San Leon >Gilhooley's Restaurant-Oyster
“If you want a low-key atmosphere, no pretense, just unpretentiously good food, this is the place!”
“The crab cakes were awesome as well.”
“Of course we KILL the oysters and drink the cold beer!”
“Awesome food, even better oysters!”
“There were allot of tempting items on the menu and the prices are very reasonable.”
“havent tried their food yet,just went in to have a couple of beers and its a good place to hang out with your other half or buddies.”
“The bartenders were nice and i'll come here and try their food next time.”
“The food is good, with generous portions and reasonable prices.”
We waited a 1 hour, 20 minutes for our
food. Saturday afternoon, Jan 19th, 2013. The lightly breaded oysters were heavy breaded. Most of the food was cold. Entrees came out in shifts.
The bathrooms were the worst bathrooms ever seen. very gross.
Food is highly overrated and really is some of the worst bar food you can imagine. This is no oyster joint, it is something else.
Here's a tip for "clearlakefriends": I think the owner would've preferred the "Troll" remark over the implication that he's a Yankee!! He's no Yankee!!
its ok but Tommyis in Clear Lake rocks. The quality of Gilhooley's has diminished substantially since my first visit in 2006. The only perks is the BYOB policy and funny personal wait staff. Tommy's Oyster Bar in Clear Lake is 10X better, for a lower price M-F, and the restroom doesn't make you consider peeing in your pants as a cleaner option.
not a good evening at gilhooleys. Was looking forward to going back to Gilhooleys,I have been there once and the food and service was good.On this second visit,I sat at the bar ordered food and drinks,asked the bartender for an ash tray.While she was bringing the ash tray,she noticed i had a small cigar.She said i could not smoke a cigar in here,it was not allowed.That was o k for me since i do not smoke cigars on a regular basis,it has been weeks since i had one.After about 2 minutes had gone by,I look across the bar and i see a man walking by with a lit cigar in his mouth.I say "Hey, he is smoking a cigar".He replied "I'm leaving,I'm leaving".The bartender replied that he needed a light before he left.I replied that she just got through telling me,you can't smoke cigars in here.(she lit his cigar)She then started throwing things around the bar area,making lots of noise and shouted, "o k i'm over it"and stomed off.Needless to say,it took along time for us to get our (warm not hot )food.Not once,did she ask us for another drink or if we needed anything else!Nobody, as a customer,should be treated like this anywhere!What she should have done is either give him some matches or went outside and lit his cigar.
BEST DANG PLACE IN SAN LEON. We can't get enough of this place! It's wonderful, no screaming, running around, whining, crying little kids to listen too. You can go as dressy, or as casual as you want to. The service is usually prompt, and the food is always great! You will be able to buy your meal, beer, and walk away with more change than you would get at McDonald's!
Relaxing!. Great food, relaxing atmosphere, and hard working wait staff.
GRILLED OYSTERS GILHOOLEY. Great oysters. They were very big. Cooked just right. Service was slow, but it is a "kick-back" place. Don't go if you are in a hurry. Drink a cold beverage of your choice, and enjoy the laid back atmosphere .
Best Grilled Oysters Around. Gilhooley's is great! Yes, it's a dive. Those are usually the best places to go and hang out with family and friends. Here you don't have to worry about what your wearing and, don't have to worry about your pocket book either. The food is priced great and you get large portions. Oysters Gilhooley's are grilled to perfection and served in this garlic butter sauce. I made myself sick eating them. Yes they do not allow small kids however I have taken my 16 year old and had no problem. Also just FYI they have a sign posted effective in August 2011 they will only accept cash. No checks, debit, or credit cards. That could be a negative as most people use plastic these days. Hopefully that fix this!
Gilhooleys suck. I went to Gilhooleys recently and its realy going down on quality, For one I dont understand why theve cut out sweet n low .. I love unsweet tea with sweet n low, and I dont understand why they would just stop having it!!! Then i saw a waitress get it for one of her other customers. To me this was very rude!!!! And they refuse to have french fries no matter how many customers ask for it!!! People even write on the nasty bathroom wall that they want Fries!!! The oysters are getting smaller.. over all the place is going down!!! and that sucks , I drive all the way from Pasadena to eat there and I shouldnt have to bring my own sweeter for tea!!!!
Gilhooley's saved my night!.
I have been into Gilhooley's twice now, once this last summer, and the other day after I left another place that was horrible. This past summer the oysters were very small, but now that they are coming back in season it seems that they are much larger. We split a burger, a dozen raw oysters, and a dozen (not sure if this is right) ShrimpGilhooley (oysters cooked in the shell with garlic butter, parmesan cheese, and shrimp). The food was great, not just good, even the burger is worth the drive to get back to. The place is dirty looking, make no mistake, and avoid the bathroom.The waitresses are hilarious, the locals talk trash to them and they respond in kind (maybe that is why no kids?).
This is a how-you-take-it place, relax, be cool, and the no kids, and staff is always right policies will not matter.
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