Porch Cafe

4.4
504 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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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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 504 people are saying
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4.4
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4.5
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4.1
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Noise · Quiet
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CynthiaS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We went for my birthday. We arrived before our reservation. The host told us we wouldn’t want to sit inside due to the smoke from the kitchen even though it was a very windy day. We ordered drinks which were not made to order. The beer menu was limited to corona, bud lite, or tiki wheat, so husband ordered wine instead. I wanted a dirty martini, but it wasn’t at all. We ordered the fried green tomatoes which were good and the lollipop lamb chops which were over cooked but fine. By the time the waiter returned with olive juice after the appetizers the drink was warm. Our server shared the kids menu with us but our younger children wanted the crab cake sandwich. The waiter returned much later stating that they couldn’t make the crab cake sandwich. He stated it would take them 30 minutes but wouldn’t make them. Then my child wanted the Mac and cheese or chicken tenders which he informed us they couldn’t make either. When our food finally arrived an hour and half later it was barely warm. My filet was cut into four pieces which was odd since it was a filet. My steak came with the side for my husband’s dish and his had my side. The potatoes on his plate were cold and salty. The Jalapeño Grits on my plate were cold. My husband wanted to order another glass of wine with dinner. He was told they were closed. It was 9:28 on a Friday night. We had just gotten our food. After complaining because that was the last straw someone not sure if they were a manager did take $48 off of the bill. I would not return or recommend anyone visiting this restaurant.

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vipmedman
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The chef wasn’t there so not much of a menu -

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HoustonC
Tulsa
15 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

UPDATE: Management from Porch Cafe contacted me directly and has apologized and offered to make it up to us. They also said they are addressing the issues that led to our poor experience. Credit where credit is due, thank you Porch Cafe for making it right.

Original review: We showed up for our brunch reservation and they weren't open. Some guy came out and said they randomly decided not to open that morning. Why they didn't notify those of us with reservations before we showed up, I have no idea. Obviously this restaurant is ran by a bunch of idiots.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

We have loved the Porch Cafe for years, but were very very VERY disappointed by a recent bad experience when we tried to celebrate my wife's birthday. We ended up leaving, as detailed below.

Upon arrival, we were greeted in a cursory and rushed fashion--we're not terribly sensitive, but my wife and I both agreed the greeting felt almost as if we were a burden, not guests.

After ordering drinks and an appetiser, we then had trouble getting our waitress's attention--she only had 2 tables, but was clearly out of her depth. My water cup was never refilled despite explicitly asking. The one redeeming thing about the entire evening was the wine and appetiser we did get were tasty. BUT, when it came time to take our dinner order--30 minutes after we'd arrived--we were told for the 1st time that everything on the menu was sold out except for the chicken. While I'm sure it was tasty, the restaurant was clearly floundering and we did not feel in the mood for chicken, nor terribly confident that it would be done correctly and actually available. (Throughout our time at the restaurant, we watched as the family next to us had its order messed up over and over again....it was wild.)

We decided to go elsewhere, and asked for our check, at which point we were lucky to have caught that we had been charged for an entire bottle of wine, instead of a glass.

I made this reservation several weeks in advance, yet we left the restaurant without dinner, scrambling for any available restaurant (at 9 pm on a Sunday evening) that would still feel special for my wife's birthday--we did not find it, as all other top tier restaurants were booked solid. This was absolutely NOT the birthday experience I had hoped for for my wife!

I am hopeful that these are temporary issues, which will be addressed as the restaurant recovers from the pandemic, but it will be a while before we try out this previously favourite spot again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can’t come to Galveston without eating here!!

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vipRobertH
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every aspect!

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vipdmill3
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Good food slow service

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were told that we were going to be seated in the corner and then. Different group was seated there that showed up after us. Then we were shifted inside and waited several minutes before the server came so we ultimately left. Quite disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mothers Day

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vipHoustonmobilian
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Horrible dining experience for the price they charged! How could you sent all food out at one time with appetizers and entrees together when I specifically said to starts with soup and salad first. And yet the server blamed on the kitchen. Totally unacceptable. I won’t be dining there for a long time! No wonder they have so many openings when I was making reservations. Disappointing!

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vipcashnic72
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, and food! The atmosphere is spectacular!

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Steve
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service; can’t ask for more in a restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

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vipRobertH
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful dining experience! Delicious food, very relaxing location, decent prices! A small menu, but more than sufficient for different tastes! A must if you like a beach ambiance without the sand!!! Beautiful and upscale dining!

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frank
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

food was mediocre... crab cake sandwich was dry with lots of filler and hardly any crab... service was lack-luster,,, prices were high... not worth a return visit

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CruzJ
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking forward to returning again as everything was absolutely perfect, especially since they had not been open for some time. Outstanding...

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vipJerryP
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was wonderful. We saw our server Peter again which made the visit even more special. The food was great; the service over the top.

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vipDavidSenior
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate lunch one day, dinner next. Server Christina was excellent. Love the wedge salad, crab cake, baked goat cheese, French bread, asparagus soup, tomato soup. All good.

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vipTasteoftheStrandfoodtour
Houston
56 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cossey quaint feel, lovely views, great food, great drinks and fantastic service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find! Awesome food and service and the atmosphere is perfect for brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional. Will return

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vipfoodiez
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was four of us and we were all satisfied with our meal except my husband who had the chicken & pasta. That's what we almost always get and love it, but that night, it was disappointing.
Porch Cafe remains one of our favorite places in Galveston!

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Jenn
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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BradI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Well we would have loved to go drive to the cafe and was greeted with we are closed! Someone should have called you. Despite having a co firmed reservation ! Very disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely wonderful and the food was perfect. Great quiet spot in Galveston!

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LauraH
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The menu is not extensive to begin with, and they were out of 3 items/entrees. One of which was the hen which was the reason we wanted to try the spot out. They were out of staple items as well like the local beer we ordered and broccoli. Plus, only had one dessert to offer. They said their delivery was a week late. Just run down the road and pick up what you need at Kroger. It's better than making a terrible impression with new customers. The cost for the drinks (martini, old fashioned) was also pricey compared to most other nice places on the island. It may be a nice spot for an event, but we probably won't be back.

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vipSws1jct
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Our service was extremely slow considering there were only 3 tables seated. Food was over cooked, and barely edible. Just excuses from wait staff.

We will not go back. It’s a shame as the location is good with views of the Gulf.

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JoshuaD
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp and grits was phenomenal along with the crab Benedict. Food was well worth the price. Oh and the Bloody Mary mix was to die for. You can tell it was made in house. Wish it was open during the week because I would be returning all the time

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vipJackH
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They were out of several entree items ie; no scallops or rib eyes, they forgot to include the blue cheese crumbles in the wedge salad.Server was sweet and efficient though.

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StevenC
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food was great, sat outside on the porch facing the gulf, several of the plastic shades did not work and could not be raised, it was disappointing, they were really dirty and obstructed the view. Otherwise our experience was good.

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vipHouMark
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 3rd time to eat there and it has consistently been outstanding. The service was personal and attentive and we ate on the back covered porch which was nice, quiet and felt like we were out in the open.

We started with Bloody Mary which was spiced just right (on the spicy side). She had the eggs, biscuit and bacon (seemed to please her) and I went for the biscuit with sausage gravy. It did not disappoint and surprisingly, did not weigh me down like I thought it might.

I've only been there during the Covid days so I can't comment on the atmosphere when it is at full capacity but I imagine it will be just as pleasant but with a bit more customer chatter.

Currently, reservations are a must. Certainly worth a try, especially for brunch, when you are in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have the Best Mule drink we ever had at a restaurant. They work as a team and service was great. They had a awesome special that night and it was out of this world..

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JohnT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The fish special was truly outstanding, the crab cake was good and the salad was only fair. Not very fancy, but a good "out of the way" place to try when you are in Galveston

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Claudia
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice cafe with a helping and Friendly staff .The food was good enjoy the visit

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and great staff. The food was outstanding and perfectly prepared! It was an enjoyable experience and would recommend if you like fresh food that is chef inspired.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you come to the Porch Cafe for Valentine's, you won't be disappointed. Whether you get the vegan or regular salad, the freshness is in the mix, the lobster tail was cooked perfectly and the grilled lemon popped the top on adding the citrus flavor. Now the Ratatouille was divine and the plating blew my mind on the first appearance with its beautiful color, design, and dressing. The Tiramasu gave you a kick with the espresso dust that made you wanting extras!

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KatrinaC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night spot! Food was delicious and atmosphere was perfect!

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TravisM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great little gem in Galveston. I can’t wait to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't rave enough about this island gem. Every experience is as good or better than the next. From the quality of the steak that speaks for itself in flavor to the perfection of the poached egg atop the crab cake Benedict .. The wine selection and service cannot be surpassed and quite honestly I feel like I'm in a resort beach community somewhere else :)

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 504 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.