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“Friendly service, nice atmosphere!”

The Gentian Cafe and Wine Bar
Ranked #3 of 16 Restaurants in Kinvara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $44
Cuisines: Contemporary, Cafe, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Our 'Gentian @ St Georges' is a brasserie with a twist: serving dishes to share with robust, sunny flavours, typically from a contemporary Irish, European palette with good old comfort food thrown in, The Gentian's ethos is one of quality, innovation, freshness and abundance with comfort and friendliness thrown in. Our coffee already has a reputation.....We will be looking after you all day, with substantial breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.The setting is informal with local stone and splashes of colour; Burren and south Galway, blended with funky london, has a relaxed cosy, curl up feel, with windows looking out over the Kinvara bay - colour and comfort, space for reading chatting, meeting up or getting way from it all.
Belgium
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Friendly service, nice atmosphere!”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

Although we only stopped in for a drink, we liked the light airy feel of this cafe and it's friendly staff. Cannot comment on food, as didn't eat, but free wifi was very welcome, as were the reasonable prices.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Onepea1
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miami
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68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Tired food”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Friendly staff and pretty fast service
food a bit tired and inconsistent in appearance also tasteless.
dirty and crusty menus
Bright and clean
WIFI
clean bathrooms

  • Visited June 2013
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6 Thank sapodilla12
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TheGentian, Owner at The Gentian Cafe and Wine Bar, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Delicious, Fresh, Tasty are words that are often used to describe food at the Gentian. Next time you are in, let us know if something is not working for you and we will sort it on the day. Many thanks Caitriona
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Galway
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Where's the manager??”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

This place is seriously lacking in leadership and cohesion. Nobody seems to know what the other is doing.

1- arrive for lunch at ten to 1 for lunch. Specials board outside say available from 12.30. Howevere waitress tells us it's not lunchtime yet so you must order off breakfast menu. Ok. We both order off that.

2 - 20 minutes pass. Waitress arrives at our table. The chef says he won't cook your order. It's lunch time now, not breakfast time!! No apology no nothing.

3 order again. Wait 40 minutes for our food.

4- food is only ok.

5- they won't accept my laser card as payment. Have to head off into town looking for an ATM. No apology for delay or inconvenience.

6- silliest thing is, the lunch order for me was a mixed grill, which is almost exactly what I ordered for breakfast!! All they had to do was cook an egg and some toast!!

Terrible way to run a restaurant. Chef seems to put himself above the customers. Very unpleasant attitude by waitress. Spoiled our day in kinvara.

  • Visited June 2013
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7 Thank Kieran C
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TheGentian, Owner at The Gentian Cafe and Wine Bar, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
My Team and I send apologies for the delay and confusion you experienced - we hope you will find a big improvement when you are next in. We value constructive feedback. Kind regards
Caitriona
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Knockananna, Ireland
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“uncomfortable seating”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

This place has a great rating and in my opinion it is a cafe rather than a restaurant. The coffee and the view is brilliant. However, the seating is very uncomfortable so decided on coffee and had lunch elsewhere.

  • Visited June 2013
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6 Thank Mags M
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TheGentian, Owner at The Gentian Cafe and Wine Bar, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Duck down stuffed cushions and 40mm of commercial grade foam make up our delightful window seating with views across the bay. When you find something uncomfortable perhaps you will let us know next time so that we can move you to one of our other 34 seats that may be more suitable for you. Many thanks, Caitriona
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Forest Park, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Stop on the way to Galway”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

Don't miss out on the great coffee – charming spot in a great town! Take in amazing scenery while you grab a snack and a drink.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank BJMegan
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