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Mario's Ristorante

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Italian, Seafood, Ice Cream, Pizza & Pasta
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2202 61ST St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551-1405
409-744-2975
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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...
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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Good for:
Families with children
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Takeout
Delivery
Buffet
Late Night
Dessert

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 109
    Excellent
  • 74
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Pizza like they make it in Sorrento

We first tried Margarhite Pizza in Pompei, Sorrento and Amalfi, Italy (Yes, Rome, too but it was awful) Mario's in the Pirate Beach area of Galveston Island had it as good as the Italian versions. The shop was comfortable, decorated with family pictures of the owner. Our server was very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Janet A
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Lee, NH
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Buffet
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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238 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Lee, NH
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We first tried Margarhite Pizza in Pompei, Sorrento and Amalfi, Italy (Yes, Rome, too but it was awful) Mario's in the Pirate Beach area of Galveston Island had it as good as the Italian versions. The shop was comfortable, decorated with family pictures of the owner. Our server was very friendly, even recommending a burger place on the next leg... More 

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Dallas, Texas
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We had a custom made pizza for dinner which was very tasty. We had different ingredients on both halves and they made each side as god as the other. Very generous with ingredients. We had the lunch buffet at another time and it was good also. Good value for food.

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Bracebridge
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

we went for pizza and was very pleaded with both service and pizza...thin crust, lots of toppings and verbal good experience

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Albany, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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

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
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
39 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2202 61ST St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551-1405
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Galveston Island  >  Galveston
  • Phone Number: 409-744-2975

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Ice Cream, Pizza & Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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!
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?