Restaurants in Galway City: The Best to Visit

With its independent shops, traditional Irish pubs and sweeping sea views, the city of Galway is not only a feast for the eyes, but it also does an impressive job at offering next-level feasts for the stomach too. That’s right, this charming scenic town is home to a buzzing restaurant scene that is constantly growing and certainly worthy of exploring.

From fresh fish and chips to delectable Irish dishes, the chefs on Ireland’s west coast certainly know their way around the kitchen. These are just some of the best places to eat in Galway, all within easy reach from Clayton Hotel Galway!

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Dela for brunch

10-minute drive from the hotel

Located just off Shop Street, one of the main shopping areas in Galway city, Dela first opened its doors in 2013 and has been the talk of the town ever since (quite literally). Loved by locals and visitors alike, Dela serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch – with the latter being the meal that they are most renowned for. This delightful spot prides itself in using locally sourced, fresh Irish ingredients so you can be guaranteed that the poached eggs and avocado or buttermilk pancakes you order are as fresh as they come!

Dough Bros for pizza

10-minute drive from the hotel

Dough Bros was set up by two Irish brothers and first started off as a pizza truck in 2013. Today, it’s a bucket list pizza spot for many pizza lovers out there and foodies alike. Dough Bros aims to offer authentic wood-fired pizza utilizing the best of Irish ingredients and they do it very well! In fact, just recently, the restaurant was named as the best pizza takeaway in Europe and the best pizzeria in Ireland making it a must for anyone in the mood for a pizza night during their Galway getaway.

McDonaghs for fish and chips

10-minute drive from the hotel

The Galway seafood scene is some of the finest on the island of Ireland so it should come as no surprise that one of the most loved fish and chips in Galway made the list! McDonaghs on Quay Street was first established over 100 years ago so to say that they are experts in the field would be an understatement. This traditional family-run chip shop offers a wide range of fish dishes that can be eaten in the restaurant or can be taken away to eat overlooking the River Corrib in the warmer months.

Xi’An Street Food for authentic Chinese

15-minute drive from the hotel

Sitting in the heart of Galway is where you will find one of the most loved Chinese restaurants in Galway. Xi’An Street Food is a casual eatery that serves authentic Chinese food inspired by one of the oldest cities in China. All of the dishes are cooked to order so expect nothing short of the best quality dishes bursting with flavours. Some highlights from the menu include the Roujiamo which is similar to a hamburger and the Biang Biang noodles which will probably be some of the longest noodles you’ll ever eat.

Sangria for tapas

15-minute drive from the hotel

Opening its doors in 2018, Sangria is a relatively new restaurant in Galway but has still managed to pack a memorable punch over the past few years. As one of the first Latin American restaurants in Galway city, Sangria specialises in traditional tapas and the menu offers a range of options for meat and veggie lovers alike – making it a great option for those looking for a vegetarian or vegan restaurant in Galway. And while it might go without saying, while you’re there, be sure to try out the sangria – it’s simply sublime.

Clayton Hotel Galway for a memorable dining experience

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If friendly service and a range of delicious dishes are what you’re after, dining at Clayton Hotel Galway should be top of your list. Enjoy traditional Irish dishes using seasonal ingredients at Tribes Restaurant and wind down with a cocktail afterwards at the Enclosure Bar and Bistro. If you would prefer to enjoy your food in the comfort of your room, the hotel also offers room service for those evenings where pyjamas and slippers is the only outfit you want to wear!

Ard Bia at Nimmos for creative Irish dishes

10-minute drive from the hotel

Sitting just a stone’s throw away from the Spanish Arch is Ard Bia at Nimmos – a Galway restaurant loved so much that Harriet Leander who established the restaurant released a book covering the recipes for some of the most popular dishes served. Expect a creative spin on traditional Irish dishes in a quirky yet cosy atmosphere. The menu is seasonal and tends to change daily so arrive with an open mind and a hungry stomach!

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