Galway is synonymous with delicious, fresh fish! There are so many different places around the city and county to taste this wonderful local produce. Here are the top spots for a taste of Galway Bay...
When it comes to seafood, Galway has an incredibly long tradition of using fresh and sustainable ingredients from the salty swell of Galway Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. This tradition has evolved and carried forward in to modern times, with Galway being chosen as European Region of Gastronomy 2018 in no small part thanks to its relationship with the sea. Galway's food scene has never been better, with dozens of beautiful bars and restaurants serving stunning seafood.
GALWAY BAY SEAFOODS
Every Friday calls for a fabulous feast of fish, specially chosen from Galway Bay Seafood's array of exquisite seafoods. Their Read to Bake options include fish pies, beautiful sides and all the freshest fish you could imagine. Just ask the team how best to cook it all. They can even bring the bay to you, with daily Galway city deliveries, weekly to areas around the county and monthly nationwide delivery. It's a fantastic opportunity to buy restaurant quality fish dishes to easily cook at home. Their popular Dockside Deli offers yummy takeaway each week from their location at the city docks. With an ever-changing menu, each week brings delicious new flavours to their customers.
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. Kick off your dining experience with their selection of sea food platters. Options include Connemara organic smoked salmon over beetroot salad, pan-fried sea trout, and calamari rings, At Pádraicíns it's a seafood bonanza! With some much variety of dishes to choose from, you're sure to find something that everyone loves. 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
If you want to enjoy some seafood with a twist, a dinner out at Black Cat is the way to go! Located in the seaside Salthill, 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 have main courses too for when you don't feel like sharing! Their speciality Black Cat Pasta is full of unique flavours; black spaghetti served with seafoods such as mussels and squid in cream sauce. Whether you are dining with good friends, your family or on a romantic night out, Black Cat's diverse menu is sure to delight any palate.
179 Upper Salthill Rd, Galway // more here
This wholesome Woodquay restaurant has just launched Galway's first oyster bar and if oysters are your seafood of choice make sure you add a visit to McSwiggans to your week itinerary. The launch coincides their involvement on the Seafood Trail as part of the Galway International Oyster Festival. The oyster bar will be fully stocked with Dooncastle oysters over ice and customers will be able to enjoy oysters as is or with a mignonette dressing. Call in for one or six and enjoy all the deliciousness of oyster from a high stool.
3 Eyre St, Woodquay // more here
THE SEA HARE AT ALCOCK AND BROWN HOTEL
The popular Cleggan café The Sea Hare have set up home in Clifden's Alcock and Brown Hotel. Sea Hare's Philippa and Sinead are bringing their fantastic food and quirky atmosphere to Clifden town along with all that seriously delicious seafood that have made them so famous. The new menus are imbued with the same adventurous spirit, but the ethos hasn’t changed as everything is still locally sourced through their Connemara produce partners. This is a seafood dining experience that should not be missed!
Town Sq, Clifden, Galway // more here
OSCARS SEAFOOD BISTRO
The team at Oscars Seafood Bistro are literal experts when it comes to fresh fish and 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 prep 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! Visiting Oscars on Dominick Street Upper is a must for all seafood lovers.
22 Dominick St Upper, Galway // more here
THE LAMPLIGHT WINE BAR
Adding their own unique twist to seafood, the seafood platter is the signature dish at The Lamplight Wine Bar. It's the perfect dish for all you seafood lovers out there. The platter has been carefully created for two people, you'll find scallops, Connemara lobster, cuttlefish, smoked mussels and mackerel and oysters with smoked baked potatoes in a wild garlic and lemon butter. This feast goes beautifully with a glass of their organic wines simply ask the team for their recommendations.
Market St, Clifden, Galway // more here
DONNELLY'S OF BARNA
Both a local and tourist favourite, Donnelly's of Barna was renovated to ensure maximum comfort for all visitors to their beautifully unique bar. Located on the picturesque Barna pier, this is undoubtfully one of Galway's finest seafood restaurants. Their menu is packed with tons of delicious seafood dishes such as their take on the seafood favourite fish and chips, baked sea bass, and the warming Galway bay seafood chowder that works wonders on a chilly Galway day.
Barna, Galway // more here
Crispy battered fish from 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 the food is simply divine; fish burgers, prawns, seafood linguine, shrimp tacos - there's no end to all their seafood dishes. 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 exquisite 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. One of their most popular menu item, the oysters are sourced from the local Galway team at Kelly Oysters. Pair that with a pint of Guinness and you'll be savouring a real taste of Ireland.
15 High St, Latin Quarter, Galway // more here
GOURMET FOOD PARLOUR
A delicious new seafood combo can be enjoyed at the gorgeous Salthill restaurant, Gourmet Food Parlour. They've teamed up with their neighbours Micil Distillery to bring their guests this fab menu item and it is one that you simply need to try for yourself. The Micil Poitín Battered Fish N' Chips is sure to be a summer favourite. Made using fresh hake, hand cut chips and seaweed aoili, it really does sound absolutely divine so head on over to Gourmet Food Parlour and let us know what you think!
14 Lenaboy Gardens, Lower Salthill // more here
MITCHELL’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Run by husband and wife duo Kay and JJ Mitchell, Mitchell's Restaurant is decked out with open fires which creates an intimate, ambient atmosphere that will enhance your dining experience. They pride themselves on their use of the finest local produce with most of their fishy fare sourced right on their doorstep. Their popularity is a result of their delicious seafoods with menu options ranging from a crock of Killary mussles steamed in garlic butter and white wine, and pan-seared plump scallops to roasted hake. A local favourite for a reason, Mitchell's never disappoint when it comes to seafoods.
Market St, Clifden, 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