Porch Cafe

4.6
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$31 to $50
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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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JJ
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 5 days ago

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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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

OT
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.

PJ
East Texas
16 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very disappointed with the food quality and atmosphere.

Porch Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

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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ST
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 5 days ago

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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OT
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.

OT
Houston
1 review
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.

f
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

b
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.

MK
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.

W
Dallas
2 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.

RS
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place. The

NH
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Great food. We love it there.

S
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cuisine and service always good. Limited dinner menu.

OB
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.

AC
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!

f
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.

T
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.

w
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.

T
Houston
42 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.

IL
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.

LE
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!!!

CS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best classic brunch on the island! We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the porch and love the clean white and bright atmosphere. Their Lemony hollandaise is amazing.

S
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Limited menu, but well-executed. Service was attentive.

CM
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

On a tight schedule as we needed to be an an event earlier than expected and they accommodated and were very efficient and pleasant

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

They were woefully understaffed but did everyone they could to make sure we were cared for. Hopefully their management finds assistance on this front, bravo to the staff on call tonight to keep things moving.

j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fourth or fifth time we’ve eaten at the Porch Cafe. Every time the ingredients have been fresh and the food cooked well. Indoor outdoor options. Dog friendly outdoors. Enclosed porch is basically mosquito free. Enjoy a walk on the beach one block away after the meal.

GH
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and an outstanding breakfast experience!

CM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made our reservation on this site.. When we arrived we were greated by an employee who asked us if we had a reservation.
We answered yes.
The employee told us it was a mistake because the whole restaurant was booked for a wedding.
Guess they did not feel they needed to look at thier bookings for the day and communicate the mistake.
This was our 1st trip to this restaurant and our last.

CJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

I was really underwhelmed with the ambiance and the aesthetics. Lights were not turned on, random boxes and items were out that I wouldn't recommend to be exposed. Staff from the kitchen were walking around restaurant in ratty tshirts and pants standing behind the bar just talking. I was expecting a nicer atmosphere especially for what we paid. Thankfully the brunch was tasty.

PR
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved The Porch Cafe! It was a really cute place with great food! We'll come back when the heat dies down, so we can sit outside on the porch!

RM
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The host was rude and the service & food was mediocre

AV
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live north of Houston but rent a house in Beachtown each Xmas for our family gathering. Eating at the Porch has become a Xmas tradition and we love any occasion when we are in Galveston to have a meal there.

JD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love The Porch Cafe. The food is amazing, and the service is great!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely love this place! By far our favorite restaurant in Galveston.

C
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED Porch cafe! Went for a friend's birthday and everything about the place was so lovely! Excellent food and fantastic atmosphere. Upscale but very casual, and it was so nice to get away from the crazy crowds and fray of the Seawall. Will be back!

CB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Porch Cafe is a hidden gem in Galveston. Food is very good and love the atmosphere. We always feel like we’re on a vacation when we dine here.

E
San Antonio
37 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the family together for a fun week in Galveston at the beach. We loved the appetizers fried green tomatoes and baked goat cheese and our entrées were spectacular. The drinks and wine were also great.