Can you truly say you’ve maximized your vacation experience if you didn’t sample the tasty culture of the destination? We think not! From fine dining to beachfront seafood shacks, and even takeout options to enjoy in the comfort of your vacation rental – you can find the flavor to dazzle your taste buds in many forms here in Galveston. To get you started in the right direction, here’s the ultimate guide to the Galveston restaurants that should be tops on your must-do list!

The Black Pearl Oyster Bar

327 23rd St, Galveston, TX • 77550 • (409) 762-7299

$$ Oyster Bar

Neighborhood hangout with a New Orleans vibe serving raw and cooked Creole/Cajun-style coastal favorites, including the biggest and best bowl of seafood gumbo on Galveston Island.

Favorite Picks: Oysters, Boudin Balls, Gumbo

Blvd. Seafood

2804 Avenue R 1/2, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 762-2583 • http://blvdseafood.com

$$ Seafood Restaurant

Bright, modern eatery offering award-winning New American seafood cuisine via lunch, dinner, and brunch alongside a full bar.

Favorite Picks: Crab Cakes, Chowder, Sliders

Brews Brothers

2404 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 763-2739 • https://www.facebook.com/BrewsBrothersGalveston

$$ Brewpub

Modern, casual brewpub offering creative American bar bites and the finest craft beers available from breweries both local and abroad.

Favorite Picks: Burgers, Beers

Cajun Greek

2226 61st St, Galveston, TX 77551 • (409) 744-7041 • http://cajun-greek-seafood.com

$$ Seafood Restaurant

Relaxed Cajun restaurant serving Galveston for decades. Featuring crawfish, local seafood, and gyros in a laid-back setting with a bar.

Favorite Picks: Gyros, Catfish, Crab Cakes

Coastal Grill

1827 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 765-5386 • https://www.coastalgrillgalveston.com

$$ Seafood Restaurant

Nestled on the scenic Galveston Strand, offering fresh Gulf seafood dishes, burgers, wraps, and tacos.

Favorite Picks: Tacos, Hummus, Shrimp Po Boy

Eatcetera

408 25th St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 762-0803 • https://velvetcheftx.com

$$ Sandwich Shop/Deli

Elevated, contemporary sandwich shop, with soups, salads, beer, and wine. Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Vegetarian options. Second, scaled-back “cafe” location at Galveston Railroad Museum.

Favorite Picks: Panini, Roast Beef, Soups

Fish Tales

2502 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 762-8545 • https://www.fishtalesgalveston.com

$$ Seafood Restaurant

Cheery beachfront hangout with balcony seating offering casual American seafood and tropical cocktails. Arguably, the most popular balcony on the Galveston Seawall!

Favorite Picks: Shrimp, Baby Back Ribs, Crab Cakes

Fisherman’s Wharf

2200 Harborside Dr, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 765-5708 • https://www.fishermanswharfgalveston.com

$$ Seafood Restaurant

A Galveston legacy since the 1940s serving local seafood, grilled meats, and signature cocktails with waterfront views. Ideally located next to the Historic Strand District, the Tall Ship Elissa, and Galveston Cruise Terminal.

Favorite Picks: Oysters, Shrimp Kisses, Redfish

Gaido’s

3828 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 761-5504 • https://www.gaidosseaside.com

$$$ Seafood Restaurant

Elegant, iconic seafood eatery featuring Gulf views and a nautical theme as well as the freshest coastal catches.

Favorite Picks: Pecan Pie, Red Snapper, Bisque

Galvez Bar & Grill

2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 515-2145 • https://www.hotelgalvez.com/bar-and-grille

$$ Seafood Restaurant

Enjoy freshly caught Gulf Coast seafood or the best Sunday brunch in Galveston, Texas in an elegant space at the Hotel Galvez.

Favorite Picks: Prime Rib, Eggs Benedict, Smoked Salmon

Grotto Ristorante

5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551 • (409) 740-8605 • https://www.grottorestaurants.com/location/grotto-galveston-tx

$$ Italian Restaurant

Neapolitan-style Italian dishes paired with Italian and domestic wines in an upscale, old-world setting inside the San Luis Resort. Patio dining available.

Favorite Picks: Veal, Pizza, Chocolate Cake

Gumbo Diner

3602 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 762-3232 • https://thegumbodiner.com

$$ Diner

Unique, award-winning beachside eatery where American dining and New Orleans flair meet. Weekly specials for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Favorite Picks: Chicken and Waffles, Seafood Omelet, Etouffee

Gypsy Joynt

2711 Market St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 497-2069 • http://www.gypsyjoynt.com

$$ Cafe

Beads, flags, and live music lend a hippie vibe to this family-owned, eclectic, Bohemian-style American comfort food cafe.

Favorite Picks: Focaccia, Kale Slaw, Sandwiches

Jimmy’s on the Pier

9001 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554 • (409) 974-4726 • https://www.jimmysonthepier.com

$$ Seafood Restaurant

Restaurant and bar located on the pier, serving breakfast-to-dinner Southern-comfort eats, fresh local seafood, and the best views on the island.

Favorite Picks: Burgers, Fish Tacos, Clam Chowder

Katie’s Seafood House

2000 Wharf Rd, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 765-5688 • http://katiesseafoodhouse.com

$$ Seafood Restaurant

Waterfront dining and seafood market – coastal favorites straight from the boats to your plate. Signature cocktails available!

Favorite Picks: Flounder, Red Snapper Cocktail, Crab Mac & Cheese

Leon’s World Finest Bar-B-Que

5427 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77551 • (409) 744-0070 • http://www.leonsbbq.com

$$ Barbecue Restaurant

Longtime local snack shack serving smoked-meat sandwiches and platters plus sides, desserts, beer, and wine. Fanus for its signature BBQ sauce, derived from imported ingredients, and perfected by “Dr BBQ”.

Favorite Picks: Brisket, Prime Beef, Turkey Legs

Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar

2107 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 744-8626 • https://www.littledaddysgumbobar.com/our-menu-galveston-location

$$ Cajun Restaurant

Galveston eatery with a huge bar serving traditional gumbo, seafood stews, and more prepared in steam kettles.

Favorite Picks: Seafood Gumbo, Po Boy, Etouffee

Mama Teresa’s Flying Pizza

416 21st St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 765-6262 • http://www.mamateresas.com

$$ Italian Restaurant

Popular award-winning pizzeria and Italian joint offering a range of specialty pies, pasta dishes, and po boys in a laid-back setting.

Favorite Picks: Pizza, Tuscan Chicken, Spaghetti

Mario’s Seawall Italian Restaurant

628 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 763-1693 • https://mariosseawall.com

$$ Italian Restaurant

Spacious Italian eatery with mosaic walls offers classic entrees including lobster ravioli and gelato. Experience authentic Italian cuisine at its finest, in Galveston’s oldest Italian restaurant.

Favorite Picks: Gelato, Pizza, Pasta

Miller’s Seawall Grill

1824 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 763-8777 • http://millersseawallgrill.com

$$ Seafood Restaurant

No-frills eatery serving giant breakfasts along with lunch and dinner fare with views of the water.

Favorite Picks: Meatloaf, Breakfast All Day, Peach Cobbler

Mosquito Cafe

628 14th St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 763-1010 • https://www.mosquitocafe.com

$$ American Cafe

Fast and casual American eats with an eclectic twist served in an 1870s building with a sunny patio. selected by Zagat’s as One of the Top 15 Restaurants in the Houston Metropolitan Area.

Favorite Picks: Eggs Benedict, Napa Salad, Shrimp Tacos

Nate’s West End Bar & Grill

17515 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd, Galveston, TX 77554 • (409) 737-9530 • https://www.natesgalveston.com

$$ Seafood Restaurant

Beachfront spot with a relaxed vibe, daily special, outdoor seating, and menu staples such as catfish, shrimp, and burgers. Prime picnic stop!

Favorite Picks: Chicken Fried Steak, Shrimp Kisses, Shrimp Po Boys

Nick’s Kitchen and Beach Bar

3802 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 761-5502 • http://www.nicksgalveston.com

$$ Seafood Restaurant

Local seafood is prepared a variety of ways at this lively seaside joint. Home to the Redfish Pool Bar and live music.

Favorite Picks: Fried Oreos, Shrimp, Burgers

Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood

7809 Broadway St, Galveston, TX 77554 • (409) 572-2650 • http://www.number13steak.com

$$$$ Steakhouse

Upscale chophouse serving fine steaks and seafood at Pelican Rest Marina, with terrace seating and sweeping water views. Number 13 encourages a business casual dress code. On the Terrace, a casual dress code is encouraged.

Favorite Picks: Beef Wellington, Fried Quail, Shrimp and Grits

The Original Mexican Cafe

1401 Market St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 762-6001 • http://www.theoriginalgalveston.com

$$ Mexican Restaurant

Tex-Mex venue serving up classics with two stories of dining areas and a history dating back to 1916. Full bar and happy hour specials daily. Repeatedly voted best Mexican food on the island.

Favorite Picks: Enchiladas, Tacos, Seafood

Porch Cafe

1625 E Beach Dr #2A, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 762-0808 • https://www.porchcafe.com

$$ New American

Fine cuisine, events, and wine tasting on the Gulf Coast. Upscale bistro and multi-level venue on the island’s East End.

Favorite Picks: Fried Green Tomatoes, Crab Cakes, Chicken and Waffles

Riondo’s Ristorante

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2328 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 621-9595 • https://www.riondos.com

$$$ Italian Restaurant

Italian cuisine from “farm to fork” and “sea to table”, served in a sophisticated, open environment in the heart of Historic Downtown Galveston. Sidewalk seating available.

Favorite Picks: Gnocchi, Bananas Foster, Chicken

Rudy & Paco

2028 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 762-3696 • https://www.rudyandpaco.com

$$$ Latin American Restaurant

Restaurant with a Central and South American-influenced menu of steaks and seafood. Said to be the island’s most unique and most romantic dining experience. Shorts are not allowed in main dining room at dinner, but are accepted at the bar. Lunch is casual and shorts are acceptable.

Favorite Picks: Empanadas, Grouper, Soft Shell Crab

Salsas Mexican Restaurant

4604 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551 • (409) 621-2630 • https://www.salsasgalveston.com

$$ Mexican Restaurant

Local eatery featuring a large menu of south-of-the-border favorites set to breathtaking Gulf views. A lively hot spot for Galveston locals and visitors alike.

Favorite Picks: Fajitas, Margaritas, Tacos

Saltwater Grill

2017 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77553 • (409) 762-3474 • https://saltwatergrill.com

$$$ Seafood Restaurant

Prime steaks and gourmet cuisine in an elegant, energized atmosphere. Impeccable fine-dining conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Galveston Island.

Favorite Picks: Mussels, Steak, Sea Bass

Shark Shack Beach Bar & Grill

2402 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 497-2006 • http://sharkshackbeachbarandgrill.com/

$$ Seafood Shack

Down-home, casual eatery serving seafood dishes and hearty pub grub alongside beer, wine, and cocktails. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner service, with Happy Hours every day but Mondays.

Favorite Picks: Shark Bites, Fish Tacos, Burgers

Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks

7 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554 • (409) 683-4554 • https://www.moodygardenshotel.com/dining/shearns-seafood-prime-steaks

$$ Steakhouse

Rooftop restaurant at Moody Gardens offering steaks, seafood, and cocktails in elegance with water views. The premier destination for fine dining in Galveston.

Favorite Picks: Lobster Bisque, Prime Steak, Snapper

Shrimp N Stuff

3901 Avenue O, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 763-2805 • https://www.shrimpnstuff.com

$ Seafood Restaurant

Cozy seafood spot and scratch-kitchen with a tree-covered patio. Open for lunch and dinner, as well as picnic pick-ups!

Favorite Picks: Crab Balls, Catfish, Shrimp Po Boys

ShyKatZ Deli & Bakery

1528 Avenue L, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 770-0500 • http://shykatz.com

$$ Bakery

Quaint cafe and bakery serving sandwiches and other deli fare, breakfast all day, pastries, and cakes on the island’s East End.

Favorite Picks: French Toast, Breakfast Burrito, Strawberry Cake

Sky Bar Steak & Sushi

2105 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 621-4759 • http://skybargalveston.com

$$ Sushi Restaurant

Authentic Japanese and Asian cuisine accentuated by creative sushi rolls and steaks, and a lively happy hour – the perfect time to try the award-winning “Best Martini in Town”.

Favorite Picks: Sushi, Wonton Soup, Curry

The Spot

3204 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 621-5237 • http://thespot.islandfamous.com

$$ Pub Grub

Premier, multi-level beachfront dining and entertainment destination for traditional American grub including burgers and wings with open-air deck seating and sparkling Gulf views.

Favorite Picks: Burgers, Waffle Fries, Wings

Star Drug Store

510 23rd St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 766-7719 • https://galvestonstardrug.com

$ Soda Shop/Deli

The oldest drug store in Texas, where standard deli fare and soda fountain classics are served in a vintage setting. Offering breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch – as well as nostalgic gifts and collectibles.

Favorite Picks: Pancakes, Rueben, Ice Cream

The Steakhouse

5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551 • (409) 740-8606 • https://www.sanluisresort.com/restaurants.asp

$$$ Steakhouse

Elegant, award-winning steakhouse inside the San Luis Resort. Popular, refined dining spot for meat, seafood, and picturesque views.

Favorite Picks: Lobster Mashed Potatoes, Escargot, Surf & Turf

Sunflower Bakery and Cafe

512 14th St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 763-5500 • https://thesunflowerbakeryandcafe.com

$$ Cafe

Fresh baked goods plus an all-day from-scratch menu of down-home American meals in a comfy setting with a patio. Located in the heart of Galveston’s Historic East End.

Favorite Picks: Eggs Benedict, Cinnamon Rolls, Spinach Quiche

Taquilo’s Tex-Mex Cantina

2101 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 497-4279 • http://taquilos.com

$$ Tex-Mex

Colorful, authentic Tex-Mex eatery offering classic dishes, as well as “the best fajitas and margaritas in town”. Covered sidewalk patio seating available.

Favorite Picks: Fajitas, Spicy Tuna, Tres Leches Cake

Texas Pit Stop BBQ

6612 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551 • (409) 744-2222 • https://www.txpitstopbbq.com

$$ Barbecue Restaurant

Counter-service spot offering award-winning competition-style Texas BBQ ribs, brisket, sausage, and sides in spacious digs.

Favorite Picks: Pulled Pork, Ribs, Twice Baked Potato

Trattoria La Vigna

412 20th St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 497-4927 • http://www.trattorialavignagalveston.com

$$ Italian Restaurant

Charming local trattoria serving classic fresh pasta entrees paired with Italian wine in snug digs with a patio.

Favorite Picks: Tiramisu, Veal, Homemade Pasta

Waterman’s Restaurant

14302 Stewart Rd, Galveston, TX 77554 • (409) 632-0233 • http://watermansrestaurant.com

$$$ Seafood Restaurant

Seafood eatery and bar overlooking Galveston Bay with ample outdoor seating and a low-key vibe. Spectacular sunset dining option. Located adjacent to the Waterman’s Marina.

Favorite Picks: Shrimp Kisses, Snapper, Boudin Balls

Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks

2100 Harborside Dr, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 762-3030 • https://www.williegs.com/location/willie-gs-galveston

$$$ Seafood Restaurant

Louisiana-inspired seafood, chops, and libations in an elegant, waterfront setting beside the harbor.

Favorite Picks: Oysters Rockefeller, Steak, Redfish

Yaga’s Tropical Cafe

2314 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550 • (409) 762-6676 • https://www.yagascafe.com

$$ Cafe

Low-key, island locale for drinks, dancing, and casual eats such as pizzas and burgers. Live entertainment every weekend!

Favorite Picks: Pizza, Cajun Potatoes, Sandwiches

Yamato Japanese Restaurant

2104 61st St, Galveston, TX 77551 • (409) 744-2742 • https://www.yamatotx.com

$$ Japanese Restaurant

Local eatery serving classic hibachi and sushi plus creative maki rolls in a warm, mellow atmosphere for more than 30 years.

Favorite Picks: Sushi, Fried Rice, Hibachi