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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 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.
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.
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 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, 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 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 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.
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