing. It was a tiny bit cramped but that I suppose is the ambiance. Dying to try out the breakfast that everyone is raving about.... I will be back again.....

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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80 restaurant reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Quaint place - Eclectic menu, organic produce !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

The location couldn't be better ; right on the banks of the Corrib and neighboring Claddagh Basin ........next door to The Spanish Arch; this is an awesome little gem with squeaky floors, small tables, rustic décor, oozing charm. Service is stellar only outdone by the wonderful food. Menu is eclectic;ingredients are, however locally - and mostly - organically sourced. We shared 3 dishes ( portions are generous !) : County Clare mussels in an awesome curry/white wine broth - Connemara spring lamb - and a trio of local cheeses served up as an Arabic "mezze" with interesting sprigs of herbs and spreads. Having just come from Spain the wine prices are a shocker but overall the quality of the meal and ambiance merits the prices. A must when visiting Galway !

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Irvine, California
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Cuisine from all over the world in a little house by the docks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Definitely my favorite restaurant in Galway. When you walk into this unpretentious little house right on the docks you find yourselves surrounded by an incredible feel-like-home atmosphere, with the white furniture and dishes and mugs your grandma would have bought in the '60s. Then you are treated (usually with good care from the staff) with some really delicious food.
They seem to be very keen on their food, and you can tell by the quality that not only all their vegetables, meat and fish are from local producers, but also that they are well acquainted with the best local producers. They are very creative with theri recipes, blending in the best Ireland has to offer with sauces and spices from the rest of the world. I would describe their food as an Irish turn on French, Italian, Spanish and Greek cuisine, which is not bad at all. Actually, in some cases it's great. For example, I had hake from the Atlantic with chorizo (it's Spanish spicy salami) and chickpeas, and it was pure poetry. Also, their desserts are great.
It is, all considered, a little pricey for dinner (while for brunch it's just as expensive as any other place in the Galway city center). But you'll have to admit you get great food for all that money.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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new york
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“Outstanding!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

This little gem should not be missed when you are in Ireland, not just Galway. The place sits right on the river, with the sound of water rushing past. Every course was a dining experience. I didn't have to say prepare the lamb medium rare, they knew how to make it perfectly. Roasted rhubarb dessert was a total palette pleaser. The staff were working their butts off to keep everyone content, no, not just content, euphoric! And still had time to talk with us, and even kinder they gave us a recommendation for our dinner the next night, which was another great meal. If I had 1 complaint, there is a table that is very uncomfortable. The legs are so close you can't get your own legs under the table! We moved as soon as we could, as did the next couple!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ireland
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“Always Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

My partner and I had been here on a previous trip to Galway and decided to go again on another trip to Galway with friends.

Where to start! I had an amazing dressed crab dish for my starter which was sublime. My main was lamb with harissa and white beans... I was in absolute heaven. My mates and partner all had the steak and they were as smitten as I was with my lamb. There were long bouts of blissful silence at our table whilst we enjoyed our plates.

My dessert was the nougat parfait and again this was heavenly. I was so sad when I finished it!!

The staff are warm and kind and I can't recommend Ard Bia at Nimmo's enough. Be sure to book in advance though :)

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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