Galveston’s Downtown is booming with new dining options and fun this summer. Make sure to put these new stops on your list for your next visit.
New dining and nightlight options:
Shark Shack Restaurant, 2402 Strand, opened in late May. Shark Shack offers seafood, burgers and cocktails. Owner Allen Flores describes it to be a “lively restaurant” with daily happy hour specials from 2 to 6 p.m. In the evenings on weekends, it will transition into a fun nightlife spot.
Hearsay on The Strand, 2410 Strand, is slated to open in early July. This is the third location for Hearsay which has two locations in Houston. Hearsay on The Strand plans to offer a chic and unique dining experience in the historic Fadden Building. The restaurant offers 60 taps, craft cocktails, New American dishes and brunch.
The Island Pour House Wine Bistro, 213 23rd Street, opened in early May and offers a wide selection of wine and craft beer along with small plates & shareables, salads, sandwiches and bistro pizzas. The Pour House is open for lunch and dinner. Check their schedule for the occasional wine pairing dinner.
Stuttgarden on The Strand is moving to a new location, 111 23rd Street, and planning to open late June. Stuttgarden will offer counter food service and a Sweetgarden (gelato and dessert bar) on the first floor, a German beer hall serving 50 German and American craft beers on the second floor and a rooftop beer garden on the third floor. The owners plan to open a new concept at its former location, 2110 Strand.
Lolo Kai Smoothies and Wraps, 528 23rd Street, has moved from the UTMB area to Downtown Galveston. The restaurant is known for its wraps, fresh fruit smoothies and acai bowls which are filled with fruit. It’s a great option for a healthy and refreshing treat.
Prohibition Red’s, 2401 Church, opening early July is housed in a historic building dating to 1844. The stylish eatery will offer a variety of oyster plates, seafood, and craft burgers as well as entertainment. Ask about their Mama Red’s Irish Nachos. The restaurant is a tribute to Red O’Marrow who ran a Galveston pub for years including the era of prohibition. The restaurant features some of her original recipes.
Other relatively new eateries include:
Pelican Joe’s BBQ, Beer and Crabs, 2217 Strand (second floor of Old Galveston Square). The restaurant serves brisket, pulled-pork, ribs, smoked chicken wings and turkey legs.
Sharkey’s Tavern, 504 25th Street, offers live music, a variety of beer and brick oven pizza. Next door to Sharkey’s is the newly opened Devil and Deep Brewery. The brewery currently offers six different style brews and plan to expand to ten in the near future.
New activities and businesses downtown:
Zipp E-Bikes, 2311 Mechanic, opened just in time for summer and offers electric bike rentals. Zipp E-Bikes offer hour, two-hour, half-day and full-day rentals. Hourly rentals start at $20 per hour. They are also offering a guided Island Adventure Tour. The shop is located directly across the street from The Tremont House.
BLU Boutique Galveston, 2425 Strand, opened in its new, bigger location in late May. You may recognize this shop from Postoffice Street. In addition to all the wonderful clothing and gift items, patrons may purchase champagne, wine and beer. BLU has the exclusive to sell 1803 candles and white elm bags.
The Kitchen Chick moved to its newly renovated 10,000 sq. ft. location at 2402 Market in February. This popular shop has expanded its retail offerings and can now host cooking classes for up to 30 people.
The newest gallery to open in downtown Galveston is Studio 84, 2315 Mechanic. The gallery is located across the street from The Tremont House.
A majority of Galveston’s downtown businesses are locally owned and operated. We hope you’ll find new favorite stops during your next visit.
Where to Stay:
• For a beach view with history, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to transport hotel guests downtown.
• For a stay in The Historic Strand District, book your stay at The Tremont House.
• Or if you want to enjoy of view of the harbor, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.