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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Corpus Christi / McAllen

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Corpus Christi / McAllen? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Boqueron Tapas + Wine restaurant
5.0
5 (17)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Brownsville
About the restaurant
Boqueron is a premier wine destination in the Rio Grande Valley, having won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its innovative selection of 130 wines—30 by-the-glass— and an educated wine team to guide guests at this petite wine + tapas bar in the heart of Historic Market Square in Downtown Brownsville, Texas.

Advanced Sommelier Vanessa Trevino Boyd hand-selected the wine list to include bottles from boutique wineries in California to old-vine vineyards in Spain. The experience includes a gem of a small plates menu designed to go hand-in-hand with the wine list.

Chef Eugenio Uribe’s menu features classic tapas—Pan con Tomate, but he’s also creative with Matrimonio with Lemon Butter. Other highlights include an American Wagyu Bavette and Jamon, including an Iberico de Bellota from 5 Jotas and a weekly selection of East Coast Oysters. His emphasis on the best ingredients from Spain and around the world is remarkable, as evidenced not only by 5 Jotas, but by Brujula conservas.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 17, 2024
Boquerón is a culinary experience every time… from the moment you walk in you are greeted with a smile. Tuna plate is a fresh exquisite blend of flavors ! The unexpected blood sausage with sliced apples will blow your mind… all paired with their recommended wine !
A photo of house. wine. & bistro. restaurant
4.9
4.9 (489)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
McAllen
About the restaurant
house. wine. & bistro. offers a boutique wine bar & New American Bistro dining experience featuring over 100 wines, craft beers and a diverse menu of locally sourced ingredients.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Excellent eating experience.. from walking in the door and being greeted by employee, seated and drink order taken, was maybe 5 minutes. Meal was served hot and excellent taste. Server was very friendly and helpful.
A photo of Gabriela's Seafood + Tapas restaurant
4.9
4.9 (141)
$50 and over
Seafood
Rockport
About the restaurant
Located off the water in Rockport, TX, Gabriela's Seafood + Tapas brings you the freshest seafood sourced locally with various delicious tapas to choose from. Enjoy sweeping views of the waterfront from our 2nd story, chic and cozy dining area while enjoying fine latin-infused cuisine made fresh daily.
Top review
tonyBvip
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent addition to the rock port area. Will definitely be restaurant of choice.
A photo of Ambra restaurant
4.8
4.8 (230)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
McAllen
About the restaurant
AMBRA combines a globally inspired steakhouse and a chic lounge creating one electrifying dining experience. Inside AMBRA, every foot of space is filled with eye-catching visuals, varied lighting, contrasting materials and textures, lush plants, and a layout of space perfect for mingling, date night, and dining. Take a seat in one of our stylish dining rooms or enjoy al fresco seating in our outdoor patio while sipping mezcal cocktails until closing time, when you dine with us every experience will be one to remember.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
The table for two are too small. Can’t really try different plates without having the items come out staggered. I know this won’t change anything but it makes it hard to share multiple plates from appetizers and meals. The bread alone took up a lot of real estate. It was delicious though. The Berry Cute dessert was delicious and looked awesome also. (Photo op) lol
A photo of The Republic of the Rio Grande restaurant
4.7
4.7 (144)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
McAllen
About the restaurant
A sumptuous, indoor-outdoor bar & grill serving Southwest menu, including steaks & pizza.

At the Republic of the Rio Grande, our attention to detail and the way we present a platter tells you that dining here is going to be special, no matter the occasion. We strive to create a sumptuous and exciting dining experience for all of our guests

Disclaimer: For Friday and Saturday reservations please call the restaurant directly. We recommend giving us up to a 24 hour notice if you would like to book with us due to possible low availability.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 30, 2024
We love coming here. One of my wife’s favorite spots. Waiter was very attentive and looked out for our table very well with 6 people. Food came out great.
A photo of Mikhuna Japanese-Peruvian Cuisine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (266)
$30 and under
Japanese
McAllen
About the restaurant
Our aim is to bring the flavors of Peru and nikkei to the Rio Grande Valley, while providing a culinary experience that can't be found anywhere else. When you dine at MIKHUNA, you can expect Peruvian flavors that are exotic yet balanced. On our menu, you'll find indigenous Peruvian recipes, Japanese-influenced nikkei plates, and modern flavors you might encounter today in the streets of Lima.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 27, 2024
Excellent cuisine 😋 and Outstanding service by our handsome waiter Eli👍🏽 We will be dining at Mikhuna soon!!😎
A photo of CastleHill Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (61)
$30 and under
Bistro
Edinburg
About the restaurant
Casual Dining Restaurant Bar
by
Celebrity Michelin Star Chef Graham Campbell
As seen on Netflix The Final Table
Open Kitchen concept
relaxed dinning
craft cocktails
pastas, fish dishes, wings, steak, burgers desserts

Open
Tuesday to Friday from 5pm
Saturday from 2pm
Sunday brunch from 1130am
.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Always a great brunch and great service! The drinks were awesome!
A photo of Toloa Rooftop restaurant
4.7
4.7 (52)
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
McAllen
About the restaurant
Overlooking North McAllen, TOLOA's rooftop space acts as a studio for creating social experiences around food and drink. A list of seasonally curated cocktails act as an accessory to the open-air patio and lounge from sunset to late night. The food offered focuses on Modern Mexican eatery and is designed to either be shared, provide a small bite, or be ordered as a multi-course dinner. TOLOA is a new way to indulge and be social.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Elegant aroma with a new view. Food was delicious but would classify the atmosphere as a bit more on the drinking side. Still an amazing experience definitely going back.
A photo of Texas de Brazil - Mcallen restaurant
4.4
4.4 (901)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
McAllen
About the restaurant
Texas de Brazil, is a Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, that features endless servings of flame-grilled beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and Brazilian sausage as well as an extravagant salad area with a wide array of seasonal chef-crafted items.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Need to ask if we are done instead of just stopping service. We were waiting for more meat but kept getting passed over
A photo of Dokyo Dauntaun restaurant
4.4
4.4 (265)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Corpus Christi
About the restaurant
Industrial-style destination dishing up sushi, bento boxes & craft cocktails, plus a take-out option.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
My server was David he was a great server gave great suggestions for me and my dad. Food was fresh and outstanding, and overall the vibe was just amazing. This was my second time here my dads first time definitely not our last.
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