Bearna (anglicized as Barna) is a coastal village in Connemara, west of Galway city in County Galway, Ireland, on the R336 regional road. Once a satellite of Galway city, the village is now rapidly becoming one of its suburbs. Officially, the village is regarded as Irish speaking and is therefore a constituent part of the regions of Ireland that make up the Gaeltacht. However, because of its absorption into the city, it has recently become a mainly English speaking village. Nonetheless, Irish is still the main language of its western and northern hinterland and the village has now effectively become the gateway to the largest Irish speaking region in the country
Things to do in Barna
4.5 based on 414 reviews
Located in A 19th century church beside the legendary Rock of Cashel, Chez Hans Has been serving the very best of local and seasonal produce in one of the most atmospheric dinning rooms in Ireland since 1968.
We booked chez Hans for a belated staff Christmas party and have to say top class.! From the warm welcome and lovely service in the bar which followed through to the beautiful restaurant, the service was fantastic and the food was appreciated and enjoyed by all.....presentation amazing , food so tasty with pheasant,cured salmon,breads and that wonderful tapenade (beetroot I think?) ,scallops and steaks being a big hit. Desserts did not disappoint either with a beautiful tiramisu,and the chocolate surprise shining. ...great coffee..all in all a wonderful meal !
Working in the restaurant industry ourselves we really enjoyed our dining experience in chez Hans and thank you for a great evening!
4.5 based on 221 reviews
We booked for the early bird sitting which finished at 7 and due to circumstances outside our control we did not arrive until 7.10. We asked if our original early booking was still valid given that we were late arriving. The manager agreed and all was fine. The very friendly staff took our orders for both food and drinks very promptly and our starters arrived soon after. The entire party of 10 agreed starters were excellent . The mains were less prompt and one serving was delayed for more than an additional 10 minutes, not great. The mains were again very tasty and we again agreed excellent. The Deserts again very good but took 50 minutes before they were served . We had to inquire on more than one occasion when the Deserts would be served. The wine was priced very reasonably and a very fine selection was available.
Our other concern was there was only two kiddies chairs in the entire restaurant which was unfortunate because both were in use when we arrived. After about one hour , the chair became available which was fine. Perhaps kiddies are not regular visitors to this excellent venue but maybe if they wanted more families they could consider purchasing a few more.
Overall a great meal and would visit again if we are in the area.
4.5 based on 264 reviews
We had a large family group celebrating a graduation event at Mitchel House. Excellent food: steak on the stone, salmon, fish cakes, desserts, all great, nice wine and comfortable ambience. Helpful and friendly staff, great service. Great choice for a meal in Thurles
4.5 based on 259 reviews
Award winning Upstairs at WEST restaurant is located in beautiful Barna,Galway on The Wild Atlantic Way in one of the most luxurious boutique hotels, The Twelve. West features innovative dishes that highlight the region and the season's best ingredients. West holds 2 Culinay Rossetes and is noted as a pioneer of the local food movement. Just 10 minutes from Galway City, WEST is very much about wine. One of Ireland's most exciting collections is on display throughout and celebrity wine dinners are a regular feature. Sunday Brunch - #LazySundayAfternoonsWest a must! "Celebrate Food, Celebrate Wine, Celebrate Life"
Visited here as result of hotel winning hotel wine list of year and we were really delighted with the experience we had here. Staff were super friendly especially Fergal and there was great atmosphere in restaurant. Starters of cured trout brilliant and so light while mains of lamb three ways outstanding. Dessert of pear so good. Wine list is very extensive with wines from all over the world and gives excellent value. One small crib on wine list while it has some organic wines it is a bit light on biodynamic ,organic and natural wines. We will certainly return to sample chefs tasting dinner in the future.
4.5 based on 202 reviews
Owner came over to chat. A lovely lady. Seafood Chowder was the best ever! Skip the pizza. Huge burger. Yummy apple/rhubarb tart. Lots of parking.
4.5 based on 146 reviews
Went here for lunch with 3 generations of our family on Sunday. On the advice of another reviewer, we booked in advance. We were seated immediately and offered drinks within minutes, despite it being busy.
I had chowder to start and it was wonderful. It was so Creamy and packed with seafood, a delight. The vegetable soup of the day was also delicious. I had lamb for my main and it was done to perfection. They serve a lovely range of desserts too. The pavlova was scrumptious.
The staff were friendly and efficient. Great place for a family Sunday lunch without the hassle you can experience in other venues.
Beautiful food, served well.
4.5 based on 639 reviews
We visited here twice on a recent stay in Barna. We were looked after by the wonderful George and some of the ladies on the floor. George was particularly charming, chatty and just great at his job. The girls are friendly, efficient and lovely to deal with.
The only down side was the chap behind the bar with the glasses. His attitude seems to be very different to that of the rest of the Team. He was sharp with us and just didn’t seem friendly or interested.
Again, the girls are great and George is an absolute gem. He makes such a difference to the vibe in the place. I hadn’t been here in a long time and this was my first visit since George started and I can tell you...this was a smart hiring decision! He is a real find.
This is a great bar, the food is superb and it’s really comfortable. I’d love to have a Donnellys on my doorstep...I’d be your best Customer!!
4.5 based on 253 reviews
We offer a sophisticated dining experience for those seeking to explore beyond the ordinary and discover the full potential of an Indian restaurant in Thurles, Tipperary. So please, let us take you on a tantalising journey across the different regions of Indian subcontinent to present a superb combination of vibrant dishes freshly prepared using the finest ingredients to create rich authentic flavours.
The staff make one at ease as soon as you enter. From then on the service is both very attentive and unobtrusive. This was our first visit here even though we know the restaurant of the same name in Dublin. Thurles menu is fairly similar but the quality of the food which is presented is of a much higher order. The lamb may have been a little tough but I thought that the chicken made up for it. We will go again soon as I need to try their Biryani.
4.5 based on 955 reviews
We were in Galway on a bussiness trip and this restaurant was recommended to us. Chowder and fish was really excellent. Service and sea-view on was nice too. Don't hesitate to go and have a meal here!
4.5 based on 213 reviews
Parkers Restaurant has been converted from a regular bungalow offering a range of different cuisines from Irish gourmet to authentic Italian. Our restaurant has always been known for it's high quality food and friendly service at an affordable price. We are open all year round, seven days a week, for lunches which commences at 12.30Pm-3pm and evening meals which commences at 6pm. . We also cater for Christenings, Communions, Confirmations, Birthdays, Retirements and all private parties. Here at Parker's it is our policy to offer a warm and inviting atmosphere with top class food, drink, service & smiles! Our Lunch Menu is Al La Carte We offer a 4 course evening menu €22.00 Subject to supplementary dishes!
Family evening meal for 4 + 1 child.
I had eaten at Parkers a year or so ago and thought it was good but not great, a little forgettable.
Not sure what has changed, very possibly the chef but the experience last night was not forgettable and the food was great. The key difference for me was that quality of the food, both ingredients and cooking. Everything was clearly made fresh and using fresh produce. No Frozen cheap stuff that so many restaurants cut corners with.
Good choice of dishes on the menu.
It's a nice place to be and the staff are very attentive. I thought the price very reasonable.
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