Galvez Bar & Grill

4.3
554 reviews
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Seafood
Galvez Bar & 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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JO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The grill part was good the food was good what wasn't was the bar. Sat at the bar the bartender would either forget or ignore what we ordered. You sit when they finally do serve you a drink they don't ask if you need a menu. If you ask them for a menu it takes them forever to bring you one. The worst bartender by far is the female that works during the day. Ordered a drink got it from her, but later asked for water she never brought out. The other bartender a gentleman in a suit finally came over I think he said we needed something else to drink, he offered and we ordered from him.
If she was angry at us for some reason then let us know and we'll go elsewhere, but don't just leave us sit there while you serve everyone else.

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DB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our overall Valentine Day dinner very much. The food was excellent quality; the service was also top-notch, though I think we had a bit of a new waitress, she was very attentive, and she double checked on things that she didn't immediately know about. This is a highly rated hotel; and the restaurant is very, very nice too.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! Amazing selection of fresh seafood AND amazing desserts! We loved it!

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a group of girlfriends. Will definitely be back with family. A bonus is free valet with eating there.

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CW
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the best Brunch Buffett that I have ever eaten at. It was good for my age and also my 2 kids, who are 8 and 9. Excellent variety and quality.

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K
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, impeccable service! It was amazing how knowledge the wait staff were as well as the bar tender. They all showed how much they loved the restaurant and their positions.

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MK
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views with beautifully presented, good-tasting food. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

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E
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful. A mix between date night and casual Saturday. I loved it. We will be going back for dinner one night.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my fiance here for the Sunday brunch for our 3 year anniversary and we loved everything! The food and atmosphere were awesome and the hotel is beautiful. Will definitely be going back!

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RC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are on Galvesto Island on a Sunday and want a special treat, make reservations for this Brunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great thank you!!

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AE
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love the atmosphere of this hotel and restaurant. The food is top notch. I highly recommend it

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JO
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely historic hotel and restaurant. A must stop during your Galveston stay.

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EB
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our visit to the Galvez. Hostess very helpful and knowledgeable. Waitstaff prompt and friendly. A good variety of food for choices for everyone.

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PP
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were in Galveston for a couple of hours and had afternoon lunch with a beautiful view. The lunch was very good. There was a beautiful view. The service was mediocre.

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j
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Sometimes a chef builds up a tolerance for salt.
Much like the Avon lady that day in day out wears "evening in eudora".
He or she needs someone else to taste the food.
In other words......way too salty.
The bread pudding was warm on the outside and cold on the inside,
maybe that's a new thing and I don't know about it yet.
The service was great, atmosphere wonderful.
Food is the business though.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We reserved the brunch and when we arrived were told that the brunch was cancelled. We had to order off the regular menu which did not include breakfast items.

A msg was left on my phone with less than an hour notification. (Which I did not see because I was driving).

Disappointing, as I had invited friends.

L

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PD
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Very disappointed for what was supposed to be a nice New Year's Eve dinner for two. Was first seated essentially in the bar area. Moved to a new table. Found out some entrees had already been sold out. Poor attitude by the server. She brought out entrees out while we were still eating our salad and basically threw it down on the table. Beef was dry and overcooked. Pork was fatty. When I asked for a cold glass for my beer, waitress sniped "would you like me to pour it too?"

Will never go again.

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Best food we had on the seawall. We loved the atmosphere & enjoyed being part of all the activity going on while we had cocktails and then food. We had both lunch & dinner in the restaurant and had a great time.
The servers were very attentive without hovering. We appreciated that. Food was very good & nice portion sizes. Never felt rushed.

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d
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the new year’s eve dinner special and it was exceptional! the food was delicious, the flavor combination between the meat and sauce, veggies and potatoes was perfect, the dessert great as well. We would love to go back for a special occasion.

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s
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful selection of great food.
I will definitely go there again.

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A
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service!

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New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Their menu was extremely uninteresting, virtually lacking in seafood; pretty remarkable for a place on the Gulf!

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CN
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I have been to the Galvez for brunch 3 times since late September and it hasn't improved. The last time, i could not get to the seafood at all. I saw the video of a different arrangement for Christmas Day. If Sunday brunch were arranged like that, i would reconsider.

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CG
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Went for Sunday brunch 2 days before Christmas. They obviously allowed too many reservations for 11:00 as the food line was nearly out the door at 11:30. Had to ask the waitress twice for coffee and tea refills. The food was good for a buffet and the desserts were marvelous. I mean who serves creme brule on a buffet table? We will go again but with a later reservation.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Sunday brunch in Texas! Love it!

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i
Houston
48 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Went for dinner with our special out of town guest. They seated us even though we were an hour early and we appreciated that! Of course, place was basically empty, so not a big deal. Restaurant is in the lobby but the best views, the seawall and water, are nowhere near the tables, unfortunately.

Service was wonderful!! Very attentive without being annoying or rushing us out the door! Food was very tasty but nothing special. Bartender did not know how to make a Sazerac. Next time we book the fancier restaurant in the hotel .... I think this was our mistake from the start. Will be back but there are lots of other options to try before that happens.

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CN
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a marvelous, attentive server, Heaven. The food was good, although some of the desserts had an "old" taste. My biggest complaint is that the various courses should be separate stations, so the line doesn't remain so long.

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OT
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The buffet was great-more food than one could eat.

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BE
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. We had a waitress named "Gorgeous" and she was delightful. My wife was very surprised that I took her for brunch and she loved it. The food was very good from the omelets to the striped bass to the deserts. All was good. They also had a carving station that looked delicious, but we did not try it. We stuck to the seafood of oysters on the half shell, boiled shrimp, crab legs, and striped bass. I highly recommend the Galvez for a fantastic Sunday brunch.

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JG
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

One of the best Sunday brunches ever. The ambiance, food selection, and surroundings were excellent. Highly recommend this brunch

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I take guests here all the time, it is a great way to experience Galveston's finest.

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JT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Galveston from Boston and the Hotel Galvez Sunday brunch was the first event of our trip. It completely lived up to its reputation. The food was fabulous, and the ambience was perfect. The bottomless mimosas and free valet parking were also great. It was perfect.

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WL
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Old girl’s not what she used to be. Service not very attentive, hostess would not offer a chair seating ( walking difficulty ) to only a booth. Plenty of open seating. Lost reservation, and food, though ample, was better in presentation than taste. This was for Sunday brunch.

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B
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Had a 1:15 seating, some of the food was past prime, oysters for one. The hot items were cold or slightly warm at best. Some of the food stations were manned by less than enthusiastic servers.
Have had a lot better past outings here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Worth the drive out from Houston to Galveston just to have Sunday brunch!

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JM
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food in a romantic atmosphere! Loved the piano player!

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Corpus Christi
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made our reservation not knowing the brunch price. Although more than I would normally pay for brunch the overall experience was exceptional.

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DC
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Brunch was fantastic! But even though I made reservations in advance, they did NOT have our reservation and we had to wait.

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is very good. Excellent service. Great scenic view.

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