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Diners' Choice: Best Service restaurants in Galveston

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best service in Galveston? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Vargas Cut & Catch restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1219)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Galveston
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Galveston's historic downtown district, Vargas Cut and Catch is a contemporary Steak House serving USDA Prime Steaks and the Freshest Seafood available.

We look forward to serving you soon!!

Sincerely,
Paco Vargas and family

Street parking is complimentary after 6:00pm
Top review
Budmanvip
Dined 6 days ago
Vargas is arguably the top high end resturant on Galveston Island . From the quality of their cuts of meat and selections of fresh seafood . Their offerings, while not extensive are more than satisfying for the most discerning of tastes . The attentiveness of the waitstaff is near perfect ( Thanks Blake ) and synchronized serving makes it special. Still there is always room for improvement. I had soft shell crab, with an outstanding presentation . The cost was higher than any of their non wagyu steaks on the menu, but worth it ! However, the suggested presentation was over mashed potatoes ( Really? ) . The good news is they had no issue in substituting the potatoes for a small portion of angel hair pasta with a light lemon burre blanc ! IMO a better pairing . My wife had lamb chops ( among the best we ever had anywhere , no side sauce necessary . The lobster mac and cheese was good ,however the cheese took on pink tinge and the flavor (from sweet red peppers? ) took away from the generous lobster within ! We loved the half bottles of wine , which made it easy to have a variety of wines with the meal , very much appreciated for a party of two and found the selection different and more interesting than the wine by glass list. We dinned early and the resturant had a lot of light coming in from the windows . Light diffusing shades or even curtains would have made the experience more intimate and cozy . All in all an outstanding resturant for a special occasion . Definitely a top notch special occasion place . We will visit again !
A photo of Shearns Seafood and Prime Steaks restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1449)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Galveston
About the restaurant
Shearns Seafood and Prime Steaks is pleased to now be available on Open-Table. As a perennial AAA Four Diamond award winning restaurant, Galveston's finest restaurant is unsurpassed both in cuisine and service with a spectacular view of the Moody Gardens Pyramids and back bay. Local Galvestonians flock to this Island oasis to enjoy the signature dishes of Executive Chef including prime beef, exquisite veal and lamb and the freshest gulf seafood available. The Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks experience is easily on par with Houston's finest restaurants at a much better value.

Dressy Casual attire required. No Shorts, Rompers, Tee Shirts or Tank Tops, Collard Shirts Required. Jeans are allowed on the dining room floor-no cuts offs or ripped jeans.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
First time here at Shearns, we are from California staying at Moody Gardens. Our waiter Damian, was oustanding in all aspects. Food, portions, price point and service was spot on! Damian took the time to address all aspects of the menu with recommendations. Kudos for a job well done! I highly recommend Shearns Seafood and Prime Steaks!
A photo of Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3844)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
Paco is the definition of the "All American Dream", awarded the 2019 "Faces of Diversity Award" by the National Restaurant Association. This prestigious award honors those who have achieved success through perservance and determination embodying the American Dream.

Rudy & Paco's offer the freshest seafood and steaks with a Central American flare. Come experience fine dining at its best with Paco and his staff.

We are honored to have the opportunity and privilege to serve you and your family.

~ Paco Vargas and Family

Lunch - Street parking is available, pay at parking meter or by App
Dinner - Street parking is free after 6 pm.

Dress code is strictly enforced for Dinner.
No shorts for men, women (including rompers) and children. Men must have a collared shirt (no t-shirts) and no hats.

Dress code for Lunch is casual with shorts acceptable but no hats.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Absolutely great place for a special occasions. Service impeccable with attention to every detail, food is fresh and good tasting, presentations is mouthwatering. Highly recomend to visit
A photo of BLVD. Seafood restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1939)
$30 and under
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
BLVD. Seafood is a new casual dining restaurant on Seawall Boulevard. Featuring fresh seafood and steaks.
Top review
DebbieN
Dined 1 day ago
The food is wonderful .From the minute our group of 7 walked in we were seated and our water was extremely attentive.Food was amazing as well as the drinks.This is always one of our go to dining experiences while on the island.
A photo of The Steakhouse at San Luis restaurant
4.8
4.8 (653)
$50 and over
American
Galveston
About the restaurant
Indulge in the Island’s finest, award-winning cuisine at The Steakhouse, featuring USDA Midwest grain-fed beef, live Maine lobster, and an award-winning wine list. Recipient of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award® since 2004 and selected as one of the “Top Ten Texas Steakhouses” by food critic Tom Horan, The Steakhouse is an extraordinary dining experience for any connoisseur. Our high-quality cuisine and impeccable service are complemented by an elegant ambiance featuring hand-crafted mahogany woodwork, leather furnishings, and other luxurious amenities.


Valentine's Day Dinner
Celebrate your love with a romantic four-course dinner, expertly crafted cocktails, and a prestigious wine list at our award-winning Steakhouse.
($159 per person)
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Enjoyed my 60th birthday at The Steakhouse. Everything was to perfection. It definitely is the best restaurant on the island. This is the first time we ate there. Look to spend at least $100 per person here. It is well worth saving up for. The quality is equal to the best restaurants in Manhattan.
A photo of Trattoria la Vigna restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1427)
$30 and under
Italian
Galveston
About the restaurant
Trattoria La Vigna is your very own little slice of Italy in Downtown Galveston. We offer delicious lunch specials, fresh pasta made daily, homemade desserts, and much more! ​
Top review
PKlocalvip
Dined 5 days ago
Homemade pasta and desserts. Calamari is the best.
A photo of Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2275)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Galveston
About the restaurant
Welcome to Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood, where every bite is a masterpiece! The only restaurant in Galveston awarded with the prestigious "Two Glasses" Best Of Award Of Excellence by Wine Spectator Magazine.
Nestled in the heart of the Pelican Rest Marina, our culinary haven, helmed by the talented Chef Diego Rueda, offers a journey of flavors.

Enjoy panoramic water views, creating an unforgettable dining experience where warmth meets sophistication, perfect for sharing moments.

Our commitment to quality resonates in carefully selected ingredients, ensuring each bite is a blend of freshness and flavor. From sizzling steaks to succulent seafood, our menu celebrates culinary expertise. Indulge in our award-winning wines, featuring ultra-rare and premium beef from around the world, fresh local seafood, and savor the most unique bourbon selection.

Number 13, is your lucky number for unparalleled dining.
Join us—where cuisine, views, and warm hospitality converge into magic.
Top review
LindaL
Dined 2 days ago
First time - exceeded expectations on all fronts, will definitely be back
A photo of Riondo's Ristorante restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1046)
$30 and under
Italian
Galveston
About the restaurant
Riondo's serves a casual lunch and upscale dinner with unmatched hospitality on the strand in Galveston. Riondo's also provides a private banquet room for rehearsal dinners, small weddings and all your special occasion needs. Chef Rico provides housemade pastas, mozzarella cheese, artisan breads and Gulf Coast Fresh Seafood, Wagyu beef and local farm to market produce from Moon Dog farms. Located in the historical Strand District in Galveston, come enjoy a romantic night at Riondos.
Top review
Scrapper
Dined 4 days ago
Food and service were exceptional. Lasagna and veal picata didn’t disappoint.
A photo of Katie's Seafood House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2433)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
In 1998, Buddy Guindon, his wife Katie, and his brother Kenny opened Katie's Seafood Market in Galveston, Texas. For more than 20 years now, Katie's Seafood Market has provided the highest quality of products available to its customers. The majority of seafood comes from local fishermen and shrimpers, including Red Snapper, Grouper, Golden Tile Fish, Flounder, Oysters, Shrimp, and Blue Crabs. A producer contacted Guindon in the hopes of doing a reality show about his family business. In 2015, the reality show 'Big Fish Texas' came to life on National Geographic. As a supporter of the local economy, In September of 2019, Buddy opened Katie’s Seafood House, next to the market. Katie’s seafood market supplies the restaurant with all fresh seafood. We take pride in being the only local seafood restaurant on the island that brings fresh fish straight from the boat and to your table.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great experience! The food and service was amazing.
A photo of Fisherman's Wharf restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1207)
$30 and under
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
Ideally situated next to the Historic Strand District, the Tall Ship Elissa and Galveston Cruise Terminal, enjoy waterfront dining at Fisherman’s Wharf. One of the best seafood restaurants in Galveston, Fisherman’s Wharf is a great place to enjoy a leisurely meal with all dining areas indoor or outdoor on the patio offering a view of the bay. Known for its famous Shrimp Kisses (bacon-wrapped and stuffed with jalapeño Jack cheese), selection of daily fresh fish, signature combination platters, and more. A Texas sized establishment perfect for one or one hundred, Fisherman’s Wharf is a legacy of great seafood since the 1940s. The site originally housed a shrimp and fish “factory” – an old tin building where mountains of Gulf shrimp were readied for shipment across the country. Shrimp from this very place was served to President John F. Kennedy at the White House. In 1966, the current building was constructed to meet the growing demand for Galveston shrimp, which many have acclaimed as
Top review
Connie
Dined 5 days ago
Great meal for father’s day celebration with family!
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