In search of the best restaurants in Salthill? This guide will make your belly happy!
The lively town of Salthill near Galway City is home to a variety of places to eat that’ll satisy even the fussiest of tastebuds.
Whether you’re looking for traditional Irish fare or if wish to sample international cuisine, foodies visiting Salthill are spoilt for choice.
In the guide below, you’ll discover what are, in our opinion, the best restaurants Salthill has to offer. Dive on in!
The best restaurants in Salthill in Galway
- La Collina
- Da Roberta’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
- Black Cat
- The Galleon Restaurant Salthill
- Gourmet Food Parlour
- Papa Rich Salthill
- R.M.McCabes Gastropub
- Samyo Asian Food
- The Gourmet Tart Company
- Lana Salthill Asian Street Food
Our favourite places to eat in Salthill
As Salthill is home to some of the best restaurants in Galway, it can be hard to narrow down where to head for your evening meal.
The first section of our guide contains our favourite restaurants in Salthill, with a mix of both fine dining and casual eats that you can get stuck into.
1. La Collina
I have to start with La Collina. Winner of 10 awards since 2015, it’s easy to see why this Italian eatery is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Salthill.
Italians enjoy their food in a way most other Europeans do not; it’s as much about the company and environment as it is about the food.
Think of words spilling over each other as quickly as the plates are emptied, and laughter, and music, and warmth (whether from the sun or big stove), and above all, a sense of family.
All of this is available to you at La Collin, and you don’t even have to do the washing up!
2. Da Roberta’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
Da Roberta’s is the type of restaurant where you keep going back because you feel the staff know you and they’re so friendly you feel you know them!
This Italian family-run business prides itself on staying through to its roots, and many ingredients are imported from their home region in Italy.
The menu has so many wonderful choices that dishes are often shared around the table, so nobody suffers menu-envy.
Enjoy an Italian wine or beer with your meal but try to save room for dessert, and before you leave, make plans to come back again.
If you’re in search of places to eat in Salthill where you’ll be treated to a hearty (and very tasty meal!), look no further than Da Roberta’s.
3. Black Cat (one of the most stylish restaurants Salthill has to offer)
The last of our favourite places to eat in Salthill is the brilliant Black Car. The stylish exterior of Black Cat carries through to the interior of this restaurant located in the centre of Salthill.
Whether it’s ‘date night’ or a birthday party, you’ll find lots of choices on the menu to satisfy everyone, and tourists have a tendency to return the next day.
You know that feeling when you find somewhere you really like and you think I’ve found my little bit of Heaven for the rest of my holiday?
That’s what it’s like when you find the Black Cat Restaurant. Excellent food, superb wine, and outstanding service. What more could you ask for?!
Other excellent Salthill restaurants will rave reviews online
The second section of our guide to the best restaurants in Salthill is packed with places to eat in Salthill that have amassed impressive reviews online, at the time of writing.
Below, you’ll find a handful of places to drop into after a day spent tackling the many things to do in Salthill.
1. The Galleon Restaurant Salthill
If you’re in search of family friendly places to eat in Salthill, look no further than the Galleon Restaurant.
When a restaurant has been owned by the same family for 3 generations, they’ve learned a thing or two along the way, and that’s how it is at The Galleon.
The restaurant has been refurbished in recent times, but the family-friendly atmosphere has remained, making it one of several brilliant restaurants in Salthill for a family meal.
The crayons and drawing paper are a great hit with the little ones and give the parents a bit of breathing room to enjoy their meals. And Ohh the meals! Hearty, tasty and loads of choice on offer!
5. Gourmet Food Parlour Salthill
These days people do like to know they’re eating locally grown food, they feel good about contributing to the economy, especially when they’re tourists, and the GFP in Salthill is all about fresh and locally grown food.
Although this is one of the more casual places to eat in Salthill, the food packs a punch! The Calamari is delicious, as is the Beef Burger and we shared a Nutella cheesecake, although ‘Himself’ was a bit greedy and had more than his share!
One of the best things about this restaurant is its consistency, with food and its friendly staff. No matter how many times you go back, it’s always the same, wonderful.
The Gourmet Food Parlour is arguably one of the best restaurants in Salthill for a large group, with plenty of large tables to accommodate a several hungry visitors.
6. Papa Rich
Pad Thai is my favourite Asian dish, and in Papa Rich it’s fabulous! Generous portions and reasonably priced food makes this a restaurant most visitors end up in at some point during their stay.
The understated atmosphere and the variety of choices on the menu always impress new diners, and when they receive their food, they know this is an all-round experience, and that’s what keeps them coming back.
If you’re in search of restaurants in Salthill where you’ll get a great bang for your Euro, drop in here for a bite.
7. R.M.McCabes Gastropub (one of the best places to eat in Salthill for a hearty feed!)
I do love a gastro pub, especially when it’s got music, so a night of food, drink, and craic is definitely on the cards when you’re visiting McCabes.
The atmosphere is lively, but not to the extent that you can’t hear yourself speak, and for a fairly recent addition to the Salthill area, it’s already got quite a following.
Great for date night with its cozy nooks and crannies, it’s popular with families too. One to visit again and again.
8. Samyo Asian Food
Those that visit Samyo in Salthill can expect fresh food, quickly seated and served by lovely staff and reasonably priced.
There’s been an explosion of street-food restaurants around the country, and ‘Himself’ so far has avoided visiting with me (no bacon and cabbage options, you see) but I got him in, eventually.
He had the BBQ Ribs and Tum Yum soup, and he loved every morsel. The décor is great with the walls covered with good art, and the overall atmosphere is funky and modern. A great Asian restaurant for the locals and tourists alike.
9. The Gourmet Tart Company
The Gourmet Tart Company began as a Market Stall 20 years ago and now they have 6 shops, with Salthill having their only restaurant.
They cater to all tastes, from Vegan to carnivore, and anything with a pink label has been made in their own bakery.
We had breakfast, a Full Irish for ‘Himself’, and for me, fresh fruit yoghurt and granola. The granola was so good I bought a bag before I left.
The only problem I had was trying to avoid the sweet stuff that looked so good! If you’re looking for places to eat in Salthill that pack a punch, get yourself in here.
There’s a reason this place ranked so high in our guide to the best brunch in Galway – drop in for yourself to see why!
10. Lana Salthill (one of the best restaurants in Salthill for Asian street food)
When you’re a stranger in town, seeing a familiar name can make you feel right at home, and it was like that when I saw Lana Asian Street Food.
Even though it was busy, the service was swift, and the portion sizes of noodles from the Wok were huge. I hardly made a dent in mine.
The prices are very reasonable, about €10 for a main course, and the staff were lovely. Cheap and cheerful, a great spot for when you don’t want to spend hours over a meal.
What great Salthill restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some great Salthill restaurants from the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let us know in the comments section below and we’ll check it out.
Norah is a writer and self-publisher of fiction and non-fiction. She adores the excitement of unknown places and together with several locations in Ireland, has, over 21 years, made her home in London, The Hague and New Zealand, returning to Ireland with her Kiwi rescue dog Barney, in tow.