About Galvez Bar & Grill
Galveston, TX 77550
Galvez Bar & Grill is the go-to restaurant for local seafood as well as cocktails. Galvez Bar & Grill features fresh seafood from Galveston’s Pier 19, steak, Po Boys, award-winning Gumbo, salads and a variety of bar bites including filet mignon sliders and flatbread pizzas. Its Sunday Champagne Brunch is a top choice for Open Table users and was named as one of the top 100 brunch restaurants in the U.S.
Seafood, Southwest, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Sunday: 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Jazz Duo on Friday and Saturday evenings and pianist during Sunday Brunch from 11am-2pm.
Complimentary valet and parking in north lot when dining.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Ghost Tour Dinners offered on the second Thursday of the month at 6p.m. Advance reservations required.
Galvez Bar & Grill Ratings and Reviews
This was not my first visit, I came here ...
This was not my first visit, I came here for my anniversary and wanted to bring my friends to sample the greatest Brunch in the Houston Galveston area. There were 2 things that I did not care for on the buffet, they put rye bread in the bread pudding and the prime rib was very tough. I loved the smoked salmon it was my favorite. The server was very gracious always filled our glasses and took good care of us. Thanks from the Joneses
We were disappointed in the food. The co ...
We were disappointed in the food. The cornbread muffins served before the meal were dry. We had the calamari appetizer which was bland and rubbery. My wife had the seafood cobb salad, which was ok but lacked flavor. I had the daily catch, blackened redfish, and it was also cooked properly but lacked flavor. All in all we expected more flavor.
Fortunately the service was great, which saved the evening.
Their usual great Sunday Buffett. But ca ...
Their usual great Sunday Buffett. But can you imagine no black eye peas or cabbage served on New Years Day. Most of their staff has trouble understanding English and got irritated easily when you misunderstood them. Maybe just a bad night New Year's Eve..
First time for Brunch on New Year's Day. ...
First time for Brunch on New Year's Day. Wasn't what I expected and thought that it could have been a little more special. Food and drink was good. Service was exceptional. Just didn't have the excitement that was hoping it would for the cost.
So sorry to say our special New Years Ev ...
So sorry to say our special New Years Eve dinner was not up to expectation. Poor service. Poor quality of food
They did apologize and say we were not the only ones who complained. Sad for such a beautiful and well established hotel to have such a bad dinner experience
We went to this restaurant in the histor ...
We went to this restaurant in the historic Galvez Hotel for New Year's Eve. We ordered the special New Year's Eve dinner, which proved to be a mistake. I have dined there before and the food was much better in the past. The main course - steak and lobster - was the most disappointing. The steak was tasteless and the lobster tail had little meat on it. The service started out fine, but then got very slow for the dessert and for getting the bill. We practically had to tackle the waiter to get the dessert served. The restaurant was not at all crowded at this time as we ate fairly late, so not sure what the problem was.
The general ambiance and the jazz band were enjoyable, but didn't make up for the disappointing dinner.
Had a terrible New Year's Eve dining exp ...
Had a terrible New Year's Eve dining experience. Have eaten at the Galvez several times before and liked it -- even at their large Thanksgiving buffet, but after this experience will not be back. We ordered their 4 course dinner being offered for the night (you could also order off their regular menu). Took over an hour to get our cocktails and place our food order -- at this point knew not to have high expectations for the night, but we were not in any hurry seeing that it was New Year's Eve. The first course arrived which was a salad -- the salad was much too cold and you could tell it had been plated hours earlier. After a while our main course arrived -- our appetizer still had not been served -- at this point we asked to speak to the manager. We accepted our main courses and later the appetizer was served. Most of the steaks were not cooked to our order -- most were way over cooked -- the waiter had no idea how any of the steaks he was serving were cooked. What a disaster. The manager did deduct 50% of the food cost from our bill -- just wished we would have had a nice dining experience instead.
The waitstaff was working hard, but they ...
The waitstaff was working hard, but they were stretched thin. It is New Years eve, and we knew a big formal dinner is being planned for later tonight.
Our food ( Shrimp gumbo, fish tacos) was cold. We were hesitant to eat it because it seemed like it had been sitting around. My husband's seafood salad came without dressing, and when he requested some, the waitress brought him a tiny portion. The food would have been good if it wasn't cold.
Brunch at the Galvez is a special occasi ...
Brunch at the Galvez is a special occasion in its own right. The food is delicious and the beachfront view is outstanding. Watching the activity and the people is fun. The hotel is nicely decorated for Christmas.
We went to the Galvez buffet to celebrat ...
We went to the Galvez buffet to celebrate my niece's birthday. The food did not disappoint. There was plenty of fresh boiled shrimp and crab legs. The seafood campechana was the best I've had anywhere. Some of the meat items on the buffet were a bit overcooked, but that's not unusual on a buffet, and they had plenty of freshly prepared and carving stations to compensate. It wasn't even necessary to partake of those items on the buffet with everything else being offered. Our service left something to be desired, but I think that was particular to our table, as we noticed others around us had their drinks refilled constantly and were never waiting for anything. Our server seemed to be mainly serving tables in a distant part of the restaurant and we were a bit of an afterthought for her. Took ages to get our bill and drink refills were slow in coming. Overall, it was an outstanding value for the price of the buffet. We had a really enjoyable meal with a great view of the Gulf.
Excellent champage buffet brunch for the ...
Excellent champage buffet brunch for the price. They have a pasta station, omelet sttion and carving station ith two roasts. Oysters on the shell, shrimps and crab claws. Also breakfast items and plenty of desserts.
Stayed at the Hotel Galvez to attend a s ...
Stayed at the Hotel Galvez to attend a show at the Grand Opera House. Had dinner there before the show as a convenience. My wife and I split a spinach salad and each had the onion soup. Both were excellent. We wanted to eat light since it was right after Thanksgiving, so we skipped the main course and jumped to desert. We each had the pecan pie. It hit the spot. Love the stay and the meal.
I can't comment a whole lot since my hus ...
I can't comment a whole lot since my husband and I went for a late night snack of appetizers for him and the shrimp gumbo and spinach salad for me which were all quite adequate. What made the visit memorable was the very nice service from our greeter and subsequent wait person, Kay. She was SO sweet and accommodating and made us feel right at home.
The Sunday Brunch Buffet was remarkable, ...
The Sunday Brunch Buffet was remarkable, as always. We have been enjoying them for decades, and we have never been disappointed. The service is outstanding, the food is delicious, and the views from the dining room windows are breathtaking. Whether you want breakfast, seafood, healthy, or a hearty meal, you can't go wrong with the Sunday Buffet. I will come again!! Oh, and keep those mimosa glasses filled!
We went to try their Sunday brunch & it ...
We went to try their Sunday brunch & it was a good experience. The hotel was beautiful & being right off the beach the view was wonderful for taking in brunch while sipping on mimosas. The food was good, but not great. They had a good variety of items on the brunch buffet from king crab, prime rib, gumbo & endless mimosas. Their service was excellent. Their brunch buffet is definitely a must try once experience for the price. We later tried their regular bar & grill menu and actually liked it better than the brunch buffet.
Cobb salad was horrible, only pale and w ...
Cobb salad was horrible, only pale and white iceberg lettuce, stale bacon bits sprinkled sporadically as all other ingredients were just sprinkled on top. Asked to be served with vinegar and oil. Only oil was some olive/soybean blend (not real olive oil) and they didn't have any balsamic vinegar in the restaurant. "Shrimp and grits" was nothing like the description on the menu, the shrimp was all battered and fried over a deep fried polenta "square" and then covered with some sort of jambalaya-like sauce--nasty. Only club sandwich was good, but if you can't get a club sandwich right, might as well be at McDonalds.
An abundant Sunday brunch and unlimited ...
An abundant Sunday brunch and unlimited mimosas in a historic hotel. A bit pricey ($42 PP) but lovely for a special occasion or elegant treat. There was a great variety of delicious food and service was attentive without being overbearing.
Fabulous Sunday Brunch. Just about ever ...
Fabulous Sunday Brunch. Just about every imaginable food, all deliciously prepared and presented. Oysters on the half shell, fresh pasta station, omelet station, carved to order prime rib and a whole room full of desserts. Plus the bottomless mimosas!
Bad food, didn't get some things that we ...
Bad food, didn't get some things that we'd ordered, and the hot dishes arrived cold -- just bad food. Bad ambience - felt like we were in a cool hotel with a Denny's stuck in the middle of it. People in shorts and flip flops allowed in and kids running around - it would be okay for a hotel lunch or breakfast restaurant but not for a supposedly nice and relatively expensive dinner.
We were seated up against a wall with no ...
We were seated up against a wall with no space at a tiny table. The buffet was crowded, and it was difficult to find what you wanted...spoons, bowls, etc. The price was high based on the quality of the food served.
"Anniversary" was written on our reserva ...
"Anniversary" was written on our reservation card. The hostess never said anything about our anniversary nor did she explain the food stations as other staff did. Our waitress was amazing other than she never mentioned our anniversary either. The food was outstanding. We were sat a window table overlooking the gulf. The view was fantastic. My husband and I had a great time and enjoyed the wonderful food.
The Sunday brunch buffet was phenomenal. ...
The Sunday brunch buffet was phenomenal. There were so many choices, from traditional breakfast to seafood to prime rib, pretty much everything was delicious, and the selection was incredible. Also, mimosas are included with the buffet. Need I say more.
Minor gripes: I really wanted biscuits and gravy, and they only had biscuits. I survived. Also, the service wasn't great. I know it was a buffet, but for the cost of the buffet (I believe it's $45/person), I would expect refills on my drink. We had to chase down our waitress multiple times to ask for things like coffee refills and our check. We actually had to ask for the check 3 times before we got it, and it took an hour for her to bring it to us. That was a little frustrating, but again, we survived, and the extra hour of waiting gave our stomachs time to make some room for another plate.
It was the perfect end to my bachelorette weekend, and arguably a pretty good solution for a hangover. I'd do it again.
Kinda quiet with a live piano+ bass jazz ...
Kinda quiet with a live piano+ bass jazz duo at the bar that was very nice. Great kids accommodations being the hotel's every meal restaurant. They gave us a table with a nearby spot to stash the stroller, dedicated kids menu, they ate free. We were surprised that the wine list had so many moderately priced options, convinced us to snag a bottle rather than just a glass. The food was great. The gumbo is excellent, non-okra, dark roux, without overcooked seafood.
The staff kinda disappears at times. Not complaining, we appreciated the slow pace and family time. Overall we had a great meal in a very nice hotel.
It IS a great brunch. Awesome selection ...
It IS a great brunch. Awesome selection - all inclusive. The problem is timing it right, and we timed it all wrong. We had 11:30am appointment, but due to the lack of decent cab service in Galveston or regular shuttle service between Wyndham properties, we were around 10 minutes later. When we got there, the line to check-in a little over 10 minutes long, so checked in around 11:52am. Then we waited another 10+ minutes in the buffet line.
By 12:45pm, there was no line at all. I think if you hit it right at 11am, or wait until 12:30pm or later, then you will have a great experience...
even though made reservations had to wai ...
even though made reservations had to wait in line for over 20 min to get a table with people who had reservations and ones who didn't
they were nice when I talked to the manager but doesn't seem like anything will change
Makes it hard for elderly or those with physical problems that make the standing a long time hard
It was to celebrate a birthday and everyone seemed to have read it on the reservation (except hostesses) and wished him a happy birthday and made him feel special
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