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“Small place with a friendly smile” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cullen's Bistro & Coffee House

Cullen's Bistro & Coffee House
Market Street, Clifden, Ireland
095 21983
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Ranked #21 of 31 Restaurants in Clifden
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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Fairfield, Ohio
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“Small place with a friendly smile”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

We stopped here for a latte, and had a lovely chat with the owner. The place was small, but the coffee and atmosphere was lovely. So glad we stopped!

Visited April 2013
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Tullamore, Ireland
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“Disappointing coffee shop”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

I stopped here once in Clifden for coffee and cake. They didn't have a huge range of cakes or coffees and sadly I was disappointed with the cake I selected, it was soggy and not particularly tasty. The service was pretty indifferent. There were a few other people here when I arrived but they soon left and weren't replaced. I think with more attentive service and an overhaul of the menu this place could be a cosy place for food and drink but if nothing changes I don't think I'll be back.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“Marvellous food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We arrived here in a bedraggled state, having just experienced some very wet and windy Irish weather. The staff immedately made us very welcome and the service was very good, despite the restauarnt being quite busy. We chose fish & chips which was well cooked, tasty and very enjoyable. We also felt that the prices were very reasonable for the quality of the food. Should we ever be in Clifden again, we would certainly choose to eat here.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“The worst service in Ireland”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

In our lovely 11-day trip around Ireland, we only had one bad experience. Everyone else was friendly and hospitable and made it a trip of a lifetime for my family, but Cullens managed to inject the one sour note.

We stopped by in the mid-afternoon looking for a late lunch, and the sour older woman inside told us that they didn't serve food until 5 PM, only pastries. Fair enough; we walked up the quaint street to another establishment and had a lovely meal. We skipped pudding, thinking we'd revisit Cullens, as the displays of cakes in the counter had seemed nice. We walked in about half six, and we met by the same harridan, who angrily told us that they were serving dinner only, and not only could we not eat our pastries there (there was one couple eating, the rest of the place was empty), but she wouldn't even sell us any for take away. As we turned away to go, she actually cursed at us under her breath but loudly enough that we could all hear her. Not sure what her problem was, but I'd urge people to give this one miserable place a miss and go just about anywhere else in the country. After we arrived back home, my kids are still raving about the family holiday, but they also continue to mention the pasty witch.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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“Very poor value for money and lack of atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

My husband and i ordered herby bread for starter. The five pieces were so hard we couldn't bite them or cut them. We gave up and our waitress was very apologetic.. We both had salmon and when it arrived the whole plate was covered in food. The salmon was drenched in sauce and the chips were over cooked. There was no atmosphere. Another couple waited 50 mins for vegetarian burgers very patiently. We heard the microwave ping frequently. Long waits. They kindly did not charge for the herby but not an enjoyable experience

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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