Porch Cafe

4.1
278 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Friday: 11:30am-3:00pm ; 5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00pm ; 5:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm ; 5:00pm-8:00pm
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Phone number
(409) 762-0808
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Jonathan Banez
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Catering
Please visit our website for information about booking your next special event or contact the General Manager at Ryan@porchcafe.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Seawall Blvd
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dogs Allowed, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 278 People Are Saying
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SW
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall we were happy with the quality of the food and the service. The environment is good and it is a nice spot on east beach. The only downside is that the prices are a bit high.

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OT
Houston
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife had the snapper and scallops and I had the shrimp and grits. Both were excellent. Highly recommend.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic

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PC
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Have always loved the Porch Cafe. But it is becoming less than it was. I still enjoy on occasion.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and service. Limited menu, but no need for numerous plates when the dishes are fabulous.

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BM
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

The hostess didn’t want us to sit inside with the air conditioning. However my husband can’t tolerate the heat due to a heat stroke. The food was just okay but not great. The waitress was wonderful and did an outstanding job.!

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BS
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! We come eat here every time we come to Galveston. Thank you for such great soups!!!

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E
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Overpriced food and poor service. A bit disappointed since its in a great location

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DD
Houston
93 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I do not recommend. I should've paid attention to the poor reviews concerning the lack of service & their disregard to reservations. We arrived on time for our 830pm reservation. When we arrived, I told the hostess at the reception desk my name, our reservation time, & that we'd booked through Open Table. She said to have a seat on the front porch while they got the table ready. THIRTY MINUTES LATER, & no one had come out to get us, to talk to us, to ask if we wanted a drink or a glass of water, or to tell us why there was a delay in seating. So, at 9pm, we got up from the porch & headed to the reception desk. No one there. I went to the nearby bar & told the bar tender that we were cancelling our reservation because we'd waited half an hour past the reservation time & hadn't been seated. We left & found quick service & good food at another Galveston restaurant.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I took my parents and a family friend here for dinner on a Saturday night. We chose to sit inside as it was a bit warm that evening; inside was a bit warm too but they had portable fans and ceiling blowing that kept the air circulating.

They had live music, a piano player, which I always enjoy but it was loud so we found ourselves trying to talk over the music. I would suggest they turn it down just a bit in the main dining area so that diners can enjoy conversation.

The menu is limited but our food was delicious...we enjoyed the friend green tomatoes, crab cake, scallops and shrimp and grits. No complaints there!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My guests had a great experience and enjoyed the food and the environment

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The place was quaint, it caters to the crowd of the area. The food was good but not something I would drive an hour away to come back too like I did today. I really enjoyed the area however and the walkway to the beach.

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LD
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Slow service, average food, skimpy salad. No need to return.

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D
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation for a 2pm Sunday brunch, however when we arrived there was only a very minimal buffet option (eggs, sausage, biscuits, gravy, fruit, pound cake, and bacon if you asked for it) -- no actual brunch menu. Their website says they serve brunch until 3pm, so we were expecting to be able to order off the brunch menu. We basically paid $15 per person for leftovers. We had to drive a long way to get there, so we were really disappointed. Also, the restaurant was super hot -- there must be something wrong with their a/c.

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M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food wasn’t as good as it has been. Steak and fish were very over salted, fried green tomatoes were too heavily breaded. The cocktails and wine were quite good.
Having enjoyed meals in the past, this was quite disappointing.

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PW
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was our third visit. Even with a reservation we were seated directly in front of the entrance. They were not serving two of the menu items we specifically came in for (quail and ceviche). We ordered wine at the same time as we did our meal, but had to ask for the wine after the appetizers were served. Fried green tomatoes were not green. Entrees arrived well before we had finished our appetizers. Other food items were good, but not great. This visit was overpriced for the experience.

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t
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to The Porch restaurant every time we come to Galveston. The food is always wonderful, service is very attentive, and the restaurant is beautiful. Tonight I had the Lemon Butter Salmon and my husband had the Grilled Snapper and Scallops. Both entrees were awesome. Great cocktails and wine also.

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JH
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a reservation for four people at 12:00. When we arrived, we were told that there would be a 5-10 minute wait for an indoor table. We were escorted past an indoor table with a reserved sign on it, to an area on the porch to wait for a table. We didn't get seated until 12:30. Other than that, the service was good and the food was delicious. I would eat here again, but I wouldn't waste my time making a reservation.

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JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

We flew into Galveston for a girls holiday and I booked the porch for our first night. We were really looking forward to it. However it was a disaster.
Our reservation was for 8 pm, we arrived at 7:50 and were given the option of sitting inside or outside. We asked to sit outside. The manager said it would be a 10 min wait so suggested we enjoy a cocktail and listen to the live music. Great idea we thought. Then my friend slipped and stubbed her toe badly, the sac player was obnoxious and very loud and we had to ask 3 times over a 40 min period if our table was ready.
Finally we were seated but not outside. In a back room that had terrible acoustics and it was terribly terribly loud!!!!!!!! It went steadily downhill from there. We ordered wine and it took almost an hour for the bottle to be brought to our table without glasses or a wine cooler (the table next to us had a wine cooler so we know they have them). We had to ask for glasses several times and we were finally delivered plastic wine glasses. Not impressive. We had to ask for glass tumblers. The cherry on top was when the waiter brought the bill with our hosts credit card they gave us someone else’s bill and credit card.
It was terribly disappointing and as a result we will not be returning and that is another disappointment as the venue is lovely and the food is original but the service was miserable.

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AL
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Our waitress was horrible and rude. She was absent and short when she did come by. My husbands dish was great, as were the desserts. My food was cold and shrimp overdone. My brother's dish came out as the wrong fish and wrong baking style. Perhaps it was an off night. Thought it was a cute place and menu sounded good with inventive flavor mixes. Was disappointed we wasted my husband's birthday dinner here.

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m
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

where to begin ... table bussed but no menus/setups until walked to the hostess. coffee cold. lemonade premixed. "kitchen informs that they cannot mix tomatoes into eggs." when served eggs, cold. bacon - 2 slices poor quality. halfway through when asked about the status of the cinnamon bun, said "on its way" - five minutes later, "what are you missing?" - three minutes later "sorry we ran out." oh dear. at least close to the beach.

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K
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the food and service where amazing. Maybe the best food on the island.

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KK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this little Gem! So glad I found it!! Great Menu! Great Ambiance! Great Service!! Nice change to all the fried American food/seafood typical to Galveston. Definitely will be back on my next visit to the coast.

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KG
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening of celebrations, thanks to Ryan and his graciousness!

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CH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply awesome. Enjoyed the atmosphere, the employees were very personable, and the food was excellent. We went twice in two days! We are certainly going back!

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BA
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine! Will be returning next time in Galveston!!!

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CS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive and worth every penny! We splurge like this only every once in a while and taking our children and in-laws there for an anniversary dinner with a fabulous beach walk right afterwards was such an occasion. Hats off to the chef, portions were great and every bite was wonderful. It was quiet but full of life as well. Reservations recommended

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JT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked Porch Café for my Dad's 73rd birthday dinner. It was absolutely perfect - ambiance, service and food. I think the best part was the cocktail list, if I had to choose.

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SL
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing happy hour. Great service. Delicious fresh baked bread and herb butter

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HW
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was slooooooowwwwww. After 20 minutes our waiter had not come by to take our order. We had asked other staff to get our waiter and he never came. After watching other people who were seated after us get serviced by the person who was supposed to be our waiter, we finally asked if someone else could serve us. That worked well for a little while and then an entirely new person showed up to help out. She was very friendly but never around when we needed her. We were there over two hours and each only ordered a simple dish and one drink. The food was tasty but I won’t be going back. Everyone that showed up after us were already gone by the time we got our check. There are plenty of other restaurants with good food that know how to service their customers.

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JL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food, and great service.

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KJ
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Galveston and every single time we have out of town visitors, we bring them to the Porch Cafe. It is the hidden gem of the island. The seafood is always really delicious and we love the atmosphere of the restaurant.

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Relaxing & delicious

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S
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Seems to be back on the “upswing” after a time of being “not so great.”
Kudos to the staff!

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CT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

This was on a best of Galveston list and it was not!!! We had a reservation and after we were seated it took me 15 minutes before anyone even spoke to us. This was after I flagged someone down and they seemed really annoyed at having to take out drink order. After ordering 3 drinks they walked away- mind you 7 of us at the table??? When they came back 5 minuets later to take the rest of the drinks order they had already forgotten the first part! Then they were out of 4 different items on the menu- which was already quite small. Overall not a great experience although they did have a nicely priced wine list. I would not recommend this place to my friends.

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JG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another pleasurable dining experience at the Porch Cafe. The food was spectacular as was the attentive wait staff.

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OT
Houston
45 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service. Worth the drive.

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KH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The crab cake was delicious! We enjoyed the a la cart options - grilled snapper and grilled salmon. We look forward to returning soon!

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n
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great little spot on the far east end of Galveston. The food was slightly pricey but very tasty. I ordered the smoked salmon benedict which was amazing. My husband had the biscuits and gravy which was also very good. The porch seating offered a nice breeze and a slightly distant view of the ocean. I would return and I would recommend to friends and family.

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AT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very close to the Galvestonian where we were staying. Nice walk to get there.
Food was very good. Would definitely go back.

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