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Saltwater Grill

971 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Seafood, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(409) 762-3474
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Lopez
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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.
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Private party contact
Danny Hart: (409) 762-3474
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The Saltwater Grill has a full catering department with many locations around town to choose from.
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Cross street
21st Street
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Parking details
The Saltwater Grill provides its own private, covered lot behind the restaurant.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 971 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
1.0  Dined 4 days ago

Unbelievably RUDE - Never got to the food
My girls and I booked a 9:15 PM reservation through Open Table at Saltwater Grill on Sunday February 18, 2018. We Ubered downtown, and on arrival at the restaurant noticed there were no other customers . The waiter was irratated. I told him we have reservations. He scowled and said, "yeah, well you here. We were about to close. We are waiting on you. We close at 9:00!" I apologized and said we booked through Open Table. He rolled his eyes. The kitchen staff was staring at us through the kitchen service opening. I said, well I guess we will go somewhere else. We are tourists and going by the information provided. The waiter said nothing, but AS WE WERE EXITING THE ENTIRE KITCHEN STAFF AND WAITER CLAPPED! We were mortified and embarrassed!
We went a block a way to a steak and sushi place who were more than happy to serve us even though we didn't have a reservation. The food was great and the service was welcome balm to the infliction from Saltwater Grill.

Achap98991118 (Houston)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Nice location and we were given a small room away from the crowd. The waiter did everything to make it a pleasurable evening, however the rest was about average.

GlennA (San Antonio)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Awesome food...fantastic service...BUT-too loud to even talk. Couldn't carry on a conversation or even hear server. Disappointing...
Encourage them to improve acoustics and explore ways to soften sound level!

vipBill (Houston)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Disappointed! We are local on the Island and have been going to the Saltwater Grill for over 15 years.
The grouper etouffee was not good. It was overpriced. Small filet that did not taste very well.
(not fresh).
We had friends visiting from South Carolina and we had bragged about the Saltwater Grill.

PS: We hope TJ is doing better.

viprokalada (Houston)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Four friends getting together for first dinner out in long time. I ordered dry grouper atop spinach instead of potatoes/green beans and asked for as little fat as possible. When my plate came, food was covered with a white drizzled sauce of some kind - maybe sour cream? Anyway, didn’t want to make a scene, as we were out with friends, but it probably wasn’t Weight Watchers friendly!

vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic restaurant. Nice private room for a group of 13 year olds!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

It's my favourite place to go WHEN someone says, I'm paying, where do you want to go. The food is always a winner!

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was fabulous! Seafood or steak, you can't go wrong. The service was good, but not out of this world. The waiter seemed a bit new and not comfortable in her role, but the food made up for it.

FamSam (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The Lobster egg rolls were amazing! Julie was very attentive and friendly and recommended some terrific choices for entrees. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to any one looking for a special evening while in Galveston.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The service was great. The was prepared fine, but a little bland. Very loud atmosphere.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Our server, Julie, did a great job making us comfortable and was totally efficient and professional. Food was delicious.

vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Saltwater is always a reliable option in downtown Galveston. The new menu seems to have more emphasis on local seafood, which is good.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Very good. One of my favorite places.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Good service, friendly staff, warm environment, great food

vipReverendOtis (Leicestershire)
3.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

My friend had the Redfish Pontchartrain which he said was excellent. I had the crawfish etouffe that I have had many times before at thie restaurant - very sub par - over cooked and thick and tasteless - obviously been in the kettle too long. I can do much better that this at home. Very disappointing. Try to keep it fresh.