Now that you’re here why not take your time to amble around the cobbled streets and sample some of the best seafood you’ll find anywhere in the world!
Taste the Atlantic with BIM
Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey is a collaborative initiative between BIM and Fáilte Ireland to promote the fantastic seafood producers and their products along the trail.
The trail stretches south from wind swept Malin Head in Co. Donegal to beautiful Kinsale in Co. Cork, passing some of Ireland’s most breath-taking seascapes and landmarks, it’s a whole new way to experience the Wild Atlantic Way and to learn more about how Irish seafood is caught and farmed.
Dotted among the natural wonders are renowned seafood producers and visitor attractions and to help you discover them we have produced an interactive map that gives more detail. Click in and see what’s on offer!
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Oysters are a staple of the Tartare Café & Winebar Menu and are available on lunch and evening menus.
All of the dishes on both the daytime and evening menus draw on a wealth of in-season West of Ireland produce. The atmosphere in Tartare matches the food with its contemporary, stylish and laid back feel.
The daytime menu focuses on sourdough sandwiches, soup, organic salads and small plates of local oysters, beef tartare and weekly specials. We offer a selection of home-made pastries, served with artisan tea and coffee.
The evening menu brings a more extensive menu of small plates with dishes like: Eel, potato & nori; Tomato, lovage & goat’s curd; Courgette, hazelnut & gooseberry alongside our popular signature dishes of local and native oysters and beef tartare.
The wine list is made up entirely of organic, biodynamic and natural wines.
In addition, the menu celebrates Irish farmhouse cheeses and charcuterie with a selection of boards.
In October 2018, Tartare was awarded a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guide. The Bib Gourmand celebrates simple and skillful cooking, alongside good quality food at a good value.
Brasserie on the Corner
Specialising in Seafood & Steak dishes, Brasserie on the Corner is a multi-award winning restaurant just off Eyre Square. The focus is always on quality, upscale casual dining – using local and seasonal produce to create each dish. Throughout the festival, Brasserie on the Corner will be serving a range of special oyster and seafood dishes to savour. For further details visit www.brasseriegalway.com
Why not pop in to Neachtain’s for your weekly dose of soul cleansing, enjoying their divine seafood selection accompanied by a pint of Guinness and glass of prosecco from the corner vantage point. Tigh Neacthain’s offers some of the best home grown talent there is and is ”Galway’s Favourite For Over 120 Year’s” – and they intend to keep it that way!
West @ The Twelve
For the Galway Oyster Festival weekend West’s menu will feature
Seafood Tasting Menu
A la Carte catch of the day
Seaweed and sea vegetable foraging
For that exquisite dining experience, book your table in the award-winning West Restaurant, a foodie paradise that offers contemporary dishes with a nod to tradition. West plays tribute to its strong West of Ireland roots with a menu influenced by rural practices of foraging, fishing and fermentation techniques and heavily driven by seasonality. The wine list alone has won numerous awards and again most recently “The Best Wine List in Ireland.”
Noted Pioneers of the Galway food movement, our belief is that by working with great local food producers, we can both impact on our region for the better and, at the same time, give you the opportunity to taste the true West of Ireland. In a nutshell, we are all about innovative cooking, outstanding wines, artisan products, and locally sourced, earthy ingredients.
Find us on the first floor of the Twelve Hotel, just ten minutes from Galway city, in the picturesque village of Barna.
At McSwiggans we have been welcoming customers for over 30 years. Our commitment to quality food, service and our extensive wine list are the major factors that have enticed our friends and customers to dine with us year after year.
The dedication we have to the service we provide along with a real love for what we do has made us popular with families & friends looking for a warm welcome at the door and fresh food on the table.
We take great pleasure in giving our customers our utmost care and do our very best to ensure they leave us happily replete. Here’s to 30 more!
Martines, Quay Street
Martines are a family-run restaurant based on Quay Street. The family, we have lived and worked on Quay street since 1902 and have a long history of looking after customers, with Martine having worked in Nanny Mac’s fish shop across the road (McDonagh’s Seafood Bar) at a very young age.
Martine’s venture started on Quay Street in the early 1980’s with the sale of home brewing equipment from her family’s shop window. As her business flourished, she opened her own premises and established the first Wine bar located outside of Dublin in Ireland. Renowned for challenging conventions of the time and leading the way for female entrepreneurship, Martine’s evolved into the Restaurant and Wine bar widely known and loved by people of Galway and around the world today.
At McDonagh’s, we have been tantalising the tastebuds of both visitors and locals alike for four generations. Established in 1902, we bring over 115 years of knowledge to serving the best seafood and have earned a reputation as one of Ireland’s finest seafood houses. In our Seafood Restaurant, you will find a wonderful variety of fish dishes on the menu, ranging from the native Clarenbridge oyster to salmon, mussels, scallops and hake. There’s also the Fish & Chips Bar, where our fish is cooked to order. Orders can be enjoyed on the premises or taken away and there is also outside seating during the summer months.
Paulie Donnellan, the owner and head chef of Gemelle’s is a local Galway businessman who opened his first restaurant in Middle Street. To celebrate the birth of his twin daughters Paulie moved to Quay Street in 1998 and renamed the restaurant Gemelle’s – Italian for twins. With his son Dylan and the twins, Amie and Sarah,
Paulie has ensured that the restaurant stays run by the family, bringing a personal touch to everything done in the restaurant.
Born and reared in Galway, Paulie has seen many changes in the city, however, community spirit has always loomed large in his business ethics. Paulie has vowed to support small local businesses in the food and drink industry.
He sources his product from Galway based
suppliers as well as small family run businesses from all over the country. Having been recently refurbished the restaurant brings a mix of old and new school to the table. With an extensive ‘Wine on Tap Menu’ and a range of craft beers Gemelle’s caters for everyone.
Gemelle’s never fails to disappoint on value, every night of the week, making sure that enjoyment is at a maximum.
With the extensive menu and wine list catering for all tastes it is a fine dining experience.
Relaxing atmosphere, great food and friendly service make your evening an unforgettable one.
In summer months you can enjoy your meal or a glass of wine in our outside dining area and watch lively Quay Street.
Situated on Middle Street in Galway city, the award-winning Cava Bodega showcases the very best of Spanish food and wine, in particular the global phenomena of tapas.
Cava Bodega menu features a range of seafood tapas and will have oysters, especially for the festival weekend.
JP and Drigín first opened Cava in 2008 in Dominick Street and relocated to Middle Street in 2013. With the relocation came an opportunity to invigorate the restaurant. JP, working with local farmers and artisan producers, created a new focused menu taking the best from local and Iberian influences. Drigin designed a contemporary space with a strong focus on exposed and reclaimed materials to match the colourful and lively atmosphere of Cava. And in September 2013 Cava Bodega was born. Proven to be as popular as ever with the locals, tourists and food critics are also singing its praise.
Cava Bodega is a great example of the international trend for good ethical casual food in a shared environment– with tapas, food is passed around the table, communal style, the dishes breed discussion and provide an alternative approach to eating.
The Huntsman Inn
We strive to keep our menu fresh, inviting and innovative. We source foods locally where ever possible. We watch trends and constantly adjust our menu to cater for the demands of our customers. Whether you want a traditional beer battered fish and chips or Mediterranean style platters we have sourced the ingredients from the best possible sources. All our scones, breads and desserts are baked freshly in house everyday. We look forward to serving you Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner at the Huntsman Inn when you visit us in Galway
The Gaslight Brasserie
Galway Oyster Festival specials
Roast monkfish, chorizo jam,
black olive and nori infused tempura oyster.
Gaslight Brasserie is a buzzing hive of activity. Overlooking Eyre Square, its high ceilings and impressive sash windows are a nod to the Hotel’s glorious past as a meeting point for Galway High Society.
Open for breakfast and dinner, all our food is prepared using the finest Irish produce and seasonal ingredients. You’ll find flavour-packed brunches and soul-warming classics, from aged Irish beef to delicious Galway Bay prawns. With our warm, personal service you’ll feel right at home.
Open all day the Gaslight Brasserie is the perfect dinner location for Galwegians and those visiting alike- its ideal for soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of Galway City. The delicious menus are flavoursome and wholesome using much-loved recipes and fresh produce.
As evening falls, the Gaslight Brasserie really springs to life with warm lighting and great atmosphere in the heart of Galway city. Alongside honestly priced and innovative cocktails is an expertly selected wine list created to compliment the seasonal menus. Synonymous with great food and drink, exceptional service and stylish surroundings, the Gaslight also offers group dining options.
Oysters feature as part of the Aniar 18 course tasting menu.
Aniar is a Michelin Starred restaurant located in Galway’s West End. Our food comes from the specific place that is the west of Ireland. We hope to reveal the distinct and various food stuffs that make up our particular landscape, through our farms, the wildlands and the shores that surround us. The natural course of the seasons dictates our ever-changing and evolving menu.
The kitchen is lead by chef patron JP McMahon. Alongside using wild and foraged local ingredients, Jp likes to foster old traditional cooking and preservation methods, such as curing, pickling, smoking and fermenting. His aim is to look back in order to look forward: to the future of Irish food. It is only by understanding our culinary past that we can unlock the untapped resources of our future.
Our tasting menu is an immersive dining experience of Irish food through the ages with a contemporary filter.
Aniar also runs a Boutique Cookery School. The School offers one-day workshops as well as six-week classes. The classes run by JP McMahon offers hands-on experience.
Flaggy Shore Oysters, New Quay, Co. Clare
Pacific dainties with yuzu & fermented chilli
3 for €10,
½ dozen for €18,
Dozen for €34
Kelly’s Oysters, Kilcolgan Co. Galway
West of Ireland natives with frozen blackberry shrub & cucamelon
3 for €15,
1/2dozen for €28
Also available natural or with mignonette dressing
Bubbles: Prosecco Frizzante €7 gls
Charpentier Brut Réserve Champagne AOC
Rúibín restaurant and bar is located on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Situated in the heart of Galway, it overlooks the city’s historic docklands. The building, which is also the birthplace of Pádraic Ó Conaire is now owner run by Alice and Richard. Alice’s ethos in the kitchen focuses on local seasonal Irish ingredients. However, in her cooking of this produce you will find influence from around the world.