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About Galvez Bar & Grill
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.
Galveston, TX 77550
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
Decided to dine here for historic purposes. Very disappointed. Service was terrible. I had to get place setting from next table as had no silverware when appetizer came. Food just ok but not what we thought from advertisement. This is mostly a bar scene with food and not an evening dining in my opinion. We will choose one of the neighboring chains on our next visit.
There was no one in the restaurant. We asked for a lemon piccata sauce for our fish and they charged us an additional $5.00. I am not accustomed to restaurants charging me extra for a sauce like this and the fish was dry. I think they have a ways to go before I would recommend this restaurant. The waiter was good and professional but the food was disappointing.
Excellent brunch. Many options from pasties, waffle bar, freshly made omelets, apple wood smoked bacon/sausage, eggs benedict, smoked salmon, crab legs, oysters on the half shell, assorted veggie options, pastas, mashed potatoes, prime rib, roasted pork and many assorted desserts, not to mention never ending mimosas!!! Seating in bar area for single diners with live piano player. About $45 + gratuity. Excellent value, quality with touch notch service. My champagne glass was never empty. Beautiful, historic hotel.
First I would like to preface this by saying that we were here for Easter Brunch and it was excellent. So good, in fact, that we decided to return the next weekend. Big mistake, should have stayed away. We had reservations for 11:15 AM, arrived at 11:05, valet'd the car and went inside to find that there was a long line to check in. 11:25 we finally arrived at the check-in stand. It only got worst after that, everything was a line, we finally abandoned the thought of getting to the salad/cold bar and went to the pasta and omelet stations. Went back, line still out the restaurant so went to the roast beef station.
The cause, apparently, was that the hotel entertained a wedding party using the buffet as the meal, obviously, this overwhelmed the inadequate preparations of the buffet team. If they had prepared the same as they did for Easter Sunday this would have been avoided. Will I be back? Probably not if I find a line to talk with the hostess.
This was our second time for the Sunday brunch. The first time it was excellent all the way round. Food, service, experience, ambiance. This time the food was still excellent, but this was overshadowed by the horrible set up and experience. We had a reservation for 1100 and arrived a little before 1100. There was already a huge line of folks just waiting to check in. They did not even begin checking folks in until a few minutes after 1100, thus, we were not even seated until almost 1130. I cannot imagine why they could not begin taking names as folks arrived?? And then just call them when their table was ready like at any other restaurant? One staff member told me it is because they seat the reservations as they check in, but take the names of the walk-ins. That still makes no sense to me if you don't start that process until 1100. This also completely threw off the pacing of the buffet, leaving it virtually empty for the first 30-40 minutes, and then completely backed up with lines out the door after that, literally waiting 20 minutes in the food line before getting to the main table. And this then is what makes it not worth the cost... with an 1100 reservation, you should have time to to get through the buffet several times before your parking expires at 1... but not so! The first time (since we were seated by 1130) there was no wait at all and barely anyone in the buffet yet, but when we went up again, it was the 20 minute wait. I will say that the last time we were there we had a much later reservation, and that by the time we left today (just before 1) it was running smoothly with no crazy back ups, so this may just be an issue of the morning. The food is good, but the poor organization just makes it not worth it.
Service is slow, slow, slow. Holiday weekend and they seemed to have enough staffing, but waiter would disappear for a long period of time. Other tables around us had the same issue - waiting on the waiter! Food was ok, but not worthy of the price. I love this hotel and so wish the quality of items on dinner menu would improve.
We were celebrating our anniversary and had never eaten at this restaurant. It was a nice atmosphere, very good food and service, and a nice surprise when our waitresses brought us a piece of Key lime pie with "Happy Anniversary" written on the plate. Very thoughtful.
I made reservations online, which were honored. I was the first one at the restaurant and was sat promptly. Unfortunately, while waiting for my party (about 30 mins) not a single server acknowledged me or seemed to want to help me. It wasn't until the rest of the party was sitting down, that I had to still flag someone to retrieve our server. Once there, the server was attentive. But either way, I do not think that this is a good way to treat a guest. At least acknowledge the person and make them feel like they're welcome. The food was amazing! They pretty much had a selection available for all taste buds! A bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. Which was outstanding food. Again, the service, not the best that I've experienced.
The Hotel Galvez brunch lives up to its reputation and then some! It was very difficult deciding, so much to choose from and so little time (I could have grazed all day!) And to top it off service was great with never ending mimosas and more. My new go to destination whenever on the island is Hotel Galvez!
The Galvez was always known as the Traditional standard. This was my first visit to her since she was taken over by The Wyndham The main lobby is now a combination of the reception/sign-in desk, a walk-up bar, a casual restaurant and a "formal" restaurant. It is very difficult to tell one area from another. Somewhere in the mix there is also an area of "lobby seating". My husband and I had evening dinner reservations and wandered around from the walk-up bar to the lobby seating and then were finally directed to the "restaurant" which was just an extension of another area. No dividing wall or sense of privacy.
Now comes the meal part of this review. All I can say is "don't". I ordered a Caesar Salad - and was told by the waiter that this consisted of leaves of romaine lettace tied together and served with Ranch Dressing!!! Caesar Salad??? Next came the Shrimp with Polenta with a fairly spicy sauce. The polenta was deep fried, over fried is a better word, and was tasteless. The sauce was acceptable and the shrimp non-descript. Quite frankly I feel the meal was sub-standard and would never eat
The Sunday brunch at Hotel Galvez is absolutely scrumptious. We were so impressed by the variety and quality of food. The omelette, pasta, and carving stations are outstanding. It's also fun to see which new ice sculpture they'll have on display. Highly recommended!
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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