We'd been to Waterman several times before Ike and its closing after that storm was our loss. So we headed out there for dinner as soon as we learned it had reopened. The location is beautiful with a perfect sunset view over the water. Outdoor improvements are obviously coming along and indoors the place is in perfect shape. One would never know that several years have elapsed since the doors last admitted us.
The first thing I noticed upon entering, other than the beautiful wood the place is made of, was the delicious and hunger-inducing aroma coming from the kitchen. We were seated quickly by a window as we requested. We preceded the arrival of the liquor license, and forewarned had brought a bottle of wine with us (all should be fully functional after the grand opening in late May). Our waitress did not rush us to order and uncorked the wine for us.
Everything on the menu looked good and we wanted to try out as many items as possible. So I chose Lobster Bisque as a first course, and my companion a house salad. The Bisque was creamy but light, and not too sweet with the hint of sherry, yet a bit salty for my preference,. Chunks of fresh crabmeat tastied it up but it was a bit short on flavor and something of a disappointment. The salad was everything you could want: fresh greens, onion, tomato, and cucumber in a deliciously light blue cheese dressing.
I craved a shrimp entree so I selected the Tequila Shrimp. Several of the lovely crustaceans arrived sautéed in tequila, olive oil, onion, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, and lime juice. The sauce was juicy and savory with the perfect touch of lime. Sides of crispy roasted potatoes and lightly stir-fried asparagus were the perfect accompaniment; the best vegetable sides I've enjoyed in awhile.
My dining companion chose the grilled Southwest Snapper. A fine filet was tortilla-crusted and dressed with pico de gallo, avocado, lump crabmeat, and lemon butter. The snapper was crunchy on the outside and perfectly tender and flavor-infused on the inside. The same vegetable sides were perfection. He announced that this was the best preparation of this popular dish that he has found.
We could not leave without checking out a dessert. We were tempted by Tres Leches cake, but opted for the Bread Pudding with bourbon sauce and ice cream. We were fortunate to share this huge serving. It was very tasty, if a bit dense, and the sauce was what we expected. We cleaned the plate.
The menu has something for everyone: some appealing salads that could serve as a meal; seafood grilled, fried, or blackened; beef, chicken or pasta dishes; even lamb chops.
If you knew Waterman in the past, you'll be happy to discover it anew. If you haven't been there before you must try it out. The food is excellent, staff is friendly, and the ambiance of the place is like nowhere else in Galveston. Enjoy!