Gaido's Seafood Restaurant

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Seafood
The toast of the Texas coast.
How can frozen fish be called fresh? The answer for anyone with snap is simple: it can’t. That’s why Gaido’s is the classic choice for fresh Gulf seafood. Patrons know Gaido’s is real, when others are clearly not. From red snapper and blue crab to white tablecloths crumbed with panache, there’s no denying Gaido’s is one-of-a-kind in a world of imitation. Now, after four generations of filleting, frying, grilling and baking, Gaido’s has grown into the picture perfect place of traditions– birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, reunions. As the largest fresh fish house on the coast, Gaido’s can serve up to 2,500 happy diners a day. Plus, with the Pelican Club, private dining, catering, a new food truck and parking galore…it’s easy to see why Gaido’s -– for over 100 years – is truly the coastal classic.
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What 4165 People Are Saying
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RV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luis was a great waiter. Food was outstanding. Awesome history of Galveston

S
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food mostly top notch and tasty and delicious. Redfish absolutely perfectly cooked and so fresh it tasted like it had just been caught. Roasted potatoes -uninspired wedges. Dessert fab. Drink small and non-potent. Waiter totally programmed yet attentive. Restaurant needs fresh facelift. Smells old when you walk to n.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

6th wedding anniversary. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful, answering any questions we had and making incredible suggestions. Even served an amazing cheesecake with raspberry drizzle on the house for our anniversary.

LC
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Nice folks. Would recommend and plan to go back.

JA
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice for fresh seafood and great drinks.

KD
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!

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JD
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious lunch. Everything was perfect and the service was excellent. I would definitely return.

SG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food! Best crab cakes and deep fried shrimp!!!

KB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food2service1ambience3

I have been a longtime fan of gaidos. I have not gone for about 5 years and the quality of food has declined while the price has increased significantly. We waited an hour from the time we placed our order till we got our food. I will now be looking for a new favorite restaurant in Galveston.

h
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is always great at Gaido's. It's a favorite of ours for special occassions.

MC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going here for years. Service and food is always perfect! The experience is always a great one!

MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our favorite date spot - delicious food, great service, quiet atmosphere. Been coming for over 30 years - our first date, birthdays, anniversaries etc. Also a family favorite with our kids through the years. The Watkins bisque is everything!!! Only criticism this trip was the Valentines special cheesecake. Bland with a sticky sweet syrup on top. Not our favorite

KF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed our Valentine's dinner at Gaido's; we were driving from Dallas and got caught in some traffic. We let them know we were going to be late and they were so hepful to offer us a later time. It was a busy evening, but we were greeted by the friendly staff and given a rose. The menu offered an array of seafood selections, we chose the stuffed salmon w/ asparagus and it was excellent. Would definitely dine here again!

DH
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was cold, sent back and only came back barely warm. Manager did give us dessert for the trouble.

SH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was amazing, The fish was very fresh and cooked perfectly. I enjoyed my time there and will definitely be back for our next special occasion.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. We love the tile fish and peach bellinis.

M
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always excellent and the dishes are presented beautifully.
Our waiter, Johnathan, gave us great service and attentive.
We will be coming back.

DJ
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent

e
Shreveport
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Justin was excellent! Took his recommendation for the Golden Tile fish and it was superb!

WB
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was perfectly prepared and flavorful. Could not have asked for a better experience.

MK
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Wonderful. Vitim. Was great.

KM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the calm and quiet atmosphere! The food was delicious, though the asparagus and mahi mahi could have used more seasoning, overall we loved it and will go back

AW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter and chef took my shellfish allergy seriously, and I did not suffer any cross-contamination issues! The pecan-encrusted red snapper was excellent! It was so light! My picky six-year old daughter ate nearly all of her fettuccine alfredo. The cheesecake did not have a heavy taste to it. It was very light and scrumptious! The waiter was attentive. We enjoyed our family dinner out at Gaido's for a very special Valentine's Day!

EG
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Waiter took our drink order but was gone for a longer than expected time . Bread and drinks arrived and were very good., Gumbo was excellent and thick. The combination oyster platter was probably the best selection I’ve ever ate and the tile fish flaky and buttery. Expensive but worth it.

CJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Waiter was a bit curt after he did not make drink correctly as asked, and inflexible on menu preparation, but then said he would ask and they did preparation of shrimp they have always done previously.

KP
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with family before a concert. Thoroughly enjoyed this Galveston landmark.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood I have ever eaten!! Our waiter Evan was very knowledgeable and recommended the red snapper and I am so glad he did. It was wonderful food and a must do dining experience in Galveston!

PH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was Great and Tasted Great and go to Gaidos once a year for my daughter’s Birthday she looks forward to going every year

TU
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The century of customer first in service and quality continues with the current generation of Gaido’s. The “grand dame” overseeing the entire operation is Maria and my preferred server, Ellena are the epitome of superb service. There are many seafood restaurants on the Island, but only one that MUST be experienced - Gaido’s!

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding!

k
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a delightful throw-back experience here. A family tradition each time we are in Galveston.

a
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Luis was an excellent waiter despite how busy the restaurant was. There were aspects of the meal that were worth it and others that certainly weren't. The crust on the pecan mahi mahi overwhelmed the flavor of the fish, but the crabcake was amazing. The salad was wayyy overdressed, but the salmon was delicious. Give and take. Overall, we had a good time.

NM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Galveston Icon! Definitely a tradition in our family.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Always a treat and they make you feel so special.

OT
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The charbroiled oysters were great and the wedge salad was large. The blackened yellowfin tuna cooked rare was average. The bread pudding was really good.

j
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well done! We had the restaurant week special and it was great!

B
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We took advantage of the Restaurant Week menu which was very good - We chose crab stuffed shrimp. Our server - Cameron - was excellent - very attentive, but no overly so. Gaido’s seems to have regained it former status as a great place to eat in Galveston.

JL
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always fresh creative and delicious!! Have never had anything bad there in 50 years

PN
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The service at this restaurant was very attentive and made the experience very enjoyable

MK
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food and great service