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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Galveston

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Galveston? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Vargas Cut & Catch restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1226)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Galveston
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Galveston's historic downtown district, Vargas Cut and Catch is a contemporary Steak House serving USDA Prime Steaks and the Freshest Seafood available.

We look forward to serving you soon!!

Sincerely,
Paco Vargas and family

Street parking is complimentary after 6:00pm

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful restaurant. It is expensive but well worth it. It’s a must go to restaurant if you are in Galveston!!
A photo of BLVD. Seafood restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1968)
$30 and under
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
BLVD. Seafood is a new casual dining restaurant on Seawall Boulevard. Featuring fresh seafood and steaks.
Top review
Ruthie
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent food and cocktails! Great gluten friendly menu selection!
A photo of 1817 Steak & Seafare restaurant
4.8
4.8 (52)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Galveston
About the restaurant
Welcome to 1817 Steak & Seafare, nestled in Evia on Galveston Island, where culinary excellence converges with the freshness of sea and land. This upscale dining destination boasts panoramic lake views and stunning sunset vistas. We are committed to a scratch kitchen philosophy, using only fresh, never-frozen ingredients. Each steak is a prime, hand-cut selection from the choicest center cuts, ensuring the finest quality. Our seafood is sourced directly from the Gulf, delivering unmatched freshness. Complement your meal with our extensive selection of craft cocktails, premium spirits, and fine wines.

Due to high demand, we recommend reserving your table at least two weeks in advance. For bar reservations, please call us at 409-765-1817.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Amazing food and ambiance! The nicest in Galveston. Great service too, especially considering that it just opened a month ago.
A photo of Willie G’s Seafood & Steakhouse - Galveston restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1766)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
The Willie G's experience is more than a meal. Known for serving fresh seafood specialties and mouthwatering steaks, Willie G's has established itself as the premier seafood and steakhouse. Hand-sourced, local and seasonal ingredients are superbly crafted into modern interpretations of classics as well as innovative culinary fare.
Top review
Michaelvip
Dined 7 days ago
Nice dining experience with good service and seafood entrees.
A photo of The Steakhouse at San Luis restaurant
4.7
4.7 (668)
$50 and over
American
Galveston
About the restaurant
Indulge in the Island’s finest, award-winning cuisine at The Steakhouse, featuring USDA Midwest grain-fed beef, live Maine lobster, and an award-winning wine list. Recipient of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award® since 2004 and selected as one of the “Top Ten Texas Steakhouses” by food critic Tom Horan, The Steakhouse is an extraordinary dining experience for any connoisseur. Our high-quality cuisine and impeccable service are complemented by an elegant ambiance featuring hand-crafted mahogany woodwork, leather furnishings, and other luxurious amenities.


Valentine's Day Dinner
Celebrate your love with a romantic four-course dinner, expertly crafted cocktails, and a prestigious wine list at our award-winning Steakhouse.
($159 per person)

Top review
South4Scuba
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
The Steakhouse is always a relaxing and quiet experience. The food is very good and service is great. It's a small place so make a reservation.
A photo of Katie's Seafood House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2464)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
In 1998, Buddy Guindon, his wife Katie, and his brother Kenny opened Katie's Seafood Market in Galveston, Texas. For more than 20 years now, Katie's Seafood Market has provided the highest quality of products available to its customers. The majority of seafood comes from local fishermen and shrimpers, including Red Snapper, Grouper, Golden Tile Fish, Flounder, Oysters, Shrimp, and Blue Crabs. A producer contacted Guindon in the hopes of doing a reality show about his family business. In 2015, the reality show 'Big Fish Texas' came to life on National Geographic. As a supporter of the local economy, In September of 2019, Buddy opened Katie’s Seafood House, next to the market. Katie’s seafood market supplies the restaurant with all fresh seafood. We take pride in being the only local seafood restaurant on the island that brings fresh fish straight from the boat and to your table.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
The butternut crab bisque is so delicious! I wish I could have it flown to my home in Northern Texas. The other items on the menu are also very good but that soup is just out of this world!!
A photo of Saltwater Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2166)
$30 and under
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
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!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We started with the crab cake and it was wonderful. Best crab cake we have had. We then had the Grouper and it was amazing! The fish was excellent and the vegetables were fresh and not over cooked. We definitely recommend eating at Saltwater Grill.
A photo of Hearsay on The Strand - Galveston restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1432)
$30 and under
American
Galveston
About the restaurant
To walk through the doors of Hearsay on the Strand is to be transported to an undefined era in history. Sip specialty craft cocktails and savor inspired renditions of contemporary American dishes as you embark on a journey through time where past and present collide. At Hearsay, we’re half old-world revival, half culinary crusaders, creating a dining experience that is simply chic antique.


Top review
Brig
Dined 5 days ago
We absolutely loved this place!!! Our server went above and beyond to make our experience incredible!
A photo of The Fancy at Hotel Lucine restaurant
4.6
4.6 (77)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Galveston
About the restaurant
An American Fine-ish Dining establishment where the menu is full of fancy comfort food with a French twist. Think dinner party hosted by your Aunt who summers in Provence and says Paris like “Pear-REE” – but also drinks beer only from a can with a koozie.

The Fancy at Hotel Lucine sits neatly at the intersection of 10th & Seawall Blvd - we're about as close to the water as a hotel can get without high tide lapping at your bedside.

Top review
kirbys
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Christina was a great waitress, but all the staff did a great job.
A photo of Waterman's Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1001)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
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.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We decided to sit in the downstairs bar area and it was a much needed great time, our waitress was amazing, food delicious and drinks amazing. Please go support Waterman’s!
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