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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!
Galveston, TX 77550
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
The Saltwater Grill has a full catering department with many locations around town to choose from.
The Saltwater Grill provides its own private, covered lot behind the restaurant.
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
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Saltwater Grill Ratings and Reviews
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 !
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.
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
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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