Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. Ireland, Republic of
  3. Connacht
  4. Galway City
  5. Galway City Centre
The Hardiman - Oyster Bar, Galway, Galway

The Hardiman - Oyster Bar

3.6
3.6
34 reviews
€30 and under
Irish
The Oyster Bar in Galway is located at The Hardiman and features Victorian sash windows with views of Eyre Square. Enjoy a quiet reprieve and relax in the stylish surroundings with your favourite tipple.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Irish
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (091) 564 041
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

Experiences

  • Sharing is Caring this Valentine's

    €24.00 per person

    9 Feb - 29 Feb 2024
    Sharing is Caring... Enjoy a delicious Irish Charcuterie & Cheese Board paired with two glasses of our Sommeliers selection wine in our Oyster Bar €24 per person Available from 9th - 17th February
    Sharing is Caring this Valentine's photo

What 34 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.5Food
  • 3.5Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseEnergetic

34 Reviews
  1. Guest123

    Waterford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    While I do recognise it was valentines night, our food took 90 minutes, and noone came at any point to say it may take some time. We did have people come with incorrect orders twice though. I got the monkfish special with celaric puree at 40 euro. It consisted of 3 little nuggets of monkfish with 3/4 dots of celeriac on the plate for dressing and a large mound of mashed potatoes. I felt this was really misleading for the price I paid. It was tasty but was mainly just a plate of mashed potatoes

    Is this helpful?

  2. Allbirth

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The waiter spilled the drinks on our food and in our clothes but we didn’t even receive any complimentary and he also thought of serving the starter with spilled wine on it. It ruined our valentines date.

    Is this helpful?

  3. Dait

    Limerick

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My girlfriend and i had a great evening here in the Hardiman Hotel. Great Margeritas & service from the gentleman in the bar. Food was wonderful but… no Oysters? Perhaps there’s a dry spell in getting fresh Oysters. Other than the Oysters everything else was wonderful. 10/10

    Is this helpful?

  4. LoriZ

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We stayed at the hotel, which was amazing. But the restaurant was awful. The fish and chips was not fresh and the chicken curry was extremely dry. We’re not recommend going there for dinner . 

    Is this helpful?

  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Food is very well presented and delicious. Great, quiet atmosphere.

    Is this helpful?

  6. Sailingnut

    Indiana

    13 reviews

    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Very disappointing!! We came for the oysters and they were out of them! The burgers were over cooked. The short ribs were okay, but the portion was small and the mashed potatoes tasted tart, not like wasabi. Service was awful. My 3 companions were nearly finished with their first drink by the time I got my Bloody Melley, which was nothing great. I know they were very busy but our server never checked back with us through the meal. Wish we’d gone some place else.

    Is this helpful?

  7. shaz

    Mayo

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food excellent Service good Definitely will be back

    Is this helpful?

  8. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Posto molto bello e personale gentilissimo. Consigliato!!

    Is this helpful?

  9. AndreH

    Connacht

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    De oysters where not fresh at all . This is a very bad thing for a oyster bar and restaurant and us also a bad feeling for the rest off the food we found later out. Last night we had really fresh oysters . On a scale of 10 Hardiman deserve a 4 last night restaurant a 10

    Is this helpful?

  10. Peter

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff always look after us very well. We often make seating requests and they have always accommodated us.
    The Hardiman - Oyster BarResponded on 29 April 2023
    Dear Peter, Thank you for leaving your five star feedback and some lovely comments on our staff. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Kind regards, Alanna Starnes

    Is this helpful?

  11. marym

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This evening meal was superb. The food was excellent. Excellent choice for vegetarians . The staff were there if needed attentive and not overly attentive- friendly and courteous. It was a lovely experience Thank you. We ll definitely be back again. before too long.

    Is this helpful?

  12. DonnaT

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 November 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Fish was disgusting. We were the very first order out of the kitchen which doesn’t show much hope .

    Is this helpful?

  13. EllenL

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The service staff could do well with training and supervision. We ordered a bottle of wine. It was just put down in front of us. Never opened or poured. I was surprised since this is supposedly a four star restaurant. Also after the main course was served, we were totally ignored. We had to search up desert ourselves.

    Is this helpful?

  14. EllenL

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Do not bother making reservations, no table is saved for you. Waited ages for desert. Seemed very chaotic in service.

    Is this helpful?

  15. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to an oyster. Unfortunately they only had a total of 3 oysters left for my wife and I. They we’re good however. Nice restaurant and rest of food was great.

    Is this helpful?

  16. jamesc

    Cork

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    7 Family get-together after 3 yrs lock down. Lunch menu very limited and very expensive. 2 had fish and chips which was over baked and reheated. Dessert was returned as ice-cream was frozen and 1 strawberry on top frozen. Cost overall too expensive. Waitress helpful but ignored complaints. Supervisor arrived after meal was finished to enquire if our meal was alright. Too late to make changes.

    Is this helpful?

  17. LucaD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is an excellent restaurant, both the Oyster Bar and the Gaslight restaurant. Being Italian, I enjoyed the "risotto", I rice based dish I love, and this is the first or second I experienced in Ireland worth to be named risotto. An authentic positive surprise. Not the usual, trivial desserts: the cherry, red berries and pistacchio semifreddo was excellent as well. Classy environment, no annoying music and loud noise, I hate them. Careful and and prompt service.

    Is this helpful?

  18. Tony

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Service really slow. Oysters and chowder excellent but main course of sea bass and prawns with baby new potatoes lacked finesse. In fact the presentation was awful.

    Is this helpful?

  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We stopped on the way during a family trip. what looks like a cozy pub on the outside is clean, new and bright inside, with a fish tank. service was excellent, food great quality with starters very reasonably priced and some higher end dishes. even coffee was excellent.

    Is this helpful?

  20. Steph

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We were there from 2.50pm with 2 kids on Fathers day. The staff member took our order right away and we did not receive our starter until after 3.30. At 4pm I had to ask staff for our mains as no one came to clean the table or ask if we were ok. Trying to keep 2 young kids entertained (3 yr old and a baby) for that long was impossible. When the mains arrived, the goujons we ordered for our 3 year old was not goujons. It was some sort of breaded fillet that was cut up and the chicken was so tough, he could not eat it, and neither could we. My steak ciabatta was cold when it arrived and the steak was so tough, I couldn't eat it either. Very disappointed with the service and the food. It was so bad that we left and went to supermacs for dessert as no one came near us after dinner either and we did not want to be waiting another hour

    Is this helpful?

  21. FoodieTechGirl

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Just all right. There are far better options to eat in Galway!

    Is this helpful?

  22. ZuzanaB

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was very pleasantly surprised with the quality of food and nice service. Loved the environment and the coctail menu is absolutely amazing. Quick effective and friendly staff. We will be definitely back 👍

    Is this helpful?

  23. Aimee

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waiter was outstanding, he truly went above and beyond for us! Such a pity we never got his name to credit him for his hard work. The meals were large and tasty, the steak was amazing! Would highly recommend

    Is this helpful?

  24. SamanthaL

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous food and great service!

    Is this helpful?

  25. David

    Sligo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Managed to get in for a Christmas meal with two others. Nice comfy spot with lovely food. I didn't expect live music there but it was quite good and overall we had a great evening.

    Is this helpful?

  26. HelenM

    Connacht

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Our food after a long delay , came out cold. Rest of party were so hungry the ate it , when I eventually caught the attention of a waiter- manger I think, the rest were finished. One in party asked for salmon, with sauce to the side and no broccoli. He got a peice of salmon, that was it. Also asked for a pint of Bulmers and got a pint of Hinekan... Of course the person paying did't want to make a fuss - typical Irish and paid for it in full.. Would not recommend anybody to eat here ever. Totally over priced and a terrible experience.

    Is this helpful?

  27. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Booked for lunch at 2.30pm. Got off to a good start but after we had finished our meal the table wasn't cleared for 25 minutes; staff were preoccupied setting up the restaurant for dinner service. When table was finally cleared we weren't offered more drinks, dessert, tea, coffee even though we were previously interested in all of them. We just paid and left instead.

    Is this helpful?

  28. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely evening- staff were friendly. Good food and wine. Lovely surroundings

    Is this helpful?

  29. MingtheMerciless

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great. BUT...Oyster Bar is only the name of the restaurant...you can't get oysters there.

    Is this helpful?

  30. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went here for an anniversary dinner and we were so thrilled with the experience. Food was really superb and our server Jessica was so good at her job. We will be going again.

    Is this helpful?

  31. NoraM

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, but it is the staff that make the experience

    1 person found this helpful

  32. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    How in the world an oyster bar has no oyster. Change the freaking name then.

    4 people found this helpful

  33. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food in the lovely oyster bar.

    1 person found this helpful

  34. MikeTateout

    Connacht

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Fantastic team very lovely friendly service. The dinning area in the oyster bar wasn't warm didn't have that friendly atmosphere that you get here in Ireland. We stay in gallway with ate out for 5 days .Booking was pretty easy. Wasnt sure if it was family freindly.Thanks

    Is this helpful?

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • 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
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Hardiman - Oyster Bar is rated 3.6 stars by 34 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Hardiman - Oyster Bar

The Hardiman 14/15 Eyre Square, Galway, Galway H91 NFD2

Additional information

  • Area
    Galway City Centre
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Irish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Vegan
  • Privacy policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
Rentalcars Logo
OpenTable Logo