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Merchant bar and Restaurant, Galway, Connacht

Merchant bar and Restaurant

3.4
3.4
30 reviews
€30 and under
International
Discover Merchant Cafe & Bar, a gem nestled in the heart of Galway. Adjoining the Eyre Square Hotel, Merchant Cafe & Bar combines the charm of a classic cafe with the liveliness of a modern bar, our venue offers a distinct and engaging experience.

Sample our menu, carefully curated to meld international flavours with locally sourced ingredients. Our chefs' expertise shines in dishes that beautifully blend innovation with tradition. From a bustling daytime cafe to a vibrant lunch and dinner spot that transitions seamlessly into a lively nighttime bar, we cater to diverse tastes.

Our ambience reflects our dedication to creating lasting memories. The fusion of contemporary design and rustic elements in our decor provides an inviting setting, perfect for intimate gatherings or joyous celebrations. Join us at Merchant Cafe & Bar and experience a space where style meets comfort.


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2 people

19:00


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    International, Café, Dining Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:30 am–11:30 pm Fri, Sat 7:30 am–12:30 am
  • Phone number
    (091) 569 633
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 30 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.4
3.4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.5Food
  • 3.2Service
  • 3.5Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

30 Reviews
  1. PatrickC

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a booking last night, and were put right beside the door despite there being lots of empty seats, we requested to move and were moved. I got fish and chips and the batter on the fish was not nice at all, my daughter got the same and agreed, it was like it was done in dirty oil. My wife got the buttermilk chicken burger and it was really dry and overcooked. The staff were friendly but the service was poor. Overall it was overpriced and not worth the money. Look elsewhere in Galway for dinner.

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  2. MariaS

    Berlin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    A nice and quite place. Good food ( I really liked the pear salad with goat cheese) service slow but the staff is kind

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful menu! Great variety for myself and my partner. Super friendly and attentive staff. Will be back

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    When we arrived there was no host to seat us at our reservation time and the bartender told us the kitchen was closed. We did not have a drinks only reservation so this was disappointing

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  5. NealD

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good chicken wings. Staff and managers need a bit more experience and oversight. Very difficult to get their attention, didn't deliver ordered drinks, etc.

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  6. HelenC

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food and good atmosphere Would recommend

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  7. Faye

    Connacht

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    One thing I hate is leaving a bad review so I will start by saying this is not a bad restaurant. It just need work on service which I would say is more the problem of staff than management. 4 of us ate here on Sunday. My order was a pear salad which came with 3 small pieces of pear & a plate of lettuce. Pear looked like a garnish & not the main part. My salad came quickly but my husband ordered soup & 2 kids ordered chicken wings , these came 30 mins later. Food was ok but it’s not on when 4 people sit down together that there is such a difference in receiving food. It’s a pity as if all was working together this would be a great place to eat. We paid for our food without complaint & left a tip. What would be the good in given out to waiting staff when the problem lies with the kitchen.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Disappointing evening in the merchant bar and not the dining experience we’ve come to associate with Opentable restaurants. We arrived to what was essentially a half empty pub with no atmosphere on a Saturday evening. The photos are deceiving. This is NOT a restaurant. It is a pub that happens to sell a bit of food on the side (which was poor quality to say the least). Don’t make the mistake of dressing up if you are going - tracksuits and runners seem to be an appropriate dress code, we felt overdressed in a shirt and jeans. We found the quality of the food to be poor. The fish and chips tasted like they came out of a microwave and the chicken burger wasn’t much better. The menus (which are handed out on a single A4 sheet of paper) are completely out of date - we were told they haven’t been updated on the website in over a year. This was disappointing as we had planned what we wanted to eat ahead of arrival only to find that our first, second and third options were all unavailable. Unfortunately, we had booked last minute and couldn’t leave to find somewhere else to go at 8:30 on a Saturday. The only positive we took from the “meal” was that we were in and out of the pub within 35 minutes. The server was also very warm and friendly. She gave us some good recommendations of places in Galway to go for some live music.
    Merchant bar and RestaurantResponded on 22 November 2022
    Dear Guest, I am extremely sorry for the very negative experience, I have organized an update of the website menu. Your comments about the food have been shared with our kitchen team. Feedback regarding the quality of our menu is in the main extremely positive however it is 100% consistency that we strive for. I am very glad to read that our staff member was warm and friendly with you and you enjoyed the recommendations offered for live Music Kind Regards, John Beattie Eyre Square Hotel

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  9. JosephineD

    Connacht

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice bar. Good food. Staff not very happy....grumpy
    Merchant bar and RestaurantResponded on 22 November 2022
    Hi Josephine, Thank you for the Recommendation, We hope you have the opportunity to return soon, We are very sorry if you felt our team members were not attentive on the night, We strive to be warm, friendly and engaging at all times and will work harder at this in future Kind Regards, The Merchant Bar and Restaurant Team

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  10. MaureenO

    Dublin

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Dined here on a recent trip to Galway and was a huge let down. Drinks were nice but the food wasn't very good and my friends barely touched theirs. I found a lot of bones in my fish, wouldn't mind if it were one or two but it was at least 10 bones I picked out. Service was OK, kind of just left you alone and didn't check in. We quickly finished our drinks, paid and left. Ended up having a McDonald's later that night and that was miles better. Wouldn't dine in here again.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The nachos were excellent, the music was great, we would def go back again!!

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  12. Review1

    Connacht

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was poor. Got the bruschetta and the bread was stale. Burger was cold. Staff were very nice and friendly.

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  13. Lauren00

    Connacht

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Sat in nice area, music very repetitive though. We got our starters within 5 minutes of ordering and then after they took our starters away it took 35 from them to get our main courses and people that came in after us were getting their food. I also said when I was booking the table that it was for a 50th birthday but there was nothing at all for that and I thought something small would have been nice. Poor appearance of pornstar martini too. Main courses were gorgeous but vegetable soup didn’t taste if anything and we didn’t have condiments on our table to add salt to it.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an excellent experience, we enjoyed it

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  15. MariaC

    Sligo

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The location was great and food was okay. But the service was very poor.

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  16. SiobhanS

    Tipperary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was average but I've never seen worse table service.

    1 person found this helpful

  17. DamienW

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasant experience, food was great and staff very helpful 👌

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A very mellow pub on a rather busy street. Good food and drinks but suited for someone looking for a quite and calm ambience.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for a romantic night out and have to say I was blown away!!!! We had the burger and the fish and chips and it was utterly sublime!!!! Staff could not do enough for you either. Cannot wait to recommend this place to all my friends
    Merchant bar and RestaurantResponded on 22 November 2022
    Dear Guest, Thank you so much for the wonderful Review and the recommendations to your friends, We hope you have had the opportunity to return again since your visit, Kind Regards, The Merchant Bar and Restaurant Team

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service

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  21. AndieF123

    Connacht

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was very slow, food was very average and Guinness was poor. There was a lady manager who was very good with service but all others were poor. Ordered fish and chips, fish almost tasted like it had been frozen. Guinness was very poor, both the dish and drink ordered in Galway for most places are well above average but not in this instance. Nice setting and bar ambiance but couldn’t recommend on that alone.

    1 person found this helpful

  22. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was absolutely brutal waiting ages for drinks and food , When the food came out it was horrible was full of salt and was un able to eat , Definitely would not recommend

    1 person found this helpful

  23. Jenna

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night with the girls at the Merchant. Service was superb, extremely friendly staff that couldn’t have done enough for us. We were blown away by the music duo who were playing together for the first time.

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  24. MariaD

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The music was very good but was very loud found it difficult to have a conversation. Staff were very pleasant.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We were seated beside a window/ door at alley way beside building. Worst seating in the house. Could see better seating vacant elsewhere. Totally ruined the experience

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Katie was a great waitress. We waited over an hour for fish and chips. My son who’s 4 I ordered chicken tenders when they arrived were PINK had I not checked his food he could have been so sick. I sent them back they came out again the same chicken cooked further and again PINK instead of cooking then fresh they re cooked the chicken that’s so dangerous and still it wasn’t right. I definitely would not recommend here for anyone. This was at 6 o’clock and the place nearly empty. The rest of the food that took over an hour to come the peas were cold chef forgot to microwave them!!!!! Seriously you couldn’t make this up. Just awful on our on one night stay in Galway. Thanks!

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  27. EllaM9

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there. Fab decor, good buzz and lovely food :)
    Merchant bar and RestaurantResponded on 17 October 2021
    Dear Ella, Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We are delighted you had a great time and hope to see you again soon. Yours Sincerely, Danielle Butler Merchant Café & Restaurant Manager

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  28. GemmaH

    Cork

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was tasty, and delicious great value for money and a pretty good sitting out area. The staff were extremely helpful and attentive and were very friendly.
    Merchant bar and RestaurantResponded on 17 October 2021
    Dear Gemma, Thanks you so much for your wonderful comments! I am delighted to hear you enjoyed both the food and staff and will pass on your comments to our team. Regards, Danielle Butler Merchant Café & Restaurant Manager

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  29. GemmaH

    Cork

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great and the staff were very friendly, the food was well priced also and the seating was pretty good to overall a great place to sit have a drink and a munch.
    Merchant bar and RestaurantResponded on 17 October 2021
    Dear Gemma, Thank you so much for your lovely review! I am delighted to hear you had an enjoyable time with us and hope to see you again in the near future. Regards, Danielle Butler Merchant Café & Restaurant Manager

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  30. Gme2023

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Outdoor area was awful it was cold, no heaters. We did get blankets upon request, but it wasn’t a very nice place to sit and look at
    Merchant bar and RestaurantResponded on 17 October 2021
    Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review us. I am sorry to hear that our outdoor area was not up to standard. We value all guest feedback and endeavour to do better and hope you will consider returning to us in future. Yours Sincerely, Danielle Butler Merchant Café & Restaurant Manager

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Merchant bar and Restaurant is rated 3.4 stars by 30 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


Google Map for Merchant bar and Restaurant

Forster Street, Galway, Connacht HP1 TCP0

Additional information

  • Area
    Galway City Centre
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:30 am–11:30 pm Fri, Sat 7:30 am–12:30 am
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    International, Café, Dining Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Vegan
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