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Ard Bia Restaurant

Wedding venue


Spanish Arch
Galway City
Co Galway

Capacity Seated: 100 over two floors

Contact Ard Bia Restaurant
Tel: +353 91 561 114

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Ard Bia Restaurant

Ard Bia, literally High Food, is an appropriate moniker for this highly-regarded restaurant that is a member of the BIM Seafood Circle, which recently moved from cramped premises on Quay Street to an attractive riverside location - the stone-built medieval customs house overlooking the Claddagh Basin - which it now shares with sister restaurants Ard Bia Café and Nimmo’s, plus a constantly changing exhibition of modern art.

Proprietor Aoibheann MacNamara’s enthusiasm, energy and commitment to quality are evident throughout the operation, which has become a favourite destination for both Galwegian food lovers and visitors to the city - who happen on it very easily in this central spot, and love its character and atmosphere, the quality and interest of the food, and the long opening hours offered between the three operations.

This wedding venues bare wooden floors, off-white painted walls, generously spaced tables and chairs and Aoibheann’s trademark quirky art choices, the style is one of spare modernity, with a relaxed ambience (including simple table settings with paper napkins).

The daytime Ard Bia Café is open from 10am, offering sandwiches and salads, soups (Galway Bay mussel and smoked haddock chowder with brown soda bread, perhaps) and day-long hot and cold specials including the generous Ard Bia hamburger and veggie burger; also speciality teas, freshly squeezed juices - and home-bakes(eg gluten free chocolate and orange cookies).

Nimmo’s is a lively evening restaurant on the ground floor, offering an eclectic à la carte menu with North African influences but – like all food served here – based on seasonal Irish food, mainly from local artisan suppliers. It’s an atmospheric candle-lit space, with views of the river and the buzz of having the food served from an open kitchen.

The Supper Club at Nimmo’s offers a late night menu to private members, and opportunities for wine tastings, music events, parties and private screenings.

Upstairs in the evening, Ard Bia Restaurant offers a more sophisticated experience (priced accordingly), with a very seasonal, broadly Mediterranean/Irish à la carte menu which, in summer, might typically include dishes like braised chicory & mustard tart, caramelised onions & organic leaves; roasted rack of Irish lamb with a creamy herb mash, wilted greens, rosemary jus and roasted baby beets, and a selection of Irish cheeses with homemade oatcakes & fig jam.

There’s an interesting wine list too, although without tasting notes.

Type of Venue

Function / Ball Room

Venue Capacity

Capacity Seated: 100 over two floors
Capacity Standing: 150 over two floors

Decor Responsibility

Decor - decorated by venue or couples responisibility: Couple

Venue Hire

  • Venue Hire

Exclusive Use

  • Do you have to take venue for exclusive use

Booking Deposit

  • Booking Deposit

Midweek Reduction

  • Midweek reduction available

Wedding Planning Service

  • Wedding planning service offered

Local Church Information

  • Wedding blessing possible
  • Church nearby
Claddagh Church

2 / 3 Day Programme

  • 2/3 day programme arranged for guests if needed

Special Welcome

  • Special Welcome

Information on Location

Nearest Town

Distance (km): 0
Time Away: 0

Nearest Airport

Distance (km): 10
Time Away: 20 mins

Nearest International Ferry Port

Distance (km): 213
Time Away: 2hrs 45 mins

Nearest Station

Ceannt Station, Galway
Distance (km): 0.8
Time Away: 4 mins drive


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Harbour front, beside the Spanish Arch and Galway City Museum.

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