Restaurant Recommendations in Galway/Connemara region
It's been two years, however:
I can second McDonough's for fish & chips. It was very busy with the local University kids when we were there.
Some people say Moran's Oyster Cottage out in Clarinbridge is overrated, but we rather enjoyed it. Very picturesque.
If you are out by Clifden in Connemara - they have some delightful little places. Especially, 2 dog cafe. A funky little place with fresh innovative food. A nice change from pub grub. (Though I do love the Pub Grub!)
Roundstone is suppose to have a couple of good restaurants, as well - but everything was closed up the day we were there.
We stayed at Ballynahinch Castle and they had excellent food in both their pub (one of our favorite meals of the trip) and high-end restaurant. However, it is out in the middle of nowhere.
Have fun and please report back - the Ireland Reports are few and far between.
I was there in July these are my favorites for Galway Center:
Kirwan's Lane for mussels in thai red curry sauce
Quay's Pub for drinks and the atmosphere
Malt House for fine dining and scallops on curried parsnips
McDonough's Seafood for fish and chips
McSwiggins for stir fry steak; curry chicken or chicken kiev
Sheridan's Cheesemongers has a wine bistro upstairs; great place to sip wine and enjoy a cheese tray. When I was there someone came up from downstairs with complimentary freshly made deliciously warm brownies!!!
Have a wonderful trip!!