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Monks Ballyvaughan

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US$5 - US$54
Irish, Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, Healthy
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I intentionally planned this stop in Ballyvaughn to follow a long day at Cliffs of Mohrer and driving the Wild Atlantic Way through the rocky Burren. Monks is in a pristine blue building facing the village pier, just 50 km SW of Galway. We decided...to order off the Starters menu because often we over order and regret having leftovers. So I got the Seafood Chowder: at € 9.50 it was almost two cups of thick chowder full of seafood, served piping hot with 2 silices of gorgeous brown bread and butter. As I rarely say: I thought I had died and gone to heaven. When I said as much to our waitress, she nodded with a knowing blush. Meanwhile my BH said nothing, never looked up because he was immersed in a big pot of steamed mussels: it was a peaceful slurping half hour before he recovered, put his spoon down and said YUM. We later succumbed to an over the top chocolate thing with vanilla ice cream, Yum again. it would be so nice to live within 50 miles of Ballyvaughn, but the least I can do is urge readers to include MONKS if you are travelling the West Coast of Ireland. Today their hours were 13:00 to 20:00, but check ahead as the restaurant might expand those times during high season.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 6 days ago

I'm a local. I went to monks for dinner Sunday night at 6pm. I was turned away saying they had no availability. When you turn away your locals in a small village in a rural county it doesn't end well. It keeps the locals far...away. So I drove all the way to kilcolgan and went to Morans of the weir. They accommodated me with no issue. I waited 15mins and had excellent food excellent service and lower prices than Monks. Quiet alot to learn hereMore

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here three times., We had wonderful carrot stew, seaffood chowder, and Guiness meat stew. The staff provided us a table on short notice even though they were full. The location is right across the pier. So there is great free parking. The staff...was very polite and kind. Clean, You can also sit outdoors.More

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

Terrific spot at the harbour at Ballyvaughan. Three of us enjoyed oysters, chowder, fish and chips and a crab sandwich, washed down with Guinness. With coffee, a reasonable €72. When we were there (August 2021), presumably because of Covid, there was no seating in the...pub and we were confined to a neighbouring marquee. With luck things have now returned to normal. Friendly service.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic lunch. Mussels with great flavour to start, really tender beautifully cooked lamb and good desserts. Nice friendly service and while not cheap, excellent value for money.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Called in late and staff found a table for us. Food was excellent and teen travelling with wanted more Fish and Chips as it just melted in the mouth. Sea Food Chowder was excellent. Good to see some of the recent arrivals, staying down the...street, are already making themselves part of the community in working here. Driving past I know I will stop again. It has been 20 years since last visit but quality still as good.More

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

On arrival I knew we had found a gem. We were greeted by friendly staff and offered a complimentary drink. We were shown to our beautiful rooms, the views from every window were simply stunning. This hotel has been finished to a very high standard...and no expense spared. A special mention for Joan as she is a fantastic asset ! She really is an ambassador for this great hotel. Breakfast was delicious and served by a friendly lady, where every request was met with a smile nothing being too much trouble. Customer Service is top notch here which is sadly lacking at many hotels. All staff are trained well and I would highly recommend a visit if your lucky enough to get a room ! I cannot wait to returnMore

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 14 April 2022

After our visit and stay in Dublin and Galway, we headed to Ballyvaughan on the Wild Atlantic Way to “ Monks”. Monks was really an unique experience to stay in very comfortable rooms. We enjoyed from start to finish the exquisite cuisine as well as...the great service and absolute hospitality from all the staff. To be recommended ! Our choice to return is made. Paul & Hilde BELGIUMMore

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 7 April 2022 via mobile

Stopped at Monks 6/04/22 for a late lunch and a trip down memory Lane for the father in law. Set overlooking Galway Bay, it is a imposing looking building that invites you to stop even if you’re not planning to. My first impressions of the...restaurant were great, high ceilings, great bar and amazing views, what more could you want?? My partner was shown to a table while I helped her get her father out of the car. The table being right next to a heater was too hot for us so she asked was another table available, she then went to use the restroom. I was then approached by the waiter and informed that another table had been set up “down on the right”. Instead of showing me to the table at the other end and around a brick pier I had to find the table myself. As I made my way to the table, I said hello to the waitress behind the dias. She replied with a curt hello with no hint of a smile or warmth. Ok I thought, I can see how this is going. We sat down at the table and for 5 minutes watched the two members of staff work the bar (with no on at it) and set tables while we sat there waiting to be asked would we like something to drink. Eventually my partner went up to the bar and ordered. The waiter took our order with no effort or friendliness with minimum talking. Have to say the food was very good. Great soup/chowder. Mains were tasty and plenty of them. All this time a young lady was beavering away think she was in charge? At no time was eye contact made a hello given or any sort of welcome. The place was quiet so this was more apparent. In a country where hospitality is king, Monks is sadly lacking in this. My partner said it was the worst experience she has ever had in Ireland. Whoever owns Monks needs to realise, bad food with a great welcome is acceptable, great food with terrible waiters is not. You have so much going for you why would you let people who obviously do not enjoy their job ruin it for you. I know your staff had had a busy lunchtime service before we got there, but if your open all day that goes with the territory. Oh and to hear the waiter talking at the bar using the “f” word is really unacceptable in any situation. So my thoughts to other prospective patrons are, great location, building, food but terrible waiting staff. Guys go and get another job that isn’t so customer facing and do us all a favour. Unfortunately the father in law left a tip before we realised. Oh well…..More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 28 March 2022

Our family was visiting from Pennsylvania and Monks was our first meal together in Ireland. Seven of us were seated comfortably and treated to the most amazing food. We enjoyed the stew, fish pie, fresh oysters, wine and specialty martinis. The atmosphere was very warm...and welcoming and the service was excellent. Thank you, Monks, for kicking off a memorable holiday!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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23 September 2021|
Response from Irishtea1 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe they close for any long period of time. I know it's coming to the end of the tourist season so I had a quick look at their website and their is no mention of closing. The website is simply monks, you will... More
24 September 2018|
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Response from MonksOffice | Property representative |
Sorry for the delay in replying. Monks Ballyvaughan are very proud to exhibit some stunning paintings from the renowned Artisit Manus Walsh. Manus work has been described as cubist, abstract, impressionist, surreal... More
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27 April 2017|
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Response from TerraExplorator | Reviewed this property |
Hello, they actually have live music almost every night. we went there in the weekend and there was music. amazing food, huge portions, live music is too authentic :)
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Monks Ballyvaughan is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5