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Aniar Restaurant

53 Dominick Street, Galway Galway, Ireland
+353 91 535 947
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good14%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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Irish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
53 Dominick Street, Galway Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed 9 September 2015

Over priced and over rated. The so called cuisine was average to slightly above. The portions were very small to the point of being pretentious. They were definitely pushing a wine compliment with each course. If you had enough wine, maybe you wouldn't be as...More

3  Thank bob6927
Reviewed 8 September 2015

We had heard of this place, but didn't know that it has a Michelin star. (Does it really?) We wanted to have dinner at another place nearby, which turned out to be closed for the day. Walking away, we saw this one, and the name...More

Thank Helmut S
Reviewed 4 September 2015

We were really looking forward to dining here having travelled all day and booking a stop over in Galway just to experience this restaurant. However our joy was short-lived when we arrived to be told they did not have a record of our booking. We...More

11  Thank kate g
Reviewed 24 August 2015 via mobile

I have yet to eat in a restaurant where a week later I am still talking to people about it. The food and the wine blew me away. Never have I come across such knowledgeable staff. I learned more about wine in one hour than...More

6  Thank Tadgh M
Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

While portions were certainly tasting menu size, the menu was thoughtful in concept and execution. Service was friendly - wait staff extremely knowledgeable. Food was delicious and lamb was extraordinary. Really merits a second Michelin star. Reservations are essential.

2  Thank NinaNewYorkCity
Reviewed 11 August 2015

We chose this restaurant as the only Michelin starred restaurant in Galway. They had a choice of tasting menus and you choose the number of courses that you want to take. I think we chose 8 which was plenty. The food was really diverse with...More

3  Thank BibiDub
Reviewed 2 August 2015 via mobile

We had the 6 course + wine tasting menu. It was really fun. All the dishes and all the accompanying different wines were delicious. Friendly staff. Chatty but non intrusive. Described all dishes and wines extensively. We really enjoyed this experience.

2  Thank Andre_Durao
Reviewed 2 August 2015

I really enjoyed the food at Aniar. I liked the smallness, seating maybe 30 people maximum. Being American, I didn't realize that Irish eat much later dinners than us, so it was easy to book a table a week in advance for 6pm. I am...More

1  Thank AgNurse70
Reviewed 29 July 2015

I accept that perhaps I don't appreciate fine cuisine...or the delights of a michelin star restaurant...but really and truly...I came away feeling the whole experience was a case of 'the emperor's new clothes.' Many of the courses were minuscule..I am not exaggerating!I had a turnip,radish...More

7  Thank GalwayTourists
Reviewed 23 July 2015

It is said ... "small plates make a little look a lot" - the plates were small and still the offerings looked anything but a lot. Flavours were almost impossible to discern in such minute portions. Service was particular and precious with such detail about...More

5  Thank Jo H
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Nancy R
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Response from sapphire01 | Reviewed this property |
hi nancy this restaurant is uber funky so smart casual dressing is perfect enjoy as it really is a wonderful dining experience
Lynn R
15 March 2017|
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Response from sapphire01 | Reviewed this property |
Around 250-300 euro with wine pairings it's amazing and worth it
Michael C
22 August 2016|
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Response from Ioana D | Reviewed this property |
I can't remember on point, but for a 6 course menu (plus nibbles from the kitchen) with wine pairing, approx 150. Totally worth it, one of the best Michelin star experiences though. True to regional culture and care of... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 43 - US$ 71
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Dominick Street, Galway Galway, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Galway  >  Galway
  • Phone Number: +353 91 535 947
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The food is based on our terroir, the ensemble of natural influences that give a food a sense of place. In the west of Ireland we are surrounded by lush ancient woodland, bountiful shorelines, thriving farmlands all heaving with some of the best ingredients in Europe but unique to us. Aniar obeys the seasons and lets nature decide our menu.Recently returned from Noma, the Danish restaurant, voted the World’s Best Restaurant 2011, Enda McEvoy heads the kitchen. He works closely with local producers while also gathering wild herbs, plants and seaweeds each day from the woodlands and seashore around the area to produce a cuisine based around light clean flavours.Light sauces and stocks, properly reared animals (utilizing all of the animal), sustainably caught fish with an eye to the future of the fishing industry and evolving with the seasons using vegetables, herbs, fruits and berries, either from the wild or cultivated, all encompass the Aniar philosophy. The Chefs pickle and brine as much as is bountiful during the spring and summer to see the restaurant through the winter. Enda explains “we use modern culinary techniques to obtain the best out of the ingredients, while never losing sight of the integrity of the produce”.
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