There are so many beautiful places and things to do in Galveston! That’s the first thing I thought of as I got to know this exciting Texas city.
Of course, the glorious beaches here are among the greatest attractions. After all, Galveston is found on beautiful Galveston Island.
While the outdoor attractions are maybe the most famous in Galveston, there are historic attractions here, too. Two examples are the Texas Seaport Museum and the Lone Star Flight Museum.
- Gaidos Seafood Restaurant
- Shrimp N Stuff
- Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar
- Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar – Galveston
- Grotto Ristorante
- Mosquito Cafe
- BLVD Seafood
- Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood
- Riondo’s Ristorante
- Fisherman’s Wharf
When it comes to entertainment and most importantly for me, dining out, check out the Strand Historic District and other parts of the city. Check out my list of the best restaurants in Galveston below!
3828 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
Right on the Gulf Coast and with a lovely view of the water, Gaidos specializes in seafood taken supremely fresh straight from the water. Gaidos Seafood Restaurant has been a local institution and attraction since way back in 1911.
Many features make Gaidos impressive, and one of them is how every bit of seafood is hand-inspected, as well as hand-prepared.
There are many famous dishes here, such as the Famous Fried Platter, The Combination Platter, Premium Gulf Shrimp, Fried Stuffed Shrimp American Red Snapper, and Shrimp Peques.
What about dessert? Well, look no further than the Crustless Pecan Pie. It’s legendary in the area, and several well-known publications have called it the best in the state.
3901 Avenue O, Galveston, TX 77550
For scrumptious seafood that’s always fresh and hand-prepared, check out Shrimp N Stuff. Everything is made from scratch, even the sauces.
When I visited Shrimp N Stuff, I thoroughly enjoyed the casual, laidback atmosphere. You can even arrange to have your meal directly on the beach as a picnic. You just have to call in advance.
This local culinary destination is known for lots of different traditional seafood dishes, including gumbo, po-boys, and other kinds of seafood dishes.
You can get tasty salads, too. I gobbled up the hand-battered BIG shrimp at Shrimp N Stuff. Head on over and give it a try!
2028 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550
Whether you love seafood or steak, Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar is a must-visit restaurant in Galveston, Texas. Planning to see a show at The Grand 1894 Opera House?
This restaurant is right next door! That’s when I ate here before a show I saw at that historic performance venue. It made for a wonderful evening.
If you’re going to Rudy & Paco for dinner, don’t wear shorts. That kind of casual wear isn’t allowed, so keep that in mind.
If you’re going for lunch or just to the bar, though, you can wear that kind of summer attire. Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar is so popular you should make a reservation to make sure you get a table.
2107 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550
For a down-home, casual atmosphere where you’ll meet locals and other tourists alike, Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar is a place you’ll want to drop in.
If you’re new to the South, you’ve probably never tried Gumbo before. Make sure you do before you leave Galveston.
There are different Gumbo varieties here, such as the Seafood Gumbo, Chicken & Sausage Bumbo, Mambo Gumbo, and Prime Rib Gumbo.
There are other popular dishes here too, such as the Big Daddy Burger. I had one of these for lunch one day, and was it ever delicious!
And so satisfying it set me up for the rest of the day. I tried some Bacon Wrapped Shrimp too, as a starter.
5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551
One of my favorite Galveston meals was at Grotto Ristorante, a sophisticated and stylish dining establishment on Seawall Boulevard.
The dining area is airy and features large windows to ensure lovely views. You’ll find Grotto Ristorante near The Seawall, a legendary feature in Galveston.
Are you staying at the San Luis Resort? If so, you’ll be thrilled to learn that Grotto Ristorante is located within it.
I was staying somewhere else, but I still made the time to visit Grotto and enjoy one of its delectable meals.
Grotto Ristorante focuses on Italian cuisine, including pizza, and that suited me perfectly. Give this restaurant a try during your Galveston adventures!
628 14th St, Galveston, TX 77550
A few miles from The Seawall, Mosquito Cafe is perfect for breakfast and lunch, with a lovely relaxed atmosphere. It makes sense this warm and welcoming establishment has been recognized by Travellers’ Choice.
Mosquito Cafe is all about the local, which means you enjoy the benefit of fresh and locally sourced ingredients. I decided to have breakfast at Mosquito Cafe, and I chose the rather decadent Bacon Cheddar Omelet.
This popular dish features eggs with hickory-smoked peppered bacon and cheddar cheese. Yummy! It comes with roasted potatoes and whole-wheat toast.
If you’re going for lunch, take a look at the tasty sandwiches on offer. Examples include the Filet Mignon Sandwich, BBQ Pork Sandwich, and Chicken Salad Sandwich.
BLVD. Seafood 28th & Seawall
The aptly named BLVD Seafood is all about, you guessed it, seafood! Inspired by the locals, I made my visit to BLVD Seafood quite early in my Galveston stay.
There are so many tasty dishes full of fresh seafood ingredients here, it’s hard to know how to choose, but I eventually went with the Gulf Red Snapper. Should you order it? Yes!
My sweet tooth is famous, so I was eager to order my dessert once I was done. I devoured a serving of Traditional Bread Pudding. It was smooth and creamy, boasting chantilly cream. And it’s dressed with some crunchy pecans, too.
7809 Broadway St, Galveston, TX 77554
Whether steak or seafood is what you crave, Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood is somewhere you should go and enjoy a meal.
The dining room is stylish, and there is a lovely terrace where you can enjoy your meal if you like. On my visit, the weather was lovely so that’s exactly what I did.
The views from the terrace are impressive, giving you a vista of the water. Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood serves brunch, lunch, and dinner.
Just a few of the many fantastic meals available here are the Beef Wellington, Crab Cake, and Potato & Onion Au Gratin.
2328 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550
As you explore Galveston’s downtown area with all its historic attractions, stop off for a meal at Riondo’s Ristorante.
The cuisine here is traditional Italian, and the meals are made from family recipes. Riondo’s Ristorante is all about “Sea to Table” and “Farm to Fork.” I find that extremely appealing, and my mouth was watering before I even arrived at Riondo’s.
I love ravioli, so I chose the Seafood Ravioli Pillows for my meal. This was an exceptional dish, and you should think about trying it.
Riondo’s Ristorante is just a couple of minutes from Galveston Railroad Museum, so that’s something to keep in mind as you plan your itinerary.
2200 Harborside Dr, Galveston, TX 77550
Fisherman’s Wharf offers the chance to enjoy a delicious meal while commanding a lovely view of the harbor. If you book your table early enough, you might be right by one of the best windows.
This iconic local restaurant is one of the best places to go if you love fresh seafood. There are so many tasty dishes here, it’s hard to know where to start. I asked locals and they told me about the Mini Crab Cakes, Shrimp Kisses, and Gulf Red Snapper.
Everything is always well-presented, and the waitstaff is friendly and attentive. I appreciated the airy and seafood-themed decor in the dining room and exterior.
2104 61st St, Galveston, TX 77551
Hoping to have some outstanding sushi while you’re in Galveston. You can at Yamato. Or if steak is what you’d prefer, you can have that instead.
Yamato is a Japanese restaurant, and it brings the best of Japanese cuisine to Galveston locals and visitors alike.
I’m a big fan of Spring Rolls and tried the ones on offer at Yamato. I also had the Teriyaki Chicken while I was in Galveston, and both items were incredibly delicious.
One of the best things about Yamato is how beautifully and expertly the food is presented. A meal at Yamato is an immersive experience.
So, what do you think you’ll do first in Galveston? I know, it’s so hard to choose! But as such a culinary enthusiast, I put eating at several of the local restaurants high on the list. Make sure you try the cuisine at a few (or more) of the restaurants I’ve listed above during your stay.
While you’re still in Texas, check out our list of the best restaurants in uptown Dallas here. Did we leave a restaurant out of this list of the best restaurants in Galveston? Make sure you leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!
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