Vina Mara Restaurant

19 Middle Street, Galway City

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40 reviews
4 stars - based on 40 reviews
Welcome to Vina Mara Restaurant, located in Middle Street, right in the heart of Galway.

At Vina Mara, we are dedicated to excellent food, friendly service, a warm atmosphere and value for money.

Our menus are designed to meet all tastes and include meats, fish, pasta and vegetarian dishes and we strive to source the freshest local produce to bring you the best quality food available. All our food is freshly prepared every day in our kitchen including all our sauces, breads and ice creams to ensure you get a unique experience.

I look forward to welcoming you when you visit Vina Mara.

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70 people

CUISINES
Mediterranean

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Vina Mara Restaurant

leinsterlegend80708836
Wicklow
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 18th August 2014 (visited 13 August 2014 )

good value mains for a tenner monday to wednesday!! need to make reservation if you are going!

Vina Mara Restaurant

melaniethebabe
Dublin
34 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:65%

Reviewed 03rd June 2014 (visited 30 May 2014 )

We are here on Friday night, my husband, myself and our 7 year old daugter. Despite having my booking confirmed through menupages, they said they didn't have any record of our booking, but accommodated us no problem with a table. On several nights during the week, including the Friday when we were dining, they have a fantastic offer of a 3 course meal for two and a bottle of house wine for 60 euro, which we had. We chose the house red which was a chilean, not normally my favourite, but it was decent enough. I had a delicicous parsnip soup to start and my husband had a lovely goats cheese salad For mains, my husband had lamb shank, which he said was very good but could have had a bit more depth to the flavour of the sauce. I had the sirloin steak which was good. We both had desserts as it was part of the menu, but honestly despite the fact they were very nice, we were both very full at this stage and unable to finish them. What I liked in terms of the children's menu, was that they had proper meals on offer, rather than the standard fair of burger and chips or sausage and chips. My daughter chose the roast pork (she would have had the roast beef but they were out of it).Service was polite and friendly and the atmosphere was nice. I would defintely eat here again next time I was in Galway. Overall a very pleasant experience.

Vina Mara Restaurant

Aine.fainne58952389
Galway
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 25th May 2014 (visited 16 May 2014 )

Terrible experience in this restaurant. As a group of friends celebrating before our friend had her baby we choose to go here as we hadn't been before. The dishes we got were bland, colorless and choice was poor. I had fish cakes for starter and one of my friends tasted mine. Definitely wouldn't recommend this restaurant and I eat out a lot in Galway.

Vina Mara Restaurant

mcarrmg

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 26th October 2013 (visited 25 October 2013 )

Second time there and yet again fabulous. Thanks

Vina Mara Restaurant

Orla5653

4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 17th February 2013 (visited 15 February 2013 )

The food was fabulous, from the time we arrived to the time we ordered we were given plenty of time to look through the menu and decide what we wanted. There was a lovely space between each course, so we weren't rushed or left waiting too long for the next course.and the staff were lovely and friendly. We will definitely go back to Vina Mara again.

Vina Mara Restaurant

foodie22
Limerick
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 19th December 2012 (visited 19 December 2012 )

At one time I would have considered this one of Galway's best restaurants but following eating here on two occasions in the past six weeks my opinion has changed. Service: The service has majorly declined. One of my favorite things about this restaurant is their infamous bread. On the first of my recent visits I was forced to ask the waitress to bring bread for us as she had forgotten and today the slices were not more than crumbs. Other "mishaps" such as forgetting to bring the wine and bringing the incorrect wine also occurred. I get the impression that the place is under-staffed and this is impacting the dining experience. Food: The dishes have certainly decreased in size and the presentation which was once impressive has become sloppy. It seems that the menu consists of variations of the following formula: a blob of mashed potato or rice swimming in a puddle of sauce plus meat or fish towered on top. All dishes were boring and bland. I have by no means a big appetite but after three courses and wine I left the restaurant contemplating popping in for a take-out somewhere on the way home. Value: I am not someone who has a problem spending good money on good food. Vina Mara tries to entice crowds with apparent deals but it is false economy. Their human sign on shop street declares "lunch for 9.50". What that really means is one "fine dining" (minuscule) course for 9.50 without a side. "Lunch" is a gross over-estimation. If you are going to offer value, give value. Trickery will win you no customers. Vina Mara - you were once one of the best restaurants in the west. Try to reproduce what you delivered in the past. You are losing your luster.

Vina Mara Restaurant

IrishWhiskeyChaser
Galway
10 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 14th February 2012 (visited 17 December 2011 )

This has to be one of the best Fine Dining experiences in Galway, easily top 5. The food is of a very high quality and always has been. I have yet to get something that has had the slightest fault, I would not know if the chef has changed here over the last 5 years but the quality and craft has remained very high. It is also now very affordable due to some of the lunch and early bird menus available but you would not be disappointed paying full price. The restaurant itself has a lovely atmosphere even though if your a couple you may find that your table for two is in the line of passing traffic but everything else makes up for this. Staff are very attentive with out being intrusive. They are relaxed and polite and not overly fussy unlike other places that "pretend" to be up market, there is no pretence here only excellent service. I cannot but give 5 stars all the way.

Vina Mara Restaurant

penny123
Galway
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 06th December 2011 (visited 18 November 2011 )

I dined here with a group of girlfriends not so long ago and it was one of our finest Galway dining experiences yet. We arrived a little late but were shown straight to our table, which was tucked away in a corner. Our waitress was so friendly and knowledgeable about the whole menu, without being overbearing. We ordered wine recommended by our waitress - which was delicious, perfect with our food. To eat,we had a range of starters followed by seabass, black sole, steak and a lamb dish. All 4 were exceptional, with great fresh fish and lovely flavours from the meat. The atmosphere was relaxing yet there was a great buzz around with chatting guests and laughter throughout the night. We would rate this one our favourite dining experiences in Galway yet. Great value food and wine with excellent service. Thanks Vina Mara...we will definietly be back soon!

Vina Mara Restaurant

kazerenm
Galway
6 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 25th November 2011 (visited 22 November 2011 )

I dined here with my boyfriend. When we arrived at 7.15pm it was empty and we were shown to a table by a very friendly waitress. Several other parties arrived shortly after us which added to the atmosphere. We availed of the two-courses for €24 deal. I started with the Greek salad which had plenty of feta (yum). My boyfriend ordered the duck salad and he was very happy with it (as was I-I had to try it). We chose salmon and chicken for our mains, both were delicious. I substituted onion mash for the mustard mash that was supposed to come with the chicken, and this wasn't a problem at all. The only fault that we found was that dishes aren't served with vegetables-you have to order them seperately so it costs more. Overall, we really enjoyed our meal and the experience, and I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Vina Mara Restaurant

ufoley
Meath
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 19th June 2011 (visited 28 May 2011 )

Dined there on a Saturday night, a nice restaurant with pleasant staff. Unfortunately the food or service didnt live up to expectations. The food was way over priced, portions smallish & customer requests largely ignored. Definitely nothing special about this place to warrant main courses at an average of 24 euro. We're in recession & it looks like this restaurant is oblivious!

Vina Mara Restaurant

mcginncf
Wicklow
40 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th April 2011 (visited 15 April 2011 )

Four of us went to Galway from Dublin for an overnight birthday celebration and checked out Menupages for a good restaurant prior. We were delighted with all that has been written here of this excellent little cuisine of fresh fish dishes, ambience, service and good eating experience. We took a while to browse the menus, particularly the 3-course dinner & bottle of wine for 2 at €67, but getting fresh fish from the west coast is not easy in Dublin, so once we saw the special on of John Dory, we all went for it. The starters were the only different dishes we had; of pork belly, smoked haddock, salmon & leeks and tossed salad. All great appetisers which we shared about. Meanwhile, the red & white wines we selected were served up with water jug and selection of breads and our party got underway. All the while, the staff served away without any intrusions upon us. The girls had the Warm Chocolate and Amoretti Pudding while he & I shared a mini cheese plate. Great to get an option for a smaller cheese plate too, and at €5 for each dessert, this is excellent value. We were the last to leave, but next time we'll be first back here to check out the next sea food special on.

Vina Mara Restaurant

Abitetoeat
Galway
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 01st April 2011 (visited 4 March 2011 )

I booked a table for a small group of friends in Vina Mara restaurant on a Friday night in March. We were shown directly to our table when we arrived. There was no waiting or queuing. The atmosphere was welcoming and pleasant. Breads were served. We were given ample time to pursue the varied menu. Help re courses etc. was readily forthcoming. The food was very good. It was cooked to our satisfaction and every course was very well presented. The staff were attentive but not intrusive. It was a very nice meal. We will definitely return again. It is one of the best restaurants in Galway. - J.G. Galway.

Vina Mara Restaurant

K2D
Dublin
4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th September 2010 (visited 4 September 2010 )

Went here for my partners birthday dinner and went for the 3 courses and bottle of wine for €67 which was served all night and had a wide selection on the menu- i was very impressed. Quite a small restaurant however staff were very nice! I had the steak which I had well done- I should have gotten done medium so my mistake however still tasty. The potatoes were delicious and every course was presented very well. Will deffinitely return. Worth getting the value menu however as otherwise it is very pricey!

Vina Mara Restaurant

thedcman
Galway
22 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 04th August 2010 (visited 31 July 2010 )

decided to try their value menu of 3 courses and a bottle of wine for €67 and it was a most enjoyable experience. We were looking to supplement the house wine for anice chablis but unfortunately they were out of stock that day(to be expected, sunday of race week in Galway). The 3 courses were all very well presented and tasted likewise and you come away feeling like we just had great value for money.

Vina Mara Restaurant

ell30
Dublin
51 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 14th July 2010 (visited 2 July 2010 )

on a visit to this resturant recently i had the seared duck while my husband had the pork and both were really good. service very good also, well worth visit for a special occasion as maybe little expensive

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