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Irish, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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A café by day and a laid-back restaurant in the evening, Kai (Maori for ‘food’), is run with real passion and has a gloriously cluttered, bohemian feel...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
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Reviewed 23 November 2021 via mobile

It was an amazing experience. Food was unbelievable. Staff is friendly and very nice. Definitely worth to try while in galway.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 14 November 2021 via mobile

Couldn't fault this place. Great food, great staff, great night. Definitely worth the waiting time to get a table. Can't wait to go back

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 8 November 2021

After spending 3 days in Galway on a bit of a gourmet tour Kai was our last dinner pitstop. On the night, we were 2 couples and unfortunately we had a very hit and miss experience. All 4 starters were cold (by design), 2 x...crabs, a tartare and a terrine. They appeared very quickly, within a couple of minutes, I had ordered a beer that I thought I would be able to drink while we waited, I think I had one sip before the starters appeared, Now I get that they are all cold so no cooking but they were clearly pre-prepared, my venison tartare was poor, coated in horseradish it was difficult to taste anything else, the crab was ok, quite peppery which overpowered the sweet crab meat, but did have a nice freshness. I had the monkfish for main which I have to say was very good, it was far and away the best of the bunch, the pork was "kfc coated" (waiters description) and actually not good, very fatty and the coating was again overpowering of anything underneath it. There was also a steak which in my friends words was "only okay, but how hard is it to do a decent steak?" For deserts we had 2 lemon possets with burnt meringue, which wasn't actually a posset, it was more like a lemon curd than a posset and was essentially a lemon meringue without a base... it was tasty enough but certainly nothing special. So in terms of the food, it was a mixed bag which was disappointing considering the excellent reviews we had seen and we had booked based not only those reviews but also on a personal recommendation . The service was where it was really nowhere near up to scratch, we had eaten in Loam & Aniar over the previous 2 nights where we had exceptional service so the level we experienced in Kai was a real shock, we were either ignored or spoken down to... we asked for an explanation of the posset with burnt meringue, "It's a meringue and it's burnt" so we had to guess whether it was Italian or French. (it was Italian) When we asked about the whiskey fudge to accompany a coffee "It's a lump of fudge" Our choice of a house Primitivo was virtually sneered at and no attempt was made to take jackets, or invest in anything like what I would expect in terms of customer service. So when the food was hit and miss you would hope that the service would lure you back but actually in this case it would deter any future visits.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 8 October 2021

Lovely spot and brilliant food. Fantastic atmosphere and service, we had a nice spot upstairs as we were a bigger group. Lamb with blackberry and cheese starter was great but the steak was exceptional. Even the brocoli and potatoes were brilliant. Had no room for...dessert but the rest of the table enjoyed theirs! Seevice was perfect, red haired waitress was efficient and friendly.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 18 September 2021 via mobile

Nice venue but I was disappointed with how fast the food was served, arrived at 6.30pm and by 7.20pm the starter and main course were completed. This is too fast to enjoy what was an interesting menu.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 11 September 2021 via mobile

staff were friendly. food was good. service too quick. food served before the wine. wine was extremely poor value for money. if you go there, have a beer, and have your drink in the pub

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 6 September 2021 via mobile

I have been keen to try this place for some time and couldn't believe my luck getting a table for a recent visit to Galway. The restaurant was beautifully decorated with pumpkins and looked cosy and inviting. They operate in sittings so all the diners...arrive at the same time, creating a great, exciting atmosphere. From the September menu, my partner and I tried the Buckfast Negroni's before dinner. The crab and scallop ceviche for starter, the ribeye and Katsu pork chop for main and a pavlova to share. The ribeye may just be the best steak I've ever had out, served with chanterelle mushrooms and boozy onions it was melt in your mouth and perfectly cooked. The staff were extremely helpful when I advised I was a ceoliac and even provided me with gluten free bread. Most things on the menu were either gluten free or could be adapted. We had such a great experience here and loved the food so much we went back the next day to try some of their beautiful cakes to takeaway. I wish I lived closer so I could try the menu every month.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 5 September 2021

Visited Kai on a Wednesday evening with my partner on a foodie friend’s recommendation, and it exceeded my expectations. I had the mackerel which was the tastiest meal I’ve had in years, followed by the pavlova. The food is presented so beautifully. The restaurant itself...has the loveliest atmosphere, and has a really romantic vibe. Even the music playing set the mood perfectly. The staff were really friendly and welcoming, and perfectly demonstrated that chill Galway personality.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 2 September 2021 via mobile

Had crab and scallop as a starters and they were nothing really special in terms of taste. Crab had overwhelming taste of dill, so didn’t taste anything else in dish. Seems like the sort of place that charges pre-COVID prices but not up to pre...COVID standard. If you want amazing taste and friendly service don’t go here!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 28 August 2021

Friendly , great atmosphere , lovingly made food , had a nice place to sit staff couldnt do enough although a bit of noise from the kitchen area , i know im a chef also , but its what makes it natural and inviting ,the...deserts where beautiful even my Aunts where very happy and they are hard to please , good experience i would have loved to go back there with my parents next week but you werent very nice to my daughter who had nothing but prasies for youMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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Approx 25 for a main and about 10 for starter or desert maybe slightly less but as always dependent on what you choose, maybe 50 euros a head as a guide?
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Kai is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5