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The Sooty Olive Restaurant

160-164 Spencer Road | Waterside, Derry BT47 6AH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 7134 6040
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good13%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Irish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
160-164 Spencer Road | Waterside, Derry BT47 6AH, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this place very friendly and food was delicious only thing I would have any concerns about is that it was a little cramped space wise when dinning . Other than that excellent

Thank siobhancarlin1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was fine, atmosphere was average, drinks were okay. In summary the restaurant is average, as a local I would say it is not one of the best places to eat in the city and the meal would not make me return. On another note...More

1  Thank elizajanemcdermott
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten at this restaurant several times but this evenings service and food were exceptional. The staff were attentive and friendly but one young man in particular was special. As it was our 25th Wedding Anniversary he went to the trouble to play our...More

Thank Jenny G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Service and food both excellent, staff very friendly and attentive. Always a nice ambience and the fish and chicken dishes were extremely tasty. We ordered a very Pinot Grigio which was the house white. Desserts also were delicious. Very good value and would not hesitate...More

Thank christinanicholl
Reviewed 1 week ago

The sooty olive is unassuming from the outside and the stylish and understated interior decor lends itself to a relaxing eating experience. The waiting staff were attentive without hovering and the food was a wonderful blend of flavours and textures . we had the set...More

Thank Peter O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bar far the best restaurant in the city. Food is amazing, great selection between fish, steak and chicken. Puddings are to die for. I have been to The Sooty Olive various times and it never fails to impress. Service is brilliant and nothing is a...More

Thank Lynsey W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The sooty olive is easily the best restaurant in Derry. Food is always local, fresh and cooked to perfection. The staff are so friendly. If you haven't been you should go. You won't regret it. Fabulous restaurant and not expensive either. Great range of local...More

Thank barrymclaughlin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this restaurant. The staff are attentive and welcoming. I've been twice and twice I've got the fillet steak...it's amazing and cooked to perfection. The white chocolate cheesecake is mouthwatering and the cocktails are a must!

Thank Joanne R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Called into the Sooty Olive for a mid week lunch with my husband. The food and service were both excellent and very reasonably priced as well. My one criticism would be that the decor could do with a refresh but that won't stop me calling...More

Thank LucyCass1718
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first visit here was very disappointing. Service was very good. Food was average. Steaks had £7 supplement. They were tasteless. I can buy 2 fillets at my local butcher for £11. Lamb rump was £4 extra. I often eat much more flavoursome lamb at...More

2  Thank cloidigh
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Anne K
Do you have many vegetarian options?
28 September 2016|
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Response from taracee75 | Reviewed this property |
Margaret M
Hello? Do you do gift certificates that can be send electronically? Thank you!
20 July 2016|
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Response from paulafhughes | Reviewed this property |
You need to ask the restaurant
R u open for Xmas lunch? Table for 4 Ann spencer
25 November 2015|
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Response from Bustermaderrycity | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Hi guys sorry just seeing this...we will be open 12 till 3 Christmas Eve then closed until the 27th thank you
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
13:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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
  • E-mail
We are an award winning casual dinning restaurant serving good food at good prices in the heart of the waterside derry