Seafood Restaurants in Galveston
There is definitely no shortage of restaurants in Galveston When it comes to comparing the top seafood restaurants in Galveston, you’ll soon discover the treasures of the Gulf are prepared with traditional local flavors, along with a handful of specialty dishes that are sure to keep you craving more.
But where do Galveston Island most discerning diners look when on the hunt for the best seafood in Galveston, TX?
Welcome to your favorites list. We’ve gathered data from the most experienced and vocal diners to put together the island’s greatest seafood locations.
From upscale fusion food to neighborhood fried shrimp and grilled fish dishes, Galveston serves a varied and savory selection of seafood.
We’ve divided the selections by area so pick a place and enjoy some tastes of the gulf today!
Galveston Seafood: In Town and East End
Here are some favorite places for seafood in Galveston, these are located on the east end of the island and in town – closer to the cruise terminal.
Shrimp ‘N Stuff
3901 Avenue O, Galveston TXThis original location is at 3901 Avenue O in Galveston
Since 1976, an unassuming location for fresh shrimp and seafood, laid back atmosphere, affordable with indoor and outdoor dining. Beer and wine, desserts, kids menu. It gets busy during the summer.
Known for: Fresh seafood entrees, poboys, catfish, gumbo, and shrimp, oysters, crab balls. Homemade sauces and salads. Fish tacos and shrimp tacos.
Note: Shrimp ‘N Stuff has three locations, each is different from the other. This is the original location.
What Do Customers Say About Shrimp ‘N Stuff Seafood?
“…this place is a must if you are ever in Galveston. Great selection on the menu. The quality of the food is always the same, delicious. Even COVID can’t stop this place…”
Read More About Shrimp N Stuff – Original Location for directions and contact information.
2200 Harborside Dr, Galveston TX
It’s been said before, you go to Fisherman’s Wharf for the view! Located right on Harborside, visitors rave about the food as well as the view.
Housed in a building that was once a shrimp and fish factory, there are several dining areas and all day happy hour specials. Be sure to ask about happy hour before being seated, and also always ask your server which fish is fresh for the day.
Some of the better known menu choices Shrimp Kisses, crab cakes, fish and chips and of course shrimp! There is a kids menu and vegetarian/vegan choices as well.
You should call ahead for reservations during busy times. Fisherman’s Wharf offers a full bar, and has space for large events.
Located on Harborside Drive near Pier 21 center. Paid parking is usually available, otherwise park on a side street and walk a couple of blocks.
Read More About Fisherman’s Wharf
Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks
2100 Harborside Dr, Galveston TX
Willie G’s opened in 1993 and is located along Harborside at Pier 21 and offers waterfront views for lunch, dinner and all day happy hour specials. The menu options are different than the ones you’ll find at the Houston location.
Willie G’s in Galveston is the perfect place for both a lunch stop or an elegant evening celebration. The views are amazing so enjoy outside dining throughout the year but call ahead for reservations.
The menu offers full upscale seafood dishes as well as steak and chicken options. Lobster bisque and shrimp gumbo are also selected favorites.
The dress code at Willie G’s in Galveston is not very strict, although you want to avoid shorts, flip flops and tank tops at dinner time. You can wear nice jeans and a button shirt for a casual look, but you’ll be just as comfortable if you prefer to dress up a little and celebrate! The view and service will be great either way.
See the full page on Willie G’s for more details including dress code, drink and food specials, happy hour and more.
Shrimp ‘N Stuff Downtown
2506 Avenue H, Galveston TX
Shrimp ‘N Stuff Downtown opened in late 2014 as a second location, the original is at 3901 Avenue O in case you are looking for that.
The menu is slightly different. Like most of Galveston, the atmosphere is laid back but the presentation is more upscale. They specialize in broiled versions of your favorite fish. They have a great choice of salads as well as fish tacos.
Breakfast is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until Noon. Catering is available for events and parties.
Tip: If you want crab balls, ask for them. You won’t find them on the regular menu.
What Others Say
“I came here for lunch and tried the crab cake sandwich. This place was so good, I came back for lunch the next day. If I lived in Galveston, I would eat here regularly.”
“One of Galveston’s best restaurants. Every dish we have ordered has always been excellent. The deserts are the best so be sure to leave some room.”
Read More About Shrimp N Stuff Downtown including directions and contact information.
2017 Postoffice St, Galveston TX
Saltwater Grill offers some specialty cuisine in a fabulous setting right in the heart of downtown Galveston. They are open for lunch and dinner and have a full bar including wine and limited beer selection.
They also have a unique style of kettle cooking as well as excellent seafood, fish and steak options. Saltwater is located in the middle of the entertainment district so you should call or go online to make reservations.
Saltwater Grill in Galveston is part of the Galveston Restaurant Group known for creating unique dining concepts highlighting Gulf Coast offerings.
The restaurant gets rave reviews from local critics and customers alike. The service is reliably good and the food is too.
What Others Say:
“Saltwater Grill is fantastic!”
“Go to this place! Good quality, fantastic service, an entire experience.”
“Fresh ingredients assembled in delectable dishes.”
Read More About Saltwater Grill for more details.
Black Pearl Oyster Bar
327 23rd St, Galveston TX
The Black Pearl Oyster Bar and Grille sounds like a fancy place but don’t let the name fool you. A small corner place with great food, a full bar and huge windows you can’t go wrong with any of the oyster dishes. But there’s more. If you love a good po boy, don’t miss the shrimp version at this place. It’s falling off the place it’s so plentiful.
Other favorites are the calamari with marinara, fried mushrooms, seafood gumbo, yummy fish tacos and of course…oysters.
The Black Pearl opens daily for lunch and closes at 10pm. The service is usually very good and the atmosphere is friendly.
Aside from oysters, you might try the ceviche with a cold cocktail. Also you have to try the alligator bites. You won’t find them anywhere else in Galveston.
If you are trying to go on a weekend night, you will have to wait even if you arrive in the early part of the evening. They fill up fast here.
What Others Say:
“The whole experience here was great. The staff was super friendly and everything came out in a timely fashion.”
“The portions were huge but it was so good I had to eat it all. The red beans and rice was equally good. The restaurant was busy but our food came quickly. The staff was friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was authentic. Next time in Galveston I’ll eat at the Black Pearl, it’s worth the trip”
Visit the full Black Pearl restaurant page for more details.
Katie’s Seafood House
2000 Wharf Rd, Galveston TX
Katie’s Seafood House opened in 2019 after twenty years of running Katie’s Seafood Market family business. A long awaited arrival in Galveston and it did not disappoint the locals or visitors.
The majority of menu options here come from local fisherman and shrimpers. You get to experience the freshest catches of Snapper, Grouper, Golden Tile Fish, Flounder, Oysters, Shrimp, and Blue Crabs. The Golden Tile is some of the best fish you will ever eat.
Katie’s Seafood House is located along Harborside Drive at Pier 19, right next to the fish market. Plenty of dishes to choose from with very large portions. Sit outside on the covered patio right on the water.
Don’t miss the freshest shrimp, the catch of the day and the amazing Shrimp Mac N Cheese..
What Others Say:
“The food here is amazing!”
“Great staff and reasonable prices.”
“This will surely be a go to place for us every time we go to Galveston!”
Coming soon –
More on Katie’s Seafood House
Fish Company Taco
1914 23rd St, Galveston TX
Opened in the summer of 2018, Fish Company Taco offers an eclectic and amazing entree every day based on what is available fresh from sea and land.
Chef Daya comes up with clever and delicious gourmet selections that go far beyond fish tacos. Located in a simple strip center location you will find it open for lunch only daily. They open at 11am and close when they sell out.
Inspired creations from the chef include Fried Snapper Po’ Banh Mi, Blue Crab claw, Grilled Amberjack Sinigang, Spiced Spinach & Feta Couscous with grilled Gulf Shrimp and so many unique and creative dishes. Count yourself lucky if you can catch some of the best gumbo this side of Louisiana!
Now of course, they do have the best fish tacos around so you’ll definitely want to give those a try as well.
You can check out their facebook page daily to see what’s on the menu for the day. Check out our full page on Fish Company Taco.
Galveston Seafood: On The Seawall
Right on the gulf, these restaurants are located on Galveston Island’s famous Seawall Boulevard. Your dining experience will likely include outdoor seating and a great view, just for starters.
Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant
3828 Seawall Blvd, Galveston TX
San Giacinto (S.G.) Gaido opened his doors to the beachgoing public in 1911, the same year that air conditioning was invented.
He made a commitment to serve the freshest Gulf seafood and Gaido’s popularity has grown more ever since. Gaido’s is a cherished tradition for Galveston locals and visitors and is a known great place on the seawall for a special dinner.
Gaido’s offers fresh seafood prepared by hand and classy upscale service. They are world famous for both the fish and the pecan pie – so try some of both!
The food is prepared by hand the same way SG did it over 100 years ago. The family is still passionate about the focus on quality and taste.
While Gaido’s in Galveston has hosted numerous famous visitors they put great importance on the personal special occasions that make it such a tradition.
Dress code is enforced after 5pm, reservations are recommended. They don’t offer a kids menu but have dishes such as fried shrimp and pasta that kids might enjoy.
What Others Say:
“Good to see a dining room with white table cloths and personal table service.”
“We ordered the crab cake, spinach crab dip, and Salmon w/lemon butter.”
Miller’s Seawall Grill
1824 Seawall Blvd, Galveston TX
Miller’s Seawall Grill is a classic Galveston restaurant. You must try it at least once, you’ll very likely be back more often. It’s located right on the seawall with amazing gulf views. Miller’s is a local favorite for all day breakfast, lunch, dinner or just coffee with a dessert.
All of the food is freshly made in house and it shows. The servers are attentive and helpful. They routinely run specials for lunch and dinner. They also offer a senior discount and have a kids menu.
Miller’s in Galveston offers their delicious breakfast any time they are open. All of your traditional favorites are on the menu: omelettes, fresh waffles, french toast that melts in your mouth, steak and eggs, and pancakes. Highly recommended is the chicken fried steak – yes for breakfast with biscuits and gravy – go hungry. Trust me, you won’t be able to eat it all.
Popular breakfast items are the Lump Crab Benedict or their famous Grilled Biscuits and Sausage Gravy. Plenty to choose from throughout the day and
Enjoy the view, the freshly prepared food and the atmosphere… but don’t forget dessert! Miller’s homemade dessert recipes have won awards so leave room or take some home for later.
There are no reservations so you can expect a long wait on weekends during the busy tourist season. Try to get there early.
What Others Say:
“Not one person in our family of four was disappointed in our food at Miller’s.”
“This place deserves five stars on service alone. Top notch!”
“Definitely worth the wait for a table!!! The menu has a little bit of everything and they serve breakfast all day. The food has always been delicious. The service is amazing and everyone is so nice. They are always busy, but never make you feel rushed.”
See why Galveston locals love Miller’s Seawall Grill.
2804 Avenue R 1/2 at Seawall Blvd, Galveston TX
BLVD. Seafood in Galveston offers an interesting and eccentric menu showcasing fresh Gulf seafood, traditional coastal dishes and irresistable southern delights.
They are known for outstanding grouper and red snapper dishes, you can try them broiled, fried, blackened, grilled, and especially pecan-crusted. They are all prepared and cooked to perfection.
For an amazing appetizer, you must try the shrimp and crabmeat cocktail called Campechana.
If you want a memorable dinner as well then go for the popular Flat Fish Stack. This is a sautéed fillet of flounder topped with a crab cake in rich Mornay sauce.
You’ll find the servers here are helpful and attentive with any questions you have about the menu.
“This is our second visit to BLVD Seafood. We came back to Galveston anticipating a return to this awesome place.”
“It’s easy to miss driving down Seawall but do yourself a favor and keep an eye out for this gem.”
“The Crab Stuffed Shrimp appetizer is our favorite, but we got BLVD Campechana… OMG!”
“Also try the Gumbo, Blackberry Pork Chop! Do Not Miss This Place!”
Learn More: BLVD Seafood
Nick’s Kitchen and Beach Bar
3802 Seawall Blvd, Galveston TX
Nick’s Kitchen and Beach Bar in Galveston is still the great fresh seafood it always was – only better. Rebranded in 2013 from Casey’s after current owner and chef Nick Gaido took over. This location has been a part of the Gaido family for more than 60 years and is located right next to Gaido’s famous seafood restaurant.
This was once a coffee shop and you can tell with the open window kitchen when you walk in. You can almost hear the coffee cups clink at the front counter lik a traditional seaside diner.
In 1986, they started serving seafood and the rest is history. Nick’s is more casual than neighboring Gaido’s, but the food is just as delicious.
Freshly prepared seafood is the key here, even the sauces and dressings are made here along with fresh bread prepared daily.
Look for the giant shrimp right on gulf, dine indoors or outside. You can even swim while you are here.
The menu has plenty to offer in the way of fish, shrimp, salads, burgers and steaks.
Happy Hour specials are available from 3pm to 7pm – get half price appetizers and drink specials. There are also daily lunch specials so look for those too!
Open daily 11AM – 10PM
“Good food and drinks too! My husband and I ate here twice during our vacation”
“Great experience here at Nicks!! They have the best happy hour! Oysters were delicious. Shrimp was delicious. Service is great. Drinks are great. Great view on the outside patio. This is our spot in Galveston.”
More: Nick’s Kitchen & Beach Bar
Benno’s Cajun Seafood Restaurant
1200 Seawall Blvd, Galveston TX
Also known as Benno’s On the Beach, this casual seawall restaurant offers cajun style seafood with a great view of the gulf. Sit inside or sit outside – either way you’ll find the simple wooden picnic table which is all you need.
Outside you can sit on the partially covered patio, take in the breeze, have a cold beverage, and enjoy some of the finest seafood Galveston has to offer…especially if you like cajun-style!
Benno Deltz opened this restaurant in 1983 after spending years as the manager of Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant, a popular local place down the street. His goal was to operate with a cajun flair and offer a more casual atmosphere.
Since then, not much has changed. Benno’s is still a favorite of many and still has it down on cajun style seafood in a laid back environment.
Choose from fresh shrimp, oysters, gumbo, pasta and more served up fries, seasoned potatoes and garlic bread.
The simple blue brick building is unmistakable and you’ll almost always hear Cajun music on the speakers. The menu is simple and the servings are plentiful.
When in season, Benno’s is known for its crawfish. Don’t forget to make room for the homemade bread pudding.
Yelp Reviewers Say:
“They have outdoor seating that faces the beach.”
“I mean, don’t pass up this place! It is delish and the helpings are plentiful! Always a fan favorite!!”
Learn More: Benno’s on the Beach
2502 Seawall Blvd, Galveston TX
Fish Tales has one of the most scenic decks on the seawall so you can take a break and stop in for lunch or dinner. Locals aren’t big fans of chain restaurants and this location is under the Landry’s Inc. brand. Regardless the view is great during events or on a breezy summer afternoon.
Fish Tales in Galveston, TX offers shrimp, catfish etouffee as well as ribs and non seafood selections. They also offer a nice selection of desserts.
They are located directly across from Pleasure Pier on the Seawall at 25th Street. When kids are hungry and everyone needs a break from the beach or amusements it makes for a perfect choice.
There is plenty to choose from on the menu for both kids and parents. They have everything from burgers to seafood to soups. Plenty of dessert options too.
You can sit outside right above the busy intersection which can get noisy. If you enjoy the bustle then you’ll love it. Seating fills up fast during special events.
What Others Say:
“…the food was Awesome, seriously good. Kinda pricy…it was worth it.”
“They have such a variety of food that almost anyone can find something to eat. I wouldn’t hesitate to eat here again.”
“Beautiful views, either inside or outside and such accommodating, helpful staff. Great place for sure.”
“Nice restaurant overlooking the seawall and the gulf.”
More Info: Fish Tales
Galveston Seafood: West End
These great Galveston seafood restaurants are located west of 61st Street on Galveston Island
Jimmy’s on the Pier
9001 Seawall Blvd, Galveston TX
Jimmy’s on the Pier in Galveston is a unique dining experience on the island as it is the only restaurant/bar that is over the water, situated on the Galveston Fishing Pier. They also have a souvenir shop and coffee shop.
On warm days you can enjoy your drinks, food and the view outside on the deck. They also have a full indoor dining room and bar. This is a full-service restaurant, so you can relax and enjoy the scenery. while the servers there to take care of your dining experience. Service is usually very good and the staff is quite knowledgeable.
Jimmy’s is known for seafood dishes, shrimp and burgers. Visitors rave about the fish tacos and shrimp tacos. As a family friendly place, there are plenty of choices for the kiddos.
The full bar is open until 10pm and 11pm on the weekends depending on the number of customers.
Also known as the 91st Street Pier, Jimmy’s is the only location in Galveston that is located over the water and claims the best view in town – come see for yourself.
What Others Say:
“Love this place!”
“The food is amazing. View is amazing. Very impressed, can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend.”
“Right on the water, on a pier! Good food, service and happy hour. Very friendly and laid back…”
“Had shrimp tacos and they were excellent! …all loved the food along with the panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico.”
“Very nice place to have dinner and watch the sunset. This is a must try for the food and views!”
More Info: Jimmy’s On The Pier
14302 Stewart Rd, Galveston TX
Inside Waterman’s Marina
Waterman’s Restaurant in Galveston is located about 10 minutes west of the hustle and bustle of the Seawall. You’ll find a calm peaceful spot right on West Galveston Bay.
This is a three-story building with good food and great views. Downstairs next to the marina is a more casual spot for burgers and drink specials. Upstairs you’ll find a more upscale resort-type atmosphere.
The interior of the restaurant has salvaged timbers from Galveston’s oldest buildings and are
with oversized windows and comfortable furnishings – this is definitely a place to relax.
Expansive outdoor decks overlook the bay, and the menu offers a great selection of seafood which makes Waterman’s Restaurant an experience you won’t want to miss. Try the snapper, shrimp or delicious burgers. There is something for everyone.
What Others Say:
“Ordered takeout here and it was delicious.”
“The shrimp kisses and the seafood treasure chest were great. We’ll definitely come back!””
“I had the broiled shrimp stuffed with crab, with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. Delicious.”
“Beautiful venue on the water at sunset also.”
More Info: Waterman’s Restaurant
Nate’s Westend Seafood & Steaks
17515 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd, Galveston TX
Opened in 1993 and recently changed ownership, this west Galveston local favorite is worth the drive. This is a casual seaside dining experience with indoor and patio seating. It’s a small place that is often packed full of customers. It has a full bar and feels like a hometown diner.
The portions are large and the food is excellent. In addition to perfectly cooked fish and seafood, you can also get amazing chicken fried steak, mouthwatering ribeye steaks as well as beef filets. The burgers are some of the best on the island.
You’ll find a complete selection of fried fish and seafood. For an appetizer get the fried mushrooms, they are delicious and enough come in one order to have as a meal.
Nate’s has recently changed ownership after the original owner died in 2019. The new owner also owns Tipsy Turtle, they are making some menu changes with plans to expand the dining area and the bar.
What Others Say:
“We were on vacation on the Gulf, and chose Nate’s as our big family out-to-eat night. The food was delicious. The fried mozzarella sticks are a must.””
“We visit Nate’s at least once a week. Always had good food and great service”
“We love their Onion Rings and the burgers are huge!”
“Convenient for take out or dine in. Always packed… next visit I’m trying chicken fried steak.””
“We LOVE the pecan crusted snapper! It never disappoints.”
“We eat here several times per month and it is consistently good.”
More Info: Nate’s Westend
2226 61st St, Galveston TX
Cajun Greek in Galveston is located on 61st Street tucked away as a local favorite. They are a proud local restaurant that believes in supporting the local community. Best known for fresh seafood served on huge platters. You can get cajun dishes, greek food, burgers, fried seafood and more. They are only open for dinner so arrive early.
You’ll find a laid back atmosphere and a friendly staff. The mouth-watering seafood comes from the Gulf and is seasoned to perfection with a Cajun flair.
You don’t want to miss this as one of Galveston’s hidden treasures! There is always something new to try whether it is seafood, cajun, greek, or americana – it’s all good at Cajun Greek Galveston.
What Others Say:
“OMG!!! If I could give it 10 stars i would!”
“WOW! Food was amazing- Service was Top Notch.”
“I don’t know how….the best gyros in the Houston and Galveston area.””
“Best seafood ever! Fried Calamari- super soft and well seasoned. Crab cake – something amazing, perfect made and super fresh.”
More Info: Cajun Greek Restaurant
Darlene’s Shrimp Shack
1727 61st St #1097, Galveston TX
Darlene’s Shrimp Shack has some of the freshest and most flavorful shrimp on the island, all from a small and crazy decorated food truck!
They serve shrimp, hushpuppies, french fries and canned drinks. Best of all, all of it is SO GOOD. They offer hand battered (coated with crunchy panko breadcrumbs) fried shrimp or you can choose “naked” shrimp, which means it has no batter. They are cooked to perfection.
All orders come in a “basket” with 10 sweet and most shrimp. You choose your flavor from 10 different seasonings.
There is an outdoor seating area where you can watch the birds right on the water. You simply can’t find shrimp that are more fresh. They literally come off the boat to the shack!
Posted hours are 11a-3p weekdays with Friday, Saturday and Sunday hours until 8pm. Don’t wait until the end of the day because they almost always sell out!
What Others Say:
“Wow! This little food truck comes with the most fresh, flavorful and abundant shrimp.”
“We eat at this Food Truck every visit to Galveston…”
“I loved it so much I picked up some more for lunch on our way out of Galveston. Very fresh.”
More Info: Darlene’s Shrimp Shack
Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks
7 Hope Blvd, Galveston TX
In Moody Gardens Resort Hotel
Situated on the 9th floor of Moody Gardens Hotel you’ll find Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks, a premier destination for fine dining in Galveston.
The restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows with gulf views as well as signature Gulf dishes such as Shrimp Dejong and Lobster Bisque.
Shearn’s Lounge – the bar that is just outside the restaurant – has spectacular views of the Moody Gardens Pyramids and sunsets over Galveston Bay. Ideally, choose the lounge over the dining room. It’s less formal and has the best views anyway!
Shearn’s at Moody Gardens in Galveston is a great place to celebrate a special occasion. The menu at Shearn’s is simple and straightforward. Reservations are required for fine dining as hours are limited. Call ahead or make a reservation online.
What Others Say:
“This is THE Best high-end restaurant on the island.””
“Beautiful views, especially sunset viewed from the lounge and excellently mixed drinks from the bar.””
Great service. The food is amazing and fantastic view!
Came here on my last trip to Galveston, The atmosphere and decor are great, as well as the food. Would recommend!
More Info: Shearn’s in Moody Gardens Resort
Galveston seafood restaurants are plentiful, which is only natural considering the fact that Galveston is an island situated on the Gulf of Mexico. Most local restaurants serve up fresh seafood dishes and have their very own specialties. However, you aren’t limited to seafood, the island has plenty to offer with there is an excellent variety of restaurants in Galveston. If you happen to be visiting along the Seawall and enjoying a day at the beach, then check out the restaurants on the Seawall for a quick bit or relaxing dining experience.