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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Galveston

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 (1227)
$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 5 days ago
Denise Vargas and her team always do an outstanding job. We went to celebrate a friend’s birthday and every detail I mentioned ahead of time was addressed. We were very happy, thank you! Bruno was our server; he did an excellent job of being knowledgeable,friendly and attentive without being intrusive.
A photo of 1817 Steak & Seafare restaurant
4.9
4.9 (62)
$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
JennaB
Dined 1 day ago
Definitely our new favorite spot for date nights and special occasions! The decor is beautiful, the music sets the tone, the view is to die for, and the food is outstanding. The location is perfect for an after dinner stroll around the lake. Everything we ordered came out perfectly cooked and delicious! The drink menu is extensive and my husband had a phenomenal Old Fashioned. We will definitely be back!
A photo of Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3865)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
Paco is the definition of the "All American Dream", awarded the 2019 "Faces of Diversity Award" by the National Restaurant Association. This prestigious award honors those who have achieved success through perservance and determination embodying the American Dream.

Rudy & Paco's offer the freshest seafood and steaks with a Central American flare. Come experience fine dining at its best with Paco and his staff.

We are honored to have the opportunity and privilege to serve you and your family.

~ Paco Vargas and Family

Lunch - Street parking is available, pay at parking meter or by App
Dinner - Street parking is free after 6 pm.

Dress code is strictly enforced for Dinner.
No shorts for men, women (including rompers) and children. Men must have a collared shirt (no t-shirts) and no hats.

Dress code for Lunch is casual with shorts acceptable but no hats.




Top review
DougH
Dined 2 days ago
The crab cake was the best that we’ve ever had…full of lump crab with perfect amount of seasoning as not to detract from the delicate flavor of the crab. Service was exceptional.
A photo of Trattoria la Vigna restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1447)
$30 and under
Italian
Galveston
About the restaurant
Trattoria La Vigna is your very own little slice of Italy in Downtown Galveston. We offer delicious lunch specials, fresh pasta made daily, homemade desserts, and much more! ​
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Everyone at the table loved the food! This was our third visit and won’t be the last
A photo of Shearns Seafood and Prime Steaks restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1458)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Galveston
About the restaurant
Shearns Seafood and Prime Steaks is pleased to now be available on Open-Table. As a perennial AAA Four Diamond award winning restaurant, Galveston's finest restaurant is unsurpassed both in cuisine and service with a spectacular view of the Moody Gardens Pyramids and back bay. Local Galvestonians flock to this Island oasis to enjoy the signature dishes of Executive Chef including prime beef, exquisite veal and lamb and the freshest gulf seafood available. The Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks experience is easily on par with Houston's finest restaurants at a much better value.

Dressy Casual attire required. No Shorts, Rompers, Tee Shirts or Tank Tops, Collard Shirts Required. Jeans are allowed on the dining room floor-no cuts offs or ripped jeans.

Top review
MarkM
Dined 2 days ago
We live in Galveston, and this is our favorite restaurant! We don't need a special occasion to go there, we just go there! Try it! Especially on Tuesday when they have a steak & lobster special.
A photo of Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2292)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Galveston
About the restaurant
Welcome to Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood, where every bite is a masterpiece! The only restaurant in Galveston awarded with the prestigious "Two Glasses" Best Of Award Of Excellence by Wine Spectator Magazine.
Nestled in the heart of the Pelican Rest Marina, our culinary haven, helmed by the talented Chef Diego Rueda, offers a journey of flavors.

Enjoy panoramic water views, creating an unforgettable dining experience where warmth meets sophistication, perfect for sharing moments.

Our commitment to quality resonates in carefully selected ingredients, ensuring each bite is a blend of freshness and flavor. From sizzling steaks to succulent seafood, our menu celebrates culinary expertise. Indulge in our award-winning wines, featuring ultra-rare and premium beef from around the world, fresh local seafood, and savor the most unique bourbon selection.

Number 13, is your lucky number for unparalleled dining.
Join us—where cuisine, views, and warm hospitality converge into magic.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful food and service. Another great experience at Number 13.
A photo of Willie G’s Seafood & Steakhouse - Galveston restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1771)
$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
Kriv
Dined 4 days ago
The meal was fantastic from appetizer to main meal. Lobster bisque was phenomenal so much lumped lobster 🦞so yummy!!!
A photo of The Steakhouse at San Luis restaurant
4.7
4.7 (672)
$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
Cole
Dined 4 days ago
Best restaurant on the island. Food, service, ambience are all 5 star.
A photo of Gaido's Seafood Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (8643)
$30 and under
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
The toast of the Texas coast.
How can frozen fish be called fresh? The answer for anyone with snap is simple: it can’t. That’s why Gaido’s is the classic choice for fresh Gulf seafood. Patrons know Gaido’s is real, when others are clearly not. From red snapper and blue crab to white tablecloths crumbed with panache, there’s no denying Gaido’s is one-of-a-kind in a world of imitation. Now, after four generations of filleting, frying, grilling and baking, Gaido’s has grown into the picture perfect place of traditions– birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, reunions. As the largest fresh fish house on the coast, Gaido’s can serve up to 2,500 happy diners a day. Plus, with the Pelican Club, private dining, catering, a new food truck and parking galore…it’s easy to see why Gaido’s -– for over 100 years – is truly the coastal classic.

Top review
GREATSCOTT
Dined today
We had a wonderful dinner! The service was outstanding, the food was delicious and a double rainbow appeared outside of our ocean view window!
A photo of The Fancy at Hotel Lucine restaurant
4.6
4.6 (79)
$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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Fantastic food and experience. Love the retro renovation they did a great job. Lives up to the hype.
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