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Restaurants in Galveston, Texas: Local Seafood, Cajun, and More

Restaurants in Galveston, Texas, offer RVers and vacationers a mix of local seafood, Cajun gumbo, barbeque, Asian, Italian, Mexican, German, and more with cafes, fast food, and upscale eateries. If that makes Galveston Island look like a diner's paradise, it is because it is. Many Galveston restaurants are RV friendly, with adequate RV parking.

Restaurants in Galveston, Texas

Here are some of the restaurants in Galveston that we patronized or have heard especially good things about:

Mario's Ristorante
2202 61st St
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: 409-744-2975

Mario's Ristorante -- the one eatery in Galveston that choose to go back to again and again. Everything about it rated well. We went for the weekday lunch buffet. The waitress said we had to try the seafood bisque. It was divine -- a rich, creamy, cheesy thick-but-not-pasty soup, with real crab, shrimp, surimi, and crayfish. I wouldn't swear to it, but I think it also had bits of lobster. If I'd had nothing more than a bowl of the bisque, I'd have left a happy camper. But, there was more -- lots more. A salad bar with fresh fruit, pasta salads, greens and other salad vegetables, toppings, and side dishes. A pizza bar. The main buffet featured eggplant parmigiana; Bob and I agreed it was the best eggplant we'd ever eaten. The buffet food was fresh, with the cold items cold and the hot items hot. And, there was a dessert case. Service was friendly and efficient. Prices are the best we've found on the island. They have a convenient parking lot. They have a convenient parking lot with reasonable RV parking. Be careful not to confuse the Mario’s Ristorante on 61st Street with the two other Mario’s in town.


Dawn Donuts
6302 Stewart Rd
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 741-0044

Fresh donuts and freshly made kolaches—that’s what you’ll find at Dawn Donuts! The apple fritters are excellent. The jelly filled donuts are melt-in-your-mouth wonderful. The kolache selection is extensive. The spicy boudin kolache is my favorite kolache, but we’ve liked everyone we’ve tried. Prices are very reasonable. They are oftentimes quite busy, but counter service is still good. We find room there to park out small motorhome, but if you go there with a large motorhome or fifth-wheel, you may need to park in the large parking lot across the street.


Miller's Seawall Grill
1824 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-8777

Miller's Seawall Grill, also called Miller's Landing, serves fresh seafood. The shrimp and grits were…can grits be described as "exquisite?" The grits were creamy and oozing with gouda cheese, flavorful in a delicate way, topped on one side with carmalized mushrooms and onions. And on the other side of the bowl, sat a mound of fresh, sweet, slightly spiced, perfectly cooked, plump shrimp. We dined at Miller's Seawall Grill mid-afternoon on a Sunday. The place was packed, with a 20 - 30 minute wait for a table. While they serve fish and oysters, and burgers, we chose three shrimp dishes. We started with Shrimp Galvez, an appetizer of shrimp sauted in a Spanish sauce. Delish! The shrimp gumbo was good, though contrary to how the menu described it, was only mildly spicy, and the sausage was diced into teeny bits. And the shrimp and grits -- the star of the meal. But, then, our waiter described the peach cobbler: a boat filled with a split biscuit, topped with glazed peach slices, covered with a butter and brown sugar crumble, and baked until the crumbles started turning into a chewy toffee. Then, they covered the cobble with a rich, warm, maybe-rum, sauce, and added a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzles. Plan to share or bring home leftovers. Miller's Seawall Grill has off-street parking for cars, but we parked our motorhome on the street in front. Update: We returned the next time we were in Galveston. The crab balls are wonderful. The fried shrimp dinner special is a deal. The shrimp and grits are as good as we remembered. The peach cobbler…still to die for, but now more a cobbler, rather than over a biscuit.


Shrimp ‘N Stuff (Original Location)
3901 Avenue O
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-2805

Shrimp N Stuff is a Galveston classic for shrimp, oysters, and catfish. It’s a casual, counter serve eatery. You have your choice of a table inside or out on the patio. Try the shrimp salad po boy—mine was stuffed to overflowing with sweet, plump shrimp. Try the fried coconut shrimp. Try the catfish. Try the crab balls. Try the oysters. Be sure and try the fish and shrimp tacos. Okay, we’ve eaten at this original location of Shrimp N Stuff several times, and all the fish and seafood has been excellent. The hush puppies are good, too. Order al a carte, skipping the regular sides. Then, treat yourself to  Fire Balls (boudin balls with cheese and jalapenos)! There’s a parking lot adequate for a van or pick-up camper, but if you are in a bigger RV, use street parking.


Henry's Mexican Restaurant
2823 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 765-8400

Henry's Mexican Restaurant is a great example of one of the best things about RVing: getting to eat foods from various regions and ethnicities. Being in Galveston, we’d expect Mexican food and seafood, and Henry’s does a good job with those. But, what drew us to Henry’s was the Ecuadorian food. Food from Ecuador is not something we find everyday. The beef pastelitos plate was excellent. The pastry was fried crispy, the filling was moist and flavorful, and the sauce chunky with tomatoes and onions. It is an order-at-the-counter place. Prices were reasonable. There’s street parking for big vehicles—like your RV. Oh, be sure to try the green sauce—has some kick, but is more about flavor than heat.


El Ray Mexican Restaurant
1519 39th St
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 457-3472

The sign on the wall reads Restaurante El Ray, a nod to the authentic Mexican heritage. Generous portions of excellent, flavorful food, served by a friendly and efficient waitress, at great prices! The selection of breakfast plates and breakfast burritos is extensive. If you are looking for an inexpensive (cheap) place to eat, El Ray is the place. And, to top it off, they do have table service, not just order at the counter. There’s street parking, adequate for big rigs.


Lily's Kitchen Honduras Food
3726 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 539-5020

Lily's Kitchen Honduras Food is a perfect example of why eating out is an important part of our RV travels. Not every community has a restaurant the features Honduran food. We shared combination plates, so we’d be able to try a variety of dishes. We enjoyed every bite! Much of the menu is written in Spanish, without English translations. Service was good. Food excellent. Prices reasonable. We had front door street parking for our motorhome.


El Gusto Del Pueblo
3714 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-0410

El Gusto Del Pueblo, while not expensive, isn’t the cheapest Mexican restaurant in Galveston. But, the food is superb. The meats in the carne guesada, azado pork, and desebrada en salsa verde (shredded brisket in green sauce) are tender. They taste like they’ve been slow simmered in spicy sauces for hours. Portions are generous enough that we had leftovers to take home to make burritos the next day. Service was good. There’s street parking in front of the eatery, and additional parking behind it.


Pho 20
2101 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 750-9200

The sign at Pho 20 says it is a Vietnamese noodle restaurant. Thus, it seemed appropriate to order noodles. I had the vermicelli bowl with char-grilled beef, and was quite happy with my choice! Bob ordered the Vietnamese seafood hot and sour soup. It was a huge bowl full,  steaming hot, fragrant, and flavorful. I was happy with his choice, too! Luckily, we share. Both the fresh shrimp spring rolls and the fried egg rolls were also good. Our waiter did an excellent job. Prices are reasonable. Tablecloths and fabric napkins were an unexpected, pleasant surprise.  Located near the RCC Home Store thrift shop, Pho 20 is a convenient lunch stop. We found reasonable street parking for our small motorhome, but if you have a large RV, parking could be difficult.


Donut Palace
2117 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 765-8022

Donut Palace is located a couple doors down from Pho 20. We stopped in after lunch, not the least bit hungry. Still, we left with bags of pastries and breakfast kaloches. Can a donut place earn an excellent rating simply because they have pineapple filled donuts? I suppose not. But, when the donut itself is delectable, and the kolaches have a spicy sausage in a slightly sweet, soft dough, and it has pineapple filling, it gets a top rating. Oh, to be fair, the service and prices are good, too. But, that pineapple filling at Donut Palace just stands out! We parked our small Class C motorhome on a side street.


Bronco Burritos
4917 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 762-9344

Bronco Burritos serves up excellent burritos for breakfast and lunch. The most popular seems to be its namesake, the Bronco—and for good reason. The Bronco is stuffed with eggs, potatoes, bacon, cheese, refried beans, and chorizo. The pork chop breakfasts and the tamales are two more specialties. The tortillas are freshly made, and oh-so-good. I’ve heard people go there just for the hot sauce, and I can believe it! This is an order-at-the-counter place, but service is good. Prices are very reasonable. We found adequate RV parking along a side street about a block away. Bronco Burritos is one of many Mexican restaurants on Broadway Avenue J.


Nate's Westend Seafood & Steaks
(alternately known as Nate’s West End)
17515 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd
Galveston, TX 77554
Phone: (409) 737-9530

Nate's Westend Seafood & Steaks serves wonderful hamburgers and fries. That said, we’ve had gumbo, po’ boys, shrimp, and oysters at Nate’s and they were wonderful, too. The lunch specials fall into the “home-cooked” category, such as fried pork chops and hamburger steak. It is bar, as well as a restaurant, a loud, lively place; not somewhere you go to visit over a quiet lunch. Considering this is Galveston Island, the prices are great. The Seven Seas Grocery store is next door, handy if you are staying at one of the many RV parks out on the island. RV parking is down the alley a bit.


Mercadito Y Taqueria Inc.
3802 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 762-5870

Mercadito Y Taqueria Inc. is a Mexican market and Mexican restaurant. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. It was the most authentic Mexican we’ve had in Galveston. Most of the menu is written in both Spanish and English, although some of it is only in Spanish. Our waitress was pleasant and efficient. Prices are reasonable. There is street parking, adequate for small RVs, but could be difficult for larger RVers.


Leo’s Cajun Corner
3201 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 765-5151

Leo’s Cajun Corner may just have converted me to like brisket! I’m not a bar-b-que or smoked meat fan. I was happy with the Cajun shrimp at Leo’s. But, I tasted the beef brisket Bob ordered—wow—it was tender, lean, had no gristle, and was not overly smoky. The boudin balls are rice dressing style. The dominating flavor of the gumbo was very salty, very smoky sausage. They have a meat market counter where you can buy sausage and other smoked meats to go. The Cajun Corner is counter serve; prices and portions are reasonable. The parking lot looks big, but we found it awkward to maneuver our small motorhome in it, so opt for street parking.


Rivera Mex-Sal Restaurant
4901 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 762-6369

Rivera Mex-Sal Restaurant is certainly not your run of the mill Tex-Mex eatery. Rivera’s is Mexican and Salvadorian. It serves some of the best Salvadorian food that we’ve had. If you aren’t familiar with food from El Salvador, I suggest getting one of the combination plates. Try the loroco (edible flower) pupusas. The service was very good. Prices were reasonable, especially considering that we had food left over to bring home. We found RV parking on the side street, adjacent to the restaurant.


Tongs Happy Buddha
2827 61st St
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 744-5774

Looking for a place to sit down for lunch—a restaurant with table service—we headed to Tongs Happy Buddha. And, service we got! The staff kept our water refilled; checked to see if our food was good and if we needed anything else; and offered a to-go box without being asked. The menu includes standard Chinese American dishes. Prices are reasonable, but this isn’t the place to drop in for a cheap Chinese lunch. Tongs Happy Buddha is a large restaurant, with a large parking lot, making it a good meet-up place for a group of RVers to gather for lunch or dinner.


Home Cut Donuts
6807 Stewart Rd
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 744-8887

We stopped at Home Cut Donuts for sweets and kalaches on a Sunday morning. That’s apparently a popular thing to do! We grabbed the last two seats at the counter. The filled jelly donuts are exactly that—filled! The croissant breakfast sandwiches looked delicious, but I opted for the boudin kolache, instead. Even though our motorhome is small, we needed to park in a neighboring lot.


Panaderia Navarro Bakery
3801 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 765-1771

Walking into Panaderia Navarro Bakery, we thought it was a general store, with all sorts of Spanish items. Then we spied cases of baked goods, two walls full of them. The helpful clerk handed us a tray and tongs. We picked out a variety to go. The labels were in Spanish, so some we had an idea of what we were getting, and others were a surprise! They were all fresh and full of flavor. Even a few days later (well, it was quite a large variety that we picked!) the pastries were tender and flaky. Panaderia Navarro Bakery is a Mexican bakery, with inexpensive sweet treats and traditional Mexican favorites. We parked our small motorhome in the parking lot, but larger rigs would do better parking on the side street.


Catfish Station
6105 Stewart Rd.
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 632-7730

Catfish Station…fast food in a strip mall…how good could it be? Turns out it was very, very good! It was some of the best blackened catfish we’ve had in years. The fried shrimp were good, too. The employees were friendly. Prices are reasonable. There’s plenty of parking for large RVs.


Los Compas Taqueria & Mexican Restaurant
2314 45th St
Galveston, TX 77550   
Phone: (409) 762-1140

Open for breakfast and lunch, Los Compas Taqueria & Mexican Restaurant, is located in a renovated home in downtown. My breakfast taco was stuffed with bacon and eggs. Bob’s huevos rancheros were excellent. The salsa and ranchero sauce both had flavor and a good kick. Servings were generous. Service was very good. Another plus for Los Compas Taqueria & Mexican Restaurant is that it is a sit-down restaurant, where you sit at a table, and the waitstaff takes your order and brings out your food. RV parking for big rigs is iffy, at best.


Denny’s Restaurant #7629
1410 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-5954

You know Denny’s Restaurant as a 24-hour, family chain restaurant. This one stands out with quality food, competent servers, and the fact that they offer their lower price value menu, even though the cafe is located on the Seawall. We like this Denny’s for a sit-down, American food breakfast, served any time, and at reasonable prices. Bob was impressed with the “Eggs in a Basket,” a menu item perfect for satisfying the need for a bacon fix. There is usually paid parking for RVs available along the seawall.


Way West Grill & Pizzeria
16708 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd STE B
Jamaica Beach, TX 77554
Phone: (409) 974-4934

Way West Grill & Pizzeria is actually in Jamaica Beach, not Galveston. But, Jamaica Beach is sandwiched between the main part of Galveston and the west end of Galveston Island. So, I’m adding the review here to the page with restaurants in Galveston. It is conveniently located in a strip mall with a washeteria (laundromat) and a hardware store. Way West Grill & Pizzeria is family run. We were personally welcomed by an elderly gentleman who stopped by our table to chat and check on us, even though it is a counter serve restaurant. We were there on Sunday, so didn’t get to try the lunch special. My burger was hand pressed. The pulled pork on Bob’s sandwich was smoky. His sandwich came with in-house pickled onions and jalapeno peppers, which were delish! There’s room for RV parking behind the building, close to the laundromat.


Peking Buffet
6125 Central City Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 356-4289

If you are in Galveston and in the mood for a Chinese buffet, the Peking Buffet is the place. The buffet is extensive. It includes a sushi bar and a hibachi grill. If you are dining with picky eaters or someone who only eats “American” food, they’ll find “kid friendly” choices on the buffet, such as chicken nuggets, fries, pizza, and ribs. The BBQ ribs, by the way, were meaty, tender, and tasty. While I preferred the pot stickers, General Tso’s chicken, and other Chinese dishes, I admit, I did enjoy one of those ribs! There’s a large parking lot, making it big rig friendly.


The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe
512 14th St
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-5500

If you feel like a breakfast splurge, The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe is a delightful place to go. The freshly baked pastries and desserts are scrumptious. The Oysters Benedict is a real breakfast treat for oyster fans. Both the service and the food were very good. Try the jalapeno and cheese bread! Stop over at the attached gift shop that carries a mix of new and old items. RV parking is iffy.


Texas Star Bakery
5425 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 744-5905

The pan dulce at Texas Star Bakery are excellent. The empanadas had a generous pumpkin filling. The pineapple popovers were flaky, with a sweet pineapple filling. We wished they would have had kolaches, burritos, tamales, or breakfast tacos, the way most of the other bakeries in town do. We found reasonable RV street parking.


Shipley Do-Nuts
5401 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 740-4276

Shipley Do-Nuts is a bakery chain that’s been around for a long time. I first went to Shipley’s back in the mid-seventies, when, during spring break, I visited my snowbird parents in McAllen. Shipley’s donuts and kolaches were good then, and they still are. The kolaches are bigger than most of those at other area bakeries. Hope for street parking for your RV.


Pizza Pirates
located at Galveston Island RV Resort
23700 San Luis Pass Rd.
Galveston, TX 77554
Phone: (409) 200-2745

Pizza Pirates is the onsite food wagon at Galveston Island RV Resort. The pizzas are huge, with generous toppings. Days and hours are limited, as is the menu, and vary with the time of year. When staying at the resort, it is super convenient to get a Friday night pizza, without having to leave the park. As for RV parking…well, it is a full-service RV resort with excellent ratings.


Bambu Mexican Grill
1220 23rd St
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 497-2281

Bambu Mexican Grill has a different vibe to it than the other Mexican food places we’ve been to here on Galveston Island. The decor, bamboo plant, square plates, and the way the food was plated give it sort of a fusion feeling. The food, service, prices, and portions were all okay. There was plenty of street parking for our recreational vehicle.


Cajun Greek
2226 61st St
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: 409-744-7041

Cajun Greek is popular with locals. Before you order the Crabber's Seafood Soup, ask if they have crab; the day we went, they were out, but "forgot" to tell us when we ordered. The soup broth was hot and spicy, loaded with squid rings, celery, potatoes, carrots, and slices of sweet corn on the cob. It was topped with oysters and shrimp. If it had had the namesake crab, it would have been impressive. The blackened catfish po-boy was okay. The Cajun dirty rice that came with the bacon-wrapped shrimp appetizer was the best part of the meal. We found adequate parking for our 24-foot motorhome in the Cajun Greek back parking lot, though it was a Sunday afternoon, when businesses who share the parking lot were closed.


Seahorse Grill
3802 Cove View Blvd
Galveston, TX 77554
Phone: (409) 741-8400

Seahorse Grill offers table service, as well as counter service and take-out. We started our lunch with the shrimp jammers--deep fried shrimp with a cheese and jalapeno stuffing. They were served hot and fried to perfection, but disappointingly, that they were not presented on a tortilla and garnished, as shown in the table-tent pictures. The catfish tacos tasted fresh, as did the hand-pressed hamburger. Located in a busy west end strip mall, we had just room to park our small motorhome.


Los Lazos Tex Mex
6316 Stewart Rd
Galveston, Texas 77551
Phone: (409) 443-5309

Th “Tex Mex” part of the Los Lazos Tex Mex is confusing. They advertise being authentic Mexican, and the menu looked more authentic than most. We went for a quick breakfast taco, but did not see them on the menu. They did, however, have a breakfast plate with mole sauce on the eggs, something not every Mexican restaurant has. There is adequate RV parking.


The Gumbo Diner
3602 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 762-3232

Named “The Gumbo Diner,” we thought we’d better try the gumbo. It comes in two sizes, and the “small” that we ordered was a large bowl. We split it and an oyster plate for a satisfying lunch. There’s large parking lot behind the cafe, making it very RV friendly.


Rice & Curry Indo-Pak Cuisine
712 7th St.
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 974-4906

Rice & Curry Indo-Pak Cuisine is the only Indian and Pakistani restaurant that we’ve found currently in business in Galveston. It has a small buffet for lunch. The best part of the meal was the rice pudding! There’s a parking lot beside the building that had room for us to park our small motorhome, however larger RVs would need to find street parking.


Rudy & Paco Restaurant and Bar
2028 Post Office St
Galveston, TX 77550 
Phone: 409-762-3696

Rudy & Paco Restaurant and Bar is steak and seafood with a South and Central American influence. The food was excellent, though very expensive. Atmosphere is white tablecloth, with business or nicer dress for lunch, and a dress code for dinner. Paid street parking is available nearby.


Papa’s Pizza
4400 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 766-7272

Papa’s Pizza in Galveston is popular with families. It’s very popular with families with young, loud children! The lunch buffet is different than what I know of as a buffet. You walk through the line and make your selections, but you don’t help yourself. The food is behind windows, and you tell the employees working the food line what you want. I liked this, in that it must be more sanitary than a typical buffet. However, I missed being able to take a little of this and a little of that, and a little of the next thing. The employees were friendly, the price cheap, and the food good. There’s convenient paid parking on Seawall; for our motorhome, it cost us a dollar. 


Taco Cabana
2729 61st St
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 740-1316

Taco Cabana is a fast food Mexican chain restaurant. Bob particularly liked the brisket breakfast taco. I appreciated the salsa bar. This Taco Cabana is located in the same parking lot as a large grocery store and several other large stores, so you’d think it would have good parking for RVs, however the lot is signed that RV and truck parking is prohibited.


Waffle House
2825 1/2 61st St
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 741-9323

Some Waffle House locations are better than others. The highlight of the Galveston Waffle House is that it is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu items are available any time of the day or night. Parking is adequate for small RVs.


Pho Tai
3728 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 762-3888

The Vietnamese food at Pho Tai was really good. Our waiter did a decent job and the portions were reasonable. We were able to park our motorhome on the street, in front of the diner. Prices on the menu were reasonable, but the cashier tried charging us more.


Mario's Seawall Italian Restaurant
628 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-1693

Mario's Seawall Italian Restaurant, Mario's Pizza, and Mario's Ristorante are three very different eateries in Galveston. (See our review of Mario's Ristorante, higher up on this page.) The atmosphere, food, and service varies greatly from one to the other. We didn’t know that, and went for lunch at Mario's Seawall Italian Restaurant, expecting it to be similar to Mario's Ristorante—it wasn’t. There’s a parking lot across the street that may have room for small RVs.

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