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The Merry Monk

$$ - $$$
Irish, Bar, Pub, European
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Killala Road, Ballina Co Mayo, Ireland
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Ballina, Co. Mayo
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing! This proprietor did a full funeral buffet today for a past workers husband Pro bono! He is amazing in my book... food was fantastic!! Now im pretty sure he doesn't go around giving out free meals all the time!!! He'd go bust if you did lol !! But to do this, today, was just amazing! There is only one... More 

Thank Jacqui S
Western Ireland, Ireland
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251 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

This restaurant was recommended to me this past October whilst I was exploring the area near Ballina... Known for their carvery, the meal was lukewarm, vegetables over cooked and tasteless...Won't be back.

Thank Kesh_grammy
County Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Good food, excellent staff. Catering for old and young. A really good experience and dealt very well with large numbers.

1 Thank M1kelaw
Enniscrone, Ireland
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We had tickets to see a play at the Ballina Arts Theater. We (Three of us) decided to eat at the Merry Monk based on my experience from stopping in for lunch one day and having a GREAT luncheon special off their carving station. My two friends (Ballina residents) had never been to this restaurant. All three of us had... More 

1 Thank j0hn0958
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Visited Saturday lunchtime about 1.30 with a group of family/friends to celebrate my friends birthday. Will start with the positives, the young staff were exceptionally pleasant and helpful at all times and nothing was too much trouble for them. that, sadly is where it stops, the food was at best warm and pretty tasteless, I had the ham and whilst... More 

1 Thank BoruandNina
Orihuela, Spain
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

A great choice of carvery, four meats and fish dish were available. Roast potatoes, creamed potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, three veg, gravy and sauces were also on offer. Reasonably priced and a quick service. The place was reasonably clean and sufficient staff to keep tables cleared and available.

1 Thank martinT8985FJ
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

As I said to our server it was by far the most spectacularly AWFUL MEAL I have had in my entire life. Truly terrible. I ordered the cod with onions and tomatoes. Sounds lovely you might say but oh my it came with massive bones, no onions & the ends of tomatoes that I throw away! Also it had about... More 

1 Thank tandra_10
Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Long drive to visit family and friends. Passed many good restaurants on the way so we could relax and enjoy our lunch at the Merry Monk, on the Killala road out of Ballina, Co. Mayo. On entering the young man behind the bar showed us to a table. There were four people having lunch. A very pleasant young lady gave... More 

Thank Ger703
Portrush, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

I had dinner there with some friends, a rather disappointing meal I had baked fillet cod with creamy sauce. The fish was well overcooked, unseasoned, full of bones (fillet ???), onions were raw, 1 tomato slice and a kind of white liquid (perhaps what they call a sauce), the mash potato reheated in the microwave was dry lacking of milk... More 

1 Thank moi124
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Ate here twice during our recent holiday to County Mayo. Portions were generous, menu had something for everyone and salad which came with steak sandwich was tasty. Only downside was the fact the dining area, especially the conservatory, looked a bit tired.

Thank Rachel G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$15
Irish, Bar, Pub, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Killala Road, Ballina Co Mayo, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Mayo  >  Ballina
  • Phone Number: 09673990

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?