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!
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.
For the festival, the Oyster bar will be fully stocked with Dooncastle Oysters over ice and customers will be able to enjoy Oysters as is or with a mignonette dressing. Pair the oysters with a creamy pint of Guinness or choose from the McSwiggans extensive wine cellar.
Irish Seafood will be king this weekend with a crock of Mussels served with the twice cooked skin on fries or a plank of prawns served with the very traditional Marie rose sauce. The menu will also include fish and chips as well as Seafood Chowder and their home made brown bread.
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 host of seafood and oyster dishes for festival goers 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!
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.
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 phenomenon of tapas.
The Cava Bodega menu features a range of seafood tapas and will have an oyster festival weekend special.
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. Drigín 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 Gaslight Brasserie
Galway Oyster Festival specials include local supplier Kelly Oysters, served from the short to our Oyster Bar Door.
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.
Hooked Seafood Restaurants, are located in Barna Village & Henry Street in Galway. Supplied daily by sister company Ali’s Fish Market, they specialise in fresh, sustainable seafood and local produce to provide their customers with a comfortable, family-friendly, casual dining experience.
It’s all hands on deck at these restaurants, with busy eat-in and takeaway services and a generous selection of seafood, gluten-free options, and of course Oysters, on all of their menus. Fantastic local beers, ciders, and homemade desserts are also on offer if you want to push the boat out!
Whether you’re in the heart of Galway or travelling to the Wild Atlantic Way be sure to stop and seas the day, and get the Hooked catch of the day!
Barna Henry Street
Thursday 5-9.30pm Tues- Thursday 5-9.30pm
Friday to Sunday 1-9.30pm Friday to Sunday 1-9.30pm
Unit 20 Barna Village Centre, 65 Henry Street
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.
Oysters feature as part of the Aniar 20 course tasting menu.
Aniar is a Michelin Starred restaurant located in Galway’s West End, the food comes from the specific place that is the west of Ireland. ‘We hope to reveal the distinct and various foodstuffs 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. Oysters generally feature twice as part of the Aniar 23 course tasting menu, once being as a signature, a palate cleansing Oyster Ice-cream.
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.
Sonny Molloy’s Irish Whiskey Bar
The true taste of Ireland in the heart of Dublin. Awarded best ‘Luxury Seafood Restaurant in Europe’ 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022. We are deligted to be partnering with Sole Seafood and Grill this year.
Galway’s newest and most exciting restaurant can be found at the end of the promenade in Salthill. This beautifully refurbished famine-era building boasts unrivalled views of Galway’s most recognisable landmark, the Blackrock diving tower with the backdrop of Galway Bay.
Blackrock Cottage has contemporary modern Irish cuisine on it’s menu, using the best of land and sea.
Pier 56 @ the Galway Bay Hotel
Pier 56 Pier 56 is Galway Bay’s newest dining outlet featuring stylish interiors and offering wholesome lunches, delicious evening meals, along with sweets treats and pastries from the coffee counter. If you’re looking for something lighter, why not visit Pier 56 in Galway and enjoy our soups, gourmet sandwiches and salads? Or satisfy your sweet tooth with our sumptuous selection of homemade desserts and pastries, along with our wide range of coffees and speciality teas.
Marinas Restaurant @ the Galmont
If you want to sample Irish seafood at its finest, then a dinner at the hugely popular Marinas Restaurant is a must. Adrian Bane and his team of highly trained chefs take great pride in creating beautiful dishes using only the best local and seasonal produce Galway and the West of Ireland has to offer. From local crab and salmon, all our seafood dishes are created to the highest standards. Accompanied by a wide-ranging wine list and a gorgeous selection of desserts, you are guaranteed to enjoy a superb meal at Marinas Restaurant as part of the Galway International Oyster Festival Seafood Trail.
Éan (meaning ‘bird’ in Irish); an inventive, restaurant & wine bar from the creators of Galway’s sustainable Michelin-starred restaurant, Loam.
Located on Druid Lane next to the city’s prestigious Druid Theatre Company.
Mornings at Ean see a selection of artisanal pastries and flavoursome breakfast dishes.
The lunch menu begins at noon consisting of a range of dishes using the best seasonal ingredients.
By night it is a wine bar and restaurant, specialising in natural, biodynamic, and organic wines and a selection of seasonal snacks and sharing plates.
GEO @ The G Hotel
Welcome to GEO our newly designed restaurant. Experience ‘Never Ordinary’ dining. Geo means earth. It can also mean the world. Our inspiration comes from around the globe, but our ingredients come from just around the corner. Ireland has an embarrassment of culinary riches, with some of the world’s best seafood and produce pulled from our local farms and coastlines, just minutes and miles away from where you sit right now, and when you sit down at our table, that’s what you’ll get. In a more cheffy mood, we might use words like “provenance” and “terroir” to talk about our menu. But what we really mean is food that captures the energy and excitement of being right here, right now, in this exact place. Savouring the moment, the experience, the taste, and the company.