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“Not for Divas”

Gilhooley's Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 6 Restaurants in San Leon
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Good food, leisurely service, cold beer, no kids. Had Shrimphooley's, boudain balls, & Lone Star Beer. Friends had fried shrimp, gumbo, & Oysters Gilhooley & were impressed. Relatives from out of town insist on coming here ever since it was in Bacliff, & you don't have to wear evening finery.

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

So, we live in this area and as long as I have been alive Gilhooleys has been around. Visited on a Sat. night and it was crowded. Service was slow and I mean very slow from the start. Ordered a round of beers, and waited patiently, to put our food order in. As we were waiting to put our food order in we ran out of beer and had to go to the bar to get our second round of beer. Mind you we had been there for over an hour. Finally, waitress brings bucket of beer and takes our order. We then wait over 45 minutes for our food which all comes out cold. Chargrilled oysters are not good cold! We had to ask for our bill 5 times...which took us 45 minutes to get and was incorrect. When asked if there was a manger on duty we were told he's not here now and the head waitress is not either. Asked who was in charge and apparently no one is. Took a group of our friends with us and were embarrased because the whole experience was a disaster! There are oysters just as good elsewhere where the service is phenomenal, the beer cold and the food hot as it should be! We will not return and will spread the word to stay away!

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1  Thank Gwen M
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Definitely what I would consider a dive bar (not that there's anything wrong with that!). The kind of place, that when you walk in, the cigarette smoke & stares ease you right back out the door. Fortunately, there's a largish area outside with tables where you can sit & enjoy a big plate of fresh shucked oysters & a Shiner. Be sure you know where you're going or you might drive right past.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

This place looks rough, but don't be put off by the bare wood tables and beer-joint chatter. Just order some oysters -- raw or grilled, or both -- and get ready for real, honest-to-goodness fresh Gulf taste.
Don't miss the Oysters Gilhooley: they are grilled with butter and Parmesan and I don't know what else, but wow! As an oyster lover, I've had them every which way in all kinds of places, but these are just the best! The fried oysters are good, too. The fried shrimp is a masterpiece of light breading and just-right doneness to bring out the fresh Gulf flavor.
Plates also feature spicy hush puppies, shrimp-y coleslaw and pickled green tomato, all yummy.
Friendly service both inside and on the outdoor patio.

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2  Thank Sharon G
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Our friends from Nebraska wanted us to take them to a restaurant that exuded Texas culture on their way to their cruise ship in Galveston. Gilhooley's is that place. It is not much to look at from the outside, nearly impossible to find without a GPS, but worth the effort. Their Oysters Gilhooleys is wood grill, fully cooked, and delicious. Even more so if you order it with shrimp on top. However, their best dish is the fried shrimp. Fresh, hand breaded and huge enough for six to fill you up. On the return visit after the cruise, we tried the gumbo, boudoin and sausage and loved them. Their shrimp [infused] cole slaw and their onion rings are also homemade and worth a try. My wife also tried the Split Pea soup on special and claims it is the best she ever had. Prices are set reasonably and beer is only available in bottles, but cheap. Bring cash though, they do not take credit cards. The service was fantastic, but this is definately not a place that uses tablecloths.

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