Katie's Seafood House

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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 product available to their customers. The majority of seafood comes from local fisherman 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.
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4.2
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4.1
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3.9
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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s day

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Waiter was awesome

E
Houston
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I brought our friends to celebrate Mardi Gras Galveston 2020. Everyone had a great time. We had the shrimp and fish platter. Delicious. We will be back. Loved it.

r
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good quality fish, as you would expect with nice preparations. Sides were acceptable. Dessert was very good. Priced to quality, not quantity. Adequate service. Inside seating is open space and therefore a lot of background noise.

A
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Advertised fresh fish but my selection of flounder not available. Server misrepresented the composition of crabcake and my fish entree was overcooked and dried out. Way over priced. I will say the outdoor seating was a pleasant view.

j
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I was disappointed. 5 people, and 2 entrees came out 10 minutes earlier than other 3; I like to eat at same time with my family so this was disappointing. They did not take anything off the bill to make up for this. Food was so-so; I did not think it was as good as the prices were high. Waiter was friendly, but he spoke so fast I could not understand what he was saying. They also ran out of their bread & butter that they normally provide before the meal. They were also out of the beer that we ordered. Overall, a disappointing experience. I will not return.

R
London
50 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lunch with two toddlers/four adults. Main dining room had huge very noisy group so ate outside on deck. Not their fault it was coolish but rather resented when the ladies at the next table asked for the propane heater next to our table (they already had one on their other side), and they wheeled it away from our table closer to the three women without asking us if we were needing it. Shrimp taco was great, as was shrimp po’boy and children’s fish sticks. The quesadillas were less good - too much gooey, overly creamy white cheese for our tastes. Server was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

l
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Drinks OK. Service was good. Flounder was dry. Grouper was good but dry (had to ask for butter), very small portion, and served ala carte for 35. No gluten free dessert options. Parking was confusing. Sooner or later someone will be towed. Overall not worth the price.

AC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fresh seafood is wonderful. Interesting and unique but so very tasty...and big portions!

BB
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Attended during restaurant week and it was one menu selection, but it provided a broad sampling of dishes provided at Katie's. The food quality was good; fish, shrimp, vegetables were all fresh. However, don't expect fancy preparation - it's home style, not chef quality, but lots of food. If you want a memorable seafood meal, go to Rudy if you want to be full, go to Katie's. A couple other things, free parking is limited, expect to pay $10 to park. Secondly, prices are not clear. For example on the Happy Hour drink specials, call Martinis are listed as $6. My call was Kettle One and I had two Martinis before dinner. At the end of the meal the bill for the drinks was $19 ($9.50 each). When I questioned the charge (and showed the waiter the Happy Hour pricing for call Martinis) the response was, "you ordered a premium liquor and that's why the mark up."

R
London
51 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Server named Keith was great. Food was good to excellent. Drinks were great! Dining room is very bright for night dining...too bright!

MH
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Will definitely go back.

A
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We went for restaurant week. I had seen their special menu for the week. And wanted to try the shrimp grilled cheese and bisque. When we got there, we were given that special menu. However, when I tried to order from the restaurant week menu, I was told "I don't know why they gave you that menu, because that food is not available." So, I ordered creole fish, and it was ok. I also had to ask 4 different people to turn on the patio heater, before someone finally did. The previous 3 did not know how to turn heater on.

GM
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great. Food was excellent. Fish was fresh, portions were large and preparation was inventive. Highly recommend

OT
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Noise level was loud. It was lunchtime and not busy. Can’t imagine what lose level would be in evening

KA
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. Food was delicious, service was top notch and ambiance was seafood at the beach perfect. Can’t wait to go back. Trust the chef’s recommendation!!

g
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TJ was our waiter and was wonderful!! Great server and person

TM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted with the restaurant and will certainly be back. Food was excellent, the service was the same. As we usually stay at the Harbor House hotel, we think we may have found new watering place!

SL
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was great. We went with a big group. Some food was average and some was really good. The side order of hush puppies was great but not the ones that came with the meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The food was good and definitely fresh, and we have no complaints about the service. Unfortunately, the ambiance of the entire restaurant - the table setup and particularly the lighting - felt like a hospital cafeteria. We’ll try again in the future, but the “we’re new and still figuring a few things out” will not sustain them for much longer if they intend to stay at the top of the price range.

S
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Hope this place gets better with some time. Service was poor , had to ask about the whereabouts of our waiter three times. Drink order was incorrect twice, gumbo (although tasty) was served without rice, salt &vinegar fries were just fries. We will try again later if still around ....

RH
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience1

It's not what we expected. No marina decor. French fries were better than the oysters. The bread basket was old dry stale bread. Couldn't understand the waiter. Had to ask him to repeat himself several times. The price for what we got was way over rated. Golden Coral has better food.

J
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and staff. Very accommodating and personable.

B
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well-prepared fresh seafood. Nothing else needs to be said.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best crab cakes and snapped

HK
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food delish, service wonderful. A little noisy. Wish there were more options for those among us who don’t eat seafood.

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yummy food and great service.

JG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal. The stuffed snapper was superb. We will be going back.

I
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service was off tonight. Didn’t get orders right.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Katie’s Seafood House! We had a party of 11, to celebrate our son’s college graduation. The food was fresh and scrumptious, the wait staff were very attentive, and the atmosphere was calm and so pretty! We will definitely be back.

MM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The oil our fish was fried in was too hot and possibly old. Fish was undercooked inside and near burned outside. Service was excellent, but it is a loud bright dining room, much like a cafeteria, but with much higher prices. Hopefully an off night. I'll give it another chance.

T
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Food and service was ok - restaurant is pound and has no ambiance.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner for my brother. Great food, lame wine list and good service

p
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

The food was mediocre. The flounder and crab was very heavy on the sauce masking the flavor of the fish. The crab was heavy on the breading. The grilled shrimp and fish tacos were good. We waited an hour for our food. We had 6:30 reservations and were there early. Got our food just in time to gobble it down and head to a 8:00 play nearby. I had mentioned to the waitress that we needed to leave no later than 7:15. If I had known the flounder was going to take "30 minutes" (actually it was more like 50 minutes), I would have ordered something else. Very disappointed as I spend a lot of time in Galveston and have been to Katie's market many times and I was really looking forward to finding a good seafood restaurant.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great water view. Beautiful dining room. Good happy hour value. Sat at the bar and watched the two bartenders openly argue. Service was great to start but suffered as the restaurant got more crowded and bartenders got more hostile. Looking forward to going back. Hope Katie cleans up the employee issues. I enjoyed watching it but if I was at a table and couldn’t see it, it ends up just being bad service.

M
Houston
68 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Might have been an off night. Went on a Saturday night. Seated right by kitchen. Both baked oyster appetizers were delicious and came out in a timely manner, then we waited almost 40 minutes for entrees. Pork chop was tasty but cold so sent back for recook. 2 fish orders were mixed up in preparation. Food was tasty but just took a while.

DP
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Katies and it was well worth the wait. Servers were wonderful. Food was fab. Definitely worth the visit. Be sure and call and ask about parking. The area is a little confusing on where to park. Their area will comp the ticket. Where we parked charged us $12.00