Restaurants & Bars

Galveston - Fisherman's Wharf

swamp | Feb 18, 200807:45 AM

I recently had the opportunity to dine at Fisherman's Wharf in Galveston. I know it is a Fertitta property which turns many off but on the island if we take his properties out of our options one can really be limited.

It was a beautiful evening and we were seated in an upstairs room with a fantastic view of the working harbor and the historic Elissa next door. This was a small group celebration for work friend leaving for a new job and everyone in attendance indicated they enjoyed the view as much as the meal.

Being more or less a traditional fish house they have all of the non-gulf items that I still do not understand being served on the Texas Gulf Coast, i.e. clam chowder, salmon, etc. To begin my meal I had a cup of their shrimp gumbo. I found it to be one of the better I have had in Galveston with only one complaint, it could have been served hotter. It had a nice portion of shrimp, and a deep dark roux with a bit of smoke, very enjoyable.

For my entree I selected the Gulf Red Snapper, a gulf specialty. It was expertly grilled and topped with a nice lemon pepper sauce and served with a rice pilaf and mixed vegetables. The rice pilaf had a crunch which made it less than good. I think it had been prepared quite some time in advance. The mixed vegetables included broccoli and green beans with some peppers and were perfectly prepared leaving them crisp instead of overcooked as so common in many restaurants. The fish had a fantastic flavor that really came through since the kitchen wisely did not drown it in the lemon pepper sauce.

I did not have a dessert but a dining companion did have their version of Bananas Foster, as least that is what the server said it was. If you visit make another selection as it was some kind of pie and had very little taste of banana at all. Did not resemble traditional bananas foster at all. Others had the Key Lime pie and felt it was standard good but nothing outstanding. All in all the desserts seems to be a disappointment.

This was a nice experience with good friends, enhanced by a great view. If you visit get three hours free parking with validation from the restaurant which can be nice in downtown Galveston.

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