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Tortuga's Saltwater Grill, Port Aransas, TX

Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

4.7
4.7
574 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 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

What 574 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Best Overall

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Best Food

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Best Service

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Best Value

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Good for groups

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Healthy

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Neighborhood gem

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Most Booked

574 Reviews
  1. GDMD

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Snapper pontchartrain is amazing and melts in your mouth. Steak churrasco also very good. Boursin balls are perfect as a starter and one order easily served 6 of us. However, service was less than ideal. It appeared the restaurant was trying to get by with too few servers and she was nice but spread way too thin.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner. Waitress was awesome, forgot her name,sorry. Food was cooked perfect to our order. Great evening.

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  3. ShaneP

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, service was great, and the food came out in a very timely manner and was really good. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting the Port Aransas area!

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  4. Ellen

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Sunday morning brunch! And the service was top notch!

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  5. BillH

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve been here 4 times and the food is just served warm. It would be a lot better if they could get it out hot. Maybe even try serving the food on a hot plate!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Bartender was excellent, attentive and personable. Wedge was a bit weak for the price. Both fish dishes were excellent, sides were very good, asparagus was grilled to perfection. Not bad at all for a tourist town. We recommend, and we will return again.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was lovely. The food was delicious. I had the scallops, my daughter had the shrimp and grits and the hubs had the Pasta Acadiana. Everything was delicious and we took home leftovers. Also, the lava cake is legit.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Tortugas has been a mainstay of Port A cuisine for years. However, they have a new menu, with many of their old favorites missing. And this new menu comes with a steep increase in prices! We paid $30 for a salad, and $25 for a sandwich. In addition, the service was almost unbearably slow (we waited 50 minutes for our food). We had been regular customers, but with this change, we will find somewhere else to go.

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  9. FrancoisB

    West Palm Beach

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great people and great service. Try it after a day at the beach!

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  10. Atxmama

    Austin

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We got sat promptly after checking in and great server! Our orders were correct and food came out quickly. We always love eating here!

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  11. StacieM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go there whenever we are in Port A!! Food is AMAZING and the service has always been great.

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  12. ErinS

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    All the food was overcooked and cold had to be sent back

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  13. LauraB

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tortuga's is one of the few restaurants in Port Aransas that takes reservations. This was beneficial to us as we were traveling with an adult with dementia who had a hard time waiting and adjusting to a new environment. I had to call the restaurant to let them know we were running 5 minutes late and the hostess was friendly and accommodating. Our waitress was top-notch and had a great personality. The food was really good and the manager checked in on us to make sure everything was okay. We went for brunch and I would highly recommend Tortugas.

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  14. Linda

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! Lobster Bisque was so delicious & full of lobster. Will return!

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  15. Marcie

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Still our fave in Port A. Always a great selection and Laura our server was a delight. The scallops and the sea bass last night were perfect, and love the half price wine bottle night.

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  16. PamelaH

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The crabcakes were so good and the lobster bisque is amazing! My steak filet was cooked perfectly and tasted so good. The wait staff is always so nice and attentive. Great place for dinner (and lunch!) - it's hard to find restaurants that take reservations in Port Aransas. I recommend Tortuga's to all my friends who come here. :)

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  17. Bagoose

    Anchorage

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Good menu, good wine list, average service, fair ambiance. Highly over priced. Once and done.

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  18. hungrywyomingites

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was absolutely amazing. The server, Peter, gave us outstanding recommendations.

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  19. MichaelG

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Crab-crusted fish of the day is always outstanding!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately, the chef had difficulty in preparing the correct temperature for the beef filet. After three tries, he finally got it right. The shrimp cocktail was not presented in the traditional large cocktail glass with cocktail sauce and shrimp instead you are presented with an extra large ice filled platter with a small plastic cup of cocktail sauce and the shrimp spaced 4 inches or so apart. It was very obvious that the shrimp was frozen then thawed and put on ice most likely the night before resulting in a mix of textures from semi firm to soft. Absolutely devoid of taste. The waiter was very apologetic and summend the manager who made it right. The crab cake was above average ( mostly claw meat) not classic Maryland Chesapeake Bay back fin lump meat. Did enjoy the correct colored key lime pie. Should have a yellow tint and taste tangy or hint of sour note. Oddly for an elevated restaurant there is an 2.5% service charge if you pay with an card instead of cash. I'll leave it up to you think about that. Let me add its usual to add one the back end a fee for the most popular for of payment verses the less popular cash payment. Although there are service charges the more transactions the lower the fee is however it is traditional that your end product has the service fee refected in the end user cost instead of an precieved penalty to use the most popular form of payment.

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  21. Turbodog

    Houston

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the best meals we have had on PA. Oysters on the half shell, grilled corvina, and fried shrimp were all great.

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  22. Kenneth

    San Antonio

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Very loud had to shout to hear each other. The food was good. Think I ordered the wrong thing for sure. Not really worth the money. Very loud could not talk without repeating multiple times.

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  23. MatthewC

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fabulous, and our wait person was very attentive. The only drawback was that our table was too close to a busy door.

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  24. Gonzomn

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the Steak Oscar. It was fabulous. The steak was done perfect, the crab was delicious and the hollandaise sauce was great (had a bit of a spice to it). My wife had the fish of the day. Don’t remember the kind, but it was a white flacky fish. It was alsovery good. Tortuga’s is definitely one of our favorite restaurants.

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  25. NathalieL

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    very good restaurant even if a bit expansive. But you pay the quality. We recommend this restaurant.

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  26. AllisonC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    wonderful - favorite in Port A and would go back again

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ruben our waiter was excellent. Cocktails on point. Food fresh & delicious. Ambiance very mellow and relaxing. Very enjoyable dinner out after a long week at work. Thank you for a great meal!

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  28. ScottM

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful kitchen!!! Great service and relaxed vibe. Had shrimp and grits (excellent) and wife had crab crusted catch of the day (also superior). Also, excellent bar!!!

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  29. Frank

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Tortuga Saltwater Grill is the best restaurant in Port Aransas. We have traveled all the way from Houston just to have dinner there. I love seafood & my husband likes steak & potatoes. The food is always amazing. Great wine selection & if you want a smokey old fashioned, sit at the bar, it’s fun watching the bartenders make cocktails.

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  30. KimN

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We started our meal with the shrimp cocktail — 6 large delicious shrimp. We shared a wedge salad. So glad we shared. It was huge and delicious. We both had the charbroiled catch of the day. Corvina, I believe. It was delicious. It was served with asparagus (delicious with the sauce from the fish) and risotto. I was medium on the risotto but wowed by everything else. No dessert— we ate too much!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had to ignore a screaming child but the meal was fantastic. I ordered the Restaurant Week special of shrimp cocktail and Shrimp & Grits. They were excellent and so filling, I had to take the included dessert home with me.

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  32. LoveDining

    Corpus Christi

    57 reviews

    3.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The sauce was missing from both our pasta dish and the shrimp and grits. We saw other people getting the shrimp and grits, since it is their 'signature' dish and the only reason we drove all the way from Corpus, and there wasn't any sauce on theirs either. I imagine they lost a lot of customers that night. I didn't see any one else bring it up. The dish is dry and almost flavorless without the sauce. And plain pasta is wet noodles with a small sprinkle of cheese. They did bring out sauce for us. I wouldn't order the pasta again though. The cream sauce wasn't anything extraordinary.

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  33. OutdoorJohnKathy

    Cincinnati

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience was fantastic from the moment we walked in. We had a reservation and they were ready for us and it was not crowded but most table were full. As soon as we were seated Whitney came to engage, educate, served, joke, and recommend when we asked. She made the experience superior. The food was delicious and ample enough for both of us to have left overs. Could not be more satisfied with our experience.

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  34. NanM

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Because I was with my dog, I sat on the patio. Food was local and delicious. Staff was helpful and attentive.

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  35. Frank

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. My husband said his steak was cooked perfectly & the crab crusted snapper was so good. The waitress was really sweet. If you like Smokey old fashioneds, sit at the bar. Watching them being made is cool & they are the best we’ve ever had.

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  36. BobC

    Dallas

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and really superb service. Our server was outstanding. Gave menu explanations and suggestions. All four in our party pleased with the experience. Better, perhaps, than expected.

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  37. MaryanneW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was friendly, food was delicious. Family had a great time.

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  38. rickp

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had ordered a med rare steak, delivered rare, I ate about a third of it then notified the waiter to take it back and recook it or credit my bill by taking 1/2 off the cost. About 20 minutes later they delivered a whole new steak. Since all in my party were through eating I said I just wanted him credit me for half the steak.He refused I paid the full bill, but under protest.

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  39. GAnne

    Dallas

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our favorite spots to eat. It was packed with folks on their winter break and the staff did a marvelous job being efficient and friendly. Delicious Old Fashion cocktail ! The corvina special was fantastic. I was also celebrating a birthday - we closed our perfect meal with a candle on my dessert of my choice.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great little restaurant! Food was good but not many substitutes for vegetables. Atmosphere cozy. Ponchetrain and Grilled Fish of the day were tasty. A little expensive, but large servings. I would recommend making a reservation. Parking is a little tough.

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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 4.7 stars by 574 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 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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