Galvez Bar & Grill

4.2
514 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Southwest, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Sat 6:30 am–11:00 am
Sun 6:30 am–10:30 am
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(409) 515-2145
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Bobby Ross
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
21st Street
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking.
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Entertainment
Jazz Duo on Friday and Saturday evenings and pianist during Sunday Brunch from 11am-2pm.
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Special events & promotions
Ghost Tour Dinners offered on the second Thursday of the month at 6p.m. Advance reservations required.

Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 514 People Are Saying
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Corpus Christi
1 review
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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GC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the brunch! We went for my parents' wedding anniversary and it could not have been a better experience.

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T
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Business meeting for brunch.

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PB
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch. Great selection. Heaven is a wonderful waitress, so personable and helpful.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Sunday brunch. Expensive but a great experience.

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DC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was fantastic!!!
Service was great, and food choices were most excellent!
We will be back.

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CS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I actually need two separate reviews - one for dinner experience and one for breakfast experience. We stayed at the Hotel Galvez and had both. Bar is great - great location, great drinks and bar food, friendly servers and bartenders, fun people watching and zz music (at least on Sat night). Dinner was awesome - I had the chef's special of baby clams and I loved it (but pricey). Breakfast wasn't as good. My salmon and bagel was fine but hubby had the buffet and it was cold. (Hard to keep a buffet warm and tasty tho.) Next day breakfast off the menu for both of us was better. But breakfast server both days weren't very good. We had to ask for everything (jelly, more water, etc) and had to ask for them to clear the table. I think they are used to people ordering the buffet and like it that way. Overall, tho, we loved our experiences at the Hotel Galvez and the Galvez Bar and Grill.

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P
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Galvez is a beautiful step back in time, without meaning it’s outdated. Great staff and food.

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DG
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The wait staff were not well informed and two of the staff were arguing with each other in the presence of guests.

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FA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Restaurant is located in historic hotel in desperate need of an update. Similarly, the menu needs updating and healthier alternatives. Seafood in a gulf town did not seem fresh either. Service mediocre as well.

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J
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. My 7 year old twins had a great time.

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s
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food quality was mediocre and flies were everywhere in the dining area.

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DS
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the Hostess to the waitress to the food quality and quantity, it was superb. Highly recommend it. We felt we definitely got our money's worth.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food !

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PS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Our waitress, Ashley, was very sweet and helpful. We sat in a back corner for a long no time - restaurant was mostly empty- which worked great for catching up with a cousin I hadn’t seen in 17 years. Service was very, very slow, and after Ashley left, we had to go get a waitress to help us several times. Food was very good.

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Houston
140 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Waiter was very cordial and did everything he could for us. Shared a small bite with my husband, a Caesar salad and some snapper. I think it was redfish though it was good the Caesar salad was terrible . Whole Romain leaves with globs of thick dressing on them. My node was dull and couldn’t cut it. I took most of the dressing off of it and let my husband eat what he wanted. It nauseated me. Sorry but I like the lettuce cut up and the dressing not so thick where it is smothered on top but rather mixed up with the lettuce. Just awful. I told our waiter it was horrible even though my husband kept eating it because he was hungry. The waiter did come back after telling the chef and offered to make us another one which I politely refused. Why would I want more of the same? Anyway he then came back with some key lime pie that looked delicious so we asked if we could bring it home. I would definitely try the brunch next time but I do know my fish and this wasn’t Snapper from the Gulf. It was definitely Redfish which I would have never ordered because I think that’s a farmed fish. Ugh🙄

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Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolute best brunch in Galveston hands down.

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CB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to the Sunday brunch a few times. And I have never been disappointed. Besides the lines, I lways enjoy it.

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RP
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Historical place built by 3 wealthy men after the great storm. Modeled after the wealthy old spaniard Galvez, remodeled by the George Mitchell foundation. Now, overpriced, decent accommodations, crowded pool, small bar, arrogant bar waiters, musty smelling carpet through out. Food tasty, but overpriced...beer, cocktails overpriced. Brunch overpriced, one overnight stay, with a city "view" $600

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D
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

My family and I were disappointed in the restaurant and the staff. When we arrived we were rushed to place a drink order or place our order. We weren't even seated yet before menus were placed in our hands. Our server was not personable. There was a bone in the chicken of the chicken sandwich. I ordered fish and chips. I was given a huge bowl full of French fries and 2 pieces of fish. The fries were good but the presentation was not what I was expecting. I was hoping for a luxurious ambiance, but that's just not what we got.

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AF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Underwhelmed. The gumbo was terrible. Salads were good. We spent the meal fighting numerous flies bent on landing on our food.

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NA
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

There were flies at and around our table!! Flying around and lighting on us and our food. Looked around and it was not just our table. Disgusting for the setting and meal price.

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VB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We got the restaurant and we were seated. There were only 3 or 4 occupied tables and the wait staff were plenty. We sat for about 20 minutes with no waiter or waitress coming to ask us if we were ready to order or wanted a drink. I was very disappointed. I will never go back there again.

I will say the bartenders were great and the drinks were great too. But other than that disappointed with the experience over all.

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F
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was a little slow, with only about 10 tables of people, none of which had large parties. Overall the experience was good, I would still go again.

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NA
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We very much enjoyed the unique and historical atmosphere, excellent food, and our server- he was quite good. Im glad this place was recommended to us and would recommend it to everyone.

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DB
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Huge variety from breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts. Excellent quality. Delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Stayed at the hotel for my mother’s birthday. Food was good, but service was awful. Waitress only had a few tables, but kept disappearing. Waited 45 minutes at the end for dessert and coffee.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The food you had for brunch was way over priced , we expected so much more from hotel Galvez

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LB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always excellent food and mimosas at the Sunday Brunch at the Galvez! For more travel tips / pictures / videos follow me, a Houston Travel Vlogger, on Instagram @TravelWithLesli !

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s
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Galvez has the bet Sunday brunch in the State of Texas. That is a short yet totally accurate description A remarkable range of very well prepared food from appetizers to entrees to desert.

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MH
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

It was our anniversary and since we were staying at the Hotel Galvez we decided to have our anniversary dinner at the Galvez Bar & Grill. The menu was sufficient and our food was good but we did feel that it was overpriced and the service was not organized - maybe new wait staff???We were wished a happy anniversary which was nice. I think you should offer a dessert when people book for a certain occasion.. . add that special recognition, celebration that they chose your restaurant to dine. Just a suggestion :) We love shrimp ceviche and ordered that as an appetizer . There was more shredded lettuce in the bottom than there was other ingredients. Very disappointed in that particular item. We chose not to dine in Grill after that meal because it was a little bit of a "let down" for us.

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MB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My folks have been going to the Galvez since the 1950's, I have gone there several times
recently to have dinner.

This particular instance was a birthday and we took my Mom to Sunday Brunch. We had a great time.

Food was really good. I really enjoyed the applewood smoked bacon, the shrimp, the garlic mashed potatoes, cheese blintzes and especially the desserts.

The prime rib could have been better at the carving station. Gumbo was good but not great.

Server did a good job.

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JO
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place. The staff is consistent with service. I can't stand the white chairs with the arms. If your not a normal size person it's not pleasant. Keep up the good job chef.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Sunday brunch is a great value. The gumbo is always delicious and the boiled shrimp are delicious and plentiful.

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JD
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing. Would definitely return in the future.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nanette, our server, was great!

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MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch was excellent.
We missed the Barber shop quartet.
Hope they are there next time.

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SH
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My server Yulia was wonderful! The pan roasted red snapper over asparagus, zucchini, baby carrots, and yellow squash with a side of signature escalloped potatoes was perfectly cooked and a generous portion. Warm pecan buttermilk pie with vanilla ice cream topped off my meal. Musicians in the adjoining bar on piano and upright bass played jazz standards setting a lovely mood, but for the tired crying children and barking fur babies interrupting as hotel Check-ins progressed through the hotel lobby for the Memorial Day weekend.

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