Galveston Restaurant Week

Dining on the Island: Galveston Restaurant Week offers deals at more than 30 eateries for 15 days

Galveston Restaurant Week offers dining deals at more than 30 eateries

Rudy & Paco's tres leches
Finish with tres leches at Rudy & Paco's $45, three-course menu. Courtesy photo
Number 13 Galveston bar
Number 13 offers upscale steakhouse fare. Courtesy photo
Gaido's Galveston exterior
Head to Gaido's for a classic Galveston restaurant. Courtesy photo
Pelican Club Galveston Menu Preview
The Pelican Club Pelican Club carrot cake with cheesecake frosting and chocolate dirt is on the Galveston Restaurant Week menu. Photo courtesy of The Pelican Club
Olympia Grill patio Galveston
It may be warm enough to eat ousdie on the Olympic Grill patio. Courtesy of Mitchell Historic Properties
Grilled oysters at Ocean Grille & Beach Bar in Galveston
Grilled oysters are on the menu at the Ocean Grille & Beach Bar. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Rudy & Paco's tres leches
Number 13 Galveston bar
Gaido's Galveston exterior
Pelican Club Galveston Menu Preview
Olympia Grill patio Galveston
Grilled oysters at Ocean Grille & Beach Bar in Galveston

January can be a quiet time on Galveston Island. Dickens on the Strand has wrapped up for the year and Mardi Gras doesn't start until the end of the month. 

That lull presents an opportunity for diners to head south and catch up with the latest developments in the island's dining scene while getting a bit of a deal. Beginning Saturday and extending through January 23, more than 30 restaurants are participating in the fifth annual Galveston Restaurant Week.

The event is similar to Houston Restaurant Weeks in that participating restaurants run special fixed price menus during the promotion, but different in that the prices vary from $10 to $40. Additionally, restaurants pledge a "portion of proceeds" to charity — in this case  Access Care of Coastal Texas, which provides lunches for patients living with HIV or AIDS — rather than a specific amount for every meal sold.

Most importantly, Galveston Restaurant Week gives diners a chance to revisit old favorites like Rudy & Paco's and Gaido's or to try newcomers like Ocean Grille & Beach Bar, which features a menu created by former Haven chef Randy Evans. Other tempting options include the redesigned Pelican Club, where the entree options include both coffee-rubbed venison loin and vegetarian-friendly curry-roasted baby carrots, and upscale steakhouse Number 13

In addition to enjoying their meals, diners may vote via text for their favorite restaurant. The winner will be named Galveston Restaurant of the Year.