About Monks Seafood Restaurant & Bar

“If you ever go across the sea to Ireland,
then maybe at the closing of your day
you will sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh
and see the sun go down on Galway Bay.”
From the song ‘Galway Bay’ by Arthur Colahan

About Monks

Monks Ballyvaughan Seafood Restaurant & Bar (Formerly O’Lochlains) was established in 1980 by Michael and Bernadette Monk. It was a local bar and food store for the people of North Clare for many generations. It also acted as a drop-off point for people taking the boat to Galway, Aran Islands and further afield. Even then, it was renowned for its seafood chowder, fish cakes and other seafood delights. Monks Ballyvaughan was refurbished to a high standard in 2016.  The refurbishment married the old and new to create an authentic, comfortable, relaxed place to hang out, eat and drink with family and friends.


Ballyvaughan Pier near Monks Ballyvaughan Seafood Restaurant & Bar

Dine with us

Time spent at Monks includes a relaxed atmosphere, beautiful Irish traditional music and of course, wonderful seafood. We pride ourselves in bringing you only the best in local produce. Always popular are our Galway Bay oysters and Doonbeg Bay lobster. Our seafood chowder brings diners from all corners of the world! Wash these and our other dishes down with a pint of Guinness or a glass of vino from our carefully chosen selection of wines.

See our full menu for yourself.

Views of the Wild Atlantic

Stunning vistas of Galway Bay give way to the wide open Atlantic – next-stop, New York. This is the little haven of Irish west coast beauty that is Ballyvaughan – proud home of Monks Ballyvaughan Seafood Restaurant and Bar. We are perfectly placed and expertly equipped to offer you the very best of Irish seafood fare in traditional, rustic and picturesque surroundings.

Local         at its best

Traditional, rustic and local. Fresh, flavourful and full of goodness.  This is what Monks Ballyvaughan food is all about – because we bring you ‘local’ at its best.


Beautiful Ballyvaughan

Ballyvaughan is a village in North Clare on the west coast of Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way.
It’s full of historical richness, archaeological sites and is known for its limestone landscapes overlooking Galway Bay.
Walking, cycling, rock climbing, surfing, kayaking and angling are just some of the fabulous activities to immerse yourself in.
There’s the farmers’ market, craft fare as well as traditional music to heighten the senses.
There’s an abundance of places to eat and drink, all within walking distance within the village.
Be it a lone break or romantic duo, family time or relaxing with friends, it’s all here in beautiful Ballyvaughan.

Take the coast road from Ballyvaughan to Lisdoonvarna and Doolin and take in the breathtaking views of the roughed landscape, see Galway bay the three historic Aran Islands.