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The Canal Café


Easy dining, showcasing a passion for Irish produce.

The Canal Café is open to both resident and non-resident diners.

Here, you will find a relaxed, informal style of dining in a warm, cosy space where it is easy to enjoy a snack, coffee or more substantial lunch or early dinner with friends. You will also feel comfortable sitting here alone with a good book as company.

Many of our Canal Café customers walk in from the banks of the Grand Canal, or are on their way to seek out the grave of Arthur Guinness, which is located in the nearby Oughterard cemetery.

The Canal Café looks out onto cobbled courtyard where you can make the most of the summer sun.

This family friendly location, is open from Monday to Sunday for lite bites and lunch from 11.00am – 18:00pm and dinner 18:00pm to 22:00pm.

Last orders 9:45pm

Reservations are advisable.

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The Canal Cafe Menu

Lunch Menu; Salads €9.00, A la Carte menu prices apply, see below (lunch is served from 11.30 to 17.00)

Dinner Menu; €35 (Dinner is served from 17:00 to 21:00)

Children’s Menu; Starters €3.50, Main Courses €7.00, Desserts €3.50

Garden Beetroot Salad

Ardsallagh Goat’s Cheese, Orange, Rocket Leaves, Hazelnut

“Canal Café” Garden Salad

Fresh herbs, Salad leaves, Vegetables & Fruits from our Garden

Classic Caesar Salad

Romain Lettuce, Parmesan, Croutons, Coddled Eggs, Olive Oil

Seafood Chowder €9.50

Herb Cream and Lemon

Broccoli Soup €7.50

Cashel Blue Cheese

Lamb Shoulder €19.50

Confit Garlic Mash, Carrot, Parsnip, Jus

Langoustines €17.00

Garlic, Lemon, Parsley, Butter, Sourdough Toast

Skeaghanore Duck Leg Confit €15.50

Sauté Potatoes, Caramelised onion

10oz Irish Rib-Eye €31.50

French Fries, Fried egg, Pepper Sauce

Kelly’s Wild Galway Mussels €12.95

French Fries, Garlic Shallots & Parsley

Tarte Provencal €15.50

Tomato, Courgette, Aubergine, Onion

Agnolotti €16.50

Spinach, Homemade Ricotta, Red Pepper, Thyme

Mixed Salad €3.75

Champ Potato €3.75

French Fries €3.75

Broccoli with Hollandaise €3.75

Chocolate Brownie €8.75

Vanilla Ice Cream, Peanut, Chocolate Sauce

Rhubarb €7.50

Vanilla Ice-cream, Cider Sabayon

Red Velvet Cheesecake €7.50

White Chocolate Ice cream

Irish Farm House Cheeses €10.00

Selection, Crackers, Apple Juice

Home Made Scone €3.50

Butter, Marmalade or Strawberry Jam

Chocolate Chip Cookies €2.50

Lemon and Poppy Seed Drizzle €3.50

Pear and Almond Tart € 3.50

Clogherhead Crab Salad €14.00

Guinness Bread, Lemon Mayonnaise

Terry Butterlies Smoked Salmon € 9.50

Soda Bread, Cucumber, Horseradish

Free-Range Chicken Wrap € 9.25

Caesar Dressing, Bacon, Lettuce

Ham and Cheese Toastie €6.50

Barron’s Bakery Batch Bread

Wild Irish Mussels

Galway Bay Mussels, White wine, Garlic, Shallot, Parsley

Bantry Bay Salmon

Gin & Tonic Cured, Apple, Cucumber, Fennel

Chicken Liver Parfait

Toasted Brioche, Quince, Mixed leaf

Five Mile Town Goats Cheese

Beetroot, Walnut, Orange

Broccoli Soup

Cashel Blue, Sourdough Croutes

Wicklow Lamb Shoulder

Sauté Potatoes, Pied A Mouton

Skeaghanore Duck Leg Confit

Sauté Potatoes, Caramelized Onion, Jus


Prawn Colcannon, Spring Onion, Lemon Butter Sauce

Skillet of West Coast Seafood

Cod, Salmon, Cockles, Mussels, Garlic, Lemon, Sourdough toast


Spinach, Homemade Ricotta, Red pepper, Thyme

Classic Crème Brûlée

Shortbread Biscuit

Rhubarb Jelly

Cider Sabayon, Vanilla Ice-cream

Chocolate Brownie

Vanilla Ice Cream, Peanut, Chocolate sauce

Red Velvet Cheesecake

White Chocolate Ice cream

Irish Cheese of the Day

Selection,Crackers, Apple Juice

Hummus, Garden Vegetable & Dipping Sticks

Mushroom Soup

Kitchen Garden Salad

Garlic Toast

Ham & Cheese Toastie

Fish Goujons & Chips, Lemon Mayo

Grilled Chicken, Creamed Potato, Glazed Carrot

Tagliatelle with Tomato Sauce

Sausage & Mash

Cookies & Cream

Fresh Fruit Salad

Chocolate Brownie

Hot Chocolate & Marshmallow

Please note that all of our dishes are prepared-to-order and may contain allergens.

Our kitchen operation involves shared cooking and preparation areas. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that any item can be completely free of allergens.



Book Your Table

If you want to book a table with us please use the booking engine below. This works for any table at The Canal Cafe booked on the days we are open to the public.

Please remember to select The Canal Cafe from the dropdown menu before making your booking.

Alternatively you can email us or contact us directly on +353 1 630 3500.

Note: resident guests are advised to make advance bookings at the time of their bedroom reservation.

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