Great Galveston Dining?
Anyone recommend a great dining experience (seafood preferably) in Galveston where you don't have to shout to hear each other?. I like to go to the productions at The Grand, and like to eat at Rudy & Paco's, but can't always get a table there at a time that fits with the Grand event. So, other than Gaido's, can someone recommend a place maybe downtown? I've heard about the Saltwater Grill, but heard it can be VERY loud.
The best restaurant on the island at the current time is by far 901 Post Office. While it is not strictly a seafood restaurant the seafood options they have are fantastic. My favorite is the corn dusted snapper which is served with a very fresh citrus jicama slaw that is the perfect compliment to the fish. Most of my friends swoon over their grilled Gulf snapper with lump crab wontons. It is very small and intimate located in an old house at the same address as the name. Be aware however they are only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Black Pearl is one of the more recent additions to the downtown dining scene in Galveston and has become quite popular. It is the more upscale offering from the owner of the basic pub-grub Press Box just around the corner.
Already mentioned I also agree with others that Olympia Grill at Pier 21 is another great place, Very nice if the weather happens to be nice as it sits right on the harbor.
I like the seafood and view at Olympia Grill on the 21st street pier, and it's quiet. I hear Black Pearl is good, but haven't been yet. Not quite as fancy is Mario's seawall location that has a nice view and much much more than pizza, lots of seafood on the menu. And quiet unless it's prom night. :)