Saltwater Grill
Saltwater Grill

Saltwater Grill

  • 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: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • 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 4097623474

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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Saltwater Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (22)special occasion (19)good for groups (17)hot spot (10)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (6)romantic (5)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great for service!
    Mimi
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Service always good. I ordered wrong this time. Don't get the BBQ redfish. Not my favorite. Wish I had ordered the red snapper special. Next time! I will be back soon. A great place to dine before the theatre.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Concert Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We had dinner here for the first time before the Lyle Lovett concert at the 1894. The service was good and they were very aware about timing and making sure that we were done in time to make the show. My husband had the cipiono and it was very good. I had the lobster risotto dinner and while it was good, I don't think it was worth $25. I would go back for sure, but would probably order something different.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sassy
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I go the filet mignon, and it was amazing. Very enjoyable meal, great service. I only wish the noise level was lower.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Cool place that has potential. Service was ok but a little slow with the drinks. Dinner well???? Fried asparagus with crab appetizer was great!!!! For the main course I had the Hong Kong Seabass with vegetables that had NO flavor. Doesn't the chef check his food before it goes out? My wife had the special parmesan red snapper soggy!!! The table next to us also complained about their food being flavorless. I don't think we will return
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very tasty!
    BeachComber
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This place was very nice, while still being casual. I had the almond and coconut crusted salmon, which was one of the best meals I've had in Galveston, maybe in the top ten best meals of my life! I will absolutely be back, & will recommend to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were very disappointed. The crab cake appetizer and the snapper ponchartrain were not very good
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Galveston hotspot
    Dgbell
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This continues to be one of our favorite Galveston spots. Great food, fun restaurant, wonderful service. Local seafood at its finest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Entree Options
    EddyM
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great selection on the menu. Went with the Asian Grill Yellowfin Tuna and the Redfish Special, which were excellent. Meals were served hot and prompt. Mussels Diablo appetizer was disappointing though; mussel weren't fresh, tasted mealy. Regardless, will come back again next time we're in Galveston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighbor
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food! Good service. Noise level is almost unacceptable
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • One of our favorites
    mikeandjanet
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food, great service, great value wine list. This is one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dave
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Good food, friendly staff. Restaurant is noisy and hopefully will expand their menu selections.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    LiveToEatVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had a group of 10 people for dinner and we're well served. One of our party had to take a call just as the food was served and the waiter quickly took his plate back to the kitchen to keep it warm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Seafood
    TonyC
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Really good place to enjoy an excellent seafood dinner. Really good service with waiters who know their "stuff". You want your fish prepared a certain way, different than the menu? No problem. Reasonable priced wines as well. When in Galveston, and you want to escape the "beach food", this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food but Very Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Dinner on a Saturday night, low ceilings make it extremely noisy. Could barley hear each other speak. We ordered the special, almond crusted red fish. It was excellent!! Wait staff service was good. I've been for lunch and the food was so-so and the wait staff service was bad. So stick to dinner and you will be pleased!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50th Birthday fun!
    TBAcVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Travis took great care of our rowdy 10 ladies group while we celebrating our friends 50th birthday. Delicious and fun and reasonable prices!! We will be back!!
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    mouse
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    3 had Cioppino and 2 had Bouillabaise and 1 had Mussels. We all loved what we had. Great tastes and flavors. Several shared the romaine wedge salad and it was great too. We drank Kim Crawford white that was perfect with our food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Geat food/Wait service needs help
    Timber1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Made reservation but had to wait on a table (not long). However table where we were seated was upfront and overly noisy. Host seemed inexperienced and/or seemed preoccupied.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Nene
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Best lobster bisque ever with big chunks of tender lobster
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dinner
    Bluedog
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Hadn't been here for quite some time. The food was excellent - cooked correctly, tasty, & interesting. Service was also excellent - attentive. My only complaint is the noise level makes it hard to talk with friends & because of that it wouldn't be my ideal for a romantic dinner - but great for friends, family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was my favorite but never again.
    SaraSymbiont11
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The waitress was an older lady who after getting my appetizer order wrong the first time completely ignored us the rest of the evening. We were left for more than thirty minutes without drink refills and this place used to be my favorite. I brought all my friends and family here and this time was just so bad It embarrassed me to the point I will never recommend it or come again. So sad.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    FWCouple
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great recommendation by Melissa, guest services at the Tremont. Service was terrific and the menu off the charts. The fish was fresh and sides unbeatable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Seafood in Galveston
    sgboo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Never disappointed. Always good food. From the salad to the gumbo to the shrimp to the fresh fish special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will only request Jessica's table
    Limama3
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is the perfect spot for before show dinner! Everyghing was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was wonderful & also server.
    Jjudyhoot
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Only problem we noticed was that it was very loud in there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An OK overall meal
    Justanaverageplace
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The apps and salad were great but the entrees were not as described. The waiter/menu interpretation was somewhat misleading. An average dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 528 reviews are from the Saltwater Grill reviews archive.
  • menu has gotten too limited......
    AnneMarieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Could use more variety of fish preparation. ..light fish options...bring the scallops back and some seasonal variety!! Still good....just needs a little tweaking. Can beef up the wine list as well! Robyn was Great. ...The loudness can make it tough for romance though!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, Bad and Ugly!
    Love2Eat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    First the good - Upon arrival, we were seated in a booth, which we loved. Enjoyed our fried asparagus appetizer. 3 out of 4 entrees were good. Now for the bad - Our waitress was so soft-spoken that we had a very difficult time hearing her, which was very frustrating. Shrimp appetizer was mediocre and hard to eat. My tuna was cold in the middle, I sent it back to the kitchen and it was still cool in the middle when it was returned. I ate everything else except the tuna (the main course). Our wine was lovely but came after our meal was served and I had to ask for it?? The ambiance was horrible - SO LOUD!!!! We weren't in a hurry but it took over 30 minutes to get our bill and pay for our dinner. Not impressed and will not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food and service
    SanLuisPassFoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was fresh and perfectly prepared. One of us want the fish prepared differently than the special was announced. That request was ho ored beautifully. Another two guests wanted to split plate, again no problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and Service
    PandaChop
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Good place for lunch with friends and co-workers. Good overall selection with excellent dessert. I love the bread pudding; only place that uses white chocolate in their bread pudding :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We were treating our Granddaughter to lunch and she was very impressed. Loved the food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious steak!
    Steaklover
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Ever eat a steak so good it makes you want to hug the chef? I sure haven't till I ate here. The bone in ribeye with the bacon onion jam was the best steak I have ever had. It's a little pricey but well worth it. Deff will be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The grand Opera House night out
    finickygirl
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for what you get
    dixiechick57
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just "ok"
    Seeww
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hard to beat!
    Oldguy62
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over rated
    LJWEKW
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Change of pace on the island
    exwaiter
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steaks, mediocre fish
    Edgar
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    And it is taunted as a seafood restaurant? If you can handle the price, one of the best steaks on the island.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, not great
    Pollyanna
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great After the Ballet
    StuArt
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate