Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

4.6
158 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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AUDREYD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fabulous and Laura was an exceptional waitperson!

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vipJeffR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maurice is the greatest server of all time

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SUPERFOODIE
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love Tortugas but were a little disappointed this time with our food. We're sure just an off night in kitchen. Risotto was a bit crunchy and fish fry.
Staff and service amazing as always! Flavor of food always great! Highly recommend them and their franchise

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Zingirl
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, we wanted to go back the next night but at 8:12 pm they were already closed. Darn!!

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Michelle
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Normally this place is amazing. Staff is was very slow this past Sunday at brunch and the changes they have made to the food-migas, hashbrowns, lack of lattes, etc. left us very dissatisfied this time around.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mariah was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had 1 reservation outside and my daughter had another reservation inside. The male host almost did not want to honor our outside reservation for our 6 teenagers until I told him we were covering both tabs separately. It was quite simple, we paid and gave tips to both our waitress and waiter at the end of our meal.

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Atxmama
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We got sat on time and our waitress was quick and attentive. We enjoyed our dinner and will be back again. Our food came out quickly and order was correct. We also go seated promptly when we arrived. We always have to eat here whenever we visit Port A!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The foos was ok, nothing extraordinary. We were disappointed.

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LanceM
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rubin our waiter was awesome. He made the occasion wonderful and the food was so good. We come to tortuga every time we come to Port Aransas!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really like this place. Consider a more kid friendly dessert option!

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GeorgeR
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time visiting Tortuga and it was worth it. We started with a glass of Cabernet and a crab cake. Plentiful for an app, lots of crab great flavor very little filler…tasty drizzle on the plate. Next I had the scallops over risotto…grilled to perfection, excellent dinner size. The dry spinach with grilled tomatoes was excellent. We had a great server, Christina who was super friendly, attentive and a pleasure to be around. All in all it was a five star night.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a charming wait staff, the food was great! There was a mixup with one special diet meal that they resolved. Always love a low key place with an inspired menu.

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RichardW
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family enjoyed our meals at Tortuga. The red snapper and scallops were very good! Risotto and clamor salad yummy. Pass on the crab cake. Reuben was an excellent server!

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KathyB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stop in every time we’re here. It’s absolutely amazing. We’re culinary geeks that travel for food. Most people won’t understand such a fine cuisine. It’s right here in Port A. We may be back twice before we leave

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vipmusicandfood
Austin
47 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Very nice meal at Tortugas. The Panko Encrusted Snapper with crab on top was very good as was the Snapper Ponchetrain, though the fish itself was slightly overcooked. However, the excellent sauce mare than made up for it. The Asparagus was crisp and good. The key lime pie was small and and tasted off. Oh well.

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vipbrendak
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tortuga Saltwater Grill was an all around great experience for quiet Port A. Having just come from the foodie capital of Texas, Austin I had low expectations and was very pleased with the food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner I’ve had in Port Aransas

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VeronicaH
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to dine anytime we come to Port Aransas!

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LoriTS
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was outstanding. We had a table of 4 and tried the Shrimp and Grits (perhaps the best we have ever had), PortABene (crab cake eggs Benedict), biscuits and gravy with chiorzo gravy and steak and eggs/. All exceeded expectations. Food was fresh, very flavorful and nicely presented with generous portion sizes. A wonderful place for a special brunch or a delightful meal. We do recommend reservations at least until the staffing shortage gets better but it is worth planning for.

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Cjane
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! Shrimp and grits were shared by all!!
Going back again tonite!

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JamesO
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good price, good service

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TeresaE
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good! I had the shrimp and grits w a glass of wine. I believe this is one of their specialties. Hubby had red snapper ponchatrain which was good but not as good as Babins or Pappadeaux’s but probably the best you can get in Port A. We made a reservation and were running about 30 minutes late. They called us a few minutes after our reservation and we told them we were running late. They were able to move our reservation. I would highly recommend going here for a nice dinner out.

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JeniP
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

This used to be my favorite dining spot but recently I have noticed a steady decline in food options and service. They are always out of oysters and mussels, and even espresso this last time. Our drinks and food took a long time and our waitress was not very attentive. Hope this changes so I will enjoy coming back again in the future.

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LisaM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We’ve been to Tortugas several times and always love their food. The service is always outstanding and specialty drinks are good. We visited today specifically for brunch and found out when we got there that they were only going to serve lunch menu. It was very disappointing to have your mind set on brunch and then have to choose something to totally different. I had the blackened shrimp salad which was just okay. The lettuce was not the best.

Will continue to visit Tortugas as it’s definitely one of the best in Port A and the dinner menu is great!

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AmyG
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. Our appetizer was never brought out and they had issues with our drinks.

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vipWalter
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu with an island flare.

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BillC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was very good, the food tasty, and a local Hef on tap. Very nice.

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NathalieH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, fabulous service! We went back the next day!

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vipMonicaM
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, fast service and delicious brunch

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vipqtpi
New Orleans
32 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great black and blue ribeye! My husband had the seafood pasta, and it was wonderful too.

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JenniferZ
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted with our experience. Being a regular visitor to Port A, we have been creatures of habit and stuck to our tried and true restaurants. However, with some of the regular places having difficulties with staffing during the times of Covid, they were not all open during their normal hours. This led us to try Tortugas. It was such a great experience all around. The wine list was extensive and the amount of variety on the menu made it possible for my husband and I (he eats fish and I don't) to still have a good amount of menu choices. We shared the boudin balls which were very flavorful even without the sauce that came with them. I had the Black and Bleu Salad not quite knowing what to expect and was so excited when the steak medallions were cooked to perfection. My husband gave high praise to the breading and seasoning on the "All three Seafood" platter and swore the fish had to have been swimming not too long before it hit the plate. We will definitely be going back!

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vipNewdiner
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food! The scallops and filet were melt in your mouth. I cut the filet with a butter knife, so tender. The key lime pie was very good! Just the right amount of tart!
Service was great! Will, our server, was friendly and super helpful! Kiki helped us with our purchases from the gift shop. Such a sweet young lady! Thank you all for the great meals and superb service! Wonderful atmosphere. Sad to be heading back home tomorrow but we picked a great place to have our final meal here in Port A!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service ever! Food was amazing. Patio was great too.

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TriciaJ
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious crab crusted Sea Bass and the spice cake dessert was amazing! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - wow! Super fresh and expertly prepared. Excellent service and very nice ambiance. Only wish we had sat outside as inside was pretty noisy. Would go back in a heartbeat!

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SherryM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and tasty food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service.

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Michelle
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Always enjoy Sunday brunch! I wish they had breakfast every day though!

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 158 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.