Typical tourist joint - surprised they don't bread and deepfry the plastic forks! Overdone hush puppies, fair cole slaw, overdone fried shrimp, french fries from a box someplace. Probably ordered the wrong thing - shoulda got some crawdads.
Me and my husband were on our honeymoon 2/06 and we were wanting to eat seafood so we decided on Benno's not knowing anything about their food well I ordered the stuffed shrimp and fron than on I will not eat anyone elses stuffed shrimp, their stuffed shrimp is to die for! My husband ordered the crab cakes and he also had the same impression as me. Since we live in houston we take a drive every now and then to treat ourselves to a getaway to Benno's.
This place has wonderful food. It is always busy but worth the wait. The walk up line moves fast for the large amount of people there during lunch and dinner rush, try going a little earlier or later to avoid a wait...I have been to Galveston too many times to mention and never stopped at this place until July 2006 visit..we were there 3 days/nites and ate at Bennos 3 times, twice for dinner & once for lunch..After going to another very pricey dinner spot one nite we decided to stick to Bennos cause it was so good and prices are good. You can stroll in in your beach attire and feel in place...the food really is excellent..I have ate all over New Orleans and the food at Bennos is as good if not better, and the Bread Pudding is the best I have had anywhere.. You wont be disappointed...the only improvement I can offer is for them to expand the place, they are busting at the seams during dinner rush.
Great view of Galveston Seawall--outdoor seating provides view of ocean and the breeze. Very casual dining with not so casual food. If you go to Galveston anytime Benno's is the place for cajun! Try the Shrimp Gumbo and Garlic Bread and for dessert Bread Pudding.. YUMMY!
My daughter and I from Hawaii were visiting family in Houston over the Christmas Holiday's. We all decided to take a drive down to Galveston to see the coast. My mother mentioned that while we were on the coast, we should stop at Benno's cajun restaurant for lunch. Six of us entered the restaurant and asked where we could be seated. The busboy mumbled something unintelligible and walked away. We proceeded to the left side of the order counter trying to figure out what the seating procedures were. The person behind the counter who appeared to be a supervisor or manager told us to move to the right side of the counter and line up to order our lunch. After moving to the right side of the counter and reading the menu, my daughter asked the guy behind the counter what was on the cajun seafood plate. He acted like he was being put out and rattled off something that none of my family and I could understand. My daughter and I decided to try the cajun seafood plate anyway and my brother, mother and nephew ordered the oyster po boy. The guy behind the counter acted like he was doing us a favor by taking our order. We paid him, received our order number and went to a table to await our much anticipated cajun lunch. And wait we did. I noticed that at the table beside us the customers were looking around anxiously. The man at the table stood up and walked to the front of the restaurant obviously looking for his meal and returned to sit down, saying something to his wife. After my family and I were seated for approximately twenty minutes, a waitress brought the meals to the table beside us. I am not sure how long the people at the table beside us had been waiting for their meal befor we sat down beside them, however the people that ordered directly befor our party were still waiting for their meal at least fourty-five minutes after we sat down. They also anxiously walked back to the counter asking when their food would be served. About ten minutes later their meals were served. At this point there were only about five tables of customers in the restaurant and we were the only one that had yet to be served. When our meals did arrive, an hour and ten minutes after we ordered them, the waitress said nothing about why there had been such a delay in the meals being served. The food was oily and soggy with not much taste, other than the spices. We were all very disappointed with the food and the service. I noticed that the party at the table beside us left alot of food on their plates after they departed, as did my family, however we took our french fries down to the beach and fed them to the seagulls.
Benno's was recommended to me by my sister-in-law. It strikes me as being the kind of place that someone would have to recommend; it looks like a hole in the wall where so much of everywhere is touristy. Benno's has good food - mostly seafood. The prices are reasonable and there is a section where you can sit outside and overlook the ocean. The times I've been have been very busy so you kind of have to take care of yourself; service-wise; but this place is not fancy. I've been back and although I like to try different places I think I'll keep coming back
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