Porch Cafe

4.3
260 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • 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.
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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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What 260 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

We had a reservation for four people at 12:00. When we arrived, we were told that there would be a 5-10 minute wait for an indoor table. We were escorted past an indoor table with a reserved sign on it, to an area on the porch to wait for a table. We didn't get seated until 12:30. Other than that, the service was good and the food was delicious. I would eat here again, but I wouldn't waste my time making a reservation.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

We flew into Galveston for a girls holiday and I booked the porch for our first night. We were really looking forward to it. However it was a disaster.
Our reservation was for 8 pm, we arrived at 7:50 and were given the option of sitting inside or outside. We asked to sit outside. The manager said it would be a 10 min wait so suggested we enjoy a cocktail and listen to the live music. Great idea we thought. Then my friend slipped and stubbed her toe badly, the sac player was obnoxious and very loud and we had to ask 3 times over a 40 min period if our table was ready.
Finally we were seated but not outside. In a back room that had terrible acoustics and it was terribly terribly loud!!!!!!!! It went steadily downhill from there. We ordered wine and it took almost an hour for the bottle to be brought to our table without glasses or a wine cooler (the table next to us had a wine cooler so we know they have them). We had to ask for glasses several times and we were finally delivered plastic wine glasses. Not impressive. We had to ask for glass tumblers. The cherry on top was when the waiter brought the bill with our hosts credit card they gave us someone else’s bill and credit card.
It was terribly disappointing and as a result we will not be returning and that is another disappointment as the venue is lovely and the food is original but the service was miserable.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Our waitress was horrible and rude. She was absent and short when she did come by. My husbands dish was great, as were the desserts. My food was cold and shrimp overdone. My brother's dish came out as the wrong fish and wrong baking style. Perhaps it was an off night. Thought it was a cute place and menu sounded good with inventive flavor mixes. Was disappointed we wasted my husband's birthday dinner here.

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2018

where to begin ... table bussed but no menus/setups until walked to the hostess. coffee cold. lemonade premixed. "kitchen informs that they cannot mix tomatoes into eggs." when served eggs, cold. bacon - 2 slices poor quality. halfway through when asked about the status of the cinnamon bun, said "on its way" - five minutes later, "what are you missing?" - three minutes later "sorry we ran out." oh dear. at least close to the beach.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Both the food and service where amazing. Maybe the best food on the island.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Loved this little Gem! So glad I found it!! Great Menu! Great Ambiance! Great Service!! Nice change to all the fried American food/seafood typical to Galveston. Definitely will be back on my next visit to the coast.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We enjoyed our evening of celebrations, thanks to Ryan and his graciousness!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Simply awesome. Enjoyed the atmosphere, the employees were very personable, and the food was excellent. We went twice in two days! We are certainly going back!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Excellent cuisine! Will be returning next time in Galveston!!!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Expensive and worth every penny! We splurge like this only every once in a while and taking our children and in-laws there for an anniversary dinner with a fabulous beach walk right afterwards was such an occasion. Hats off to the chef, portions were great and every bite was wonderful. It was quiet but full of life as well. Reservations recommended

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Booked Porch Café for my Dad's 73rd birthday dinner. It was absolutely perfect - ambiance, service and food. I think the best part was the cocktail list, if I had to choose.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Amazing happy hour. Great service. Delicious fresh baked bread and herb butter

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Service was slooooooowwwwww. After 20 minutes our waiter had not come by to take our order. We had asked other staff to get our waiter and he never came. After watching other people who were seated after us get serviced by the person who was supposed to be our waiter, we finally asked if someone else could serve us. That worked well for a little while and then an entirely new person showed up to help out. She was very friendly but never around when we needed her. We were there over two hours and each only ordered a simple dish and one drink. The food was tasty but I won’t be going back. Everyone that showed up after us were already gone by the time we got our check. There are plenty of other restaurants with good food that know how to service their customers.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Great place, great food, and great service.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We live in Galveston and every single time we have out of town visitors, we bring them to the Porch Cafe. It is the hidden gem of the island. The seafood is always really delicious and we love the atmosphere of the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Relaxing & delicious

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Seems to be back on the “upswing” after a time of being “not so great.”
Kudos to the staff!

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1.0Dined on June 24, 2018

This was on a best of Galveston list and it was not!!! We had a reservation and after we were seated it took me 15 minutes before anyone even spoke to us. This was after I flagged someone down and they seemed really annoyed at having to take out drink order. After ordering 3 drinks they walked away- mind you 7 of us at the table??? When they came back 5 minuets later to take the rest of the drinks order they had already forgotten the first part! Then they were out of 4 different items on the menu- which was already quite small. Overall not a great experience although they did have a nicely priced wine list. I would not recommend this place to my friends.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Another pleasurable dining experience at the Porch Cafe. The food was spectacular as was the attentive wait staff.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Fabulous food and service. Worth the drive.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

The crab cake was delicious! We enjoyed the a la cart options - grilled snapper and grilled salmon. We look forward to returning soon!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great little spot on the far east end of Galveston. The food was slightly pricey but very tasty. I ordered the smoked salmon benedict which was amazing. My husband had the biscuits and gravy which was also very good. The porch seating offered a nice breeze and a slightly distant view of the ocean. I would return and I would recommend to friends and family.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Very close to the Galvestonian where we were staying. Nice walk to get there.
Food was very good. Would definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We came here to celebrate our anniversary. I noticed that they only had 2 waitress (waiter). One person for inside and one for outside. The outside person is also the hostess too. I feel like the short staffed her affected my service. The waitress also had a heavy accent too I couldn’t understand what the specials were. My waitress didn’t check up on me as much as I would have like. I would love to know that there’s gonna bones in my fish. I would have like her to check on me to see how I liked the food. As for the food, all of the entrees were good. I had the snapper and scallops. And the snapper had bones in it. My husband had the lemon butter salmon. It was delicious. Vegetables were cooked perfectly. The butter was wonderful!! I love the butter.

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1.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Not agreat experience...overpriced, pedestrian fare. Untrained staff with no processes in place. Beautiful environment, but not worth it!

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

While we were visiting Galveston, I found this restaurant on Open Table and made the reservation for Sunday brunch. We got there on time and were seated. They did not have a sling for our baby’s car seat so we had figure out on our own how to place the car seat (put 3 chairs together and voila!). Our server, Lani, came after about 10 minutes or so with glasses of water. She asked us if we wanted anything else to drink, my husband said coffee and she was off. Even without giving us a chance to say we were ready to order. This is the 1st time we saw her. She brought the coffee and took our order. This is the 2nd time we saw her. She refilled my husband’s coffee, once. 3rd time we saw her. Let me state here that every time she would come she would never ask how we’re doing or if we needed anything. She would just come and do what was needful and leave. Dropped off our food without speaking a word. 4th time we saw her. The food was okay. I had the smoked salmon Benedict on a croissant. It was okay. The greens on it had been wilted. Everyone else on the table said their food was just okay. The portions are very small for the price. Anyways, so we are finished with our meal and still Lani is no where in sight. The table next to us had a different waiter and we found out his entire life story since he was there a lot talking to the customers at that table and we over heard him. After waiting for about 15 minutes Lani comes over with our check, asking us then if we needed anything else. We were planning on getting maybe a hot beverage like cappuccino or something but with that kind of service we just wanted to get out of there. So in total it was poor customer service, over priced food and okay ambience. Would not go there again at any cost and would never recommend it to anyone else either.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

First time there and really enjoyed it. Plan to visit again

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We really enjoyed our meal at the Porch. It was one of the most enjoyable dining experiences we’ve had. We tried to make another reservation but they had no times available.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We all loved brunch! My son said they were the best pancakes he ever had. We will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We celebrated a birthday and all of enjoyed our delicious meals. It was nice and quiet inside and our service was great.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

A beautiful restaurant and loved dining on the big screened in porch! Good food but the service is a bit slow. Still a great evening.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day Brunch

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Awful! Went for “Brunch” with my family for Mother’s Day, and it was such a disappointment. We were unaware that a buffet was being served, had we know, we would have made other arrangements. I’ve never seen such a poor display in my life, it looked like a last minute event. Forty five dollars per person was outrageous for the quality of food offered.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Nice selection of dishes. Smoked salmon is delicious. Ate from Mother's Day buffet and loved that there was a carving station and made to order pancakes. Loved the decor; that 'porch' is awesome!! Already planning to return. It was worth the drive from Houston.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Atmosphere was perfect. Cool breeze going through the screened in porch.

For $50 a pop for buffet, the dessert was very, very lacking. Cinnamon rolls is all that was offered.

Also, prime rib was the only lunch part of the brunch entree - not impressed.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day brunch. Selection of food items excellent as was the food itself. Staff incredibly accommodating. Can’t wait to go back.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Reservations for 10 for Mother’s Day brunch. I should mention the original reservation was for 8 and we were accommodated for 10 when I called the night before to ask if we could add 2. Very kind!

Overall, the food was decent, but under seasoned, requiring S&P. Of fried green tomatoes, baked goat cheese and berry compote, crab cake benedict, chicken and waffle, the three cheese frittata was the best thing we ordered.

The servers seemed staffed but they seemed to struggle to keep up with drink orders and table clearing.

The check mentioned a four course pairing at Sunday dinner. We’ll give them another whirl.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We loved the Bloody Mary bar! Food did not disappoint. Great Mother's Day Brunch.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Fabulous meal! Best ever in Galveston. We should have gone all 3 nights during our trip. It will not disappoint! Want to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

My date and I enjoyed our first visit there.
The food was amazing, and the customer service was excellent.

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