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Saltwater Grill

4.5
4.5
1831 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Saltwater Grill is located just steps away from The Grand 1894 Opera House. Featuring an array of tantalizing fresh-from-the-grill and fresh-from-the-kettle seafood specialties, Saltwater Grill is in a class of its own when it comes to quality and attention to detail.

Saltwater Grill was just named Galveston's 2016 Restaurant of the Year. Thanks to everyone who voted!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (409) 762-3474

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Megan Walker

  • Catering

    The Saltwater Grill has a full catering department with many concepts around town to choose from.

  • Private party facilities

    Large parties are always welcome. We have a private room available for up to 16 people with other quiet areas in the restaurant available for larger groups.

  • Private party contact

    Danny Hart: (409) 762-3474

  • Neighborhood

    Galveston

  • Cross street

    21st Street

  • Parking details

    The Saltwater Grill provides its own private, covered lot behind the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,831 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Galveston

    Fit for Foodies

  • Galveston

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Galveston

    Special Occasion

  • Galveston

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Galveston

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food & service‼️

    Saltwater GrillResponded 3 days agoThank you for being our guest. We will look forward to making you another amazing meal.

  2. KS

    KeithS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was great. I requested a table for five. When we arrived they were expecting three. I rechecked my reservation and saw it indicated 2 people. The staff accommodated all 5 of us.

    Saltwater GrillResponded 4 days agoThank you for being our guest, Keith. We will look forward to making you another amazing meal.

  3. MB

    MarkyB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We ate there on vacation. The service was excellent and the decor is beautiful. The prices are a little expensive for what we got. And some of our shrimp were overdone and dry. We were surprised that the broccoli served as a side dish was literally 4 florets of steamed broccoli with salt and pepper only.
  4. S

    Smith3079

    Houston

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We thought the food was good. Service was good. On the pricey side but we enjoyed our dinner

    Saltwater GrillResponded on August 8, 2022We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We look forward to your next visit.

  5. TJ

    TanyaJ

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really good meal, and great service. Restaurant was very loud, until the opera house customers left. A good ambience though, more like a city-style restaurant.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Took the family out. The service was great food was not the best the fish was very game flavor and the lobster tail was over cooked and tough.
  7. DK

    DrKen

    Houston

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    I only ordered the Lobster Bisque … my and I family waited an unusual amount of time for ser
  8. MK

    MatthewK

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very thankful that they accepted my 9pm reservation. Waiter was very nice and explained answers to any questions I posed regarding food or wine.

    Saltwater GrillResponded on August 8, 2022We’re proud to be serving extraordinary dishes to our guests for 22 years and counting. Thank you for your support Matthew, and we will see you again soon.

  9. JM

    JMF5

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Had the ahi tuna tower, crab cakes, mussels and seafood trio. All were good but not great lacking seasoning resulting in all dishes being very bland. Wait staff was attentive. Ambiance good with moderate noise level. Enjoyed experience just wasn’t anything special.
  10. DF

    D4Food

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Had not been here in several years. Food was not at the level that it had been.
  11. K

    Kelley

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    I want to compliment management...I ordered the 1/2 dz Parmesan oysters. Someone else with me ordered the oysters Rockefeller. My oysters tasted wonderful but were the size of a nickle while the oyster Rockefeller were 2-3x or more than my all of my 6 oysters sizes. When management visited our table I shared the disappointment in the size differences of the 2 oyster orders. They refunded me the cost of mine. I honestly wasnt expecting or looking for that, and as they said my oysters were not up to their standards. Nice they stood behind their quality. The
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Host was rude. I did not like the table he sat us at. He refused to reseat us. We wound up at the bar.
  13. AF

    AmateurFoodCritic

    Houston

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy this restaurant. They were extra busy because of upcoming performance at the Opera House tonight but the service and food weren't impacted. We sat at the bar where Nicole attended every detail with charm and professionalism. Food, drinks and service were perfect.

    Saltwater GrillResponded on August 1, 2022Thank you for being our guest. We look forward to making you another delicious meal.

  14. JA

    JAMESB

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience3
    Very busy night with Grand Opera Show-kitchen and bar was slammed-service was very poor
  15. TS

    TracyS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and the wait staff was great and very attentive. Will definitely go back and suggest you try ti if you haven't. It is in a good location on the Strand and right across the street for the Grand 1894 Opera House.

    Saltwater GrillResponded on August 1, 2022We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us, Tracy. We look forward to your next visit.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The food was amazing. It was extremely noisy, very hard to hear each other. The floor was slippery and the water tasted funny. The food was delicious and worth the price
  17. KE

    KirkE

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed it from start to finish! Food was prepared perfectly and service was outstanding even with every table full! The only reason I gave it 4 stars in value is prices everywhere are sky high so not really their fault but value is value. On ambiance, again the only reason I gave it 4 stars is its pretty loud but they were completely full so that’s to be expected. We should know to go when it’s not peak time and can’t wait to go back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Noise level was very loud. Service was good. Food was not exceptional but had good flavor. when dining out I like to eat things that aren’t easily made it home. overall restaurant did not meet expectations. My wife’s filet mignon was not worth the money paid for. It lacked flavor and appear to be average grocery store quality meet.
  19. KG

    KendalG

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for dinner last night. I got a filet and so did my mother in law. It was phenomenal. By far the best steak we’ve had in a long time. My husband got the trio and he said it was amazing as well. My father in law got the shrimp trio and cleaned his plate! Great service as well!!! The only downside is it was very loud because of the tile floors and brick walls. But we were happy to see they were doing so well! Highly recommend!!!
  20. DT

    DanetteT

    Houston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. A favorite destination whenever we are in Galveston.
  21. BR

    BRANDEB

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent dinner. Our server David was top notch. Highly recommend Saltwater to anyone!
  22. SZ

    SamuelZ

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Saltwater Grill has an decent ambiance but the noise level can be a bit high even with less than full capacity. However, our waiter was great and the food was very good so we tend to overlook the latter. Because of the noise level, our waiter Mis-heard our order and had to send one plate back but he came back after with a free desert which was both unexpected and extremely nice of him. Overall, it was a great experience and will return soon.
  23. S

    Shelly

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very easy to make a reservation. We were greeted promptly and seated immediately. The waitress was friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. Highly recommend the tuna tower.. it was delicious! Would absolutely visit again the next time we’re in Galveston.

    Saltwater GrillResponded on July 28, 2022Thanks for the 5-star review. We are always happy to hear our guests enjoyed dining with us. We look forward to your next visit.

  25. BC

    BobbyC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love The Saltwater Grill! Celebrate many special occasions there.

    Saltwater GrillResponded on July 28, 2022Thanks, Bobby. We're honored you choose to celebrate with us. We look forward to serving you another delicious meal.

  26. B

    Barbarau

    Houston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal. Took advantage of their bar menu and had filet, boiled lobster, grilled asparagus topped with chunks of crab meat, a real ceasar salad Great find as first time diners
  27. Z

    Zydeco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We tried a variety of items from both the dinner and the happy hour menu. The raw oysters were small for the price. Otherwise everything was delicious!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Try out another new place in Galveston
  29. PM

    PamM

    Dallas

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saltwater grill is a great restaurant with amazing food — try the lobster bites and the crab Mac n cheese!!! Our server was a delight and her baby is due in December!!! The crime brûlée for my husbands birthday was so tasty.

    Saltwater GrillResponded on July 28, 2022Thanks for the 5-star review. We are always happy to hear our guests enjoyed dining with us. We look forward to your next visit.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was very flavorful and good. The service was amazing!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    It was so loud those at our table had to text each other with comments
  32. JS

    JoshS

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent 1st choice on the 1st first visit to Galveston. Rate it 2 steps above Pappaduex and better priced. Service could of been tad better but I attribute it more to the servers being overwhelmed since no one wants to work. Highly recommend and should we ever comeback we will definitely stop in again.
  33. RW

    RobertW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife’s 60th birthday. Loved the place. Loved the music. Food was great. Service was awesome. Definitely will go back.
  34. BR

    BuddyR

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great oysters Rockefeller, seafood, and the best margaritas!
  35. JB

    JamesB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and a nice environment. Highly recommend.
  36. SM

    SusanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is our favorite dinner or lunch spot in Galveston. We eat here every time we come and they never dissappoint. Food and service are excellent. However, you may want to plan to arrive later when there is a Galveston Opera House show. It gets very busy after/ before the shows and very noisy. But we still love it ❤❤❤
  37. KE

    KirkE

    Houston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Had the Asparagus, Mushroom Risotto (Chef Ramsey would have been proud!), Filet Minion and lobster. All were delicious. Service was greet too, David was mindful of our time (rushed to get to the Grand for a show) and did an outstanding job!
  38. SS

    South4Scuba

    Houston

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    We've been eating at Saltwater Grill since it opened. Over time they've continued to shrink their menu options, increase their prices and decrease the food quality. I really can't find anything on their menu that appeals to me. I ordered Gulf Shrimp Combination for $36 and I got 6 shrimp. 2 were small fried shrimp, 2 were just OK grilled shrimp and the other 2 were small bacon wrapped shrimp with BBQ sauce to dip them in. That's pretty weak! I would expect BBQ shrimp to be cooked with sauce on them. The quantity and quality of food leave a lot to be desired. This restaurant is very, very noisy . . . you have to yell to your friends and to the server. My server thought I said "shrimp gumbo" when I said "shrimp combo"!
  39. K

    Kmoney

    Houston

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food is always great. Especially the gumbo. My only complaint is the room is just too loud. There's nothing but concrete in the restaurant and everyone is yelling to be heard over each other.
  40. M

    Mary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food tasted so delicious! The service was exceptional, they were eager to make sure I loved everything, and brought me some extra couscous.

FAQs

Saltwater Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (409) 762-3474.

Saltwater Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 1831 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Saltwater Grill

2017 Post Office Street, Galveston, TX 77550

Additional information

  • Cross street

    21st Street

  • Neighborhood

    Galveston

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    The Saltwater Grill provides its own private, covered lot behind the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Megan Walker

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (409) 762-3474

  • Catering

    The Saltwater Grill has a full catering department with many concepts around town to choose from.

  • Private party facilities

    Large parties are always welcome. We have a private room available for up to 16 people with other quiet areas in the restaurant available for larger groups.

  • Private party contact

    Danny Hart: (409) 762-3474

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