The Pelican Club is the place in Galveston for the five-star fine dining experience. Chef Ross Warhol has trained in some of the most distinguished kitchens in the world and serves up contemporary cuisine using fresh ingredients caught locally in the seas off Galveston. He’s worked in the kitchens of restaurants including the revolutionary El Bulli in Catalonia, The French Laundry in the Napa Valley in California, and Chicago’s Alinea. On the menu at The Pelican Club are starters of creole gumbo with chicken and Andouille sausage and snapper crudo with tostada, avocado, and serrano peppers. Among the entrées are Gulf shrimp with buttered grits, bacon and BBQ sauce, roasted scallops with beef risotto, sugar-glazed salmon, and parmesan encrusted red snapper.
The Pelican Club, 3828 Avenue T, Galveston, TX +1 409 761 5503
At the Fisherman’s Wharf you can sit back and enjoy fresh seafood while staring out on the Galveston Channel. Based on Harborside Drive next to the Texas Seaport Museum where the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa is docked, the building in which Fisherman’s Wharf lies was once a shrimp sorting factory where Galveston shrimp was brought before being shipped across America. Shrimp were even sent from here to the White House where they were served to then President John F. Kennedy. The appetizers on offer include grilled tuna, oysters, and shrimp ceviche, then there are soups like clam chowder, crab and lobster bisque and shrimp gumbo, and entrées including baked scallops, mixed seafood grill and crab-stuffed tilapia.
Fisherman’s Wharf, 2200 Harborside Drive, Galveston, TX +1 409 765 5708
Right across from the Opera House on Postoffice Street in the Strand Historic District of Galveston is the Saltwater Grill. They serve up freshly caught seafood, either cooked in the kettle or on the grill. On the menu are appetizers like mussels steamed in chardonnay, BBQ oysters, and fire roasted shrimp. Cooked in the kettle are things like bouillabaisse, gumbo, and Italian cioppino, which is a traditional fish stew. Otherwise you can opt for classics like Redfish Ponchartrain, crawfish etouffee, grilled yellowfin tuna, and seabass.
Saltwater Grill, 2017 Postoffice Street, Galveston, TX +1 409 762 3474
Clary’s has been serving up quality seafood in Galveston since 1977. From the restaurant there are superb views over Offatt’s Bayou and back towards the Moody Gardens Hotel. Clary’s maybe doesn’t have quite the same high profile as some of the other seafood spots on this list but the food is reputed to be as good as anywhere in Galveston. Owned and run by Clary Milburn the menu is focused on locally caught crab and shrimp. The shrimp comes flame broiled, fried, baked, or stuffed with crabmeat and then fried until it’s golden brown. And the crab can be grilled, fried or baked with a spicy butter sauce. Or you can get a plate of battered oysters, broiled flounder with lemon sauce, or deep fried scallops.
Clary’s, 8509 Teichman Road, Galveston, TX +1 409 740 0771