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Merchant bar and Restaurant, Galway, Connacht

Merchant bar and Restaurant

3.9
3.9
22 reviews
€30 and under
International
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2 people

19:00


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    International

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 12:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (091) 569 633

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

What 22 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. JD

    JosephineD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Nice bar. Good food. Staff not very happy....grumpy
  2. MO

    MaureenO

    Dublin

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    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.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The nachos were excellent, the music was great, we would def go back again!!
  4. R

    Review1

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was poor. Got the bruschetta and the bread was stale. Burger was cold. Staff were very nice and friendly.
  5. L

    Lauren00

    Connacht

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    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.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an excellent experience, we enjoyed it
  7. MC

    MariaC

    Sligo

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    The location was great and food was okay. But the service was very poor.
  8. SS

    SiobhanS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Food was average but I've never seen worse table service.
  9. DW

    DamienW

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant experience, food was great and staff very helpful 👌
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    A very mellow pub on a rather busy street. Good food and drinks but suited for someone looking for a quite and calm ambience.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service
  13. AF

    AndieF123

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    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.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    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
  15. J

    Jenna

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    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.
  16. MD

    MariaD

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The music was very good but was very loud found it difficult to have a conversation. Staff were very pleasant.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    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
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    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!
  19. EM

    EllaM9

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there. Fab decor, good buzz and lovely food :)

    Merchant bar and RestaurantResponded on 17 October 2021Dear 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

  20. GH

    GemmaH

    Cork

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    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 2021Dear 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

  21. GH

    GemmaH

    Cork

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    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 2021Dear 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

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    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 2021Dear 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

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 3.9 stars by 22 OpenTable diners.

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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

    Daily 12:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    International

  • 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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