If you’re planning on travelling to Galway while in Ireland you won’t be disappointed! Galway is located on the western side of Ireland and is known for its incredible coastline, energetic bohemian vibes and rocky wilderness.
When it comes to food there are many great places to choose from. Whether you’re after pub fare or traditional Irish food, you’re going to find plenty of options.
While in Ireland you must try some of the top Irish dishes including the famous Irish stew (made with lamb, mutton or goat), boxty (an Irish potato pancake), coddle (a bunch of Irish leftovers such as sausage, bacon and potatoes), shepherd’s pie (meat and vegetables topped with mashed potatoes) and colcannon (potato and cabbage).
Here’s a list of our top 7 places to eat in Galway. Get ready for an epic food experience!
1. Tosnú Restaurant
Tosnú comes from an Irish word meaning “to start” or “begin”. New beginnings is the magic word when it comes to the restaurant vision. Their goal is to make you feel comfortable and welcome while you’re enjoying a contemporary dining experience. Tosnú Restaurant supports local businesses and organic farmers trying to keep it as local as possible. With their original seasonal menu, they combine traditional fare while exploring the latest trends!
Address: 14 Abbeygate Street Upper, Galway, Ireland
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10h30-15h00 and from 17h00-22h00
2. John Keogh’s
John Keogh’s is known as the Loch Keeper. This Irish pub has two bars as well as one private party area, in case you are with a big group. You’re going to travel back in time with its original decorations, such as pub antiques that date as far back as 1910. You’ll fall into a food coma after savouring some typical Irish dishes like lamb belly, Herterich’s pork pudding and braised lamb shoulder. It’s definitely a great choice if you’re a meat lover.
Address: 22-24 Upper Dominick Street, Galway, Ireland
Opening hours: From Monday to Friday from 17h00-21h00 and from Saturday to Sunday from 13h00-21h00
Christmas parties at John Keoghs Bar Galway… With a private function room that can host from 20 to 120 guests, a party in John Keoghs is all about great cooked to order party food and service, guests have their own private bar and as described by a customer “it is worth pointing out this is no ordinary finger food. The food was of gourmet quality.” The private Occasional Room has its own bar, sound system, air conditioning and is on the same level as the main bars. Options for a DJ, small band or just background music from a playlist are all available. Reserved areas are available in the main bar with signature cocktails, gin selection and wines available while soaking up the unique Galway Christmas atmosphere with the John Keoghs roaring fire, white lights glistening throughout the pub and of course a few Christmas tunes! Dinner is served on week nights from 5pm and lunch from 1pm on weekends. Get social with John Keoghs, The Lock Keepers across all social media platforms, call 091-449431 or check out John Keoghs on Tripadvisior or www.johnkeoghs.ie. Photography Ginger & Sage Food Styling, Photography and Branding
3. Oscar’s Seafood Bistro
If you can’t get enough of fish and seafood you should visit Oscar’s Seafood Bistro, where you can get some the best local seafood in Galway. The menu constantly changes depending on the catch of the day. Customers say that it’s seafood on a whole new level as they have their own “twist” and flavour combinations.
Address: Dominick Street Lower, Galway, Ireland
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 18h30-21h30, Friday from 18h30-22h00 and Saturday from 18h00-22h00
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4. The Quay Street Kitchen
Vegetarians and vegans are going to be pleased with The Quay Street Kitchen. How does beer-battered organic tofu sound to you? Don’t worry, meat lovers and seafood addicts will also feel right at home. If the place looks small and busy it’s also a great sign. Customers are not disappointed at all with the location, the dishes and the cool atmosphere!
Address: Quay Street, Galway, Ireland
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 11h45-22h30
5. The Pie Maker
The Pie Maker is known for its popular handmade sweet and savoury pies. All pies are made with Irish meats, organic vegetables and organic spelt flour. With the cosy atmosphere, you’ll fall in love with their products – how can you not smile while eating the best pie you’ll ever have? The Pie Maker is also a great spot for a quick lunch when visiting Galway on a day trip.
Address: 10 Cross Street Upper, Galway, Ireland
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 11h00-23h00
6. Kai Café and Restaurant
If you’re after a memorable dining experience, Kai Café and Restaurant must be on your list! Local producers are supported and you’ll enjoy a menu bursting with flavour, texture and colours. This place is full of surprises, and you might even have the chance to try one of their famous edible flowers. The menu changes on a daily basis to keep it fresh and tasty!
Address: 20 Sea Rd, Galway, Ireland
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9h30-15h00 and from 18h30-22h30, Saturday from 10h30-15h00 and 18h30-22h30, Sunday from 12h00-15h00 and Monday from 9h30-15h00
7. The Dough Bros
Known as the best pizza restaurant in Galway, The Dough Bros used to be quite popular with their food trucks back in the day. After their huge success at the Galway Food Festival, they started with a pop-up restaurant, and are now more popular than ever. They enjoy the concept of fun dining, so much so that even the menu will make you smile!
Address: Unit 1 Cathedral Building, Middle Street, Galway, Ireland
Opening hours: Sunday to Monday from 12h00-21h00 and Tuesday to Saturday from 12h00-22h00