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Gilhooley's Restaurant and Oyster Bar

222 9th St, San Leon, TX 77539-9680
+1 281-339-3813
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (137 reviews)
“hush puppies” (11 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Grill, Bar, Soups
$$ - $$$
222 9th St, San Leon, TX 77539-9680
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I don’t know what I could say better than the majority of people who have reviewed this place already but I will start by saying that the Oysters Gilhooley are phenomenal. If you don’t like oysters, the other items on the menu are also good...More

Thank Hailee H
Reviewed 1 week ago

You would never just happen up on this place. You need directions to find it. I've been to oyster bars all over the US and nothing compares to here. Nothing! They are the biggest, freshest and plumpest oysters I've ever seen. The well known name...More

Thank Johnny B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited twice in the last month and absolutely loved the food and outdoor sitting area. We both had some nice cocktails including Bloody Mary (spicy) and really good tequila sunrise. Both visits we had the fried oysters and although my wife typically does not...More

Thank Connie M
Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Visited here on the recommendation of a friend as we were staying in Kemah. The place is tucked back a little from the road, the full parking lot gave it away though. You seat yourself and our server gave us menus and got us a...More

Thank Lucy_lu07
Reviewed 6 March 2018

I have had oysters before and did not like them but the ones here at Gilhooley's totally changed my mind. They were soooo good. It is not a fancy place but everyone is friendly.

Thank mgme0512
Reviewed 6 March 2018

I can't believe I just now visited this place. A person can expect good food in a relaxed atmosphere here. There is inside dining or an outside patio area. I had gumbo, fried shrimp and oysters. All were very good. No kids allowed is an...More

Thank BMB6040
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We were visiting family in the Houston area and before leaving wanted oysters so they took us to Gilhooley’s. This is the kind of place we love to find when traveling. Locals know about it but tourists have to search a place like this out....More

Thank crownct938
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Met a friend here who loves this place. Have to admit that it is a wonderful place to sit outside on a nice day and have some cold beers (cheap, too). We both ordered their oysters ShrimpHooley--braised oysters on the half shell with a shrimp...More

Thank Mike R
Reviewed 1 March 2018

And we are back for our yearly visit, at least one per year, to Gilhooley's. Excellent oysters. This time we had them topped with shrimp. Love this place. Down home with friendly service and relaxed "dive joint" atmosphere. We come at off hours when the...More

Thank Rebekajean
Reviewed 28 February 2018

Food was so good that we went there 2 times during our stay in the area. Large portions. My husband had a cup of Everybody gumbo that had great flavor, and fried catfish the first night, and the catfish was so huge that it was...More

Thank cookerlady
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21 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
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.
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
American, Seafood, Grill, Bar, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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
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Voted by GQ Magazine as “top 25 anti-restaurants”. Known for our famous open flame grilled oysters that come straight from boat to table!
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