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Gilhooley's Restaurant

) #1 of 5 Restaurants in San Leon ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Seafood
222 9th St, San Leon, TX 77539-9680
+1 281-339-3813
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (127 reviews)
“gumbo” (19 reviews)
“boudin balls” (10 reviews)
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American, Seafood
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222 9th St, San Leon, TX 77539-9680
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Reviews (196)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the baked oysters and hot wings. They have great prices but slow service at the bar. We had to wait about 20 minutes for another drink. There is usually 1 to 2 girls working the entire floor inside.

Thank Monica P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love taking people to Gilhooley's that say the love Dives, but this place is the real deal! I'm so surprised at the people who live on the coast and don't know this place is back here! The oysters are always amazing! If you like...More

Thank srslangston
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our friends asked us to eat with them at this place and wow! The portions were big and prices were great! We had shrimp cocktail, Gilhooley's raw oysters, and the fried shrimp plate. It was all wonderful! Can't wait to go back!

Thank mxlovers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I learned about Gilhooley's Raw Bar in San Leon, TX on Andrew Zimmern's show Bizarre Foods. He called it the ultimate seafood dive bar. He is 1000% correct. This place is fabulous for oysters. The baked oysters with Parmesan and garlic butter are worth the...More

Thank Melia_Mucer
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This was a fun dinner experience. It seems to be a bar or tavern and restaurant. So not a place for kids. A friend recommended Gilhooley's said they specialize in Oysters, and that they serve the best burger of any place in the area. I...More

Thank Pat0110
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

I live in Tulsa, but come to Galveston often to see family. Yet I have never been to Gilhooley's before. I loved everything about it. The extremely laid back atmosphere, ok...really laid back. The women's bathroom was interesting, to say the least. Enough with that....More

Thank Leah F
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

I really, really, truly like this place. Be forwarned, the language is uncensored and rough, no children permitted (it's a good thing), rustic and far away from typical attractions. They also, ONLY TAKE CASH. Buuut, the food is why you go! Specifically the seafood. My...More

Thank GraceMorris
Reviewed 29 April 2017

For some reason I never knew about this place until my wife mentioned it to me while we were in Houston. One evening we drove down to Gilhooley's in San Leon. My wife told me to not expect very much in the way of an...More

Thank Skip59716
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Dive restaurant in San Leon. Great raw oysters ($15/doz), and they were huge. The place is known for its broiled oysters, but I preferred the raw. Cheap beer & wine prices.

Thank craigschofer
Reviewed 15 April 2017

The BEST broiled oysters I've ever had. Oysters Gilhooley (garlic, butter, parmesan) are wonderful. The atmosphere is totally laid back, with a small restaurant, outdoor dining and a small outdoor bar with some seating. I recommend this place highly, with caveats: 1) It is a...More

Thank Interlochenkids
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Ok since I can't bring my kids here and this is like the BEST PLACE EVER for oysters what is the next best thing that is kids friendly in this area or Galveston area?
20 July 2016|
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Response from Michael J | Reviewed this property |
The Black Pearl Oyster Bar in Galveston, roughly market and 23rd st - on Mon-Fri from 4pm to 7pm get a dozen fresh raw for $8 and as an entree the oysters diablo ...plus there is usually 2 or 3 fresh fish plattters - check... More
Why is Gilgoolets adult only?
14 February 2016|
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Response from Thomas M | Reviewed this property |
It is a bar/tavern and also a rather rough looking one at that. Probably not the best place for kids.
price of a dozen raw oysters
26 December 2014|
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Response from ZanerHouston_Texas | Reviewed this property |
$15. I got 15 oysters, what I would call medium to large in size.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 222 9th St, San Leon, TX 77539-9680
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Leon
  • Phone Number: +1 281-339-3813
  • E-mail
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