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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Galveston

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Galveston? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Vargas Cut & Catch restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1185)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Galveston
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Galveston's historic downtown district, Vargas Cut and Catch is a contemporary Steak House serving USDA Prime Steaks and the Freshest Seafood available.

We look forward to serving you soon!!

Sincerely,
Paco Vargas and family

Street parking is complimentary after 6:00pm

Top review
Glenvip
Dined on Apr 9, 2024
Another excellent dinner and night out. From cocktails and appetizers to main courses, wine, and desert, it was a true treat. Personal attention by Bruno, our server, added to the evening.
A photo of Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3789)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
Paco is the definition of the "All American Dream", awarded the 2019 "Faces of Diversity Award" by the National Restaurant Association. This prestigious award honors those who have achieved success through perservance and determination embodying the American Dream.

Rudy & Paco's offer the freshest seafood and steaks with a Central American flare. Come experience fine dining at its best with Paco and his staff.

We are honored to have the opportunity and privilege to serve you and your family.

~ Paco Vargas and Family

Lunch - Street parking is available, pay at parking meter or by App
Dinner - Street parking is free after 6 pm.

Dress code is strictly enforced for Dinner.
No shorts for men, women (including rompers) and children. Men must have a collared shirt (no t-shirts) and no hats.

Dress code for Lunch is casual with shorts acceptable but no hats.




Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 11, 2024
Always great food and fantastic service. Paco and staff are exemplary!
A photo of Trattoria la Vigna restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1396)
$30 and under
Italian
Galveston
About the restaurant
Trattoria La Vigna is your very own little slice of Italy in Downtown Galveston. We offer delicious lunch specials, fresh pasta made daily, homemade desserts, and much more! ​
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 8, 2024
The pricing is about double at the restaurant than what it states on open table, yet food and ambience is absolutely amazing and worth it
A photo of Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2226)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Galveston
About the restaurant
Welcome to Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood, where every bite is a masterpiece!
Nestled in the state of the art Pelican Rest Marina, our culinary haven, helmed by the talented Chef Diego Rueda, offers a journey of flavors.

Enjoy panoramic water views, creating an unforgettable dining experience. Step into an upscale oasis, where warmth meets sophistication, perfect for sharing moments.

Our commitment to quality resonates in carefully selected ingredients, ensuring each bite is a blend of freshness and flavor. From sizzling steaks to succulent seafood, our menu celebrates culinary expertise. Indulge in our award-winning wine list, featuring ultra-rare and premium beef from around the world, fresh local seafood, and savor the most unique bourbon selection.

Number 13, is your lucky number for unparalleled dining.
Join us—where cuisine, views, and warm hospitality converge into magic.

Elevate your moments because, at Nu

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Best of Galveston not even close, food-wine list - service - atmosphere - the bar - outside vibes. This is the best place around.
A photo of Riondo's Ristorante restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1014)
$30 and under
Italian
Galveston
About the restaurant
Riondo's serves a casual lunch and upscale dinner with unmatched hospitality on the strand in Galveston. Riondo's also provides a private banquet room for rehearsal dinners, small weddings and all your special occasion needs. Chef Rico provides housemade pastas, mozzarella cheese, artisan breads and Gulf Coast Fresh Seafood, Wagyu beef and local farm to market produce from Moon Dog farms. Located in the historical Strand District in Galveston, come enjoy a romantic night at Riondos.
Top review
ElaineF
Dined 2 days ago
The food was fabulous and our Server (Eric) was Professional, helpful and knowledgeable. His recommendations were spot on and delicious.
A photo of BLVD. Seafood restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1894)
$30 and under
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
BLVD. Seafood is a new casual dining restaurant on Seawall Boulevard. Featuring fresh seafood and steaks.
Top review
LauraH
Dined 2 days ago
Great food and service, just a bit loud to have conversations for a table of 6
A photo of Saltwater Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2133)
$30 and under
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
The Saltwater Grill is located just steps away from The Grand 1894 Opera House. Featuring an array of tantalizing fresh-from-the-grill and fresh-from-the-kettle seafood specialties, Saltwater Grill is in a class of its own when it comes to quality and attention to detail.

Saltwater Grill was just named Galveston's 2016 Restaurant of the Year. Thanks to everyone who voted!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Apr 8, 2024
Dependable and friendly service! Never disappointed!
A photo of The Steakhouse at San Luis restaurant
4.8
4.8 (629)
$50 and over
American
Galveston
About the restaurant
Indulge in the Island’s finest, award-winning cuisine at The Steakhouse, featuring USDA Midwest grain-fed beef, live Maine lobster, and an award-winning wine list. Recipient of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award® since 2004 and selected as one of the “Top Ten Texas Steakhouses” by food critic Tom Horan, The Steakhouse is an extraordinary dining experience for any connoisseur. Our high-quality cuisine and impeccable service are complemented by an elegant ambiance featuring hand-crafted mahogany woodwork, leather furnishings, and other luxurious amenities.


Valentine's Day Dinner
Celebrate your love with a romantic four-course dinner, expertly crafted cocktails, and a prestigious wine list at our award-winning Steakhouse.
($159 per person)

Top review
ChristinaF
Dined 5 days ago
Food was amazing, service was even better. Carlos was a fantastic server.
A photo of Shearns Seafood and Prime Steaks restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1428)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Galveston
About the restaurant
Shearns Seafood and Prime Steaks is pleased to now be available on Open-Table. As a perennial AAA Four Diamond award winning restaurant, Galveston's finest restaurant is unsurpassed both in cuisine and service with a spectacular view of the Moody Gardens Pyramids and back bay. Local Galvestonians flock to this Island oasis to enjoy the signature dishes of Executive Chef including prime beef, exquisite veal and lamb and the freshest gulf seafood available. The Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks experience is easily on par with Houston's finest restaurants at a much better value.

Dressy Casual attire required. No Shorts, Rompers, Tee Shirts or Tank Tops, Collard Shirts Required. Jeans are allowed on the dining room floor-no cuts offs or ripped jeans.

Top review
CarrollN
Dined 6 days ago
Fantastic food and atmosphere. Service was impeccable. Food a cut above. Truly one of the best experiences. The tres leches will spoil you for eating it anywhere else.
A photo of Grotto - Galveston - San Luis Resort restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1332)
$30 and under
Italian
Galveston
About the restaurant
Located inside the San Luis Resort Galveston, Grotto offers an Old Country trattoria ambiance & classic Italian cooking with recipes made on premises. Creations include many “Old World” signature dishes such as Neapolitan thin crust pizzas, Snapper Siciliano, Veal Parmigiana, Braised Pork Ragu & Pappardelle, Antipasta, and house-made pastas & fish selections. Enjoy Grotto’s famous Peach Bellini or an extensive collection of Italian and domestic wines while overlooking the pool at San Luis Resort.

Valentine's Day Dinner
Celebrate your love with a romantic three-course dinner with Gulf views, the finest wine, and an intimate ambiance.
($74.95 per person)

Top review
MikE
Dined 4 days ago
The food here is amazing. Large portions as well. Try the chocolate cake, fantastic.
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