Set on the shores of the Gulf Coast of Texas, the coastal resort and barrier island city of Galveston is renowned for its 32-mile stretch of beautiful beaches, which caters to all crowds from families to fun-seekers. It is also home to several vibrant historic districts with over 400 beautifully preserved Victorian Age homes and attractions like the Elissa, a landmark tall ship, and the Moody Gardens, where giant glass pyramids house a variety of animals and sharks.

The coastal city also offers a great selection of restaurants for romantic dining and celebrating love. There are many great things to do in Galveston.

1. Gaido's Seafood Restaurant

Gaido's Seafood Restaurant
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Established in 1911, Gaido's Seafood Restaurant specializes in fresh seafood and catch-of-the-day fish. Owned by San Giacinto Gaido, the elegant dining destination has a nautical theme with crisply dressed tables and beautiful Gulf views and exudes an intimate and romantic ambiance. The restaurant serves seasonal menus of seafood cooked in various ways, including freshly shucked oysters, blue crab, fresh fish such as red snapper, and blackened yellowfin tuna. Homemade salad dressings, seasonings, sauces, and delicious desserts are made from time-tested family recipes and accompany each dish, and the full-service bar offers a variety of libations from casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made from top-shelf spirits. Gaido's Seafood Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.

3828 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, Phone: 409-761-5500

2. Galvez Bar & Grill, Galveston, TX

Galvez Bar & Grill, Galveston, TX
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Based at the Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, the Galvez Bar and Grill is an elegant seafood restaurant that exudes historic charm. The restaurant boasts a beautiful dining space with soaring ceilings and large windows that flood the interior with natural light, and a full bar that serves a range of libations from casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made from top-shelf spirits. The casual restaurant serves a seasonal menu of ocean-fresh seafood and fish and Lone Star State specials such as buffalo chicken, gourmet filet mignon sliders with shrimp, award-winning gumbo, and po boys. Read our things to do in Texas guide for more ideas.

2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, Phone: 409-515-2145

3. Grotto Ristorante

Grotto Ristorante
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Based on the luxurious San Luis Resort, Grotto Italian Restaurant is a warm and welcoming eatery with an Old-World charm that takes diners on a culinary journey through the sun-kissed hills of Italy. Inspired by the atmosphere of an Old Country trattoria, the restaurant is light and bright with large windows, walls lined with wine bottles, wooden tables, and colorful chairs. Seasonal menus brim with delicious dishes prepared using locally sourced ingredients and timeless recipes, such as Pappardelle con Verdura, Veal Kickerillo, Neapolitan thin-crust pizzas, Pollo Francese, and Snapper Siciliano. An extensive collection of Italian and domestic wines accompanies the cuisine, along with handcrafted cocktails, and craft beers. Grotto Italian Restaurant is open for dinner only, Wednesday through Monday.

5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551, Phone: 409-740-8605

4. Landry's Seafood House

Landry's Seafood House
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Located just steps away from the beach on the historic Seawall Boulevard, Landry's Seafood House is a family-friendly chain eatery that serves fresh Gulf Coast seafood and prime steaks in a relaxed setting with panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. The restaurant features contemporary décor, a comfortable outdoor lounge, and a scenic outdoor patio with breathtaking views where guests can enjoy alfresco dining under the stars. The menu features an array of fresh seafood and catch-of-the-day fish, succulent steaks with made-from-scratch sauces, house-made pasta and chicken dishes, fresh salads, and delightful desserts. The full-service bar offers a variety of libations from casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made from top-shelf spirits, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.

5310 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551, Phone: 409-744-1010

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5. Mario's Seawall Italian Restaurant

Mario's Seawall Italian Restaurant
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Mario’s Seawall Italian Restaurant is a spacious Italian eatery that serves authentic Italian fare, homemade gelato, and casual wines in a laid-back atmosphere. Nestled between all the seafood restaurants on Seawall Boulevard, the family-friendly restaurant features beautiful mosaic walls and large windows embracing breathtaking views and serves traditional Italian fare such as wood-fired pizzas, house-made pasta, and from-scratch sauces, fresh seafood, prime steaks, and fresh salads. Signature dishes include Lobster Ravioli, Penne del Sol, Veal Piccata, and Spicy Shrimp Marinara, and the cuisine is accompanied by a variety of libations, including casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers, and top-shelf spirits. Mario’s Seawall Italian Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.

628 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, Phone: 409-763-1693

6. Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood

Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood
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Located in the charming Pelican Rest Marina, Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood is a traditional chophouse and seafood specialist that offers a refined dining experience. Boasting sweeping views of Offats Bayou from an outdoor terrace, the restaurant serves seasonal menus of prime USDA steaks, fresh seafood, house-made pasta and sauces, homemade soups and salads, and decadent desserts. Signature dishes include shrimp and grits, stroganoff, beef wellington, and coq au vin, and the full-service bar offers a variety of libations from casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made from top-shelf spirits. Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood is open for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday, and weekend brunch.

7809 Broadway St, Galveston, TX 77554, Phone: 409-572-2650, See the Map

7. Porch Cafe

Porch Cafe
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Located in Beachtown’s Town Center Building on the Island's East End and just a few steps from East Beach, Porch Café is a high-end bistro with charming patio seating that serves New American cuisine and local seafood. The eatery is decorated in light hues and has a wraparound deck, which is ideal for enjoying laid-back Sunday brunches and relaxed summer lunches against a backdrop of spectacular Gulf views. Seasonal menus feature sustainably-caught Gulf Coast seafood, prime Waygu Texas beef steaks, homemade soups and salads and pasta dishes, including shrimp and grits, almond-crusted snapper and scallops, vegetarian frittatas, and chicken sauvignon. The cuisine is accompanied by casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers, and handcrafted cocktails and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Friday through Sunday.

1625 E Beach Dr, Galveston, TX 77550, Phone: 409-762-0808

8. Riondo's Ristorante, Galveston, TX

Riondo's Ristorante, Galveston, TX
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Located in the heart of historic downtown in Galveston Island, Riondo’s Ristorante serves traditional Northern Italian cuisine in a comfy, laid-back atmosphere. Owners Don McClaugherty and Chef Rico Caminos create farm-to-table and sea-to-table menus of innovative fare using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and regional produce from local farmers’ markets. Acclaimed dishes include Bone-in Osso Bucco with Saffron Risotto, House-made Spinach Gnocchi with Prosciutto di Parma, and Wagyu Beef Steak. Artistic artisan bread, house-made pasta and sauces, and decadent desserts are also on the menu, and a variety of libations from casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made from top-shelf spirits accompany the cuisine. Riondo’s Ristorante is open for lunch and dinner daily.

2328 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550, Phone: 409-621-9595

9. Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar
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Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar is an award-winning restaurant that serves Central and South American-inspired fare and fine wines in an elegant setting. Located next door to the Grand 1894 Opera House, the restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner with superb cuisine, world-class wines, and gracious hospitality. Seasonal menus focus on fresh grilled meat and seafood with starters of ceviche, pan-fried calamari, and crab cakes, followed by entrées of prime steaks and burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken and pasta dishes, and fish tacos. The full-service bar offers a variety of libations from casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made from top-shelf spirits. Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.

2028 Post Office St, Galveston, TX 77550, Phone: 409-762-3696

10. Saltwater Grill

Saltwater Grill
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Conveniently located in the heart of bustling downtown Galveston Island, the Saltwater Grill offers a culinary experience like no other. Established over 20 years ago, the restaurant serves contemporary gourmet cuisine in an elegant, yet relaxed atmosphere along with fine wines from around the world, classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits and craft and draft beers and microbrews. Lunch and dinner menus feature innovative dishes made with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and artisanal products with a focus on fresh seafood such as grilled snapper, salmon and sea bass, and shrimp scampi. The Saltwater Grill is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and dinner only on the weekends.

2017 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77553, Phone: 409-762-3474

11. The Steakhouse

The Steakhouse
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Located at the luxurious San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center, The Steakhouse is a classic family-friendly steakhouse chain that serves all-American cuisine such as prime steaks, hearty burgers, chicken wings, and short ribs. Hailed as one of the top steakhouses in the country, the restaurant features elegant décor with hand-crafted mahogany woodwork, plush leather furnishings, soft lighting, and a full-service bar offering an award-winning wine list and other globally-inspired libations. Signature dishes of the award-winning menu include USDA Midwest grain-fed beef steaks, live Maine lobster, free-range chicken and pork, fresh seafood, and a range of vegetarian options. The full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. The Steakhouse is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, daily.

5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551, 409-740-8606

12. Sapori Ristorante

Sapori Ristorante
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Sapori Ristorante is a family-run restaurant that serves authentic Mediterranean and Italian cuisine in a casual, relaxed setting. The warm and welcoming eatery celebrates all that is Italian with a menu of authentic dishes such as platters of antipasti, crisp organic salads, wood-fired pizza with a variety of toppings, house-made pasta, and from-scratch sauces, and succulently grilled fish and meats. Favorite dishes on the menu include classic lasagna, Sicilian ricotta dumplings, grilled salmon or swordfish, ravioli filled pork, and rolled pork fillet. Italian and globally-inspired wines accompany the cuisine, along with a range of local and imported craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails. Sapori Ristorante is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.

7611 Stewart Rd, Galveston, TX 77551, Phone: 409-497-2424

13. Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks

Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks
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Located in the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks is an award-winning steakhouse that offers world-class cuisine and fine wines against a backdrop of spectacular views of the Moody Gardens Pyramids and Back Bay. Helmed by Executive Chef Felipe Gonzales, the restaurant serves an innovative menu of high quality, market-driven fare with a focus on prime USDA steaks, lamb and veal, ocean-fresh Gulf seafood, naturally-fed chicken, and organic salads and vegetables. The full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.

7 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554, Phone: 409-683-4554

14. Trattoria La Vigna

Trattoria La Vigna
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Bringing a slice of Italy to Galveston’s downtown district, Trattoria La Vigna is an authentic Italian eatery that offers delicious lunch specials, fresh handmade pasta, homemade desserts, and more. Owned by Sal and Pina Ruggieri, the cozy eatery has modern décor and an inviting ambiance and serves a menu of seasonal, Italian, and Mediterranean fare made with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. Signature dishes on the menu include ravioli di Pesce, spaghetti alla Contadina, chicken parmesan, veal scaloppini al Funghi, seafood risotto, spiendini di gamberi alla griglia, and Zuppa di Pesce. Lighter bites include a range of paninis such as grilled caprice panini and Italian sausage and peppers panini, and globally-inspired wines accompany the cuisine, along with a variety of local and imported craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails. Trattoria La Vigna is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.

412 20th St, Galveston, TX 77550, Phone: 409-497-4927

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15. Waterman Restaurant

Waterman Restaurant
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Waterman's Restaurant is an elegant, yet cozy seafood restaurant overlooking the Galveston Bay with ample outdoor seating and a laid-back, relaxed vibe. Set in a building featuring antique longleaf pine salvaged from the century-old cotton houses that were once a big part of Galveston’s industry, the restaurant has a beautiful, outdoor deck with sweeping views of the Gulf which is perfect for alfresco dining. Seasonal menus feature fresh seafood, such as fried shrimp and grilled snapper, prime USDA steaks and succulent lamb chops, organic salads and vegetarian dishes, and mouthwatering desserts, and the cuisine is accompanied by an extensive list of fine wines, craft, and draft beers and classic handcrafted cocktails. Waterman's Restaurant is open for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday, and weekend brunch and lunch.

14302 Stewart Rd, Galveston, TX 77554, Phone: 409-632-0233

16. Willie G's Seafood & Steaks

Willie G's Seafood & Steaks
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Located on Pier 21, Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks is one of the most popular seafood destinations in the city with spectacular Gulf views. One of Landry’s original concepts, Willie G’s specializes in fresh Gulf Coast seafood and succulent steaks, with salads and sides made with locally sourced ingredients and artisanal products. The restaurant is elegantly furnished with contemporary décor, custom furnishings, and exciting artworks, and the refined dining room boasts an intimate, and romantic atmosphere. Seasonally rotating menus feature Louisiana-inspired seafood with signature dishes like Redfish Louisianne, Mahi Mahi, and Seared Tuna Yellowfin; and prime meat dishes like Center-Cut Top Sirloin, Cabo Chicken Romano, and Ribeye Steaks. The full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks is open for lunch and dinner, daily.

2100 Harborside Dr, Galveston, TX 77550, Phone: 409-762-3030

17. Taquilo's Tex-Mex Cantina

Taquilo's Tex-Mex Cantina
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Open daily, Taquilo's Tex-Mex Cantina in Galveston, Texas has been providing quality, handmade, and authentic Tex Mex fare since 2016, as well as some of the best margaritas and fajitas in town. Guests will find “Certified Angus Beef®,” shrimp, and chicken fajitas on the menu at Taquilo’s that pair well with the specialty, award-winning margaritas. The restaurant offers an upbeat, fun atmosphere inside and a covered sidewalk patio for diners to enjoy the vibe of Postoffice Street. Taquilo's Tex-Mex Cantina also features a “guacamole and ceviche bar” where guests can watch dishes as they are made to order.

2101 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550, 409-497-4279

18. Miller's Seawall Grill

Miller's Seawall Grill
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Miller's Seawall Grill offers fresh cuisine and a beautiful location in Galveston, making it a favorite dining spot for both visitors and locals alike. Their full menu is available throughout the entire day, featuring classic American favorites for breakfast, such as steak and eggs, pancakes, waffles, omelettes, and french toast. As for lunch and dinner options, Miller's Seawall Grill serves dishes like gumbo, burgers, po-boys, and an array of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Main entrees include ribeyes and chicken fried steak, as well as a wide variety of seafood, such as crab, salmon, flounder, oysters, and shrimp.

1824 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, 409-763-8777

19. Little Daddy's Gumbo Bar, Galveston, TX

Little Daddy's Gumbo Bar, Galveston, TX
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Little Daddy's Gumbo Bar serves delicious, made-from-scratch fare to visitors and residents of Galveston, Texas every day of the week. The menu here features steam kettle cooking, offering options like cioppino, seafood stews, and traditional gumbos. A mix of Americana and Cajun cuisine is served at Little Daddy's Gumbo Bar in a fun and lively atmosphere combined with friendly and warm service. Along with the restaurant’s “spoon-fed fare,” the menu also includes seasonal specials, burgers, fresh seafood, and a variety of po’ boys made with fresh baked baguettes and a Tabasco-infused, zesty mayonnaise. There’s also over 60 beer varieties available.

2107 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550, 409-744-8626

20. Restaurant Near Me: Gumbo Diner

Restaurant Near Me: Gumbo Diner
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The Gumbo Diner in Galveston is a place where the beach’s warm waters meet New Orleans flair and classic American dining, serving some of the coast’s best Texas Gulf seafood, fresh beignets, a variety of burgers, Southern breakfast staples, and more. Specializing in offering American comfort food within a relaxed, cozy, and warm atmosphere, The Gumbo Diner has become a popular place among visitors and locals in the area. Highlights of the menu include chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, gumbo, seafood platters, po’ boys, shrimp and grits, crawfish etouffee, and southern fried okra among numerous other delicious dishes.

3602 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, 409-762-3232

21. Nick's Kitchen and Beach Bar

Nick's Kitchen and Beach Bar
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Nick's Kitchen and Beach Bar offers a great seaside location, the freshest ingredients possible, and one of the island’s largest selections of beer. The restaurant boasts that everything here is made in house, from sauces and dressings to buns and breads made fresh daily. Vegetables are hand cut every morning and Nick's Kitchen and Beach Bar takes a lot of pride in serving fresh seafood of the highest quality. The menu includes Gulf of Mexico shrimp, crispy seafood, a wide variety of appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches and burgers, an array of seafood specialties, chicken, steaks, and more.

3802 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, 409-761-5502

22. Fisherman's Wharf, Galveston, TX

Fisherman's Wharf, Galveston, TX
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A “Texas-sized” dining establishment, Fisherman's Wharf is ideally located next to Galveston’s Historic Strand District, providing guests with a waterfront dining experience. With a legacy going back to the 1940’s and considered to be one of the city’s best seafood restaurants, Fisherman’s Wharf offers leisurely meals in both outdoor and indoor dining areas and views of the bay. The restaurant is well known for its “Shrimp Kisses,” their famous dish of shrimp stuffed with spicy jalapeño Jack cheese and wrapped in bacon. The menu at Fisherman's Wharf also features signature combination platters, daily fresh fish, steaks, pastas, chicken, and more.

2200 Harborside Dr, Galveston, TX 77550, 409-765-5708

23. Salsa's Mexican Restaurant

Salsa's Mexican Restaurant
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Salsa's Mexican Restaurant is a locally-owned and operated restaurant and popular dining spot among locals in Galveston, Texas with award-winning margaritas, good service, delicious food, great views of the Gulf of Mexico, and abundant parking. The menu at Salsa’s includes a variety of classic Mexican dishes, such as nachos, big burritos, stuffed shrimp jalapenos, chipotle enchiladas, garlic butter shrimp, red snapper del mar, fish tacos, and shrimp, beef, or chicken fajitas. Two different salsas are served with crispy, light tortilla chips at every table. Salsa's Mexican Restaurant has also been noted in local publications for “Best Margarita” and “Best Mexican Restaurant.”

4604 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551, 409-621-2630

24. Shrimp & Stuff Downtown

Shrimp & Stuff Downtown
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Shrimp & Stuff Downtown has been referred to as “the place where the locals love to eat” and its food has been a part of Galveston, Texas since 1976. The downtown location offers a delicious variety of po’ boy, salads, and gumbo, as well as broiled and fried platters of seafood, including salmon, flounder, catfish, and snapper. The menu also features daily specials, an array of breakfast dishes on the weekends, sandwiches, burgers, shrimp and fish tacos, chicken dishes, pasta, ribeye steaks, and housemade desserts. Monday through Friday, guests can also visit Shrimp & Stuff Downtown for Happy Hour specials.

2506 Avenue H, Galveston, TX 77550, 409-974-4609

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