Where to Brunch in Galveston

Photo courtesy of Farley Girls Cafe

In our Where to Brunch series, we search Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods for the very best brunch offerings. Originally published in 2017, we are now refreshing, updating, and adding to this series, including new neighborhoods and destinations.

Just about an hour from Downtown Houston, Galveston Island harbors 32 miles of beaches, so you most definitely can (and should) dip your toes in the sand. It also is home to major fun zones like Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

But that’s not all there is to do on this Gulf Coast oasis, there’s also plenty to eat, including stellar options for brunch.

Where to Brunch in Galveston

  • Buck’sSet in the former Farley Girls space in Galveston’s East End, Buck’s offers elevated barbecue and cafe-style eats. At brunch, dig into chilaquiles stacks, brisket benedict, cornbread waffles, pulled pork and smoked gouda grits, and Farley Girls’ classics like the hangover helper bow. Saturday and Sunday 8:30am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Galvez Bar & Grill at Hotel Galvez Named one of “Texas’ Best Brunches” by Southern Living Magazine, this bountiful brunch buffet is as extravagant as it gets. Nosh on fresh fruits and cheeses, hearth-baked breads and cocktail shrimp, crab claws, oysters, and smoked salmon; then get ready to load your plate with breakfast classics—think Belgian waffles, cheese blintz, eggs benny, and apple-wood smoked bacon and sausage—and lunchier items, including things like made-to-order pastas, prime rib, bourbon-glazed ham, and gumbo. Of course, you’ll need to satisfy that sweet tooth with dessert. Expect selections like a fresh fruit cobbler, bread pudding, and triple chocolate cake. The cost is $44.99 per adult, $33.99 for seniors, and $26.99 for children ages 6 to 11. Reservations strongly advised. Sunday 11am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
  • Mosquito Cafe An island favorite, this quaint café is set inside an 1870s building in the historic East End. Daily chalkboard specials meet scratch-made breakfast plates with a twist, from corned beef hash tacos and huevos rancheros topped with feta to an eggs benny made with a house-baked savory scone smothered with shrimp, artichoke hearts, asparagus, mushrooms, and sundried tomatoes. Oh, and an egg and Hollandaise, of course. Tuesday through Saturday 8am to 2pm; Sunday 8am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe Stop in at this East End gem for seasonal brunch specials like fried quail & grits and pumpkin waffles, plus its roster of top-notch breakfast and lunch items, from crab cake & eggs and challah French toast to salmon BLTs and chicken-fried steak. Just don’t forget to grab some pastries on the way out. Breakfast served daily 7am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Porch Cafe Looking for elegance and charm? Hit this beachside bistro, which offers craveable plates in the form of fried chicken & waffles, citrus ceviche, jumbo Gulf shrimp & grits, brunch burgers, and crab cake & fried green tomato sandwiches. Wash it all down with mimosas and sangria by the glass or carafe. Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm. Click here for directions.

More Great Brunch Options in Galveston

Get weekend breakfast (starting at 7:30am) at Shrimp N’ Stuff, the Downtown seafood eatery with a cult following; fill up on all-day breakfast and blue plate specials at ShyKatZ Deli; work through the lineup of biscuits at Gypsy Joynt and breakfast burritos at Bronco Burritos; and check out the luxurious Number 13 Prime Steak & Seafood, which sits pretty on Pelican Rest Marina and boasts an island-style, two-story terrace and Bloody Mary bar.

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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .