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About Saltwater Grill

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!

2017 Post Office Street
Galveston, TX 77550
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
21st Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(409) 762-3474

Website:
http://www.saltwatergrill.net/

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

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

Executive Chef:
Chris Lopez

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Saltwater Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Casual (14)
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Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Authentic (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Fun (8)
Business Meals (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Cozy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Romantic (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Healthy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 5 days ago

Serving sizes were too large.

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·Dined 6 days ago

The food was great and my server did a awesome job. I thought the decor would be more upscale.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

All was excellent. Superb mussels! We had a great time.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The wait staff are always so nice!
Food is Great! We love that it is so convenient being just across from the 1894 Grand!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

As expected, the restaurant was crowded with guests headed across the stree for the Willie Nelson concert. Food quality is never disappointing.....crab cakes are my go to.... yum!!!!
My daughter had salmon....loved it. Everything is beautifully presented.
My Martini was under whelming ...
But we make it to the show on time !

Tags: Live Music, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Actually thought the menu was ok. Ordered the fish of the day - redfish. Order came and fish was overcooked and had a "fishy" scent - not like fresh fish should smell and was brutally overcooked. Sent back - second time - fish still overcooked. No one came by to check on me. Ate half. Waiter took my plate and never asked anything. Bright side - light cream sauce with capers nice.

But worse than all of this was the ambiance. I would describe this restaurant as the polar opposite - zero ambiance. Harsh lighting, no table clothes, can't even think of a place that might look like this - perhaps like a breakfast area where a chain motel offers continental breakfast? And there are zero noise absorbing measures taken - no carpet, no table clothes, no acoustic ceiling tiles. It is just horrible. We wanted to take our dinners and eat on the sidewalk which was calmer and quieter.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great dinner and ending to our girls weekend! I will definitely be back for date night with the hubby!!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Conveniently located across the street from the Grand Opera House. Seated promptly for our reservation. The noise level was extremely loud, food was good (not bad, but not exceptional). Service deteriorated as the meal progressed, waited 15 minutes after ordering dessert, then another 10 minutes to get our check.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great food, bar menu is fantastic, terrific bloody Mary

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Delicious food and great service! Ambiance was great as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Casual, Live Sports, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My husband and I happened upon this gem while at the Galveston Art Festival. It was also our first wedding anniversary. The Saltwater Grill was perfect! Great atmosphere, all employees were helpful and welcoming. The food was AMAZING! We can't wait to go back

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

I had the evening's special, a lovely red snapper dish, at the recommendation of the waiter. It turned out to be excellent; moist, fresh, and with a delicate, flavorful sauce. The service was attentive, friendly and funny. The atmosphere was comfortably casual. All in all, a delightful experience. We will definitely be back. I would highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Fantastic food and excellent service! Will definitely return soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great place to go before heading across the street to the Grand for a concert or show! We enjoy it every time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Fun, Sunday Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We reserved a table for dinner before attending a performance at The Grand. Our reservation was honored, the table was ready, the servers were excellent, and the cuisine was delicious. Our only caveat is that the noise level was so high we could not hear each other or really hold a conversation. This may be because everyone was having fun or a problem with acoustics. Food is a bit pricey, but is worth the drive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food and lots of choices. Very good service and easy to get in and out of.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food: flawlessly executed. I had seared scallops & shrimp served over a creamy risotto with peas & mushrooms (recommended). Rarely do restaurants get the consistency, & texture of risotto just right. Saltwater grill nailed it. I only wished they'd been more of it. Also would've liked to have had larger scallops. Regardless, it's an excellent dish, & one that I would order again.
My dining companion had the pan-roasted Chilean sea bass (is there any other kind of sea bass?) with sautéed spinach & couscous. Again, flawlessly executed. The couscous is the kind with the larger pearls rather than the smaller grain, & it soaked up the cooking juices nicely.
Service: adequate. I have a pet peeve about being interrupted by waitstaff asking if everything is okay. "Y'all doin' okay here?" or, "How we doing? Everything good?"
F that.
You're a waiter. Use your eyes, whenever possible. Is my drink empty? Pour me another! Am I eating my food? That means it's good. Have I pushed the plate away, uneaten? Safe bet it's not to my liking. Seriously: please do not interrupt my conversation or my chewing to ask me something that a simple glance at the table will tell you. If my plate is empty, remove it. Don't ask, "You done here?" Our waitress was, regrettably, not what I call "quiet & efficient."
The problem with Saltwater grill is the the acoustics. Let's start with the acoustics: not good. Everything echoes, & worse, it seems to amplify the most obnoxiously grating voices above the cacophony. People find themselves competing to be heard, and as a result, you end up with a noisy atmosphere. On this particular evening, there was a group of very loud, obnoxious drunks in the private dining area. Every so often one (male) would scream. We weren't the only ones bothered by it. What made it all the more frustrating was that there are doors to the private dining room. Easily shut. Instead, everyone got to hear the low-brow conversations (and screaming) going on in that room.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Everything perfect for my Bachelorette party weekend dinner. Service was over the top, very nice. And food was perfect. Everyone LOVED their meals.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

This place is like all other chain restaurants. Nothing better and nothing worse. We went to a steakhouse in Texas, thinking it would be a different experience in the land of beef. It wasn't.

It was fine.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great prsentation. Food was fresh and tasty. Server was really helful on givng good description of items we inquired about. Wine was reasonably priced with a nice selection. Will certainly gonback soon

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner that included local red snapper and crab. Everything was delicious and we really enjoyed our dinner. We had a wonderful server who was very attentive as was the rest of the staff. We live in Houston, but we look forward to going back to Galveston for another mean at Saltwater Grill.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Expensive bland seafood. Steak was good ,but very pricey.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We had a reservation but didn't need one for Sunday night. We were the only people in the restaurant. We decided to sit at the bar. The one standout for the meal - the mussels! Both flavors - diablo and white wine. Wish we stopped there... everything else was very average, at best. My BBQ oysters were fried - wasn't expecting that - and they were served almost cold. Pass on those next time. There are too many good places to eat in Galveston. We will not be returning to the Saltwater Grill.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food and service were good. A little loud inside but a nice party atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 25, 2017

As always, great food and excellent service. This is one of our favorites on the island.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was great, service was good. A little disappointed the waiter did not know what a Kentucky Mule was and the bar did not have ginger beer to make any kind of Mule.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Kind of a frustrating experience.

Pros--Close to theatre, fresh seafood cocktail, garlic sauteed spinach, tasty vegetarian pasta on request, amiable waitstaff

Cons-Noisy room, understaffed for a Saturday night, inattentive waitress, strange tasting crab cakes, apple cider salad either too sweet with dressing , champagne by the glass too sweet.

We'll try again knowing what not to order and hope for a better experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were celebrating our good friends' 53 anniversary. We had tickets to a production at The Grand which is across the street, and decided to eat at Saltwater Grill because we had had good experiences in the past. We did not know they were taking part in Houston Restaurant Week, so we ordered a fantastic three course meal from their HRW menu. All three courses were exceptionally delicious for a cost of $35 per person. Our server, Molly, was knowledgeable and attentive, with a bubbly personality. It was a wonderful beginning to an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We received exceptional service and the most wonderful meal. My husband's grouper was fresh and cooked perfectly, topped with crab. I ordered the Rib Eye a little hesitant because of the portion size but am happy I did. Steak was tender as butter and seasoned perfectly. Best steak ever, we will be back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great food. different seafood dishes and all was well like by our party of 6. The lobster bisques was awesome.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

The food was very good. The taste of fish is pretty fresh. I will recommend this restaurant to my friends/

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 22, 2017

My fish was over cooked to the point of being dry. This was a Monday night and not crowded. Maybe the main chef had the day off. If so they would be better off being closed.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Thanks for a fun night in Galveston. Great food and great wine prices!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

The service was phenomenal and the food was equally delicious. They do not skimp on flavor or portions here. The Oysters Rockefeller was mouthwatering...was mildly concerned that it was only a half dozen but it was so plentiful it could have been a meal on its own. My TX Redfish Pontrachain was generously covered in crawfish and crab and the sauce was amazing. We also had the unfortunate opportunity to see the restaurant staff handle a rude and obnoxious set of diners at the table beside us. Everything was handled professionally and as discreetly as possible. We will make a point of dining here on our future visits to Galveston.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Anniversary, food was ok, desert took forever even though we ordered it far in advance. One waiter looked extra sick and ours was sweating up a storm.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The food was very good and the price was in line with what we expected. The service was a little slow but I've come to expect that in Galveston.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great meal. Great waitress! Really quick service. A bit noisy for my liking. Overall excellent.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Food was very good. Server (Molly) was very attentive and worked hard. Crab Mac & Cheese was extremely tasty.

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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Julie was great! Love this restaurant!! Wonderful seafood!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We always go here because of shows at 1894 Opera House across the street.....never disappoints....busy and a bit noisy but.....no problem!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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