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About Olympia Grill at Pier 21

Welcome to Olympia Grill at Pier 21, "Restaurant of the Year" 2014 & 2015
Located on a working harbor with a great view of vessels going up and down the channel and dolphins frolicking in the bay. The best seafood and view of the sunset in Galveston. We offer private dining for between 10 and 300, and have accommodated many large functions such as the Commemoration of the USS Fort Worth, many weddings, bachelorette parties and rehearsal dinners.
The Kriticos Family

100 21st Street
#28
Galveston, TX 77550
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Greek, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm< Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Harborside Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(409) 765-0021

Website:
http://www.olympiapier21.com/

Entertainment:
Belly dancer to perform on Friday and Saturday night in the dining room from 7:00-7:30PM

Catering:
We offer full service event planning, from parties of 10 - 300.

Parking Details:
Public parking lot directly in front of the restaurant. 3 hour validation for all guests

Public Transit:
Cool Tour Stops

Executive Chef:
Tikie Kriticos, Larry Kriticos, Ector Moreno

Private Party Facilities:
The Compass Room: A perfect place for meetings, anniversary parties and intimate wedding rehearsal dinners, etc. The room accommodates up to 60 guests for seated dinner or 75 guests for cocktail parties.
The Top Gallant Room: Situated in the heart of the historical downtown Strand District, the Top Gallant room overlooks Sangerfest Park from the 3rd floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building. It is a perfect location for a wedding receptions, reunions, holiday parties, awards banquets, etc. This room accommodates up to 250 guests. Whether for a plated dinner or buffet, our staff will surely make your party a success.
The Patio: This is where guests come to relax and enjoy the sunset over the Pelican Island Bridge and watch the hustle and bustle of the harbor. With a sunken full bar for your drinking pleasures, this is a perfect place to have a leisure luncheon or dinner parties with friends and family.

Private Party Contact:
Wendy Hsu: (409) 765-0021

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Olympia Grill at Pier 21 Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
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Cozy (2)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

THE BEST DOG FRIENDLY RESTAURANT IN GALVESTON! and that's not the only reason to love it!

We return here time after time. The food is excellent, the prices reasonable, the service top notch. We always sit outside on the bay. The water is restful and there is always something to see. Lots of room for our dog who becomes excited as soon as she realizes where she is going. They bring her water right away and, along with her cookies and a place to lie, she is in dog heaven. Lunch specials during the week are a real bargain. Many other choices as well and everything is terrific,

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was a first time experience at this restaurant. Ordered the lamb chop with eggs, asked for medium well. Which I should have said well done. After the brunch, I had gotten ill. I may go back again with family, but would avoid any meat.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great place for a group of people. They were helpful when our party of 10 turned into 13, and the service was great. The food was terrific, and everyone was very happy with the choice.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Loved the view. Good food, a little spicy. A bay cat came and sat on the steps with us and we shared our meal with him. (See photos)

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Happy Hour, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Scenic View, Casual, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great service and food.

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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Delicious food and attentive (but not intrusive) service. Meals were large. Noisy inside dining area but remained enjoyable.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Pretty restaurant... great location!!! Just a bit delayed service, but they were super busy!! Will def be back

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Fun, relaxed dining experience for our anniversary. Great view of the pier. Waiter could have been more helpful with ordering. Ordered the pita and hummus combination plate, which was delicious and beautiful presentation--but it was too much for the two of us as an appetizer. Our waiter had told us it would be about right--that it was just three different dips for the pita bread; however, it was far more than that--dips, delicious goat cheese, olives, vegetables and fruit. A great appetizer for 3-4 people. The Greek and Caesar's side salads were really good. The blackened red fish special was good, but not great. The chicken and pasta dish was quite average. We were too full to enjoy a dessert. Ambiance was nice. Overall, it was a positive experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 13, 2017

I ate stuff I thought I didn't like. It was fantastic. Guess I like it now.

Tags: Waterfront, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Look forward to visiting here on our trips to Galveston from Houston.
Lots of food, reasonable prices. Service was excellent.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 11, 2017

We both had seafood dinners which were very good with nice presentation. Good service too.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Have been here many times, but the noise level was extreme (Friday night at 6:30). It was too hot to sit outside at that time of day, but inside was way too noisy to have comfortable conversations.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The service was very slow. I thought it was because we were such a large party but I saw the waitress just standing by the kitchen talking to another server.
We needed drinks refills and more bread.
My friend got the Shrimp platter. The Shrimp were very small and over-fried; the grilled shrimp were like popcorn Shrimp. Not worth the money.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Good food in a lovely waterfront setting. A must do for each visit to Galveston

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

As always great food, great staff (thanks Justin), and great atmosphere. We were there later than normal (just before end of lunch period) and had place to ourselves. Quiet with personalized service. A must stop when in Galveston.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 19, 2017

This was one of the best meals we have had in a very long time. Everything was fresh, cooked perfectly and delicious! Highly recommend - I just wish this restaurant was in Austin!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Authentic, Healthy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Went here for Father's Day and the services and ambiance were great. Very disappointed in the quality of the seafood. We were expecting the fish and shrimp to be freshly caught, but seemed to be similar to many chain restaurants in that it seemed reheated and bland, the shrimp was overcooked and mushy. The best food was the Greek appetizer with assorted dips and pita bread. Maybe they should stick to Greek only.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Second time I have been here and didn't disappoint. The food was excellent.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 15, 2017

We requested ocean view and was sat inside where we couldn't see past the large group of people sitting in front of us outside. We were not offered to sit outside, despite plenty of ocean view seating out doors. We awaited over 10 minutes to get a waitress to take our drink order. The food was extremely expensive for the small servings. The noise was so loud inside, that we couldn't have a conversation. Way over rated.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 12, 2017

We sat at waterfront Pier 21 in Galveston. There was a slight breeze and it was very pleasant out. Server was friendly and attentive. The food was very tasty --I had the bossa with shrimp etoufee. I like that there was both seafood and traditional Greek items.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We ate here for our Ten year anniversary. The food and drinks were very good. Alex was our waiter, he was one of the best waiters that we have had during a dinning experience. Friendly staff, great location. Close to The Strand. We will make sure to eat at this location any time we are in Galveston.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Lunch was good. The salmon was well prepared.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Perhaps being from the NYC area where authentic greek food and greek-style seafood is readily available is skewing my view, but our meal was very average. The grilled red snapper filet for $32 fell a bit below my expectations. My husband got the 'Taste of Olympia' which faired a bit better. Hummus, tzatziki and dolma were tasty and the gyro portion was the highlight of either of our dinners. Service was friendly and attentive. Sitting outside on the patio was very nice atmosphere. Being a gluten free diner I also appreciated the gluten free section of the menu.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Nice change of pace. Many excellent starters. Cocktails were perfect. Server Iryna was exceptional. Great evening.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Always the perfect spot on a pleasant night! Great food and service!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 3, 2017

We were lucky enough to sit outside on a glorious day - we enjoyed the view of the sunset over the harbor. I try to avoid sitting indoors here because the acoustics are horrendous, so if you have a large party you cannot hear those further from you at the table - parties of 4 or fewer are fine. Outdoors that difficulty evaporates and you can enjoy the experience. The servers work hard and are attentive. The food is solid and good but definitely a bit overpriced.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 26, 2017

We stopped in for dinner and loved it. We have a child with severe food allergies and they were very accommodating. Also everyone wanted a different type of food and we were able to all find something we really liked. Gumbo, burgers and gyro plate were excellent!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Fun, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find, Tapas, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Vegan, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Food and service is always good- atmosphere is just very loud.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Houston)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Great food and service! We tried the Happy Hour menu and it was a hit. What a bargin. Both appetizers and drink menu had a very nice variety of things to choose from.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Houston)·Dined on March 20, 2017

We researched the menu on our ferry ride coming from Bolivar.
Disappointed that the lunch menu was not in effect when we tried to order from it, we missed it by
45 minutes. Asked about happy hour and was told "nope not until 4:00". Our waiter was not friendly, acted like he had no conversation skills. The bees swarmed us at the outside table. When we obviously were swatting them unable to finish our meal, our waiter was called over and he said "I heard the bees don't bite". No offer of agreeing that our lunch was being ruined by having a dozen bees swarm around us or even moving inside until we asked directly and carried our own plates and drinks inside to finish.
I expected more, wanting to please a patron attitude would have been nice. Rather we were offered only how we had missed lunch and happy hour and fought with bees. The food was delicious, even though our waiter got the order down wrong and seemed to be unaware that he missed the opportunity to make us feel welcome. I think that a $54 lunch with water to drink is too much these days to have so many issues. If we return we will make sure to check the timing very carefully and hope for a friendly waiter.

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on March 14, 2017

The hostess was an absolute witch. I made a reservation for 2:30 on a Wednesday during spring break the morning of the meal. We have eaten there, happily, many times before and I requested a table outside in a specific location in the sun. When we checked in with the hostess, she was curt and could not find the OT reservation and then clearly hadn't looked at it to see the requests. They've accommodated requests before at much busier times of the year. This more senior hostess placed us away from the heat lamps, not in the sunny area requested and next to the closed bar. It was windy and cold. The server volunteered to have us sit in the sunny area even though it wasn't her section and then the hostess came out and argued with her in front of us. We were seated at that point so the hostess went off in a huff. I still gave service 3 stars because the server took great care of us. The food is healthy, fresh and always terrific but this woman needs to realize people make reservations with open table!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 13, 2017

Great food. Great service. We had a big group and we were taken care of.

Tags: Waterfront, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Excellent food and service! We had calamari and a split Greek salad to start, both delicious and appropriately portioned, split a inexpensive ($39) bottle of wine, and absolutely demolished the shrimp lover's and mixed grill kabob plates. The side items were also quite tasty (rice, steamed, and grilled veggies). No room in our full and satisfied bellies for desert, but they have quite the selection, so your sure to find a few options which would easily leave you waddling out. This is my parter' and my favorite Galveston restaurant and we can't wait to come back!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 27, 2017

The food, wine, and service were all excellent. We especially appreciated the waitress's advice to wait until we saw the size of our appetizers before ordering our entries. It turned out that one of the appetizers that we ordered was quite large, and we subsequently decided to order only one entre instead of two. We wouldn't have been able to eat the extra food, and, since we were in town on vacation, it would have just gone to waste.

On the downside, we were unpleasantly surprised about having to pay $12 for parking, considering how much we spent at the restaurant. If there was dedicated restaurant parking, we sure didn't see it.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 26, 2017

The food was amazing. You can not beat the value the kids meals were on the high side but came with enough food for kids to split. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The atmosphere on the water was very nice.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Great Happy Hour nibbles. Fun scene and views. Food was awesome. Beautiful belly dancer during Mardi Gras! Run don't walk!

Tags: Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Tapas, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 23, 2017

We love Olympia on Pier 21! Service and food are always wonderful! Thank you, J.R. for managing such a special place!

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 18, 2017

We enjoyed a great family lunch/brunch on first Mardi Gras weekend. We sat on the outdoor patio. As the golf cart parade and art car parade assemble on pier 21 we got to see them gather for the parades. Service was top notch and everyone found something to enjoy.

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2017

The food was phenomenal, service was a bit slower than normal, was a little disapointed that they brought the appetizers just moments before the meal, would have liked a little space of time between them abs the entrees

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Very accommodating as I added people to our reservation twice. The food was tasty - especially the sweet potato fries and the stuffed shrimp. Our waitstaff was attentive. There were ten of us at a long table, which made it hard to have one conversation, but that may be the nature of a table for ten.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Fun
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