Coming soon… Galway's newest restaurants, cafés, and gastropubs

the Galway Appetiser

Summer in Galway is showing no signs of hotting up just yet. That's not the case in the food scene though. The city's culinary entrepreneurs are working hard to open a seemingly never-ending flow of new restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and more. Want to have your finger on the pulse of what's new in the Galway restaurant scene and keep one step ahead of friends and colleagues on where's going to be the next must-try new place to eat? Here is the latest news and gossip on what gastronomic delights are heading our way and the best new restaurants coming soon to the city of the tribes.

Something spicy is coming soon to fun and funky Abbeygate Streetfood, the home of street food in Galway, joining greats like Dough Bros, Bite Club, and Jamacia Joe's. Tuco's Taqueria Mexican Restaurant will soon be serving up the finest authentic Mexican food to you, hopefully hot enough to brighten up even the most showery Galway summer’s evening. Look forward to fajitas, burritos, soft corn tortilla tacos and lots of delicious vegetarian choices.

At the top of Eyre Square, heading towards Prospect Hill, McGettigan’s Pub is opening in the space formerly known as Cuba. The first McGettigan’s was opened in Ireland in the 1960s on Queen Street in Dublin. Since that day, the business has grown to eight branches across Ireland, Dubai, and Singapore. It serves a range of classic pub grub so you can look forward to chowing down on buffalo hot wings, burgers, fish and chips, and beef and Guinness pie, in seriously slick surroundings. The company always tries to source the majority of its produce from local suppliers too. With an opening date of June 19 there is not much longer to wait for this one.

Revive Café has been one of the most popular Galway cafes since it opened its doors in 2001. Owned and run by Mike and Mary O’Reilly, it is located in Eyre Street, right in the heart of the city. In their cafe everything is based on fresh produce cooked simply; dressings, pestos, salsa, and relishes are also home-made. We can expect the same attention to detail at their new venture, the Eyre Street Steakhouse. While many places in town do steak, there is no dedicated steakhouse since legendary Scotty’s moved out to the 'burbs. One for the carnivorous to keep an eye on.

The next restaurant preparing to open soon is Le Petit Pois, a new French restaurant owned by French husband and wife team, the Renauts. Michèle Renaut is the chef and aims to make delicious traditional French dishes, while Philippe will advise you on the perfect wines to accompany your meal. The picturesque stone archway at Victoria Place will be home to their dream restaurant. Extensive work has already been carried out, including a new roof and restrooms. The outside pathway will be transformed into a a covered courtyard and wine lounge area. With twinkly, colourful, fairylights, it promises to be one of the prettiest outdoor spaces in the city.

In the same neck of the woods, and also under construction, is a hip and trendy new bar that really does promise to be something special. Tribeton have been quietly building a Galway restaurant with an exclusive vibe, evoking speakeasies and private clubs. This bar, cafe, and dining room space looks like having the scope to do a brisk morning trade, mid-range lunch, cocktails, and tapas style bar food. It promises to be a very special venue for casual, relaxed, dining and imbibing from morning until late. Housed upstairs in the McDonagh building on Merchants Road, this could be the place to go for the cool crowd this festival season.

These talked-about eateries are all set to arrive in the coming weeks and months. Looks like it is going to be the tastiest summer yet.


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