The Best Lunch spots in Galway
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The Best Lunch spots in Galway

If your day is divided between counting down the minutes until it’s acceptable to nip out for lunch and are already planning what tomorrow’s midday meal might be, look no further. Discover the best spots to visit in Galway for a bit of lunch below…

Kelehans Bar & Restaurant

When lunchtime comes around, get on out to Kelehans to indulge in the most incredible flavours. Serving lunch daily from 12pm alongside a wide selection of cocktails and beers. The food menu includes a variety of traditional Irish dishes as well as some bar food favourites such as burgers, sandwiches, loaded wedges, fish & chips, and steak. All dishes have been prepared to perfection so be sure to try it out for yourself!
Bushypark // more here

above: photo courtesy of Kelehans Bar & Restaurant

Rúibin Bar & Restaurant

Specialising in contemporary Irish food, Rúibin Bar & Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a laid-back lunch with an unbeatable view of the historic Galway Docks. Their lunch menu appeals to every palate and if you are feeling in need of an alcoholic boast, their menu also includes the hangover cure classic - Bloody Mary and Breakfast Martini. For amazing food that will never disappoint it has to be Rúibin.
1 Dock Rd // more here


Lunch at Éan begins at noon and is exactly what the day calls for. The food served here has all been baked or made fresh in-house, highlighting their passion for using both artisan methods and locally sourced seasonal ingredients in all their dishes. All their menus change frequently reflecting the availability of seasonal produce so asking for recommendations is always a good idea.
Druid Lane, Flood St // more here

above: photo courtesy of Éan 

Harbour Hotel

Did you know that the Harbour Hotel offers a €10 lunch deal every weekday in Dillisk on the Docks?! It's an amazing option for those of you who are looking to dine on a budget all the while getting to enjoy fresh flavours and a filling meal. Lunch at Dillisk on the Docks is served from 1pm-5pm, Monday to Friday. Their lunch deal offer varies daily and includes the likes of Thai Red Chicken Curry, Savoury Mince, Club Sandwich, Chicken Maryland and Fish & Chips.
The Docks // more here 

The Creamery

Ideally located along the famous Salthill promenade and the bus stop, The Creamery's interchangeable food menus are available all day long and includes; homemade waffles, crépes, salads, crispy potato skins, pastas, hot chicken wings and a range of toasted sourdough sandwiches. To complement their amazing array of dishes, they have an equally impressive assortment of drinks, including everything from teas, coffees, affogatos, fresh juices and smoothies to wines and beers.
Salthill Promenade / more here

above: photo courtesy of The Creamery

Pear Tree Café & Wine Bar

Awarded café of the year by YesChef Ireland, Pear Tree Café & Wine Bar should definitely be on your lunchtime radar. Alongside the tasty offerings of homemade pastries and speciality SOMA coffee, visitors can also enjoy artisan sourdough loaded toasties, and fresh fruit juices and more. This is a fab option for everyone from sea swimmers and prom walkers to holidaymakers, and employees on their lunch break.
The Nest Hostel, 107-109 Upper Salthill Rd // more here 

Mr Waffle

There is an amazing selection of both sweet and savoury options on Mr Waffle’s menu and their ideal location, makes them one of the best spots in Galway to enjoy your lunchtime. Offering a wide varying menu of fair-trade coffee and teas, breakfast crepes, quesadillas, sandwiches, healthy salads, and of course their signature waffles. Lunch here is always delish!
Newcastle Rd // more here

Umbrella Asian Tapas

Umbrella Asian Tapas takes lunchtimes to another level with their tapas menu of over 50 Asian fusion tapas. Well-loved dishes such as pad Thai, Singapore noodles, and miso soup come in smaller portions so you can try a little bit of everything. Feast on these flavour-packed dishes while you sit among its unique décor. With vegan and vegetarian options too, Umbrella Asian Tapas truly has something for everyone.
2 Middle St // more here

above: photo courtesy of Umbrella Asian Tapas

Crazy Corn

The ultimate lunch destination in the heart of the city streets, Crazy Corn is Latin American street food at its best. As well as being the only 100% gluten free restaurant in Galway, Chef Byron Godoy Flores has worked magic in curating a menu that is filled with arepas, flautas, tamales and papusas. It’s all corn based, complete with delicious ingredients and topped with the most amazing sauces.
Cross St Lower // more here

56 Central

56 Central is kinda a hidden gem in Galway so be sure to look them up when you are doing your shopping in the city centre. A centre of high quality, casual dining, this team do their best to bring home comforts and simple dishes cooked with passion to the table. They are famous for their melts but their salads, burgers and pastas are all simply divine as well.
5/6 Shop St // more here

The Huntsman Inn

No matter if you would prefer a filling or light lunch, the award winning The Huntsman Inn have got you covered. Offering something that will take everyone's fancy, the lunch menu includes chicken goujons, burgers, salads, chicken wings, baked fresh fishcake, and sandwiches. Additionally, if you would like a midday drink, their cocktails are seriously divine and a delicious way to break up a day in Galway.
164 College Road // more here 

The Sliding Rock

A fantastic choice for all your lunchtime needs, The Sliding Rock is perfect for those of you who like an early/late lunch consists of classic bar favourites. Only a stone's throw from the University, Hospital and the city streets, their location makes them an appealing option for filling up on delicious food regardless of the time of day. They also feature a heated and covered outside area for those who prefer al fresco dining.
37 Newcastle Rd // more here 

above: photo of The Sliding Rock, by Ciarán MacChoncarraige

Chef Laura Rosso

For a quality lunchtime experience of delicious dishes that have been made with love, visit Chef Laura Rosso. Their Brazilian lunch (vegetarian version available) is a treat for the tastebuds and we highly recommend ordering it at least once while in Galway. All of their dishes are made using 100% fresh, locally supplied ingredients and you can really taste the love that goes into making them in every bite.
Grattan Rd, Salthill // more here 

Palmers Bar & Kitchen

Make your lunchtime that little bit more special with a midday visit to the stunning Palmers Bar & Kitchen at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate. Their extensive menus feature the finest local and seasonal produce, from sandwiches and salads to seafood and steak. This can all be enjoy in the comfortable and cosy interiors of this stylish contemporary bar and lounge. Non-hotel guest are very welcome also.
Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate, Bushypark // more here


Famous for the amazing toasted sandwiches, Meltd has been keeping students, workers and shoppers around Galway fueled all day long. Alongside their stunning menu of hot and cheesy melts, they also offer loads of delicious sweet treats in the form of cookies, cakes and buns - an absolute essential lunchtime dessert that we can never go without. Check it out for yourself and your tastebuds will thank you.
3 Middle St, Court, City Centre // more here

above: photo courtesy of Meltd

Gourmet Food Parlour

There’s nothing like enjoying a delicious lunch by the seaside, so book yourself in for a midday meal out at Gourmet Food Parlour. Their menu is guaranteed to suit every taste, options include their famous roast chicken sandwich, superfood salads, curries and the essential dessert to keep you fueled throughout the rest of your day. A lunch out at Gourmet Food Parlour is always a treat for the senses.
14 Lenaboy Gardens, Salthill // more here

Seven Bar

On top of having a famous late night party scene, live music and tasty cocktail offerings, Seven Bar have got an incredible midday menu. Their lunch menu is one of the best in town and includes their famous wings, Thai red curry, Seven chilli con carne, fish burger and more. Their popular all day breakfast is also available all day every day so if you’ve got a hangover ailing you, you’ve come to the right place.
5-7 Bridgestreet // more here 

The Kings Head

A popular choice for all seafood lovers out there, The Kings Head has built up an incredible reputation for their food menus and their lunch menu is no exception. What better way to treat yourself than enjoying a midday seafood feast of crab claws, chowder, oysters and their famous Galway beer battered fish and signature chips. Pair it with their exclusive Blood Red Ale and its a lunch experience not to be missed.
15 High St // more here

above: photo courtesy of The Kings Head

Peggy's Bar & Restaurant

The family friendly Peggy's Bar & Restaurant serves an exceptionally delicious and hearty lunch menu for sit-in as well as offering their full menu for takeaway and an off license, so no matter what your midday meal calls for they have your every need catered for. The best part is, whether you are there for just one drink or a full meal with the family, you’ll be treated to excellent service every time you visit.
Aucloggeen, Claregalway // more here

Busker Brownes

Ideally located in the Latin Quarter, Galway’s popular party venue Busker Brownes is also a brilliant spot for enjoying some delicious lunch time treats in a cosy atmosphere. They’ve got all the classic lunch options from toasted sandwiches and salads to soups and chowders, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing your lunchtime dish.
5 Cross St Upper // more here

The Lighthouse Café

With locations in both the City Centre and Terryland, The Lighthouse Café is the place to go for a taste of yummy vegan and vegetarian goodies. Almost everything you will find on their menu has been made in-house by their incredible team and their seasonal lunchtime offerings include a variety of salads, hotpots, sandwiches, soups, pastries and much more.
8 Abbeygate St Upper, City Centre / more here 
Unit 3, Terryland Retail Park, Headford Rd / more here

The Cellar

The famous food menu at The Cellar Bar is packed full of exquisite flavours. They have everything from burgers and main courses to wraps and baps so you are certain to find something to suit you at this city centre spot. Additionally, if you skipped out on the most important meal of the day, The Cellar's breakfast options are available all day long. No matter what you're after, they've got you covered.
12 Eglinton St // more here

above: photo courtesy of The Cellar

Kai Restaurant

One of Galway’s most popular lunch spots, Kai is home to an atmosphere that is as wholesome as the people who work there. You are certain to fall in love with this Galway’s Westend eatery as soon as you step in the door. The menu here is constantly changing in order to showcase the best seasonal local produce so rest assured you are in for a treat no matter whether it’s your first time at Kai or your umpteeth.
22 Sea Road // more here 

The Skeff Late Bar & Kitchen

The Skeff Kitchen’s hot lunch offerings has an emphasis on high quality, wholesome food. Served from 12pm every day, The Skeff's Head Chef puts a lot of time into the preparation of the dishes to make sure their customers get the best quality lunch in Galway. The menu that consists of all your bar favourites and a cocktail menu that’s to die for, making this the perfect spot for every midday rendezvous.
27 Eyre Square // more here 

M. Fitzgeralds

If you’re the person who always struggles picking just one option off menus, then the late lunchtime tapas at M. Fitzgeralds is just what you need. Their menu offers a variety of innovative small plates which are perfect for sharing with friends and also includes a wide choice of non-meat and vegan options. They are every bit as delicious as they sound so be sure you and your friends enjoy a tapas lunchtime at M. Fitzgeralds.
14 Quay St // more here

above: photo courtesy of M. Fitzgeralds

Feature photo of Peggy's Bar & Restaurant

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