Fish Tales

4.2
609 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Located across the street from Pleasure Pier, break away from the beach and enjoy fresh fare on the most popular beachfront balcony on the Seawall in Galveston. Fish Tales specializes in seafood straight from the Gulf of Mexico, as well as pastas, steaks, salads and more. Start with our famous Shrimp Kisses – bacon-wrapped and stuffed with jalapeno Jack cheese. Then savor Galveston seafood by trying one of our signature dishes like Fresh Catch Redfish, Fried Shrimp, Blackened Stuffed Catfish Etouffée or Succulent Snow Crab Legs. After an incredible meal, indulge in our large assortment of ice cream and desserts that will satisfy any sweet tooth! Fish Tales in Galveston is open daily for lunch and dinner with great happy specials including beers & cocktails.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 609 people are saying
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4.3
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4.2
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3.9
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WendyC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had excellent service and food! The outdoor patio had a perfect view of the ocean!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great views and fresh seafood

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Benjamin
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and a very good ice cream and the food was very delicious.

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KyleM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The storm rolled right in just as we sat down outside. We didn’t get a server yet, but were escorted in quickly. Management worked to get us seated inside the banquet area. While we didn’t get the outside seating we had planned on, staffs quick response to getting us inside and seated was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was very good. Was a little bit of a wait but our waitress was on top of it and notified the manager promptly.

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MInk
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was fantastic, food was good, just don’t sit outside because the flies were awful.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and good fresh food.

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MelissaH
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish was excellent but the side dishes were a little sad looking. My veggies consisted of 1 squash piece and two broccoli

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vip3156pc
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Glad we had a reservation so got seated quickly. Service was excellent food portions were decent size and tasty. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

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JulieH
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Had to locate a waiter once seated. No plates or silverware for appetizers. Food was okay, it’s been better! Arrived 10 min early but table was given to another party. We always eat here during visits to Galveston but this visit was disappointing for service and quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend booking a reservation ahead of time. My family and I went on a Sunday for dinner and saw a clusterf*** by the entrance, I can't even get inside without bumping into other people. Overall the food and margaritas were good. Our server was nice and attentive.

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TamiC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived 30 minutes early for our reservation and were seated immediately on the outside patio. Our server was extremely nice and the food was delicious.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very fresh, large portions and the drinks were tasty. Our server Leslie was super friendly, very attentive and went above and beyond to make sure everything was just right. We loved everything about Fish Tales and highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server and the food was so good! We will be back. My daughter loved her Alfredo!

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LanetteD
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Without reservations would have been a 45 min wait. We had reservations and got a table immediately on the upper balcony with the best view of Pleasure Pier across the street. Good service, great food, great atmosphere.

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ElbertB
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Staff could not find the bottle of wine we ordered, leaving us sitting without ever taking our food order or telling us why. After waiting and watching the chaos we left, never having had any service beyond the initial drink order.

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AmberH
Tulsa
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Ordered the fish tacos... the menu clearly said a “lemon cilantro slaw,” but the slaw was just raw cabbage... no dressing at all. When the waiter came to ask how the food was, I told him the slaw wasn’t dressed and he said it’s wasn’t supposed to me. So I told him that yes it is supposed to be... I was looking at the menu. He said if I wanted him to that he’d go “make a scene” with the kitchen... that really bothered me! He argued with me and then gets tacky with me... not good service at all. Other than that, the food was good and great atmosphere.

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Robin
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The girl at the hostess stand was unfriendly. The experience got better after we got past her!!

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RonR
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were sat by the upstairs registers and dish collection area. The smell was terrible. It was obnoxiously loud as waiters and bussers repeatedly dropped dishes into the containers creating sudden loud noises. We rarely saw our waiter. The grilled shrimp was overcooked. We've eaten at Fish Tails several times and we've had good experiences. UNfortunately, this was not one of them.

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vipSWal
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service were as expected. Would consider going again in the future.

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vipImpressMe
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the view from the outside deck upstairs. Had fish tacos which were quite good. Very casual atmosphere. Service excellent.

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MadelineT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our server was Joe with the spider web tattoos and he was amazing. It was closer to closing time so it was packed but he was awesome. Definitely made our last night there so much better and a lot of fun. When we go on vacation there again 10/10 will be eating here!

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RhondaF
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The young people that we checked in with weren't very friendly. The fish, crab legs and shrimp were over cooked. Not a great experience for the amount of money we spent on our food and drinks. We went to this restaurant a few years ago and the whole experience was much better than what we had on Sunday night

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MelissaH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Service was great, food unfortunately, was not the best. Kids had burgers, which were fine. Adults had shrimp and fish, neither of which were very good.

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KMjjjjjj
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food was not as good as last time. Everything else was great.

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AlanC
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and a nice view of the Gulf

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

La comida buena, pero queríamos comer afuera y no lo permitíó el clima.

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JenniferC
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Pasta, Rice and fried shrimp have no flavor, we didn’t have to wait long to be seated with a reservation but our server was slammed and it took awhile to get greeted and to get our food out. It was a Sunday night but they didn’t seem that busy. Not worth the money at all.

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AdamC
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Even under staffed it was great!

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Magnolia
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant went far above their need in providing a quite place for a special family lunch on an extremely busy day.

The wait person (so sorry, his name has vanished) was terrific: no rush, happy, should be a server trainer.

Always the place of choice, even if you have to wait a bit.

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vipVijb
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Except for sitting outdoors overlooking the water everything else was a total disappointment. Food quality and preparation left a lot to be desired.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Made a reservation, but still took 45 mins to get food. Drinks were ok, overpriced plates. More of a dive bar but with upscale prices. The best part of this place is the outdoor patio view.

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JulieS
Naples
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Food was a huge disappointment. We ordered fried oysters and it looked like they took 1 oyster and cut it up into 6 portions. Also was not fresh, tasted like they just opened a can. The rest of the meal isn’t worth mentioning. Definitely would not recommend.

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DorinaH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. If you get shrimp kiss just order them on the side. You get 4 kiss for $7.99 as a side or 5 for $12.99 for an appetizer.

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CWvr
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Talk about disappointed....maybe this place is ok after playing on the beach and eating fried food, but not for a nice dining experience. I enjoyed my tuna appetizer but my husband had steak and crab legs that were not up to snuff...steak was tough and crab was overcooked. We did let the manager on duty know about the issue and he was very polite and apologized. We appreciated the apology but we won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Service was incredibly slow. Food was cold when we got it.

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StephanieC
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere since it is right on the seawall. Food was good and the staff was excellent

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vipPatriciaD
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

A $27 fish plate, pretty expensive for a super dry piece of fish with very little flavor and poor vegetable as a side
Will not be back

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Stacie
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Fish Tales for our last dinner while visiting for Spring Break. It was amazing! We were able to have an outdoor table right on the edge so we could watch the people and see the water while dining. Great food and ambience!

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CherylK
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, friendly and welcoming. We had a party of 8 and everyone completely enjoyed their meals. Will come again when in area!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Fish Tales using the Order Online button. Fish Tales also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (409) 762-8545.

Fish Tales is rated 4.2 stars by 609 OpenTable diners.

Fish Tales does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.landrysinc.com/giftcards/default.asp.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.