We ate here before a show at the Grand Opera House. We started with crab cakes. I had a bowl of gumbo, then my mother had the sweet potato crusted catfish & I had seafood linguine primavera. The best part of the meal was the gumbo - it was really delicious and I wish I had ordered it as my main entree. The crab cake & linguine were average, and I did not care for the catfish at all (though it was served on a very nice bed of sauteed spinach). The service was good, but not anything special or above and beyond what I would expect from this type of restaurant. Their wine list was decent, and some of the bottles were priced very well. We ordered a bottle of wine that was $19 that we'd never had, but turned out to be pretty good. We were able to have them cork the bottle and take the rest back to our hotel. The location is great - there is parking next to the restaurant for guests and there is plenty of street parking within a block or two.
I'm not familiar at all with the dining options in Galveston; this was my first visit in several years and I chose the Saltwater Grill based on Trip Advisor reviews. I've had much better meals in my hometown as well as in other cities, and think that this was a pretty average experience compared to other restaurants I've dined at at a similar price point. But, without having much else to compare this to in Galveston, perhaps this really is one of the best options on the island.
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