Synonymous with all things sea-related Galway is undoubtedly one of the best spots in all of Ireland for delicious fresh seafood. Galway's food scene has never been better, with dozens of beautiful bars and restaurants serving stunning seafood. Taste the sea in Galway with the help of these stunning seafood restaurants…
Galway has an incredibly long tradition of using fresh and sustainable ingredients from Galway Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. This tradition has evolved and carried forward into modern times, with Galway being chosen as European Region of Gastronomy 2018 in no small part thanks to its relationship with the sea.
BARNACLES BAR & KITCHEN
The seafood experts behind Linnane’s Lobster Bar and Flaggy Shore Oysters, Mark Commins and Conor Graham have partnered up once again to bring you Barnacles Bar and Kitchen. The menus at Barnacles are both heavily influenced by their proximity to the sea and local seasonal produce. On them you’ll find favourites such as the famous Flaggy Shore oysters, gin cured salmon, steamed Kelly’s mussels and more.
163 Upper Salthill / more here
GALWAY BAY SEAFOODS
Every Friday calls for a fabulous feast of fish, specially chosen from Galway Bay Seafood's array of exquisite seafoods. Their popular Dockside Deli offers yummy takeaway each week from their location at the city docks. While their Ready-to-Bake options include fish pies, beautiful sides and all the freshest fish you could imagine. They can even bring the bay to you, as they provide deliveries nationwide. It's a fantastic opportunity to buy restaurant quality fish dishes to easily cook at home.
New Docks, Galway // more here
PÁDRAICÍNS SEAFOOD BAR & RESTAURANT
Just a short drive from the city centre, Pádraicíns Seafood Bar & Restaurant offers its visitors outstanding views of Furbo beach and sensational seafood dishes in a welcoming maritime-themed restaurant. Their selection of seafood platters include Connemara organic smoked salmon over beetroot salad, pan-fried sea trout, and calamari rings. At Pádraicíns it's a seafood bonanza! If you time it just right you might be able to enjoy a live music session while tucking into the good stuff.
Furbogh, Galway // more here
photo courtesy of The Huntsman Inn
THE HUNTSMAN INN
On the shores of Lough Atalia, tuck into some of Galway's most popular seafood dishes at The Huntsman Inn. Their evening menu contains a section of seafood dishes, including the delicious craft pale ale fish and chips and roast organic fillet of salmon. We highly recommend their fresh Atlantic seafood pie as it's the perfect addition to a rainy day and when paired with a pint of Guinness - it's a match made in heaven.
164 College Rd // more here
If you want your seafood with a twist, a dinner out at Black Cat is the way to go! They've got a great range of locally sourced seafood style tapas which include scallops, calamari and tempura prawns as well as seriously tasty meat, cheeses and more. It's not all just tapas though, they also have main courses for when you don't feel like sharing! Regardless of what you opt for, Black Cat's diverse menu is sure to delight all palates.
179 Upper Salthill Rd, Galway // more here
The wholesome Woodquay restaurant has just launched Galway's first oyster bar. If oysters are your seafood of choice make sure you add a visit to McSwiggans to your week’s itinerary. Their oyster bar is fully stocked with Dooncastle oysters over ice and guests can enjoy their oysters as is or with a mignonette dressing. Call in for one or six and enjoy all the deliciousness of oysters with a pint of the good stuff.
3 Eyre St, Woodquay // more here
DILLISK ON THE DOCKS
Infusing their menus with a maritime theme, dining at Dillisk on the Docks at The Harbour Hotel is a unique experience. The bright, open space is the perfect place to enjoy a sea inspired meal of the finest seafood. We also highly recommend checking out their nautical weekend brunch as it’s an experience best enjoyed with pals and is one that definitely should not be missed.
New Dock Rd // more here
OSCARS SEAFOOD BISTRO
The team at Oscars Seafood Bistro are literal experts when it comes to fresh fish and preparing great tasting seafood. Their head chef is the author of not one but two award-winning books about seafood, so you can tell they know the best way to prepare the finest quality produce that Galway Bay has to offer. The menu is top notch, with pan-fried scallops and prawns, chunky baked white fish, stunning Galway Bay lobsters simmered in delicious sauces and much more!
22 Dominick St Upper, Galway // more here
BRASSERIE ON THE CORNER
Specialists in all things seafood related, Brasserie on the Corner has been the go to for Sunday lunches and savouring delicious seafood for years! Each of their tempting seafood offerings look absolutely divine, we highly recommend making this spot a regular in order to taste every one of these seafood delights.
25 Eglinton St // more here
Visiting Hooked is an absolute must for anybody who wants a taste of Galway bay! It doesn't come much fresher than this as all of their fish is supplied by their very own fish monger, Ali's Fish Market. Run by father-and-daughter team, Ali and Nuisin Jalilvand, Hooked's nautical themed interior embodies the ethos of the eatery and this seafood is simply divine. They'll tell you themselves, one taste and you'll be Hooked!
Henry St & Barna, Galway // more here
THE KINGS HEAD
One of Galway city's most famous pubs, The Kings Head has a very impressive selection of seafood options on their extensive menu. You won’t eat better crab claws with chilli, or grilled porcupine reef prawns. They also do a delicious Galway Hooker beer fish and chips. Pair that with a pint of Guinness and you'll be savouring a real taste of Ireland’s West Coast.
15 High St, Latin Quarter // more here
DONNELLY'S OF BARNA
Both a local and tourist favourite, Donnelly's of Barna is located in the picturesque Barna village. Aside from their fully-stocked bar, there is loads more deliciousness to be enjoyed on their appetising food menus. Packed with tons of delicious seafood options, including their take on the classic fish and chips as well as baked sea bass, and the incredibly popular Galway bay seafood chowder.
Barna, Galway // more here
MORAN’S OYSTER COTTAGE
Dating back over 250 years, Moran’s Oyster Cottage is a traditional thatched cottage successfully run by a 7th generation of the Moran clan, specialising in (wait for it) Clarenbridge oysters! Whether you fancy a feed of mussels, salmon, 1.5 pound local lobster, crab salad or their renowned oysters, you won’t be disappointed. It's a paradise for all you fishy folk.
The Weir, Roymore, Kilcolgan, Galway // more here