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“An absolute hidden gem in Galway”

The Front Door Sonny's Bar and Restaurant
Ranked #23 of 474 Restaurants in Galway
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Irish, Pub
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dublin, Ireland
1 review
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“An absolute hidden gem in Galway”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

Walked into the the bar to discover it was more than just a bar, but a business full of homely charms and atmosphere.

Found the bartender fro Claremorris AJ very friendly and immediately made me feel very welcome to this establishment and very informative to the weekly activities.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Paolosentuni
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Galway, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Fabulous”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Lve this pub great food great late bar great venue fast and friendly staff wud recomend to anyone visting galway

  • Visited November 2013
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2 Thank baby2251
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Galway, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“We will be back”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

As a regular I brought seven English visitors for a meal on Friday night. We were not disappointed. All had starters, main courses and some had desert, some were not able for desert. The food was served by very friendly staff, the restaurant manager checked with us several time to see that all was well. We had the Chilean Sauvignon Blanc with our meal and it was delicious. if your in Galway I would highly recommend the Front Door for food or drinks you will be well looked after from the minute you arrived to the friendly goodbye from the very professional and friendly ginger haired door man. My visitors enjoyed themselves so much that they went back the next day for lunch. Keep up the great work.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank loLo12398
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Midleton, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Disappointing Service”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

I had a meal here on the 17th of October. We were welcomed by the manager who was lovely and gave us our menus and took our first drink order. She made us feel very welcome. Unfortunately service following that was very poor. We ordered the Sauvignon Blanc and had to ask about it twice before it was brought to the table, our waitress also forgot about our initial coffee order which I had to remind the manager of. We were told our drinks had been left at the other bar and that is why they forgot about them (?). The coffee was not hot when it did arrive. It was our first time to Galway and a friend of ours who was showing us around was quite embarrassed about the experience.
The food arrived promptly, I had the nachos and the tortellini which was lovely.
I chose to pay the bill after the starter so that my friend would not offer to pay. Once our main course was cleared we were not asked if we would like to see a dessert menu or have a another coffee. We all agreed we would have definitely had a cocktail or another drink if we had been asked. We left the bar and did not see our waitress. The Doorman was very friendly and even joked "if you didn't have a good time, come back in", little did he know.
We felt the manager was lovely but the staff member we encountered was completely disinterested. Disappointed we didn't eat elsewhere

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Patrick S
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FrontDoor, Public Relations Manager at The Front Door Sonny's Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Patrick,

We are sorry to hear about our experience. Service is a matter that we take very seriously and we are looking into the service team that was working on the day in question. We would really appreciate it if you could email some additional details describing the waitress in question. Contact: siobhan@thefrontdoor.com.

Warm Regards,

Siobhan
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit.”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

open fires, wonderful staff and the soup and homemade bread was up there as one of the best i have had. look forward to my next visit hopefully in the future.

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank Richard C
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