A luxury that we take for granted these days is air conditioning. It’s an invention that changed how we live and it dates way back to 1911.
San Giacinto (S.G.) Gaido opened his doors to the beachgoing public in 1911, that very same year that air conditioning was invented.
He made an unwavering commitment to serve the absolute freshest of Gulf seafood. As a result, Gaido’s popularity has grown more every decade and is a cherished tradition for thousands of Galveston locals and visitors each year.
These days, family-owned traditions live on.
Today, we meticulously cook by that same credo — only the freshest seafood prepared by hand and the very best service. All of which is why our famous island kitchen is truly The Coastal Classic.
They still peel all the Gulf shrimp, shuck the oysters that come right out of Galveston Bay, and you can even see the chefs fillet the fresh fish, by hand, the same way SG did over 100 years ago.
The well-known Gaido family is still passionate about the restaurant’s food and their focus on quality and taste.
Housemade family recipes from time-tested meals are part of what makes Gaido’s so unique. They have taken surrounding cultural influences to create a particular menu that is unmatched on the island. Add the service and atmosphere then you have a menu and an experience unlike any other on the Seawall.
Gaido’s has hosted presidents, famous entertainers, star athletes, and even Alfred Hitchcock once upon a time.
But just as important are the thousands of birthday, anniversary and retirement parties that make Gaido’s a part of the celebration each year. They are woven into the lives of so many families and visitors, which is something they are very proud of.
To hear Gaido’s say it: “Our tables are always set, our service is always personal, and our ingredients are always the freshest…which is why our famous island kitchen truly is The Coastal Classic.”
Now the seafood is great but another thing Gaido’s is well known for is the Pecan Pie, made from scratch using Texas Hill Country pecans and shipped out all over the world during the holiday season.
Shorts are okay during lunch hours but are strictly forbidden in the dining room after 5pm. This is an elegant dinner restaurant worthy of any celebration. It’s a classy place you WANT to dress up to visit.
From red snapper and blue crab to white tablecloths and upscale service, there’s no denying Gaido’s is one-of-a-kind in a world of imitation. Look for the giant blue crab on the seawall. Seating is limited so reservations are suggested.
If you didn’t make reservations or can’t get into Gaido’s…just walk right next door to Nick’s Seafood where you’ll find many similar selections as Nick is part of the Gaido family.
Recent Gaido’s Reviews:
Everything was outstanding, from the service, to the atmosphere, to the perfect cook and balance of seasoning on everything we received. I can’t say enough about this place – absolutely top tier in every regard. You can tell they take a lot of pride in what they offer! Thank you for treating us like VIPs!
If you’re on Galveston Island you don’t want to miss this restaurant. We made our reservations online.
This was a 5 star restaurant from the moment we walked in the door. The staff is welcoming and the menu has a great variety of seafood, steak and pasta dishes.
Our calamari appetizer was cooked to perfection. Our entrees were the fish of the day, Swordfish, & we added a side of scallops. The fish was tender and juicy. Easily the best swordfish we’ve ever had! We also enjoyed the views of the Gulf from our table.
Great food and customer service must try cheese bread. We didn’t have a reservation but were able to get a seat at the bar. The food was good and priced well for portions.
Gaido’s is one of the oldest restaurants in Galveston, and there are dozens of great seafood restaurants in Galveston serving up fresh gulf dishes on Galveston Island!
Dine directly above the gulf waves and enjoy freshly caught gulf seafood at Jimmy’s on the Pier!
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