If you’re looking for some recommendations for tasty restaurants while you’re staying with us, then it’s definitely worth the 40-minute drive to nearby Galveston. Not only is this area famous for its stunning architecture, beaches, antique shops, and historic Victorian-style homes, it also offers a huge range of delicious restaurants for you to choose from. With so much on offer, you’re sure to find something for the whole family.
If you’re anything like us, our perfect restaurant meal involves a delicious steak! Number 13 is an upmarket steakhouse that includes a lengthy list of beef options for you to indulge in. There’s a big patio outside with some fantastic views of the marina while you enjoy your meal. The steaks here are pricey, but if you’re looking for a special evening out then this is the place for you. From their raw menu we recommend either the wagyu tartare or oysters, and for steak we can’t go past a dry-aged bone-in 32 oz porterhouse. Number 13 is open from 4pm every day except Monday’s.
- Shrimp time
Shrimp n’ Stuff’s is a mainstay in Galveston and has been around since 1976. The team offer delicious and affordable seafood dinners, gumbo, salads and po-boys, and their freshness is second to none. The gumbo is made from scratch, every shrimp you eat has been peeled, de-veined and breaded on-site and they even make all their own sauces. Their home-made remoulade sauce is worth the visit alone, and don’t miss your chance to try one of their fish and shrimp tacos. Open for lunch or dinner daily from 10.30am.
- Southern BBQ
If you’re after some traditional southern BBQ then look no further than Leon’s World Finest Bar-B-Que. Leon has been serving up his world famous BBQ for over 25 years and he’s earned himself the title of Dr. Bar-B-Q. Offering fresh and delicious meats, it’s Leon’s special sauce that really makes this place. Said to be handed down from his father and created on the San Bernard River, Leon ships his special herbs and spices to Galveston to create the sauce for his loyal customers. You’ll find a range of smoked ribs, smoked turkey legs, prime beef brisket and homemade boudin to choose from, along with a range of delicious and fresh sides. Leon’s is open seven days a week from 10am to 8pm.
- For Seafood Lovers
Gaidos Seafood Restaurant has to be one of the oldest restaurants in Galveston and offers a wide range of delicious choices including red snapper grilled over charcoal and pecan crusted mahi mahi. It first opened its doors way back in 1911 and is a local favorite for anyone who enjoys fresh seafood. All of the wait staff have a great reputation for offering outstanding service, and some even give you a brief history of the restaurant if you’re in the mood for a chat. If you’re keen on desserts both the pecan pie and the bread pudding are firm favorites with all of our guests. Gaidos is open Sunday to Thursday 11 am – 9 pm and Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 pm.
- Lunch With A Dash Of Spice
If you’re after a Galveston institution then look no further than Maceo Spice & Import Co. This place opened it’s doors back in 1944 and since then has been serving up a range of delicious lunches for it’s regular guests. When you walk into the shop and cafe, it’s like stepping back in time. Photos of yesteryear hang above the shelves that are stocked with specialty food imports from around the globe. And there’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh herbs and spices! You’ll find a great range of fresh sandwiches available, many featuring meats and cheeses available from their deli such as ham, capocollo, provolone, soppressata. The service is fantastic and you can choose to eat at the counter or the booth, right in the heart of the shop. Open daily from 11am to 3pm for lunch only, this place is well worth a visit.
- For The Oyster Fans
If you’re in the market for some Gulf oysters, which are abundant in Galveston, then look no further than Black Pearl Oyster Bar. It’s a local favorite and offers lunch and dinner seven days a week. In addition to the fresh, well-shucked bivalves, the bar also offers an extensive menu. Their oysters Haelen, topped with crab meat and cheese, are a firm favorite, and there’s plenty of variety if you’re dining with non-seafood lovers. Other delicious items on the menu include the fried alligator bites, gumbo, fried catfish, rib eye steak, pork chops and the fish tacos. The seating can be limited, so arrive early to secure your spot.
- Mosquito Cafe
Mosquito Cafe is a bright and cozy cafe is located in a classic Galveston house that dates back to the 1850s. The atmosphere and the decor make this place feel extra special, and there’s a wide range of quality food on offer covering breakfast, lunch and dinner. We recommend Mosquito Benedict for breakfast, the curried ahi tuna sandwiches for lunch and one of their delicious burgers for dinner. They also have great Asian noodle bowl and steak tacos, and their pulled pork mac and cheese and Senegalese vegetables with peanut sauce and coconut are both great starters. Open every day except Monday’s, from 8am to 9pm.
- Best Breakfast In Galveston
For the tastiest breakfast in Galveston look no further than The Sunflower Bakery and Cafe, which offers a delicious range of food as well as great Southern hospitality. You can find it in the heart of Galveston’s historic East End and it is open daily from 7am (except Tuesday’s). With a menu that offers fresh homemade sandwiches, a traditional big breakfast, tasty shrimp omelets, delicious buttermilk pancakes and fresh Gulf seafood (and much more!) you’ll find something to suit all tastes and appetites. The cafe also has the best bakery in town, so don’t leave without taking some pastries with you, we recommend the grilled cinnamon roles!
- Best Italian in Galveston
Mario’s is tucked away amongst many other seafood restaurants in Galveston, and offers traditional Italian fare with a fantastic seaside view. Try to grab a spot on the patio and enjoy their huge menu options featuring delicious pastas, pizzas and seafood. This place offers a truly authentic Italian experience as Galveston’s oldest Italian restaurant. Recommended dishes include their steak sandwich, home-baked fresh lasagne, homemade gnocchi with basil pesto cream sauce and the lobster roll calzone. Their desserts and coffee are also definitely worth trying, their Italian cream cake is superb! Open every day from 11am for lunch or dinner, it’s definitely worth a visit for Sunday brunch, served until 2pm.
- For Sushi Lovers
Yamato is open from 5pm for dinner seven nights a week and offers a unique, family style dining. Owned and operated by a local family, this place has been serving up fresh sushi and hibachi to guests for over 30 years. You can watch the chefs prepare your dishes in front of you, and their signature sushi dishes look like works of art when combined with daily hand-picked vegetables and fruits. This is a great choice for a special occasion or romantic dinner if you love sushi.