20 Galveston Restaurants Open for Outdoor Dining

Al fresco fever: Best places for patio dining in Galveston.

If you’re inkling for a delicious meal overlooking the beach, these restaurants are ready to help you put COVID worries aside and serve you and your families outside in an open-air setting.

pictured: Fish Tales

Mario’s Seawall Italian Restaurant

Come for the pizza, stay for the impeccable service. Mario’s Seawall Italian Restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine at its finest; think hand-tossed pizzas, pasta, and mouth-watering cannolis.

Mosquito Cafe

This fast and casual American eatery serves a menu of fresh, homemade breakfast, soups and salads, sandwiches and pasta, in an 1870s building complete with a sunny patio.

The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe

Located in the heart of Galveston’s historic East End, the bakery offers fresh baked goods, plus an all-day menu of down-home American meals such as fresh Gulf seafood, fish and chips, and beef stroganoff in a homie setting with a patio.

Al Fresco

If you’re on the hunt for a more sophisticated experience, Rudy & Paco’s restaurant is one of the few with a dress code, plus a Central and South American menu of steaks and seafood.

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Katie’s Seafood House

This local staple offers seafood coming right off its boats to your plate, complete with delicious cocktails and stunning waterfront views.

Riondo’s Ristorante

Located in the heart of historic Downtown Galveston, Riondo’s offers an Italian cuisine notable for the founder’s “farm to fork” and “sea to table” values, and notable wines in a sophisticated, airy setting with sidewalk seating.

The Spot

You can never go wrong with The Spot, the island’s premier beachfront American grub. Here, you’re in for an indulgent meal of burgers, sandwiches, wings and great cocktails with an open-air deck and Gulf views.

Fish Tales

Located across the street from Pleasure Pier, break away from the beach and enjoy fresh fare on one of the most popular beachfront balconies on the Seawall in Galveston. Fish Tales specializes in seafood straight from the Gulf of Mexico, as well as pastas, steaks, salads and more.

Waterman’s Restaurant

Located right next to Waterman’s marina, the restaurant serves seafood and specialty cocktails with the most spectacular sunset view on the island.

Whether you're after a twinkling skyline or a sweeping vista of the Gulf, these restaurants offer plenty of scenery to enjoy. Houstonia Mar

Fisherman’s Wharf

This casual eatery offers beautiful waterfront views, and a menu of local seafood, grilled meats, and signature cocktails. Make sure to try its famous Shrimp Kisses, bacon-wrapped and stuffed with jalapeno jack cheese.

Yaga’s Cafe

Yaga’s is located in the historic Strand District offering casual eats such as pizzas and burgers, fruity cocktails and nightlife entertainment.

Taquilo’s Tex-Mex Cantina

At Taquilo’s you’ll find authentic Tex-Mex cuisine made with the freshest ingredients. Make sure you try its Certified Angus Beef fajitas and award-winning specialty margaritas in a fun and upbeat atmosphere.

Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar

If you’re craving authentic New Orleans cooking, Little Daddy’s brings the expertise in steam kettle cooking with offerings such as traditional gumbos, seafood stews, and cioppino.

Al Fresco

Located along the Galveston Fishing Pier, Jimmy’s offers a Souther and Country-influence menu full of comfort food and breakfast-to-dinner American eats - all of this directly over the shoreline!

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Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood

Located in the beautiful Pelican Rest Marina, Number 13 boasts an upscale atmosphere with sweeping views of the water and a business casual dress code.

Marina Bar & Grill

Located in the Galveston Yacht Basin, Marina Bar & Grill offers an array of delicious seafood, breakfast plates, sandwiches, and more. Make sure to try its fried mushroom, smothers chips, and beer-battered Brussels sprouts.

Nick’s Kitchen and Beach Bar

This lively joint offers a pool bar and live music, along with fresh seafood, juicy burgers and indulgent po’boys, and a self-proclaimed best selection of beer on the seawall.

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Stuttgarden Tavern on The Strand

Stuttgarden Tavern

This 3-story eatery located near Saengerfest Park in Downtown Galveston offers great views of The Strand and Harbor with amazing German-inspired cuisine!

Brewchachos Tacos & Cantina

Get your taco-fix at this fantastic spot located right off The Strand! On top of tacos and other delicious meals, that also have margaritas and 40+ Beer Taps.

Al Fresco

This unique and authentic restaurant proudly serves the Galveston-area featuring the largest Palapa on the island. Their mission is to provide high-quality food for all those that wish to combine fun and an enjoyable ambiance with skillful cooking into one extraordinary dining experience.

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