Our first early evening in Galveston after a long slow dreadful drive from Houston was completely forgotten when we found ourselves at Nate’s Seafood in Jamaica Beach. At least the dreadful drive through rush hour traffic on a Friday in Houston was forgotten, not the great dining experiences that day. About, Nate’s, don’t be confused by the Jamaica Beach address, it’s a small town along the main Seawall Blvd from the East End to the West End on Galveston Island. They are located just at the west side of Jamaica Beach. The signage can be confusing along Seawall. You leave Galveston, enter into Jamaica Beach and then return to Galveston just within a few miles. Our Timeshare location was just a short 1.8 miles from Nate’s and Jamaica Beach.
Nate’s was found only because of stopping at the local market that was short distance from our Timeshare trade. The hotel (if you can call it that) didn’t have a dining facility and hunger had again set in after lunch earlier that day at Lupe’s Tortilla Mexican Restaurant. After filing the grocery basket to the brim with snacks, fruit, Shocktop, Guinness and Ménage a Trios red wine, the car was loaded up and we walked the short distance to Nate’s. Luckier than most upcoming diners, a table had just been cleared and it was our for the taking.
On an earlier post about Eating Our Way Through a Vacation, I spoke of curbside appeal for a restaurant. I can’t tout anything special about the façade for this little diner but surely it is not a best kept secret of Galveston. It was clean, freshly painted outside and had a nice add-on outdoor patio. It appears to be a regular stop for the locals and seasonal visitors with the bustle of hungry people coming and going to tables. The bar packed with people noshing on plates of peel and eat shrimp or piled high plates of crawfish. The wait staff is at a quick pace that doesn’t slow the entire diner hour.
During our visit to Galveston, we dined two times at Nate’s. Mostly for convenience on the second visit, but the food and service were good enough for a return visit. The first meal appetizer was Peel and Eat Shrimp which was nicely prepared with a light and tasteful spicing that must have been from a steamer broth. Then we shared a large hamburger that was cooked exactly as wanted and large enough to share. Selecting a beef dish may have been a mistake. The burger was good, but being that Nate’s is a seafood restaurant the main course should have been seafood and I wish we had gone the extra dollars for something seafood.
On our second visit again we selected beef. Go figure?? The meal was the Smothered Hamburger Steak and it was good. Small side salads and a glass of so-so wine was enjoyed while waiting for the main course. The Smothered Hamburger Steak was robustly spiced with a rub and grilled to a medium rare as requested. Normally their hamburger steak would be covered with a beef mushroom gravy but we requested ours on the side so that we could enjoy more of the spice rub flavor.
Nate’s may not be five star dining, but the menu has enough variety for everyone, the staff is attentive and friendly, the portions are large enough to often split if desired and the prices are reasonable. A very popular stop for the Galveston West End and worth the extra drive away from the heavy traffic on the East End. Give them a try.
Nate’s West End
17575 San Luis Pass Rd.
Galveston, TX 77554
More reviews to come as we travelled from Houston to Galveston and throughout that area during the first week of May 2013.