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All 7 San Leon Restaurants

Gilhooley's Restaurant

222 9TH St, San Leon, TX 77539
(281) 339-3813
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Ranked #1 of 7 Restaurants in San Leon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night
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English first
The Woodlands, Texas
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440 reviews 440 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
503 helpful votes 503 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Normally I would never rate a restaurant excellent unless it qualified in all respects...food, decor, service. This was our first time here but we were drawn to this "ultimate seafood dive" by Zimmern's rave reviews and it is the food that stands out so over and above anything we have had so far that rates an excellent. This place is... More 

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Longview, Texas
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223 reviews 223 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I've been driving by, well within five miles, of this place for years. I love oysters on the half shell and have driven 100+ miles to find them. I wonder why I never found Gilhooley's before (doh!!). I stumbled on it from watching the Bizarre Food Show guy on t.v. and decided to drive up from Galveston were we were... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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82 reviews 82 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

You will never find your way to this "joint" without a trip advisor review or a local guide. Do not let that influence you because their roasted oysters are worthy of a special trip. Break with tradition- or their version of it- and try the roasted oysters with shrimp on top. You won't be sorry unless of course you don't... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We've been here a couple of times. It never disappoints. Try the oysters Gilhooly. The loaded bread is also a must have. Don't let the appearance scare you away. This is a great place.

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Houston, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Your grandmother won't understand, unless she is covered in tattoos and smokes Marlboros. The place is falling apart, but has the greatest outdoor seating area. You will sit in the company of bikers, criminals, oil workers, and drunks. I have been going for years. I'd probably go daily if it were closer. It's on a remote section of Galveston bay... More 

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Galveston, Texas, USA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

It's the food that makes Gilhooley's worth it, and then only during good weather so one can sit outside on the relaxing patio under a shady ceiling of trees away from the thick layer of cigarette smoke inside. Why? Because it is a decrepit restaurant with questionable cleanliness that takes only cash and no children. The prices have risen dramatically... More 

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Anchorage
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85 reviews 85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Even if you are a fresh oyster lover, you probably have not ever had them BBQd; at least I hadn't. Our son and I started with a dozen spicey shrimp oysters and a dozen regular, ol' oysters, BBQd on the half-shell. We had to order a half dozen more of each. My wife doesn't like oysters that much, so she... More 

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Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We ordered a dozen oysters on the half shell and received 18 because they were small. I had the fried shrimp dinner which was a huge portion. The shrimp were excellent. I was there with a boating friend and we sat at the bar. Service was timely with a smile. Shiner Bock's were ice cold and topped off the meal.... More 

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Galveston, Texas
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111 reviews 111 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

OK, you need to be forewarned about a few things. 1. Cash Only 2. No Children 3. Ain't Fancy Gilhooley'sy is a joint. Tables inside and a big horseshoe bar. There is an outside patio and another separate bar...a newer addition to this long standing establishment. The bathrooms leave a lot to be desired...reminiscent of old funky beer joints. The... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I went here with my family and we had such a good time! Oysters are good and cheap and the atmosphere is fun. A little far away from civilization though.

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Additional Information about Gilhooley's Restaurant

Address: 222 9TH St, San Leon, TX 77539
Phone Number: (281) 339-3813
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Leon
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Seafood

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