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Gilhooley's Restaurant

222 9TH St, San Leon, TX 77539
(281) 339-3813
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Ranked #2 of 7 restaurants in San Leon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

What a fantastic place to go for oysters. A rustic laid back atmosphere with great food. Reminded me of what oyster bars used to be like. The seating inside is mostly for smokers, so be prepared to sit under the trees on the patio and enjoy local fare. The had a couple of different oyster dishes and stuffed shrimp. All... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a place that caters to the locals, but tourists are definitely welcome too. The oysters on the half shell are the best ever. Every thing else on the menu is great too. It is very rustic and full of local color. Service was great and we had a great time. This place is great for lunch, dinner, or... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Maybe the place NEEDS heavy duty cleaning. The aroma knocks your feet from under you on entry. Fried food is fair but wouldn't want to try any other cooking method.

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Victoria, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you like oysters, this is the place. Fresh and delicious. Oysters currently have a 50% markup from the menu prices because of a supply issue. We ordered oysters and garlic bread. So good. Very casual atmosphere. This is a cash only establishment and signs everywhere that they don't allow minors.

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Hewitt
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89 reviews 89 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It is actually a really good restaurant/bar, even if the place is pretty divey and off the beaten path. We stopped in because we were in the neighborhood and shared some platters. We had the fried shrimp appetizer, an order of hush puppies and the Oysters Gilhooley's. The oysters are an experience not to be missed. They are floated in... More

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houston
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This neighborhood restaurant is really great. Went for the chargrilled oysters and added the fried shrimp dinner plate. Everything was excellent but most of all --- NO CHILDREN ALLOWED!! What a pleasure to dine somewhere that doesn't include parents enjoying cocktails while the children run through the restaurant or under your table. Food is reasonable and eating outside under the... More

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Houston, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

CASUAL is an understatement. DO NOT wear a coat & tie lest you empty the place out. NO BETTER OYSTERS & SHRIMP!!! Inexpensive. Beer & wine only but take your own Liquor OK. FUN for a leisurely place to while away the the afternoon - Huge outdoor deck is shaded & coastal breezes travel a mere 300 yds from the... More

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Houston, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Great place if you like oysters. Tried the raw and then Gilhooleys. Very fresh and just great to eat. This is an old restaurant with a lot of character. I can say nothing bad about this place. I was there last week and oysters had 50% markup but that is down to supply and demand and not them trying to... More

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Bryan, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

The oysters were amazing and the stuffed blue crap, deep fried was something awesome! The atmosphere is a bar scene where the locals eat. The gumbo was excellent and the oysters on the half shell belong on a bun instead of a cracker. The restaurant is smoking but the outside patio has been open every time we have been there.... More

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Austin, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

love me some gilhoolys set in an old train car this place is a dive you can still smoke in it no kids allowed. their 5 doller lunch you can see of facebook what it is every day its different. Great boudin fried shrimp is off the chain. bar none just a great place to eat.

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