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The Sooty Olive Restaurant

160-164 Spencer Road | Waterside, Derry BT47 6AH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 7134 6040
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good13%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“ginger parkin” (15 reviews)
“steak” (93 reviews)
“ribs” (38 reviews)
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160-164 Spencer Road | Waterside, Derry BT47 6AH, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had until this point rated the Sooty Olive as consistently the best restaurant in Derry, in terms of warmth of welcome, professionalism of service, the continuity of a balanced, well designed menu and the standard of cuisine. Sincerely disappointed in a recent overly defensive...More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself and my family came here for my sisters birthday lunch. The staff were so friendly and very helpful and attentive. The food was beautiful. You can definitely taste the quality ingredients that they use.

Thank Heab01
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was fantastic! Not rushed out the door like many places. Nice, relaxed atmosphere and servers made us feel very welcome. Our waiter Ryan was a star, very attentive checking our food and drinks were okay and that we had everything we needed. Also provided...More

Thank RoisinKnox
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautiful place to eat. Great variety on the menu ..very natural flavours , relaxed atmosphere ...high standard and good level of customer service

Thank Kathryn G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My opinion this is the best and most reliable restaurant in Derry. The multiple times I have visited the restaurant not once did I leave without a smile on my face, great menu... Football special ribs they need to be tried

Thank mcfeely2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the early bird menu and it was excellent value at £13.95 for three courses. Clean plates all round and look forward to going back. We both had sea bream for main courses and it was gorgeous. The service was excellent also and couldn't...More

Thank Anne M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tasty food, delicious fillet steak, cooked perfectly rare which can be difficult to get in Ireland. Very reasonable. Only complaint was that the food actually came out too quickly, would have preferred more of a wait between courses.

Thank Trinash
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Sooty Olive is located above the train station + this is the third time I've been here. The lunch menu just jumps out with tasty options, and does not fail to satisfy. The beer battered cod was lush - as was the pan fried...More

1  Thank David B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ate here last night and I have to say was very disappointed with the service in comparison to previous visits. There did not appear to be a “front of house person” to greet people on entrance to the restaurant. I had bruschetta to start and...More

1  Thank Bernie W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We live in England and visit Derry regularly. Since reading reviews on this restaurant over the last couple of years, I’ve wanted to visit it, but we’ve always had children with us, or it’s been fully booked. I made the booking 3 weeks before we...More

Thank minx04
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Hi guys sorry just seeing this...we will be open 12 till 3 Christmas Eve then closed until the 27th thank you
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 24
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 160-164 Spencer Road | Waterside, Derry BT47 6AH, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Londonderry  >  Derry
  • Phone Number: +44 28 7134 6040
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We are an award winning casual dinning restaurant serving good food at good prices in the heart of the waterside derry
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