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Galway Bay


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene

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Fried Oysters
Fresh oysters, hand-dipped, flash fried, cocktail sauce
Chesapeake Oysters
Seasonal picks from our waters, fresh shucked, lemon, cocktail sauce
Oysters Rockefeller
Seasonal picks from our waters, broiled with bacon, spinach, feta and parmesan cheese
Top Neck Clams
1 lb. clams, pan steamed in seasoned butter
Fresh Atlantic Fried Clams
Clam strips, hand-dipped, flash fried, cocktail sauce
1 lb. steamed P.E.I. Mussels in your choice of
Garlic and White Wine
Irish Curry
Tomato Whiskey Sauce
Traditional Potato & Leek
Irish Whiskey & Tomato
Market Price
Soup of the Moment
So Good! Who Knew? Smash Peas
Slow cooked peas, sea salt, black pepper, fresh mint, whipped butter
Irish Curry Fries
Thin cut crispy steak fries, traditional Irish curry gravy
Beef and Beer Cheese Fries
Ale and onion braised short rib, craft beer cheese, thin cut crispy steak fries, green onion and tomato garnish
Lamb Ribs
Braised lamb ribs, orange whiskey glaze
Pork Belly Pickups
Smoked and braised pork belly, goat cheese, arugula on caramelized onion flatbread with orange whiskey marmalade
Curry Deviled Eggs
Housemade deviled eggs with a hint of Irish curry
Great Lakes Smoked Whitefish Dip
Served with crackers
Hot-Smoked Salmon Pickups
Mixed greens, hot-smoked peppered salmon, Bermuda onion, tomatoes, capers, lemon herb cream, caramelized onion flatbreads
Lamb Meatballs
Handmade lamb meatballs with lamb, rosemary, pimento sauce
Cabbage Wraps
Mashed potato and corned beef in cabbage leaf, creamed mustard dressing
Housemade Dressings: Cashel Blue Cheese, Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Green Goddess, Lemon Herb Ranch, Black Currant Port Vinaigrette
Tossed House Salad
Chopped Romaine, Bermuda onion, tomato, cucumber, carrot, choice of dressing
Seafood Caesar
Chopped Romaine, seared Ahi tuna, jumbo lump crab, grilled cold water shrimp
The Chieftain
Chopped romaine, Cashel blue cheese, walnuts, craisins, black currant port vinaigrette
Roasted Beet Salad
Chopped romaine, roasted red beets, walnuts, goat cheese, mandarin oranges, apple cider vinaigrette
The Crunch Salad
Roma Crunch lettuce, Bermuda onion, tomato, Pork Belly, crumbled Cashel blue cheese dressing, balsamic glaze
Hot-Smoked Peppered Salmon Salad
Roma Crunch lettuce, hot-smoked peppered salmon, Bermuda onion, tomatoes, capers, hard boiled egg, Green Goddess dressing
Corned Beef
Pork Belly
Market Price
Crab Cake
Gluten Free Rolls (Add $2). Please request when ordering. Great Lakes Whitefish has more Omega-3 fatty acids than pink or sockeye salmon!
Half & Half
Sourdough half sandwich, American, Cheddar, Dubliner cheese, pecan wood smoked shoulder bacon and tomato, served with a cup of tomato whiskey soup
Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich
Hand pulled chicken meat, Irish curry spice, celery, golden raisins on toasted country white, with fries
Ultimate BLT
Pecan wood smoked shoulder bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo on toasted country white, fries
Tavern Lamb Cheese Steak
Thin sliced leg of lamb, grilled onions, garlic herb spread, provolone cheese, fries
Hand pulled corned beef 1 st cut, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Irish mustard dressing, grilled rye bread, fries
Market Price
Miss Peggy's Crab Cake Sandwich
Jumbo lump blue crab meat, potato roll, house tartar, fries
Farmers Chicken Sandwich
Grilled all natural fresh chicken breast, Irish tomato onion chutney, pecan shoulder bacon, Dubliner cheese, shredded lettuce on Rustic Bread, fries
Oh Boy! Fish Sandwich
Norwegian salmon, tomato, shredded lettuce, signature sauce, toasted rustic garlic bread, fries
Omega-3 Whitefish Sandwich
Our Great Lakes Smoked Whitefish Dip served open face on toasted Rustic Bread, red onions, capers, tomato, chopped egg, shredded lettuce, served with smash peas
Shepherd's Pie
Ground chuck in gravy, peas, carrots, onions, topped with creamed champ potatoes
Fish and Chips
Wild Atlantic cod loin hand-dipped in house beer batter, fries, house tartar
Bangers and Mash
Chesapeake Old Bay sausage, ale onion gravy, creamed champ potatoes
Vegetarian Boxty
Potato pancake folded over mushrooms, onions, peppers in garlic tomato sauce with cheddar and provolone cheeses
Liver and Onions
Calves liver, grilled onion, shoulder bacon, creamed champ potatoes, fresh vegetables
Traditional Beef Stew
Slow cooked angus beef, onion, carrot, celery, served with creamed champ potatoes
Charred Orange Honey Salmon
Chargrilled Norwegian salmon, orange honey glaze, seasoned rice, smash peas
Corned Beef and Cabbage
1st cut brisket, slow cooked in herbs and spices, braised cabbage, creamed champ potatoes, parsnips and carrots, Irish mustard
Chicken Mac & Cheese
Chicken, Cavatappi pasta, white cheddar cream sauce, served with side salad
New York Strip
12oz center cut choice angus beef, roasted garlic beef jus, creamed champ potatoes, fresh vegetables
Galway Bay's Signature
Dexter Burger
Irish Dexter beef, pasture raised locally in Westminster, Maryland. Lean meat that's cooked medium (chef s "no exceptions"). Shredded lettuce, Spanish onion, American cheese, signature sauce, toasted brioche bun, fries
Pub Burger
Certified Angus beef charbroiled burger, brioche bun, lettuce, tomato, fries
Veggie Burger
House-made black bean and rice patty, lettuce, tomato, toasted brioche bun, fries. Vegan with bun substitution
Add Ice Cream $8.0
Strawberry Rhubarb Tart
Baked in-house
Gluten Free Dessert
Ask your server for our seasonal selection
Traditional Bread Pudding
House-made pudding, layers of bread, dried berries, Bird's Vanilla Custard
Bailey's Chocolate Mousse
Rich chocolate mousse, flavored with Irish cream, topped with fresh whipped cream
Guinness Cake
Served with mocha ice cream
A taste of Ireland is all about friendly surroundings and an immediate sense of feeling right at home. Visit Galway Bay and discover how to find that atmosphere right in your own neighborhood. Come on in and fill up on Irish. Relax in a traditional Irish Pub, enjoy a family meal in the dining room or do both. Our restaurant can accommodate semi private functions and cater to rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, office parties, or any special occasion. We also cater private events at your location--please call or visit for details. Galway Bay Irish Pub is located on Maryland Avenue in downtown Annapolis in a beautifully historic building. Our pub and restaurant have a relaxed and happy atmosphere.
USD 10 - USD 24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed dinner here, before we attended the show at the Colonial Players. Reservations are needed/suggested, but service is personal and the menu had plenty of options. A great Irish Pub! I enjoyed the crab cakes, but what topped the crab cakes was their...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank SHC5015
Sean21401, General Manager at Galway Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for that. We do pride ourselves on our Crabcakes but that tartar sauce is pretty good as well.

Reviewed 1 week ago

The bar itself is actually from Ireland. The Galway Red Ale is a house beer that has been consistently good for 20+ years.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank JJRunner301
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Authentic; i've lived in Dublin for a year and 1/2 and i have to admit that this comes close to the real Irish pub. Great Shepher's pie.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank AndyWillGo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This Irish Pub is very authentic. The veggie burger wasn't bad, but not the best either. But at least they offer a vegetarian/vegan option. The staff could have been a little more friendly, they weren't very welcoming. My outgoing husband talked to them and complimented...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank greenvegansara
Sean21401, General Manager at Galway Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Sara. Thank you for coming to Galway Bay and your review. You have given me some good training material for my staff. It is the simple things which are most appreciated and I will use your comments to show how important it is that...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by for the Reuben, fell in love with the atmosphere and the whiskey. Amazing list of Irish Whiskeys. Very knowledgeable servers, great at recommending the many whiskeys and their distinctive notes. I didn't care for the Irish Chips but their homemade Corned Beef!!! WOW!...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Richard M
Sean21401, General Manager at Galway Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Richard. Thanks for the positive feedback. We've been working hard these last couple of years to widen our Irish Whiskey list and it's now over 80. We have more things coming on line soon so come by again. Sean Lynch

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Upon walking through the front door, you’re met with an Irish bar having a lots of charm. For us, shortly thereafter the charm ended. Our server didn’t appear to want to be working on this particular day and labored in every effort to wait on...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Stugot2
Sean21401, General Manager at Galway Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I am very sorry that you were disappointed and that we did not live up to our own standards. Pouring a good pint of Guinness is all well and good but as you say, if...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staff+Food+Decor+Price = 5 Star. I've been to this spot 3 times in past four weeks. This place just makes you want to come back. It's that good. The level of customer activity attests to the attractiveness of Galway Bay as a place to drink, eat...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 44lawrences
Sean21401, General Manager at Galway Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Lawrence Thanks for the positive feedback. I am happy that our staffs hard work shows through and is appreciated. Please say hello next time you are in and I will be glad to let you know our future plans.

Reviewed 27 January 2019 via mobile

We had potato cakes, fish and chips, and their special burger. Everything was really good. Good pace, price and food. We were referred in from the academy and loved it.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 356jenniferh
Reviewed 10 January 2019

Lovely atmosphere in this pub with some great menu options. The lamb ribs appetizer was outstanding. Perfectly cooked with a delicious glaze. The potato cakes were tasty as well. The smashed peas were, well, peas. Prices are reasonable too. The atmosphere is nice and it...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank brian k
Reviewed 5 January 2019 via mobile

This place took me by surprise! The food was absolutely delicious! We both chose the red snapper with rice and squash. The veggies were perfectly cooked, slightly crisp, nicely flavored. The fish was melt in your mouth. And to finish it off the bread pudding...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 304nellieh
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Ronald B
18 March 2017|
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Response from Sean21401 | Property representative |
Hello Ronald. We do have a number of dished on our menu which are Gluten Free. Our menu is on our website and the specific items which are gluten free are marked with a blue GF symbol right after the name. We can make more... More
1 March 2017|
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Response from KenC09 | Reviewed this property |
No, there is street parking on Maryland ave that has meters until 7. Other than that I would recommend parking in a garage and walking over
1 August 2015|
Response from Clare M | Property representative |
Yes we usually can accommodate that type of function. If you can give us a call or stop in, we can look at your date and requirements to confirm we are able to on your specific date. We will work with you to set a great... More
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