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Saltwater Grill
Saltwater Grill

Saltwater Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saltwatergrill.net/
  • Phone: (409) 762-3474
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Chris Lopez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Saltwater Grill has a full catering department with many locations around town to choose from.
  • Private Party Facilities: Large parties are always welcome. We have a private room available for up to 16 people with other quiet areas in the restaurant available for larger groups.
  • Private Party Contact: Danny Hart (409) 762-3474

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 21st Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Saltwater Grill provides its own private, covered lot behind the restaurant.
A word from Saltwater Grill
The Saltwater Grill is located just steps away from The Grand 1894 Opera House. Featuring an array of tantalizing fresh-from-the-grill and fresh-from-the-kettle seafood specialties, Saltwater Grill is in a class of its own when it comes to quality and attention to detail.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We love to go here every time we go to a performance at the Grand Opera House. They will divide a plate for so we don't have leftovers sitting in the car. The presentation is beautiful! I'm also gluten-free and they accommodate me every time"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had a party of 5 on a Sat. night...3 ordered the tortilla crusted red snapper ($36), just mediocre. I got the filet mignon with spinach instead of asparagus..... should have gotten the asparagus. Not sure what it was about the spinach: not fresh maybe? Steak was good though. Our 5th ordered the seared tuna (I think he was happy enough). Anyway, 3 of us walked away disappointed and not wanting to return..... rather go to the Gumbo Bar."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Nothing special, food was not quite hot and sort of bland. Desserts were not very good. Overall, there are better places to eat for this kind of money."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "It is rare when you find a restaurant that has it all. Great food, service and price all rolled up in one. A truly wonderful find and right across the street from the Grand 1894 Opera House. Go for the lobster bisque and then the lobster risotto. Truly a work of culinary art. The best steaks in Galveston and in a setting that hasn't been discovered yet. Get there soon as the place will be packed by returning guests in no time!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "After reading previous reviews, decided to try the restaurant. The seafood was excellent, my Red Fish Ponchatrain was prepared to perfection. However, the waiter was rather indifferent to our requests. The noise level was almost unbearable. U nable to carry on a conversation with my wife across the table. Dress code was not followed, making us stand out in the crowd. Although the food was excellent, the service was terrible. To many good restaurants in the area to put up with noise level and service."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My wife and I wanted a "less casual" place to spend her birthday dinner on Galveston island. Most of the restaurants cater to the flip-flop and shorts crowd, which is to be expected. It was a Monday evening, so the crowd was sparse, and did include a diner in shorts, but the restaurant itself is exactly what we were looking for. Our waitress was very helpful and friendly. She wasn't the over-friendly type that I loathe, but the perfect amount of professionalism and friendly. The crab cake appetizer was very flavorful and moist. My wife had the special with a bone-in ribeye that was delicious. I had crawfish etouffee. The street reminded me more of something in Austin or maybe Montrose in Houston, on the artsy side."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "And it is taunted as a seafood restaurant? If you can handle the price, one of the best steaks on the island."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food here was pretty good. It might have seemed great if the service had been good. Our waiter was so surly it was almost comical! My favorite thing we ordered off the menu was the apple cider salad. The place had a great atmosphere and is nestled in my favorite part of downtown Galveston. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My grandfather, a seasoned chef, always said; "You eat at home for good food, you eat out for service". Well, here they have both. The service was outstanding. We had a large party with many varied food allergies, and our server was knowledgeable and accommodating. He suggested special tweaks and remembered our allergies throughout the entire dining experience. The bone-in ribeye was tender and flavorful, and the Lobster a pure delight. And one small but important detail - they had the best (unsweetened) ice-tea I have had in a restaurant. This is no small feat as I get ice tea at every restaurant."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The food was terrific...service was very good....a little noisy and not as romantic as I would have liked....also parking was a struggle but is to be expected in that area"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This restaurant was the best choice my wife & I could have made to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. The ambiance, the wait staff, the cocktails, THE FOOD! Simply amazing! Our waiter, Jesse and his counterpart worked their tables like the professionals they are. As my wife put it, "This place runs like a well oiled machine." Flawless! The whole experience was worth every dime spent."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food was not even close to warranting the price. I ordered shrimp pasta that was supposed to be drizzled with olive oil but it came out in some kind of soupy, tasteless liquid. Overall presentation was poor. The crab cakes were quite salty and doughy. The salad dressing was also quite bland. Unless the food has gone down recently, it is beyond me how this place has garnered positive reviews. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Last minute decision to eat here - in the thick of the downtown district. A bit noisy, but not too loud. Excellent Redfish Dish and good wines. Nice energetic buzz to the place - would go again for sure."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Service started out questionable; server was sitting at another table talking to the people there while we were waiting for service. But after the people at that table left then the server wasn't as distracted and a little more attentive. Food was very good but it was noisy."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "1st, the food was amazing. I took a date here while we were in Galveston after a friend recommended it. We were seated that promptly and the place was 1/3 filled. After our first drink order it was painful to get our waitress's attention. She only came we she needed something from us. We only were able to get one drink refill after two hours of dining. She wasn't even the one to bring us our food. Thankfully one of the managers or another waiter saw the food and realized it was getting cold. The waitress only saw that the food was out after ten minutes of us eating. I was actually still pretty fine with everything up until we needed our check. It literally took 35 minutes for her to come by after we finished our dessert. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I can't say the same about Open Table. When we arrived, the restaurant did not have our reservation - luckily, I had printed my receipt from Open Table,,,,,,,and this is not the first time this has happened! It's not the restaurant that is the prohlem - it's your company!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was pretty good. Service was overloaded with some larger tables assigned to them, but the other staff tried to help out when we could flag them down. Other times, the service has also been busy, but better than this. The ambiance of the kitchen in the restaurant creates a nice feel, and it's fun to watch, but the smoke can fill the restaurant quickly on occasion. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My wife and I ate here on a Saturday night and while the experience was pleasant it could have been better with a few corrections. On the positive side; the staff was very attentive & friendly and the wines were very reasonably priced. On the not-so-positive; the restaurant is extremely loud making it difficult to have a conversation without screaming. Unfortunately this may be a by-product of the low ceilings and the acoustics might not be easily correctable. Lastly the food was good but not memorable; gumbo should be served with rice on the side and NOT piled on top, a little salt/ cayenne to your Ponchatrain topping would perk it up, the crab cakes appeared to have the same sauce as the fish, however the wedge salad was perfect."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Good food, but extremely noisy. Hard to carry on a conversation. Felt like we have to scream at each other."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "All I can say is waiter and food was AWESOME! Had Almond Coconut Crusted Salmon and the Redfish. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Service was fantastic, Travis was very attentive, kept our water full, and was very knowledgable about the menu. Food arrived quickly, important for lunch. Portions were more than enough and the food was great. We will eat here often."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Good food, great ambiance if you like a vibrant scene, not a romantic hideaway but that is cool. Would come here often if I lived here."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Had a fun girls weekend in Galveston for our friends birthday… Just 3 of us but had a wonderful time! Food was delicious! Service was great!!! We will be back!!!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Do not ever try to "dine" during a busy weekend. So loud you can not hear. Food always good! We will stick to happy hour during the week, or lunch."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Reserved for my husband's Birthday. This was the loudest Restaurant I have ever dined at. We had to scream at each other and I still couldn't hear him. We will never go back. But, the food was good!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had a large group and orders were correct with prompt service!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Food and service were very good, although dining room was extremely noisy. Our servers did a good job and gave excellent menu details and advice. It was a prom night with several large groups, but we got the feeling it's a busy and crowded spot any weekend. Would recommend for casual seafood dinner but NOT as a spot for conversation or romantic dinner!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were most impressed with the food at Salt Water Grille. The barbecued oysters were prepared as well as any we've ever had, and the Redfish snapper were perfectly prepared as well. The service was a little cool, and not sure if the waitress was having a bad night, but she could have perked up a bit. Overall, great place for seafood and a great value."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We went here for a romantic birthday dinner and it was wonderful. The staff is friendly, food is well prepared, and drinks were superb. I recommend the crème brulee!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have dined here numerous times. I am not sure we would dine again as there as there are so many other options in the area. It is very loud and hard to talk to the person across from you if it is busy. My food arrived cold and had to send it back. We probably would not actually recommend this restaurant to anyone. It's just ok place if others are booked. I find it has a limited menu. It does have a great location which is right across from The Grand so when there is a show it is convenient but expect it crowded and loud."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were celebrating a 21st Birthday. We have dined here often and always have a great experience. Great food and service!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I don't understand why they didn't offer a kids menu. Food was way over priced didn't care for anything I had. Was the opposite of kid friendly. Will never be back. The noise level was way to loud."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Very disapoointed. Strip steak had been frozen.Mediocre. Crab on asparagus had been frozen. Overpriced for quality. Too noisy."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I can't write what I want because of the limit restrictions. But the management of this restaurant is a disgrace. He knew there was a problem with our meal and was only a few feet from us and not once did he come over to our table!!! REALLY!!! You can email me for a more detailed review. You can even call me on the number that I gave on the original reservation. I own a restaurant and this is NOT the way to run one."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great selection of Gulf seafood and great service."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed this restaurant during Mardi Gras. It was very close to celebration areas but we were still able to park. The ambience is very nice and quiet though the bar area was quite busy. Our waiter was great! Pleasant and helpful with the menu options. The food was fresh and tasty! Overall a great choice! Loved the apple cider salad! Shrimp were perfect and super fresh."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Pretty lackluster for the price, I would not go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "It is a great place to dine at before or after attending the performance at the Grand 1894 Opera House. We are always seated immediately and given great service and not rushed. The wait staff is excellent and the greeter at the door is a jewel both arriving and departing. It puts you in a great mood before the show starts."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "When in Galveston - you eat seafood! Two of our four wanted crab cakes - they came as 'Starters' but were so filling and tasty they were perfect as their entree! The Tuna salad sandwich was fresh and hearty and the soup-of-the-day that came with it - Lobster Bisque - WOW! It was smooth, rich with HUGE chunks of lobster - best ever! Final person got Pot Stickers Starter and bowl (huge bowl!) of their crab and corn chowder...perfect lunch! Service was friendly, attentive and professional which is especially nice for first time diners at lunch time, no less! Felt like it was a local's favorite and we were treated so nice - we felt like locals! Well worth our time and money! Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "My wife and I wanted to try something new (to us) and couldn't be happier with our choice. The rue for the gumbo rivals anything we've had in new Orleans, the crab cakes were outstanding and the barbeque oysters are beyond words. Our fish was fresh with perfect sauces and the service was top notch. We have a new favorite seafood restaurant in Galveston."
    Dined on 2/16/2014