According to Country Living, historic Galveston, Texas is one of the most colorful and charming beach towns in the country. So to encourage your trip, we decided to tempt you with the 10 Best Coastal restaurants in Galveston, Texas.
Easily accessible, about 50 miles from Houston although the drive south via IH-45 may take up to an hour depending on traffic, the trip is always worth the time.
This historic island is the perfect spot for a much-needed out-of-the-city lunch, a weekend getaway, or a creative date night. First, walk along the easily accessible seawall beach or stroll down Pleasure Pier an unabashedly touristy spot, Galveston restaurants offer a variety of diverse cuisines and atmospheres.
Ranging from casual seafood shacks to upscale New American eateries, the island town offers unique shopping, water slides, camping, and local restaurants for a day or week of fun.
Grab your CC Destination Guide to Galveston and breathe in the fun.
10 Best Coastal Restaurants in Galveston
Number 13 steakhouse offers patrons an upscale Galveston oyster treat in their fresh Raw Bar. Outside patio seating offers a view of the marina and sunsets off of Offatts Bayou just over the Causeway Bridge. Number 13 is the perfect, more serene setting for that bottle of cabernet and 32-ounce, dry-aged porterhouse.
Smooth Tony’s 415 9th St Galveston, TX (409) 765-5200
Craving fish tacos? Try this Galveston East End favorite. or keep it light with a fresh fruit smoothie. More sightseeing to do? Smooth Tony’s has an amazing selection of smoothies.
The Spot is a Galveston Island mainstay. Located on Seawall Boulevard directly across from the beach, The Spot offers choices from five different restaurants including boat drinks from an authentic Tiki Bar! Long referred to as ‘ one stop drinking and dining’ this spring break mecca serves an excellent shrimp po’boy and other beachy appetizers that perfectly complement your pitcher of margaritas.
The Spot 3204 Seawall Blvd Galveston, TX (409) 621-5237
Brews Brothers Brew Pub
Arguably the best beer bar in Galveston, Brews Brothers Brew Pub serves up a personalized selection of Brew Brothers brews and a rather impressive list of beers from Texas and beyond. If you are looking for something light, try the crab-stuffed avocado salad. Feeling a bit more carnivorous? The burgers like the Big Tex, topped with thick-cut bacon, barbecue sauce, arugula, and grilled onions can’t miss
Brew Brothers Brew Pub 2404 Strand St Galveston, TX
This iconic 1950s Galveston home offers a cheery and fresh atmosphere to the Mosquito Cafe. Lunchtime entrees range from steak tacos, Thai noodle bowls, and curried ahi tuna salad sandwiches or for something a bit more filling like pulled pork mac and cheese or Senegalese vegetables with peanut sauce and coconut.
Mosquito Cafe 628 14th St Galveston, TX 409) 763-1010
All the way up Galveston Island, in the heart of East Beach, is an upscale locally sourced restaurant highlighting Gulf seafood and Texas wagyu beef. Boasting ocean views off of wrap-around porches, Porch Cafe has a southern feel and a Souther twist to is fried green tomatoes or Gulf shores snapper with grits and asparagus. Open for mimosa brunch or lunch.
Porch Cafe 1625 East Beach Dr. Galveston, TX (409) 762-0808
Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar
The perfect place for a little taste of NOLA serves hearty portions of etouffee or cioppino. But most locals line up for the award-winning gumbo. Located in the heart of the Galveston Arts and Entertainment District, try the Mumbo Gumbo 32 oz of shrimp, crab, oyster, chicken, sausage, and prime rib. Served over steamed rice. Looking for something else? There are also salads, po’boys, and coconut fried shrimp.
Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar 2105 Post Office St Galveston, TX (409) 744-8626
Trendy but casual, this Gulf seafood restaurant is a favorite on the island. BLVD menu highlights fresh Gulf Coast favorites like blackened or pecan-crusted Gulf red snapper Gulf oysters, BLVD style – topped with blackened shrimp, crab, parmesan, and bread crumbs.
BLVD Seafood 2804 Avenue R 1/2 Galveston, TX 77550 409) 762-2583
Leon’s World Finest Bar-B-Que
No matter how you spell, Leon’s barbecue is always on the list as one of the 10 Best Coastal restaurants in Galveston, Texas. Perfectly smoked ribs and turkey legs, prime beef brisket, and homemade boudin await. And there are plenty of southern-styled sides including turnip greens, coleslaw, and barbecue beans.
Leon’s, 55th & Broadway, Galveston, TX (409) 744-0070
Shrimp N Stuff
Established in 1976, Shrimp n’ Stuff’s original location on Avenue O is a curious mix of Gulf Coast shrimp shack and undeniable delicious food. The fresh, crispy catfish po’boy will not disappoint.
Shrimp N Stuff 3901 Avenue O Galveston, TX (409) 763-2805
Maceo Spice & Import Co
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 muffuletta is big enough for two, or go for the Spaisano, which features ham, capocollo, soppressata, provolone, and Maceo’s excellent olive salad on Italian bread. Close to the Galveston Railroad Museum, in the Spring, Maceo’s is the place to grab your Mardi Gras King Cake.
Maceo Spice 2706 Market St Galveston, TX (409) 763-3331
With an eclectic menu, this quirky restaurant is a Galveston gem offering burgers, tacos, sandwiches, salads, and snacks. The Sleazy Mac & Cheese with crawfish, bacon, asparagus, and topped with avocado. The Mr. Leirre pizza, with a pesto base, mozzarella, smoked ham, caramelized onions, red pepper spread, fresh asparagus, and goat cheese is a must.
The Gypsy Joynt 2711 Market Street Galveston, TX, 77550 409-497-2069
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.
Eatcetera 408 25th St Galveston, TX (409) 762-0803
Island Breweries & Distilleries
Galveston Island Brewing
Galveston Island Brewing is definitely on the 10 best coastal restaurants in Galveston (beer is a food group!). And Galveston Island Brewing is a must for beer lovers. Their unique flavors, including Tiki Wheat, perfectly complement the coastal lifestyle.
Galveston Island Brewing 8423 Stewart Rd, Galveston, TX 77554 (409) 740-7000
With amazing Gulf Coast views, the Beerfoot Brewery offers 33 craft variety brews. Established in 2012 and a strong supporter of craft brewers. Beerfoot Brewery is a local favorite for Mardi Gras. And don’t forget to sign-up for the Beernut Club.
Beerfoot Brewery, 2816 Avenue R 1/2, Galveston, TX 77550 (409) 770-0999
Devil and the Deep Brewery
Devil and the Deep Brewery was established on Galveston Island in 2018 and has built a Belgian and American craft beer style lineup that is worth a taste. Open Wednesday through Sunday.
Devil and the Deep Brewery, 2425 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550 (409) 220-3313
Texas Tail Distillery
Looking for something stronger? Try the Texas Tail Distillery. Located near the water, this distillery is a bit different – producing well-known spirits such as Texas Tail Vodka and the pot-distilled, small-batch Coastline Whiskey. Tours are available Friday and Saturdays.
2416 Post Office St Galveston, TX 77550. (281) 960-2198
These are a few of the many local gems to be found on Galveston Island. For more information try checking in with the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Cheers, and have a Gulf Coastal day!