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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
The food tasted great and the ambience was befitting for our 12 th year anniversary just being in the hotel we got married at. The only problem we faced was a mouse running back and forth in the booth across from us. That scared the wife and also gave a bad taste in our mouth for some great tasting food. Then after we notified the staff, one of the waiters sat a woman and her son in that booth in spite of all of the seating available and there was plenty. The manager moved that family to a different booth and put a table cover over that table and the one next to it with reserved signs on them. He also had a pest control company place a trap u see the table but our of the view of customers.
I was a little disappointed that our original seat by a window was given to a couple that arrived before us and asked to switch. So we were stuck behind a wall. Also, I was cut in line by quite a few gentlemen at the prime rib station and ended up having to fight to keep my spot. The gentlemen in front of me were very picky about their pieces of meat so when I got up, I wasn't picky and the woman handed me an almost all fat piece of meat. Even my boyfriend said he would not eat that. The waitress was nice, but I overheard her talking about TripAdvisor to get more money...I am in the Guest Service Industry and a Trainer/Consultant and that is not very professional. Our waitress was also definitely on island time taking her time to make rounds. But overall I did truly like it and I absolutely love the Galvez. Thank you for a good Sunday Brunch. A little pricey for the quality though...
Sunday Brunch is incredible! The food is very fresh and tasty, not like most buffets! Many options from oysters, crab, shrimp, lox, prime rib, ham, pastas, omelettes, waffles, and much more! The creme brulee was the best ever! Our table did not have a view, so that was disappointing. We made reservations several days prior, so I guess I should have requested a view. Other areas we walked through looked beautiful. Wish we didn't have to drive home after brunch, or we would have enjoyed those bottomless mimosas! Overall, great food!
The Caesar salad was comprised of whole romaine leaves with salad dressing and Parmesan at their base. I did not know if I should dip each leaf by hand into the dressing or cut them all and toss in the dressing. The waiter did not know either, but commented others had complained/asked about the dish. The shrimp gumbo was tasty.
My sisters and mother and I had a late lunch at this establishment. The onion soup was excellent and the shrimp poor boy was good. The club sandwich and the quesadilla were passable. I believe we would have enjoyed the experience more if we had not be fighting the flies the entire meal. When we complained about the flies we were told that it was normal for the area. We will not be going back to this restaurant to eat again.
Noise was an issue. For a while after we arrived, there was no music and it was great. Then, they began blaring this hideous music. Our not-so-attentive waiter didn't seem too interested in our opinion on the subject. He was most interested in getting us out so they could seat someone else. Of course, that didn't keep them from tacking on a 20% tip on the bill automatically (even though I had written in a 10% tip, considering the service we got had the fact that it was a buffet). This was not our first time, but will probably be our last time.
The food was good, but not sure it was worth the hassle & I don't like waiting in long lines.
We stayed at the Tremont & drove to the Galvez after we checked out of the Tremont. That was a HUGE mistake. Took 15 minutes to find a parking spot & had a 10-15 minute walk back to the hotel, unless you are willing to fork out another $18 plus tips for the valet.
They need to set up the lines better. It took 10 minutes to go through the line. The food I wanted was almost to the end of the buffet & waiting in line for 10 minutes is just too long.
I think if you are staying at the Galvez then the buffet would be a better deal. At $43 per person plus tax & tipping $22.00 to the wait staff (that was my fault) that only brings you drinks is a bit pricey.
Our experience at the Galvez Sunday brunch is consistently outstanding. I live in Houston and while we have many very good places for brunch, the Galvez Sunday brunch is the number one of all. The diversity and quality of the food is superb and the service consistently good.
Ofcourse the atmosphere of the Galvez was awesome along with the valet services a plus, but since I was last there for brunch 1 1/2yrs. ago it seems that the choices of food items has lessened & the quality of the food is not as good. The waiter assigned to our table was not attentive, we sat without refills , water & mimosas, for long periods of time when I finally seen her again I whispered to her that she should keep her eyes on our drinks as the other waiters were doing with their tables, it went smoother after that, almost bothersome. I & another in my party are not sure if we will come back again for brunch.
Terrible service. Cold coffee, without coffee spoons. Slow service. Had to ask for everything, the waitress did not anticipate even the simple things, like replacing used silverware. Plates were stacked up on the end of our table most of the time. When we left, my main course plate was still sitting beside our dessert plates. This place is too nice for mediocre, fast-food style service!
The hotel also lost power (not their fault, storm hit), but unfortunately, while the lobby got lighting and a/c, the a/c never kicked on in the arboretum and it got really hot! This did not help our experience. It was supposed to be the awesome end to my daughter's sweet sixteen weekend. Not impressed.
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.
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!
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 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
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