Known for having some of the top food spots in Galway, Galway’s Westend is home to the best restaurants, cafés and bars in the West of Ireland. Discover where to go for breakfast, coffee, lunch, dinner and al fresco dining in Galway’s Westend below…

Start your day in Galway’s Westend with an energising and delicious breakfast. The award-winning brunches in Dela are as fresh as you can get, with the team serving produce from farm-to-fork and even roasting their own coffee. On William Street West you’ll find stunning brunch out on the beautifully sunny terrace of Urban Grind, with weekly specials that will blow your mind alongside iced coffees and smoothies to quench even the greatest of thirsts. If it’s a more traditional breakfast you’re after, the Full Irish Fry at Galway Arms Inn is known to possess miraculous abilities to cure a sore head and the craic at the bar will certainly put a smile on your face. If you’re itching to get out exploring Galway and the West of Ireland, grab a sambo from the well-stocked deli at McGuire’s Daybreak on Raven’s Terrace or a juicy piece of fruit from Ernies on Sea Road and hit the road!

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Of course, when you’re deciding where to go in Galway, the coffee scene is an absolutely vital consideration! Gourmet Tart Co is an absolute hub of the community back West where the combo of uplifting coffee and scrumptious pastries has fuelled many the morning chat. Plámás is one of the newest kids on the block and it’s all about loving local with coffee roasted right here in Galway, merch from local artists and barista waiting to have the chats.

There are loads of incredible options for your lunch-time pit-stop in Galway’s Westend. Kai Restaurant is one of the best-loved restaurants in the whole country and their lunch menu is filled with comfort food, created with love to the very highest level of culinary excellence. Greenes & Co is the best spot in Galway to find vegan and plant-based dishes of all shapes and sizes that are packed with flavour, texture and satisfaction. Down on Dominick Street Lower, the incredibly friendly staff at Arabica are waiting to welcome you with a smile, a warm cuppa, a homemade scone or a perfectly toasted wrap. It’s no surprise that An Tobar Nua is a firm-favourite with local students as they offer incredible value, but the location overlooking the canal and the beautiful garden make this feel like a high-end lunch date spot. If you want to really treat yourself to a serious lunch-time feed, head to the Burger Garden at Handsome Burger for some loaded fries, juicy patties and good vibes. Beware of the impending food coma!

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As your day out in Galway draws to a close, cross the bridges to Galway’s Westend for an evening of fine dining and top-class hospitality. Aniar, helmed by JP McMahon, was the first Galway restaurant to receive a Michelin star and has been a leading light in the West of Ireland food scene for over a decade. For those who want to sample sensational seafood from the Wild Atlantic Way, Oscars Seafood Bistro are experts in the field (or should we say, sea?!). For a more laid-back, family-friendly, fishy experience you have to head to Hooked on Henry Street where you’ll find perfect fish ‘n’ chips and more. Dinner in Galway’s Westend can be an international affair too, with tantalising tapas from Deli la Tasca or authentic Italian cuisine from Mona Lisa. Sometimes, after a long day of exploring Galway, you just need to grab a takeaway and head home. That’s where the finger-lickin’ fried chicken from Roost or perfect pizza from Apache Pizza comes in!

Best Places to eat in Galway

When we say “eating out in Galway’s Westend” we really mean eating outside! The now famous Street Feasts and Summer street closures have given the area a great reputation for outdoor dining and there are a few spots that offer amazing al fresco options all year round. Il Vicolo is one of the most picturesque places for dinner in the whole of Galway, with the views from their quaint terrace on the banks of the River Corrib only bettered by the sensational Italian cooking on offer. The unbelievable burgers and other great grub from BóTOWN are topped off with an absolute hidden gem of a rooftop terrace that is a must-visit. For a little bit of paradise in the heart of Galway city, The Secret Garden’s eponymous garden is filled with flowers, cosy vibes and their resident kitty cat to keep your company while you enjoy your choice of tea and cake.

What’s a bit of grub without a few drinks afterward? Find the best places to drink in Galway’s Westend right here.

Al Fresco Dining in Galway