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The Pier Head

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The Quay, Kinvara, Ireland
+353 91 638 188
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

11 of us, an almost 50/50 mix of adults and kids arrived on this fantastic little spot right on the water without advanced booking. A warm welcome greeted us. A light lunch was in order for us all. A good mix of chowder, soup of the day and kids main courses were ordered. Our food arrived without delay, along with... More 

Thank connollyfrank1
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped off here for dinner. We sat in the restaurant side and had a great view of the pier. Restaurant was quiet at this time and a little bit cold! Waitress was super friendly and helpful. Took our order pretty quick and we got served our food in great time too. Food was delicious I really enjoyed it. God was... More 

Thank Nuala P
New Hamburg, Ontario
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's hard to separate the dining experience from the village of Kinvara, itself, because it's all quite wonderful – quaint, authentic, enticing. The Pier Head offers great views of the waterfront, and also of Dunguaire Castle, certainly worth a visit on its own. The food suits the setting – lots of fish and seafood, and excellent chowder.

Thank paulnancytravellers
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Galway hidden gem is worth the drive from anywhere in the west of ireland. Ambiance, staff, selection and service is fabulous. I'm from San Francisco, so I know my restaurants. Try the pier head, you will find something to delight your taste buds!!

Thank mariekwoods
Dublin, Ireland
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is very nice with nice views, the food was good Irish pub food but nothing to rave about, good to have a quick bite whilst enjoying the views.

Thank Kop11
Belfast, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had something to eat in this pub which has a brilliant restaurant added on, lovely log fire to keep you warm, food was fantastic will be back.

Thank Mckinneybelfast
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful restaurant on the water with fun live music in the evening. The Sea Bass was wonderful and the Seafood Chowder is the best I've had anywhere. Service was efficient without being intrusive and always there when needed.

Thank Sandra L
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ate here as I always do when in Kinvara but this time I have to say it was woeful. I had the lamb or should I say I had the fat off a lamb dreadful my brother had steak which would have made a good sole for a shoe and to top it all it's as expensive as you can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Probably the best restaurant this side of Galway. We've been coming to Kinvara/Ballyvaughan for 15 years and have never been disappointed with the food we've had here and we are very hard to please! The crab claws and chowder are exceptional. The restaurant itself is lovely and the atmposhere is always fabulous as too are the staff. They have a... More 

Thank Ciara O
Dorking, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great restaurant with a waterfront view. The menu had a good selection to choose from. I have several dietary constraints and they were able to prepare me something that was delicious. If you are staying in Kinvara or stopping by I would recommend making at stop at this restaurant.

Thank MytripsAZ

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Irish, Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Quay, Kinvara, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Galway  >  Kinvara
  • Phone Number: +353 91 638 188
Located on the quay in the village of Kinvara, breath taking views overlooking the bay and Dunguaire Castle. We cater for all tastes. Daily lunch menu served from 12, a la carte from 5. Large upstairs room overlooking bay can be used for private parties.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?