Galvez Bar & Grill

4.3
491 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
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 491 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

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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1.0Dined 5 days ago

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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3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Nanette, our server, was great!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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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2.0Dined on May 22, 2018

The New York Strip was tasteless and tough. Ordered medium and came out way too rare...twice! Onion soup was way too salty and inedible. Salad was nothing but greens with a few pieces of pecans and a few drops of dressing. The wait staff was very young and inexperienced. For an expensive restaurant like this, the staff should be more attentive and trained. The Bread pudding and cheesecake were great but by that time the blush was off the rose. The manager did make amends but sorry to say, we will not be returning.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Restaurant was loud and people with bathing suits from the pool were walking through. Food was average at best . Wouldn’t return

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Food was not that great. Some was too salty. Gumbo had no flavor. Bread pudding was over cooked but smoked salmon was great.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Celebrating a friends birthday with the amazing brunch.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We had an unexpected medical issue with my 87-year-old mother that caused us to be 30 minutes late for our reservation. We were still seated immediately upon arrival and treated courteously. The ambience was lovely and it was an overall perfect meal. The food was delicious, service was excellent and I would highly recommend it. I cannot wait to return

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Best brunch around! I would drive the 2.5 hours from my home to there just for this brunch!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Had a great 50th Anniversary Dinner with our friends! Good fish and veggies! Will definitely go again! Thanks!

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Although we really enjoyed staying at the Hotel Galvez, the restaurant was a disappointment. We ordered the daily featured fish which was red snapper. It was overcooked and therefore had little flavor. The sides were lackluster and there was no starch option available that did not contain cheese. Most restaurants have a greater awareness of common food allergies than the Galvez demonstrated.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Enjoyed the prime rib special especially knowing that part of the proceeds continue to go to hurricane relief. Service was very good. Reservation was honored.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Best Brunch/Lunch in Texas! Love the gumbo, boiled shrimp, crabs and oysters! Very nice pasta bar and omelet bar; Applewood bacon and sausages. The ingredients are so fresh! Also serving prime rib and other dishes. The dessert bar is outstanding.

We had the perfect table for 2 with ocean view. Beautiful!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Everything you could want for brunch at a great price!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Family get together was outstanding. Food was excellent, service was very good and ambience was excellent-allowed conversation.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Inattentive waitress. Very open and loud. Food - salmon over cooked salad lacked dressing. Prime rib was good.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The wait time was not acceptable. When we did get our lunch, a plastic bread tie was cooked in my bread pudding which was not good. I shared with waiter she adjusted bill but did not get apology from chef or management. I feel that a hotel and restaurant with this star reputation and rich history should be better.

My past expierences were excellent. I challenge management to improve food service and food preparation.

Unhappy customer

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Went for Sunday brunch. Service was excellent. Good variety of food; typical buffet brunch fare except for a he emphasis on seafood (shrimp, crab legs, fish). Very nice dessert selection.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Day after wedding brunch

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch and everything on the buffet was delicious! Eggs benedict, belgian waffles, omeletts made to order, soups, so many desserts including a diy ice cream sundae bar. Worth every penny!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

What a great find since we are from Oklahoma and were only in for a night before we boarded a cruise. I definitely will recommend your restaurant to everyone. My meal was a burger and fries and I’ve never had a burger anywhere that was so delicious! If we come to Galveston anytime in the future I’ll be back!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Poor service. Special offer was not completely honored. Charged for tea when the offer said it was included. Poor seating. Very disappointed. The best part was the food. However items promised on the menu were not on the plate and waiter would not provide. Waiter was unfriendly and not accommodating

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The wait for our food was very long and they were not even busy. Less than a third of the tables had guests. The salad my grandson ordered had a very skimpy amount of tuna on it for what they were charging. When I complained I was told that was the correct amount and if we wanted more it would be extra. I was in awe at their response. Not accommodating at all. Only after some time the manager came back and said they would give him a few shrimp to add but it took so long it really was not worth the extra wait. Much better places to dine in Galveston. We won’t be going back here.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We arrived early and had a drink at the bar. We showed up at the restaurant and were taken to our table immediately. Our waiter was very attentive and efficient throughout dinner, although he was a bit cool and mechanical. The food was very good. We had the seafood Cobb salad, a bowl of gumbo and the fresh market catch of the day. We tried an appetizer of blackened shrimp and crab fondue. Don’t be afraid of the blackened, it is mellowed out in the fondue. In the greater hotel, the ambiance is great, but the restaurant is open to lobby and just seemed a little less intimate.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Great meal, very tasty. We ate lunch--portions were good, ambience nice, view of the water through the windows, service was good, wine list was small. Loved the historic "tour" from the docent downstairs through the hotel museum.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We selected the Galvez as we have enjoyed staying there previously. We started with the appetizer of bacon wrapped shrimp which was delicious. My wife ordered the prime rib and I ordered the NY strip which we were both disappointed with the quality of food. Will suggest others who try to stick with the seafood. For the price we paid and expecting so much better we were very disappointed.

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