Savor Galveston: Exploring Galveston’s Restaurants. For a small city, Galveston packs a big personality. Houstonians and other travelers love escaping here for its pier and seaside recreation and special cultural and culinary appeal. Galveston makes for an easygoing, easy-to-love waterfront hub that’s worth making time to visit.
The Island in winter has a special charm. Sure, we know that Galveston is a seaside resort and it’s amazing in summertime, but the truth is, it’s pretty amazing in winter too. The sea in winter is special, the light is awesome, the sounds of the waves is soothing, the seagulls dancing over the water are mesmerizing, and the salty tang of the sea exhilarating. A little wintery sunshine is inviting enough for a walk on the beachfront. On your way, you’ll cross people walking their dogs, others jogging or cycling and some simply admiring the sea. There’s life on the beachfront even in winter. And if you’re lucky enough, you might even enjoy a couple of hours sitting on the beach, reading a good book while the children collect shells or build castles in the sand.
The beachfront is home to a variety of businesses. As you stroll along you see bars and restaurants serving everything from ice-cream to high end seafood restaurants.
With the famous Pleasure Pier as a backdrop, daytime traditional seaside fun mixes seamlessly with nighttime funky beachside culture. If you’re inkling for a delicious meal overlooking the beach, several island restaurants are ready to help you put distancing worries aside and serve you and your families outside in an open-air setting. From casual beach hangouts to steakhouses, sweet treats, family-owned establishments, fine dining experiences and the freshest Gulf seafood, Galveston Island offers countless delectable eateries to suit everyone’s taste no matter the budget, craving or time of day. From seafood, to steakhouses, Italian, Greek, Asian, German and Mexican – the choice is abundant.
From January 9 – February 5, 2023 savor the Island’s vibrant food scene at the tenth annual Galveston Restaurant Week for four full weeks of delicious dining. Participating in Galveston Restaurant Week is easy! No tickets or passes are required! Food lovers may simply dine out at as many participating restaurants as they like during Galveston Restaurant Week. Two or three-course dinners will be priced $20 to $60, two-course lunches will be priced $10 to $30, and brunches will be priced $10 – $40.
Dine Out for Charity
Returning this year, restaurants are collecting charitable donations to be distributed to local community groups. The donation amount varies by participating restaurants between $1 and $5 and will be added to each Restaurant Week menu item. The focus of the chosen charities is feeding, supporting, and the health of the children and families of our community. This year’s charities are Galveston ISD Educational Foundation, Resource & Crisis Center of Galveston County, and Teen Health Center, Inc.
You could support the extraordinary local restaurant industry by taking advantage of great-value special menus at some of Galveston’s best eateries and fill your taste buds with deliciousness all month long for a taste of summer in winter. Perfect for the family or for date night.
Outdoor dining patio options
FROM BOAT TO TABLE
There’s no shortage of opportunities for seafood satisfaction on the island. One of the favorites to enjoy is what the locals call a “Boat to Table” day. You don’t need a boat or a fishing pole to indulge! Visit a local seafood market and cook a meal at home or dine at one of Galveston’s MANY seafood restaurants that serve seafood from local waters.
Katie’s Seafood Market
Sampson & Son’s Seafood
Galveston Shrimp Company
GO BOAT TO TABLE WITH THIS DELICIOUS OYSTER RECIPE
Courtesy Gaido’s Famous Seafood Restaurant: A Cookbook Celebrating 100 Years
San Jacinto Butter
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced yellow onion
4 tablespoons white wine
16 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 vegetable or chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon salt
For San Jacinto Butter
Sauté the garlic and onion in the white wine in a sauté pan until very tender.
Combine the garlic, onions, wine, butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a blender, and process to puree.
12 oysters on the half shell
4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
Melt the San Jacinto Butter in a small saucepan. Brush the oysters generously with the butter until coated all over. Sprinkle the cheese over the oysters.
Grill the oysters for 5 to 10 minutes until the butter bubbles. Watch closely to ensure cheese doesn’t burn. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.