Hearsay on The Strand - Galveston

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
To walk through the doors of Hearsay on the Strand is to be transported to an undefined era in history. Sip specialty craft cocktails and savor inspired renditions of contemporary American dishes as you embark on a journey through time where past and present collide. At Hearsay, we’re half old-world revival, half culinary crusaders, creating a dining experience that is simply chic antique.

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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

We Invite you to celebrate Easter Brunch on the Strand. Enjoy Live entertainment and a Spread of Culinary favorites created by Chef Matt Aleman. Brunch buffet $29.99 Adults and $12.99 for kids. 10am-3pm. Make your reservation today.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

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PN
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent, that staff were friendly and helpful. Food was well prepared and tasty

OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Our server was great. Food was just mediocre. Disappointed in taste for the prices paid.

G
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our first dining here. Great ambiance, and good food. I will return.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wait staff is excellent. They were very patient and friendly. Amd the food tastes great. Just a tad bit pricey.

MT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to return after a fun Tuesday Mardi Gras drink fest. Melissa was a blast. We thought we would surprise her and accept her offer to try the stuffed chicken. It was AMAZING! Unfortunately Melissa wasn't working but we had a chance to meet Mat. Have to say he didn't miss a beat and did not disappoint us with his level of service. To our surprise the manager actually remembered us. What a testament to your restaurant and the level of service everyone provides. Food was top notch. We'll be back to dine upstairs. Definitely recommending this place to all my friends

JA
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful time! We were actually joined by two additional friends and the manager was very accommodating in moving us to a different table. This was our first visit and will not be our last. What really impressed me was the level of service from the first moment we walked in to the very last. Though our friends did not eat, the manager to our surprise sent over some French fires that we jokingly said she wanted. Melissa was a true Gem! Never allowing my husband's coffee to get cold and enduring our many stories. Even offering to give us a tour. We will be back to try the regular menu.

JX
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great Brunch!!! Right on the Strand. Looking forward to coming for the dinner menu next visit to the Island.

ET
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff here are amazing. Very respectful and courteous to all who enter. We love the environment and the overall ambiance of this location! Definitely a nice addition to the strand!

S
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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T
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

This has been one of our favorite places ever since it opened. We were seated exactly where I requested. The place wasn’t crowded at all at lunch, so my fretting over a good table didn’t really matter. Service started out okay, but then she slacked off. We requested another beer and some tobacco and ended up having to flag someone down to go find our waitress. The food was still good. My husband and I ordered the deviled eggs, shrimp and calamari and a cup of gumbo. Everything was good, but not the best thing I’ve had on the menu. We’ll still be back!

ML
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third visit to Hearsay and it did not start off well this evening. IG post was promoting a Mardi Gras Menu and to my surprise when I asked for the menu I was told the opposite. Generally I would just exit and never return, but my wife was insistent on speaking with a manager. As we are from Philly and wanted to enjoy some of the Mardi Culture, I wanted to try the Gumbo. The manager James was very accommodating and made sure we received the Mardi Gras Menu and most importantly my Gumbo. Though I only wanted a cup, James made sure we both received a bowl. It was amazing!! We also enjoyed the Chicken Nachos. This restaurant is one of the few restaurants in Galveston where I've received exceptional service. We also enjoyed some of the local craft beers and the Mardi Gras Bach was a perfect irony. We will definitely be back when we return to Galveston.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Andrew was very gracious, attentive, knowledgeable of the food and drink menu and uber polite. It was a lovely dining experience.

AR
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was great and the service was awesome. I was much more impressed with the food at this location than I am with the downtown Houston location.

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

was there for mardi gras, was nice to be in restaurant away from the loud drunks. Kat our waitresss was fabulous.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Server was probably new. She seemed a little nervous and was forgetful.

MD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server Danny was the best!! He made sure everything was good, and the manager also came by to check in. Amazing place!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, kind waiters, during Marti Gras noise from parades can be heard inside, but not to an uncomfortable level. Food was good, a little expensive.

W
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This experience was fantastic! James, Analisa, and all the staff were very welcoming, professional, and accommodating. The food and drinks were impeccable as well. I look forward to visiting Hearsay on the Strand again whenever we go to Galveston!

OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. Large enough serving for sharing. Kat, our waitress was excellent!

DP
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant. Our waitress was new and it showed, but overall a great experience. The manager came over and apologized without us ever complaining. He was very attentive and helpful. I would recommend this restaurant.

S
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Entree (osso bucco) was served room temp. The polenta had solidified (no longer warm) and had to cut into chunks. Chef came to table (after being sent by manager) at the end of the evening. Stated kitchen issue with steam table. Noted he didn't have instant read thermometer in his pockets. Was food temp being checked prior to leaving kitchen with a broken steam table?

Husband ordered a steak which was served without a steak knife. Waited several minutes for waitress to return & get a steak knife.

Water glasses were NEVER refilled the entire evening.

Bread pudding was served cold (straight from the refrigerator). Didn't taste nor appear to have been freshly prepared that day.

Table service was extremely slow. Waited & waited several times for waitress to return.

Shared all these issues with the restaurant manager. He sent the chef from the kitchen to speak with us, but never returned to get any followup. After reading several other online reviews on different dates, our same issues appear numerous times in their reviews.

j
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Loved the atmosphere,food,staff,but the music was too loud for conversation and the motorcycles annoying. But you can’t do anything about that. All things considered, we will come again!

TS
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hearsay, is the best Steakhouse on the Strand! The food is prepared fresh and always hot. The service is on point and the view inside and out are fantastic, not to mention this is the only public access balcony over the Stand for Mardi Gras, Dickens on the Strand and the Bikers Rally. Make your reservations today, you won't be disappointed!

r
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant week menu - wish they had these items year round! Only issue was deserts showing up to the table while we were still eating the entrees.

RP
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Very good food and the waitress was excellent. The food came out very hot and tasty. Great veggie options and drinks were good as well.

B
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Wonderful service and food. We will be back!

D
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Hearsay. We have been here for lunch really great lunch specials. First time for dinner and we hit the jackpot Steak special 'Half bottle of wine with choice of 1 of 3 steaks. Our waitress Kat was awesome she was knowledgeable and attentive. We will definitely go here again and again.

j
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a great dinner with my wife. Steak, Salmon was all great! Service is out standing!!!
You wont be disappointed,

CC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

My issue was the service, which was REALLY SLOW despite more than adequate staffing for a relatively small crowd at the time I was there. It took 20 minutes before a server EVER showed up at the table to take drink orders. It was another 25 minutes after that before we got appetizers. The restaurant is beautiful and the food delicious. I don't mind a long Sunday brunch but not due to slow service!

JD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Worst service I have received in a long time from a restaurant. Silverware was not served with some of the dishes so we had to wait for the waitress to bring it. Drinks were not refilled. We had a reservation and were seated right away, but waited over an hour for our food once seated and order was placed . Food was cold. Waited another 20 min after plates were cleared for dessert. It had obviously been sitting because the ice cream was half melted. This was during Galveston Restaurant week 2020 and we had come to celebrate a birthday. Terribly disappointed. Would not recommend!!!

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This was over-priced for the quality of service and food. Manager was rude to us when we arrived and demanded to see the confirmation of my reservation on my cell phone because they we having issues with receiving reservation confirmations from open table (mistake on their end). Once we were finally seated (despite our reservation and arriving on time), the service was incredibly slow...took over 2 hours for our dinner of two (just my boyfriend and me). Took over 30 minutes alone for them to bring out the bottle of wine that we ordered.
The waiter was also totally clueless. Personally, I think he may have been drunk or high. He dropped my glass of water when putting it on the table, spilling it everywhere, and started swearing. He then pushed the spilled water and ice into the bucket that our wine bottle was sitting in which was gross. He made a comment that he “should have hung himself instead of coming into work today” - which was both alarming and disturbing. We just figured he had a bad day so we didn’t bring it up to the manager, but the table next to us did as they were having a lot of issues with him too throughout the night. The manager came over to their table and compensated them for part of their meal for all the issues they were having (including getting their orders wrong).

Would not recommend this restaurant...poor service and pricey for very average food.

KD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

They were busy and seemed overwhelmed. We had to ask for silverware and then napkins. Food was not that great. Deviled eggs were not fresh. Took us two hours to have our meals and one drink. Disappointing.

K
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a horrible experience, the lack of service was so apparent. We were sat at our table in the corner of upstairs with no assigned servers to the upstairs sections. There were multiple open tables down stairs but due to participation in Galveston Restaurant Week we were sat separately. After sitting at our table for 30 minutes, we left without ordering due to a complete la k of service. Would not recommend this restaurant.

MG
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall really great atmosphere. Food was excellent.

RE
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I made the reservation I was asked if it was a special occasion, I said it was it was my wife’s birthday. Why does the restaurant ask this information if they are not going to surprise us with some sort of a special dessert? I was very disappointed that no one made an effort.

PS
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Live music, great food, great cocktails. Definitely going back.

l
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

You needed a steak knife to cut into each of the 2 orders of Osso Buco and that alone should be enough said to avoid this restaurant! Scallops were raw, after dinner coffee was cold (sorry, left over from this morning!) and cognac was poured into the coffee before serving and without asking. Waitress was very nice, but so busy she didn’t really didn’t have time to provide good service. Also, even though they were sorry about everything, they didn’t discount anything and even charge for a drink they brought in error and took back!

SS
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was amazing last night. The chef made a delicious tuna special with charred asparagus! Waiter Danny was attentive and professional. Service was amazing!

PN
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent. We sat upstairs - great view of the fabulous interior lighting and Strand.

NG
Amarillo
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience3

It took over an hour for our food to come. The server was taking care of customers upstairs as well as downstairs. The hamburger was good but not right off the grill. The fries were lukewarm. My husbands chicken salad was lukewarm and had an unpleasant sweet taste to it. He did not eat it.
We had an appointment so we couldn’t order anything else. We were absolutely disappointed and will not be back. Shark Shack a few doors down is much better.