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“Surely one of the best in Galway........”
Review of Ard Bia at Nimmo's

Ard Bia at Nimmo's
Ranked #10 of 484 Restaurants in Galway
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Irish, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: One of Galway's most enduring restaurants, housed in one of the city's most iconic restaurant spaces, Ard Bia has always placed as much emphasis on community experiences and aesthetic stimulation as on serving great food in a fun environment. We believe in having roots in a place whilst having an identity that transcends location and takes inspiration from around the world.
stockport
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8 reviews
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“Surely one of the best in Galway........”
Reviewed August 22, 2014

We stumbled on this little place just under the Spanish Arch looking for lunch. They managed to deal with four of us despite the fact they were very busy and we soon realised we were in a special place. Superb, varied food, efficient service and enjoyable ambience. We visited again for dinner a few nights later, having wisely booked, and we were not disappointed. The delicacy and the thought that had gone into the food was of Michelin star quality and, despite one little hitch with our order, quickly and courteously rectified, our expectations after our previous visit were certainly realised. Highly recommended!!!!!

  • Visited August 2014
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“Great food but worst service in seven days of dining in Ireland.”
Reviewed August 22, 2014

Wandering through Galway on August 17, 2014, my spouse and I found a quant restaurant beautifully tucked into a stone building next to the spanish arch overlooking the ocean. Seeing a recent Michelin sticker on window, we decided excitedly to try. As we entered we asked for a table for two. We were met with a negative tone assuming we did not have a reservation as we did not. We heard the male whisper to a female waitress we didn't have a reservation and walked passed us as if we were not worthy of his reply. The female then said We could stay as long as we gave the table back in an hour and a half which we agreed.
We sat down to a quaint table. We received no greeting, no,special list, no smile. After ordering from the wine list I asked for a clean wine glass as it was stained red from the previous user. She returned later and dumped the wine into two new but equally dirty glasses. We asked for clean ones again. We lost Hope at this point and both order appetizers only, they arrived quickly however, the server had no idea who ordered what. We left quickly after hearing laughter as if the staff had won some sort of battle match against us.

  • Visited August 2014
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Bonita Springs, Florida
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“My Favorite Restaurant in Galway”
Reviewed August 22, 2014

I've lived in Galway for a year and Ard Bia at Nimmo's is by far my favorite restaurant. I recommend it to everyone that visits Galway! Their dinner menu is a little pricey so if it's out of your price range they do lunch that is more reasonably priced. Super cosy decor, amazing locally sourced food and incredible staff. Couldn't recommend it more. Lots of options for vegetarians as well. Every time I've eaten their the menu is different and each item I've ordered has been incredible.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Cathy D
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mpls
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“not up to the hype”
Reviewed August 21, 2014

the setting is Ard Bia is very nice, and after asking to be moved to a different table, we were quickly accommodated. The wine selection was interesting and good value. The food fell somewhere between a C and B. We shared a new appetizer, a subtle rabbit and black pudding that was far better without the accompanying fig jam that overwhelmed it. My mussel and hake combination was woefully under seasoned (and I generally err to under-salting) and the pistou topped beef, while perfectly cooked, was not very tender. To finish, the pretty composed desserts satisfied the eye more than the taste buds.

  • Visited August 2014
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Galway, Ireland
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“Top quality food in a beautiful building”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

Food at Ard Bia is top quality, primarily locally sourced, very creatively used, and served in a beautiful historic Galway building.

Visited October 2013
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