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“Probably isn't going to Survive”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Number 13

Number 13
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Ranked #80 of 308 Restaurants in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Business meetings, View, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New Orleans, Louisiana
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55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Probably isn't going to Survive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

I generally like to wait at least 6 months before reviewing a restaurant. But since we were already staying in the Pelican Rest Marina, we dined there a couple of times during their first couple of weeks. It’s a beautiful facility overlooking the marina and everything that you can see or touch is first quality. When they first opened, the waitstaff had been thoroughly trained and I couldn’t note any service blunders. Unfortunately the kitchen wasn’t up to their astronomical menu prices. My $50+ steak wasn’t Dry Aged and my dining partner’s fish filet was one day short of being over-the-hill.
On subsequent visits, the restaurant was at times completely empty and there had obviously been a lot of staff turn-over. The kitchen has improved, but due to the turn-over the waitstaff isn’t as well trained. A new manager is trying to lower food and labor costs and as a result, there are now only 4 huge shrimp on the $18 Shrimp Cocktail (6 in the past) and the waiter with the tray of thin slices of lemon, lime, and cucumber that you selected for your water glass, is nowhere in sight.
I think that a quality restaurant will eventually establish itself in this beautiful location, but Number 13 won’t do it with their present menu. They can’t survive on only weekend island visitors. They need a lot of local customers which they won’t attract with their overpriced menu. The Deluxe 13 Burger would be a bigger draw at $13 instead of $16.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Mike N
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English first
Galveston Island, Texas
1 review
“The view and atmosphere of a fine resort restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

We always look forward to eating there. We love the view, the staff and the relaxed atmosphere. It is a way to relax, look at pretty water, enjoy good food, and if you just want to put your feet up sit outside and enjoy the south breeze and great drinks.

We think you should definitely try their burger.....it is the best. The menu has a lot more but it is hard to beat.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank tomdickens58
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Awesome unique food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

An incredible unique experience of favors. We had a lobster and goat cheese appetizer. Red snapper and grouper as entrees. I would say one of my top 5 meals ever.

Visited July 2014
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League city
1 review
“No.13 has the most beautiful atmosphere overlooking the water, and Marina, with an extraordinary interior design.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

Have kept our boat at the Marina for 1 1/2 months & we frequent the restaurant often. Although, a beautiful place, the waiters are young & unfamiliar with the items on the menu. The Sunday brunch has an outstanding self-serve Bloody Mary bar with a large array of condiments.
The hamburger, 100% angus beef, is pricey, but excellent!! Shrimp cocktail is great but went from 6 shrimp one week to 4 the next; at the same price.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Camyabby
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League City, Texas
1 review
“Growing Pains”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

While Number 13 has some really good house specialties, one of which is the hamburger, they apparently are experiencing some pains in terms of retaining qualified waitstaff and providing food of a quality equivalent to their prices, which are borderline outrageous. They seem to be dedicated to making it all work, however. Hopefully they will, as it is a really upscale location.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank James H
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