Located just 50 miles away from Houston’s city center, Galveston Island is a beach oasis that’s always within reach. Every year, the Island welcomes millions of tourists and travelers, some of which stick around to take in attractions like Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn, and of course, the beach. Others are headed to the cruise ship port, en route to their dream vacations.
For Houstonians, Galveston offers the perfect spot for a weekend getaway or off-the-beaten-path date night. After strolling along the beach or taking in the tourist trap that is Pleasure Pier, these 22 Galveston restaurants offer a variety of diverse cuisines and atmospheres.
Ranging from casual seafood shacks to upscale New American eateries, let this map of Galveston’s essential restaurants be your vacation dining guide. Whether you’re looking for lunch, brunch, dinner or drinks, Galveston has something that will fit the bill.
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1. Number 13
This steakhouse boasts both a raw bar and a lengthly list of beef options. Grab a seat on the patio outside and enjoy sweeping views of the marina while you dig in to a pricey (but worth it) 24 ounce dry-aged porterhouse.
2. Yamato Japanese Restaurant
This long-standing sushi and hibachi spot has served up some of Galveston’s freshest Japanese fare for 20 years. Alongside the extensive selection of sushi rolls, yakisoba, hibachi steak, and green tea ice cream are on offer.
3. Leon’s World Finest Bar-B-Que
For some down home, timelessly good BBQ, head to Leon’s. The smoked meats here come highly recommended from Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn, which is really all the endorsement you need. Don’t forget to top off your experience with a sumptuous slice of pecan or sweet potato pie.
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