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Elephant & Castle - Galway, Galway, Galway

Elephant & Castle - Galway

4.1
4.1
207 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 2 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary European
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 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
  • 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

What 207 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Connacht

    Great for brunch

  • Connacht

    Good for groups

  • Connacht

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Connacht

    Lively

  • Connacht

    Most Booked

  • Galway City

    Best Food

  • Galway City

    Best Ambience

  • Galway City

    Best Value

  • Galway City

    Good for groups

  • Galway City

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Galway City

    Healthy

  • Galway City

    Good for special occasions

  • Galway City

    Lively

  • Galway City

    Most Booked

207 Reviews
  1. JessicaM

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was superb and the place itself was something out of a movie! It felt lovely a peaceful in there.. only for our baby girl we would of enjoyed it a bit more as she was a bit too hyped up! Will be coming again minus our baby lol

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  2. Aofare

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very friendly efficient service. Food was tasty. The only negative was that the restaurant was very cold and I had to put on my coat during the meal. We had a similar experience the last time we were there.

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  3. PaddyHalloran

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, drinks & service! Would definitely return.
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded 4 days ago
    Thanks for the lovely review Paddy!

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  4. EthanM

    Connacht

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We dined here on Valentines night expecting to have a really lovely meal. For a start, our table was not in the best location with me having to put my jacket on the floor as there was no space. Our starter had stale bread and both of our mains were dry and flavourless. Service was good, very polite floor staff! I wouldn’t recommend and we won’t be back.

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  5. KatieC

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely meal , staff were very good and pleasant
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded 4 days ago
    Thanks for the lovely review Katie!

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  6. ATRIPLE

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Starter & main good, only issue is burger too compacted, less authentic. Dessert v poor had 2 coffee cantata, presentation in kids size bowls & both ice cream & raspberries poor quality, not authentic vs other E&C franchises Dublin.

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  7. Mimi

    Connacht

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Ambience was nice however the food and service were not up to the expectations.

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  8. ClodaghM

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff are amazing, music levels were perfect for talking and the food had me planning a day trip back for the dirty chicken nachos. 11/10 cannot recommend highly enough

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  9. TTracyM

    Connacht

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This was a poor evening out. The service was poor, there was little to no knowledge of the possibility for gluten free eating- 3 times our server returned with 3 different answers. The food was tasteless, the cheese on the burger was ice cold and there was raw onions even after a request to remove them. Also requested mayonnaise but received none. The food was also way overpriced and some of us came home still a little hungry.

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  10. sineadc

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall very enjoyable experience. The option for the cauliflower wings has transformed a vegetarians experience but I would say there needs to be sauce on the side as the cauliflower itself absorbs the sauce. Service excellent. Ambiance was okay as the restaurant was quite quiet and is quite spacious so enhanced the quietness. Would recommend and would come back.
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 9 January 2024
    Thanks for the lovely review Sinead, hope to see you soon!

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  11. NicoleC

    Connacht

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food wasn’t the best but there was a wide selection and the staff were lovely. The restaurant itself was beautiful
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 9 January 2024
    Thanks for the review Nicole, if you would like to give further feedback please email me at brenda.reidy@thedean.ie

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  12. AaronD

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall experience wasn’t the worst? I’ve been here before and always enjoyed it, but this time we were placed right next to the bar where people kept brushing past us and people at the bar kept bumping into us, there was no water at the table and the servers never checked in with us throughout the meal, I found the starter options were very limited as we did want to go for the three course, will consider looking elsewhere before booking next time
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 9 January 2024
    Thanks for the review Aaron, we are dissapointed to see you didn't recieve our usual high standard of customer care. We hope this does not deter you from giving us another chance in the future!

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  13. MaireB

    Connacht

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was quite busy but we had very attentive service. The food was very good and didn't take too long to come out. There was a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant and the staff were very friendly and nice.
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 9 January 2024
    Thanks for the lovely review Maire!

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  14. MariaC

    Leinster

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Usually a big fan of the press up group but overall this was disappointing. The staff were very friendly and the restaraunt decor was nice but the food was sub standard. We ordered two pornstar martinis which were really poor, they didn’t taste like a pornstar at all. The food was only ok, over priced for what we got. We ordered two glasses of wine with dinner. We had finished dinner and a member of staff came over to tell us the wine was not in stock. Disappointed overall.
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 9 January 2024
    Thanks for the review Maria, we are dissapointed to see your expectations were not met but we hope you will give us another chance in the future!

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  15. CaoimheF

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was below average but the service was poor. There was no coasters under our glasses so there was water dripping all the time. I had to ask for serviettes for our main course , I had to ask for salt and pepper. I ordered linguini and had to ask for a spoon. I had a glass of Prosecco but it was completely flat. All minor things I know but just thought it was worth mentioning.
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 9 January 2024
    Thanks for the review Caoimhe, we are dissapointed to see your expectations were not met but we hope you will give us another chance in the future

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal here and all the staff were very happy and nice
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 9 January 2024
    Thanks for the lovely review!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food always good here but the service every time we go is really poor. We keep hoping for better and that it’s an aberration but every time we’re left extraordinarily frustrated by the lack of anything approaching reasonable service.

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  18. AnnaC

    Connacht

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    First time in elephant and castle. The food was tasty, I had chips & burger. I found service slow. It took along time to come & take our order. I had to ask twice for a glass of wine, even though they weren’t busy.

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  19. StephanieO

    Connacht

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The atmosphere was amazing...but our table was right beside the door (opening and closing with a cold breeze throughout the meal) and lots if people standing about close to us even knocking off us... felt like the table was put there just because they were busy... other then that everything else was good...
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 21 December 2023
    Hi Stephanie, thanks for the feedback. We are very sorry you didn't fully enjoy your experience here at Elephant & Castle, we hope you will give us another chance in the future!

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  20. SandraM

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff night out food was fab company was fab and had some lovely cocktails upstairs in Sophie’s bar 😍

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Munster

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrace seating was offered as a suitable place to dine in the middle of December. Booked assuming that it would be comfortable and warm as it was being offered for a place to eat. We were put sitting outside in the freezing cold. The terrace was completely exposed and in no way suitable for a place to dine in comfort on a sat evening in December. We could see our breath it was that bad. We asked was there a seat anywhere inside and told no they were fully booked. My complaint would be that the terrace should not be offered as a place to dine in the middle of winter. It is a smoking area and that's it. I raised this with staff and it was met with shrugged shoulders. On a positive the food was nice and atmosphere inside seemed lively but we were left out in the cold. Literally.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good food and experience! Chicken wings were amazing, would definitely recommend them. Burger was very flavoursome and a good portion. Nice atmosphere and attentive service, will be back
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 3 December 2023
    Thanks for the lovely review! Great to read you enjoyed everything so much and hopefully will be welcoming you back soon.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Italy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was extremely helpful, food was lovely and surroundings were very cool and casual
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 3 December 2023
    Thanks so much for the lovely review. Will pass on the kind words to the team. Thanks

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  24. Reviewer

    Connacht

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, nice atmosphere, expensive drinks
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 3 December 2023
    Thanks for the review and feedback. Hope to see you again soon :)

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  25. paulm

    Connacht

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 November 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service is simply below par, waiting waiting waiting, taken to table and forgotten about for 20 mins. There for over 2 hours and still had to cancel drinks ordered. The food is decent, however massively overpriced. Don't go!

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  26. ALOUREIROT

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Elephant and Castle. The staff are always so friendly, helpful and welcoming. The portions are great and the food is delicious. The restaurant itself is stunning. I would recommend!
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 24 November 2023
    Thanks so much for the lovely review. Delighted you enjoyed everything and will pass on the kind words to the team :)

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  27. PhilipC

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the wings . I also had a burger it was nice but could have done with but if sauce.
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 14 November 2023
    Thanks for the review Philip!

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  28. Priyanka

    Connacht

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The Seafood Tagliatelle was below average. Chicken wings stood out in terms of taste and quantity. Thankyou for the service and the nice ambience
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 14 November 2023
    Thanks for the review Priyanka, will pass on to team in regards to the quality of the Tagliatelle. We are sorry we did not meet your expectations and we hope this will not deter you from giving us another chance.

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  29. EvieC

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived 30 mins early and staff were more than happy to accommodate us. Service was very good and staff very friendly. Food is good but a little on the expensive side. Lovely relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant.
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 14 November 2023
    Thanks for the 5 star review Evie, will pass on the kind words to the staff.

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  30. Denny

    Mayo

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was not good.. expensive burger and chips very poor quality.
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 14 November 2023
    If you would like to provide further feedback please get in touch with me at brendan.reidy@thedean.ie. Thanks

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  31. MarkW

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Keep doing what ye do best. Always a good overall dining experience
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 3 November 2023
    Thanks for the 5 star review Mark and of course thanks for the kind words also.

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  32. JimM

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Mediocre food at best. Nice waitstaff and quick service but they can’t make up for the shortcomings of the kitchen and menu

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  33. RolandP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious (meat as well as fish), the service very kind and they have a decent selection of gins.
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 9 January 2024
    Thanks for the review Roland!

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  34. SandraM

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Divine food and excellent service from all staff. Very friendly, front of house team make u fell welcome from the moment you walk in the door
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 11 October 2023
    Thanks for the lovely review Sandra, delighted to read you had such a fantastic experience here at Elephant & Castle. We look forward to your next visit!!

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  35. JamesB

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I recently dined at your establishment and wanted to provide feedback on my experience. While my stay at the hotel was perfect, the dining experience left much to be desired. Starter: The Dirty Chicken starter was lovely and well-prepared. It was the highlight of the meal. Mains: Unfortunately, both the seafood Tagliatelle with clams and mussels and the Fish & Chips were disappointing. The seafood lacked flavor in the pasta dish, and the fish lacked its expected flavor in the Fish & Chips. Wine Selection: I was also disappointed with the wine selection. Your wine list indicated that wines were available by the glass and by the bottle. However, I was informed that I could only order wine by the bottle, contrary to what was stated on the menu. This inconsistency in the advertised options was frustrating and led to a less enjoyable dining experience. Overall, I had higher expectations based on previous positive experiences at your Dublin E&C location. I hope you can address these issues to ensure that future guests have a more satisfying dining experience, just as I have come to expect from your hotel chain. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 21 December 2023
    Thanks for your feedback James! Will pass on your feedback in regars to the food and beverage to the team! We are sorry we did not meet your expectations and hope you will give us another chance in the future.

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  36. Bosco

    St. Louis

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food fair. Service poor. Few people in restaurant.
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 2 October 2023
    Hi Bosco, Sincerest apologies that the service and food did not reach expectations. Your feedback will be passed on to the team and we will do our best to improve. We hope you give us another chance in future to redeem ourselves.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service great food even had happy anniversary on our dessert was a lovely touch. Good job and amazing staff so friendly
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 26 September 2023
    Thank you very much for your 5 star review and feedback! Will pass on your kind words to the team :)

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent. Food was great and portions were very large. Drinks were fantastic.
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 23 September 2023
    Thank you so much for your 5 star review & feedback :)

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  39. catherine

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was nit hood yje food was tasteless and greasy
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 30 August 2023
    Hi Catherine. Thank you for your feedback it will be looked into. We hope to welcome you back again soon for a better experience.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience in E&C. Food, drinks and service were excellent! Will be back!
    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 30 August 2023
    Thank you very much for your 5 start review and feedback :)

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Elephant & Castle - Galway does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Just Eat. Elephant & Castle - Galway also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (091) 749 212.

Elephant & Castle - Galway is rated 4.1 stars by 207 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

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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 Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • 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
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options
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