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Top 5 Restaurants

galway restaurant mapGalway is long established as being the culinary capital of the West of Ireland. With its various cultural quarters, the city has a wonderful mix of gourmet cuisine options, from artisanal pie-makers to wood-fired pizzerias to some of the finest seafood restaurants in the country. Below is a list of our top 5 restaurants but note there are many other excellent restaurants in the city on a par with those listed below which can be viewed on our Best Galway Restaurants Map here.
Galway restaurants

Aniar Restaurant

Aniar Restaurant Galway Aniar has the enviable accolade of being Galway’s only Michelin starred restaurant, having been awarded their prestigious star in September 2012. Aniar is an innovative restaurant, bringing terroir-based dining to Dominick Street in Galway City. The word terroir is usually associated with winemaking and the combination of factors that gives a wine its distinctive character: soil, climate and environment. Aniar, owned by the people who brought you Cava Restaurant (next door to Aniar) is focused on local earthy ingredients and natural influences.

An example starter might consist of ‘salt beef, raddish, kohlrabi and hazelnut; main courses include 'wild brill, celeriac, celery, clams and lovage', and you could spoil your palette with ‘seabuckthorn pannacotta, caramel, apple, crumble’ for dessert. 

Address: 53 Lower Dominick Street, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 535947

Galways best restaurants

Kai Café and Restaurant

Kai Restaurant Galway The philosophy at Kai Café and Restaurant is very simple, fresh, organic produce is sourced from local suppliers to create daily menus bursting with flavor, texture and colour. If you’re lucky you might even get an edible flower on your plate.
All menus change on a daily basis dependent on what is fresh and in stock from local suppliers.

Head Chef, Jess Murphy takes an artisan approach to food by combining her classical culinary training with an affinity for distinctive and fresh seasonal produce. She directly sources raw ingredients of the highest standard, while overseeing the entire preparation and cooking process until the finished product leaves the kitchen.

Chef Jess Murphy, originally from New Zealand but has been in Ireland for many years. Murphy worked with Kevin Thornton in his Michelin restaurant, then Ard Bia and of course Bar 8 where she was awarded Best Chef in Connacht this year. Cooking is excellent and based strictly around whatever is in season and available locally.

Address: Sea Road, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 526003

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Ard Bia

Ard Bia at Nimmos Ard Bia Nimmo’s has gone from strength to strength since winning Food & Wine magazine’s Best regional restaurant award a few years ago. The eclectic arty dining room overlooking the Corrib in historic Spanish Arch is renowned for its to-die-for delicious food that uses the best of local sourced and seasonal produce. The mezze plate, Rib-eye steak with roast shallot potato cake and Crozier Blue sauce and chickpea pancake with spinach and feta are our favourites. Ard Bia also a local gallery upstairs with some fabulous artwork to browse and chat about over coffee.

Address: Long Walk, Spanish Arch, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 561114

Galways finest restaurants

Brasserie on the Corner

Brasserie on the Corner Brasserie on the Corner is a fine restaurant in the centre of Galway City which specialises in seafood and steak dishes. A wide range of locally sourced seafood starters and beef, lamb and seafood mains will leave you spoilt for choice. The creative and varied menu together with an extensive boutique wine list has something to suit all tastes. The stylish, comfortable décor and the friendly staff makes for a wonderful dining experience. Not to be missed.

Address: Eglinton Street, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 530 333

Galways best restaurants

White Gables

White Gables Galway Traditional Irish cooking in a restored Stone cottage at a crossroads in Moycullen village. White Gables Restaurant serves on traditional Irish dishes, with a focus on seafood, including fresh lobster from their fishtank. Warm, homely red tone, floral lampshades and dark mahogany furniture, portray a picture of Ireland in a different time. All fish is fresh off the boat, but meat is not off the menu either with traditional Irish favourites fillet steak and t-bone on offer.

Address: Moycullen, Galway
Tel: +353(0)91 555744

Galways top restaurants

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