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…
Founded by Steve and Jason, two local lads with a love of the food industry. Meltd is the new sambo hot spot in town. This takeaway sandwich shop offers an unbeatable menu of hot cheesy Meltd sambos and we for one absolutely love popping over to them each lunchtime to staple their delicious goods. The buttered sourdough melts include the cheesus (which contains exactly what you think), honey buffalo and the notorious P.I.G. You seriously need to check out this place for yourself, we can guarantee that your tastebuds will thank you.
3 Middle St, Court, City Centre // more here
One of Galway’s most popular lunch spots, Kai Restaurant should be on every Galway visitor’s bucket list. With 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, Galway’s Westend / more here
The Huntsman Inn
On the outskirts of Galway city, The Huntsman Inn cook up a delicious lunch. With something that will take everyone's fancy including chicken goujons, Gilligan’s farm 8oz angus steakburger, salads, spicy chicken wings, baked fresh fishcake, and honey glazed ham sandwiches. No matter if you would prefer a filling or light lunch, the award winning The Huntsman Inn have got you covered. Additionally, if you would like to add a bit of booze to the experience, their cocktails are seriously divine and a delicious way to break up a busy day.
164 College Road / more here
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, The Docks / more here
Gourmet Food Parlour
There’s nothing like enjoying a delicious lunch by the seaside, so the next time you get a chance to 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
The 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. - no matter if you’re in the mood for something sweet or savoury, there’s something for every taste at Mr Waffle.
Newcastle Rd, Newcastle / more here
On top of having a famous late night party scene, live music and tasty cocktail offerings, Seven Bar on Bridgestreet have got a midday menu of dishes you need to sample for yourself. Their new and updated 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. Seven also offers a range of freshly cut sandwiches and hot drinks available for those of you who need a pick me up during a busy work day.
5-7 Bridgestreet, Latin Quarter // more here
The Kings Head
A popular choice for all the seafood lovers, 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 the senses than enjoying a scrumptious midday seafood feast of crab claws, chowder, oysters and their famous Galway beer battered fish and signature chips. Paired with their own exclusive Blood Red Ale, trust us when we tell you that lunchtimes at The Kings Head is an experience not to be missed.
15 High St, Latin Quarter / more here
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, Latin Quarter / 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. Lunchtime offerings include a variety of salads, hotpots, sandwiches, soups, pastries and much more. Remember to pay them a visit on your next lunch break and check out what they’ve got to offer for yourself.
8 Abbeygate St Upper, City Centre / more here
Unit 3, Terryland Retail Park, Headford Rd / more here
The Skeff Late Bar & Kitchen
Serving up their amazing lunch menu seven days a week from 12pm, The Skeff will never disappoint when it comes to high quality delicious food for exceptional value. With a menu that consists of all your bar favourites and a cocktail menu that’s to die for, if you plan to catch up with friends over a delicious lunch, this might just be the spot for your midday rendezvous.
27 Eyre Square / more here
If you’re the person who always struggles picking just one option off menus, then lunchtime tapas at 1520 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. With an emphasis on showcasing the best West of Ireland produce, the small plates at 1520 combine traditional Irish dishes with a Mediterranean influence and they are every bit as delicious as they sound so be sure you and your friends get to enjoy a tapas lunch out at 1520.
14 Quay St, Latin Quarter / more here
Located just off Eyre Square, the famous food menu at The Cellar Bar is well worth checking out. 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. We recommend their famous Hellmann’s All Ireland award winning The Cellar Cajun chicken sandwich which really does taste as good as it sounds. If you skipped out on breakfast, The Cellar's breakfast options are available all day along with soups, salads, and sandwiches. Equally, if you’d like your breakfast mini or veggie, The Cellar has got exactly what you're after.
12 Eglinton St, City Centre / more here
McCambridges of Galway
Ordering yourself a delicious custom made to order sandwich and coffee from McCambridges of Galway is a Galway lunchtime favourite. With a variety of fillings to choose from, no two sandwiches have to be the same. So, you get to enjoy new flavours every time you dine at McCambridges. If you’re not in a rush, we recommend sitting out in their outdoor area and partaking in a bit of people watching while you tuck into your delicious custom made sambo.
38-39 Shop St, City Centre / more here