Galveston is an incredible place for anyone looking for a culinary adventure. It may be best known for its miles of beaches, its stunning natural vistas, the profusion of flora throughout the island as well as its seaside climate. Even so, it’s also a great place to enjoy fresh seafood.

    In this guide, we’ll explore some of the best places to eat in Galveston, with a focus on where the locals love to go. Whether you’re a fresh seafood lover, have a craving for a juicy steak, or want something eclectic and off the wall, you’ll find it here.

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    The Strand Historic District

    Dozens of options within walking distance

    • Shoppers
    • Food
    • Nightlife

    The Strand Historic District is the place to be in Galveston, whether you’re interested in shopping, drinking, or nightlife. Turns out it’s also an amazing place to dine, with dozens of options all within steps of one another.

    Some of the places that locals love to frequent here include Hubcap Grill, the Black Pearl Oyster Bar, Gypsy Joynt, Saltwater Grill, Rudy & Paco Restaurant and Bar, Fisherman’s Wharf, Huli Huli Hut, and Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar. Note that Star Drug Store still offers a lunch counter with an awesome vintage feel. Other choices include Shark Shack Beach Bar & Grill, Riondo’s Ristorante, and Taquilo’s Tex-Mex Cantina.

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    The Spot

    Eclectic beachfront dining on the Galveston Seawall

    • Food
    • Couples

    The Spot is where you'd want to go for some of the best beachfront dining in Galveston. It’s right on the Galveston Seawall with views of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico right outside the windows.

    You’ll find there’s something for just about every member in the family or the group at The Spot, too. Go for a Sweet and Spicy Burger, or opt for the Ralph Burger with bacon and BBQ sauce. There’s seafood on offer, delicious sandwiches, salads, tacos, and even hand-spun milkshakes and malts to satisfy a sweet tooth.

    Location: 3204 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 11 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 12 am

    Phone: +1 409-621-5237

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    BLVD Seafood

    Delectable seafood in a chic, modern atmosphere

    • Food

    BLVD Seafood serves up the best of fresh-caught Gulf seafood in a chic, modern atmosphere. Whether you’re coming for lunch, dinner, or brunch, it offers a great variety to choose from. Some of the popular options with the locals include the tuna poke bowl, the crab cakes, Seawall scallops, and the chargrilled oysters.

    Other options include a selection of salads, shrimp and grits, and cedar-plank chicken. There are lots of options for those who don’t care for seafood, as well, including blackberry pork chops, 3-pepper chicken, and hand-cut steaks.

    Location: 2804 Avenue R 1/2, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 409-762-2583

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    Fish Tales

    Fun and food in a beachfront diner

    • Food
    • Families

    Fish Tales is a wholesome, family-focused eatery located right on the beach along the city’s famous Seawall. You’ll find a welcoming environment with obvious nautical details that’s nevertheless fun for all ages.

    This Galveston restaurant specialises in seafood, and locals love the blackened, stuffed catfish, the fried shrimp, the fresh redfish, snow crab legs, and more. You’ll find baby-back ribs, catfish etouffee, many steaks, and numerous salads, too. For the adults, make sure to check out the drink menu for some interesting options, and the whole family will enjoy browsing through the gift shop on the property.

    Location: 2502 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11.30 am to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 409-762-8545

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    Galvez Bar & Grill

    Elegant fine dining within the Hotel Galvez & Spa

    • Food
    • Couples
    • Luxury

    Galvez Bar & Grill is a great choice for visitors to Galveston with a taste for the finer side of life. Located within the luxurious Hotel Galvez & Spa, this restaurant serves up delicious food in a casual environment. The restaurant is perfectly positioned, with views over the water and large windows to let in plenty of Gulf sunshine.

    You’ll find lots of fresh-caught Gulf seafood on offer here, from crab to catfish, and everything in between. There are also options for those who prefer land-based dishes, including prime rib and other Lone Star State specials.

    Location: 2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Daily from 6.30 am to 11 am, 11.30 am to 2 pm, and 5 pm to 10 pm

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    The Poop Deck

    Traditional bar fare in a pirate-like atmosphere

    • Food
    • Nightlife
    • Couples

    The Poop Deck is excellent for those looking for a relaxed watering hole with views of the beach and waves, plus a fun atmosphere. You’ll find plenty of indoor seating, as well as an expansive outdoor deck that overlooks the beach across the street. The jukebox is always on here, and the vibe is definitely pirate-like.

    When it comes to food and drink, you’ll find plenty of traditional bar fare, including burgers and wings, plus a few coastal options. The place boasts a great beer and wine list, and there’s a tipple for just about any member in the group. Note that this is primarily a bar, so it may not be as family-friendly as some would prefer.

    Location: 2928 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 2 am, Sunday from 12 noon to 2 am

    Phone: +1 409-497-2392

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    Porch Café & Bistro

    Fine Southern dining in a casual atmosphere

    • Food
    • Couples

    Porch Café & Bistro is one of the most interesting dining options in town. It offers fine dining within a casual atmosphere. From wine and whiskey pairings to private events, it’s a favourite with locals and visitors alike.

    You’ll find several menus offered here, including brunch, lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Some of the local favourite dishes include the gumbo, chicken sauvignon, Cornish hen, and shrimp and grits. For lunch, you’ll find burgers and sandwiches, soups and salads, plus small plates. Note that reservations are required here.

    Location: 1625 E Beach Dr #2A, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Friday from 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm (closed Monday–Thursday)

    Phone: +1 409-762-0808

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    ShyKatz

    Breakfast and lunch in a bakery/café setting

    • Food

    ShyKatz Bakery and Café is a little-known local favourite in Galveston. It’s only open for breakfast and lunch, so get there early to explore all the options. You’ll find traditional Blue Plate specials featuring Boar’s Head meats, as well as gourmet salads, delicious hamburgers, and more.

    Other local favourites here include Rigo’s breakfast burrito, The Hurricane, homemade biscuits and gravy, Katastrophic (a combo platter), and the Dagwood. Note that the bakery makes its own desserts and options change daily, but they go fast.

    Location: 1528 Avenue L, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +1 409-770-0500

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    Miller’s Seawall Grill

    Fun, funky, and totally local

    • Food

    Miller’s Seawall Grill is a local treasure and a favourite of Galvestonians. The restaurant’s unique exterior brings to mind Swiss chalets, while the menu is definitely Texan coastal.

    Start your experience with gumbo or an order of crab balls, crab and corn chowder, or avocado and chips. Then move on to a plate lunch or a dinner special. Entrees include options like hamburger steak and calf liver and onions. There are plenty of sandwich choices on offer, burgers to tempt you, and seafood dishes, too.

    Location: 1824 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 409-763-8777

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    Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant

    Classic coastal dining in an elegant atmosphere

    • Food
    • Couples
    • Luxury

    Founded in 1911, Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant remains a perennial favourite in Galveston. It offers an eclectic yet elegant atmosphere and some of the finest food in the city, including the restaurant’s vaunted pecan pie. Note that reservations are required.

    While Gaido’s has a rotating menu, some of the dishes that diners love include Watkins bisque as a starter, premium Gulf shrimp, crab-stuffed shrimp, yellowfin tuna, American cornmeal fried catfish, red snapper Michael, farm-raised steak and chicken, and delectable pasta dishes. Finish out the night with the aforementioned pecan pie, or indulge in the chocolate brownie deluxe cake, French Fancy, a pecan ball, or crème brûlée.

    Location: 3828 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 409-761-5500

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    Valerie Mellema | Contributing Writer

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