Olympia Grill at Pier 21
Olympia Grill at Pier 21

Olympia Grill at Pier 21

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.olympiapier21.com/
  • Phone: (409) 765-0021
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm< Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Tikie Kriticos, Elizabeth Peraza, Ector Moreno
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer full service event planning, from parties of 10 - 300.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Compass Room: A perfect place for meetings, anniversary parties and intimate wedding rehearsal dinners, etc. The room accommodates up to 60 guests for seated dinner or 75 guests for cocktail parties. The Top Gallant Room: Situated in the heart of the historical downtown Strand District, the Top Gallant room overlooks Sangerfest Park from the 3rd floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building. It is a perfect location for a wedding receptions, reunions, holiday parties, awards banquets, etc. This room accommodates up to 250 guests. Whether for a plated dinner or buffet, our staff will surely make your party a success. The Patio: This is where guests come to relax and enjoy the sunset over the Pelican Island Bridge and watch the hustle and bustle of the harbor. With a sunken full bar for your drinking pleasures, this is a perfect place to have a leisure luncheon or dinner parties with friends and family.
  • Private Party Contact: Wendy Hsu 4097650021
  • Entertainment: Belly dancer to perform on Friday and Saturday night in the dining room from 7:00-7:30PM

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harborside Drive
  • Public Transit: Cool Tour Stops
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking lot directly in front of the restaurant. 3 hour validation for all guests
A word from Olympia Grill at Pier 21
Welcome to Olympia 21!! We are first generation Greek-Americans born and raised in Galveston, Texas. We credit our father (Seawall Cafe) and our uncle (The Golden Greek) for teaching us to follow in their footsteps as great restaurateurs. In their kitchens we were taught Gulf Coast, Creole and Greek cooking styles. Each day our kitchen prepares the freshest foods continuing with our treasured traditional family recipes. Our promise to you is that we will continually test new items as well as maintain the integrity of the family recipes, which have continued to please our customers for four generations in Texas. We also promise to ensure that when you visit our restaurant, you will feel at home and enjoy a memorable experience. We sincerely hope that you enjoy our restaurant and tell your friends about us. The Kriticos Family
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Olympia Grill at Pier 21 reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (29)scenic view (28)good for groups (19)kid-friendly (14)special occasion (14)great for lunch (14)romantic (9)fit for foodies (9)hot spot (9)neighborhood gem (8)great for brunch (7)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Gene
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Reserved table for six was adjacent to the kitchen. We went to a quieter part of the room and had the wait staff sett up two tables for us. The restaurant advertised Greek cuisine, but not much Greek on the menu Pricey
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a great time on our wedding anniversary enjoying our meal on the outside seating area during sunset overlooking the waterway. Great service with great food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Lunch
    Meganator8
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Our Birthday girl chose Olympia Grill and we were glad after our great experience. Our Server, Melissa was friendly, and helped us chose our appetizers. The food was timely served (since we were on lunch hour) and it was tasty and beautifully plated. Our hot food was hot and our cold food was cold. We enjoyed the Greek salads and loved the dressing. We didn't have dessert as we had a cake waiting at work, but we did enjoy reading about them. We will be back. Loved the ship channel and watching the boats also.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overall fun evening
    sushisuzy
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The fish was great, both red snapper and trout were delicious. Wines, not so much. Wine List is lacking and the sancerre we ordered was just under room temp. and not too tasty. Our server brought us an ice bucket, but didn't help much. For such a great food experience need to upgrade the wine list to compliment the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunset Dinner
    KKdineout
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The restaurant was a little noisy with children. This restaurant is good for families with children. The evening we went to the Olympia Grill, we were not able to eat outside on the waterfront as the humidity was high and there were mosquitoes. We had a great view of the Harbor and the sunset. Our food was very average. We had the moussaka and the pastitsio, which were average, I have been told that the crab cakes are excellent and wish that I had ordered that. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get-a-away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had a lovely dinner. The food was very good. Then we were surprised with a delicious desert in honor of our 35th wedding anniversary. It was all very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always great!
    mollybVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We always enjoy our meals there while being on the water. Double pleasure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    mouse
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    1 had the soft shelled crab. 2 had the flounder. 1 had snapper. Everyone loved their food and it all tasted wonderful. Couldn't believe how big the flounder were.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chill out . . . not here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Although I enjoyed my meal, I must say that if you expect to have a relaxed, unrushed meal, this may not be the place for you. Between the overly loud Greek music to the wandering belly dancer, the noise level was extreme. Our waitress was quite good, but the entrees were ready within 5 minutes of our appetizers being delivered, which actually was after our salads arrived. Good value, good food, but turn down the volume!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were pretty much a waitresses worst nightmare. Party of 11, 5 kids under 5 yrs old, 3 gluten intolerant people, and separate checks. Everything went off without a hitch. Waitress was very patient, took care of everything just like we wanted. Would recommend for great greek food and a great time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Galveston Favorite
    Galveston
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Olympia Grill at Pier 21 is our favorite restaurant in Galveston. The restaurant was very accommodating to our reservation as we had to change it. We can always find a dish that we would enjoy and this visit was no exception. We had a delightful evening dining at Olympia Grill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and dolphins
    galvdocVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    If it isn't beastly hot, sit outside and watch the dolphins and seabirds off the pier. The area is fairly industrial, with the Ocean Star oil drilling museum and rigs in for repair, but the dolphins are almost guaranteed and the view of the sunset is dramatic. The pace of our meal was perfect - not at all rushed and no delays either. We tried a different meal this time, the "Poseidon Platter" which was an enormous tray of seafood that easily filled three of us when topped off with a hummus appetizer and a Greek salad. The Greek food is authentic, the seafood is fresh. The menu isn't adventurous but it is completely reliable and portions are huge. The inside seating accommodates large parties easily, but it is fairly loud and hard to hear.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good
    jap90
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was really good and so was the service. Best restaurant in Galveston by far. They could lose the stripper belly dancer but other than that really good. A little over priced but you can expect that on vacation in Galveston.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greekexperience1
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    we went there because we knew the belly dancer personally. she was awesome and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing ambiance
    Medic60
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This is the first time I have ever took the time to log a review. But this place deserves it. While On Galveston Island our family decided to hunt for local seafood. After driving past several of your everyday tourist trap restaurants we decided to head to the pier on the outskirts of town. What a wonderful decision this turned out to be. Amazing atmosphere, amazing service, amazing food. We ordered seared tuna, red snapper, Gulf shrimp grilled and fried, steamed vegetables etc.... All great. Will never be able to visit the area without stopping in. 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious seafood
    happydiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Recommended by the hostess at our bed and breakfast, and it did not disappoint. I had a moist and meaty grilled salmon steak and my husband had shrimp cooked in a variety of ways that he says were excellent. Nice surroundings overlooking the harbor, but it was a bit noisy. Friendly staff and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 37 reviews are from the Olympia Grill at Pier 21 reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Delicious food, a great view of the bay and a beautiful, friendly belly dancer! What's not to love
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Celebration Dinner
    honey26
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was delicious, especially the stuffed shrimp. Our reservations were at 8pm and we sat outside on the covered deck. Overall, the evening was very enjoyable. I am thankful that we were outside for it was very noisy indoors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • medmanVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food, service, ambience and overall quality was really outstanding --- that was my second trip there, and I will certainly come back many times!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite!
    Leslie1
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We always eat at the Olympia Grill whenever we are in Galveston. I love the greek salad and my husband picks out something from their seafood assortment. This time we had a large group so we made an online reservation and also let them know we were bringing our dog (as the website says is ok). Our table was ready on the patio when we arrived. They didn't mind our large dog (and he was very well behaved!) He appreciated the water bowl they brought him. The service is always great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dclarke
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food was excellent! Our waitress was attentive. Reservation through open table and we were seated as soon as we walked in.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Highlight of Our Island Visit
    raptorflight
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The Olympia Grill was amazing! It came highly recommended by our tour guide and did not disappoint. The staff was courteous, attentive and professional. We were looking for local fresh catch seafood and that's what we got. Wonderfully prepared, perfectly portioned and reasonably priced. We asked for a view of the bay and were rewarded with a beautiful sunset. When I return to Galveston Island the Olympia Grill will be a must for my schedule.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Olympia Grill served outstanding food with great service. We ate at 5:30 because we had two children, ages newborn and two, with us. The server was very efficient and friendly. The Baked Shrimp was terrific. The red snapper was delicious. It was a wonderful experience for our family.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cat41
    cat41
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    There were six ladies heading to the Opera House and made reservations here. The food was EXCELLENT. The young lady waitress was excellent - competent and affable. We didn't know about brunch availability and were delighted to find it. The brunch menu was outstanding. So many different choices. The crab cakes and the peach bellini's were icing on the cake. Best we've had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a family
    Beachgrandma
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Pleasantly surprised to book a reservation for dinner on a holiday week-end. Our group numbered 10. Good variety of both Greek and seafood choices for both adults and children. Restaurant handled several large groups easily. Highly competent, friendly staff. Reasonable prices. Some of the best seafood on the island. Outdoor seating great for viewing harbor life. Previously had only enjoyed lunch but will return for dinner on a future trip to the island.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    Seeww
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The seafood was exceptional and lived up the reviews and reputation. The outside dining has a great view and is quiet enough to have a conversation. Overall a wonderful place IF you could do something about the mosquitos. We had to leave as soon as we were through scarfing down our food (and others were doing the same) because the mosquitos were just too overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must go
    TxExpat
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Expansive menu, excellent food,, great service, and beautiful setting. If you are in Galveston this is a must go place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good in Galveston
    Scramble
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We love the Olympia at Pier 21. Great place for Saturday and Sunday brunch. The deck overlooking the harbor is wonderful. Even when it's hot, a cool breeze is usually blowing. Crab cake eggs benedict can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not impressed
    Kerinyc
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We went here based on reviews from others. The food was tasteless and we felt we were eating in a cafeteria. Over priced bad food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could have been amazing.....
    Krissy
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Highly recommended on OT...So I made a reservation for 4 to celebrate a Birthday. Very busy for an early reservation, but we were seated right away. Unfortunately our waitress, who was very sweet, had a very hard time communicating with us and came back to our table several times to clarify the drink orders, forget the meal! After almost 20 minutes waiting for our drinks, we ordered and our meals were delicious. (One meal came incorrectly, but it was quickly taken care of by another waiter.) We did receive the a free dessert for our friend but long after we had paid our bill, so we sat there just waiting. The overall experience was fun being with girl friends, but I would not recommend this restaurant as a first choice at Pier 21.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good choice in Galveston
    Rick
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Can't go wrong w/ Olympia Grill. Only downside was mosquitoes that came out around 9PM, & that's not their fault
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Restaurant!!
    Sharon
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had family in from all over the state for a High School Graduation celebration. The food and service were outstanding as usual. The Olympia Grill has the best gyros between Galveston and Houston (I've tried them all, I think!). This will be my first pick of restaurants whenever a special occasion arises again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food; fine service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Olympia. We had 6 adults and the children under two, and the staff was accommodating and friendly. Our 5:30 reservation worked well with the kids.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shakey service, good food
    Pete
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Restaurant was 1/2 full, seemed to have plenty of staff (possibly a teaching Sunday night?), but food delivery was very slow. Hard to get anyones attention. At the end a manager took care of us and the bill.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Htowndining
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Had an excellent waiter, very interesting young man from the Ukraine. Met the manager who advised on a nice Greek white wine. Love to nibble on appetizers and then split an entree. Lamb is great, so is seafood. Had scallops and veggies. Very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fake Greek food is average
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Food is just average, but at the prices they're asking, it's clear you're paying for the waterfront view. There are restaurants with much better food in the area that only ask slightly higher ($5-10/person) prices. Further, Olympia Grill would not allow a salad to substituted for the two sides (options are very limited) included with an entree. This combined with our server too eagerly and frequently refilling our wine glasses, demonstrated he was trying to remove the wine chiller bucket as fast as possible (like to use for another table). No interest to return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Disappointing experience
    waynesworldtx
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We booked this restaurant because it had good reviews and my wife had been there on a couple of other occasions and was impressed. We also wanted to dine somewhere away from the typical tourist traps on the Galveston Seawall. Boy, were we disappointed ! The food was extremely overpriced and of extremely low quality. The service was almost nonexistent - it felt like we were "honoring" them with our presence. High cost, low quality, sorry service - why would anybody give this restaurant a good rating ??? We won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mothers Day
    Nicole1469
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went for Mothers day lunch. Loved the menu lots of great choices. Fun atmosphere!! Great outside bar looking at the water! Great service. Food portions amazing for the money. We enjoyed all of it and we will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch
    Bossy1Mom
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We were pleased with the parking situation, and the location of the restaurant as one diner was on crutches. We were seated quickly as we had reservations. We chose inside view because of the wind and were pleased with our decision. Our waiter greeted us with a smile and was very pleasant the entire time. Just the correct amount of personality . He inquired if we have any time constraints and we did and he assured us we would be able to meet those. We had drinks, no appetizers and all 4 of us were quite pleased with our menus choices. I would definitely return here again. My seafood omelet was out of this world! And I was pleased with the amount of seafood it contained. Great, food, service and time enjoyed by all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Kimberly
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We arrived and the restaurant was semi busy. We waited about 10 minutes for the waiter to approach. He took our drink order and I watched two couples come in and be seated and get their drinks before we did. I was starting to get aggravated. However, once we received the drinks it was smooth sailing. Food was great! We ended up having a great time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.