A true pleasure when writing a restaurant review is discovering a jewel of a dining establishment. We found one in Number 13. I had waited a bit to visit, to let the new place settle in. We were quite pleased with everything including venue, service, and most importantly, the cuisine. This upscale establishment is definitely worth a visit.
The location and decor are a treat. Large windows provide a view of the marina and Bayou, as well as the outdoor seating which will undoubtedly be popular in good weather. We went on a weeknight and did not encounter a wait, but reservations are recommended.
Our waiter was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the menu. From the extensive wine list we ordered a memorable Chateau Smith cabernet. Delicious egg popovers--giant but hollow and very crispy--tempted us while reviewing the menu and hearing about specials.
A generous appetizer of Maine Lobster and Burrata Cheese was accompanied by prosciutto, grapefruit, and tarragon vinaigrette. This was fresh and imaginative with tantalizing varied flavors.
My dining companion enjoys red snapper so he selected that. While most entrees are served without vegetable sides, this one came with a small medley of carrots, peas, artichokes, mushrooms and gnocci. The generous snapper fillet was tender and flavorful and everything he expected from snapper. The vegetables were a fitting accompaniment.
As 13 specializes in steaks, it seemed only fitting that I order a wet-aged 16 ounce ribeye. It arrived a perfect and tender medium rare, perhaps the most delicious and well-prepared steak I have encountered in Galveston. Be prepared to share or take some home unless you have a mega-appetite. For vegetables I ordered two sides from the intriguing choices. Sides are quite large so be prepared to share them also! The potato and onion augratin was truly to die for, the best I have ever tasted. Asparagus spears were peeled and very tender and delicately herb-flavored.
Needless to say, by the time we were finished we had no room for dessert. However, our waiter let us know that in addition to the menu, there was always gelato and sorbet available. So we broke down and ordered peach gelato to share. It was creamy and delicious, absolutely worth the calories.
Number 13 is an outstanding new venue for Galveston diners. While it is not for those on a limited budget, the food is definitely worth the price. This will be a delightful place for festive occasions and to impress your out-of-town visitors.