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O'Grady's on the Pier

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Irish, Seafood, European
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Excellent seafood meal and service ..Oysters followed by monkfish was outstanding.. beautiful view. Discrete tables. I cannot wait to return

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 23 November 2021

From our covid check in to receipt of our bill everything was top class , our food was prepared and presented to a high standard , our waiting staff were attentive and friendly , a really enjoyable experience. A nice wine choice.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 6 November 2021

As it says on the tin it on the pier, however, we went at night so not much to see. There is an upstairs area for diners which II imagine would be great if you went for lunch and wanted a view. One of our...party was in a wheelchair and, although they had a ramp into the restaurant, we couldn't get a wheelchair into the toilet facilities. Have to take into consideration that we are just coming out of a pandemic so I didn't expect a full menu but the selection was good. I had the seabass and it was very good. One of us ordered the Salmon and that was huge so if you don't have a big appetite ask first. The others had the steak and no complaints there. Good wine selection and friendly service. A little pricey for the selection but I am taking into consideration that we're fresh out of lockdown. The average rating seems a little low for the potential when things get busier. All in all we had a nice family night out and would definitely return.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 22 October 2021 via mobile

O’Gradys has always been the culinary highlight of any visit to Galway for me, for the last twenty years. Regrettably, I will think twice or maybe three times before returning again on my next visit. Having considered their online menu I was looking forward to...their oysters and seafood platter or perhaps some fresh crab or lobster. Unfortunately, none of it was available on the night I attended with my wife and daughter. Neither of whom had been before and they had high expectations, based on my previous experiences. More disappointing though was the surly, uninterested attitude of our male waiter. We weren’t invited to order any pre-dinner drinks but when I ordered Hendricks and Tonic for the three of us he nonchalantly explained he didn’t have any nice glasses or cucumber, so did I still want them!!! Maybe he was just trying to manage our expectation. We accepted them regardless in straight glasses with a lemon wedge. They were unremarkable. When asked about the possibility of any seafood for dinner (as it wasn’t on the printed menus we had) he said, no! It had always been the combination of excellent food and service that had drawn me back time and again, year after year. Regardless of the high quality chowder, gambas, hake and steak dishes that we reluctantly ordered, the service really let the whole experience down. At 50 euro per head, including drinks, it was not overly expensive nor cheap, but figure in the 50 euro round trip taxi from the city and I probably wouldn’t bother again. Certainly not before checking if the self proclaimed “oyster and seafood bar” actually had any oysters and seafood. Our experience at their sister restaurant 2 days earlier was far superior. They actually had oyster and seafood on the menu, ( which were excellent) and the staff were all delightful. Really disappointing O’Gradys.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 18 October 2021

My wife, two daughters and myself enjoyed an excellent lunch yesterday.( Sunday) The food was excellent and the servewrs were very attentive. We could not have asked for better. Highly recommended

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 17 October 2021 via mobile

We were disappointed having read the ratings and the reviews. Who serves sole on the bone with boiled potatoes and carrots & parsnips?! And then to be told we couldn’t have a drink in the bar downstairs when others who were waiting on a taxi...were having a drink there?! We had just dropped €300 in their restaurant till! Over-rated. Quite frankly we had far better and service in gastro-pubs and even in a little Chinese in Spiddal. Our advice: don’t bother eating here.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 11 October 2021

brilliant menu. excellent service. strongly recommend to order the cold platter. very good value for money as well.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 23 September 2021 via mobile

Managed to get a late lunch here as fully booked on both nights of our stay for dinner. So pleased we did as it was a lovely meal overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We both started with Garlic prawns on sour dough which were divine, one...of the nicest starters we’ve had. I had the plaice which again was superb. So fresh and tasty. My hubby had fish and chips. Overall a very lovely lunch and would definitely go back when in the area and highly recommend.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 21 September 2021

Beautiful fish restaurant on the pier. Fish cooked to perfection and the presentation was superb. I was here a few years ago and because it was so good then i rebooked this year when i was in the area. I was not disappointed as i...think it even surpassed my first experience.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 12 September 2021 via mobile

Loved it here, we hadn't booked but got offered a covered and heated outdoor table. What a great view over the islands. The staff were all lovely and the food excellent. We had prawns, chowder and sea bass and it was all beautiful. The bread...was also yummy 😋More

Date of visit: September 2021
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30 July 2020|
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Response from barrym399 | Reviewed this property |
There is some outdoor seating overlooking the sea. Ate there last week and is was divine. enjoy!
Bobo X
13 July 2019|
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Response from Kayla4 | Reviewed this property |
Bobo We just phoned and booked but I’m sure the website will help you Good fish restraint .. book upstairs for the view !
11 June 2017|
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Response from Rcooksc | Reviewed this property |
The menu is not that broad. Pretty limited, but of the four of us, we got four different courses and all enjoyed our meals.
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Yes, O'Grady's on the Pier is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

O'Grady's on the Pier is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5