Galveston’s Best Restaurants, Attractions & Fishing Spots

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Galveston’s Best Restaurants

mosquitocafe Galvestons Best Restaurants, Attractions & Fishing Spots

Mosquito Cafe

628 14th St.

The intriguing Mosquito Cafe entices patrons with its upscale eclectic menu of grilled, roasted, sauteed and steamed dishes.  You’d be remiss to skip over any item on this menu that includes pulled pork.  Be advised, lunch here can be very busy.’


Olympia Grill – Seawall

4908 Seawall Blvd.

The Kriticos Family is true to their word. Olympia Grill’s seawall location provides the ‘Highest Quality for a Good Value.’  A spectacular menu of Greek, seafood and other dishes is sure to satisfy.


Rudy & Paco

2028 Post Office St.

This unique island restaurant delivers grilled seafood and steaks with a South and Central American sabor.  Lunch is a casual affair but shorts are not allowed in the dining room at dinner.  Pair your red snapper with a cold Central American lager.


Saltwater Grill

2017 Post Office St.

Gourmet seafood, fresh from the grill or kettle, is served up in an upscale atmosphere at Saltwater Grill.  The fresh catch changes daily but any salmon, sea bass or tuna dish is a great choice. Reservations recommended.


Shrimp N Stuff

3901 Avenue O

Since 1976, Shrimp N Stuff has been the place the locals love to eat. Find no frills, fried-to-perfection seafood served in a casual atmosphere.  Try the coconut shrimp dinner or one of their famous po-boys.



Moody Gardens

1 Hope Blvd.

The island’s most recognizable attraction, Moody Gardens is full of family friendly fun.  Check out the Aquarium and Rainforest Pyramids, 3D and 4D theaters, museum exhibits, zip lining, water rides and other seasonal attractions.


Pleasure Pier

2501 Seawall Blvd.

Rides, food and fun! The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is perfect for families, friends or date night.  Visitors can shop, dine and take delight in amusements and roller coasters.  Ride the Texas Star Flyer for a spectacular view of the island.



2026 Lockheed Rd.

Over 35 thrilling water adventures ensure there is something for everyone at Schlitterbahn Waterpark.  Take it easy and float the Kristal River.  Feeling adventurous? Free fall 81 feet and approach speeds of 40 mph on the Cliffhanger slide.


Texas Seaport Museum/ELISSA

2100 Harborside Dr

Relive the adventure of the high seas aboard the celebrated 1877 tall ship ELISSA. Explore the decks of this floating National Historic Landmark and enjoy the adjacent museum and theater.


The Historic Strand District

The Historic Downtown Strand District boasts a wonderful selection of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and museums within a perfect radius for self-guided tours.  Visit for information on seasonal events like the ArtWalk and Dickens on the Strand.

Fishing Spots


Galveston Fishing Pier

9001 Seawall Blvd.

Find a plethora of fish species on this pier, including sharks, redfish, drum, panfish and more.  The lights at night draw in speckled trout during good conditions.  Visit for rules and recent fishing reports.

Galveston Jetties

The jetties are a top fishing destination for good reason.  You can catch just about every desirable species of fish near the granite, even pelagics like ling and kingfish.  Fish the Gulf side on an incoming tide and the channel side during an outgoing tide. Live shrimp, mullet and finfish are the best baits along the rocks.


Seawolf Park

100 Seawolf Park Blvd.

Seawolf Park offers something for all kinds of anglers. Wadefishermen can fish the channel, kids can bank fish and a lighted pier draws in trout and reds at night.  The park is a flounder hot spot during the fall run.  The fishing can be spectacular but so are the crowds.


The Beachfront

A light SE wind means ‘trout green’ water and some of the hottest fishing on the island.  Speckled trout, redfish and spanish mackerel will all readily take live and artificial baits.  Use small pieces of dead natural baits like shrimp and squid for panfish and drum. Fish on the rock groins for sheepshead and even flounder.


Brandon Rowan, Eric Moeller and Doug Rowan with a trio of West Bay redfish.

West Bay

An angler’s paradise, this bay system hosts a variety of fish habitat and angling opportunities. Freeline finfish and shrimp near the causeway for trout and reds. Use popping corks near the railroad bridge for trout.  Marshes and shorelines are perfect for kayaking and flounder gigging. Drift mid bay reefs for a chance at a Texas slam.

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