About Us

  • September 7, 2012



Kai Restaurant is nestled between the church and a gay bar down on Sea Road in Galway’s Westend. The building which was home to a florist before New Zealander Jess and Carlow’s Dave Murphy arrived in over 7 years ago and transformed the space into what it is today, Kai.

Kai’ is the Maori word for food and in 2011 they opened the door with a simple formula — high-quality produce, preferably organic or wild, sourced locally and cooked intelligently.

What’s in season will be on your plate.

Kai Restaurant stone floors and subtle nod to home interior means that as soon as you walk through the door, you feel like you have been here before.


Open Seven days a week.

22 Sea Road

(091) 526 003

It's vital food, packed with good energy, and it lifts you up to eat it because it's so simple and elemental. John McKenna




Opening Times

DayTime at Kai

Monday to Friday Coffee, cake and fresh pastries from 9:30am – 12 noon

Lunch served each day from 12noon -3pm

Saturday Coffee, cake and fresh pastries from 10:30am – 12noon

Saturday Lunch 12noon-3pm

Kai Sunday Brunch 12noon-3pm

NightTime at Kai

Winter Dinner at Kai From October: 5 Nights a week Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm – 9:30pm

CLOSED Bank Holidays and open 5 nights a week for Dinner during the winter season.

For Bookings call 091-526003



– Michelin Bib Gourmand

-Best chef in Connaught

– Best restaurant in Connaught

– Best Chef Lead Menu in Ireland

– best Service

– Top 50 places to visit and in the top 3 places to eat in the world by Lonely Planet Magazine

– 3 star rating for sustainability Food Made Good

– Member of World Gourmet Society

– Best Restaurant in Connacht 2018

– Best Chef Connacht 2018



– Restaurant of the year 2012

– Top 10 happening rooms in the country

– Top 10 great ‘him’n’her’ places

–  Top 10 great signature dishes

– Fourth best female chef in Ireland

– Best Casual Dining

– Top 20 most sustainable Restaurants in the world

– Best Chef Lead Menu in Ireland 2017

The food was among the best, and certainly the most memorable of a trip that also included a visit to the Michelin-starred Cliff House in Waterford and similarly starred establishments in Dublin.

The Reconnoisseur, Financial Times

Kiwi chef Jess Murphy’s Kai has upped the game for casual eating in Galway with her ingenious cooking.

Catherine Cleary, Irish Times

I can tell you that not only did I get very good service, so did everyone else that I could see. It was the kind of service that makes Irish hospitality what it is - not just efficient, but also smiley and friendly.

Paolo Tullio, Irish Independent