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“Good eats for casual dining”

Benno's on the Beach
Ranked #33 of 319 Restaurants in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Seafood
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Outdoor Seating
Description: Looking for fresh local seafood and a casual beachfront atmosphere? Benno's on the Beach has both! Our menu offers a variety of Cajun grilled, golden fried, and hot boiled entrees. Dine in or take out today.
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Cute little place located directly on the seawall with a great view. There is also outdoor seating with an even better view if you can take the heat and sun. Shade is minimal; dress is very casual. The interior is usual seafood furnishings of wooden chairs and tables. Ordering is a bit quirky - as you order up at the counter, get your drinks and cutlery and find you own table. Your meal is served to you as is drink refills. We were lucky to arrive when we did as there was only 3 people ahead in line. A half-hour later, that line snaked out the door! There is no lunch menu but prices are so reasonable that it doesn't matter.

Our original table was very wobbly - even after stuffing a napkin under the leg. So much so that we switched. The two of us had to take up a 6-top as there were no smaller tables available. I felt bad about that because the place was full. We moved to the window to leave it open but no one sat there. The line moved swiftly and we ordered within 10 minutes of arriving. Our order was brought out in about 15 minutes. It was steaming hot - love that.

Our meals were Fried Shrimp & Oyster Combo and the Fried Shrimp & Fish Combo. Both platters had huge seafood portions and tons of fresh cut fries. My Oysters were done to perfection - crispy on the outside and fresh and creamy on the inside. NONE were overcooked. Heaven. Hubby's Catfish was yummy. The Shrimp were huge, butterflied and crispy good. The hush puppies were also good. The only thing missing was some spice. The breading on the seafood could have used a bit more and a little less corn meal. Even so, this was a great meal at a great price. Side note: They do not serve alcohol.

The reason I took a star was broken table, needs more spice and did not like the line of people right at our table watching us eat.

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Thank Karen R
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Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Great fried shrimp and oysters at very reasonable prices. Benno's on the Beach doesn't look like much and you need to order at the cash register but the food was very good - freshly fried shrimp and oysters, good hush puppies and tasty coleslaw. The meal also came with fries which were just ok.

Thank Brenda-Houston
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Good spot if you like fried seafood
Portions were large, and beer was cold
Parking was limited, but service was good

Thank txbride
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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Couldn't wait to eat seafood.... we were fortunate to walk into Benno's... it was delicious and lunch special with drink $10...

Thank Julie C
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

We were hungry but worried about falling into a tourist trap of expensive seafood imported from Alaska. (Advertised at another restaurant on the seawall)

We were happy we selected this place!

It took us a few minutes to figure out it was counter service. We both selected the all-you-can-eat-catfish. It was more than we could eat! We received catfish, fries, hushpuppies, corn-on-the-cob, and cornbread. (Tip: try the cornbread with the honey butter--it perfectly sets off the seafood.)

The waitstaff kept our glasses full. The food was splendid. We'll be back!

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Thank Laura G
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