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“Once our favorite breakfast spot -- no more”
Review of Monroe's Tavern

Monroe's Tavern
Ranked #70 of 469 Restaurants in Galway
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $20
Cuisines: Irish
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Live music & food 7 nights a week. Located just across the bridge from the Claddagh, it's distinctive historical building holds a tavern to be proud of. Monroe's Tavern is renowned for it's friendly staff, warm atmosphere and live music. To top it off, great food awaits you in this wonderful bar in the heart of Galway's Westend. Caters for group bookings and events
Buffalo, New York
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“Once our favorite breakfast spot -- no more”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

Monroe's has always been our favorite spot for breakfast in Galway. It's wildly popular as a live music venue and pub in the evenings, but we always had breakfast there as well, ordering at the bar and eating on one of the booths while listening to interesting Irish talk radio.
Our visits on our last trip to Galway will probably be our last visits to Monroe's.
First, as we were about to slide into our favorite booth I noticed how soiled and greasy the cushions were. Maybe they got brighter lightbulbs, maybe they have stopped cleaning the cushions, maybe they have just reached the end of their life span, but they were truly disgusting. They make you wonder what has so badly soiled those cushions. I didn't even want to sit on them, much less put my purse down on them.
We ate there three times anyway -- after the first time, we moved to a table. The first time, the food was almost as good as we recalled, if a bit greasy. The second time, things were badly cooked and just sloppy -- the butter was hard, the toast cold, the bacon rubbery and fatty, the eggs crispy around the edges. The third time, not only did it take about half an hour for our food to arrive, it was disgusting. The rashers were swimming in grease -- so much so that we actually blotted them with a serviette -- and one of them was so old and overcooked that it was inedible. The toast was delivered a good five minutes after the rest of the food.
We are just mystified about what could have happened after five years of consistent excellence at breakfast at Monroe's. But we won't be back to find out.

  • Visited April 2013
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Verviers, Belgium
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“One of the best in Galway”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Been there a few times during my stay in Galway. In my opinion, one of the best in town ! Outside the center, you won't find the youthful exuberance. I especially recommend Tuesday Night with Irish Set (and dancers) : really nice and friendly people.
Never tried the food there but heard a lot of compliments about it.

  • Visited March 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Great place for music”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

Went twice. First time it was excellent. Great live bands plus a dj. Second time was terrible. So average overall.

Visited July 2012
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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Go to Galway, Go to Monroe's”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

Our Family usually tries to stick to the rule of not going to the same place twice during a holiday. For Monroe's we had to break it!
The Restaurant is very good all round: great food, brilliant atmosphere, happy service, just great.

  • Visited February 2013
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Mammoth Lakes, California
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“FUN.”
Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

We did not actually eat at Monroe's (though it was recommended). However we did stop by for a pint and some local music. The staff was friendly, the music and atmosphere was great, the locals were very fun!

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1 Thank Airen25
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