Waterman's Restaurant

4.3
478 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.

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
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 478 people are saying
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Mmoore
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great evening. Just a little loud because there was a bachelorette party next to our table.

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MichelleD
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Appetizers were good, but the entrees were over priced and luke warm by the time they were served. Vegetables on the main entrée plates were simply frozen vegetables, not fresh. The blackened shrimp were extremely salty, the lump crab on the seafood/pasta entrée was simply a few shreds of crab. Expected higher quality food at this price point.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Not the servers fault the food is sub par. If you want good seafood on the island go to Gaido’s. Gave this a shot and was disappointed, tried the “lobster” bisque and I am 100% sure there was imitation seafood in it. Don’t go here and waste your money, plenty of other worthy places to do that at.

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MelissaM
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorites on the island! The food is excellent. The restaurant is really something to see.

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viptarheel62
Miami
46 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was very good Food was tasty but veggies were not warm enough Great place to relax and enjoy the meal

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vipFerenc
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great views of bay and good food. Upscale . We come here often

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JeffH
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Fantastic bay view and sunset as close to u can get to a Key West sunset anywhere close. Service was subpar; no set-up, had to request refills of iced tea and server was hardly available even at 5PM when maybe one other party was seated in dining area. The redfish was good; interesting it was hotter on one end than the other. Ordered it Texas style with crabmeat which was about room temperature and just not fresh. Other member of party ordered coconut shrimp and fries which were terrific. Paid $60 for the redfish entree which was very overpriced. 4 stars primarily due to the fabulous views of west Galveston bay and sunset. Will return.

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vipJED56
Houston
80 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mosquitos were terrible on the patio. Prices are a little high.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

At least the view of the water and bay were beautiful because the food wasn’t very good. Our server was attentive and very pleasant. My sister-in-law and I had the grilled snapper with mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes. My fish was dry and overcooked and the potatoes were dry as well. Even though my sister-in-laws fish wasn’t overcooked, we both felt the serving sizes weren’t worth the $48 they charged per meal.

We also both had the lemon drop martinis and they had an odd aftertaste. Needless to say our meal wasn’t worth the money we spent.

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TripleC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! It's casual and relaxed but with an upscale vibe. The view is WONDERFUL, and I think the food is terrific! I tried the crab cake this time, and it was delicious. What a great place to enjoy with friends and family.

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vipJanetR
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing evening . Drinks and dinner was superb
View at sunset , see incredible . Great server .
Thank you Watermans for an incredible evening .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love it… frequent flyers!!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Expensive for what you get.
They charge you if you want bread and if you are two couples with separate checks they charge you $4 extra for that.
Go to Landry's down town for a better dinner .

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Not impressed with the limited menu. Listed as a pricey venue, it didn’t impress me at all.

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TexasWineSnob
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Waterman's was one of those restaurants that I have been looking forward to visiting so we went for my birthday celebration. Wow, what a disappointment. The food was mediocre to say the least and it certainly wasn't anything to brag about and actually, it really was very bland tasting. And priced through the roof! 5 shrimp with a spoonful of seafood stuffing on the top, cold mixed vegetables and a scoop of mashed potatoes for $28?!?! Totally ridiculous. We both had a martini - mine came with a mosquito in it....assuming that was no extra charge but at least they cheerfully remade the drink. The martini was $8 and I'm wondering if there was any alcohol in it. Sure didn't seem like it.

You had to pay an extra $3 for "bread service" which was a small loaf of bread with a tiny bowl of garlic butter. I definitely will never return to this restaurant and I certainly will not recommend it to anyone else.

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Catie
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great food and beautiful view of the water. Our server Owen was awesome too.

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JaredV
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good however, red snapper was “market price”. Two plates was $128!

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DonH
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would love to see dairy free, gluten free menu options

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, and atmosphere. Inside has been upgraded with super nice chairs and tables. Menu, bar, food, and service were awesome.

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Daniel
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, ample portions, and a wonderfully complex range of flavors. Well exceeded our expectations. Our wait staff was attentive but not intruding, (Angela deserves 5 stars)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Not enough staff to wait tables in a timely matter - like everywhere these days

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TommyM
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great place to eat. It is easy to get to and the band downstairs was awesome.

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Tracy
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tatiana, our server was OUTSTANDING! It got super busy and the kitchen was verrrrrry backed up! She was absolutely swamped and yet handled it with tremendous grace and professionalism!!!

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KentG
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had the blackened redfish, 2nd time, excellent! Fresh shrimp cocktail is great too as well as any if the drinks on the cocktail menu. I especially like the Bayside Mojito.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here as we are trying new locations. Great service, food and view. One of my top 5.

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WendyH
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The service didn’t match the price of the food. Our server was not knowledgeable about daily specials, or prices. Very casual service. We indicated it was a special occasion on our reservation and there was NO acknowledgement of that.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I felt for a seafood restaurant there were not a lot of fish options and prices were $40+ for two options they had available.

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vipCindyM
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my BFF there for her birthday! We had a great time and loved where we sat. Our server, I think her name was Ashley, was so sweet and friendly. She ckd in on us perfectly and made sure we had everything we needed while we were there. Thanks!

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AmyH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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CharlesandBarb
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter and the ambiance made the meal. Sparkling clean crystal added to the ambiance. So refreshing these days. Our waiter was brand new but he did very well. The food is mainly fried. Not a plus for me but the seafood platter was enough for both of us and very tasty. The Watermans salad and oysters were my favorite. The fried goat cheese really added to the flavor of the salad so well. The view for sunset is spectacular. Worth the drive off the beaten path. No clue this hidden gem existed until last night.

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CarolD
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the deck and it was perfect! Nice (fan) breeze and the manager made sure citronella candles were at every table and next to the chairs when dusk came to ward off mosquitos! We appreciated the extra effort. The food is always great and the service is just as good and attentive. A perfect Saturday evening!

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renees
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Food, service and atmosphere were wonderful. Love this place and visit on every trip to the island.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Anniversary we made reservations through open door also called to to request a bottle of champagne the girl said she would have one ready for us. Got there told them via message through open door and when we got there too. Well no champagne !! So we ordered a dozen oysters to start and now since we have no champagne we order a cocktail. I ordered a cucumber martini my husband ordered old fashion the waitress told us we had hard time finding the mix. Well it was it was the nastiest cocktail I have ever had
The crackers where all crushed but went ahead and finished the oysters. Did not drink the nasty drink. Now the waitress ask what we want for dinner never ask is the drink any good because obviously I pushed it away and was not drinking it. Then we ordered dinner I ask if I substitute the scallops on my dish or just leave them off she real emphatically oh our chef does not substitute.. so at this point I am done. We just ask for our check she comes back and said since it’s your anniversary the chef said he will make an exception.. well too
Late ready to go else where. Paid our $70 which was
The biggest rip off ever. My husband and the manager exchanged a few words but the manager never offered anything but had the nerve to ask who would ever book a reservation a week in advance.. stupid question not even worth discussing.. I would stay clear of this place.. rude inconsiderate not prepared unprofessional

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vipkaty
Oklahoma City
53 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Waterman’s. Outstanding food and excellent service. Our thanks to Bryan and Angela who were our servers!

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vipmobetta
Las Vegas
34 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The view was beautiful and the food was great. Loved the shrimp kisses! Our server was new but did a great job and was very nice!

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FrankD
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are very few dining establishments on the west end of Galveston Island. Waterman's has been around for quite a while, and for good reason. While it's not the Four Seasons, the food is quite good, and the staff are wonderfully attentive. The atmosphere is casual, but you will be welcome whether you're wearing shorts and t-shirts or a tuxedo. Of course, why you would wear a tuxedo at the beach is your business.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pecan crusted snapper for the win! Also shrimp beso. Lovely staff all around. It’s not a chintzy marina restaurant, it’s classy and well appointed. Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun with my son and his GF! Reminded us of Pirates Cove stays all through his childhood!!!

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vipjackers4
San Antonio
25 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As usual the food is great and so is the view!

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Dlaba
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service with great food. Prices are comparable.

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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 478 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.