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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

5
4
3
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Creative Cuisine (20)
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Casual (20)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Business Meals (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Romantic (10)
Authentic (9)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Cozy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Healthy (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
People Watching (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tapas (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Houston)·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.

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vip
 (Houston)·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!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Austin)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·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.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·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.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Very good. One of my favorite places.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Good service, friendly staff, warm environment, great food

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Leicestershire)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Food was ok, ambiance was loud with a big table next to us.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Always delicious! From the bread to the dessert! You can't go wrong when you make a reservation here! I love the Caesar salad and any fish on the menu! Bread pudding was
also delicious!

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It was my husbands birthday. Great food and great value with restaurant week menus! We had good service and a great time!

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food is always very good. This was restaurant week and we ordered from their special menu. Very nice entree choices.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

As usual the food was wonderful!! We had oysters that were fantastic! Then for our entree we spilt the scallops and shrimp in a cream sauce. Our waitress was nice just not as friendly and fun as we have had in the past

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Service was terrific. Wait staff was very attentive but not obtrusive. Each course was delivered at appropriate times and the food was the right temperature.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We went for lunch during restaurant week. The choices for this special menu were great and a good value. The service was great. The place was packed. This is a very noisy restaurant.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 9, 2018

It was restaurant week, and Saltwater's menu reflected their regular offerings. The coconut shrimp were the best I have ever had, and my husband's red snapper was also delicious. Nice presentation of the salad as well as the entrees. Everything was just lovely.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We went for Restaurant Week, hoping to have the delicious cuisine for a better price. The meal we ended up choosing was from the regular menu as it was a better value, $26 instead of $34, for almost the same thing as the special. We split crab cakes for an appetizer, I love your crabcakes! Then we both had blackened redfish w/Ponchatrain topping. It was delicious! Our server was attentive and we timed it so there wasnt a crowd or unruly children. I will be back, I always recommend Saltwater Grill to my Airbnb guests and friends, saying the food is delish, the place is rather pricey and usually very noisy!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We went for Galveston restaurant week. The menu and food were awesome. Great value

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This meal(red fish Pontchartrain) was a redemption from our last visit which must have been at a time when the chef was off. Our food, 4 of us, was absolutely excellent.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The menu is wrapped around fresh sea food done right in a period building recreating the golden age of Galveston Island. Can recommend for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Casual, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good food, attentive waiters, great place. Pleasant atmosphere, convenient to the Grand

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Tapas, Healthy, Casual, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I read many of reviews before going. Don’t believe negative ones. Except it being a little loud in spots (depending on table and age of dinner) place a solid 5 star. I eat out at top places at least 2x week and know quality.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We made reservations months in advance to a planned cruise. We were blown away by the taste and portions of their food! If we are ever back in the area, we will definitely eat here again!!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food is always good. The waiter was new and we received our entree and had to ask for the salad/soup that came with our meal. Refills were slow. Seating was at first table by door and the cold air was a bit much when door opened.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

First night of Restaurant week and I had their speciality pot stickers. Red Fish Ponchitrain, and Bread pudding and my wive their house salad, Coconut Curry Shrimp with Asian vegetables, and bread pudding...all for $25 each. Portions were ample and all wonderful. Pleasant atmosphere and service...restaurant packed!

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Really enjoyed the food! Ambience could be a little nicer, but Galveston isn’t a fancy place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We were expecting upscale cuisine, and we received it. Had some of the best Cioppino I've ever had. Service was great, nice ambiance. Would definitely refer friends to eat here, and would love to return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Overcooked steak, cold potatoes, terrible lobster bisque. Brought my wine 1 minute before the check after the meal.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Came in on a cold rainy Saturday night. The restaurant wasn’t packed, and we had no trouble getting a table. Ambience and decor were adequate for the price point. Ordered the Bouillabaisse and the Redfish Ponchartrain. Both were delicious. Id say it’s some the best seafood dishes I have tried in Texas.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Best gumbo on Galveston. Just good food all around.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Fresh ingredients; spot on prep; exquisite recipes. Fresh baked bread. Everything about this food is delicious!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food and service were excellent. Noise level was very high. Perfect place before attending a performance at The Grand.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Although, our server was not as accomplished as she should have been, although, my main complaint may not have been her fault. I ordered baked oysters, my dinner companions ordered shrimp and fish. My oysters were brought out 5-10 minutes before the other plates. I tried to wait to eat my oysters thinking that the other plates would arrive soon, but, they didn't. I was finished with my meal before my companions received theirs.

And, the noise level was so bad, that we couldn't carry on any dinner conversation without raising our voices, which, we decided not to do, because, we would be adding to the noise.

I will probably not return, even though the food was acceptable, the conditions weren't.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I always enjoy the Saltwater Grill for dining before or after attending an event at The Grand. It is convenient. The food is interesting. The waiters and waitress are upbeat, and the atmosphere is a happy one.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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