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Heifer and Hen Restaurant

) #15 of 25 Restaurants in Ballina ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Italian, European, Irish
4 Market Square, Ballina, Ireland
+353 96 21218
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good25%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“egg dishes” (2 reviews)
“t bone steak” (2 reviews)
“pasta” (7 reviews)
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Italian, European, Irish
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4 Market Square, Ballina, Ireland
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Reviews (131)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok place for lunch if you order salads, fishcakes or food that was previously prepared in the deli. The restaurant itself, which is supposed to be "Italian", has some pasta, pizza and chicken dishes. Waiting times tend to be long. Staff is generally nice. Don't...More

Thank Fred T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a group of about eight for dinner. Staff were efficient and friendly. I started with brushetta which was wonderful. For mains I had pasta which was excellent too, as was dessert. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Service could have been a little faster,...More

1  Thank Eily1961
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Today I visited the cafe part having been here many times previously. However I have recently been diagnosed as coeliac. I am so very disappointed to discover the only gluten free option on the menu was soup. When I asked the waitress did you have...More

2  Thank Katrina K
Reviewed 18 March 2017

First floor bistro restaurant serving a wide variety of Italian style and contemporary foods. We visited on a Thursday night and the place was at full capacity. Lively atmosphere, attentive staff, good drinks and wine list. Highly recommended

1  Thank Brian M
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Nipped in here for a quick cuppa and a snack. Friendly staff. Good value. Nice window seats. Was sitting near the shop part and was glad I bought the homemade oaty brown bread - so delicious and healthy too.

1  Thank Janhen14
Reviewed 19 February 2017

First off, Like mentioned in another review of Heifer & Hen, there should be two separate entries for this place. Heifer & Hen is by day a Café, bakery, deli & meat counter on the ground floor. And a restaurant by night on the upper...More

Thank omdoh
Reviewed 18 February 2017

We stopped here for a coffee and some cake, because the cake looked quite delicious. The staff is friendly and it is really beautiful furnished. Unfortunately the cake looks better than it tastes and the cafe is rather on the pricey site: a coffee (americano),...More

Thank Daria P
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

I came here with a large group of friends for dinner. The staff was professional, friendly and made us feel valued. They had a table set up for us but when another part left, they offered to move us to the nicer table, which was...More

1  Thank Alicia23_13
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Was visiting Ballina and dropped in for a coffee while my wife was doing done retail therapy next door!! Shopping attempt was disappointing so she joined me for coffee after a few minutes!!! We enjoyed the cappuccino's. The food menu looked terrific and so did...More

1  Thank FlamboShambo
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Always a good place for breakfast/ brunch/ snack or lunch ( downstairs). Friendly staff, good food and reasonable prices. One problem I have is that the door slides open and closed as people come in, and there is a really cold breeze around the feet!

Thank Eily1961
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I too was refused a salad at 4.50pm. Was told it was too near closing time. Closing time displayed on the window said 5.30. SHEER MADNESS.
28 August 2016|
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I would like to know if there is a good choice of food for a coeliac with lactose intolerance as I am dining there later this week
20 January 2016|
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It didn't occur to me to ask them at the time However your best bet might be to give them a call on 096-21218 If you decide to go I hope you have a good time there.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
13:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Market Square, Ballina, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Mayo  >  Ballina
  • Phone Number: +353 96 21218
  • E-mail
Heffernan's Butchers was established in 1961 by John Heffernan at Convent Hill Ballina. His son Anthony carries on the proud family tradition today, developing the business into a fine food emporium including the Heifer and Hen restaurant which offers fine food, excellent service, elegant surroundings, select wines and classical music. We have won many awards over the years from the Retail Excellence Award - Top 50 stores 2009 and 2010 to Georgina Campbell Award, Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award and were nominated for Best restaurant Award 2013. We are all about getting to know our customers. As well as providing top quality and fully traceable food we strive to do everything possible to make you feel welcome and comfortable. As you can tell food is what we do, Fine Food. All food in our delicatessen is prepared by our staff in house. Our policy is to source all our foods and ingredients from local suppliers and to prepare everything in our own abattoir, kitchen or bakery. We make homemade scones, cakes, breads, desserts, tray bakes. We believe in supporting our local community and many of our customers are also our supplier. We view business as a circle - "what goes around comes around". We support our local community/customers, and our local community/customers support us.