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The Sooty Olive Restaurant

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160-164 Spencer Road | Waterside, Derry BT47 6AH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 7134 6040
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Today
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 13:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Derry, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A hidden gem in Derry, based on the Spencer rd, in the waterside area. Serving modern and traditional cuisine. Has an extensive menu with something for everyone. Also keenly priced. Many ingredients also locally sourced. Well worth a visit and don't forget to try the craft beer.

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Thank Liam F
Derry, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went with family for dinner. Sorry I didn't take pictures as it looked as good as it tasted. I will make sure to get my phone out next time because it won't b long until I go back (next week is already booked). Easily the nicest restaurant in town. Never fails to live up. We had built this up to... More 

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Thank Seany D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Had an absolutely beautiful meal on Tuesday night. This was topped off with fantastic service from all staff, particularly Sinead and Joseph. Thanks guys 😃

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Thank Anne-Marie D
Buncrana, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here before quite a few times and always enjoy the food so expected a great lunch when I went there today and I was not disappointed. Delicious chowder for starters with an aniseed flavoured wheaten bread, Perfectly cooked squid for mains. All served up by a particularly accommodating waiter (Joseph I think he said) with the most... More 

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Thank 152brig
Londonderry Nothern Ireland
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Today after hearing so many good reviews myself and my wife decided to try the Sooty Olive for lunch and boy are we glad we did. From the minute we entered we where greeted and seated by a very friendly member of staff. We decided to go for the 3 courses for £12.95 as it looked and was great value.... More 

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Thank Gareth M
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would highly recommend this restaurant. My husband and young family (toddler and baby) have eaten here on a number of occasions including big party for my husbands birthday. The food is always of exceptional standard and the service is quick and too our needs as our toddler has no patience when it comes to waiting for food. I am... More 

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Thank Judi B
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the Sooty Olive this evening for the first time and I will definitely be back.. The food was first class. The apple and blackberry crumble was to die for 😀. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming.

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Thank casperini1
Derry, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A warm welcome and a cosy restaurant. Wonderful waitress, great food and great beer. Roasted tomato soup was incredible and really warmed us up on a cold night. Fillet steak just melted in ones' mouth. Good selection of home-made desserts and all equally delicious. I will be a regular from now on!

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Thank choteau4
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful food & a great service, we had the ribs cooked in Mc Daids football special and I have to say the tastiest ribs I've ever ate, delicious. The service & food was first class...

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Thank Nuala B
Derry, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always find that when we eat here in larger groups the service is quite slow and if you are making special requests from the menu it is not always accmodated.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22
Cuisine
Irish, European, British, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
13:00 - 21:00
Monday
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 160-164 Spencer Road | Waterside, Derry BT47 6AH, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Londonderry  >  Derry
  • Phone Number: +44 28 7134 6040
Description
We are an award winning casual dinning restaurant serving good food at good prices in the heart of the waterside derry

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?