Home to more cafés and restaurants per head than any other Irish city, you need never find yourself hungry during your trip to Galway. And, contrary to popular beliefs not everyone in the west of Ireland lives on a diet of potatoes and other delights such as Irish Stew or Bacon and Cabbage. Of course if you wish to sample these and other traditional Irish delicacies you will certainly find numerous establishments which serve them. But, Galway’s vast selection of eateries cater for all tastes and budgets making eating out both a relaxed and extremely satisfying affair.
With a harbour located right in the heart of the city, you can rest assured that the seafood served in Galway restaurants is among the best in the world. Many agree that the oysters are the best, so much so that the natives have dedicated an entire festival to this particular shellfish. But, along with oysters you can sample fresh Atlantic salmon, lobster, scallops and mussels as well as much more. And, because the produce is so readily available it is much cheaper than it if you were to travel to inland Irish regions, and much fresher.
As well as seafood there are also a host of other ingredients which arrive fresh in the kitchens of Galway restaurants on a daily basis from the city’s hinterland. Connemara lamb is another favourite among visitors as are the usual Irish favourites - home baked brown bread, potato dishes of every variety, full breakfasts with the best of the city’s pork produce and other such dishes.
Finally, as well as native Irish cuisine the city is also home to establishments serving cuisine types from all over the world. And, a quite unusual concept has developed in Galway taking the form of restaurants which serve a little bit of everything. For example you could see Irish Stew, Satay Chicken, Spicy Beef Enchiladas and Spaghetti Bolognese on the same menu in any one restaurant. This proves very useful when a large number are dining out but can’t decide on exactly what type of restaurant to choose in order to please everyone.
36 Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway, Ireland
Located in the same establishment as the Central Park nightclub, Brannagan’s serves an eclectic mix of Irish, French, Italian, Cajun, Tex Mex and Oriental cuisine at relatively reasonable prices. You should note, however, that some of the meat dishes are quite expensive ranging from £12 to £18 for a rather excellent steak.
40 Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway, Ireland
Everyone is aware that the humble spud is highly significant with regard to the Irish cuisine and this establishment has taken it one step further. A host of dishes centred around the potato and all priced under £5 are the reason people flock to Couch Potatas. Make sure you’re one of them.
The Halls, Quay Street, Galway, Ireland
A fun eatery serving economical Italian dishes and a favourite among the city’s hordes of students thanks to the 10% discount. And, for the romantics among you the candles and checked tablecloths usually do the trick.
46 St. Anthony's Place, Woodquay, Galway, Ireland
For all you vegetarian visitors to the city, make this your first stop for food. Reasonable prices and a bohemian atmosphere coupled with huge portions of delicious veggie specialties are the reason why.
22 Quay Street, Galway, Ireland
For the best ‘fish 'n chips’ in Galway head to this family owned business which has seen four generations of ownership. And, if you don’t believe us check out the reviews which cover the walls – they speak for themselves.
2 Eglington Street, Galway, Ireland
All you need to know about this restaurant which serves European as well as Chinese cuisine is that a four course Sunday lunch is only £4.50. Thought that might get your attention.
Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway, Ireland
Open until 4.00am nightly, the twenty different varieties of cappuccino on offer prove extremely popular among groups of revellers who want to make an evening on the town last that little bit longer.
20a Mary Street, Galway, Ireland
Serving all day breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday for the rather reasonable price of £3.50, this is the perfect location to cure that inevitable Galway hangover. Also serves a selection of sandwiches and main courses for those of you who still haven’t become quite accustomed to the traditional ‘full Irish’.
1 Cathedral Buildings, Galway, Ireland
Serving a wide range of South East Asian Cuisine at reasonable prices, Mama’s was the first restaurant of its kind in the city. Also has a full license serving a selection of international beers and wines, including Tiger Beer from Singapore.
Portmore, Spanish Arch, Galway, Ireland
Especially popular on the rare occasions when the weather permits eating al fresco thanks to an outdoor dining area with views looking out on Galway Bay. Also serves excellent pizzas for as little as £4.25.
2 Cross Street, Galway, Ireland
Something of a chain in Galway (this is one of seven cafés), Mocha Beans is perfect for a quick breakfast or lunch. Not content with having sandwiches on the menu, they kindly offer 'bagelwiches' too.
Open Mon-Sat 6am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm.