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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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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good14%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (96 reviews)
“ribs” (43 reviews)
“squid starter” (16 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 22:00 Hours
Irish, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
160-164 Spencer Road | Waterside, Derry BT47 6AH, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed today

Meal was sensational, my Wife, two Daughters and I had a great night in the restaurant, food, wine, cocktails and staff were great, next time we find ourselves in the Maiden City we will definitely be making a reservation. Highly recommend.

Thank steviebryceland2018
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I've been here umpteen times and the food is lovely. Nearly always get the ribs to start and the fillet steak for Main - only con of this is that onions and mushrooms aren't included in the selection of side orders so although the last...More

Thank foodlover1845
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a fab evening at this restaurant. Group of 14 family inlc 2 kids visited for 70th birthday meal. The food was amazing - clean plates all round. Kids meals were super tasty, plentiful and great value. Excellent service throughout with brilliant staff who were...More

Thank Helgashort
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Me and my other half have been here a few times now and really can't fault the place, the service is great the staff are so friendly and the food is gorgeous! I wish I had kept a pic of the fillet steak- the best...More

Thank Michaela G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great night in here during February and the snow was on the ground outside. Very cosy with lovely friendly staff. The food is delicious and it's very popular. It is usually booked up so need to book early if you intend going there

Thank money007penny
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an outstanding dinner. I had the fillet steak my wife had a lamb dish. Service was superb also.

Thank lralston50
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an upscale restaurant with a great variety of offerings. I had the fish of the day which was very very good and others had the pork pelly entre which they appeared to live very well. I think that you could pick anything at...More

Thank 2005-travel-lover
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best restaurant in Derry/Londonderry. The 3 courses were excellent served by genuinely friendly staff in cosy surroundings. It is unusual in any restaurant where one is pleased with all 3 courses but Sooty Olive have an excellent chef. I have not seen better value anywhere...More

Thank Christopher O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Welcoming foyer where a pre-dinner aperitif canbe had. Good choice of starters, excellent main course selection, served with loads of potatoes, French fries, chunky chips, generous helpings of seasonal vegetables. If you have stamina for a dessert, there is a selection but I love the...More

1  Thank ailbebeirnebeirne
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife took me to The Sooty Olive for Father's Day, and her choice could not have been better. Selection, service, timing, and price were all good. Parking on the street was convenient and the name hints at a good sense of humour!

1  Thank outofsocks
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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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, 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
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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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