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About Galvez Bar & Grill

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 is a top choice for Open Table users and was named as one of the top 100 brunch restaurants in the U.S.

2024 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77550
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Southwest, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Sunday: 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Cross Street:
21st Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(409) 515-2145

Website:
http://www.hotelgalvez.com/dining.aspx

Entertainment:
Jazz Duo on Friday and Saturday evenings and pianist during Sunday Brunch from 11am-2pm.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet and parking in north lot when dining.

Executive Chef:
Bobby Ross

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Ghost Tour Dinners offered on the second Thursday of the month at 6p.m. Advance reservations required.

Galvez Bar & Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Sunday Lunch (16)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
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Great for Brunch (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for a Date (10)
Live Music (9)
Romantic (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
People Watching (8)
Casual (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Waterfront (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Authentic (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Business Meals (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The worst New Year’s celebration ever! The place was nice and elegant but did not offered the spirit of warm and happiness for this type of occasion. The bartender’s knowledge of common drinks and his selection of cocktails were limited. The staff was friendly but limited and slow.
The food was good and well priced but this type of restaurant should not be promoted among the best 10 places in Galveston to have a New Year’s dinner celebration. It is good for a funeral!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was excellent and great ambiance but server not the best. Struggled to open wine. Slow to check on table and not even that busy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My steak was awesome and my wife's fish very good .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Absolutely, amazing brunch. Justin, our waiter, was beyond attentive. I never had an empty glass or had to seek him out to request something. The Sunday brunch was a wide variety of fabulous food.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Probably one of the best Sunday champagne brunches we have been to in years!! Great service, great value, only $116 for four, including bottomless mimosas, prime rib, snow crab, smoked salmon, baked salmon, breakfast items, build your own pasta, build your own ommelate, really nice. This 110 year old hotel has been very successfully remodeled including outdoor heated saline pool and hot tub, great fitness center, history hallway with old pictures of the Galve when it first opened. The entire property is repainted, air and heat individually to each room work flawlessly! Beds are very comfy with premium linens. Before booking with another third parties always call hotel direct for best rate.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Seasonal, Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Casual, Healthy, Cozy, Vegan, Tapas, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Spicy, Organic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Live Sports, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Authentic, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I booked a reservation through Open Table for Brunch with Santa on Dec. 17. I couldn't have been more disappointed! Mostly frustrated for this waste of time, where I could have chosen to eat anywhere else. But I chose this event because of Santa. This was an event for my 2 year old granddaughter to see Santa. My son and I had been building her up for this for a couple of weeks.

We arrived at 12:30, and my granddaughter was so excited. She caught a glimpse of him leaving the lobby area. One of the staff members said, "oh you just missed him." So my son and I checked in and were seated. We took turns getting our food at the buffet line. We wanted to at least enjoy the meal for the time being. But still no Santa mingling about. I caught a glimpse of him sitting in a chair in the lobby. We heard bells jingling and my granddaughter got excited again. I saw Santa walking through the buffet area to go to the back. We waited another 30 minutes, but no Santa anywhere.

I called the waitress over for the check. By that time, Santa was clearly absent so I asked when he would be back. She said she'd ask. When she came back to us, she said he was not returning, I couldn't wait to get the hell out of there. So for two hours to eat at the price I paid for two glimpses of Santa, you can bet I'll never be back, for this event or any other. No announcement, no message from the waitress like, oh you might want to get up from your table and go see Santa now - no nothing.

We thought Santa would walk around to say hello and interact with everyone. He did not!! We never saw his face. Children and families were still dining, but Santa was nowhere to be seen.

My son and I were more disappointed than my granddaughter, as she didn't know he was gone. But we did, and this whole event just for her. The waitress brought an elf toy over to her because Santa wasn't coming back.

So $100 down and we got food and an elf. For $4.99 I could have gotten her a happy meal and a toy at McDonald's!!!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had a wonderful brunch, attentive staff, beautiful table with a equal view

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We sat at a table with an ocean view and loved it. The Sunday Brunch was awesome.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Waterfront, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was good but pricey (which I expected being it is in the Hotel Galvaz). Service did not meet expectations. Servers seemed to disappear.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We loved going to the Galvez for the special Prime Rib Night, which was a benefit for the Salvation Army. The food was exceptional, and the wine was divine! We loved our server, Nanette - she made the experience very special. It was also a Birthday celebration, and she brought a special Birthday dessert for my Husband. Thank you, Galvez and Nanette!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was our first time enjoying Sunday brunch at the Galvez. The spread was enormous and had something for everyone including prime rib, seafood, omelets, waffles, pies, and more.

Everything we sampled was delicious, and we will definitely be back. Probably wouldn't bring the kids as the cost is moderately high, but the quality of the food was excellent and was a lovely setting. Best Sunday brunch in Galveston!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Lovely variety in presentation of food choices. Appreciate the beautiful ambiance of 'old world' decor and charm of the restaurant/hotel coupled with the pictureque view of the Gulf.

Tags: Live Music, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Went there for my mom's birthday because she was excited about the prime rib special. Sadly, the experience was just okay and the manager left a bad impression. Service was slow despite there being few people sitting down to eat. They changed their policy about parking and treated us poorly when we explained we didn't know about the change. Trying to get our car out of the parking lot was time consuming and we were hung up on twice when calling the front desk.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Ambiance was great with the live jazz band playing in the bar area. Our server, Justin, was very attentive. The Prime Rib special was a good value. While the prime Rib wasn’t as tender as I would have liked, it was adequate. We were celebrating a birthday and our server personally decorated the cake plate which was quite nice. All desserts were great! Validated valet parking is provided by the restaurant. Nice evening and we will return.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Second time visit here. Food selection is excellent. Great salad bar, fresh baked goods, cold boiled shrimp (already peeled!), oysters on half shell, two types of soup (gumbo is good) bacon, sausage links, eggs benedict (get them fresh, otherwise pass on them) omelette station, waffle station, several types of vegetables, prime rib/ham carving station and several tables of desserts. Endless champagne or mimosas while you're dining. Service has been very good. Ask for a window seating so you can watch the ocean. If you qualify, the senior citizen's discount saves you a bit. Best part is you don't feel rushed at all. An earlier reservation helps to insure you are able to sample all the choices. At 1:30 pm they stopped replenishing the carving station.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great Sunday Brunch. Long lines but moved very quickly. Great selection of food. Server was very attentive. Seating was comfortable, not crowded. Will be back soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wide selection choices on the buffet. Great fun atmosphere . Outstanding service!

Tags: Hot Spot, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Only there for brunch, but would be back any day. Wish they had brunch on Saturdays too so I would not have to miss church.
Great food selection, great athmosphere, excellent service

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Restaurant was great, but they didnt have our Open Table reservation, but let us in anyway. Next time, we will make reservation directly with the restaurant.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Couldn’t hear the live music over the function going on next door, as the door they chose to use is the one directly across from the dining room. The server was not prompt and didn’t know the menu. We had serious allergy concerns as the Au Gratin potatoes had egg in them, which is not normal. Luckily as a guest I saw it, the waiter was “not sure” and the manager didn’t care. This is my second time dining here and ultimately my last. The service and the ambiance does not reflect a 4-5 star dining experience, or the price point being a 4-5 star establishment.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The one problem the restaurant has is reservation I made it on line and they didn’t have it. This is the second time that s happen. Fix it please

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great Prime rib special, will head down again this next weekend

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Scenic View
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 (London)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Service was poor!
Our waitress was inattentive and was lacking in ambition and in over all people skills. We felt ignored. Unfortunately for her that reflected on her tip. I am a generous tipper 20-25% and I struggled to give her a minimum 10%.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

outstanding service by miguel. food was excellent. appreciated part of proceeds going to hurricane relief

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The restaurant was open and nicely lite. The service was great and checked back several times to ensure that everything was fine. We were there for the prime rib special and the prime was tender and juicy. We will definitely be back to this restaurant again.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We went for the $22 Prime Rib Special benefitting Harvey relief. It was fantastic. I highly recommend. This special is available Thursday thru Sunday.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Staff was very attentive. Food was great in a beautiful setting.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, People Watching, Live Music, Fun
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Love the Galvez. Food wasn't great but our waitress not so great.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Always a "5" in my book! Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your "Galveston Gives Back" dining on Friday; September 29, 2017. Prime rib was the best! Coffee and conversation were great and the live jazz music was very relaxing. Thanks again for a great experience!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This was supposed to be the best brunch place in Galveston (it may be but certainly not comparable to the Houston brunch options). I must say we were disappointed. The food was very good but this is a buffet and felt like a cattle call. We had reservations but had to wait in a line of well over 50 people to get seated. The server did not know how to get us a bottle of Champagne that was not included with the buffet. They finally were able to make this work but was not easy to get done. Actually had to go get the manager to be able to open the cabinet. I would not recommend this for a special occasion. If you are in a large group it might be ok.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great way to start the day. Celebrated our 29th year of marriage with a tremendous brunch. ❤️

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Obviously the storm had just passed, but it was our anniversary and we wanted to do something nice, so dinne at the Galvez seemed right. The food was amazing, the waitress was not. I'm guessing she was not actually a waitress. We asked for a drink menu, twice, and were given a card out of her book with a list of beer/liquor, not not an actual drink menu, so I ended up not getting a beverage at all. The food came, and although we were only one of three tables, no one could be found to correct an issue for 6 minutes. I'm hoping that our next visit back will be better as the food/atmosphere was wonderful!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Delicious well presented buffet. Well worth a trip to experience the lovely old Hotel Galvez and the amazing buffet spread.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Amazing brunch selection and Attentive service.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

The food tasted great and the ambience was befitting for our 12 th year anniversary just being in the hotel we got married at. The only problem we faced was a mouse running back and forth in the booth across from us. That scared the wife and also gave a bad taste in our mouth for some great tasting food. Then after we notified the staff, one of the waiters sat a woman and her son in that booth in spite of all of the seating available and there was plenty. The manager moved that family to a different booth and put a table cover over that table and the one next to it with reserved signs on them. He also had a pest control company place a trap u see the table but our of the view of customers.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

I was a little disappointed that our original seat by a window was given to a couple that arrived before us and asked to switch. So we were stuck behind a wall. Also, I was cut in line by quite a few gentlemen at the prime rib station and ended up having to fight to keep my spot. The gentlemen in front of me were very picky about their pieces of meat so when I got up, I wasn't picky and the woman handed me an almost all fat piece of meat. Even my boyfriend said he would not eat that. The waitress was nice, but I overheard her talking about TripAdvisor to get more money...I am in the Guest Service Industry and a Trainer/Consultant and that is not very professional. Our waitress was also definitely on island time taking her time to make rounds. But overall I did truly like it and I absolutely love the Galvez. Thank you for a good Sunday Brunch. A little pricey for the quality though...

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Sunday Brunch is incredible! The food is very fresh and tasty, not like most buffets! Many options from oysters, crab, shrimp, lox, prime rib, ham, pastas, omelettes, waffles, and much more! The creme brulee was the best ever! Our table did not have a view, so that was disappointing. We made reservations several days prior, so I guess I should have requested a view. Other areas we walked through looked beautiful. Wish we didn't have to drive home after brunch, or we would have enjoyed those bottomless mimosas! Overall, great food!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 30, 2017

First time visiting the Hotel Galvez & we were not disappointed! Brunch was amazing, staff was excellent! It is a great experience!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

The Caesar salad was comprised of whole romaine leaves with salad dressing and Parmesan at their base. I did not know if I should dip each leaf by hand into the dressing or cut them all and toss in the dressing. The waiter did not know either, but commented others had complained/asked about the dish. The shrimp gumbo was tasty.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 24, 2017

My sisters and mother and I had a late lunch at this establishment. The onion soup was excellent and the shrimp poor boy was good. The club sandwich and the quesadilla were passable. I believe we would have enjoyed the experience more if we had not be fighting the flies the entire meal. When we complained about the flies we were told that it was normal for the area. We will not be going back to this restaurant to eat again.

Tags: Waterfront
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