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The Sooty Olive Restaurant

160-164 Spencer Road | Waterside, Derry BT47 6AH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 7134 6040
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good13%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Irish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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160-164 Spencer Road | Waterside, Derry BT47 6AH, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Service was excellent, starter & main course good. Dessert very disappointing not as stated on Menu.

Thank Anne M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took my husband for fathers days a few days ago. We are fans of this restaurant normally but this night was a disappointment. Although the food was still very good, we waited 35 minutes between the starter and main course, with no one coming over...More

2  Thank Lorraine V
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sooty Olive is a first class medium sized restaurant with excellent service and tasty food in a very convivial atmosphere. I went there with some colleagues I did not know before and the menu and quality of the food made it a memorable experience...More

Thank HughMc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was easily our best meal so far on our trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland. Do yourself a favor and get out of the tourist areas of Derry/Londonderry. The food was excellent and the service top notch. Most of the patrons appeared to be...More

Thank kuznitz2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with friends for my birthday and as usual we weren't dissapointed the food and staff were top class . A must for a night out

Thank Rose D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I had a lovely evening meal here while visiting the city for a shopping treat. The staff were so welcoming and friendly and the food was excellent.

Thank Claire G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in the old centre of Derry but were recommended this place on the other side of the river. It was worth the visit, as this is a lively, fun place which serves good quality food. Portions are generous so only go for three...More

1  Thank Alec L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fairly decent option for vegans any night but usually better given a bit of notice of a vegan at the table when they can plan something. Service is always great.

Thank NiamhenMullan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time ever in The Sooty Olive and I will definitely be back for more. My starter was fantastic (smoked chicken ceaser salad with egg) and my main was probably the best sirloin steak I have ever had , no it WAS the best Iv...More

Thank staffonly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic food and value for money, staff were really really helpful. You really need to check this place out.

Thank Allen B
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Anne K
Do you have many vegetarian options?
28 September 2016|
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Response from taracee75 | Reviewed this property |
Margaret M
Hello? Do you do gift certificates that can be send electronically? Thank you!
19 July 2016|
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Response from paulafhughes | Reviewed this property |
You need to ask the restaurant
R u open for Xmas lunch? Table for 4 Ann spencer
24 November 2015|
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Response from Bustermaderrycity | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Hi guys sorry just seeing this...we will be open 12 till 3 Christmas Eve then closed until the 27th thank you
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
13:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 160-164 Spencer Road | Waterside, Derry BT47 6AH, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Londonderry  >  Derry
  • Phone Number: +44 28 7134 6040
  • E-mail
We are an award winning casual dinning restaurant serving good food at good prices in the heart of the waterside derry
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