Cookes Wine Bar

    €€ Wine Bars, Irish
    Open12:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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    Location & Hours


    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM


    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM


    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM


    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM


    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM


    • 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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    About the Business

    Just off the main thoroughfare this 3 Storey Medieval Restaurant oozes ambience and charm. with its original 14 Century Stone wall interior and soft candle light it is city favourite with both locals and tourists alike. Food offerings here are classic old favourite Irish dishes with a modern twist, exceptionally prepared with local and seasonal produce. If you can't make dinner pop in anytime for Their famous artisan Irish Cheeseboard and a glass of wine . . . or 2!

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    • Photo of Caity M.
      Caity M.
      New York, United States
      17 Jan 2021

      My husband says their lamb shank dish was one of the top 5 meals he's ever eaten in his life!
      We are foodies, and stumbled into Cooke's as a way to get out of the cold in 2018 from an incoming hurricane. From the outside it is warmly lit, and cozily welcoming you in. We cannot suggest this place enough.

      With Cookes being open on Monday evening (many are not) do not think for one second that you will be "settling" in taste, atmosphere or price. Cooke's was delicious and we cannot wait to be able to travel again. We will be stopping into Cooke's as soon as we are back within Galway city limits!!

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      Luis T.
      Manhattan, United States
      8 Jun 2022

      Delicious food and a friendly family restaurant atmosphere. I really enjoyed the lamb shank and the seafood chowder. Very fresh and great ingredients. Highly recommend!

      Lamb shank
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      Megan E.
      Louisville, United States
      4 Oct 2021

      Good mussels, although a bit thin and small. Fantastic Atlantic chowder was amazing, thick, creamy, large bits of meat and veg... I could've eaten another bowl happily!

      I was seated quickly at a table right by the door, perfect for 1 person, although might be tight for two, since you can really only sit on the side facing the bar with the traffic going by around you.

      Overall nice place to duck into for a late lunch/early dinner.

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      Jen W.
      West Warwick, United States
      5 Apr 2018

      I thought we were stopping for a snack. We ended up having a light lunch at about 4pm! Well that's going to spoil dinner!
      The waitress showed us to a table and told us the days specials. A wine list was at the table. Most of the wines are sold by the bottle, but three of the red are available by the glass. Didn't look at the white wine list but I would guess a few of those are available by the glass also.
      The cheese board is very well presented. Cheese included a soft, a mild blue and a smoked variety. Crackers, grapes, walnuts, poached pear, pickled cauliflower, tomato relish and fig compote. Prosciutto, salami and mortadella round out the board. Excellent.
      Soup of the day was vegetable presented with a very good slice of brown bread and butter. The mixed lettuce side salad included avocade, cucumber, pepper and tomato in a vinegarette. Everything was fresh, tasty and portions substantial.
      The building itself is very nice with a few small dining rooms on two floors. Setting is romantic and relaxed. I would definitely return.

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      Michael H.
      Los Angeles, United States
      13 Aug 2020

      My wife and I loved our meal at this beautiful restaurant! If you are looking for a place with a high class vibe in the middle of Galway, this is your spot. The food is unbelievable and the service was perfect. We highly recommend the lamb sheer as it was so crazy tender. Oh man, the seafood chowder was lovely too!

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      Ben C.
      Bergenfield, United States
      28 Mar 2017

      I ate here on Fri March 24th with my wife and son. I tend to stay away from places that look too touristy but Cookes is off the main pedestrian area and the menu although a bit limited looked very appealing. The restaurant is also very nicely decorated as you see from some of the pictures I've posted.

      My wife and son had the tomato and basil soup starter and fish and chips while I had the black pudding starter and the Irish Lamb Shank. Their fish was outstanding, lightly fried and flaky. I love Lamb and have eaten it in many forms and places. I can honestly say I don't think the Lamb could have been done any better. It was very large, perfectly cooked and the gravy was simply outstanding.

      The desserts were also very fresh and delicious. Their raspberry cheese cake was very different than what I expected and a nice surprise.

      Combine the great food, a very friendly staff and the beautiful dinning area and We would definitely come back.

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      Arthur D.
      New York, United States
      8 Jul 2019

      It is awesome. Frankly, I am a little stumped at how delicious and awesome everything is. Also very cheap. I can recommend it whole-heartedly. The fish, the Irish coffee and the deserts are very very tasty.

      Very tasty fish cakes with chili sauce.
      Very tasty fish cakes
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      Nicole M.
      29 Sept 2019

      Just done a lovely lunch of chowder and my partner had fish and chips and loved it, I been sick with chest infection and the lovely waitress brought me some hot water that made my day and feel 100 times better :) if your a tourist or a local or even Irish come in here you will not regret
      I will 100 percent be back

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      Neka N.
      Alexandria, United States
      8 Jul 2019

      Fried hake of the day was delicious, wine perfect! And the crumble pot is awesome. The prices were even better. Best place in Galway so far!

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      Philip J.
      Rock Hill, United States
      25 Jul 2018

      Absolutely delicious food! We were visiting from the States and stumbled upon this jewel of a restaurant. We had dinner and drinks on the upstairs terrace.

      My mother and I had the Ravioli and my brother tried to steal it. (Becky doesn't share food!) My dad had the fish special and it too was delicious-very light and the batter was very good. My brother had the lamb-he said it was delicious as well.

      The prices are affordable. 15-18 euros for an entree.

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