Donnelly's of Barna restaurant

Barna, Barna

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20 reviews
3 stars - based on 20 reviews
Welcome to Donnellys of Barna, one of Ireland’s most revered seafood restaurants and bars. Established in 1892, Donnellys was a thatched cottage owned by the Donnelly family. The family ran a pub and shop here for over 100 years. In 1922 The Black and Tans tried to burn down the building and there are bullet holes still visible at the front of the building.

Although recent developments have changed the shape and scale of Barna, Donnelly’s of Barna is still known as a landmark at the crossroads. Despite its last major redevelopment in 1989, just over 21 years ago, we are delighted to have retained the old stonework and woodwork of the original house, allowing us to maintain its old world charm and atmosphere.

Here at Donnellys we specialise in freshly caught fish and locally sourced meat, vegetables and salads. Whether you choose to dine in one of our snugs, or hidden corners or in our formal dining area, you can enjoy the same great menu throughout.

Our chef, Tom Farragher takes great pleasure in cooking and preparing all of our dishes to order, and highly recommends some of Donnelly’s favorite dishes. They include Moules Mariniere, pan-fried Crab Claws, Haddock Mornay, Connemara Lamb Pie, Neptune Seafood treasure, Chicken St Elgar and Fillet of Salmon in a fisherman’s net. For those with a sweet tooth our Ice-creams, Chocolate Brownies and Fruit Crumble, all made in-house, are a great way to finish your meal. To accompany your meal we recommend our ‘wine of the month’ wine selections, offering excellent wines at great value prices.

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OPENING HOURS

Mon12:00pm - 9:30pm
Tue12:00pm - 9:30pm
Wed12:00pm - 9:30pm
Thu12:00pm - 9:30pm
Fri12:00pm - 9:30pm
Sat12:00pm - 9:30pm
Sun12:30pm - 9:30pm

CAPACITY
150 people

CUISINES
Coeliac options, Healthy Eating, Seafood

FACILITIES

Allocated smoking area Full Bar, Beer, Wine, Spirits Accept major credit cards Coeliac options available Veggie options available Will accept party bookings

Donnelly's of Barna reviews

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Donnelly's of Barna

kirrary
Galway
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 24th November 2014 (visited 22 November 2014 )

Very enjoyable with excellent service and high quality food. A little cramped at our table but the premises was packed due to a local party. We will return at a future date.

Donnelly's of Barna

lukzar
Galway
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 04th October 2014 (visited 15 August 2014 )

Absolute fabulous visit from beginning to end. Great staff, service, food, menu choice, atmosphere & value!

Donnelly's of Barna

Kittykats
Dublin
22 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 27th July 2014 (visited 14 July 2014 )

Decent pub grub (mainly fish), nice portions, and nice country pub atmosphere. Popular with tourists and locals alike.

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lucy28
Dublin
65 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 01st August 2013 (visited 28 July 2013 )

Think this place has seen its day to be honest...the quality of the food has slipped in recent years, along with the service. The attention to detail is just not there and I feel the fish dishes could be a little more adventurous. Service is just adequate, not great not bad just nothing to sing home about. It is prob just good for a pint or a quite drink, but not food.

Donnelly's of Barna

peterdgreat
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 04th July 2013 (visited 17 June 2013 )

After a poor experience in O'Gradys on Saturday, a good experience in Mulberry's on Sunday, this experience was somewhere in the middle. As I was staying in the Twelve for 3 nights I had the pleasure of having a few drinks here every day (my daughter and friend ate lunch here on Sunday 16th). The staff are to be commended on their service and friendliness. On Monday evening at 7 myself and my wife has a table booked in the front bar area. While the starters were adequate (crab claws were a bit oily and needed garlic butter or something to take away that burnt oil sensation) my main course was not great. It was the special of the day (only 1 special on board which was plaice fillets). The problem was it said it came with vegetables which I assumed was fresh brocolli or carrots etc. However, it came with a type of Ratatouie whish I hate and I suggested to staff that this should have been displayed on the board as it was a special. Desert was nice and overall it was a nice relaxing time without being fantastic. Would give it the benefit of the doubt though and I would return.

Donnelly's of Barna

gluttoní
Dublin
7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 11th July 2012 (visited 1 July 2012 )

Went out for Sunday dinner with family after hearing good things about the place, but we were left disappointed. Although we had booked, we were put sitting in the front of the bar, and there wasn't enough space on the tables for all of our food when it arrived. Service was slow, with wait staff avoiding looking at us. The place wasn't too busy, but the staff seemed more concerned about catching up with one another than looking after their tables. The food was delicious, and the portions were fair, but the price of it seemed to be a bit much for what it was. After dinner, it was another struggle to get the attention of the wait staff to order dessert. The place was a bit of a disappointment, lacking attentive service and atmosphere. The food was great, but all other factors let the restaurant down.

Donnelly's of Barna

Fussy Jim
Dublin
29 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:55%

Reviewed 27th May 2012 (visited 19 May 2012 )

We were staying in Bearna overnight to celebrate my wifes birthday. This is an area we have been coming to for years and was a great chhence to eat in Donnollys. We wer both disappointed !. We arrived about 8.45pm and found a table. There was no atmosphere in the pub - instead everyone seemed to be lookingg at us when we came as if we were intruding on a sacred place !!!!. We ordered crab claws between us to start and they were out to our table in about 3/4 mins -this was a bit too quick.For main meals my Wife ordered seafood salad and I went for the fillet steak to be cooked medium to well done. When one waiter took away the crab claws another waiter put my steak straight in front of me. A cold salad can be quick but This steak was terrible - it was far too quick to the table - must have been itting in the oven. it was awful. Like a piece of rubber. The mushrooms and onions on the plate were not freshly cooked - no taste. After a few triess I gave up and left it there. The seafood salad didi not look like it was freashly prepared. made up earlier to try and save time.This will be the last time I eat in this pub and got more satisfaction from my sandwich which I had in the hotel across the road afterwards

Donnelly's of Barna

simwalsh
Dublin
19 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 25th January 2010 (visited 24 January 2010 )

Had lunch here with 4 people. Portions were generous. All dishes looked great. We had desert also, profiteroles weren't great. Overall i'd definately go back and recommend. the atmosphere is very old man west ireland pub style. the food is fresh and mostly based around fish. And great value for money.

Donnelly's of Barna

Badger2009
Dublin
18 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 07th January 2010 (visited 17 November 2009 )

Had lunch here recently. Food was excellent but I felt service could have been better. Also thought it was a bit expensive €23 for a main course at lunch time.

Donnelly's of Barna

Bia10
Galway
6 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 26th June 2009 (visited 30 May 2009 )

I ate here last month and we got the meal for 2 for €55, that's 2 courses each and a bottle of wine which I thought was very good as we were there on the Saturday night. Food was good and service was great. We will be back.

Donnelly's of Barna

shinthornton
Galway
16 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 03rd March 2009 (visited 3 March 2009 )

Have eaten here on lots of occasions. Food is fantastic. All food is cooked to order so you will have to wait for it but boy is it worth it. Can get very busy at weekends. Very cosy atmosphere. Good portions sizes and great value for money

Donnelly's of Barna

Disparatehousewife
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 03rd January 2009 (visited 3 January 2009 )

I had a terrible dinner at Donnelly's in Barna in January 2009. I ordered a cold seafood platter described as "fresh prawns in a marierose sauce." I have had this type of dish many times before -- basically a version of "shrimp cocktail." When the dish arrived, the "prawns" were white/gray lumps about a centimeter long, that tasted of soda (often used as a meat tenderizer). These supposed "prawns" did not have the usual pink stripes, or crescent shape of any fresh prawns I have ever had. I complained about them, and the waitress came back and said to me "The chef tasted it and said it is fine." And that was the end of that discussion. The menu item was 22 euro, for which they did not offer me even a partial refund on, even though I left ALL of the ersatz "prawns" untouched. (I ate the accompanying leafy salad.) It was possibly the most scary meal I have ever ordered, in both appearance and taste. I ordered a child's meal of chicken breast and chips for my son. The chicken breast was boiled with no seasoning. Needless to say, he had two bites and that was that. For 8 more euro. I could not get over the way they insulted me by dismissing my complaint entirely, as though I did not know how a Fresh Prawn was supposed to look, or taste. If these were indeed FRESH (or even PRAWN), they might have been two years ago, when they were delivered to the canning factory in Vietnam. I would have rated it higher for atmosphere -- the typical Stage-Irish decor. It is probably a good enough pub, but I would not go there again for food. There are so many great restaurants in Galway just 10 minutes away -- no reason to stop here.

Donnelly's of Barna

biaalainn
Galway
10 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 09th December 2008 (visited 1 November 2008 )

can have a lovely athmosphere, can be hard to get a table in the bar, sometimes all the tables are empty but reserved for later, bar staff have a great knack of not seeing you!!! just incase you might want to order food. Dont eat at the counter, your knees bang off the bar, not comfy

Donnelly's of Barna

mermaidbac
Dublin
25 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 11th September 2008 (visited 29 August 2008 )

Thar cinn! thar barr! yum yum yum! Pub grub that'd gice any michelin star restaurant a run for its money. Delish! Tasty tasty tasty. dishes found on many menus...but done here to exceptional standard. Great atmosphere, and friendly staff. We chose to eat in the pub rather than the restaurant itself -we wanted to show our guests a bit of "real" Ireland, and we got that with some haute cuisine thrown in!!! wined and dined and bursting to the gills for under €100...for the four of us!

Donnelly's of Barna

Lucyb
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 15th August 2008 (visited 1 August 2008 )

I was in Galway recently for a short break. I've never been to the Aran Islands or seen Connemara so I wanted to experience it. On the way out on the Spiddal Road we felt a bit peckish and so stopped in Donnellys on the way. The haddock mornay was superb and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys quality seafood.

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