Galvez Bar & Grill

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Galvez Bar and Grill is the go-to restaurant for local seafood as well as cocktails. Galvez Bar & Grill features fresh seafood from Galveston’s Pier 19, steak, Po Boys, award-winning Gumbo, salads and a variety of bar bites including filet mignon sliders and flatbread pizzas. Its Sunday Champagne Brunch (served 11am-2pm) is a top choice for Open Table users and was named as one of the top 100 brunch restaurants in the U.S.
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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Perfect for a special occasion. I could not believe the amount of choices for food! Amazing. Very lovely setting!

JB
Dallas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to brunch! Fabulous food, decor and Kristina was an amazing waitress!

M
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Totally awesome! Five stars!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular brunch. Our server, Portia, was the absolute best. Just returned from cruise and this was a wonderful way to transition back to life on land.

JM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love the Galvez. We have the brunch at least once a month.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was not good, service was slow

MW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had Sunday brunch and it was one of the best we’ve been to. From the display of food to the overall freshness and taste it was outstanding. They even had a honeycomb dripping fresh honey for breads and muffins.

RI
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Very expensive. Service was fair most employees at this Hotel seem to be new and not very experienced or knowledgeable. Hotel and restaurant needs a lot of cleaning and detail. Rooms small and tubs had caulk in them. Not worth the money

KL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Galvez Bar and Grill was a nice stop for dinner without having to dress for a fancy restaurant. The food was delicious with large portions. A bonus was the seating was very comfortable and relaxing.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

People rave about brunch at the Galvez & we were pretty disappointed.
Everyone from the hostess to cooks running the food stations seemed to want to be anywhere else, the wait staff was very busy & at times no where to be found, other guests were stacking up plates on empty tables The food was ok but nothing outstanding. I liked to fresh pasta station but it wasn’t even warm after the chef plated it. I really wished we had a better experience.

NH
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch. Had been to it previously. I came a second time as a "date" weekend visit with my wife. I asked for a table with a view on this special occasion. I showed up very early for my reservation and was placed next to a wall. Before my reservation time came, tables at windows opened and people were seated there. The Host did not seem to use a thinking process or he would have offered to have me wait a short while until a window seat opened.

TK
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service fast and friendly.
All you can eat shrimp were small but served hot and tasty

I
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We love The Galvez! We are from Galveston and love to go just to take in the atmosphere and grandeur of this beautiful, historic hotel. The food is always good and the service is great. We try to do happy hour with our friends there at least once a month. However, the reason I gave the ambiance three stars this particular time, is because the seating area in the restaurant part of the lobby had this horrid musty/moldy smell. It was very stuffy - sort of like when the AC is turned up too high or on the fritz. It made for an unpleasant dining experience. This is the first time we have experienced this, so perhaps the AC was in need of repair. I normally do not like to write negative things - especially about places I enjoy and love to frequent, but this particular issue REALLY needs to be addressed. I can honestly say it would keep me from returning if it wasn't. The other issue was having dogs traipsing through the lobby/bar area. I know the trend is to now let dogs into hotels and restaurants, and I realize all the animal lovers will call me some type of name for not liking it, but there's a place for Fido (when not a service dog), and a hotel lobby/bar/restaurant is not one of them. Perhaps this is from where the smell was coming?????

JJ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If one wants a first class brunch in Galveston, The Galvez is a classy, good tasting experience.

o
Oklahoma City
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Good basic salmon meal. A little overpriced, but convenient in the face of Tropical Storm Imelda, and beautiful ambiance. Nice wine.

JB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, the hotel is very beautiful and elegant

MM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server Beck was outstanding, the food superb! The mesquite shrimp appetizer is a must!

KK
London
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and plenty of it!
Service attentive!
Delightful way to spend Sunday!

S
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The event was awesome. Took wife out for
dinner date there and she was impressed with the scenery, musicians playing in the background. The prices were a little expensive; however, for the experience it was a perfect little bonding time with great food. I will be returning.

o
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had the $18.95 shrimp special - all you can eat. The shrimp were fantastic and plentiful. Great taste and great value.

YM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a way to spend an evening! Beautiful music, attentive staff, and delicious food! I love it!

JT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The filet mignon is second to none. I love this place.

JD
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time coming to the Galvez Bar & Grill and it did not disappoint. Although we came on Labor Day and there were many people, we still enjoyed the ambience, the food especially and the warm service. The buffet selection is extensive from the salad bar, soups, main entrees, down to the dessert bar! Will definitely be back again. My family love it here!

JL
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful!! Please bring it back soon!! We are LOCAL and I think we found our new HAPPY PLACE!! food was off the chart....all you can EAT Shrimp was fantastic. Please do it again!! Server was great too.

J
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and fast. Service was friendly.

KC
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Service was great but the food was nothing special. I

C
Little Rock
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Even if you took one bite from each dish on this expansive menu, you would fill at least three dinner plates. The gorgeous Queen of the Gulf provides a welcoming environment in which to feast. And the enormity of the buffet ensures that you can go time and time again, and never have the same meal. It's a bit pricey, but worth it. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was inviting.

QY
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining room atmosphere was elegant. The service was attentive and polite. The food was prepared and presented in a buffet style and was very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Anniversary brunch for my In-Laws 57th. Wonderful!

KS
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue, outstanding service and the food was fantastic!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome service, food was excellent

RC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional in a beautiful setting. Great meal!

GG
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The meat carving station was not edible as the "prime rib of beef was heavily "marbled" with fat. 50% un-edible. The other accompaniments for the meal were adequate but nothing really stuck out as was listed as 1 of the 10 best in Texas. The best on the spread was the shrimp. Respectfully the rest was adequate, but nothing to write home about. I'm sorry if this insults, but it's not meant to but to honestly critique management to look into improving on something that could be a great establishment for great dining. I'm sorry, I can't in good conscience recommend this brunch/buffet to a friend.

DF
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Probably one of the best breakfast brunch/buffets I've been to. The only two issues I had (and they were quickly and professional handled by the staff) were our initial seating was in the ballroom, and it was absolutely freezing in the room. We were about to leave and our kind waitress found us seating near the buffet line - loud, but warmer, so no complaints. The second thing would be to have some way to let the patrons know what is included with the brunch - drinks, juice, milk, mimosa, bloody Mary, etc...we were unsure what is comp and what is extra (and are still unsure). If anyone is on the fence between this and The San Luis - NO CONTEST...Galvez wins hands down!

NH
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to brunches and buffets all over the world in 5 star locations. This was the best. I intend to bring my wife here soon.

LS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went for the AYCE fried shrimp- it did not disappoint. Quite good. would return. I wish they had a better wine list- it is pretty limited for such a grand hotel.

A
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Nice place, needs cleaning and painting. Was somewhat disappointed in the level of service. It was a bit steamy inside. Shrimp was good.

MC
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My friend and I went for the special “All you can eat Shrimp” dinner. We were a little bummed to find out that it was only offered from 5-8. Our reservation was at 8:30. The chef fixed us a plate anyway, we just couldn’t get seconds, which is okay, because the serving was plenty and we even took some home!

The fried shrimp were delicious as were the show string potatoes! I wish the mango coke slaw had been more than just 2 bites. Also delicious!

Our server was new, but witty Nd charming.

Great ambience with live musician at the piano!

Will definitely return!

M
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on their all you can eat shrimp special night! Great service by our waitress, Nanette. She was friendly, helpful, smiling and engaging. We are IBC’s and it was wonderful to see Nanette prompting our Island to the couple visiting at the table next to us! Great food and great service, as always!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service!

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