La Barataria
La Barataria

La Barataria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.labaratariaportaransas.com/
  • Phone: 3617492212
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday, Thursday & Friday: 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM


    Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: La Barataria features an outdoor private events space that's perfect for corporate or social events.

    Accommodating up to 200 people, our private events space can be tented, air-conditioned or heated making it the perfect year round venue with a unique, island paradise setting on the Gulf Coast.

    Whether you envision a theme event such as a wine tasting or a barbeque, or perhaps you want an elegant buffet or a seated, gourmet dinner, our talented chefs can make your vision a reality.

    Looking for different, unique, casual yet elegant, great food with great service? Look no further. La Barataria has it all.
  • Private Party Contact: Lezlie Keebler 3617492212
  • Entertainment: La Barataria features live entertainment on the upper deck and pool-side. Entertainment varies, primarily featuring local artists.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Highway 361
  • Public Transit: Port Aransas / Mustang Island offers a free trolley. Island Moorings Yacht Club and Marina and La Barataria are on the free trolley route. La Barataria offers pick-up service from Mustang Municipal Airport and Newport Dunes and Golf Club.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the Island Moorings Yacht Club and Marina facility. Group transportation is also available.
A word from La Barataria
La Barataria is an upscale, casually elegant restaurant and bar, beautifully situated on Mustang Island in Island Moorings Yacht Club and Marina. This Gulf Coast paradise is surrounded by water, yachts and palm trees. Balmy ocean breezes enhance the tranquil setting of this island paradise.

Relax on the upper deck with a view of it all or kick back pool-side with a cocktail made with fresh fruit juices or a glass of vino from our selection of boutique wines.

Secluded yet easily accessible, La Barataria is right off of State Highway 361, across the street from Newport Dunes and Golf, an Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, and walking distance from Mustang Island Municipal Airport, but we'll pick you up!

Moor your boat at one of the most protected marinas on the Gulf Coast, walk up to the restaurant / bar and find yourself in paradise. You will look no further.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
La Barataria reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (7)special occasion (6)fit for foodies (5)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (4)neighborhood gem (4)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (2)good for groups (1)Show More
  • La Barataria, Port Aransas, TX
    PattyS
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was excellent. The bread and the olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese they bring in the beginning is to die for! That was just the beginning. Five of us were in our group and everyone was raving how good the food was. Our waitress, Susan, was superb! Will go back for sure.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food and creative dishes
    Podstx
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Everything was ideally prepared, but don't understand the use of beach towels as table clothes. Even white butcher paper would suffice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Steaks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My wife and I both had a fillet mignon; they were simply the best. The sides were also excellent. Wines were superb. The two meals with 3 glasses of wine came to about $170 after tip. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for snacks and drinks
    RBCB
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Went for brunch on Sunday. Server was very good. A great garlic, cheese, oil and bread appetizer was enjoyed by all. This is a favorite any time of day. One member of our party had the Poke and enjoyed it. Eggs Benedict had way too much sauce -- dominated the plate. French toast was sections of a loaf of French bread served vertically on the plate. Thickness was probably 4 inches. Tops were soggy with egg mixture since they couldn't be browned like slices of bread. Syrup was already poured on the plate along with large dollops of butter. The best food we have had here is appetizers and cocktails on the deck overlooking the marina. A fun place for sunset get together with friends. Won't be going back for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but not worth it
    Jmac
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This restaurant is very small. In spite of that, management has apparently decided to see just how many people they can cram into this tiny space. The result is that it feels like the people at adjacent tables are part of your conversations. The scenic view of the marina outside is great, but not worth being crammed in like sardines. The food and service was good, but it took plenty of time to get it. We sat for dinner at 7:30, and didn't get out until almost 9:30. We finally gave up waiting on our dessert after over 20 minutes. While the food was good, it wasn't worth the wait. It especially wasn't worth the price. Two of us managed to rack up a $200 check without ordering wine or fancy cocktails. We definitely won't be coming back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Maybe the best on the island and we like a lot of places. While beach towel table cloths are certainly unique, we would recommend something less bulky than terrycloth -- colorful/beachy sarongs?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing gem in a beach town
    FlynnsFromTexas
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Very small and cozy. Food was delicious although the bone-in filet minon was over priced. The lobster pasta was fabulous! So was the hot fresh, salted-crust bread and dipping garlic-infused oil. Was so much looking forward to their popular dessert, the bread pudding, but sadley it was over-cooked and burned around the outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 22 reviews are from the La Barataria reviews archive.
  • Another excellent meal
    eatingoutagain
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This restaurant continues to produce a quality dining experience. This time the Diver Scallops were wonderful--and the brussels sprouts were so good that one of our party was convinced they could be worth eating! Their filet is always perfect. We always find a wine we enjoy from their interesting wine list. We were glad we made an Open Table reservation as they were busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Must go! The food was wonderful, great atmosphere great service limited seating which is awesome, I've only been here the one time but I will continue to go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location bad food
    GoodfoodismyHobby
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I don't like to focus on decor too much but the Beach Towels used as table clothes and fiber towels used as Napkins are Very Distracting in a nicely decorated, ship salon style restaurant, those items should be used at a beach bar/grill. I ordered a glass of wine from the list, they no longer stock it, the waitress chose a substitute and seemed irritated that I did not like it. The lobster crab cakes to mushy and breadie the sweet corn was good. Now to the biggest disappointment, Lobster Mashed Potatoes at $15 for 1 cup: dry, potatoe lumpy, actually garlic mashed potatoes with lobster thrown in and the garlic over powdered the lobster I took three bites hoping the taste would improve. I am out of room. Eat outside order simple appetizers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Birthday Dinner
    Mereden
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We visited on a Friday night during off season in Port. Aransas. We were seated immediately at a quant table overlooking the pool. We ordered a wonderful cheese plate and two entrees. I had the Lobster Fettucine (which was to die for) and my husband had Lobster cakes. Our meals were excellent and we had enough left over for lunch the next day! We were in and out in about an hour and 15 minutes. Our server was informative and had just the right sense when we might need her. There were some rowdy folks at the bar but they didn't bother us at all. Overall, this was a great way to celebrate my husbands' 52 birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Barataria 7 March
    ZIATraveler
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Great dining experience. Table setting was attractive with lighted candle, table cloth, and harbor view. Wait staff and Hostess were friendly, attentive, and efficient. The food was excellent, the bread and garlic/dipping sauce that accompanied our meal was a one of a kind taste experience. I ordered the Spinach salad and the Beef Tenderloin Fillet, and my wife ordered the grilled shrimp as a meal. Wine, Pina Colada, and Coffee were also ordered. One of the very few establishments that offers raw sugar with their coffee! The food presentation was only exceeded by the taste! No wait for our 7 PM Friday night table reservation. Food arrived hot. Nothing but compliments for this establishment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Outstanding Evening!
    ClintA
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This was our second time to dine at La Barataria. Again the food was amazing! Even something that you would imagine as simple like carrots are prepared in such a way that you just keep wanting more. I highly recommend the chateaubriand for two. It's quite a feast and an excellent value. The lobster mashed potatoes are to die. Our server was excellent always appearing at just the right moment when we were in need of a wine refresh. The wine list is great, too! Leslie, the owner is so friendly and always makes it a point to come out and say hello to everyone in the restaurant and make sure everyone is enjoying themselves. If you have not tried La Barataria, make the drive. You won't regret it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet dining in Port Aransas
    KansasVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Oyster Rockefeller was the best we ever had. On Monday all glasses of wine and bottles are half price. Every wine is available by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Southaustinmomma
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Abby our waitress was outstanding. Everything from start to finish was flawless! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a lovely experience
    anaguit
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    went here for to celebrate an anniversary dinner. it was lovely, quiet, and intimate. the food was delicious; the ribeye was cooked perfectly, and the lobster cake had nice big chunks of lobster meat in it. our waitress was patient, friendly, and helpful, without being too overbearing. it was kind of expensive, but with a yelp deal, it wasn't too bad on the wallet. for a special occasion, the restaurant really met all our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Food is the Star!
    ClintA
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    This is such an amazing gem located in on the water in Port Aransas. We had the chef special dinner for two. 16 oz of filet with lobster mashed potatoes and two sides. All I can say is WOW! The flavors are mind blowing and the steak was prepared and cooked perfectly. The fresh baked bread is delicious. And the bread pudding dessert was outstanding. They also have an excellent wine list. This was my first time there. We live in Houston and I am very familiar with excellent food. I will most definitely be returning and can highly recommend this as a must try place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The plates of food are too
    MikeBVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    The plates of food are too big. Everything could be split by two diners. It has a nice atmosphere and the service is good. If it is very crowded, the meal will take a long time to come from the kitchen. That is not the server's fault. Relax; you're on the island! Monday is half priced wine by the bottle.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Port A Surprise
    Bill0825
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    I'd not been to the restaurant in the Island Moorings Marina in Port Aransas in many years and decided to go this past weekend. If you are looking for a small place with a nice view of a marine, a great sunset, excellent food, a good wine list, a knowledgeable and friendly staff, and are willing to spend Houston/Austin/Dallas/San Antonio prices for a great evening, then this is a place for you. As one example of the service, the particular Pinot Grigio that I'd selected was not available but rather than come back with the wine list, our waiter brought back three alternative wines for us to taste that had been selected by the Chef based on what we'd ordered for our entrees. One was a perfect fit and paired well with our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a fabulous brunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    We had a fabulous brunch. The menu items for brunch are very unique. The Dutch pancakes are wonderful. The servings are ample along with great presentations. They have a small staff which were attentive. The kitchen is tiny so if your in a hurry you will probably need to go somewhere else. Take your time to enjoy your meal and the views.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome yet again. We tried
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Awesome yet again. We tried La Barataria for the first time last year, and were looking forward to it again this spring break. It never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find in Port A!
    Livinglarge
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    The best food we've had in Port A. We go to Port A at least twice a year and we were thrilled to discover La Barataria. We will be sure to go here every time we go in the future. I had a sashimi medley of three kinds of fish and it was outstanding. Lobster cake appetizer was wonderful and their pizzas were amazing! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2012
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at La Barataria. Service was excellent, not rushed, but always attentive. Had a nice glass of wine that was recommended by our waiter. The bread basket was delicious, especially with the roasted garlic. Also ordered the olives and there was plenty to take home w us. Our entrees were the snapper and lobster cake, both delicious. The view was beautiful, we will return for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Appetizers are great but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    Appetizers are great but the main courses are not so much. Service was slow and unprofessional.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The first surprise was the
    BobShaw
    Dined on 7/4/2012
    The first surprise was the charge for bread on the menu. After getting some I would have paid double their asking price! It was AMAZING!!! The Caprese salad was big enough to share and quite good. My wife had the filet and loved it. I got a Mahi Mahi dish but was not impressed as it had too much soy on it. The sides were delicious and especially the carrots! Overall, a nice evening meal while on vacation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We really enjoyed the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/16/2012
    We really enjoyed the food . They have the best margaritas. The waiter was very efficient. The candles at the table set the mood.The Salmon plate wwas very good. Thanks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Impression, Excellant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    Since this was our first visit we were not sure what to expect. We read several reviews both positive and negative. We both opted for a glass of ice tea, which I must say was very flavorful and not watered down. So we were off to a good start, As an appetizer we chose to share the bread basket which included an olive tapanade, roasted garlic and grated romano cheese, very good I must say. I added the cherry tomato salad enough for two people and then some. We then ordered the lobster cake dinner and 8 oz filet dinner and added some grilled shrimp, perfection is all I can say, the place is excellant. We can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a nice view over the
    jubileeblue
    Dined on 3/25/2011
    We had a nice view over the harbor and the restaurant was comfortable. The food and the portions were good. The bread was light and terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the better restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/25/2011
    One of the better restaurant meals I've ever eaten..really...I had the broiled tuna dish, with light cajun seasoning..wonderful. My 3 companions all had the prime rib...pretty good (what can you expect for basically a seafood restaurant?). Nice wine list---many by-the-glass options. Was there on a Friday evening...they were pretty busy and I think they were short one waiter/waitress, so service was maybe a bit slow. Small indoor dining room...they have outdoor seating, but it was too chilly/windy in February. Overlooks a marina. You can find a cheaper restaurant in Port A, but not a better one. I'll be back next winter.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall