Posted on 1/23/2024

Galveston Restaurant Week: What To Know (2024)

Welcome to the culinary fest that is Galveston Restaurant Week! This annual celebration of island flavors invites locals and visitors alike to embark on a delicious journey through Galveston Island's diverse and vibrant food scene.

Beyond the mouthwatering dishes, Galveston Restaurant Week is the ideal opportunity to savor the unique atmosphere and hospitality that make eating along the Texas Gulf Coast a truly memorable experience. Whether you're a seasoned gourmand or a casual diner, this event is your passport to explore the best Galveston bites.

Before you head to the coast, be sure to reserve your winter Galveston vacation rental. Even when it’s a bit chilly for beach days, these beautiful properties offer incredible views from spacious decks and toasty living areas where you can cozy up under a blanket after exploring Galveston Restaurant Week.

Here is everything you need to know!

About Galveston Restaurant Week 2024

Mark your calendars! The 13th annual Galveston Restaurant Week will take place from January 8th to 28th in 2024. Luckily, the event lasts for three weeks, so you’ll have plenty of options for when to plan your Galveston vacation during the fest.

This much anticipated event is an ode to some of Texas’s most delectable restaurants, from the Seawall to The Strand. The event features dozens of Galveston’s best restaurants and cafes offering special menus at prix fixe prices.

Restaurant Week Menu Prices

During the event, local restaurants open their doors to showcase their specialties, offering specially crafted prix-fixe menus that celebrate the rich tapestry of tastes that define Galveston's food culture. From fresh Gulf seafood and sizzling steaks to spicy Tex-Mex and Cajun concoctions, there's something to satisfy every palate.

Throughout Galveston Restaurant Week, participating eateries on the island will offer special prix fixe menus at set prices for two or three-course meals. Depending on the restaurant, lunches will be priced between $10 to $30, brunch will cost $10 to $40, and two or three-course dinners will be between $20 to $60.

Participating Restaurants

There are so many incredible eateries you can try out during Galveston Restaurant Week. It’s best to check the listing of participating restaurants in advance so that you can plan what you want to try while visiting the island.

Different Galveston restaurants join in the event each January, but you can always expect to find a sampling of all the  best local island cuisine.

Yaga’s Cafe is a featured partner this year, with island vibes in the Strand Historic District. The Jamaican-style restaurant will serve up dishes like shrimp salad, crab cakes, and flatbread pizza.

In the mood for a fresh catch? Look for dishes like Gulf oysters, redfish, and Texas blue crab cakes on the menu at seafood restaurants. Tex-Mex is also a must, and local Galveston restaurants offer tasty dishes like citrusy ceviche, sizzling fajitas, and handmade tamales. Regional Gulf Coast and southern bites like Cajun boudin, gumbo, and shrimp and grits are also Galveston specialties.

For fresh Gulf catches, you’ll want to check out the Galveston Restaurant Week menus at BLVD Seafood, Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks, and Shuck’s Tavern and Oyster Bar. In the mood for Tex-Mex? Participating restaurants include The Original Mexican Cafe and Vida Agave.

2024 Charity Beneficiaries

Each year, the businesses participating in Galveston Restaurants Week collect donations for local charities that focus on feeding and supporting children and families in the community.

In 2024, the community groups receiving donations include Galveston’s Own Farmers Market, the United Way of Galveston, and the Family Service Center of Galveston County.

Do You Need a Ticket to Galveston Restaurant Week?

Visitors to Galveston can easily join in the fun during Restaurant Week on the island. You don’t need any special tickets or passes to take advantage of the attractive price points and menus at participating eateries.

Hop around and try as many places as you like during your stay in Galveston. Explore the offerings at a ‘new-to-you’ seafood restaurant or chow down on new options at old favorites. The prix fixe menus make it easy to sample a wide variety of dishes and cuisines without emptying your wallet.

It’s a good idea to make reservations at restaurants that accept them since some of the popular spots can get busy.

Other Things to Do During Galveston Restaurant Week

Mardi Gras

Galveston Restaurant Week takes place annually in January, during a brief window of fewer crowds on the island between the popular holiday events and the busy  Galveston Mardi Gras season.

Yaga’s Chili Quest and Beer Fest

If you time your visit just right in January, you may also catch another fun Galveston festival. The Yaga’s Chili Quest and Beer Fest is typically scheduled in the middle of the month and includes the best Galveston chili recipes in an epic cook-off, a chili-tasting event, a beer fest with local brews, and a 5k fun run where participants often dress up in colorful or beer-themed outfits.

Galveston Museum Day

Galveston Museum Day toward the end of the month is another great time to visit and learn more about the history of the island. During the event, local museums offer special rates and experiences, with several spots offering BOGO or free tickets. Participants include the Galveston Children’s Museum, the 1895 Moody Mansion, the Galveston Naval Museum, the Bryan Museum, and the Galveston Railroad Museum.

Eat Your Way Across Galveston Island

Galveston Restaurant Week is the perfect time to sample all of the top restaurants around the island. Not only will you get to try delicious dishes at prix fixe prices, but you can also feel good about supporting local charities as you dine.

Whether it is fresh Gulf seafood, exotic sushi, classic Italian, authentic Mexican, or a fun and festive eatery on The Strand, Galveston’s vibrant food scene is on full display during Restaurant Week. As you plan your winter getaway, check out these  spacious Galveston vacation rentals with views of the Gulf of Mexico and the bay.

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