Eating Like a Local in Historic Downtown Galveston


Best Restaurants in Downtown Galveston

Whether you’re famished after a day at the beach, meeting friends for happy hour or just grabbing lunch before boarding a cruise ship, choosing a place to dine in Historic Downtown Galveston can be overwhelming.

And while restaurant reviews and blogs can be helpful, the most reliable dining recommendations come from folks who live in Galveston year round.

That’s why your friends at Mitchell Historic Properties has compiled a list of local favorites to help make your choice a little easier.

Shrimp ‘N Stuff Downtown

216 23rd St., has been a Galveston crowd pleaser for 40 years! At their new downtown location, you can dine indoors or outdoors, and the patio is pet friendly! They’re famous for their expertly-seasoned, hand-battered items like Fried Shrimp and Fried Catfish, mouth-watering Crab Balls. But the real show stopper is Shrimp ‘N Stuff’s Po Boys.

They also serve a delicious Shrimp Salad Stack, Catfish, Oyster and Crawfish po-boys, just to name a few. Try a combo platter along with a cold bucket of beer. Fresh seafood, generous portions and reasonable prices makes Shrimp ‘N Stuff one of Downtown Galveston’s most popular restaurants.


Olympia Grill at Pier 21

100 21st St.  A menu filled with four generations of treasured family recipes keeps customers coming back to Olympia Grill. Enjoy a memorable lunch, dinner, weekend brunch or even happy hour with a gorgeous harbor view, famous for its sunsets.

Lunch favorites include items like Grilled Fish Tacos, Gyro Pita and Falafel Pita. For dinner, start with a Wild Gulf Shrimp Avocado Cocktail or Saganaki, a grilled cheese flambé! Gracing the menu are entrees like Olympia’s award-winning, slow-roasted Braised Lamb Shank and Gulf caught, grilled Red Snapper fillet.

With a variety of menu choices from fish to burgers, to vegetarian Greek specialties, there is something for everyone at Olympia Grill.


Riondo’s Ristorante

2328 Strand. A beautiful, historic restaurant located right in the heart of Historic Downtown Galveston, featuring fresh pasta, traditional Italian dishes, wood fired pizza and an impressive wine list. Riondo’s serves lunch until 3pm every day and has one of the most popular happy hours in Galveston, from 3pm to 7pm Friday thru Sunday.

The dinner menu boasts many Italian specialties like Lasagna Bolognese, Fettuccine Primavera, and Brodetto Di Crabmeat – jumbo Gulf Coast lump crabmeat, roma tomatoes in white wine sauce served over linguine.

Fresh fish, shellfish, veal, chicken and filet mignon also grace Riondo’ s menu and fresh, house baked artisan bread complements every entrée.

Brunch is served every Sunday from 10am to 3pm and offers delicious selections like Grand Marnier French Toast with Fresh Strawberries, Lobster and Saffron Raviolis and Colossal Crab and Poached Eggs Sardu served with Canadian bacon and creamed spinach.

Come see why Riondo’s was voted one of the Top 5 Most Romantic Restaurants in Texas!


Fisherman’s Wharf at Pier 22

2200 Harborside Drive. This award-winning, family-friendly restaurant is located right next to the Texas Seaport Museum, home of the 1877 tall ship Elissa.

Enjoy a stunning view of the Elissa while you dine on a selection from the Wharf’s extensive menu featuring daily fresh fish specials, seafood combo platters, pastas, perfectly prepared steaks and savory chicken dishes.

Known for exemplary service, the staff at Fisherman’s Wharf is always happy to serve their guests some Galveston favorites like Shrimp Gumbo with Andouille Sausage, Cajun Stuffed Pork Chop topped with crawfish tails, and of course their famous Shrimp Kisses – shrimp stuffed with jalapeno jack cheese and wrapped in bacon.

Visit Fisherman’s Wharf for Happy Hour, from 11am to 7pm Friday thru Sunday for great drink specials and awesome dockside munchies.


Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks

2100 Harborside Drive. Surround yourself with beauty as you enjoy a scenic view of the harbor and dine in the elegant atmosphere of Willie G’s.

Sleek, modern décor, custom furnishings and breathtaking artwork are just part of what makes Willie G’s one of Downtown Galveston’s favorite destinations.

The other part is the cuisine, of course! Start at the raw bar with fresh from the bay, Oysters Rockefeller or their creamy Lobster Bisque.

Treat yourself to a fresh fish specialty like Hazelnut Trout with grilled tomato salsa or Blackened Snapper Lafitte with crabmeat, shrimp, avocado, roasted vegetables and coconut rice.

Stop by Monday through Friday and sit at the bar for specials like Sliders and Shrimp Diablo and have the bartender mix you a specialty cocktail like the Cucumber Mojito or Desert Pear Margarita. Delicious food, beautiful atmosphere and excellent service, Willie G’s certainly has it all.