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Porch Cafe

4.3
215 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Scenic View
Our food, like the Island itself, is meant to be fun, casual and not over complicated — simple, fresh ingredients served in an imaginative and creative way. Whether our carefully sourced Gulf Coast seafood or our delectable Texas Steaks, our seasonal menus maximize the pleasure that is "a simple life by the sea."

Great food.
Good friends.
Just steps away from the beach.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Friday: 11:30am-3:00pm ; 5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00pm ; 5:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm ; 5:00pm-8:00pm
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Phone number
(409) 762-0808
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Nicholas Proffitt
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Catering
Please visit our website for information about booking your next special event or contact the General Manager at Ryan@porchcafe.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Seawall Blvd
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Special events & promotions
Please email Ryan@porchcafe.com to set up your Special Event.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dogs Allowed, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available, Wine

Private Dining

Our private dining areas vary from small parties (10-30 guests) in our private back room to larger events hosted in the entire restaurant, which could potentially serve 120 guests. We have two main dining areas and two porches. Each seat approximately 35.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

We are offering our Annual Mother's Day Brunch Buffet. $45/adult and $15/Children 12 and Under.$5 Mimosas and Sangrias. Come find out why we were voted Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in the Country!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 215 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was so amazing! My favorite dish by far (and we tried several) was the berries and quinoa salad. So good and sweet that it could be a dessert easily. Yum! They were also very good and professional about my food allergies and very informative about each of their dishes. Spot on! The place itself was adorable. I loved the atmosphere. Very homey, yet upscale feel. Definitely going back.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great place. Smaller and quiet. Great snapper and shrimp and grits. Very relaxing with a bottle of wine.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Love, love, love this restaurant! My friends and I planned our trip to Galveston around their schedule. A Cajun touch to the menu & worth the drive down here!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I've eaten at Porch Café several times and enjoyed them all. It may be my favorite restaurant on the island. On the most recent visit, we sat out on the screened porch. It was a nice evening, with gulf breeze. I highly recommend the avocado caesar salad with crab cake.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Out of everything, coffee machine broke, out of pancake mix for pancake bar- no substitutions for bread only bad biscuits - no rye west white, sourdough-Nothing- no English muffins!chef refused to place item on a side plate-empty for a reason. Waitress nice, but could not override chefs inability to leave one item on the side. Allergies.bring an epi pen! Bathroom out of everything too. Have to blame management-millennials running the show. I would go back next year when it is a new restaurant...this cannot continue

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Outstanding service!
Love the shrimp and grits, quail and crab cake.
The Porch

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Group of 4 enjoyed dinner inside due to weather. The screened porch is also very nice. Good food and reasonably priced wine.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Had anniversary dinner here had shrimp and grits perfect portion delicious shrimp.

Gumbo great too!
Formal front but elegant.

Due to off season our wait person was a beat off and although greeted us with Happy Anniversary she never offered us desert but the manager did although late we declined.
We’d go back for brunch seemed like that is what they are known for.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had Easter brunch, sat outside, beautiful view! There was a buffet, food was average, service was excellent. The reason you go here is for the views! It was a little pricey for what we got but still Would return.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We have been to the Porch for dinner as it was delicious, a good value and good service. We went for Easter Brunch and was disappointed in quality of food and beverage. Food on buffet was dry and not hot. Mimosas were room temperature. Definitely would not go back for brunch.

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

overpriced for dinning experience. Very slow service, very small portion..i won't coming back

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great food, large quantities. Nice servers.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Porch Cafe is the hilight of every trip I make to Galveston - we do the family fun stuff with fried fish and all, but my kids know that for at least one meal every trip, mom and dad get OUR meal - amazing food - gorgeous place - just a little escape! No trip to Galveston is complete without a meal at Porch Cafe.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great I will def be back

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Brunch was excellent. Menu had a variety of options. The goat cheese appetizer was delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Always a good choice for a quiet dinner just for two or with the family. Service is good. Food is very good, especially the fried green tomatoes for me!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Their chipotle rapsberry goat cheese dish was TO DIE FOR, as well as their key lime pie rumtini!

Entire staff was very well-trained & well-mannered. In a quiet area of Galveston off the Seawall, with a beautiful view of one of the nicer parts of town.

Would definitely recommend in the Spring when the weather is perfect & you can sit on the porch.

I'm not a local, but found this place on Yelp - if you're on the fence, definitely go! It was a special afternoon for my partner & I, as it was his birthday. They brought out a very rich chocolate cake (with no singing!) to celebrate.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great food, great service and a pleasant experience. Well done.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Cute, beachy cafe away from the craziness. Adequate in most ways, but not great, not bad. Limited menu.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We really looked forward to this restaurant while briefly in Galveston. The ambience is lovely. great spot and decor. Even though there were only 2 tables with patrons, our waitress was slow and not engaged. Got items wrong. No apologies. Brought an underdone burger after specifically asking for well done. Took back happily to kitchen only to bring back microwaved on same plate still underdone. Then when part of the table was finished, she asked about dessert. When told no one was interested. She dropped the cheque on table despite the fact the last person was still eating. Perhaps super anxious to go home?? So very classless in an otherwise upscale locale. So sad. As well the food was only mediocre but expens
Finally, despite booking on opentable - no points added to account.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

This was our first time eating at the Porch Cafe and it was excellent! Friendly service and delicious food made this a memorable experience. The fried green tomatoes were delicious and the crab cakes were the real deal. We live on the island and now that we have found this hidden gem, we will be coming back here often.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The Valentines menu was fabulous. The Lobster Chowder was absolutely the best I have had and the steak was prepared to perfection. Wonderful dessert and ended with a gorgeous rose!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This restaurant is nice and quite if you are on a date. The only drawback is that the food quality is poor for the price. They do have some different drinks on there menu. I would recommend this place just be prepared.

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1.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Must be under new management food quality was mediocre at best. Eggs were over cooked biscuits where out of a can and under cooked. We use to love this cafe for Sunday brunch, we won’t go back.

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3.0Dined on February 4, 2018

We visited the Porch Cafe for a Sunday lunch. We tried several of the Tapas plates, they were all good. The server wasn't very attentive, however. It didn't seem to be that busy.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

My sister brought her service dog. There was a dog bowl already set at our table. Great ambiance. Wonderful service and food well presented.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was delicious, service was outstanding and ambience was great. I will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Our server was great. We went for restaurant week this time and there seemed to be 3 menus published. That was not a problem our server answered all questions and brought us everything we wanted. The food does not disappoint.

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

This was fairly disappointing. we came for restaurant week offerings and they were quite sad. The brussel sprouts were not cooked. The steak was stringy. The pasta was flavorless and lacked character. The vegetables were good. Not impressed and won't be back

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

THe Porch Cafe is the best restaurant on the southside of Houston
The Dishes are creative and unique, the menu is limited as this is a small place
but there are always some off the menu specials. IF you get the meal deal the portions are smaller so you can eat all the food. The AVacado Salad is unique and the best

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful restaurant! We had a quiet dinner with friends and it was perfect. My husband and I have also had dinner here, just the two of us, and it is very romantic and just quiet enough to enjoy.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We really enjoyed the service, food, great cocktails, and atmosphere. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

My husband and I were visiting Galveston for the weekend and I looked at Yelp for a restaurant recommendation. This place definitely lived up to the great reviews. We had the Filet Mignon, which was cooked perfectly to medium rare. The poblano grits were wonderfully creamy and the Brussels Sprouts that were roasted in a honey dijon sauce were absolutely the best part of the whole plate! We sat on the outside porch area and it had a nice romantic ambiance. Our server was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

They never disappoint. Small menu but executed perfectly every time.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Great lunch time!! Food was exquisite and staff was on top of things. Second time here a still amazing

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Went here for Saturday brunch. I ordered the crab cake sandwich and my husband the steak Benedicts.
The food looked great when the server brought it to the table. However, my crab cake was mushy and tasteless and my husbands poached eggs were hard. His steak was well done even though he ordered medium rare. Even my ice tea tasted bitter as if they had boiled the tea bag. The fries I had with my sandwich were good.
I had been there one previous time during which I ordered the chicken and waffles. I didn’t order them again this time because they were just ok.
The atmosphere is really Seaside beachy with tall ceilings. It’s too bad the food just isn’t cooked quite right. There was only one other table, so we can’t blame it on a rush.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent food, beautiful porch with refreshing ocean breezes, but slow service. You must be there to relax because you’re not going to be rushed.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Very European ambiance, the menu was great and the service very good. We went for a family diner, really perfect. I am french and I feel like in my own country there (ambiance, light, choice of food).

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

I went to this secluded restaurant on a Saturday night, and was surprised that there were so few customers. This restaurant has wonderful ambiance, bright warm lights indoors and low candlelight on the porch. The dinner was delicious. I had a three-course dinner of crabcake starter, shrimp and grits entree, and brownie icecream dessert. I attached some images to this review. I was very full from dinner, and so was my partner who had a 4-course meal. My only complaint in this review is that there were no vegetarian entrees :*( and the outdoors area where I sat smelled of kerosene or gas from the heaters. The beach is just a few meters away if you arrive early or want to take a stroll after eating. I had a good dining experience here, and recommend this place, but I think many people would really appreciate a vegetarian dinner choice.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2017

A hidden gem with fantastic ambience and a cool relaxed atmosphere.
Lots of parking, the beach is s few minutes walk. Surrounded by beautiful homes in classic Galveston "up on stilts" style.
Food was excellent and service unhurried and polite.

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