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Elephant & Castle - Galway, Galway, Galway

Elephant & Castle - Galway

4.3
4.3
120 reviews
€30 and under
American
The West of Irelands first Elephant and Castle is finally here! Located less than a minute walk from Galway’s City Centre, Eyre Square, you can find the restaurant on the ground floor of the newly built Dean.
A beautiful large island bar is the centrepiece of this space, with specially commissioned hand-crafted stitched leather panels. It is a local gathering place for family and friends.
With an innovative menu that brings together old world flavours and contemporary international cuisines. Every plate is packed with fresh, honest, tasty food, created with the very best Irish produce.
From the fluffy omelettes, Caesar salads and juicy burgers and world famous Chicken Wings
We focus on friendly, laid-back service; tasty as ever food and a relaxed atmosphere - everything Elephant & Castle lovers have come to expect we’re bringing to the Dean Galway.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary European

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:30 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (091) 749 212

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Phillip Dunleavy

  • Area

    Galway City Centre

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    All major bus/train stops are located within 3-5 mins walking distance of the hotel. Taxi rank service is located within same distance. We would recommend using Fairgreen Car Park which is situated adjacent to Galway Coach Station. Directions to this will be outlined in your booking confirmation.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options

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What 120 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Connacht

    Best Overall

  • Connacht

    Best Food

  • Connacht

    Best Service

  • Connacht

    Best Ambience

  • Connacht

    Best Value

  • Connacht

    Good for groups

  • Connacht

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Connacht

    Romantic

  • Connacht

    Lively

  • Connacht

    Most Booked

  • Galway City

    Best Overall

  • Galway City

    Best Service

  • Galway City

    Best Ambience

  • Galway City

    Good for special occasions

  • Galway City

    Lively

  • Galway City

    Most Booked

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  1. MaireB

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Three out of four of us had burgers. They were delicious and great value. The 4th person had chicken wings - probably the best wings ever! We had 2 desserts which were very good - icecream and Affogato.
  2. LouiseB

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Lovely Mother’s Day meal, 4 kids and 4 adults, menu catered for all. Food was great, rosé Prosecco for the mums on arrival was a lovely touch. Ambiance and decor great too, really enjoyed and would definitely return

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded 7 days agoThanks for the lovely review, we are glad that you had a nice mother's day with us :-)

  3. GrettaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Come to elephant and castle everytime I’m in galway and it never misses! Staff are amazing and food is next to none! Cant rate it highly enough!

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded 7 days agoThanks for the lovely feedback Gretta!

  4. BillC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Poor service. Ordered a bottle of wine from the waitress and she forgot it. Then ordered it again and she started talking to the table beside us shooting the breeze for about 5 minutes. Forgot the wine again. Then brought a glass which I kept. Then forgot the bottle again..🫣🫣

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 27 February 2023Really sorry to hear about your experience with us Bill. We pride ourselves on our customer service and we didn't hit the mark this time. Apologies,and thanks for the feedback. Hopefully we will welcome you again soon.

  5. Angela

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was so lovely. All service was excellent. Food great. Cocktails excellent!

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 27 February 2023Thanks a million Angela. Delighted to hear you had such a great time

  6. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great value. Amazing interior. Great atmosphere.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 18 February 2023Thanks for the 5 star review!

  7. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, lovely service would come back
  8. Anonymous

    Connacht

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time in. Great service, great food. Definitely be back

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 5 February 2023Thanks for the feedback, glad you enjoyed :)

  9. AshlingG

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We went in at 5pm and the restaurant was really quiet. The furnishings were quite nice (very much inspired by the Ivy) but the food was disappointing. It was basic fast food. The menu was short so choices were limited. The desserts sounded very unappealing, so we didn’t order any. We won’t be back.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 5 February 2023Really sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience with us Ashling. We have a very extensive food offering in Elephant and Castle as it's an all day menu. Sorry if our menu was not what you were looking for.

  10. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food
  11. BrendanH

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue, great food and very enjoyable visit to Elephant & Castle.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 18 January 2023Thanks for this great 5 star review Brendan!

  12. AoifeL

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were fantastic and very friendly and very attentive

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 8 January 2023Thanks for the 5 star review Aoife

  13. CaroleR

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great friendly and efficient service. We shared the hummus starter with toasted bread and olives - delicious. Vegetarian halloumi and veg ciabatta sandwich and lemon and pea risotto were really good, we both enjoyed them immensely. Both were hot and fresh. Would really recommend for casual dining in Galway.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 8 January 2023Thank you for this lovely review Carole

  14. FergalW

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Noted on booking that was Sarah’s birthday but no acknowledgement at all by staff. Took a while to get servers attention for bill. Food was lovely. Drinks lovely. Looked like management Staff on computers and phones at next booth - thought it was a bit unprofessional!

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 6 January 2023Sorry that we didn't acknowledge the birthday Fergal but I am glad that despite that you enjoyed the food and drinks. We do not have offices in the hotel so our team do any admin work they need to do front of house. Our Restaurant Sales Manager also works from Elephant and Castle taking bookings over the phone.

  15. Sean89

    Exclusive

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    My friends and I all ordered different types of burgers and they were all burnt and over cooked no juice whatsoever ever in the burgers. It was like a char burnt burger you would get at a BBQ definitely won’t be going back again.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 2 January 2023We are so sorry about this Sean, had it of been mentioned at the time we would have replaced the burgers for you.

  16. MoiraH

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great variety of courses, good food, lovely atmosphere with great service.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 2 January 2023Thanks for the lovely review Moira!

  17. Anon

    Leinster

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is unreal, reasonably priced for the size of the portions. Cocktails like a work of art when they come out! Definitely fine dining! The chicken wings are amazing!

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 2 January 2023Thanks for the amazing 5 star review Chloe!

  18. Karen

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    The restaurant is lovely but although advertised as child friendly it was not. The staff were more interested in chatting between themselves tgan taking an order. When asked if we could get a slight variation on the menu we got a point blank no. We were finished by the time we were asked if we needed anything or if it was OK.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 1 January 2023We are really sorry that you didn't have a great experience in Elephant & Castle. We do have a children's menu and we would be a popular restaurant for families. We do try to accommodate requests however it isn't always possible when the restaurant is very busy. I apologise also that the service from the team wasn't up to scratch.

  19. MarieM

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely atmosphere, nice food and excellent staff.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 1 January 2023Thanks for the lovely review Marie

  20. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Elephant and Castle, usually went to Temple Bar for the wings ,and was delighted yo hear they were in Galway. I have visited twice, once during summer and last night. Lovely Staff and beautiful Place, Wings unreal as usual. We also got the dirty chicken and it was lovely. Burgers look Savage also. Dean Hotel look class, and would love to stay there for a weekend. Top Class Staff,Food and Place. 👍.Looking Forward to the next visit already.🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗🍔🍔🍷

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 1 January 2023Thank you for the incredible review <3

  21. NIALLC

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience very attentive staff with excellent customer service food of a high standard

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 31 December 2022Thanks for the great review Niall, have a great new years eve!

  22. AileenP

    London

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Delicious food at Elephant and Castle - although the service was extremely slow. Would recommend if you’re not in a rush!

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 6 January 2023Thanks for the feedback Aileen, so for the delay with service.

  23. Dervil

    Connacht

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    The service is excellent, friendly and efficient. The food is below par. And expectations were low as we've been there a couple of times, due to it being an easy place to meet, location ambience etc. But seriously, something has to be done about the food! The very nice server acted surprised and said nobody had ever complained before! But two other servers who were bringing drings did not seem surprised.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 29 December 2022Dervil, we are sorry that you were unhappy with the food. If you could drop me and email at melanie@thedean.ie with some more feedback on the dishes you had it I can share this with the kitchen team.

  24. AnnemarieW

    Mayo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booking was easy online, time slots were displayed and took the one that suited best. We have eaten many times in elephant & castle in Dublin and have based trips around dining there, however Galway is head and shoulders above. It was lunchtime and we were seated on arrival in a booth. Drinks order taken and water for the table provided, great selection at the bar. Food arrived together which was great as no one was watching others eat. Must have chicken wings, burger, poached eggs and kids pasta, all fresh, full of flavour and generous portions. Meal was delicious, staff were efficient, polite and top notch. Decor and ambiance were fantastic and comfortable. We will definitely be back when in Galway again.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 29 December 2022Thank you so much Annemarie for sending us such as in depth review of your experience in Elephant & Castle, we are delighted you had such a nice time!

  25. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always !

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 6 January 2023Thank you <3 !!

  26. RoisinK

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was lovely. Staff very attentive. Restaurant was quiet on arrival but picked up after a while. Would recommend the Mexican chicken ciabatta.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 29 December 2022Thank you for the 5 star review Roisin!

  27. SeanC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great spot for a casual dinner with the family. The whole family agreed the wings were some of the best we have had. Burgers were very good as well.
  28. AdrianC

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous meal in Galway. Quiet expensive but other than that you could not fault the food.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 22 December 2022Thanks for the 5 star review Adrian!

  29. KatieB

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely service. Food very good. I had forgotten I mentioned it was my husbands birthday when booking so it was a nice surprise for both of us when they came out with a birthday dessert for him.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 18 December 2022Thanks for the 5 star review Katie!

  30. DCAAM

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I went with my husband and 3 kids 14, 12 & 6. We had a lovely meal staff were very nice and attentive. Did feel once meal was over they wanted us to move on but other than that service and food was delicious. Very nice place very enjoyable family evening was had!

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 18 December 2022Thank you for the review DCAAM!

  31. DeannaC

    Waterford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent staff, food was delicious, starters were huge ! One starter is more than enough for two people ! Salmon was cooked perfect and the steak was cooked to order ! We hadn’t desert as we were stuffed, portion sizes are massive, cocktails were very good and had a great selection of drinks to choose from. Couldn’t fault it, decor was modern and funky. A lovely lovely atmosphere 10/10

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 18 December 2022Thank you for this lovely review Deanna! We wish you a Merry Christmas x

  32. Eef1

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    They didn’t come down to take desert orders so we just left and we were literally the only people in there eating with an abundance of servers The burger Mexican one we had was not great quality meat tasted waxy and not great - my husbands one was not hot enough but the chicken wings were lovely Lovely atmosphere and lots of money spent there but not even a thank you leaving - service needs some work from management

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 18 December 2022Thanks for the feedback, we will follow up on this and apologies the services wasn't as attentive as it should be.

  33. rossock

    Munster

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Steak was very overpriced. Absolutely not worth ~40 euros for a gristley sirloin. Tomato was meant to be stuffed as per the menu but was just a plain grilled tomato. Hot fudge sundae was served ice cold. We did get two glasses of bubbles on arrival as requested which was a lovely touch.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 18 December 2022Thanks for sharing your feedback, we will ensure that this passed on to our kitchen team. We are sorry that the food didn't hit the mark for you.

  34. MartinaB

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Good selection on menu and drinks on offer.. like the idea of the complimentary refills on soft drinks. Staff very friendly and efficient.. service very good restaurant was busy during our visit snd had a nice atmosphere.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 15 December 2022Thanks for the 5 star review Martina!

  35. Carmel

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really good service and lovely staff. Food is nice but the atmosphere is lovely

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 10 December 2022Thanks for the great review Carmel! Have a great christmas x

  36. EmmaF

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic, lovely chatty staff who checked on us regularly and accommodated all our requests with speed and a smile. Lovely buzzy atmosphere, delicious wings, burgers, cocktails and massive portions! Thanks for a great night x

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 5 December 2022Thanks for this lovely feedback Emma, we hope that you will return again soon!

  37. JinGalway

    Connacht

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The wings were nice. The menu hasn't changed much in 30 odd years. Food in general was mediocre. The staff were friendly.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 4 December 2022Thanks for the feedback Jin!

  38. CarolineM

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Lovely food good atmosphere, chicken wings were delicious !!!
  39. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lots of choice, tasty food - particularly the chicken wings and baby back ribs. Efficient and pleasant service. Beautiful room. Great overall experience.
  40. BCal

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The spicey chicken wings were good and a generous portion too. They are a great starter for two to share. The Elephant burger was OK. Staff are very nice and helpful. A nice meal after a trip to the the Christmas Market!

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  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Elephant & Castle - Galway is rated 4.3 stars by 120 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Elephant & Castle - Galway

80_86 PROSPECT HILL, Galway, Galway H91 T9C4

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Galway City Centre

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:30 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    All major bus/train stops are located within 3-5 mins walking distance of the hotel. Taxi rank service is located within same distance. We would recommend using Fairgreen Car Park which is situated adjacent to Galway Coach Station. Directions to this will be outlined in your booking confirmation.

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Phillip Dunleavy

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options

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