Ask anyone who has spent time in Galveston and they’ll tell you: there is no shortage of things to do and ways to have fun in this little island paradise off the coast of Texas. Situated in the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston offers visitors family fun, amazing beach experiences, ocean activities, golfing, fishing, shopping, and art museums. And of course, don’t forget some lovely dining experiences that offer unmatched sunset-accompanied views. So when you find yourself at the end of your activity-filled day, head to one of these beautiful spots to close out your night perfectly.
Olympia Grill at Pier 21
No visit to Galveston would be complete without taking in the sights and sounds of an evening spent at the Olympia Grill at Pier 21. Voted restaurant of the year for 2014 by Galveston.com, this restaurant is sure to bring you an amazing menu display and an unforgettable ocean side view of the Galveston Harbor.
The menu, often hailed as the only thing better than the view, boasts a complimentary pairing of seafood concoctions to go along with a full bevy of Mediterranean options, including pizzas and pastas. The cooking styles and combinations are not lacking in this family-owned restaurant with owners born and raised in Galveston as first generation Greek-Americans. The menu features Gulf Coast, Creole, and Greek cooking styles, just to name a few.
Benno’s on the Beach
For those looking to experience as much variety and quantity of seafood possible, look no further than this fun, family restaurant located right on the Gulf of Mexico. Home to some of the more stunning sunset views in Galveston, Benno’s on the Beach (aka Benno’s Cajun Seafood) serves everything from shrimp and crawfish to crab and oysters.
Specializing in downhome Cajun seafood, Benno’s will be sure that, along with your Gulf view, you’re enjoying some of the world’s finest jambalaya and crawfish et éouffée. Folks leaning more toward a conservative seafood approach or a non-seafood option can enjoy Benno’s rich selection of fish fillets and even a Cajun seasoned chicken that is sure to leave you contemplating another order.
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Calling Galveston home since 1983, Benno’s is oftentimes the life of the party on Seawall Boulevard. Its noisy and active ambience will draw you in long before the Cajun seasoning sets the hook. And with the Gulf of Mexico resting at its borders, Benno’s outdoor seating is the ideal spot to enjoy an evening or take a mid-day break.
When it comes to seafood, few can argue with what Texas Monthly has called the premier restaurant of the Texas Gulf Coast. And when it comes to dining with a view, perhaps no one can argue with what Fisherman’s Wharf has to offer of the Galveston Harbor.
A shrimp and fish factory site in the 1940s, Fisherman’s Wharf has since become something of a growing phenomenon as a world-class seafood restaurant. In fact, the shrimp here is so famous, it once made the trip to Washington, D.C. to be served to President John F. Kennedy. Join the ranks of President Kennedy by trying the Shrimp Kisses (bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with jalapeno Jack cheese) or go for something from the large selection of fresh fish, seafood platters, chicken dishes, pastas, or steaks.
All the dining areas at Fisherman’s Wharf offer unique views of the Galveston Harbor, including views of the famous Texas Seaport Museum, which features the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa. While your menu offers many choices and one can’t say for sure which to choose (with the exception of the Shrimp Kisses, choose them!), one can say for sure that you won’t soon forget your dining experience or the beautiful views of Galveston Harbor.
Safari Beach Company
Sometimes, all you want is a casual place to put your feet up, sit back, have a drink, grab some food, and make new friends — and each these you can accomplish at the Safari Beach Company. But what makes this Seawall hangout even better is the fact that all of what makes it a homey bar, finds itself situated right on the ocean. En route to making new pals and socializing, you’ll find yourself taking in the majestic sights and sounds of the ocean or just observing the steady parade of folks along Avenue M.
The perfect spot for televised sports, a full-service bar, delectable sandwiches, and even some garden-fresh salads, the Safari Beach Company will even ensure you have a good time to top it all off. It’s a little bit of local flavor and is frequented by the local crowd. But that doesn’t stop the Safari Beach Company crowd from welcoming and celebrating the arrival of out-of-towners looking to soak in the Galveston nightlife.
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Brick House Tavern and Tap
Located in the throngs of restaurants, shopping establishments, and many hotel rooms in Galveston, on the world-famous Seawall Boulevard. is a special place with gorgeous views, old-fashioned American food, endless options on drinks, and the all-important warm hospitality factor. That place is the one and only Brick House Tavern and Tap.
Like so many of its counterparts, Brick House offers stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico where customers can choose to dine outside and watch the sun fade away into a seemingly endless place. But views of the ocean and busy Seawall Boulevard aren’t the only great views at this tavern. Customers have the option of heading to the “rec room” where the views are from soft leather recliners, with a TV tray in front, a Kobe Burger on the grill, and eye-level HD televisions.
Brick House features a menu that highlights local flavor and is anchored by Meat Loaf Sliders and Zucchini Curls. And for those wanting a little more “meat” to their meal, be sure to check out the Prime Rib Sandwich or the always-delicious Chicken and Waffles.
Whether you choose to explore adventures in Galveston’s Port area or Pier 21 or if you prefer options for family fun in Galveston, one thing is certain: there is no wrong choice. So, pick a street, pick a restaurant, pull up a chair, and enjoy a meal with a side of gorgeous views.