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Waterman's Restaurant

4.3
4.3
754 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Waterman's Restaurant is a cozy seafood restaurant overlooking the Galveston Bay. The views from here are absolutely stunning, and the food just makes it even better. It has an extensive bar that offers up an array of possibilities, while the abundance of available seating outside offers up a great opportunity to have healthy conversation with friends and family.

Waterman's Restaurant has a terrific low key ambiance and has been serving seafood to patrons for years. Consider ordering the salmon, which is grilled to perfection and served over a bed of rice, as it comes highly recommended by many. All of this and more is what makes Waterman's Restaurant such a special place.

Waterman's Restaurant offers a waterfront DockBar on the ground level that hosts a comfortable open-air bar with music, dancing and great drinks. Pull up to Waterman's Restaurant via Waterman's Marina on your boat if you so desire. Your boating attire is acceptable and even encouraged.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (409) 632-0233

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Chef Henry Moreno

  • Catering

    If interested in having a First Date or a Romantic Dinner for two on our 3rd story balcony over looking Lake Como, call the restaurant directly or email.. lori@watermansrestaurant.com<br />Wedding Receptions and Birthday events are another specialty of Waterman's Restaurant. A special menu can be designed for any size event. Call or email for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Waterman's Restaurant offers a private dining experience for parties as small as 2 and up to 300+ people in several different venue options including Lori's Loft that has been recently remodeled with comfortable seating, white-washed walls, white chandeliers and chef-designed menus. Specializing in Fishing Tourneys, Christmas Parties and Weddings.

  • Private party contact

    Madison Conwell : (409) 599-8713

  • Neighborhood

    Galveston

  • Parking details

    Golf cart parking and Handicap parking available upfront.Two large well-lit parking lots across the street for all other vehicles to park.

  • Entertainment

    Live Music At The Outpost Bar (located downstairs)Fridays- 7-10 (Monday Night Guys)Saturdays- 3-6 and/or 7-10 (TBD)Sundays- 5-9 (David Richardson Acoustic)Outpost Bar hoursThursday 12pm-9pmFriday 12pm-10pmSaturday 12pm-10pmSunday 12pm-9pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 754 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Scenic View

  • Galveston

    Good for Groups

  • Galveston

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Galveston

    Scenic View

  • Galveston

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Galveston

    Seafood

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  1. KE

    KirkE

    Houston

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food2service4ambience4
    The food is way too expensive for the portions. $6 for 3 dinner rolls to start if that tells you anything! Selection is minimal and not impressive. Been coming here for years and keep giving them a chance but the kitchen & menu keep going down hill. Used to love this place, sad.
  2. S

    Specialkman

    San Antonio

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, ambiance, and service. Highly recommend.
  3. PD

    PeteD

    Palm Springs

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for an early dinner so we got great seating for the water view. Service was great and food was good. Still a little warm for outdoor seating if you’re there at sunset.
  4. KJ

    KenJ

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. Since my friend and I use canes, we appreciated the help provided by the elevator, seating, etc. I had the "Shrimp and grits", and my companion had the "Treasure Chest".
  5. a

    aandsmendoza

    Houston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find after leaving the state park. The seafood was fresh and kid approved fried fish! "Best fish I've ever had" 9 yo son.
  6. B

    Brian

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    While we understand the impact of inflation on businesses and individuals, your 22% gratuity on parties of 6 or more is outrageous. My typical gratuity is 20%, more for exceptional service. Our service was mediocre at best. The $30 Crab Cake wasn't YUMMY and consisted of shredded crab, no lumps at all, Rudy & Paco serve the BEST Crab Cakes on the Island. Lastly, No separate checks? C'mon folks, it's 2022! Such an easy breezy thing to do for your guests and a non-issue for most restaurants. After several past visits to Waterman's, we've decided to spend our dining dollars elsewhere.
  7. T

    Tori

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Fresh gulf seafood served with southern grace and hospitality.
  8. g

    gregm

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was good, service was good, ambiance was nice, view was great.
  9. SA

    SaraA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Service was really slow, took 10 minutes for someone to come take our drink order. Food was ok.. my husbands fried fish was really greasy and the batter was thick. I had the treasure chest pasta it was pretty good but needed more sauce. The waitstaff was nice but they were not very attentive.
  10. CI

    CarrieI

    Mississippi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place for a relaxing meal. On the porch or in the dining room. The food was excellent and the servers friendly.
  11. V

    Victor

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, great location on the bay. Be sure and ask the prices on the fish MKT price.
  12. JL

    JanisL

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    drinks were good. Food was good , but fish breading was a little on the thick side.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience2
    Unfortunately we had to wait 30 minutes before we went to get someone to wait on us.
  14. CS

    ChadS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Great ambiance and view. Service was not good. Food was mediocre. I have had better fried fish at Lubys, for a whole lot less money.
  15. MR

    ManuR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We’ve been at Waterman’s a few times but we will never come back,m. We were extremely disappointed: - service was a disaster, we had to ask for everything and it took forever - food was mediocre and not very good - they didn't have a high chair for us…which made our dinner unpleasant with our 1 year old
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    It was like eating at an indoor playground. Kids were running through the indoor restaurant. They would then run to the exit that went to the outdoor patio (where people were dining) and then run to the end of the dock. The parents should control there children. Also the management needs to take control. If the parents cannot control the children, then they should be asked to leave. Toddlers and babies were running inside and one screamed throughout our entire meal. Our server was polite and got our order correct. She did a good job. But the restaurant is NOT a playground.
  17. HE

    HeikEnergy

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Watermans is a much improved experience. The menu was simplified and quality improved. The Golden Tile special had hints of Indian cuisine which was a yummy surprise. The kids stuck with red snapper, beef tips, and the seafood treasure chest pasta. We will be going back!
  18. MG

    MichaelG

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Specialty cocktails were a bit on the sweet side. Shrimp kisses were great. Snapper was solid but sides were underwhelming and the price point was absurd at almost $50/each. I guess you're paying for the view.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday and vacation. Excellent food. Best crab cake I’ve ever had.
  20. DP

    DebP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Understaffed. Sat in Bar area table and took forever to get food and drinks because waitress was also bar tender. Some food was cold and pasta had a really bad, offensive taste. Will be awhile before we return.
  21. PD

    PeteD

    Palm Springs

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great. Just a little pricey but with inflation these days who knows.
  22. N

    Nanci

    Houston

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Lovely location with great sunsets! Could use a facelift…very noisy but food was excellent.
  23. k

    katy

    Oklahoma City

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy dining at Waterman’s. They have revised their menu and removed shrimp cocktail from the appetizer selections. We were very disappointed in this change and hope that they will reconsider this decision. Otherwise, our meal and service were excellent.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Our server was AMAZING. Felt the food was a bit over priced for what it was though. Similar in cost to a very fancy restaurant in downtown Galveston.
  25. DC

    DianaC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was wonderful! Great customer service!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good was great. Service was very efficient but not overly friendly
  27. B

    Bored

    Houston

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    Our choices were Red Snapper and a cheeseburger. Both were adequate. However the fish plate with green beans and fried potato wedges was nothing special and at $48 not worth the money. In addition, the chairs were very uncomfortable probably should have been replaced long ago as the cushion no longer sustained my weight of 178 lb. The ambiance promised in the advertising fell short of our expectations. Staff was courteous and professional and the view was charming.
  28. KC

    KevinC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I told Tiffany that was the best shrimp and grits I’ve ever had and it was the crawfish sauce that made the dish come alive. Everyone was friendly and accommodating.
  29. TC

    TonyC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant, seafood and water views outstanding including the sun set.
  30. R

    Russel

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    During reservation process asked what visit was for mentioned parents 65th anniversary yet nothing special done why ask ??.Oysters very very small . Server was great.
  31. LS

    LibbyS

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The food was good but the service was really slow. I know we are at the beach and it’s laid back but it was super slow. If you want to enjoy a slow paced relaxing dinner with friends or family, this is your place. They didn’t appear to be short staffed - just slow
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant with gorgeous view over the water. Everything was good
  33. KH

    KatH

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Insane sunset! Definitely go then. Opt for the outdoor seating or, if it is too hot, then ask to sit near the windows on the deck. The service was outstanding and the food was really good. I am not much into seafood, so if you aren't as well, you're limited to about two options. Other than that, I would go return.
  34. M

    janeM

    Oklahoma City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience3
    Special occasion for out of town best friends who had flown in from Oklahoma and were our guests. They Forgot to make one of the entrees. Asked Server and the response was it will be out in a minute. The meal never made it. I called and talked to the Manager and the response was “well what do you want me to do”? “Well I don’t know, you are the manager so why don’t you tell me what you think you should do”? He said well we are making the meal for our guest to take home, what else should I do? Too late for that, he just shared with my daughter and they were ready to come home. It was going to be charged on the bill even though it was not made until they were ready to leave over an hour later. I told him to take it off and keep the meal. The server offered a free dessert and then that was on the bill. They had to ask for that charge to be removed. I would expect a little higher level of service and he obviously needs additional training on how to handle mistakes. I understand times are hard and it is hard to find employees, but atleast own up to your mistake and correct it in a humble and professional manner. Everything would have been fine if they had not tried to charge the meal or the dessert. Overall a very frustrating experience and we had hoped for a better night for our visiting guests. They did say the food was good.
  35. BS

    BruceS

    Montana

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  36. CS

    CourtneyS

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    50th birthday. I love Waterman’s for the atmosphere. But the service was mediocre (empty water glasses for long periods, dirty app plates sitting there for the whole meal, zero pouring of wine….). The band underneath in the bar was LOUD and rattling the floors…. Food was decent. Good, but not quite what you expect for the price. Still had a great time but could be better!!!! I’ll be back since honestly you can’t beat the view and the indoor dining. Just can’t give it 5 stars all around. Solid 4-5 though.
  37. DS

    DonnaS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down Best crab cake I’ve ever had! Will definitely be back!
  38. JL

    JimL

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Comfortable seating with a very active kitchen environment. Service was prompt but some waitresses were taxed with overly large parties.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful, food, service, and atmosphere! Highly recommend!!
  40. JS

    JennS

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful meal shared by family to a stunning sunset—doesn’t get much better. The chairs are very comfortable and the food was great. The Treasure chest (pasta with lemon butter caper sauce and topped with scallops and shrimp was a favorite among two guests), the delicious crab cake was crispy on the exterior with large portions of crab on the interior—it is large enough for a meal. Grilled Shrimp dinner was tasty and not over cooked, while the fish (catfish) & chips had a nice lighter batter. Of note, the bread service isn’t free ($6 for 4 meh rolls) and a few nit picky things turned our group off (like no check splitting, $4 split plate fees and no milk/juice included with the kids meal). The Caesar salad was just okay—I’d try something else. Our waitress was friendly. We would definitely return when staying on this end of the island again.

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
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Waterman's Restaurant using the Order Online button. Waterman's Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (409) 632-0233.

Waterman's Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 754 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 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Waterman's Restaurant

14302 Stewart Rd, Galveston, TX 77554

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Galveston

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Golf cart parking and Handicap parking available upfront.Two large well-lit parking lots across the street for all other vehicles to park.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Chef Henry Moreno

  • Entertainment

    Live Music At The Outpost Bar (located downstairs)Fridays- 7-10 (Monday Night Guys)Saturdays- 3-6 and/or 7-10 (TBD)Sundays- 5-9 (David Richardson Acoustic)Outpost Bar hoursThursday 12pm-9pmFriday 12pm-10pmSaturday 12pm-10pmSunday 12pm-9pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (409) 632-0233

  • Catering

    If interested in having a First Date or a Romantic Dinner for two on our 3rd story balcony over looking Lake Como, call the restaurant directly or email.. lori@watermansrestaurant.com<br />Wedding Receptions and Birthday events are another specialty of Waterman's Restaurant. A special menu can be designed for any size event. Call or email for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Waterman's Restaurant offers a private dining experience for parties as small as 2 and up to 300+ people in several different venue options including Lori's Loft that has been recently remodeled with comfortable seating, white-washed walls, white chandeliers and chef-designed menus. Specializing in Fishing Tourneys, Christmas Parties and Weddings.

  • Private party contact

    Madison Conwell : (409) 599-8713

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