Porch Cafe

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$31 to $50
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Seafood

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Sunday Lunch
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

nice atmosphere; i appreciate they are only taking reservations. wait staff is terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience great service and the fish was a extraordinary dish

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AmberM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Our server Peter was awesome!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

it would be nice if they had a clearer entrance for customers than cutting through the patio area where folks are eating.

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NewtoGalveston
Amarillo
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We sat out on the porch and it was a beautiful day.

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MattM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, will definitely be back!

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vipDinner
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the pleasure of dinning here the Saturday night of Mother’s Day weekend. The space is absolutely stunning, the service was incredible and the food was world class. Our waiter (Jackson) couldn’t have been more perfect. In the times of servers wearing masks we could see his smile, pride of the Resturant and the food he served us in his eyes. We were also fortunate to meet the lovely the owner on our way out. If in Galveston or want to get out of Houston for a night dinning here is a must.

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QUEENBDC
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drink were better than ever before. the service was relaxed and friendly despite the need for a mask.
Did not feel nervous.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Mother's Day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, and we’ll be back!

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vipDinnerfor2
San Antonio
21 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable evening on the porch. Quiet. Good food. Excellent service.

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RicC
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The reason this rating is as high as it is is due to the bartender who saved the day during our visit. We arrived on time for our reservation and there was one other table occupied. We were seated near the back and were totally ignored by the wait staff for more than 15 minutes. No water, no drink order, nothing. In fact, the two individuals who were waiting table (remember, only one other table was occupied) stood next to our table at their kiosk station chatting on the phone and with each other within 10 feet of us. After more than 15 minutes the bartender happened to walk out from behind the bar to get something out of the cooler, at which point I got his attention and asked for glasses of water. When he returned, less than a minute later, we mentioned that nobody had tended our table since our arrival. At this point, the bartender proceeded to take us under his wing and we became “his table”. His attitude and skills were outstanding - he obviously cared about what he was doing and we certainly appreciated it!
The food was very good, especially the cheese grits and shrimp. I believe that only one or two other tables were occupied during our visit other than the small family that was there when we arrived.
I recommend the food, it was very good!

I hope that the wait staff learns their jobs. If not, this place will have even smaller numbers than we saw on a Friday night.

Thank you Mr. Bartender - you managed to salvage the situation beautifully:-)

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BrownE
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. The place wasn't very busy but It took an hour to get the food out.

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Sensa
New Orleans
25 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We didn't realize that this restaurant was like part of an east beach new home community .... but it didn't matter. Lots of creative brunch choices. But the drinks, oh my. Imagine alcohol smoothies. Their green tomato bloody Mary was out of this world. Great tasty fresh shrimp and grits.

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KateBella
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service was good. Food wasn’t fast so make sure you have time. But it was a great atmosphere and would definitely recommend stopping in!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A bit overpriced but the experience was very good

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JeannieJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly delicious food. The service was tremendous, friendly and attentive. The ambiance is always wonderful. Very enjoyable evening.

Porch Cafe
Responded on February 14, 2020

Hi Jeannie, Thanks for the feedback, we are happy to have provided you with a wonderful evening! We look forward to seeing you again in the future!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We enjoyed our meal but service was a bit slow (even though friendly) and they did nothing for my son for his birthday; no “happy birthday” on his dessert, etc. Disappointed I wasn’t made aware that they did nothing for birthdays when I reserved and specifically stated we were celebrating a 12th birthday.

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vipPollyJ
East Texas
18 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very disappointed with the food quality and atmosphere.

Porch Cafe
Responded on February 14, 2020

Hi Polly, we are sorry to hear we did not meet your expectations. If you wouldn't mind emailing us at the address we have sent to you we would like to hear more about your experience and ensure that we provide a better experiences moving forward.

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SandyToes
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food in previous visits was inconsistent. We were happy to have a wonderful meal during restaurant week. I will return based on this visit. It would be even better if the glasses of wine were more reasonably priced.

Porch Cafe
Responded on February 14, 2020

Hello, We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your most recent visit for our restaurant week menu! We hope to see you again in the future!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Slow beginning. Wrong drink order taken. And then charged for double. Waitress was very friendly and attentive. Expected a bit more. Will be back hoping for more.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall it was a good experience but both of our meat dishes were tough and the portions were small compared to another restaurant we paid less for. We chose the Restaurant Week menu.

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foodlovers
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a wonderful anniversary. Try to get there during restaurant week. It is lovely.

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beachbum
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes, we recommend this restaurant all the time. My husband and I made a reservation for dinner and ordered from the restaurant week menu. My fish was excellent and the appetizer was wonderful. We had wine and the chocolate mouse for desert was to die for. We love this restaurant.

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MarkK
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We’ve been meaning to go to Porch Cafe for quite a while and were very disappointed when we finally went on restaurant week. We ordered from the special menu plus two extra sides. Only the extra sides were hot. The fried green tomatoes were cold and had obviously been pre-made and frozen. Snapper was cold. There were very few people in the restaurant on a Friday night, but service was awful. Asked for more bread (best thing we had) but waiter never brought it. Not one of the 3 of us finished our meal, because it wasn’t good, yet the waiter complimented us on how much we ate. We had to wait about 15 minutes or so to get our check, as our waiter walked right by us 4 times without glancing our way.

Terrible. Would not recommend. I’m sorry to say that, I was hopeful it would be a new favorite. Telling that on a Friday night, very few people.

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Wally
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

For the price of the restaurant week special, the portions should have been larger. The Caesar salad was absolutely delicious. The asparagus appetizer is 2 pieces of asparagus with a two inch by two inch piece of steak wrapped around them, tasty but inadequate for the price. The chicken and pasta dish had 3 small slices of chicken, but it was delicious. The snapper portion was fine and tasty, but could have used another side instead of just a few fried green tomatoes. Dessert was good. It just didn't feel like a $35 menu. I've eaten at quite a few restaurants during Houston's Restaurant Week, and they all had good portions.

I'll still come back, but for the price I'll order from the menu and skip dessert.

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RickS
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Galveston restaurant week. The dining room is quaint and well appointed the wait staff was very attentive. The wine list had a number of good wines available. Each course came out on time and hot, we both started out with the filet wrapped asparagus which was very well presented and flavorful. My wife had the beef and I had the Snapper for our entries both were very good, for dessert she had the Chocolate mousse I had the Key Lime Pie both were good my pie was one of the best I have tasted. We have been before and will go back and highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place. The

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NathanaelH
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine pairings Sunday evening are amazing and the food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Great food. We love it there.

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vipSteven
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cuisine and service always good. Limited dinner menu.

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vipOldBlue
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Convenient parking, good service, great food, we will be back. Out of the way on East Beach. Dinner was perfect for our group of 4.

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AdeleC
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

So nice to have a place to eat on East Beach! Especially like the Sunday night wine or whiskey pairing with dinner!

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vipfooddoctor
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the personal touch you get from the staff. The food is always excellent. If there is a favorite from a previous seasonal menu, they will try to accommodate your request. I am a repeat customer.

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Toto
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was great until we got our food and then they stopped coming back. Had to fetch my own water.

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vipwestside12
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow what an interesting improvement on our last two visits. We’ve dined at the Porch Cafe since it opened. There seem to have been numerous changes of management and staff. The food quality has fluctuated between outstanding and mediocre. Last spring we went twice and had bad food and bad service and decided we would not go again.

However last week we were tired and it’s close by. No need to find parking, we can walk. Glad we did. It’s back to being really good. The waitress was friendly and helpful. The chef came out several times to make sure the food tasted good and we liked everything. He was great. We both really enjoyed our meals. The menu was interesting and reasonably priced. We are very happy to know we have a great restaurant in walking distance again.

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vipTrskrs
Houston
43 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was tasty. Grits were a little stiff for my preference. Tried the Porch Lemonade which had some watermelon purée but I couldn’t taste it. Needs more watermelon flavor. In a secluded location and close to a public beach that we walked on after we ate. Very quiet beach. Nice.

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vipIslandLawyer
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Our only complaint was the Sam’s club quality paper napkins we were given. Other tables had real napkins... not sure what we did to deserve cut rate paper ones.

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LindaE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing! Love running into friends there! It is a must when we are in Galveston!!!

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 411 OpenTable diners.

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