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Kappa Ya

#123 of 351 Restaurants in Galway
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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4 Middle Street | Mews, Galway, Ireland
+353 86 354 3616
12:00 - 19:00
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Mon 12:00 - 19:00
Tue - Fri 12:00 - 21:30
Sat 13:00 - 21:30
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Borgosesia, Italy
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I came here so many times for lunch and it's always perfect. From the restaurant itself, that is tiny and really cosy, where you can relax and enjoy your meal, to the food.. delicious, well cooked and so tasty! The fish is so fresh, directly from the market and the chicken.. I must say it's the best I ever eat.... More 

Thank Silvia G
Szczecin, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

It seems anyone can make good sushi but serving real Japanese food does not happen often if ever. With this small and absolutely lovely exception. I've been to Japan, I ate their food so I know. The miso soup transported my tastebuds and my mind back to Japan. I ate fantastic tempura and when I think about it I want... More 

Thank Ola D
Galway, Galway, Ireland
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

I have been dining in Kappa Ya since the day it opened. The food is out of this world, and is now a default lunchtime treat for the whole family. Each dish is cooked to order, so is as fresh as fresh can be

Thank mrs_fahy
Dublin, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We were looking for a restaurant in Galway on a saturday night. Everything was completely full, apart from this beautiful restaurant. We still don't understand why there were empty tables. The food was very good and affordable. We both had the chicken teriyaki, which we can definitely recommend. We had spent the whole summer in Japan and we can definitely... More 

Thank Lucia G
kappa-ya, マネージャー at Kappa Ya, responded to this review

Hi Lucia, Thank you for your lovely comment. We are happy in being able to her that you enjoyed your dinner with us. The restraint is actually little known, being honest... Please bring your friends next time and probably better making a reservation as we are the small restaurant that easily get full especially weekends ! More 

Townsville, Australia
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100 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Kappa Ya Japanese restaurant in Middle Street is a gem. Great food, great service and a nice wine list. Enjoy!

Thank A-Reel
kappa-ya, マネージャー at Kappa Ya, responded to this review

Hi A-Reel, I'm glad you have found our wine list ! There aren't many ranges, but they are all selected by the chef to go with our food. Looking forward to seeing you next time again ! More 

Mougins, France
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Food is ok - I had the Teriyaki Salmon with rice, miso soup and 3 starters selected by the chef. It's ok - worth a try, but not memorable. Staff are lovely, service was very good. I guess I was expecting more given the reviews.

kappa-ya, マネージャー at Kappa Ya, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment, RISLV. That is a shame that you didn't fully enjoy the dinner you had. Sometimes special course dinner event is held at the restaurant. I guess it would be more memorable (hopefully!). More 

Galway, Ireland
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

I had never had Japanese food before, other than sushi. Went into this place with an open mind as I normally never eat fish other than salmon or tuna. I didn't know what to order, there is so much to choose from. So I chose the option where you just let the chef give you three dishes of his selection... More 

Thank Carolyn C
kappa-ya, マネージャー at Kappa Ya, responded to this review

Thank you for the compliments, Carolyn. Glad you both enjoyed your dinner ! Tsumami plate which is the dish of chef's selection has different things every time. You'll be surprised again next time ! More 

Cork, Ireland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Full disclosure. I love Kappa ya. I always visit when im back in Galway. I have had katsu don in lots of places and this one is the best. Amazing cutlet and the daishi sauce is just beautiful. The miso soup is the nicest I have had in ages. All of this and it is presented just beautifully. Kappaya is... More 

Thank Dennis H
kappa-ya, マネージャー at Kappa Ya, responded to this review

Thank you for the many compliments, Dennis. Our dashi sauce is always fresh made by dried Bonito which we shave everyday. Not many places has fresh dashi sauce in Ireland. I am glad that you love it. Looking forward to seeing you when you are back to Galway next time. Sana More 

Longford, Ireland
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Not Japanese as we know it, four of us ate there and the food was mediocre at best.... Hugely dissopointed as it listed in Ireland's top 100 best restaurants!! Maybe a bad day, it was lunchtime, but for the price I expected better

kappa-ya, マネージャー at Kappa Ya, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to our lunch, EWADSU. I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy Tempura. Maybe you could find the one that you like in our Dinner Menu. Our lunch menu is all "Bowl of rice and topping with sauce" style as we think it is easy to try for everyone even though they are not... More 

Galway, Galway, Ireland
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I have been eating here since day 1, the food is aways on point, all food is made to order, so expect a little wait when busy. The miso and rice balls are so good, they cater for coeliacs and have a good veggie option as well. Good for kids, they have one high chair.

Thank mrs_fahy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
13:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Middle Street | Mews, Galway, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Galway  >  Galway
  • Phone Number: +353 86 354 3616

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