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About Olympia Grill at Pier 21
Welcome to Olympia Grill at Pier 21, "Restaurant of the Year" 2014 & 2015
Located on a working harbor with a great view of vessels going up and down the channel and dolphins frolicking in the bay. The best seafood and view of the sunset in Galveston. We offer private dining for between 10 and 300, and have accommodated many large functions such as the Commemoration of the USS Fort Worth, many weddings, bachelorette parties and rehearsal dinners.
The Kriticos Family
Galveston, TX 77550
Seafood, Greek, American
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm< Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Belly dancer to perform on Friday and Saturday night in the dining room from 7:00-7:30PM
We offer full service event planning, from parties of 10 - 300.
Public parking lot directly in front of the restaurant. 3 hour validation for all guests
Cool Tour Stops
Tikie Kriticos, Larry Kriticos, Ector Moreno
Private Party Facilities:
The Compass Room: A perfect place for meetings, anniversary parties and intimate wedding rehearsal dinners, etc. The room accommodates up to 60 guests for seated dinner or 75 guests for cocktail parties.
The Top Gallant Room: Situated in the heart of the historical downtown Strand District, the Top Gallant room overlooks Sangerfest Park from the 3rd floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building. It is a perfect location for a wedding receptions, reunions, holiday parties, awards banquets, etc. This room accommodates up to 250 guests. Whether for a plated dinner or buffet, our staff will surely make your party a success.
The Patio: This is where guests come to relax and enjoy the sunset over the Pelican Island Bridge and watch the hustle and bustle of the harbor. With a sunken full bar for your drinking pleasures, this is a perfect place to have a leisure luncheon or dinner parties with friends and family.
Private Party Contact:
Wendy Hsu: (409) 765-0021
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Olympia Grill at Pier 21 Ratings and Reviews
We were lucky enough to sit outside on a glorious day - we enjoyed the view of the sunset over the harbor. I try to avoid sitting indoors here because the acoustics are horrendous, so if you have a large party you cannot hear those further from you at the table - parties of 4 or fewer are fine. Outdoors that difficulty evaporates and you can enjoy the experience. The servers work hard and are attentive. The food is solid and good but definitely a bit overpriced.
We stopped in for dinner and loved it. We have a child with severe food allergies and they were very accommodating. Also everyone wanted a different type of food and we were able to all find something we really liked. Gumbo, burgers and gyro plate were excellent!
We researched the menu on our ferry ride coming from Bolivar.
Disappointed that the lunch menu was not in effect when we tried to order from it, we missed it by
45 minutes. Asked about happy hour and was told "nope not until 4:00". Our waiter was not friendly, acted like he had no conversation skills. The bees swarmed us at the outside table. When we obviously were swatting them unable to finish our meal, our waiter was called over and he said "I heard the bees don't bite". No offer of agreeing that our lunch was being ruined by having a dozen bees swarm around us or even moving inside until we asked directly and carried our own plates and drinks inside to finish.
I expected more, wanting to please a patron attitude would have been nice. Rather we were offered only how we had missed lunch and happy hour and fought with bees. The food was delicious, even though our waiter got the order down wrong and seemed to be unaware that he missed the opportunity to make us feel welcome. I think that a $54 lunch with water to drink is too much these days to have so many issues. If we return we will make sure to check the timing very carefully and hope for a friendly waiter.
The hostess was an absolute witch. I made a reservation for 2:30 on a Wednesday during spring break the morning of the meal. We have eaten there, happily, many times before and I requested a table outside in a specific location in the sun. When we checked in with the hostess, she was curt and could not find the OT reservation and then clearly hadn't looked at it to see the requests. They've accommodated requests before at much busier times of the year. This more senior hostess placed us away from the heat lamps, not in the sunny area requested and next to the closed bar. It was windy and cold. The server volunteered to have us sit in the sunny area even though it wasn't her section and then the hostess came out and argued with her in front of us. We were seated at that point so the hostess went off in a huff. I still gave service 3 stars because the server took great care of us. The food is healthy, fresh and always terrific but this woman needs to realize people make reservations with open table!
Excellent food and service! We had calamari and a split Greek salad to start, both delicious and appropriately portioned, split a inexpensive ($39) bottle of wine, and absolutely demolished the shrimp lover's and mixed grill kabob plates. The side items were also quite tasty (rice, steamed, and grilled veggies). No room in our full and satisfied bellies for desert, but they have quite the selection, so your sure to find a few options which would easily leave you waddling out. This is my parter' and my favorite Galveston restaurant and we can't wait to come back!
The food, wine, and service were all excellent. We especially appreciated the waitress's advice to wait until we saw the size of our appetizers before ordering our entries. It turned out that one of the appetizers that we ordered was quite large, and we subsequently decided to order only one entre instead of two. We wouldn't have been able to eat the extra food, and, since we were in town on vacation, it would have just gone to waste.
On the downside, we were unpleasantly surprised about having to pay $12 for parking, considering how much we spent at the restaurant. If there was dedicated restaurant parking, we sure didn't see it.
We enjoyed a great family lunch/brunch on first Mardi Gras weekend. We sat on the outdoor patio. As the golf cart parade and art car parade assemble on pier 21 we got to see them gather for the parades. Service was top notch and everyone found something to enjoy.
Very accommodating as I added people to our reservation twice. The food was tasty - especially the sweet potato fries and the stuffed shrimp. Our waitstaff was attentive. There were ten of us at a long table, which made it hard to have one conversation, but that may be the nature of a table for ten.
Good place but not up to expectations. The décor was nice - casual, with a waterfront motif. Our server was pleasant but not terribly attentive, and the food was only ok. We had the misfortune of sitting near a large group of 20 or so people who were very loud and at times we had trouble hearing each other across the table. I'd go back, but probably not for dinner and with a different set of expectations.
My review MUST be at least 50 characters.. WELL - Since I seriously believed you were asking me for my opinion, and I was, in fact, doing you a favor by responding, I have decided to NOT write a review.. - Although - the food was Wonderful - AND our server, Cody, did an exemplary job.
This was the second time we visited:
1. Ambience: we sat outside. It was a nice evening.
2. Portions: very large for us. We basically have lunch for next day. Lentil soup is like a meal by itself. The side Greek salad is easily twice as big as any side salad in other restaurants. Fried sweet potato side can be shared between two to three people. Dolmeh side has four small pieces.
3. Quality: my fish was good and the white crab topping was as heavenly as before. Asparagus was as overcooked before. And my daughter, once again had to look for the seafood in her dish. This time it was mussels. Just a bunch of empty shells. She said she found one piece of mussel in her food.
3. Wine list was OK. The Greek wines "*featured in July's Galveston" something magazine were mediocre.
So sadly I have to drop one star (from 4 to 3)
A group of five ladies for dinner Saturday Night. Service was good, Food was average. Ethnic dish OK, Filet steak overcooked, was gladly replaced by properly cooked meat, but not very tender, and no sauce options offered. Meal of variety of Shrimp quite good, and Chicken Picatta generous serving with lots of veggies, but not very tasty.. Apple Pie a-la-mode did not have hardly any cinnamon seasoning in the few apples in it and only one small scoop of ice cream. Maybe a better place for lunch than dinner.
We were a group of approximately 15. Everyone said the food was just "ok". Service was below expectations, especially when it came time to receive check and pay. Although a large group we have had much better service at previous visits and other local eating establishments.
Gyros was made from minced meat, which is unfortunatly very common in the US but not authentic at all ... and not tasty!
One waiter tried to serve appetizer and main course together. Another disease in food cultur in this country. The main server chased him back, but the main course was then considerably kept warm.
Very noisy on the terrace, due to ventilation.
Unusually few typical Greek meat courses on the menue.
Restaurant can be confused with the other restaurant in the building right at the entrance.
Magical evening, thanks to fans powering the breeze, a gorgeous sunset, and dolphins playing in full view. The food was good, but we over spent for what we had, so we have to keep it for special occasions. Wish we could enjoy the dishes we enjoy more often!
We were seated promptly on the deck, which we had requested. The owner, Larry, manager, Wendy and manager, JR, all made a point of coming by our table. Our waiter, Cody, remembered my prior special request cocktail. Food and drinks were all excellent and we had a great time.
My husband and I went for lunch and enjoyed the Greek avocado salad with chicken (large portion that I took home for a second meal!) as the seafood sampler. Service was very good. We sat outside looking over the pier to the side of the building as it was quite windy in the main porch area. No problem changing tables! A favorite on Galveston Island!
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