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Where to find great graduation grub in Galway

By Sarah Finnan

October 23, 2019 at 4:56pm


It’s almost NUIG grad week in Galway, one of the best weeks…though I seem to say that about every event/week in Galway.

It’s just too much fun down there.

An excuse to get all dolled up and celebrate your hard work, graduation definitely calls for a decent feed afterwards.

Luckily, if there’s one thing Galway knows, apart from good craic, it’s good food. Between world-class chefs and Michelin-starred restaurants, the foodie scene is absolutely thriving so all you have to do is decide on a cuisine and settle in for some grub.


Kai is one of Galway’s hidden gems, an absolute must for foodies. Fresh, organic produce from local suppliers and creative menus that change daily mean that you’re in for a culinary surprise every single time you visit.

Edible flowers often feature and there’s nothing fancier than flower-adorned food.

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Trattoria Magnetti

Nestled amidst the madness on Quay Street, this is where I had my own graduation dinner (only right having studied Italian for four years).

Lively yet relaxed atmosphere, there’s no rush on you to hurry out. I opted for a butternut squash pasta dish that was 10/10.

Cava Bodega

Located on Middle Street, Cava Bodega is Galway’s answer to Spanish cuisine. Serving up food tapas-style, they offer a party menu for groups of 8+, with two or three-course options.

I tried some variation of their roasted chickpeas on my last visit and can confirm that they’re absolutely divine, so incorporate them however you can.


Arguably one of Galway’s most well-known Michelin-starred restaurants, Aniar is owned by renowned local restauranteur JP McMahon.

Regularly included on Lovin articles about Galway, it features some of the most creative cooking in the country.


Galway’s very own Gin Parlour, Hyde stocks over 500 gins from around the world.

Probably one of the most instagrammable restaurants in the city of tribes, it’s the prime location for all your mam’s mandatory graduation snaps.

The sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry is a veggie’s dream.


Uber chic, the inside is reminiscent of a trendy Brooklyn hang-out spot. Offering an unreal graduation deal you can get 2 courses for €17, a bloody bargain.

Delicious cocktails too - you’ve earned it.

Ard Bia at Nimmo’s

Part of the Galway scenery at this stage, it’s one of the city’s most enduring restaurants. A good shout regardless of the occasion, time of day or palate.

Dotey interiors, it would be the perfect setting for an intimate meal with friends and family.

Brasserie on the Corner

A graduation favourite, Brasserie on the Corner specialises in steak and seafood. Good hearty servings and an extensive wine menu to boot.

Plus, it’s conveniently located between NUI Galway and town, so it’s on your way in.


A café by day, Tartare turns into an organic and natural wine bar by night.

The evening menu offers a variety of small plates, ideal for sharing so you can sample a few different things.

Quirky artwork and a funky neon sign make for good conversation too.

Oh to live my college days again...

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