Ard Bia at Nimmos

Spanish Arch, Long Walk, Galway, Ireland
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Ard Bia at Nimmos
Spanish Arch, Long Walk, Galway, Ireland

Ard Bia at Nimmos: Galway

Ard Bia at Nimmo's

This Galway gem is tucked away from the main tourist drag past the historic Spanish Arch and on the swift waters of the River Corrib. Deserving all the stars, the grey granite restaurant, with a red door, is housed in an 18th Century Customs House. The décor is very country casual, with a large serving bar in the centre surrounded with loaves of homemade bread, jams and chutneys.

Ard Bia at Nimmo's is indeed all about the food and includes a cafe, restaurant and wine bar. Serving only the best, locally sourced food, their succinct menu changes regularly to reflect the changing seasons. The plates are beautifully rendered, and you will savour every bite from a menu that takes inspiration from gourmet Mediterranean, Irish, Middle Eastern, New Zealand, Lebanese and Indian a la carte. In the café, you can have a hearty breakfast, and at lunchtime expect to find homemade soups, smoked haddock and mussels chowder, a ploughman's platter, hummus on sourdough and Dahl or curry.

"Buzzy, a bohemian restaurant where tables occupy every nook and cranny. They sell homemade cakes, bread and artisan products. Menus blend Irish, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences; the provenance of the ingredients takes precedence."- MICHELIN guide inspectors

Type of Cuisine:
Irish / Seafood / European / Vegetarian / Mediteranian Cuisine


  • Takeaway options available
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  • Restaurant Features
  • Iconic restaurant at Galway’s Spanish Arch
  • The MICHELIN Guide Republic of Ireland
  • Delicious menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Offers outside catering
  • Hosts cultural and social events
  • A charming locale with diverse cuisine
Ard Bia at Nimmos: Please share your dining experience
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December 2021
What a unique dining experience from start to finish. The location itself is one of a kind, with such attention to detail with the set up and décor. The staff were more than friendly and were helpful throughout the evening!

The food was delicious, everything was extremely fresh and tastefully presented - really great wine list to top it off.

We will definitely be back.
September 2021
Firstly at a time when so many places are having problems with service whether caused by a shortage or a lack of training, Ard Bia certainly has gotten service right. From the person that greeted us at the door, to the servers, manager and bussers everyone did a fantastic job. They were friendly and helpful without being intrusive. The server knew her stuff when it came to wine suggestions. The whole team seemed enthusiastic about what they were doing. The food was amazing. I'm a veggie and felt I had plenty of choice, not to mention they had a spectacular vegan chocolate tart for desert. We had an early reservation for my Mam's birthday, at no point did we feel rushed. I'll definitely be back.
September 2021
Iconic place next to Spanish Arch. The food was a piece of art, so delicious and fresh. The service was brilliant. They make you feel so much welcomed. It is a must for weekend brunch. You won't regret it
August 2021
I love this restaurant. The food is always so fresh and imaginative. I always choose something that's not my usual taste and I'm never disappointed. The staff are friendly, genuine and helpful. Highly recommend.
December 2020
Went for dinner here Sunday night. Food was outstanding and service was really on point. Winter 2020 menu is top class, definitely recommend the Ribeye! Hopefully will be able to come back in the near future!
April 2020
Stopped in on a cold rainy day and were completely surprised by the quaint, cozy atmosphere, the incredible service, and the FANTASTIC food. The soup and bread were out of this world! Truly our favorite meal during our entire trip to Ireland!
The combination of the atmosphere and our excellent meal was what you only see in movies! PERFECT!
December - 2019
"Lovely breakfast"
Lovely simple menu so well done. Great coffee and our servers went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed to recover after a night out in Galway! Will return and recommend.
Federica C
December - 2019
"A real treat in Galway"
This is simply my favorite restaurant in Galway! I am from Italy and when I visit I try to come...the food is so delicious, the staff super gentle and professional, the atmosphere is great. You will love it!
Kelly K
December - 2019
"Hidden Gem"
Beautiful and tasty breakfast with family and friends. Cozy space with very friendly (and kid-friendly) staff. Try the spicy condiments!!
November - 2019
"The Best Brunch"
I've had brunch here quite a few times now and it is simply incredible. My favourite is probably the sweet potato and chorizo hash but everything I've tried has been delicious. The staff are extremely friendly and service is always impeccable. My favourite brunch spot in Galway!
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