Discover our 10 handpicked romantic date night destinations in Galway that will charm and captivate your date and give you both a chance to enjoy an evening focused on you.
The right setting for your romantic date night can be key in creating long lasting treasured memories with your significant other. That’s why in this article we want to help you woo your significant other all over again and reignite your love with a romantic rendezvous in Galway.
1.The Pullman Restaurant
Voted as Ireland’s most Romantic Hotel, there’s no better place to whisk your love away for a romantic dining experience than on the shores of Lough Corrib. The Pullman Restaurant aboard the Orient Express on the grounds of Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate offers both luxury and splendour in an elegant 5-starred fine dining setting. You and your date can enjoy reconnecting over four delicious courses and enjoy the beautiful views as the sun sets over the grounds of Glenlo.
Bushypark / book your table here
above: photo courtesy of Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate
2. Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
For the perfect date night, treat your significant other to a night away in a luxurious 4-star castle hotel. Complete with a gourmet dining experience and live music performances in a piano bar, the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel offers a date night like no other. This is a great option for couples who would like to get away from home for the night and enjoy a romantic private break. They also run fantastic offers tailored to the wants of couples which includes; complimentary glasses of prosecco and spa treatments.
Sky Rd, Church Hill, Clifden / book your visit here
When going out for a romantic evening, you’ll want to choose a restaurant where everything they make and serve is done through love and that is why we simply had to include Rúibín on this list. This is the perfect setting for a night of romance with your loved one as its soft lighting and open fireplaces create a cosy and relaxing atmosphere - perfect for date night! Additionally, their food menus feature a variety of flavours that are beautifully complemented by their Master Mixologist, Dennis O’Neill’s cocktail list.
1 Dock Road / book your table here
Tucked away from the streets of Galway, Il Vicolo is an intimate restaurant on the banks of the River Corrib. Picture it; dinner by candlelight in a cosy and intimate setting with charming wait staff helping to ensure that you and your date receive a flawless experience. Their menu gives you both a chance to enjoy the best that Italy has to offer and consists of quality Italian cuisine, additionally their extensive cocktail and wine list offers over 70 wines from across Italy and Sicily.
The Bridge Mills, Lower Dominick St / book your table here
5. Daróg Wine Bar
A gorgeous and petite wine bar, Daróg Wine Bar is passionate about giving their guests the best of seasonal produce, alongside a diverse and delicious range of artisanal wines. This is an ideal choice for your romantic date night, and we recommend getting seats by the window in order to best tune out everyone outside of your date night and simply enjoy each other’s company as you share a mix of Daróg’s hot and cold plates over glasses of smooth wines.
56 Lower Dominick Street / book your table here
above: photo of Daróg Wine Bar, by Ciarán MacChoncarraige
6.The Lane Wine & Cheese
Born out of a love for continental neighbour bistros, The Lane Wine & Cheese perfectly replicates the cosiness and allure of small continental wine bars. Tucked away from the busyness of Galway’s Latin Quarter area, it's a lovely setting for romance, as you can woo and charm your love all over again while enjoying glasses of Old World wines, shared pintxos and a meat and cheese board.
3 Kirwan’s Lane / book your table here
7. Cava Bodega
Arguably one of the most romantic restaurants in town, Cava Bodega is a highly popular date night restaurant and invites couples to slow down and enjoy a laid back romantic evening complete with a candle-lit atmosphere. You and your partner can enjoy sharing pinchos and tapas from a menu that features 70 varieties as well as some Spanish sherry and beers.
Unit 1 Middle Street / book your table here
above: photo courtesy of Cava Bodega, by Julia Dunin Photography
8. Deli La Tasca
Take your date night to another level at the lovely and inviting, Deli La Tasca. Here you can enjoy all the exquisite flavours of Spain all without leaving Galway city. Deli La Tasca have put their own spin on traditional Spanish recipes, creating a homemade tapas menu and we can guarantee you’ll love everything you order.
1 Upper Dominick Street / book your table here
9. The Universal
This snug gastrobar offers the perfect setting for your romantic date night. The Universal has an incredible reputation for their wines and high quality food menu. The table sizes are ideal for cosying up with your date and the staff here will help ensure that you and your date enjoy an evening that is superb from start to finish. In 2023 they were named in the Irish Independent’s top 100 Places to Eat, so you can also take their word for it that a visit to The Universal is exactly what your date night needs.
9 William Street West / book your table here
Rouge is a French restaurant in Galway's bohemian Westend that is famous for its nighttime ambiance. At night, the atmosphere at Rouge takes a romantic turn as the room's soft lighting and live music sets the scene for couples to chat and focus on each other as they enjoy exquisite French cuisine from their set menu, Montmarte as well as quality French wines. An evening spent with your significant other in Rouge is always a special date night, they are unique in what they offer and go above and beyond to help couples enjoy a romantic evening with them.
38 Dominick St Lower / book your table here
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