Ard Bia at Nimmo's restaurant

Long Walk, Near the Spanish Arch, Galway City

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26 reviews
4 stars - based on 26 reviews
One of Galway’s most enduring restaurant operations and housed in one of the city’s most iconic restaurant spaces, Ard Bia has always placed as much emphasis on community experiences and aesthetic stimulation as on serving great food in a fun environment. They believe in having roots in a place whilst having an identity that transcends location and takes inspiration from around the world.

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OPENING HOURS

Mon10:00am - 9:00pm
Tue10:00am - 9:00pm
Wed10:00am - 9:00pm
Thu10:00am - 9:00pm
Fri10:00am - 9:00pm
Sat10:00am - 9:00pm
Sun10:00am - 9:00pm

CAPACITY
90 people

CUISINES
Irish

FACILITIES

Veggie options available Full Bar, Beer, Wine, Spirits Accept major credit cards

Ard Bia at Nimmo's reviews

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Ard Bia at Nimmo's

beatrice.capoferri82548675
Galway
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

Reviewed 24th August 2017 (visited 15 August 2017 )

Super! Do not miss!

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

deirdreryan10

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 03rd July 2015 (visited 2 July 2015 )

we had a most enjoyable meal.service was excellent food was fabulous.would highly recommend to my friends and collegues

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

Knoddy
Dublin
32 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:70%

Reviewed 15th June 2015 (visited 10 June 2015 )

Visiting Galway for a few days midweek, we had a meal at ArdBia and found it to be a charming spot with an exotic menu. Both of us had the potted crab (which does not need the rock hard crisp bread that comes with it !) as well as the monkfish and langoustine risotto which was just delicious. A really good dining experience.

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

Themasie
Dublin
27 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 23rd October 2014 (visited 19 October 2014 )

The food (with the exception of the disappointing desserts) was amazing. Lots of weird sounding combinations which tasted amazing. Mussel and seaweed pate,brill with beetroot gnocchi.........amazing. The waiting staff were overstretched though and this gave the place a frantic air which made it feel a bit more like a lunchtime diner than a high end restaurant.

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

bearcher
Dublin
8 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 23rd September 2014 (visited 14 July 2014 )

I loved this restaurant and thought it was a real find. It doesn't look anything much from the outside. Even inside it might seem more of a place for lunch rather than dinner. My family were a bit sceptical after seeing the menu. Once the food arrived all our reservations were gone. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed their food and wine. Will definitely be going back when I visit Galway again.

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

50Auburn50
Galway
4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 07th May 2014 (visited 3 May 2014 )

nice place, but the overpriced menu does not deliver. The pink lamb was medium+ and cold..

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

kilkenny83
Galway
3 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th August 2013 (visited 23 August 2013 )

This is one of the best restauraunts we have ever visited. The food was immaculate and contemporary, the staff were warm and friendly and welcoming, and the ambience is very homely too. But trust me, go here for the food. I had the steak and my partner had the lamb and both dishes were amazing. And I bought the cookbook that they sell too. If you take a trip to galway this restaurant is a must. It seems very busy towards the end of the week so making a reservation is good idea.

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

roise_mchale

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 15th July 2013 (visited 14 July 2013 )

The lack of any greeting together with the dismissive attitude of the wait /seating staff member caused us to vote with our feet within 5 minutes. Can't comment therefore on the food /value for money although the menu looked promising.

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

CaptainScarlett
Dublin
7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 09th July 2013 (visited 15 June 2013 )

Exuding an attractive exterior what promises to be a memorable dining experience soon descends into a pretentious menu coupled with poor service. There's no choice but to order 'Organic' this and 'natural' that, and when the food FINALLY arrives (after some delay), it was sub par and tasteless. One of my party was ill and couldn't eat any of their breakfast and not once did any member of the seemingly 'distracted' staff ask if there was anything wrong. The freshly squeezed orange juice would probably have tasted great were it not for the fact that even on request, no ice was available, leaving the juice unpalatably warm. Next time I'm in Galway, I'll go to Monroes for a normal no-nonsense and hearty breakfast instead.

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

Missy1986
Dublin
30 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 24th August 2012 (visited 19 August 2012 )

I really liked ardbia. the interior is cozy and homey.we had a house special rose (apparently we got the last bottle) which leaned more towards a red than a white but wasnt two heavy! There was a nice selection of breads served.... too nice in fact! I had a crab and smoked trout salad to start. so many different tastes and flavours in one plate.... yum yum. my friend had a duck salad which went down really well too. I also had hake which was served with chorizo in a lovely slightly spicy sauce. My friends steak was great too. Really enjoyed the food here. Thanks ardbia!

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

sherosi
Dublin
9 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 16th October 2011 (visited 25 September 2011 )

This is my favourite place for breakfast or lunch in Galway. The menu is great and there are always a few specials on. It's not the cheapest place but its good and they care about serving local food. The staff are lovely no matter how busy they are. They are able to suggest gluten-free options. The building is lovely and old and charming although it could probably do with another ladies room since there is often a wait for the one existing one.

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

mydinner
Clare
10 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 08th April 2011 (visited 23 March 2011 )

Upstairs has recently been renovated - they did a great job. Food is good and interesting. Some nice wines too. Good spot for lunch.

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

skeff
Dublin
11 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:50%

Reviewed 26th January 2011 (visited 23 January 2011 )

We had Sunday lunch in the downstairs Café area i.e. the more casual of their two areas - and casual it is! Eclectic mix of cutlery and crockery, staff very laid back but very good. Three of us had smoked pork loin with cauliflower purée and I-forget-what potatoes, basically thinly sliced, cooked apparently in garlic and cream and presented in a solid block, delicious. The pork was excellent and the purée was spectacular. Equally good was extra order of spinach (super-yummy) and butternut squash for the greedier member. Vegetarian tart for 4th member was also pronounced good, and two desserts shared were lovely. Overall a lovely relaxed experience but signs of a serious chef in the kitchen, can't wait to try the main restaurant.

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

ShoBo
Dublin
11 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 18th January 2011 (visited 11 January 2011 )

Went here after work as it was recommended by a colleague. My first impression was that I felt that I was visiting an old friend. The decor of the restaurant is extremely welcoming, warm and homey! I passed on the starter and went straight for the steak. I asked for it Medium but it was cooked a little too much for my liking and was missing the juicy pinkness I was hoping for. Still the steak was delicious and I will know for the next time to ask for it medium rare, with an emphasis on the rare! I have to say what made the night was the dessert! I went for the chocolate pudding and mmmmmmmmm mmmmmmm MMMmmMM is all I can say. It was presented beautifully on a plank of wood with a variety of accompaniments such as lemon cream and raspberry couli. The tartness of both went perfectly with the warm gooey chocolate that seeped out of the spongey cake! Definitely glad I saved room for dessert!!!

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

Mona
Galway
19 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 08th November 2010 (visited 22 October 2010 )

Being brought out to dinner is always nice but going to this restaurant is special. Our starters of octopus and mussels were devine, albeit a bit filling. The mains of lamb and steak with mash and pureed turnip and cabbage sides were actually to die for! I have not enjoyed food as much in a long time. Two Irish coffees which were splendidly made were the cherry on the cake. Such a quaint setting and attentive waiting staff ensured we were ultimately relaxed in our surroundings. Not exactly cheap but when so satisfied, one can't really complain.

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