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Gilhooley's Restaurant

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222 9TH St, San Leon, TX 77539
(281) 339-3813
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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  • 58
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  • 41
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 8
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Adults only - no joke

They offer a large variety of food. Of corse they are known for oysters both raw and grilled as well as other sea food. But they do have blue-plate specials , burgers and other things. One thing I like is their shrimp cole slaw. Not much for looks but a good place to kickback on a good day. Oh... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Too much good food to mention. I do eat the grilled, picante & shrimp oysters every time I visit in addition to whatever else I order. My number two is the pork-loin sandwich. Bring cash and leave the kids with the sitter.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This place was much better a few years ago. Food is ok, but not worth the prices that keep going up. A smoky bar that only takes cash as well. My last trip there I went to order the grilled oysters called shrimp a hoolys and was floored that they doubled the price to 25.00 a dozen..Raw was over market... More 

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Lolita, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We had beers and appitizers and dinners...great food! The oysters on the half shell were good. And the fried appetizers are awesome!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

They offer a large variety of food. Of corse they are known for oysters both raw and grilled as well as other sea food. But they do have blue-plate specials , burgers and other things. One thing I like is their shrimp cole slaw. Not much for looks but a good place to kickback on a good day. Oh yea... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

What delicious oysters, soups, and more! This is a must stop if you want out of state company to experience something a little quirky & laid back! Extremely rustic atmosphere with a very friendly staff. Caution - they ONLY take CASH so be prepared for that. Their wine selection is limited if you want a "red or a white"... I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

About our 10th stop in the past 6 months for the best oysters in the Galveston /Houston area. Grilled Shrimp-a-hooley's are the best. Bets a Ci's Demise @ Gaidos when in season hands down. Their flounder is fantastic and was to tonight. Make the drive from Houston or cross back from the Causeway on the Island for a special treat.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Fried shrimp, onion rings, boudin balls, chicken livers--all delicious! It is cash only and I recommend the patio. The inside bar is mostly smokers.

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Kratie, Cambodia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This was my second visit to this neighborhood bar and restaurant in San Leon. It was a bit of a trek from the west end of Galveston Island, but we wanted fresh oysters and it's their specialty. I had a dozen very fresh tasting oysters for $15. Luckily their counting is off as 16 delicious raw mollusks ringed the platter... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Possibly the best oysters on the face of the planet. Smoked ones were outstanding!!! But bring cash, and it's not cheap.........

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Pasadena, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The best oysters I have had in the Houston area. The meat filled the shell, were off the boat fresh and the atmosphere was old school comfortable. In the class with Felixs or Acmes in N.O. and a great price. Extensive menus and variety. Well worth the drive.

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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 222 9TH St, San Leon, TX 77539
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Leon
  • Phone Number: (281) 339-3813

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
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

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