Seafood Trail

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!

Mc Swiggan’s


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

Tigh Neachtain


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. For the festival, McDonaghs will be serving Freshly Opened Oysters

Cava Bodega


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 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. 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 Gaslight Brasserie


Galway Oyster Festival specials include local supplier Kelly Oysters, served from the short to our Oyster Bar Door.
Enjoy 3 Oysters for €8.00
Half Dozen for €15.50
or a Dozen for €31.00

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.

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 BreakfastLunch, or Dinner at the Huntsman Inn when you visit us in Galway



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. 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.

The Front Door Pub

The Front Door is your typical friendly Irish local renowned for its welcoming staff, popular with both Galwegians and visitors to the city. This large but intimate venue boasts five bars and is built with dark wood, textured walls, stained glass and features cosy alcoves with plenty of hidden nooks and corners where you can enjoy a bite to eat or a tipple from an extensive drinks menu. Relax as you enjoy a bite to eat or tipple of your choice hidden nooks where you can enjoy a bite to eat or a tipple from an extensive drinks menu. also a bustling restaurant offering a menu based on traditional Irish flare with an international twist.
For the festival, The Front Door Pub and it’s adjoining Sonny Molloy’s Whiskey Bar will be serving 3 Fresh Oysters and a Pint of Guinness for €9.95.

The Kasbah Wine Bar at Tigh Neachtain


Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter in Galway, The Kasbah is the perfect to relax over seasonal and fresh tapas-style food to share with friends with a choice of fine international wines, craft beers, gins, whiskeys, and cocktails.

We have an incredible passion for food and we only serve the finest selection of small plates created with products sourced from local producers. Our chefs craft exceptionally inventive bites inspired by traditional Irish food, but with our own unique twist. We also have a wonderful assortment of tapas that are both vegan and gluten-free.