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Mario's Ristorante

2202 61ST St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551-1405
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Ranked #36 of 264 Restaurants in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $25
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Ice Cream, Pizza & Pasta
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Description: It all started back in 1967 when Sicilian born Giovanni Smecca decided to move to Galveston, Texas from Patterson, New Jersey after hearing Glen Campbell’s famous “Galveston” during a card game. Giovanni always dreamed of being a professional fisherman, so he decided to give it a shot and made the drive to Galveston. After battles of sea sickness, Giovanni quickly decided that the fish business wasn’t for him.Heartbroken, Giovanni was about to move back to New Jersey when he met Mario Bonaccorso who was trying to open a pizzeria. The two became great friends, and together, these two young Italian entrepreneurs started Mario’s Flying Pizza and brought the “pizza pie” to Galveston Island.Today, we are still family owned and operated and are considered a delightful, neighborhood restaurant with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We serve a wide variety of Italian cuisine and New York style pizza and strive to use fresh, seasonal, ingredients wherever possible, so come on in, sit back, relax, and enjoy a wonderful meal and a nice glass of wine at Mario’s Ristorante!
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Albany, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

My family and I ate here on a family vacation, we loved it. We all the had the buffet which had salad seafood pasta fruit etc. Great variety for the price. The inside decor was cute and our waitress was friendly.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I had plenty of cheese but not enough meat for 15$ dollars for a sandwich.The time I waited for the sandwich was an half hour.

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Oklahoma City
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60 reviews 60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Ok, on a trip to Galveston, I did not add my trip advisor app to my phone. Used Google instead, which rated Mario's a 4.4. Maybe my wife and I are tougher on Italian restaurants, but we both agree that the food was good, the service was well done, but neither of us were excited by the food. We both... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Everything good. Lunch size portions plenty. Some small mixups with service, but waitstaff nice. Ravioli tasty. Pizza ok, but not super. Everything seemed fresh.

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Galveston Island, Texas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Decided to try the lunch buffet. Now, granted...I did get there 30 mins before the buffet ended. So, I was ready to make allowances. The high point was the spinach artichoke soup! With baked bread slices that had been there long enough to pass as croutons, yummy. Most all of the dishes did look a bit hammered, but once again,... More 

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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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68 reviews 68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

After spending 24 hours at Moody Gardens we were ready to eat something other than overpriced tasteless food, so Mario's was close and seemed to fit the bill! We enjoyed our pizza, dessert and the staff was really sweet with my son. A cook was prepping pizza dough and they had my son come over there to watch! They threw... More 

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118 reviews 118 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I took my staff for lunch with high expectations but food was just ok. Service was poor, food was cold or terrible in almost all cases. It wasn't a good value. I won't be back.

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El Paso, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The lunch buffet selection did not have a whole lot of variety, but the quality made up for the quantity. It included about 4 different kinds of pizzas, spaghetti, ziti, beef stew and fish along with salad and desserts. The pizza was delicious and the shrimp and crab Bisque was my favorite! I can only imagine how good the made... More 

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This place started out as a pizza joint and grew into a "ristorante" over the years. My instincts told me to order the pizza but I went with the full lasagna. My wife ordered the small order Cannelloni and didn't care for it. The full lasagna was smaller than the half-size we get at out local Italian restaurant in Tyler,... More 

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Santee, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We wanted a pizza and decided to try this restaurant. Everyone was friendly when we entered and the atmosphere was very Italian. Brendon, our waiter, was excellent and patient as we couldn't decide what pizza to order or what size. Fortunately we chose the large with everything which was delicious! We ended up taking 1/2 of it with us for... More 

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Additional Information about Mario's Ristorante

Address: 2202 61ST St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551-1405
Phone Number: 409-744-2975
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Galveston Island  >  Galveston
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 12 - 25
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Ice Cream, Pizza & Pasta

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