Fine Dining Destinations Not to Miss This Restaurant Week

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Fine Dining Destinations Not to Miss This Restaurant Week

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Ever the port city, Galveston has welcomed a new breed of chefs determined to make the Island into a fine dining destination - chefs with worldly backgrounds and impressive pedigrees to match the exciting food at some of Galveston's best restaurants.

With the return of Galveston Restaurant Week January 6 to 21, 2018, let's take a look at a few of the Island's truly classic destinations. From steak to fresh Gulf seafood, these fine dining options cater to truly elegant tastes.  To view a complete of list of participating restaurants and menus, click here.


5222 Seawall Blvd., (409)740-8605
Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in a warm, entertaining atmosphere that will transport you to the cozy setting of a trattoria in the Old Country. With Grotto's winning combination of impeccable service, superb cuisine and an unsurpassed passion for detail, it's the perfect location for friends and family to enjoy a fabulous meal and have a great time. Dinner is $35 per person.

Restaurant Week Menu:

(Choice of One)

  • Tomato Bisque: San Marzano tomatoes, fresh basil
  • Panzanella Salad: tossed baby Greens, cucumber, plum tomato, bell pepper, white beans, truffled croutons, red wine vinaigrette

(Choice of One)

  • Pan roasted red snapper, sautéed garlic spinach, soft polenta, lemon feta cheese broth
  • Baked Rigatoni & slow cooked Chianti Braised Beef, marinara, mozzarella cheese, fresh Basil.

(Choice of One)

  • Salted caramel fig gelato, chocolate dipped Biscotti
  • House tiramisu, Chantilly cream, shaved chocolate


3828 Seawall Blvd., 409-762-9625
A classic destination for generations of islanders and visitors alike. For over a century, Gaido’s has been serving fresh Gulf seafood in its warm, cozy, utterly old-school dining room. Don’t miss its signature Restaurant Week menu for $35 per person, featuring several of your all-time faves! Reserve lunch here; or dinner here.

Restaurant Week Menu:


  • Watkins' Bisque: Seafood cream base with baby shrimp and pureed tomatoes, carrots, onions and spices

(Choice of One.  All Entrees served with Parmesan Tomatoes.)

  • Assorted Baked Oyster Platter: Baked, Ponzini, Asiago, Bienville, Monterrey and Rockefeller
  • Shrimp Peques: Bacon-wrapped shrimp, stuffed with pickled jalapeno, seafood stuffing and cheese, deep fried and basted in a brown sugar-chipotle glaze
  • Snapper Michael: Signature Gulf catch- lean, moist meat with a distinctive sweet, nutty flavor profile, coated in Parmesan flour and pan-sautéed to a golden brown


  • Cheesecake: Served with House made Berry Sauce and Whipped Cream

Number 13

7809 Broadway, 409-572-2650
If it’s an indulgence you’re after, seek out Number 13. For Galveston Restaurant Week, they've really pulled out the stops, with favorites like their signature 13 Rockefeller, as well divine Number 13 Beef Wellington and Bread Pudding.  Ooh-la-la!  $35 per person.  Make a reservation by clicking here.

Restaurant Week Menu:

(Choice of One)

  • Alaskan Red King Crab Dip: Garlic Scented Alaskan King Crab Tossed with Our Three Cheese Mornay, Presented with Grilled Baguette
  • 13 Rockefeller: Gulf Oysters, Baby Spinach, Brown Butter, Black Peppercorn Crème Fraiche, Brioche Crumb
  • Chef’s Daily Soup Creation: Our Fresh Daily Soup Creation Presented with Complimenting Garnishes
  • Simple Caesar: Baby Romaine Hearts, Petite Kale, Roasted Greek Olives, Garlic Crisps, and Baked Parmesan, Tossed in a Creamy White Anchovy Vinaigrette

(Choice of One)
Entrees Presented with Chef’s Daily Seasonal Sides

  • Number 13 Beef Wellington: Seared Linz Ranch Angus Filet Topped with Wild Mushroom Duxelle and Baby Spinach Wrapped in Crisp Puff Pastry, Roasted Shallot Demi-Glace
  • Yellow Edge Grouper Persillade: Seared Yellow Edge Grouper Topped with a Lemon and Garlic-Parsley Butter
  • Roasted Stuffed Springer Mountain Chicken:  Stuffed with Chevre and Wrapped in Prosciutto, Finished with Lemon and Thyme Butter, Natural Thyme Jus

(Choice of One)

  • Warm Cacao Barry Chocolate Molten: Topped With Texas Pecan Praline Sauce & Vanilla Bean Gelato
  • Number 13 Bread Pudding: Warm Bread Pudding with Caramel And Served with Salted Caramel Gelato


7 Hope Blvd., 409-683-4000
Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks is one of only 11 Houston/Galveston area restaurants to receive AAA's Four Diamond Award of Excellence and has done so each year since 2004. Located on the ninth floor, Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks is one of Galveston's finest restaurants, unsurpassed both in cuisine and service with an upscale ambiance. Local Galvestonians flock to this Island oasis to enjoy the signature dishes, including Roasted Butternut Squash Soup and Braised Short Rib with White Cheddar Mac & Cheese. Dressy casual attire required. No rompers, jeans, shorts, swimwear, cutoffs, tank tops or hats allowed in the dining area. Collared shirts and sandals are acceptable. Dinner priced at $35.

First Course
(Choice of One)

  • Prime Beef Carpaccio: Baby Arugula, Tapenade Vinaigrette, Toast Points
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup: with Mascarpone Cheese & Crispy Pancetta
  • Winter Chopped Salad: Baby Mesclun Greens, Belgian Endive, Fresh Apple, Stilton Cheese, Red Wine Vinaigrette

(Choice of One)

  • Braised Short Rib with White Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Sautéed Spinach, Red Wine Sauce
  • Roasted Gulf Grouper with Braised Beluga Lentils and Roasted Baby Root Vegetables
  • Pan Roasted Half Chicken with Olive Oil Crushed New Potatoes, Broccolini and Sweet Garlic “Jus”

(Choice of One)

  • Cherry Crisp with Jack Daniels Gelato
  • Maracaibo Chocolate Mousse
  • Lavender Crème Brulee
Article written by Clayton Kolavo

Clayton is the Engagement Strategist for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, overseeing the bureau's social media presence and engagement initiatives. He began working in the tourism industry following his graduation from Texas State University with a BS in Public Relations and Mass Communication.