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20 Excellent Galveston Restaurants

Where to find lunch, brunch, dinner, or drinks on the island

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Located just 50 miles away from Houston’s city center, Galveston Island is a beach oasis that’s always within reach. Every year, the Island welcomes millions of tourists and travelers, some of which stick around to take in attractions like Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn, and of course, the beach. Others are headed to the cruise ship port, en route to their dream vacations.

For Houstonians, Galveston offers the perfect spot for a weekend getaway or off-the-beaten-path date night. After strolling along the beach or taking in the tourist trap that is Pleasure Pier, these 20 Galveston restaurants offer a variety of diverse cuisines and atmospheres.

Ranging from casual seafood shacks to upscale New American eateries, let this map of Galveston’s essential restaurants be a guide to vacation dining on the island.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Number 13

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This steakhouse boasts both a raw bar and a lengthly list of beef options. Grab a seat on the patio outside and enjoy sweeping views of the marina while digging into a pricey (but worth it) 32-ounce, dry-aged porterhouse.

2. Yamato Japanese Restaurant

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2104 61st St
Galveston, TX
(409) 744-2742
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This long-standing sushi and hibachi spot has served up some of Galveston’s freshest Japanese fare for 20 years. Alongside the extensive selection of sushi rolls, find fried soft-shell crab, yakinuku-style steak, and teriyaki salmon. Fried green tea ice cream or Mississippi mud pie makes for a sweet finish.

3. Leon's World Finest Bar-B-Que

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55th & Broadway
Galveston, TX
(409) 744-0070
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For some down home, timelessly good BBQ, head to Leon’s. Perfectly smoked ribs, Prime beef brisket, smoked turkey legs, and homemade boudin await, along with sides like turnip greens, cole slaw, and barbecue beans.

4. Shrimp N Stuff

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3901 Avenue O
Galveston, TX
(409) 763-2805
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Open in Galveston since 1976, Shrimp n’ Stuff’s original location on Avenue O’s charming, blue facade is enough to make you peek inside without even knowing what’s on the menu. Rest assured, though, the crispy catfish po’ boy will absolutely not disappoint.

5. Gaidos Seafood Restaurant

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3828 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 761-5500
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A perennial Galveston favorite that’s been open since 1911, enjoy old-school dishes like red snapper grilled “on the half shell” over charcoal at Gaido’s.

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6. Maceo Spice & Import Co.

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2706 Market St
Galveston, TX
(409) 763-3331

Opened in 1944, Maceo Spice is a Galveston institution. In addition to the array of spices and sauces perfect for cooking at home, diners will also find a solid menu of sandwiches during lunch. The muffaletta is big enough for two, or go for the Spaisano, which features ham, capocollo, sopressata, provolone, and Maceo’s excellent olive salad on Italian bread.

7. Gypsy Joynt

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This spot is less likely to be packed with tourists during the summer, making it a total hidden gem. Burgers, sandwiches, salads, and other standard American fare is on offer, all excellently made. The Sleazy Mac & Cheese, made with crawfish, bacon, asparagus, and topped with avocado, is an absolute must. Don’t sleep on those cakes, cookies, and pastries, either.

8. The Spot

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3204 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX
(409) 621-5237
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It might be a bit of a tourist trap, but who can say no to bloody marys and beer by the beach? With five different venues in one space (including a tiki bar!) The Spot is a sort of one stop shop for drinking and dining on the Seawall. Try the po’ boy made with locally caught shrimp, and treat yourself to a giant pitcher of pina coladas.

9. Eatcetera

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408 25th St
Galveston, TX
(409) 762-0803
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Open for lunch and brunch, Eatcetera is an essential stop for vegans and gluten-free diners in Galveston. A number of dishes on the menu can be prepared without gluten or meat, like the Thai tofu (or beef) sandwich with daikon radish and sriracha mayo.

10. Brews Brothers Brew Pub

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2404 Strand St
Galveston, TX

Arguably the best beer bar in Galveston, Brews Brothers serves up a selection of their own interesting brews along with a constantly changing list of beers from Texas and beyond, along with crab-stuffed avocado salad and burgers like the Big Tex, topped with thick-cut bacon, barbecue sauce, arugula, and grilled onions.

11. The Poop Deck

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2928 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX
(409) 763-9151

This delightful Seawall dive is the kind of spot where Gulf-matted hair and sandy feet just won’t matter, especially when perched on the upstairs patio. Belly up to the bar for an impressively potent pina colada, or just chug beer from the can like the regulars do.

12. La King's Confectionery

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2323 Strand St
Galveston, TX
(409) 762-6100
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Candy doesn’t exactly count as a meal, but don’t be surprised to end up eating your weight in La King’s saltwater taffy or pecan logs. This sweet shop has been around for nearly 100 years, and there’s plenty of old-fashioned tradition still in play. Thick shakes and malts are served at the soda fountain, along with more than 20 options of ice cream and frozen yogurt made in house.

13. BLVD Seafood

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2804 Avenue R 1/2
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 762-2583
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Swing by this casual, modern eatery for excellent Gulf seafood that doesn’t require fancy pants. Feast on Gulf red snapper that’s crusted in pecans or blackened, and don’t forget to order a dozen oysters done BLVD style and topped with blackened shrimp, crab, parmesan, and bread crumbs.

14. Black Pearl Oyster Bar

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327 23rd St.
Galveston, TX
(409) 762-7299

Gulf oysters are (obviously) abundant in Galveston, but this bar is a local favorite. In addition to the fresh, well-shucked bivalves, the cooked preparations, like oysters Haelen, topped with crab meat and cheese, are equally stellar.

15. Little Daddy's Gumbo Bar

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2105 Post Office St
Galveston, TX
(409) 744-8626
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Comforting, hearty fare shines at this gumbo spot. Ranging from etouffee to gumbo to cioppino, the kettle-cooked stews here are award-winning. Looking for something else? There’s also salads, po’ boys and coconut fried shrimp.

16. Rudy & Paco’s Restaurant

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2028 Post Office St
Galveston, TX
(409) 762-3696
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This upscale Galveston steakhouse features grilled meats and seafood with plenty of South and Central American influence. Ceviche, plantain-crusted Gulf snapper, and a selection of steaks offer a swanky dinner option that is also totally delicious. Pro tip: if you’re headed to Rudy & Paco for dinner, wear pants — shorts are only allowed during lunch and at the bar.

17. ShyKatz

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1528 Avenue L
Galveston, TX
(409) 770-0500
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This East End deli is the definition of comforting thanks to its homey blue plate specials, breakfast served all day long, and an assortment of pastries. Trying to cure a hangover? Go for the Smuggler, a deep-fried burrito stuffed with eggs, meat, home fries, jalapeno, and cheese and smothered in chili or sausage gravy.

18. Mosquito Cafe

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628 14th St
Galveston, TX
(409) 763-1010
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Located in a classic Galveston home built in the 1850s, Mosquito Cafe is bright and cozy. Steak tacos, Thai noodle bowls, and curried ahi tuna salad sandwiches are on the menu, along with cozy entrees like pulled pork mac and cheese and Senegalese vegetables with peanut sauce and coconut.

19. Smooth Tony's

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415 9th St
Galveston, TX
(409) 765-5200
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Located in Galveston’s East End, Smooth Tony’s has been a local favorite for almost 20 years. Definitely order the fish tacos, or keep it light with a fresh fruit smoothie.

20. Porch Cafe

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1625 East Beach Dr.
Galveston, TX
(409) 762-0808
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This bright and upscale East End restaurant is committed to sourcing local ingredients, like Gulf seafood and Texas wagyu beef. Dig into fried green tomatoes and Gulf snapper with grits and asparagus for dinner, or stop by for brunch when the mimosas are flowing.

1. Number 13

Galveston, TX

This steakhouse boasts both a raw bar and a lengthly list of beef options. Grab a seat on the patio outside and enjoy sweeping views of the marina while digging into a pricey (but worth it) 32-ounce, dry-aged porterhouse.

2. Yamato Japanese Restaurant

2104 61st St, Galveston, TX

This long-standing sushi and hibachi spot has served up some of Galveston’s freshest Japanese fare for 20 years. Alongside the extensive selection of sushi rolls, find fried soft-shell crab, yakinuku-style steak, and teriyaki salmon. Fried green tea ice cream or Mississippi mud pie makes for a sweet finish.

2104 61st St
Galveston, TX

3. Leon's World Finest Bar-B-Que

55th & Broadway, Galveston, TX

For some down home, timelessly good BBQ, head to Leon’s. Perfectly smoked ribs, Prime beef brisket, smoked turkey legs, and homemade boudin await, along with sides like turnip greens, cole slaw, and barbecue beans.

55th & Broadway
Galveston, TX

4. Shrimp N Stuff

3901 Avenue O, Galveston, TX

Open in Galveston since 1976, Shrimp n’ Stuff’s original location on Avenue O’s charming, blue facade is enough to make you peek inside without even knowing what’s on the menu. Rest assured, though, the crispy catfish po’ boy will absolutely not disappoint.

3901 Avenue O
Galveston, TX

5. Gaidos Seafood Restaurant

3828 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
Gaido’s [Official Photo]

A perennial Galveston favorite that’s been open since 1911, enjoy old-school dishes like red snapper grilled “on the half shell” over charcoal at Gaido’s.

3828 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550

6. Maceo Spice & Import Co.

2706 Market St, Galveston, TX

Opened in 1944, Maceo Spice is a Galveston institution. In addition to the array of spices and sauces perfect for cooking at home, diners will also find a solid menu of sandwiches during lunch. The muffaletta is big enough for two, or go for the Spaisano, which features ham, capocollo, sopressata, provolone, and Maceo’s excellent olive salad on Italian bread.

2706 Market St
Galveston, TX

7. Gypsy Joynt

Galveston, TX

This spot is less likely to be packed with tourists during the summer, making it a total hidden gem. Burgers, sandwiches, salads, and other standard American fare is on offer, all excellently made. The Sleazy Mac & Cheese, made with crawfish, bacon, asparagus, and topped with avocado, is an absolute must. Don’t sleep on those cakes, cookies, and pastries, either.

8. The Spot

3204 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX

It might be a bit of a tourist trap, but who can say no to bloody marys and beer by the beach? With five different venues in one space (including a tiki bar!) The Spot is a sort of one stop shop for drinking and dining on the Seawall. Try the po’ boy made with locally caught shrimp, and treat yourself to a giant pitcher of pina coladas.

3204 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX

9. Eatcetera

408 25th St, Galveston, TX

Open for lunch and brunch, Eatcetera is an essential stop for vegans and gluten-free diners in Galveston. A number of dishes on the menu can be prepared without gluten or meat, like the Thai tofu (or beef) sandwich with daikon radish and sriracha mayo.

408 25th St
Galveston, TX

10. Brews Brothers Brew Pub

2404 Strand St, Galveston, TX

Arguably the best beer bar in Galveston, Brews Brothers serves up a selection of their own interesting brews along with a constantly changing list of beers from Texas and beyond, along with crab-stuffed avocado salad and burgers like the Big Tex, topped with thick-cut bacon, barbecue sauce, arugula, and grilled onions.

2404 Strand St
Galveston, TX

11. The Poop Deck

2928 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX

This delightful Seawall dive is the kind of spot where Gulf-matted hair and sandy feet just won’t matter, especially when perched on the upstairs patio. Belly up to the bar for an impressively potent pina colada, or just chug beer from the can like the regulars do.

2928 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX

12. La King's Confectionery

2323 Strand St, Galveston, TX

Candy doesn’t exactly count as a meal, but don’t be surprised to end up eating your weight in La King’s saltwater taffy or pecan logs. This sweet shop has been around for nearly 100 years, and there’s plenty of old-fashioned tradition still in play. Thick shakes and malts are served at the soda fountain, along with more than 20 options of ice cream and frozen yogurt made in house.

2323 Strand St
Galveston, TX

13. BLVD Seafood

2804 Avenue R 1/2, Galveston, TX 77550

Swing by this casual, modern eatery for excellent Gulf seafood that doesn’t require fancy pants. Feast on Gulf red snapper that’s crusted in pecans or blackened, and don’t forget to order a dozen oysters done BLVD style and topped with blackened shrimp, crab, parmesan, and bread crumbs.

2804 Avenue R 1/2
Galveston, TX 77550

14. Black Pearl Oyster Bar

327 23rd St., Galveston, TX

Gulf oysters are (obviously) abundant in Galveston, but this bar is a local favorite. In addition to the fresh, well-shucked bivalves, the cooked preparations, like oysters Haelen, topped with crab meat and cheese, are equally stellar.

327 23rd St.
Galveston, TX

15. Little Daddy's Gumbo Bar

2105 Post Office St, Galveston, TX

Comforting, hearty fare shines at this gumbo spot. Ranging from etouffee to gumbo to cioppino, the kettle-cooked stews here are award-winning. Looking for something else? There’s also salads, po’ boys and coconut fried shrimp.

2105 Post Office St
Galveston, TX

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16. Rudy & Paco’s Restaurant

2028 Post Office St, Galveston, TX

This upscale Galveston steakhouse features grilled meats and seafood with plenty of South and Central American influence. Ceviche, plantain-crusted Gulf snapper, and a selection of steaks offer a swanky dinner option that is also totally delicious. Pro tip: if you’re headed to Rudy & Paco for dinner, wear pants — shorts are only allowed during lunch and at the bar.

2028 Post Office St
Galveston, TX

17. ShyKatz

1528 Avenue L, Galveston, TX

This East End deli is the definition of comforting thanks to its homey blue plate specials, breakfast served all day long, and an assortment of pastries. Trying to cure a hangover? Go for the Smuggler, a deep-fried burrito stuffed with eggs, meat, home fries, jalapeno, and cheese and smothered in chili or sausage gravy.

1528 Avenue L
Galveston, TX

18. Mosquito Cafe

628 14th St, Galveston, TX

Located in a classic Galveston home built in the 1850s, Mosquito Cafe is bright and cozy. Steak tacos, Thai noodle bowls, and curried ahi tuna salad sandwiches are on the menu, along with cozy entrees like pulled pork mac and cheese and Senegalese vegetables with peanut sauce and coconut.

628 14th St
Galveston, TX

19. Smooth Tony's

415 9th St, Galveston, TX

Located in Galveston’s East End, Smooth Tony’s has been a local favorite for almost 20 years. Definitely order the fish tacos, or keep it light with a fresh fruit smoothie.

415 9th St
Galveston, TX

20. Porch Cafe

1625 East Beach Dr., Galveston, TX

This bright and upscale East End restaurant is committed to sourcing local ingredients, like Gulf seafood and Texas wagyu beef. Dig into fried green tomatoes and Gulf snapper with grits and asparagus for dinner, or stop by for brunch when the mimosas are flowing.

1625 East Beach Dr.
Galveston, TX

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