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Tortuga's Saltwater Grill, Port Aransas, TX

Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

4.6
4.6
271 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Welcome to Tortuga's Saltwater Grill! We are a unique restaurant in the heart of Port Aransas' Old Town Historic District, offering a twist on some regional and exotic dishes, as well as some classic favorites. We have become well-known for our charbroiled steaks, oysters and Shrimp and Grits! With a lighter lunch menu and more extensive dinner menu, we have many offerings for the whole family. Grab a meal or choose a craft cocktail or glass of wine from our extensive wine list and enjoy a break from the sun on our large covered porch.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (361) 749-2739

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Please feel free to contact us regarding any questions about large parties or booking for a private event or catering

  • Neighborhood

    Port Aransas

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 271 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Fit for Foodies

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Good for Groups

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Healthy

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Great for Lunch

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Romantic

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Special Occasion

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Most Booked

  • Corpus Christi

    Most Booked

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  1. BW

    BrookeW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place! The food was delicious, service was great! We will be back!
  2. NI

    NIcoleR

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    The restaurant was very loud inside, very hard to carry on a conversation with our table. The food was not worth the price. Not much flavor, it did not WOW us at all. Will not be back.
  3. P

    Pwogg

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Took a long time to get greeted (over 20 min) but once we were we got fad service. Very good food
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family vacation
  5. M

    Mcrowe

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good and different food and great wait staff
  6. GV

    GlennV

    San Antonio

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not our first time here and as always the food was great. The only problem was the crab meat on top of the fish had lots of shell left in it. Amanda our server was fantastic. We will definitely be back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Laura waited on our 2 tables with 12 of us. The service was great and she was amazing & attentive. The crab cakes were yummy and the blackened red snapper was delicious. Also we enjoyed the creme Brule cheesecake!
  8. D

    Danielle

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time and experience! Petey was our server and was very welcoming, kind + knowledgeable about the menu. We had oysters, the catch of the day (red snapper with crab) and asparagus which was absolutely delicious and seafood pasta. I requested a cucumber mocktail and Petey was able to have the bartender craft a delicious drink. Amazing experience overall! We really appreciate Petey’s amazing energy that contributed to a wonderful experience.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food… great service!
  10. C

    Candy

    Portland

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Reservation was for 5, they put us ar a table for 4. Food was slow. One meal was served 29 minutes after everyone else. Potatoes were horrible. Rib-eye was amazing. Great service. Server was absolutely the best.
  11. VH

    ValerieH

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We thought the food was amazing and the service was excellent. The menu had new and different choices from the normal Port A Restaurants which was refreshing. They are located on a main road in Port A so if you are looking for a water view you would need to choose a different restaurant. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and we will go back. Just make sure you make a reservation ahead of time.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We made reservations and we’re seated immediately. Food was great.
  13. EM

    EmmaM

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a great date night at Tortuga’s! When we got there we were seated outside with a few rowdy tables, and the hostess and server were so apologetic. Once those groups left, the noise level went down immensely and it was perfect sitting out on the patio. We enjoyed the poke nachos to start- so delicious! It came on the recommendation of our server and we loved them. Fresh tuna, crisp wontons, sweet pineapple salsa and spicy jalapeños- perfect with a chilled Pinot Grigio! For our entrees, we got the redfish ponchartrain (another recommendation!) and the charbroiled choice of the day (I forgot to even ask what it was, some type of white fish). Both were flavorful and delicious. The redfish had a yummy creole sauce. We were tempted to find a restaurant on the water but above all wanted delicious seafood. Tortuga’s was a great choice!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worst customer service from there hostess that was working Wednesday night. We have made it a tradition to eat here at least one time during our visits to the island. Our family made a reservation via OpenTable. We verified if they were pet friendly, as we brought our mini Golden-doodle with us on this family trip. When we showed up for our reservation, I notified the hostess of our fur baby. She immediately became rude and said they could not accommodate our family due to no tables available outside. She did not try to accommodate outside seating or even offer to add us to the wait list. The lack of help to redeem the situation, paired with a rude attitude, did not help make a positive experience. It’s unfortunate how the lack of decent customer service can change our mindset to never visit this restaurant again. We headed to TroutStreet bar & Grill, where they had the sweetest customer service, loved on our fur baby and turned our frowns into smiles. We will be removing Tortuga from our places to visit when we’re in town and keep to our Trout St., Grill and other local restaurants.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing!!! Crab crusted fish of the day was one of my favorite seafood dishes ever.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    So nice to find a place that takes reservations. We sat outside which was fine but. Luke be improved with fans. Food was really good with quick service.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    One of our favorites spots for crab and shrimp.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Brunch!!! The best on the island
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy to make reservations, fast and friendly service, lots of choices on food and drinks , definitely come back again!
  20. CW

    CindyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service. Would definitely eat here again and recommend it to others.
  21. s

    sharonk

    San Antonio

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Raw bar was fab!! Our server Eric fantastic
  22. 7

    7heaven

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Good food and nice people. Candied bacon burger and shrimp n grits were the best and lunch prices were as advertised.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and drinks as always!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy Tortuga’s after a long day at the beach. The best iced tea really quenches my thirst and the Redfish Ponchatrain is my go to. My husband always enjoys the crab crusted catch of the day. Really, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Biggest issues - service and food quality for the price. I accidentally spilled my margarita and the waitress just handed me a napkin. Offered no help or assistance to clean it up. Then brought me a new margarita without asking and charged me for it. She was also not very personable or attentive. Food was mediocre at best. My son’s $54 steak was way overcooked as well as my father’s shrimp dish. Salads were not served very cold. Needless to say, we won’t be back.
  26. WT

    WhitneyT

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    We dined at Tortuga's on a busy Saturday night. Started with the crab cake and poke nachos which were both fantastic. Unfortunately, the entrees were not as good as the apps. The snapper was beyond over cooked, the fried shrimp was not fried properly so the batter was rock hard and slid of the meat, the cream sauce on the pasta acadiana was watery and tasted like eating a spoonful of oregano. We did let our waitress know and she let the manager know, he came over and we gave him our feedback as well.
  27. AY

    AnnY

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Tortuga Grill! I read the reviews prior to making the reservation, and the reviewers who gave fewer than 4 stars usually were critical of the service. We had totally the opposite experience! Even though it was a packed Saturday night at the height of tourist season, the service was excellent. We had the nicest (female) server and I’m sorry I didn’t get her name. Everything was brought timely and in the right order. The manager came by at one point to make sure all was okay. And our food was delicious. I’d also like to say that the food from the kids’ menu was great - way above what’s usually offered.
  28. JR

    JohnR

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice place with good food, but you MUST make a reservation. Due to the ferry wait time, I had to update my reservation time several times. We walked right in and sat down. A couple of nights earlier, we saw the restaurant and found that without a reservation, there was no table.
  29. KS

    KimberlyS

    Austin

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    There were back to back bachelorette parties in the restaurant that night that really heighten the noise level that night. Not the norm for this place. Typically the place is pretty chill with your average amount of noise.
  30. HR

    HRivasMD

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The food is always good, when you make a reservation, you expect some level of service. The waiter was not attentive at all, drinks took a long time to arrive and they sat down empty for long periods of time, he walked pass in front of us numerous times and not once he asked if we were ok or needed something. When I asked the waiter about why the service was so poor he became defensive and seem clearly upset, he became even less attentive, although we approach it very politely.
  31. HS

    HeatherS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food and service. We sat outside on the patio.
  32. d

    delightedduo

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, and Elizabeth took excellent care of us. It was a lovely evening!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We went for our Anniversary dinner. Nothing special was done for us. Seemed like waitress was in a hurry Heard several times on drinks (Tea) that they were out before closing time. The price list on open table and the price list at the restaurant do not match. The 16oz steak is much higher than open table
  34. J

    Jean88

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Place is a must every time we come to the island! Nice to have other options besides fried this and that. Husband and I could eat here our whole trip!! Great ambiance and food
  35. SU

    SUPERFOODIE

    San Antonio

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We eat here every time in PA. About 4-6 times a year. Atmosphere is always fun and the seafood raw or cooked is amazing hands down!
  36. LC

    LoriC

    Oklahoma City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and amazing food as always. This is one spot we never miss when we come to Port A!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A definite stop if you go to Port A! We enjoyed the Shrimp and Grits but by far one of the best dishes we've eaten was the Coconut Curry Shrimp. It was a culinary experience. The flavors were amazing ,especially when each bite included the pesto sauce. Don't leave without eating the Spice cake, served warm with cinnamon whipped cream. Service was impeccable. I recommend making reservations.
  38. c

    carlc

    Salt Lake City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we come to Port A. We always eat at Tortuga’s. We are never disappointed!
  39. M

    Michelle

    Amarillo

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place with amazing food and flavor all around

FAQs

Tortuga's Saltwater Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (361) 749-2739.

Tortuga's Saltwater Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 271 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today
Google Map for Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

429 N Alister St, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4010

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Port Aransas

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (361) 749-2739

  • Private party facilities

    Please feel free to contact us regarding any questions about large parties or booking for a private event or catering

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