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Elephant & Castle - Galway, Galway, Galway

Elephant & Castle - Galway

4.1
4.1
59 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

23:00


Booked 3 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

What 59 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant spot. Modern interior but homely. Staff were lovely.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely lovely staff-so helpful and gracious. Salmon was perfect—great cocktail too! Recommend!

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded 5 days agoThanks for the 5 star review and lovely feedback!

  3. SC

    SineadC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    We booked a table . Loads of item's sold out told it was due to a very busy lunchtime service. Service was very slow even though the place was quiet. I was asked if we wanted to box up our starter's when we hadn't even gotten our mains. Burgers were tiny and totally overdone ,fries lukewarm and pepper sauce was not pepper sauce. It had the consistency of a gravy with peppercorns thrown into it. Steak sandwich was meant to be medium rare but arrived over cooked with no steak knife). We complained about the mains and our waiter was very apologetic and we weren't charged. On the plus the cocktails were really nice but glasses too small especially for the price. A friend had been the weekend before and had a fantastic lunch but for us it was so very disappointing.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and staff were amazing , such a comfortable please and great atmosphere. Couldn’t recommend enough! 10/10
  5. DW

    DominikaW

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Had my birthday dinner and drinks here and was very impressed with the staff that served us. Very outgoing and definitely peoples people. A little gem of a place in the city 100% recommend for drinks

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 26 September 2022Thanks for the lovely review Dominika :)

  6. k

    karo

    Connacht

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wings, as always, excellent. Mains: fresh, tasty, and good portions. Service-excellent despite our server being newish and english not her first language. The atmosphere is one of the stars of this place. Wide variety for drinks. Service speedy, too. Would definitely recommend.
  7. FB

    FernandaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    We loved the place, the drinks and the food. The atmosphere and the bar are fantastic. The staff are very nice, but a little bit too insistent on checking if everything was ok. Also, I understand they need their tables back at a certain time, but we had just finished eating our dessert and they came back to check; and when we replied we were fine for the 10th time, they offered us the bill. We felt we were being rushed out. All considering, we would definitely go back.
  8. GM

    GarryM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have dined in Elephant and Castle restaurants elsewhere before and always enjoyed the experience. Galway was no different. As always the wings were delicious.
  9. AH

    AnnaH

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Lovely decor. Probably better suited for a group booking than for a couple. Striploin steak not value for money. Desserts a disappointment.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 18 September 2022Thanks for the feedback Anna. Sorry we didn't hit the mark this time dining with us. Hopefully you will give us another try in the near future.

  10. MH

    MarieHanley

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual perfect Chicken wings and Ceasar Just as good as Temple Bar and loads of room when you sit down Keep up the great work We will be back up from Roscommon again soon to enjoy
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and great atmosphere

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 2 September 2022Thanks for the 5 star review. Will pass on the lovely comments to our team :)

  12. K

    Katie

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great but the staff are exceptional!
  13. G

    Galwaygirl77

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food ! You have to try the chicken wings ! we sat outside on the terrace it was a sunny day. The food and non alcoholic cocktails were amazing. Service was with a smile and very friendly . Second time there and will be back. Love it.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t say enough good things. Food and service were spectacular, don’t pass it up
  15. CC

    CillianC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was very good and food was very tasty with massive portions.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 28 August 2022Thanks for the review Cillian!

  16. PL

    PaLu

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The chicken wings were as good as the other E&C restaurants!!

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 28 August 2022Glad to hear our wings get your seal of approval :-)

  17. GF

    GemmaF

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 August 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Lovely decorated restaurant with a nice atmosphere! However, food was disappointing. Some mains seemed very bland and over all value for money was poor. Also, a lot of options on the menu were not available. Staff were friendly and helpful.
  18. AK

    AK32i

    Connacht

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 August 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Came here for my boyfriends birthday. I have to say the staff were exceptional, very attentive and sang happy birthday to my boyfriend. The cocktails were lovely as well. We enjoyed the dirty chicken as a starter but our mains were basically inedible. We are seafood lovers, i ordered the salmon, he ordered the seafood tagliatelle and neither of us could eat it. My salmon was overcooked and dry, the mash had a playdough consistency and the greens were full of cold water. My boyfriends pasta was undercooked, the prawns were chewy and he could not eat the mussels despite them being his favourite. We ended up leaving most of our mains uneaten. When i brought it up the waitress listened and came back and told us that our desserts would be comped. I would have much rathered our mains (€21 and €23 if i remember correctly) were comped rather than our €6 desserts. But i understand, ive worked in hospitality for 8 years. I thought it odd that the manager didnt come to talk to us after as it wasnt very busy and would have looked a little better. All in all we might return for a cocktail and to try the wings but wouldnt be in a hurry to recommend. If the food had been on par with the service from the 2 young waitresses then it would have been a fabulous night.
  19. S

    Shannon

    Connacht

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Lovely interior and nice staff, dessert was also lovely but hot fudge sauce wasn’t actually hot and used sparingly. however if a vegetarian or vegan no point really in going as no options are available.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 21 August 2022Thanks for the constructive feedback Shannon, we will raise these points with our chef.

  20. D

    Dolly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great location will definitely be back!
  21. BM

    BakerMammy

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went back for the wings after a previous visit when they were off the menu. They were very moreish but huge portion, definitely made for sharing. My daughter had the fried chicken strips and they were delicious, nicest children's chicken goujons I've tasted in a restaurant.
  22. MH

    MarieHanley

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So nicde to not have to travel to Dublin for my wings. A lovely restaurant in the Dean Hotel before you get to Eyre Square We will definatley be back and the satff were so friendly and helpful.
  23. MC

    MarianC

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best lunch yesterday. Took us ages to choose as we wanted everything on the menu 😅 The food was delicious, service was excellent- we were seated outside and it was glorious. The decor is gorgeous (we all took a trip to the loo to check out the tiles and wash hand basins). We will definitely be back. Thank you so much
  24. EW

    EoinW

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you love wings, then you’ll love this place! Great atmosphere and fantastic service! Can’t wait to go back again!
  25. BR

    BernadetteR

    Perthshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 August 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Chicken wings were amazing. Cocktails were lovely.. its the staff that make the place.. so welcoming and friendly. Would highly recommend
  26. TC

    TinaC

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    They had stock issues, a lot of items not available and not told before we started considering what to have. No coffee as machine broken but more than one in the building. Sun glares in during evening and joy blinds, so you may need to wear shades.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service lovely food and great people would definitely come back again

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 5 August 2022Thanks a million for your 5 star review!

  28. EG

    EverGreen407

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We were seated early and the restaurant was very beautiful. All of the food and drinks we ordered were excellent. Even though they didn’t have things we wanted to order and one of my orders came our wrong, they fixed the issue and everything tasted wonderful. Service was slow and I had to find someone to take my credit card so we could pay the bill, but we still had a great time and an enjoyable dinner.
  29. BM

    BakerMammy

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Had wanted to try here for a while as I'd heard great things about the chicken wings. Unfortunately when we were about to order we were informed that they had no wings! Should have been told this before we were even seated, considering its the one item that this restaurant is famous for. We were under time constraints so we stayed. What we ordered was OK. The staff were lovely.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 5 August 2022Hi there, we apologize for being out of stock of our chicken wings. We hope to welcome you back again. Thank you for your feedback!

  30. MS

    MadisonS

    Portland

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was great and the cocktails were lovely! Lots of options as well.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 5 August 2022Thank you very much for your review Madison!

  31. JB

    JosephB

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good restaurant, the only down side was they were out of 4 starters but that's understandable after the bank holiday weekend, we will have to go back again to try the chicken wings,

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 5 August 2022Hi John, thank you for the feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back again for our chicken wings!

  32. KC

    KevinC

    Connacht

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Service of food was very slow with first course (only one ordered) taking 35 minutes from arrival and main course took another 30 minutes. Main course salad represents poor value due to quantity and quality. Staff were friendly but kitchen performance in terms of food and timeliness needs improvement.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 5 August 2022Hi Kevin, our sincere apologies for your delays ad we appreciate your feedback. We hope to welcome you back in the future we a better experience.

  33. R

    Rufus

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very comfortable and relaxed dining experience very nice staff & excellent cocktails.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Lovely staff but no management to guide them
  35. R

    Rosanna

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great team building night at elephant and castle. We had a group of 10 of us and all enjoyed fantastic cocktails and great food. Really nice and high energy team and lovely environment overall.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 29 July 2022Thanks for this great review Rosanna!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    My husband and I recently visited E&C in Dublin and had an amazing experience. Unfortunately this location missed the bar with service. Karim, presuming the Manager, was very helpful and attentive and most times had to look after our table and others as the waitresses were off chatting, or just not paying attention to the fact that there are customers in house who would like to place orders for food and drink, the restaurant was not busy at all, I’d hate to see what it would be like if that was the case. We literally ran out of drinks on a few occasions while dining and literally had to speak quite loudly at a tall slim blonde waitress, that was standing at the front doing nothing but chatting to another waitress, we waited another 10 mins, still no drinks, finally Karim to the rescue again, came and took our drink order, I mean how hard is it, we normally leave 5 star reviews, but this restaurant made it really difficult for us to do so. Lots of staff milling about, but none of them really doing anything. We saw other customers who entered the restaurant, tall slim blonde female server looked at them and just walked away, one even having to go up to the bar and ask to be seated. All of your staff should be looking up and paying attention to the customers - staff need serious coaching. Now to the food, we had the wings which were awesome, my husband and I shared them as there honestly is a ton of them. The decor in the restaurant is beautiful, as was the ambiance - we really enjoyed the music. The restaurant is extremely clean, has good food, and my husband and I felt that once proper service is organized, it will be a great place to go to. We gave the food, ambiance and value a 5 star and the service a 3 star.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 27 July 2022I am really sorry that you had such a poor experience in Elephant and Castle. If you don't mind to share the name on the reservation and the time you dined at it will help me to establish who was on duty when you were in the restaurant. I am glad that despite the poor service, that you were happy with the food and the service received from Karim.

  37. OM

    OliviaM

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Service was exceptional but would have too say food is poor and overpriced . I had the chicken dish which was most bizarre was like a bowl off soup with all the gravy and olives thrown in maybe remove olives and add a nice carrot mash

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 27 July 2022Thanks for the feedback Olivia, I'll pass this on to the kitchen team.

  38. A

    Annon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    This was our third visit here and it was very disappointing on this occasion. Not sure if it was a change in chef but the food was poor. Hopefully it was a one off.

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 23 July 2022Thank you for the feedback and we apologise that you were not happy with the food this time around. We have had no change over of Chef so I hope this was an isolated incident and that you will give us another chance.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Newly opened, Elephant &Castle Galway was great place to get dinner. Well staffed &bright and airy setting. Food was delicious. Would def come back on our next trip to Galway

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 22 July 2022Thank you so much for this lovely feedback!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Great addition to galway! But services remain slow. Food quality is good but only the chicken wings. The ambience is lovely. Staff are very friendly n nice!

    Elephant & Castle - GalwayResponded on 17 July 2022Thanks for the feedback!

Safety precautions

  • 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 4.1 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

23:00


Booked 3 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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