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US$9 - US$23
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European, Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Start with an aperitif on the riverside terrace before dining in the characterful cellars of this old mill, whose exposed stone walls provide the perfe...
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The dining experience was superb; the service was excellent and the ambience was amazing…. I went to Il Vicolo to celebrate a birthday with a group of ‘long time’ friends. Although I am no longer familiar with Galway restaurants (I depended on web reviews), this...was a fabulous choice. The setting is just lovely; an old riverside mill and the decor reflects this. The food, though, was really good and the staff and service were lovely. We had the BEST night out in years! Terrific!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tonight was my second time at il Vicolo. Food and drinks were top class. We were looked after by the wonderful Tessa, she was chatty and funny and made us feel so welcome. Can’t fault this place!!!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had booked for biggish party of 9 people, when we arrived there was a problem with the booking, and on a Saturday evening in Galway, that was a worry. But wow, Jamie dealt with it beautifully and we had a wonderful Italian gourmet experience...served by Daisy.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 23 October 2022 via mobile

Absolutely gorgeous restaurant on the banks of the river! Lovely decor, nice and cosy. The food was 10/10 and the service was top notch!! Very friendly. Would definitely recommend for couples, will be going back

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 21 October 2022

Had a very good meal in Il Vivolo last night. The special on the night was Turbot in a prawn/clam bisque and was excellent. For desert I had affogato which was also good. The wine we had was an Italian merlot recommeneded by our excellent...waitress.( a tall blonde girl). All in all it was a very good night out and while not cheap is good value for money.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 29 September 2022

We had reservations months in advance and had been following on Instagram with great expectation. The atmosphere is very charming and the reason for a 3 rating but the food is average and doesn't match the build up. The wild mushroom gnocchi was pasty, heavy...and had button mushrooms. The bolognese was very meaty and seemed like they didn't prepare enough pasta to go with it. We were seated and given menus and within 5 minutes our waitress came to the table and asked if we were ready to order. We were never told about specials and but after placing our order saw another waitress take a chalk board to another table and go through all the specials with the diners. Also watched our waitress put our bottle of wine on a shelf as she was distracted coming back to our table. Another waitress grabbed the wine and delivered it. Overall felt rushed, unwelcomed and not wowed by the food at all.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 24 September 2022 via mobile

Sebastiano our waiter was so nice and so gentle... the place is gorgeous and cozy and really wonderful/ the food was delicious and outstanding yet very simple! The wine 🍷 was great as well just all together perfect ! It was my birthday and I...received a little candle on my tiramisu anecdote was advised to make a wish so I did let’s hope for the best... tff HD as no I’ll Vicolo 😇😂More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 4 September 2022

I will say that the food here is good, not amazing by any means but good. Meatballs are excellent but pork belly is a bit dry so it can be inconsistent. My one star review is for the attitude in this place. The staff are...frankly rude and only interested in getting you in and out as quickly as possible. The prices here have become absolutely crazy since they were fined for breaking COVID regulations. They refuse to serve cake for functions despite the fact large groups will spend a lot of money there. They cited insurance as a reason but this is absolute nonsense and I've never been to another restaurant with this policy. They were also beyond aggressive about pushing desert whilst refusing to serve cake. This place has no interest in having repeat customers and is absolutely not worth giving your custom to.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 21 August 2022

Il Vicolo was recommended to us highly by some friends living in Galway. It can be hard to secure a reservation so plan ahead. If you dine early you can nab one of the outdoor patio tables which is so pastoral and lovely as long...as it isn't raining. We had the gnocchi and the burrata. Both exquisite. Would go again and highly recommend.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 16 August 2022

We frequently visit Galway on out trips to Ireland and we enjoy eating at Il Vicolo. This time was no different. We met friends for a glass of wine before dinner and then ordered our meals. The service was fine and the food was excellent....The location is an old mill and there are tables outside overlooking the river and inside by a window overlooking the canal. A great spot for a romantic dinner.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 14 August 2022 via mobile

Went to Il Vicolo with friends last night 13/8/22 and ordered our food and drinks. We got our drinks and waited on our food to be served. I ordered steak and it was cooked to perfection but it was full of fat but I enjoyed...it all the same.Two of my party had breast of chicken??? more like breast of quail as it was tiny.The portions were very small but tasty nonetheless but by this time I had ordered a second round of drinks and after waiting 15mins I asked the waitress what was keeping our drinks she looked at me with disdain as though how dare you complain and we didn’t see her for the rest of the night.Now she should really look for another kind of job where she doesn’t have to interact with people as she was incredibly rude.Another thing was there were no prices on the menu.We shall not be returning here and I don’t expect to be served by someone that looks like they came from a fancy dress party .More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 6 August 2022

If you only eat in one restaurant in Galway, this should be it. Best meal we’ve had in a long time. I will be dreaming about the nduja and parmesan potatoes probably forever, and the gnocchi was incredible. Also insanely good tiramisu. Excellent service from...all staff. Honestly cannot rate this place highly enough. Next time I’m in Galway I will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 6 August 2022

I ordered off the vegan menu. Starter of bruschetta was very nice. Then linguini with tomatoes, chilli and pine nuts. No chilli and no pine nuts. Just a plain bowl of pasta in tomato sauce. Very disappointing and when I mentioned to our server she...just shrugged and said ‘I’ll tell the kitchen”. I never heard anymore about it. My son ordered from the kids menu. Dish was put in front of him. And just before he stuck his fork in they took it away and said that’s not the kids portion and later brought back something else not as nice looking. On the whole the food was ok but the service was not and I definitely didn’t get what the menu described. So many great restaurants in Galway I wouldn’t rush back to this one.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 3 August 2022 via mobile

Was in Galway for the races and ate in this restaurant twice and each time it was superb. The manager Victor runs a great restaurant Jamie on the desk was excellent as was Saoirse our waitress and I met the chef Megan Nolan whose food...was amazing I am so sad I live 4 hrs away otherwise I would be there every week. Also it was good valueMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 20 July 2022 via mobile

Absolutely loved this restaurant! The staff was great, the food was so delicious but the wine selection...magnifico!! What a beautiful evening it was out on the terrace, dining by the water. We were lucky the moment we decided to walk through the door!!! Thanks for...such a great ending to our last evening in Galway!! We will be back!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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IL Vicolo is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5