Galway as coastal county on the Wild Atlantic Way is sure to have abundant supply of seafood of all year round. We’ve put together some choice places to find a good fish dish that ideally reminds you of a stunning Galway Bay sunset…
It’s simple…Hooked promises fine seafood and delivers. They are a sure contender for best seafood chowder around (gluten free) and specialise in deep fried delights such as their Hooked Style Battered Prawns and Coconut, Polenta & Chilli Coated Calamari. There are plenty of mussels, oysters, and clams for shellfish lovers – try out their Seafood Tagliatelle – which pairs very nicely with a 2013 Pinot Grigio or Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
With 12 boutique bedrooms and a laidback restaurant, the Huntsman Inn is a great spot to check in to or dine of an afternoon with a few pints of craft or Guinness. Their Catch of the Day or Cod and Chips are tempting but the real highlight is their Golden Fresh Fish Cakes. Made with salmon, cod and prawn, they could very well be the best in Galway. On one of our rare sunny days, why not sit outside or on their patio? Efficient, speedy service is also guaranteed if they’re not too packed.
Bright, airy and modern, Dock1 Seafood Bar & Restaurant provides fresh, seasonal catch of the day, daily specials, Irish oyster platters and plates like lobster rolls and smoked mackerel salad. It also provides a selection of both national and international wines, spirits, craft beer and cider. Most recently, the restaurant won the 2018 YesChef Best Seafood Restaurant in Connacht and has an on board an experienced, award-winning head chef too!
Overlooking the pier in Barna, O’Grady’s serves up surf n turf, focusing on freshly caught fish available on location. They’ve won numerous accolades, including Best Seafood Experience 2011 from the Restaurant Association of Ireland and the 2008 Georgina Campbell for Best Seafood Restaurant in Ireland. It’s particularly suitable for occasions and business events and has amazing views of the harbour, beach and mountains.
This beloved chipper on Quay Street has been the go-to for comforting, fast seafood in the city since 1902. Renowned for their fish and chip bar, they also have a more formal restaurant menu. Enjoy delicious Wild Connemara or native oysters, Balsamic Smoked Mackerel, baked cod and lemon sole. It’s a traditional, family-run business with a view of the street, perfect for a lunchtime takeaway.
SALT’s cocktail bar and restaurant in the popular Salthill village is a stylish new haunt for locals and tourists, friends and dates. Order a delicious Co Clare Organic Smoked Salmon brunch with poached eggs, Ballymaloe relish and English muffin; a succulent Duo of Seatrout: Cured and Smoked Belly, Honey and Soya-Glazed with chorizo, broad bean and herb salad for lunch or a cute Seafood Sharing Dish for two. You’ll be welcomed by bohemian art, signature mixed drinks and ambient jazz music.