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“Beautiful restaurant and great food!”

Cookes Restaurant & Wine Bar
Ranked #66 of 466 Restaurants in Galway
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Irish, European, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Galway, Ireland
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Beautiful restaurant and great food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

My wife and I had an early bird meal here last saturday. We arrived without a booking but the staff we very welcoming (despite being very busy) and gave us a lovely table. The early bird deal was for two courses for just €15 each. There was a great selection and we both went for the starters and mains. We had two lovely starters and for the main course we both had Sirloin Steak which was both perfectly cooked, delicious and generous in size (and amazing to have it at the early bird price!). The staff were so friendly, efficient and made us feel very relaxed.
The restaurant is stunning inside and has so much character. It was a real treat and a pleasure to dine there and we will definately be back (when we get babysitters!). This place deserves every success!

  • Visited February 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

We were directed here from our hotel for a good steak on a Saturday night. We had no reservation and were looked after anyway. Staff were under pressure as they were busier than expected but were a little lacking on skill regardless, they were extreamly friendly which made up for it. I ordered a Bombay and Tonic with a slice of lime and was told only Gordons and a slice of lemon which was fine, came with no lemon just ice as did the one afterwards. Partner asked for a rose wine and none were available, settled on water. We would of had a bottle of wine and a few more Gins if they had available and right.
The food was very good and raised the whole place up, I had Wings, Sirlion & Cheesecake and my partner had Skins, Chicken and Choc Cake. We never have desserts but felt that we would be missing out if we didnt and we werent wrong. Steak was cooked perfectly, chips were nice but i would of preferred homemade ones.
The decor is very dated and could do with a touch up, the old style is great but time is starting to show on the fixtures and fittings.
Bill was high but would of been worth it if the service was a little better.
Overall: Food Great, Service lacking and the Decor tired but we will go back.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Average on all accounts but over the top on price”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

We were a party of 15 who went here recently for a work night out as we had a number of successful nights here in the past. Unfortunately, the place seems to have gone downhill over the past few months. The service was slow and overall the food was quite disappointing. The main courses all came at different times. Some of us were finished before the rest of the party got their food. The steaks were tough and very chewy and the duck that appeared on our plates spent too long in the oven. Hopefully the owner will take this review and others on board and improve both the food and the service

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fine wine and dine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

My wife and I indulged ourselfs with the steak and pepper sauce excellently cooked just to our likeing, one medium rare and one rare, the staff (Orla) made ouir night very enjoyable, we will be back.

Visited November 2012
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Venice, Florida
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“A great experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

Four weeks in Galway city and we found a perfect refuge from the hustle bustle and rain. Service was attentive without being pushy and found them to be knowledgeable about the menu. We went back many times and tried different items, all enjoyable. My wife enjoys seafood and I prefer steak or chicken. A very good selection of reasonble wine offerings and just enough deserts to please us both. The atmosphere was very good and we enjoyed being able to talk to each other without having to shout. Give it a try if you are looking for an enjoyable experience.

  • Visited September 2012
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