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Soda & Starch

4.7
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53 Reviews
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£25 and under
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Bistro
Welcome to Soda and Starch, a hidden gem tucked away in the picturesque Craft Village in the heart of the Walled City.
Every dish on the frequently changing menu is freshly prepared from the finest ingredients – locally sourced wherever possible. Ireland is rich in great produce and our kitchen’s philosophy is based on seasonality, provenance and flavour. Game, fish, meat and vegetables are chosen with care daily. We have a close relationship with the finest suppliers in the county and believe in offering great food cooked with passion and flair.
Think rustic, relaxed dining, imaginative dishes and the warmest of welcomes.
Open Monday - Saturday, serving lunch from 12pm and dinner from 5pm with daily closing times varying according to the time of year.
We look forward to welcoming you to Soda & Starch!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
What 53 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jolene
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food! Think I've found my favourite restaurant in Derry.

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Cleopha
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch. Food and service both excellent. We ate outside. They have a solid structure to dine under which not only is surrounded on four sides with buildings but has built in heaters. With the fairy lights i think it would also be pleasant at night.
Would advise booking in advance as I seen people being turned away. A word of warning they are not using printed menus. Menus are accessible using a scan code or Online at their web site, so smart phones needed.

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MickeyR
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We spend a very pleasant few hours there. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and explained everything about their COVID arragnements. Food was tasty and plentiful and a good variety on offer.

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MarkG
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second night out under the current Covid conditions and it was a fabulous night out. Dining, service and all aspects of our meal was brilliant. Sitting under the heated canopy felt like we were on our holidays... 🤩

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RachelD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb atmosphere, excellent food and great service!

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PatC
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First night out since lockdown so felt quite apprehensive. Tables were very well spaced so felt very comfortable and thanks to gracious staff and excellent chefs we had a lovely meal. Quite expensive but that is understandable in the present circumstances and well worth it.

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Caoimhe
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food, gorgeous. The monkfish and lamb were amazing. The wine flowed well and the hostess was professional but great craic.

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CathyD
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed my food.... it was delicious. The staff are really lovely and so helpful. At this time of pandemic I felt really safe with all the precautions the restaurant had put in place.... will definitely be back!

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CarolineA
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, well laid out with good social distance measures in place

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Blathnaid
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was great and beautiful food! Nice range of local beers too.
We sat outside and the heating was brilliant! Gorgeous place in the gorgeous Craft Village in Derry!

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AlanW
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Coming out for the first time after lockdown? Then this is the place to go, well spaced tables, staff observing all the rules. Food all freshly prepared and cooked.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone especially if they have slight concerns in relation to eating out again.
Thanks to all the staff for an enjoyable experience 👍😁

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Kirby
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was beautiful, friendly staff and a great setup for social distancing. It took a while for the food to come but it was absolutely worth the wait!

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Marcp
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was amazing, looking forward to getting back here v soon

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DeeMcC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was lovely.
It was great that we were able to eat outside but covered from the showers and with heaters included. The staff were very thorough in cleaning down the tables and benches which was reassuring. Will be back.

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ConorH
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good, very good value, decent portions. Nice selection of fish on the menu. Venue is a courtyard, rustic, covered, dress for outdoors and you won’t be caught out. Booking online worked perfect, confirmation email, and when we brought it forward a bit, confirmed by email. Very professional.

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DeirdreM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Had the sharing Cote de boeuf and it was cooked to perfection. Brilliant value

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening from start to finish. The food was amazing and the service impeccable. Can’t wait to go back! I would highly recommend

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ERIN
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Would definitley recommend

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FionaM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful food, well presented. Felt safe as staff and customers mostly seemed to be following coronavirus guidelines.

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Demi
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food as usual! Favourite dinner spot in derry

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Morven
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely lunch, excellent service (especially the new procedures put in place due to COVID) and exceptional value for money. ☺️

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soda and Starch is an exceptional restaurant. Pleasant and knowledgeable staff who always go that extra mile for their diners. Nothing is a bother to them. The food is spectacular with flavours that never disappoint. The restaurant offers high end food is the most relaxed of settings. If you haven’t tried it then you must and soon. Don’t forget to ask for the Guinness bread. It’s amazing!!!!!!

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McGeeks
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was fining at its very finest in a delightful restaurant. The sharing mezza perfect. My ham hock terrine superb. The main course of rare venison roe just melt in the mouth decadence.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, and I loved the cartoon pictures of local celebrities, very quirky!

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FrancineD
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food served in a beautiful environment. I would recommend the venison which was amazing and the flavours of the chicken on the main menu was delicious.

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JohnO
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very good quality food served by very friendly staff. Tbey restaurant was a little cooler than it should have been, but not cold.

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SamuelM
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time in here and must say really enjoyed the food and the staff were so friendly

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CliveA
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very good value for money.

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DennisMcC
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Online booking system very good. Table was ready when we arrived. Service was good. Only issue was we were served some stale bread with soup, but the staff were very apologetic. Nice restaurant and would go back again,

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GarethM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Derry’s hidden foodie gem. The food, restaurant, staff and overall experience was 2nd to none! The quality of the food was exceptional from start to finish. It was the perfect restaurant to help us celebrate my wife’s birthday. Went to Soda & Starch on the back of a recommendation from a friend and it did not disappoint!! The food was amazing. Cooked to perfection, and every element of each course oozed perfection! Kudos to the owner, chefs and waiting staff for a wonderful experience. We will be back and recommending this as the best place to eat when in Derry City !!

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billf
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived and were greeted by our name was very professional yet friendly and welcoming

The service we received from our server, KIM , was second to none. Her knowledge of the menu and what was available was very helpful, to the point we went with both her recommendations.

The meal was excellent.

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MajellaC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special night out and family reunion.
We really enjoyed the sharing platters and the John Dory fish was excellent

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MARKK
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A cosy gem hidden away from the busy streets. Friendly smiling staff who deliver prompt service. Food was excellent. I am so happy I gave the place a try.

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TERRYM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Hidden gem of a place with amazing food. Great atmosphere

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Laura
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t fault our evening! The food was delicious! Which is particularly impressive during a Christmas party night. It was all served quickly too which I didn’t expect, again, on a busy night. The head waitress has a personality for front of house-engaging with your customers makes a massive difference to a visit. Great atmosphere overall. I’ll be back!!!

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ConorR
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal at Soda & Starch. We had the festive menu which was delicious and good value for what we got. The staff was also very good and understanding as we were running late for our booking due to trying to get parked in the city at this time of year.

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ChrissieO
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were squeezed in last minute as a late booking, and staff were extremely welcoming and attentive. We had the Christmas Festive menu, which was absolutely delicious, flavoursome and very good value. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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NigelH
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a nice meal on Saturday night - didn't really like the starter but maybe I just chose wrong. Good steaks and staff very friendly and attentive.

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MargaretC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great.Location ok.Staff v welcoming.Will definitely return.

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Annie28
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal and will definitely be back. The staff were very attentive, the ambiance in the place is lovely and overall we had a great experience. Would highly recommend

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Soda & Starch is rated 4.7 stars by 53 OpenTable diners.

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