Katie's Seafood House

4.5
329 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
In 1998, Buddy Guindon, his wife Katie, and his brother Kenny opened Katie's Seafood Market in Galveston, Texas. For more than 20 years now, Katie's Seafood Market has provided the highest quality of products available to its customers. The majority of seafood comes from local fishermen and shrimpers, including Red Snapper, Grouper, Golden Tile Fish, Flounder, Oysters, Shrimp, and Blue Crabs. A producer contacted Guindon in the hopes of doing a reality show about his family business. In 2015, the reality show 'Big Fish Texas' came to life on National Geographic. As a supporter of the local economy, In September of 2019, Buddy opened Katie’s Seafood House, next to the market. Katie’s seafood market supplies the restaurant with all fresh seafood. We take pride in being the only local seafood restaurant on the island that brings fresh fish straight from the boat and to your table.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I love the food at this restaurant - but the service is really tragic. Maybe the girl I had was new but let’s just start with the fact that she could not count. I said we want 18 raw oysters. She responded that they sell them by the dozen. I said can we have a dozen and a half dozen. She then got our waters, came back out and was still confused within the math for our oyster order. Then we ordered a bottle of champagne. The server opened it - kind of - left the foil on it, put it on the table and never poured our drinks. She never offered for us to taste it. Just really poor service. She then brought out the rest of our food without any serving utensils and left it out there to get cold until we finally got another server to help us. Finally the server never offered us dessert or coffee - just took our plates and put a bill immediately on the table. We did not ask for a bill - we had half a bottle of champagne left and she just threw it down. Let me say there was no one in the restaurant - seriously less than 20 customers in total with several waiters working. There was no excuse for this terrible service. She needs training. These are basic requirements of any nice restaurant.

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islander
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The restaurant was more than at 50% capacity. We were seated near the bar and customers would wait near our table waiting to be seated. I asked for a different table but they said they weren't able to move us.
If the place wasn't so crowded it would have been a nicer dinner.

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BeachGirl
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I drive to Katie’s from Tomball, TX every so often since we love the food so much. This restaurant came highly recommended from a friend and I’m so happy we tried it!

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KimM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service with Alex we have dined there 3 times now and have had Alex every visit, amazingly nice, quick and detail oriented. The food is the freshest you will get anywhere since they own their own boats and catch fresh fish every day. Looking forward to the next visit already!

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SueY
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our food was average. I didn't care for the coating on the shrimp or snapper.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has never let us down! Best seafood on the coast! The oysters and the shrimp were amazing! All the side dishes were also amazing delicious!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great patio

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing, food was amazing just come hungry the portions were huge lol, try the cocktails too and price was good too especially for size and freshness off the fish :) can’t wait to go back :)

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LeahA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food1service5ambience5

I was very underwhelmed by the food. For the price and the fact that they have fresh caught fish I was expecting it to taste a lot better. I have had better seafood at chain restaurants where the seafood is not as fresh because it’s brought in. The portion size of actually seafood was also smaller than expected. Why bring me 3 small pieces of fried snapper(that equaled not even a full fillet), 3 fried shrimp on a huge platter covered with fries. It was just disappointing. The service was great and the bar was great. If I went back it would only be to drink at the bar and enjoy the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood on the island!!

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Court
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and awesome service as always!!

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vipMickC
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was pretty good. We had the black eyed pea chowder. The shrimp quesadillas and the shrimp etoufee. Portions were very large. Presentation was nice. For me there was an overload of cheese and not enough shrimp in the quesadillas. We probably wouldn’t eat there again just because with the radio, the openness of the room, the hardwood floors and then add in the conversation at each table, it was hard to focus on our table conversations. Usually sound doesn’t bother me, but this frequency did. It’s in a neat location.

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LucindaA
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katies has excellent service and food. Waitstaff is great and attentive and friendly. I visited Galveston for 2 weeks and dined at Katie's 3 times!

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HappyDiner2014
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our time at the reasturant. The visit was our first but want be the last. We have enjoyed the seafood market for some time now. The food was fresh and delicious, well prepared and served beautifully. The location was beautiful looking out at the waterview, was great. The service was excellent from our arrival tell our departure. The menu selections were diverse and quite appealing. We are looking forward to trying all of them in the future. I would recommend this location for a great food and a great setting. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was great, food was great. We had a wonderful New Year’s Eve!!

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vipFoodie
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Clam chowder was out of this world! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Would definitely recommend to anyone that wants to experience the best of Galveston.

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LarryE
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed it so much we went back the next night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our date night and also our NYE celebration. Peter C. was our server and he was absolutely perfect! The service was excellent. The food was delicious, exceeding expectations.

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Greenheart
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view of the harbor and the food was very good.
Our server Gwen was very friendly and attentive.

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CBfotos
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent value for appetizers. Great entree choices. Mixed reviews on some choices, just be sure of what you want. Maybe stick to your favorite and give it a try first, or ask for a recommendation. Alex was a great server, just ask him to stay close by.

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vippeters
Houston
44 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Snapper wings are always excellent. Ordered the Umami bowl. Wow! Great flavor. 3 jumbo shrimp, red snapper, snapper wing, huge huge portion! Menu is very different from the typical Galveston Island fare. Ashley our bartender/waitress was incredibly sweet and attentive. Our new favorite restaurant on the island.

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SarahM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Katie’s was amazing! We went two days in a row! Day one we had the dockside grilled oysters that were fantastic and a fried flounder sandwich...nothing spectacular but still good. The server, Peter I believe, was great! The next day we ordered the ceviche, so fresh and a huge portion, the chowder and a fried oyster po boy (another huge portion) and everything was so delicious! Both days we sat outside, not the best view, but still very pleasant. Service was average on the second visit, not terrible but she was probably someone who shouldn’t be in the service industry. Will definitely be back and will request to sit in Peter’s section!

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RogerH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unexpectedly delicious and good value on prices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

If you love fried food with mayo and tartar sauce this is your place. It was more of a diner style restaurant than we expected.

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vipPollyJ
East Texas
19 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Bam Bam Shrimp where have you been all my life!!!

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AaronS
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Fish was delicious everything else disappointing. Fish cooked perfectly. Sides bland and bisque was borderline grosd

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Teachceo
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took an international visitor for lunch.. all staff wearing Covid protective gear . Zac was a great waiter, very conscientious! Fish wrap and hamburger very good!

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vipRobertW
Houston
53 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Butternut soup was delicious. Shrimp po'boy was very good. Would order each again.
Wife ordered fresh snapper with cherry sauce on the side. She wanted a nice "naked" broiled red snapper. Snapper was served with heavy diced garlic, rosemary and other seasonings that overpowered the mild white fish meat. The cherry sauce, herbs and seasonings were more fit for roast beef or roast pork, not a mild white meat fish. Will return to Katie's but will be exact when ordering. A case of less is more.

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vipWanda
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Exceptional service! Thanks Gwen😎

Market Chowder was amazing!!!

The Greek dinner salad was delicious!

Yellow Edged Grouper was the Chef’s recommendation and perfectly prepared!! The steamed vegetables & potatoes were great accompaniment to the Grouper!!

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vipWanda
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian & I are celebrating 49 years of marriage this year. We heard Katie’s Seafood House was the best place for fresh seafood on Galveston Island. They were right! We had the best waitress- Gayle! She walked us thru the menu. We started with the Market chowder. The best chowder we have ever had! Then fantastic Grilled oysters and great crab cakes. We were so full we will be going tomorrow night for our entree😎

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coastallife
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I had just tried this place a few days prior. I liked it enough to make a return trip to meet a friend for cocktails and appetizers a couple of days later. We sat outside and watched the goings-on of the harbor. The bam bam shrimp was good, sweet and generous. The Mexican shrimp cocktail was a healthful choice. Again a generous portion of Shrimp, avocado and tomato with a hint of Mexican seasonings. Perfect place to catch up with friends. Their fish market is just steps away. Pick up the freshest catch to take home, too!

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IslandDiner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Birthday party. The check-in was terrible. They did not check us in under open table we had to ask multiple times.

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RobertG
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food came out quick & hot. The server was good about recommending certain dishes.

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coastallife
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were just checking out a new place for us. It can easily become our go to place. It’s casual , but nice. Loads of outdoor seating. All of the staff were pleasant, friendly. The food was very good. We ordered a yummy fish po’ boy and grouper simply baked. It was all delish.

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vipOkieFoodie
New Orleans
46 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Restaurant is extremely loud. Salads & our appetizer of Shrimp Boudin Balls were excellent. Service was great. I ordered the lemon chicken & noodles & it wasn’t really edible. It looked beautiful but the sauce had a slight hint of lemon & was sweet which was a huge turnoff. My husband had the blackened grouper special and couldn’t eat it. The fried shrimp was very good. I suggest sticking to the fried seafood offerings which they do very well.

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vipDowntownPatti
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and we all had different entrees. Alexander, our waiter, was very personable and went out of his way to ensure our birthday celebration was special.

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DavidL
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Definitely the place for seafood on Galveston island. Really good service and the food was impeccable. We’ll be back.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere down to Earth and helpful. Really good food too!

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vipJerry
Central Texas
24 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and setting and service what more could you want

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Katie's Seafood House using the Order Online button. Katie's Seafood House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (409) 765-5688.

Katie's Seafood House is rated 4.5 stars by 329 OpenTable diners.

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.