Formerly an old smokehouse, this restored stone building is one of the coziest places to relax during the Galway winter. Nimmo's features creatively prepared fish and shellfish. The space also serves as a wine bar. In the summer, the view from the windows allows you to watch sunsets over the river. Beyond the stone-clad exterior and up the stairs is a lovely dining area with local artwork on display. At night the stars shine through the skylight, adding to the romantic atmosphere.
Opened in 2010, Cupan Tae is one of the best tearooms in town. With more than 30 varieties of herbal loose leaf teas, you will be spoilt for choice. This lovely spot is a fabulous place to indulge in afternoon tea where you can gorge decadent desserts and delicious savories. Their menu is seasonal and changes weekly, but you can be sure of delightful goodness every time you visit Cupan Tae.
McDonagh's Seafood House is simply one of the best seafood restaurants in Ireland. Located in the old medieval section of the city, it's divided between an upmarket fish and chip shop and a seated restaurant. The seafood has been recognized with a range of awards and favourable reviews in the New York Times, Le Guide Du Routard and the Irish Press. The catch from the local fishermen is bought by McDonagh's, only hours after leaving the boat and the fresh smoked salmon is famous worldwide.
This elegantly decorated restaurant is located close to the railway and bus station in the heart of Galway. Booth seating creates an intimate atmosphere in the dining room. The contemporary cuisine served is of a consistently good standard and this restaurant has won the Bord Fáilte/Ballygowan award for excellence. A perusal of the menu yields such culinary delights as Dublin Bay Prawns Thermidor, Seared Carna Scallops Mornay, and Baked Dover Sole on the Bone. A full and varied wine list is also available to perfectly accompany your meal.
Goya's is one of the nicest places to sit in Galway, and they offer some of the best baked goods. This airy cafe is located in the lovely medieval quarter of the city, and the scent of freshly baked cakes fills the air when you enter. A wide range of cakes, pastries and other treats abound, served with teas or fine freshly ground coffee. This cafe is also completely non-smoking, a rare thing in Ireland.
Just opposite the Brown Thomas department store stands this popular Galway cafe.Have coffee or tea, soup and sandwiches in the self-service snack bar downstairs. The informal restaurant upstairs provides an á la carte menu offering international cuisine, including vegetarian options.The GBC happily caters for families, providing crayons and menus for children; in addition, half-portions for children are included on the menu.
Restaurant by day and lively bar by night, the Cellar has been a local favorite since the 1970s. During the day, enjoy a hearty and delicious meal from the varied a la carte menu, or indulge in the Cellar's legendary all-day breakfast instead. The bar offers an excellent variety of libations as well, with everything from beer and wine, to prosecco and cocktails. While the Cellar's food and drink selection is reason enough for its fame, the bar also features nightly entertainment, including cover bands, original singer-songwriters, DJs, stand-up comedy and more. Trad music is showcased every Sunday. Stop by the Cellar with family during the day for a delicious meal and with friends at night for a rollicking good time.
One of the most popular vegan and vegetarian spots in the heart of the city, The Lighthouse Tearoom will not only charm you with its cute interiors but also their sumptuous fare. During mornings, drop in for fine tea, coffee, decadent cakes and home baked scones. Opened in 2012, their lunch and dinner menu might be small and varying, but they offer a delicious array of vegan and veggie dishes that will make want to come back for more.
The Dough Bros serve authentic wood wired pizzas, baked from their heart with love filled in every crumb, and it all shows with their success from starting out as a street food truck serving at markets, events and parties to opening their pop up restaurant on their first anniversary at the heart of the city. Using only the best of ingredients and fresh local produce wherever possible, their artisan dough and homemade sauce are the pride of this eatery. Catch the chef in action as your pizzas are tossed and baked in front of you. Savor their creations with craft beers as accompaniment.
Food 4 Thought is a fine choice for a healthy, fresh and delicious meal in Galway, This charming cafe serves up a delightful menu that is packed with creative vegan and vegetarian dishes, alongside a few non-vegetarian options as well. The made-while-you-wait menu is especially popular and includes pancakes, salads, sandwiches and more. For a quick take-away meal, opt for the pies, wraps and rolls instead. Coffee, tea, biscuits and scones are served as well; perfect for a quick snack to satiate those pesky after work hunger pangs.
Tulsi is located in an old historic area of Galway, where judges and counsel would loiter in the 1800s while the courts were in session. This restaurant serves excellent quality Indian food. The chef specializes in Balti, Tandoori and vegetarian cuisine, but recipes can be adapted to suit individual preferences, making a meal into a delectable chef-d'oeuvre. Favorites include the boti kebab, tandoori mackeral, bhuna gosht, and lamb biryani. The ambiance is warm and welcoming, and the restaurant is able to accommodate groups.