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Diners' Choice: Best Ambience restaurants in Galway City

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambience in Galway City? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Stone House Pizza Bar restaurant
4.8 (295)
€30 and under
Pizza Bar
About the restaurant
Brought to you by The Old Barracks. Chic new Pizzeria in the heart of Athenry, serving stone- baked Pizza from our Traditional Italian oven, divine desserts & delicious cocktails. Dine-in or Take out.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Fantastic pizza. Great selection. High quality ingredients. Friendly staff.
A photo of Queen Street restaurant
4.1 (98)
€30 and under
Galway City Centre
About the restaurant
Queen Street, Galway's new Gastro bar located in the corner of Eyre Square within the Victoria Hotel. Our bar offers delicious food, an impressive selection of cocktails, beers, wine and spirits with a wonderful atmosphere to ensure all your needs are catered for.

At Queen Street, we take pride in our freshly prepared dishes cooked to order. This commitment ensures that every customer experiences Queen Street at its very best.

Our doors open at 11am every morning, serving barista-style coffee and freshly made café options. Food is served from 12pm throughout the week and on bank holidays, with last seatings at 9pm every evening. Our bar service is also available after this time, serving until late.

We cater to all dietary requirements and offer an exciting menu that includes vegetarian and vegan options. Our team is always on hand to make your experience as enjoyable as you deserve.
Come and experience Queen Street, where great food, cocktails, and a wonderful atmosphere await you!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Had the best experience , cannot thank the waiters and waitresses enough . Such lovely people made it so special , thank you !
A photo of Caprice restaurant
4.7 (59)
€30 and under
Galway City Centre
About the restaurant
✨Discover the charm of Caprice Restaurant in downtown Galway! We serve up delicious brunch and lunch every day, and our weekend dining is a treat you won't want to miss. Come enjoy tasty dishes in a cozy atmosphere that'll make your dining experience special every time.✨
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Couldn't fault it. Food was really tasty, lovely wine and great service. Would highly recommend!
A photo of Sophie's @ The Dean Galway restaurant
4.3 (601)
€30 and under
Galway City Centre
About the restaurant
Rooftop Dining in Galway City Centre
Soak in the views whilst you dine at Sophie’s rooftop restaurant, complete with amazing panoramic views of Galway City, whatever the weather.
Blazing sun, howling gales, she’s just beautiful. And fun. And friendly. And tasty.

Our chefs pack every mouthful with international and Irish flavours. We’ve also got a range of cocktails so good you’ll wanna work your way through the entire menu.
We serve breakfast and dinner 7 days a week. We do lunch on weekdays and brunch at the weekend.

If you haven't found your desired time please get in touch with us at bookgalway@sophies.ie

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
My two friends and I had a lovely Saturday brunch at Sophie’s. The food was delicious and the service was great. The restaurant was busy enough to provide a nice atmosphere and we especially enjoyed the beautiful view. We all agreed that we would definitely return and would love to try out the evening menu.
A photo of Kirby's restaurant
4.4 (142)
€30 and under
Galway City Centre
About the restaurant
Kirby's offer a relaxed dining experience in modern surrounds. Savour the best of local produce cooked with a modern twist. An extensive wine list is available with and emphasis on New World wines. Assured of a warm and friendly welcome and value for money, Kirby's is the ideal venue for a night out with friends or when celebrating that special occasion.

Indoor & outdoor seating is available ( subject to the Irish weather )
Our booking platform accepts reservations up to 6 people, should you wish to make a booking for more people please email us with your enquiry on generalmanager@buskerbrownes.com .

Come to eat , Stay to party!

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Staff were so nice friendly and professional. Food was lovely and the Expresso Martini divine. Thank you
A photo of Zappis Restaurant restaurant
4.5 (57)
€30 and under
Galway’s West End
About the restaurant
Based in the heart of Galway City, Zappi’s Restaurant is the perfect setting to enjoy the company of a loved one, group of friends or a business dinner. Both bright & spacious Zappi’s has a wonderful selection of Italian dishes with an extensive wine list. Relax in the opulent surroundings as you wine and dine on the finest of local ingredients.
Top review
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
Fantastic food, staff and overall experience! Worth the visit!
A photo of Afternoon Tea at The g Hotel restaurant
3.7 (49)
€31 to €50
Afternoon Tea
About the restaurant
Experience a sumptuous centuries-old tradition, in our newly re-imagined Pink Lounge.
Afternoon Tea is a luxurious and historic tradition that has been enjoyed for centuries. Here at the g Hotel & Spa, our famous Afternoon Tea has been described by TheTaste.ie as “the best Afternoon Tea in Ireland”. What’s more, we do it in some of the most individually artistic surroundings seen anywhere in the world.
Our new Lounge, evokes class and intrigue with blush pink velvets, tasselled chairs and brass accents create a luxurious feel, the perfect space to enjoy afternoon tea.
Please note, time of 90 minutes may apply to key days.

Top review
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
Brought my daughter and her friend was really lovely ,staff were great we had a lovely afternoon
A photo of Renao Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.4 (215)
€30 and under
Galway City Centre
About the restaurant
Welcome to RÉ NAO, a traditional Chinese restaurant based in the heart of Galway, Ireland. Using only the finest locally sourced produce we lovingly recreate delectable Chinese dishes that have withstood the test of time.

Vegan, Gluten Free and Halal Options.

Top review
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
Fabulous meal great service. Definitely go back again. Friendly staff. Great cocktails 🍸
A photo of Gaslight Brasserie restaurant
4.1 (156)
€30 and under
Galway City Centre
About the restaurant
The Gaslight Brasserie is the perfect dining venue, located at the Hardiman Hotel overlooking Eyre Square.
Breakfast is served daily from 07.00am. With excellent Lunch menus from 12.30 and Dinner Menus from 17.00.

As you enter our Gaslight Brasserie, you are greeted with warm white walls and mirrors - enriched with burgundies and teals. This is a luxurious relaxed Dining space.

Our Brasserie Lunch Menu is served from 12.30 till 4.30pm daily
Our Gaslight Evening menu is served from 5.00pm till 9.30pm daily

Meet your friends, celebrate with colleagues or enjoy a date night at The Gaslight safe in the knowledge you are choosing delicious food and high quality service, with our famous welcome.

Top review
Dined on 18 Feb 2024
Fabulous, will definitely be back again. Considering we dined at 9pm on a Monday night, the food as service were excellent.
A photo of Gourmet Food Parlour - Salthill restaurant
4 (463)
€30 and under
Comfort Food
About the restaurant
The first Gourmet Food Parlour outside of Dublin, sitting just west of Galway city in the bustling townland of Salthill overlooking Galway Bay. Serving up a range of delicious dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, as well as a range of wines and cocktails to top off your visit!

*A discretionary service charge of 10% will be added to the bill for parties of 8 or more.
100% of tips go to our staff.

Top review
Dined on 25 Feb 2024
Really enjoyed it. The Breakfasts were delicious. Highly recommend.
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