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Porch Cafe

4.4
4.4
654 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Our food, like the Island itself, is meant to be fun, casual and not over complicated — simple, fresh ingredients served in an imaginative and creative way. Whether our carefully sourced Gulf Coast seafood or our delectable Texas Steaks, our seasonal menus maximize the pleasure that is "a simple life by the sea."

Great food.
Good friends.
Just steps away from the beach.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.
Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Thu, Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (409) 762-0808

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sean Walker

  • Catering

    Please visit our website for information about booking your next special event or contact Freddie Williams, Chef/Manager, at freddie@porchcafe.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining areas vary from small parties (10-30 guests) in our private back room to larger events hosted in the entire restaurant, which could potentially serve 120 guests. We have two main dining areas and two porches. Each seat approximately 35.

  • Private party contact

    Ryan Olsem: (855) 900-7486

  • Neighborhood

    Galveston

  • Cross street

    Seawall Blvd

  • Parking details

    Public Parking on Street

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Wine & Whiskey Dinner

    $75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us every Sunday evening at 6:30 to enjoy an amazing four-course dinner, hand-crafted by our Executive Chef. The dinner includes a wine or whiskey pairing to compliment each dish and a descriptive paring detail to explain all tastes and flavor profiles experienced throughout.

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What 654 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Galveston

    Fit for Foodies

  • Galveston

    Good for Groups

  • Galveston

    Healthy

  • Galveston

    Great for Lunch

  • Galveston

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Galveston

    Seafood

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  1. R

    2fromRockwall

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance, food and service were great, but there were many items on the menu, including wine, that they were out of or did not have.
  2. AK

    AmandaK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eating at Porch Cafe is a must anytime we are in Galveston. Don't forget to make your reservations in advance. Everything on the menu is amazing. You cannot go wrong.
  3. JK

    JenniferK

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    I was disappointed that the meal for the whiskey tasting and the wine tasting was set in stone. To change the entre you had to pay for another whole meal. I find that limiting to my return.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, delicious, great service.
  5. GG

    GalvGal

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the cutest brunch place in Galveston
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We had a reservation with open table but they didn’t seem to find it until we had been seated a while. It didn’t matter as there were many open tables for dining at 7:45 though the open table app said there were almost no openings left to reserve. I don’t think open table is very accurate. It took a half hour to get a waiter to get our order started so we had to ask for our waiter and he was apologetic. They were out of several items including Brussel sprouts, and apologized to us and the table next to us. I had the small plate lamb chops which were good but I was not asked and forgot to request medium rare. They were medium to medium well done but still tasty. The vegetable was mushroom and chopped asparagus which was quite tasty. We also had a filet steak which was tasty also and was as requested, medium rare. The waiter gave us free cheesecake to make up for the wait, which was very nice and also delicious.
  7. k

    karic

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent! The place is cozy. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. But it appears the restaurant was short staffed over all during this time (July 2022). But we’ll definitely go back next time we’re in Galveston!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food was fresh & awesome presentation. I would definitely return.
  9. EG

    EnriqueG

    Houston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone is very attentive, welcoming and efficient. Food was amazing. A great experience thank you Christina and Courtney!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was nice ambience on the porch with the ocean breeze was divine. You can skip the lava cake-just a box mini Bundt cake with liquid choc poured in the middle but lamp chops were delicious.
  11. KR

    KarenR

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    We walked into the restaurant and the hostess said she couldn’t seat us because they were short handed if we didn’t have a reservation. Granted there was only one waitress working; however, there were two tables seated who were finishing up the meals. We made an open table reservation on the spot. She was taken aback: but, sat us anyway. We weren’t in any rush: so, not a problem. The food ordered was delicious and the service was tremendous. Just wish the restaurant can get their act together cause the food was really good!!!!! We probably won’t return until they get a little better at being a restaurant who wants customers. It’s a shame cause the location was beautiful as well!
  12. NM

    NancyM

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Porch Cafe is our favorite place to go eat in Galveston. We have been many times and never have been disappointed in the food or service. Chef Shawn is the best in our opinion, and very personable. Best to make reservations on Open Table or call restaurant.
  13. K

    Kasake

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Food overall was good but took an hour before it arrived. We didn’t get our drink either til food was brought out. Appetizer was brought with the lunch as well. Asked for food to be brought early for 1 year old but nothing for an hour. Food was very good but service needs some more training. They were friendly though. Also not very celiac friendly (salad was the only option).
  14. AS

    AudraSeguraLu

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Literally the worst dining experience ever. From the rampant mosquitos in the restaurant to the 1 hour forty-one minutes we waited for uncooked shellfish doused in cream sauce. They won’t even give you new silverware, citing insufficient silverware when there was literally hundreds of settings available in plain view. What’s worse is that she you bring it to the restaurant staff’s attention the, goth-looking server and chef become rude, they raise their voice and tell us “we are done explaining ourselves”. When you ask for the manager for her name, she literally says “I’m not going to give you that”. This restaurant could literally improve by taking service lessons from Taco Bell drive through staff. The ownership of the restaurant should be ashamed for their amateurish selection of a sophomoric sociopathic service team. It’s not the dream team. It’s the nightmare team. Read trip advisor and you see reviews of racism and bad service. I have to wonder if it’s all true. The crazy part is that this “restaurant”’is the only establishment embedded within a community of million-dollar beach homes. The residents won’t have much tolerance for the epic jackassery doled by the gaggle of fools running this circus. Horrible. Run.
  15. M

    Mimi

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Happy Hour not impressed!
  16. JW

    JimW

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again Chef Sean created a great meal. We are truly enjoying his new menu creations! Can’t wait until next time.
  17. NM

    NancyM

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Porch Cafe is our favorite place to eat…always good, fresh food. This was our first time for brunch. Lots of choices and most served with their delicious cheese grits. We have been there about six times and have liked everything from their fresh seafood, breakfast items, and the wine & food pairing dinner. So glad they are open an extra day now, so Th-Sun. This latest time there were 4 of us and everyone loved their food choice!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The place has great potential. We stayed in Beachtown and hoped to frequent it the days it was open. The staff is very friendly and accommodating to kids. However, they cannot handle large crowds. The brunch menu only has a few items, and we waited an hour for a basic breakfast plate. The waffle took the longest and after many promises it was on its way, we never got it. Talk about a sad four year old. We even saw the chef walking into the restaurant after coming straight from the grocery store with supplies at prime lunch hours. I don’t know if poor management is to blame or what the situation was.
  19. ES

    EmilyS

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband & I did the Sunday event, four course food & wine paring. We’re extremely satisfied with both. This spot will be added to our “must go” list when in Galveston! I’m not sure why there are any negative reviews, we don’t believe anything less than amazing would come from the kitchen
  20. B

    Bobbi

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service was very good. Unfortunately they were out of Cesar dressing for the salad. The fried green tomatoes were very delicious.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! Loved everything about Porch. A must try for sure and we will be back!
  22. s

    sherryp

    Houston

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Adorable cafe with indoor/outdoor seating. Food was exceptional (especially the jalapeño gouda grits and biscuits)! Will definitely be back when in the area. Very upscale and beautiful area, but prices very reasonable.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  24. BJ

    BobJ

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the place, come every chance I can
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, charming atmosphere and wonderful service!
  26. KM

    KaraM

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had brunch here and it was the best meal we ate in Galveston. My husband had the French toast and I had the Vegetarian Tostadas. We were both in love with our dishes. VEGAN REVIEW: I had the tostadas prepared vegan. They omitted the egg and cheese, I also asked them to top the dish with asparagus. It was so so so good, I never knew tostadas could taste so good. My non vegan husband had a bite and admitted they were the best tostadas he’d ever eaten as well and he gets them for breakfast very often. The picture shows cheese on the vegan dish but the kitchen was quick to fix it for me.
  27. l

    leb1234

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Covered patio, plenty of fans and nice breeze off the water (w ocean view from our table) made for a lovely start to holiday. Food was excellent and presentation equally good. Service staff very attentive yet not overbearing. We will return again!
  28. LN

    LaurieN

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Great Sunday Brunch!!
  29. DH

    DaveH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a beautiful cozy place. Food was great. Their grits would be good with shoe leather!!! The shrimp appetizer was delightful!! Even when there was any small issue or need they were perfect! I will go back for date night again
  30. DD

    DallasDawn

    Dallas

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Let me first say I have no complaints about this place. The setting is very nice and relaxing, the service was warm and friendly and the food was good. I think we had just hyped this to be greater because the first time we tried to walk in for brunch they were booked solid for the whole weekend. So the next time we were planning to be in town I made reservations well in advance. The menu for brunch seemed small but adequate, and nothing really stood out as extraordinary. But all that said, it was a nice place. Just make sure you plan in advance and make reservations ahead of time.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was delicious! Snapper was freshly caught from a local seafood company & cooked perfectly! Desert was amazing Turtle Cheesecake Definitely & service was prompt! No complaints! Will go back again
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly casual staff. We enjoyed the great bar staff and Chef Sean. Our meal was excellent! We’ll dine at The Porch Cafe again and It’s important to understand that the restaurant located on East Beach’s “Beach Town” is not busy since it’s a bit less touristy. Yet, another reason to enjoy the dining experience. We noticed that the staff were not stressed, it’s not a chain, and they make it work. Thank you Porch Cafe staff.
  33. RP

    RichardP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great setting and good food. The crab cake was great. The burger was totally undercooked for some reason but the manager got it fixed and took it off the bill. So the issue was handled quickly and professionally. We will return next time we visit Galveston.
  34. JW

    JimW

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the wine and whiskey paring dinner for our anniversary, which was excellent. We had a great time, great food and great drinks. Chef Sean is exceptionally awesome! Highly recommended!!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    End of school celebration for the kids. Excellent cocktails, stellar service and delicious food.
  36. D

    Dining4fun

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Experience at Porch was terrific as usual. We go there every time we are in town.
  37. TM

    TravisM

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends brunch
  38. PR

    PaulR

    Western NC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Crab cakes were delicious. Crab and shrimp linguini was wonderful. Plentiful.
  39. NM

    NancyM

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband had the fresh snapper, I had the grilled shrimp…both came with asparagus & jalapeño grits and delicious sauce. Mine was spicy but no too spicy. My husband’s was milder…both amazing! Peter is an awesome & knowledgeable waiter.
  40. PO

    PattyO

    Austin

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    casual neighborhood vibe with upscale dining. this place has a good kitchen, consistently well produced dishes. evening menu is a little uneven. sometimes a menu item isn't available, but there is always a substitute option that will be just as good. go ahead and try it!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Porch Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (409) 762-0808.

Porch Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 654 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Porch Cafe

1625 East Beach Drive, Galveston, TX 77550

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Seawall Blvd

  • Neighborhood

    Galveston

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Thu, Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Parking on Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sean Walker

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (409) 762-0808

  • Catering

    Please visit our website for information about booking your next special event or contact Freddie Williams, Chef/Manager, at freddie@porchcafe.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining areas vary from small parties (10-30 guests) in our private back room to larger events hosted in the entire restaurant, which could potentially serve 120 guests. We have two main dining areas and two porches. Each seat approximately 35.

  • Private party contact

    Ryan Olsem: (855) 900-7486

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