Galway is known for its pubs and nightlife but it’s also making a name for itself as a foodie destination. From pub-style foods to fish and chips to fine dining, you can find it all in Galway. While I haven’t tried every restaurant in this Irish city, I’ve tried quite a few so here’s my list of the best places to eat in Galway.
Best Places to Eat in Galway if You Want Pub Food
Blake’s Bar is one of the newer establishments in the city of Galway, but don’t let that fool you. It’s a favourite among locals and tourists alike and, in 2019, this Galway pub won an award for the Best Bar Food in Ireland. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and cater to a number of dietary requirements. You can find their website here.
The Kings Head
The Kings Head, in contrast to Blake’s Bar, is one of Galway’s oldest and best-known pubs. They offer a simple menu but their ingredients are all fresh and locally sourced. The Kings Head is especially known for its fresh seafood dishes. Find The Kings Head online here.
McDonagh’s has a reputation for having the best fish and chips in Galway. They do also offer a few other seafood plates in the dine-in restaurant, but most people know this Galway restaurant for their fish and chip bar. You can choose from several types of fish, sides, and sauces. You can find the menu here.
The title for the best fish and chips in Galway might be on the line thanks to Hooked. Hooked is a newer restaurant in the city but is fast making a name for themselves for their fresh and tasty seafood, especially the fish and chips. They are a bit more expensive than McDonagh’s, but those who love it say it’s worth the price. Check out the Hooked website here.
Best Places to Eat in Galway if you Want Fine Dining
Ard Bia at Nimmos
Regularly named as one of the top dining establishments in Galway, Ard Bia at Nimmos is a must if you consider yourself to be a real foodie. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. All are highly rated, but their dinner menu is the real star. It is highly recommended to make reservations in advance. Find their website here.
Kai opened in 2011 and offers dishes that change with the season. They use a lot of locally sourced ingredients to create dishes that are not just delicious, but also beautiful. Kai is open for lunch and dinner, however, if you go for dinner it is recommended that you make reservations. Find the website here.
Best Places to Eat in Galway if you Want Something Fast and Easy
The Dough Bros
In the mood for a pizza? Look no further than the Dough Bros. Their goal is to make the best pizza you’ve ever had with Irish ingredients. As a big fan, I’d say they do the job well. They don’t have a huge variety when it comes to pizza options, but I’ve never heard anyone complain about their menu. In fact, this pizza place normally has a line up out the door. Learn more about the Dough Bros here.
The Pie Maker
Tucked into a small corner space in Galway City is one of my favourite cozy, comfort food restaurants; the Pie Maker. As you may have guessed, they specialize in pies (both sweet and savoury). Served with a couple of sides it’s a hearty meal that will fill you up after exploring Galway. Word of warning though; this small restaurant fills up fast so you may want to go during off-peak hours. They don’t have a website, but The Pie Maker is located at 10 Cross Street in Galway.
Best Places to Eat in Galway for Breakfast
McCambridges of Galway
If you are in the mood for a proper Irish breakfast, then you better head to McCambridges of Galway. The dining hall is upstairs and uses locally sourced artisanal ingredients. The menu includes breakfast staples from eggs, to French toast and more. They also offer a few vegetarian and vegan options. Breakfast is served daily until 11:30am, except for Sundays, for which they offer an all-day brunch. Find their website here.
The Gourmet Tart Co.
If you aren’t a big breakfast person or want to grab something quick to take with you on the go before departing on a day trip from Galway, then head to the Gourmet Tart. They open at 7am and have lots of delicious sweet and savoury things to choose from including amazing almond croissants. The locations in Galway city are all bakery/delicatessen. However, they do have a dine-in restaurant in Salthill. Learn more here.
Ok, so Cuppan Tae is more brunch/lunch (it doesn’t open until 10am) but it does have a really yummy menu including breakfast favourites like avocado toast, smoked salmon plate, and pancakes. Cuppan Tae is also one of my favourite tea shops in the world, they have tons of delicious flavours (Cherished Cherry is my favourite) and offer afternoon tea as well. You can find their website here.
Galway is filled with all kinds of restaurants offering all kinds of dishes at a variety of prices. These are just a handful of the options that are out there, but they are some of my favourites so if you are looking for the best places to eat in Galway, I don’t think you will be disappointed with my picks. By the way, if you are super interested in food, you may want to consider signing up for this Galway food tour!
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