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  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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About
Friendly bistro in Westport serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, bakery every days Small and cosy for relax with a meal with local produces with an international twist!
PRICE RANGE
US$5 - US$29
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Irish, European, International, Gastropub
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
Reviews (172)
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All reviews vegan burger seafood tagliatelle confit duck chocolate pudding roasted vegetables prawns focaccia chicken wings sea bass soup cod ice cream vegan options recommend friends fantastic food experience don't forget to book cooked from scratch
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Do you know about those dishes that instantly make you feel home, cozy, safe, maybe happily lying in your bed whilst a rainstorm is hitting on your windows? Well, the special Killary Mussels we were lucky to have in Friends Bistro sent me there immediately...and I was happy to let the taste sink in and become a happy memory. The mussels were cooked to perfection and literally melted in your mouth enhanced and not covered by the juicy cream they were sitting on. The sensation of cosy quality and friendly delicacy was furthered in the exquisite Thai Curry which we got with added prawns, so tenderly cooked they also felt like melting in your mouth. This excellent culinary craft was accompanied by a friendly and warm service which felt like home, but never crossed into the homely, given its skill and expertise and the extraordinarily multi-cultural yet cohesive and not dispersive menu. Highly recommended, this colourful little place is surely going to warm you up inside.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went here for my birthday, the food was to die for and the staff were very friendly. I would highly recommend this place!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Almost every course here is chef’s special, and WHAT A CREATIVITY! That’s why (sorry) we don’t remember exactly what we ate… Yet we remember well that everything was VERY GOOD :-) and even too HEARTY for us! The service also was special: ever WARM, and...PROFESSIONAL at the same time. And finally, we loved the restaurant being in a very PEACEFUL LOCATION, an inner courtyard, as well as it’s COSY and intimate atmosphere. However please know that: this courtyard is a bit TRICKY TO FIND… with the sat/nav too. So we asked, and asked to people around, and finally we got it ;-) being a small restaurant, BOOKING is simply ESSENTIAL!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 9 October 2022 via mobile

The food was very nice. I got a Ravioli seafood pasta. It was a medium size plate for €18.50 ?? Too expensive I thought. A bit disappointing, in this respect.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 7 October 2022

Vegan focaccia, sublime. Vegan breakfast, you have to taste it to believe it. Large portions, excellent value.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 6 October 2022 via mobile

I live and work in Westport, love going back to restaurant I’ve been before , cos ya know:::so much talk about this restaurant: Friends ?I’ll try for my birthday I said, OMG: OMG fabulous, woooow

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 16 September 2022

My wife and I almost didn't get to eat at Friends Bistro, but we did find a place to park in Westport on the third try! I'm glad we did. I am not a vegan-in fact not even a vegetarian. But I ordered the vegan...burger and it was something very special. After a week in Ireland I was tired of chips, but I kept picking away at the ones that came unexpectedly with my sandwich, trying to figure out what made them so good- the oil or the potatoes or both. George was very friendly and enthusiastic and when I asked for an extra shot of espresso in my latte (Ireland has notoriously weak lattes) he smiled and said his are strong and I wouldn't need an extra shot. he was right- and it was the best coffee I have had in Ireland! Sometimes there is a reason why someplace is #1 on tripadvisor. Friends Bistro is well deserving of that honor. I hope to return soon.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 16 September 2022

My husband and I stumbled upon Friends Bistro while vacationing in Westport. What a gem! Our breakfasts were delicious and there was a lot of food for a reasonable price. Service was friendly. It was so good we went back two more times. Would highly...recommend this restaurant. We never went for dinner, but sounds like they are very busy (and it’s quite a small place) so you should definitely call ahead to avoid disappointment.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 15 September 2022

What an incredible meal. 5 stars. Mussels appetizer-fantastic. Sea Bass super. Ravioli as good as it gets. Tiny, cozy place...reservations a must. Very reasonably priced. It will be your best meal in Ireland. Can't give enough kudos to this one.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 14 September 2022

Surprised the restaurant was so small, We were family of 5 adults on a special treat, and it was a treat - actually brilliant. All five gave it max marks - a top class standard.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 13 September 2022 via mobile

My wife and I stayed in Westport recently for three nights and had a look on Tripadvisor for a good restaurant to go to. The reviews for Friends Bistro were so good we decided to try it out. We were not disappointed, indeed we ate...here four times during our stay, twice for an evening meal and twice for breakfast. We were greeted and served by George who was extremely helpful and went out of his way to make sure we were happy with the food he brought to us. After a conversation with George we learned that he is a very experienced chef who learned to cook at a young age in Italy. It made it a great experience for us because he was able to talk about the different dishes on the menu and even recommend a wine to suit what we were eating. The food was absolutely delicious, the wine was too! If you are going for an evening meal make sure to book a table in advance or you could be disappointed, every seat was filled when we were there. Thank you George for the wonderful food and service, we can’t wait to get back! Sam & Maureen, SligoMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 11 September 2022 via mobile

Lovely family meal whilst on holiday in Westport, including good Vegan options for those of that persuasion and ample portions served with a smile. If you have special requests please phone in advance and they will try to cater for you. Our only criticism would...be the lack of a cold beer on the drinks menu but otherwise would really recommend giving Friends a go!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 6 September 2022

I ate at the Friends Bistro twice. First with family including two children. The owner went out of the way to be friendly and helpful with the children in picking meals. Both times that I ate there the food was well prepared. It is a...small restaurant and I wouldn't go there if I was in a rush. Food is prepared when ordered so it takes time but it worth the wait.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 4 September 2022 via mobile

Myself and my husband ate breakfast here this morning and it was absolutely beautiful. Best fry up we’ve had. The service was excellent. If you’re in Westport please visit this place, you won’t be disappointed!!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 September 2022

Sunday 28 August, my friend and I had a great meal - superb and generous food elegantly presented, friendly and courteous service, high professional standards throughout. It was a delight! Maureen

Date of visit: August 2022
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Friends bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5