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“Superb”

Vina Mara Restaurant & Wine Bar
Ranked #65 of 484 Restaurants in Galway
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Irish, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: We at Vina Mara are dedicated to providing a friendly dining experience in Galway. All our menus are created using fresh Irish produce and an excellent selection of wines. Our aim is to create great food at great value prices and a warm friendly service for all of our customers. We are open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening all our main courses are just €10. Great quality, great service, great value.
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Superb”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

We were a party of four on a weekend break to the west of Ireland from London; first time to visit and the entire trip was a complete revelation, with amazing landscape and such friendly people. The highlight of the weekend however was out dinner at Vina Mara. It looked from outside like a trattoria and that was what we expected, but the menu was much more adventurous. We order for mains the shank of lamb and the braised pork neck; my friend's wife is a veggie and she was so impressed with the fact that the chef came out and spoke to her about what she would particularly like. The front of house staff were attentive but not looming, which is always a put off, and we had a wine list as good if not better than a quality London restaurant. The total bill was extremely good value. All told, the four hours or so we spent over a top-quality well-paced dinner was the highlight of our weekend away. Thank you Vina Mara, and we recommend it unreservedly.

  • Visited July 2014
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Tuam, Galway, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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“Great value meal”
Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

My Husband & I ate here on a Friday night about a couple of weeks ago.
We opted for the 3 course meal with bottle of house wine it was excellent value at €60.
My Husband had fish cakes for starter followed by the duck confit with strips of pork belly.
I had the chick pea cakes, followed by the Hake . I have eaten in a lot of restaurants and the Hake was definitely the best ever.
All our food was delicious , very well presented.
The restaurant was buzzing with a great atmosphere, there were not many empty tables.
We had coffees to finish off .
We will certainly be back , really enjoyed our meal.

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“Bia blasta !!”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

If you want very tasty food and great service at unbelievable prices in Galway city don't pass the door of Vina Mara !! Thank you to all the staff for another fabulous meal tonight !

Beirigi Bua

Paddy

  • Visited July 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
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“Beautiful Food for a couples night out”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a beautiful restaurant with great food and a beautiful atmosphere. Everything on the menu sounds and looks beautiful and anything we had was simply wonderful. Personally it's a place for a couple given the atmosphere. It's also a bit pricey so I don't think it would be suited to a family meal. Great staff.

  • Visited June 2014
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Galway City
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Move the weekend”
Reviewed June 26, 2014

Why is Friday to Sunday so revered. Somebody somewhere decided that these were the weekend nights and so should be very special nights. Vina Mara have bucked that trend. They've decided that Monday to Wednesday are the special nights of the week and boy are they very very special nights. This is the deal. Vina Mara offer every main course on these night for €10. I agree, there has to be a catch. I mean, €10, in a gorgeous restaurant in the centre of Galway...surely there's a catch. Well, there is. But the catch is more likely to be the fresh fish catch of the day. Dress up in your best clothes. Take a taxi. Order some wine. You are about to experience some of the best value in fantastic food so you might as well celebrate. I genuinely thought that there would be a €10 "special" list of main courses but a separate a la carte list that had lots of supplements. In Vina Mara, from Monday to Wednesday, every...and I mean every, main course is only €10. We had steak, prawns, slow cooked lamb, hake.....all for €10. Full portions, fantastic food and excellent service. I have a plan. I hope to eat out every weekend for the summer. Every weekend that includes a Tuesday and every weekend that includes the €10 Vina Mara menu. Go quickly. At these prices the things have got to change. Let me be the first to say it. These prices are too cheap but I for one plan to take advantage of the best of Irish food, the best of Irish service and stunning prices. Get there quick and enjoy!!

  • Visited June 2014
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