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The Gentian Cafe and Wine Bar

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The Quay, Kinvara Galway, Ireland
+353 91 637 934
09:00 - 19:00
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Sun 09:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was a wonderful breakfast. The porridge was delicious and the fruit that came with it tasted like a mixed berry pie without the crust. Delicious. And to top it off the service was wonderful.

Thank Kathy G
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Loved Gentian Cafe. Open and welcoming with a great food menu (seafood chowder is delicious!) and was delighted I could get a Chai Latte! Went there twice in one day, very relaxed atmosphere and a great place to sit with a cups and do some work.

Thank Kate-Lyn T
Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Had delicious fish, chips & mushy peas on a Monday lunchtime. Fish was best battered fish I've had in a long long time....only wish I had room to fit the selection of cakes they had also! Will definitely be back!!

Thank Car0le09
Boston, Massachusetts
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70 reviews
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped in on our drive from Cliffs of Moher to Galway. Friendly service. Coffee to go. The best scones I have ever had-fresh out of the oven. Packed up for us with butter and jam. I'll be dreaming about these scones forever! Thank you!

Thank Kathy S
Holyoke, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

The Gentian is a small and popular spot to meet for a lunch or a sandwich. They have a variety of teas and coffee choices along with a varied selection of pastry and cakes.

Thank rjay413
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

A lovely little cafe in the heart of kinvara. I treated myself to a coffee and pastry. Nice selection of treats on offer. Staff were attentive and friendly. Will definitely return!

Thank Qwerty408
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

It is a suprise that in wintertime, just after the new year, you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the small village of Kinvarra. In summertime Kinvarra probably explodes like Grafton Street Dublin at Xmas, but during grey winterdaus you don't expect such a wonderful and relaxing place to start the day. Grand.

Thank cameranny44
Limerick, Ireland
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

Nice atomsphere in this Cafe and as their Christmas decorations were still up there was a nice festive feel to it. Service was a little slow but they were very busy so understanable. We just had coffee, cake and mince pies which was all lovely and the staff while not full of chat were polite.

1 Thank Mary R
County Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Had a lunch here, with my two daughters and other family members, very good service, food very nice and if good quality. The decor and ambience is really nice, would look and feel really cosy and intimate at night

Thank srpgd
TheGentian, Owner at The Gentian Cafe and Wine Bar, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you so much for your kind review, the team brought it to my attention and are chuffed. Caitriona More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Having mooched about Kinvara we settled on Gentia as the best option. The menu looked good, the environment was lovely, on booking the table the customer service was good! The location is brilliant - fabulous view day or night. During our meal the service was good, the lady was warm, friendly and appropriately chatty! The main meals: 2x lamb thai... More 

8 Thank billy090
TheGentian, Owner at The Gentian Cafe and Wine Bar, responded to this review

Billy090, Billy, Billy. I've been holding on my reply - letting it sit and chilling. So, first of all thank you for taking the time to review, appreciate the effort, thus spake the 'appropriately chatty' owner who was looking after you that night. However, on reading your commentary, this is the frustrating part, I personally checked with your family to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 41
Irish, Cafe, International, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Quay, Kinvara Galway, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Galway  >  Kinvara
  • Phone Number: +353 91 637 934
Our 'Gentian @ St Georges' is a brasserie with a twist: serving dishes to share with robust, sunny flavours, typically from a contemporary Irish, European palette with good old comfort food thrown in, The Gentian's ethos is one of quality, innovation, freshness and abundance with comfort and friendliness thrown in. Our coffee already has a reputation.....We will be looking after you all day, with substantial breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.The setting is informal with local stone and splashes of colour; Burren and south Galway, blended with funky london, has a relaxed cosy, curl up feel, with windows looking out over the Kinvara bay - colour and comfort, space for reading chatting, meeting up or getting way from it all.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?