In recent years, Galway has featured high on the national culinary radar, previously being named ‘The Food Capital of Ireland’ and now European Region of Gastronomy for 2018. This award recognises our rich landscape, our food heritage, our food producers, our cultural diversity and the quality of produce presented in our wonderful restaurants, prepared by the hands of our talented chefs. As the first region in Ireland to receive this designation, it will provide further opportunities to gather support and develop programmes which focus on building on the many strengths of our vibrant city.
The trend toward health consciousness, coupled with an increasing interest in gourmet and high-quality cuisine, is inducing food-service operators to adopt value-added options, such as gluten-free foods, farm-to-fork restaurant models and locally-sourced produce. The ubiquitous use of smartphones has also forced restaurants to cater to consumers that want timely service with minimum effort. Galway’s ever-changing demographic composition has resulted in a diverse and extensive variety of cuisine choices.
As we shine the spotlight on Galway’s most exciting eateries, you will get a glimpse of exactly what we are talking about. ‘Variety is most certainly the Spice of Life’ when dining out in Galway City!
So go on, get in the know, get involved, get tasting, and be part of Galway’s food revolution!
Newly renovated Upstairs @Kirby’s on Cross Street is Galway’s brand new party venue. Ideally located in the heart of Galway’s buzzing Latin Quarter, Kirby’s has always been a popular choice with diners serving both lunch and dinner daily. Savour the best of local produce cooked with a modern twist and enjoy a unique dining experience in contemporary and comfortable surroundings. With its sister property – the ever popular Busker Brownes – sharing the same roof, it’s the complete package when it comes to a night out in Galway.
Address: Cross Street, Galway, Tel: 091 569404, Visit: @BuskerBrownes
O’REILLY’S BAR & KITCHEN
Located in the heart of Salthill, O’Reilly’s Bar & Kitchen marks a welcome return and a new beginning for the well-known establishment. Originally opened by the O’Reilly family, The Stroll Inn earned a reputation for good craic and even better hospitality. After being sold and subsequently returned back to the O’Reilly family in 2016, the character and charm has been rekindled once again with locals and visitors alike enjoying and embracing the true spirit of the O’Reilly hospitality.
Serving fresh and delicious homemade dishes, along with the best beers, wines and spirits, it is the epitome of a family-run and treasured tradition.
Up to 80 people can be accommodated with an extensive party menu also available for special occasions. To complete their offering, O’Reilly’s also offer a catering service to take the prep out of your plans and can provide anything from elaborate canapes to a full sit down meal.
Address: Salthill Village, Salthill, Galway, Tel: 091 522610, Visit: @OReillysBar
Salthill evokes special memories for us all and now, with the opening of SALT and an explosion of the senses, things are about to get a whole lot more interesting!
Bringing a stylish and bohemian feel to Galway’s coastal cove, the chic interior and succulent food offering at SALT will transport you into another world.
Open from 12pm daily serving lunch, dinner and light bites, SALT also offer an extensive wine list, signature cocktails, prosecco on tap and a wide selection of independent beers. Their impressive menu pays homage to the country’s culinary strongholds with regional and signature dishes represented throughout.
For those with a sweet tooth, their homemade desserts are to die for with delicious combinations bursting with flair, fire and flavour. A feast for the senses as well as the taste buds, all we can say is – watch this space.
Address: 163 Upper Salthill, Galway, Tel: 091 448441, Visit: @SALTGalway
Delivering the finest Italian home cooking in the heart of Oranmore, Paolo Sabatini and Fabiano Mulas believe in using only the freshest quality ingredients to present local produce with a Mediterranean twist. Carefully selected wines complement the family flavours of the restaurant creating an extremely relaxing and satisfying dining experience. Basilico are launching their brand new Italian Regional Menu which will be available from 3rd October until 2nd December. Showcasing a new and exciting menu every two weeks, from regions such as Lazio, Sardinia, Apulia and Calabria, Basilico will introduce a traditional taste of Italy with something to suit everyone. Using local and seasonal ingredients, some of which are from their newly established vegetable farm, the menu will be priced at €22 for 2 courses and €27 for 3 courses with tea or coffee.
Address: Main Street, Oranmore, Co. Galway, Tel: 091 483693, Visit: @BasilicoRestaurant
Reviving the ‘all-night-long’ experience, Biteclub blends exotic bites, crafty cocktails and club vibes in a laid-back market-style atmosphere. Their impressive culinary offering is a world-inspired and inventive take on street food with influences ranging from Mexican, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and beyond by using only the best in locally-sourced and free-range produce(where possible) to create flavorsome, colourful and affordable bites.With the new addition of the street level diner, Biteclub also offers private spaces for dinner parties, birthdays, staff parties and more.
With beautiful 1950’s reclaimed kitchen counters, a mixture of vintage furniture and a colourful floor beautifully mosaiced together from old basketball court flooring, this space is a visual delight. From somewhere to come and chill out with a paper at the bar counter to the perfect spot to meet up with friends, Biteclub’s warm and friendly atmosphere means you can come and enjoy the exciting bites and delicious drinks on offer no matter who you are with.
Address: 36 Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway, Tel: 091 565976, Visit: @BiteClub
Located above the Aquarium in Salthill with breath taking panoramic views of Galway Bay, the restaurant has become synonymous with excellent Chinese food, warm customer service and above all else great value for money!
Open until late, the restaurant offers great value set menus every day of the week. Their Midweek Special Set Menu is excellent value where you can sample two courses with tea or coffee for only €15. This set menu changes weekly and is available Monday to Thursday (closed Mondays October & November, January to March). Their Early Bird special is available Fridays and Saturdays until 7pm where you can have 2 courses of great Royal Villa food for only €17. Pop in on Sundays from 3pm and taste their Early Bird offering until 6pm for only €17
If eating out is not your thing have no fear, Royal Villa offer both a delivery and take away option which can be ordered online or viaphone, providing all the firm favourites in the comfort of your own home. If your order is over €60 you’ll also get a complimentary bottle of wine……Yes please!!!
Address: 1st Floor, Galway Atlantaquaria, Salthill, Tel: (091) 580131, Visit:@RoyalVillaGalway
SUNDAY FUNDAY – THE HOUSE HOTEL
The relaxed atmosphere of Sundays at The House Hotel is the perfect place in town to spend time with your loved ones. Their whole roast chicken dinner, which includes a selection of tasty sides, for just €39, will easily feed a family of four.
Their Kiddies Kitchen has made a popular return and is guaranteed to keep the kids entertained while you enjoy your well earned day of rest! Their new and extended Sunday menu has something for everyone with mains starting from just €13.
Address: Lower Merchant’s Road, The Latin Quarter, Tel: 091 538900, Visit: @HouseHotel
TEA TIME TREATS
You can’t buy happineess but you can buy tea, and that’s kind of the same thing! Always a firm favourite on our culinary radar, afternoon tea is a luxurious and decadent experience channelling the vintage style and experiences of the Downton Abbey era.
Kate’s Cafe in Gort are now serving a delecatble range of sweet treats and savoury snacks in their beautiful premises on Queen Street. Check them out on Facebook for further information.
Address: Bridge Street, An Gort, Galway, Tel: 086 300 1815, Visit: @KatesCafeGort
Kate’s Place in Oranmore is renowned for its wholesome and homemade food, award-winning gluten free desserts and wide range of savoury dishes.
With an emphasis on using as much local and seasonal produce as possible, Kate shares her knowledge and expertise by offering private cookery classes for both adults and children. For kids the benefits are three-fold; they learn a valuable life skill, it keeps them entertained, and the spoils of the their kitchen endeavours are yours to look forward to! Check out Galway Cookery Classes for further information on the courses and classes that are available.
Address: Orantown Centre, Oranmore, Galway, Tel:086 6066494, Visit: @KatesPlace