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Gaido's Seafood Restaurant

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2816 reviews
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Seafood
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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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
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(409) 761-5500 ext. 4
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Business Casual
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39th Street
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Wedding receptions, birthdays, business dinners, company outings, galas, anniversaries, retirements – Gaido’s is the perfect venue for your private events. We guarantee our service, food and attention to detail will ensure your event will be a complete success.

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What 2816 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Fabulous food. The grilled scallops were out of this world. The Shrimp Michael, specially ordered by Elena ,our waitress, was spectacular. We also loved the Watkins Bisque and the calamari.
To top it all off, we watched dolphins playing in front of our Ocean View window. Indescribable!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The chargrilled oysters were the best!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Brittni was the best waitress ever. Super friendly and provided great service.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Wahoo was terrible. Shrimp was low quality. Good service.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Been eating here for years. Still the best place to eat in Galveston.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Very classy. Felt like going back to another time in the deep south with all the waiters in white shirts and ties, black pants, white table cloths and napkins, etc. We really loved the ambiance and friendliness of the staff, especially our waitress, Iantha. Fish was very fresh and the sides were good and the creme brûlée was great.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Our server Sally was excellent. Our food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Gaido's never fails me-had excellent client meeting-great food, service and value. The Shrimp Peques is a unique dish that is a real treat.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Have been a customer for about 70 years, first visit as a kid around 1947. Family usually went to Galveston for summer vacation, other short visits during the year. Always included a dinner at Gaido's. Never disappointed.
Latest was 4-8-2018, about 8:00pm, very busy, reservation on-time, really good food/drink service. We had crab fritters, redfish, tuna, prepared as ordered, plus sides. Nice wine list, no rush by friendly, courteous servers. Will be back at least once next time in town.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Awesome. So great and the service was job 1.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great spot!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Dayton was our waiter. It was his birthday. He was very accommodating with 4 ladies, talking at once, giving him orders

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Seated promptly for 7 pm reservation. Waited 15 min for a waitperson. She came as I was walking up to hostess station to see if the forgot us. Placed drink and appetiser order and requested bread. Drinks came. Apps came — oysters that were extra small and fishy and shrimp cocktail which was good. The shrimp were small. Waitress took our order, took the soda glass, and we asked for bread again. Asked again and she brought bread. Food arrived and we asked for soda again. Cowboy ribeye requested medium was rare and EXTREMELY tough. Fried seafood platter was cold. Scallops were delicious. Waitress never came to check on our food or ask if we needed anything. Appetiser and salad dishes stayed on our table the entire evening. Will not return.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Delicicous! Great service and great food! Will visit again!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

First time that we have been to Gaido's in many years. We always went to the Pelican Club. When I found out that Gaido's now takes reservations for lunch and dinner we decided that we would try it again. Our food was delicious and our waiter, Marshall, outstanding. His knowledge of the different items on the menu helped us decide what we wanted for lunch. Plus his knowledge of the wines helped us pick one that would go with our meals.
Everything was delightful.
We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Simply the best!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The best meal ever. My favorite restaurant -- always consistently excellent!!!!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Lunch with mom for her birthday. It was very nice. Food was delicious. Service was good. A bit pricey.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We have eaten at Gaido’s many times over the years but we were disappointed in the fried shrimp and the fried soft shell crab entrees. Salads were delicious and service was great.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Gaido’s was highly recommended by many locals that we talked with. It did not disappoint! The seafood was very good, the wine list was excellent and the service and view of the gulf (via the parking lot) was good.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Gaido's has been a favorite for more than 50 years! Sure do miss the Pelican Club however.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great to get back to this mainstay of Galveston after not going there for some 20 years. The food as in the past is excellent - just great Texas seafood. Service from Canib was top - notch. Very enjoyable evening.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Went for stuffed flounder which they advertise and historically have the best , but it was not available on this visit. Disappointing ! Gaidos has always had Good food good service and this visit was no different. . One of Galveston’s best .

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday. We had a reservation and even though the restaurant was busy, we got right in. Did not try the Easter Buffet, but ordered from the menu. Food was very good and nice portion sizes. Service was excellent. The restaurant was quite noisy and hard to have a conversation.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Fantastic food and service. Stop reading and go eat.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My initial experience was the restaurant’s greeters were unpleasant when we arrived at 7:45 pm on 3/31/2018. One of the greeters asked if we had reservations. When we said ‘NO’ we were told the first available table wouldn’t be until 9 pm. We observed the dining room had plenty of available tables on both sides. The greeter, short man with glasses referred us to Nicks where we didn’t need a reservation and was part of Gaido’s. We left and went to Nick’s where we observed the restaurant had a waiting list and the restaurant was not as ‘clean’ as it should be. The chairs and booths were split and the stuffing was exposed, the menus were oily and dirty.

I then went online to make a reservation for Gaido’s at 8:15. We left Nicks to walk back to Gaido’s at 8:02 and was greeted by the same person. He asked if we had a reservation and had us seated within 2 minutes. The same tables were empty as they were when we arrived at 7:45 pm.

I don’t understand why the greeter wouldn’t seat us the first time. We were similarly dressed as other guests, neat appearance: dresses with jackets with
dress sandals. Gaido’s is across the street from Galveston beach, but we were dressed approximately. The only reason I can see him, (greeter) not seating us at 7:45 and 9:00 was our skin color. We returned approximately 15 minutes later with a reservation and was seated promptly.

Our server, answered questions about items on the menu, was very helpful in making meal selections and provided exceptional service.

This was the first time visiting Galveston Island, we enjoyed every experience except having to experience the time spent with the greeter at Gaido’s. We won’t return on future visits to the island.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Love the food so much

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Love it! Food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

In my opinion, Gaido's has THE very BEST seafood over everyone!!!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent as always. Our favorite dinner spot in Galveston.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Everything was wonderful loved it

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

excellent over the 15 years that we have dined here. the blue cheese grits are the bomb! Many international wait staff, unbelievable history within these walls

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Fabulous as always!!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The service was great! The Mexican martini is a MUST, along with the baked oysters.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We ran the reservationists crazy. Started with reservation for 5, changed to 7 diners day before. Changed to 17 day of. Walked in and reservationist said he would do the best he could. One hour later the 17 of us were siting between two tables. Meeting daughter's new in laws from Ireland. Their first time to Texas and Galveston. Our waiter, Armando worked feverishly to accommodate everyone. New Irish relatives loved restaurant, food and met Ted Cruz. Lovely evening. Thank you so much for making this gathering possible.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

this has to be the best high end restaurant I/We have ever been to. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the entire menu as well as the entire drink menu. I actually went outside my comfort zone and got a "recommended" drink for the dinner I had ordered. We ordered oysters (charbroiled) and they were GREAT!!! The rest of the meal was totally worth the money and effort to dine at this "fine dining restaurant"!!!! I give this place a +10 due to the waiter we had (Marshall) who knew the menu/drinks/etc and recommended very good entrees, drinks, and main menu items accordingly to our tastes.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Very good meal, good atmosphere, excellent service.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Nice service, great good!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

It was wonderful! Our waiter was awesome - he knew the entire menu and had great suggestions for us. Highly recommend this lovely place. Best dinner in Galveston!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Our server was Elana and she was terrific. It was our 50th Wedding Anniversary and she made it a very special evening.

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