Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

4.7
117 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TriciaJ
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
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and tasty food!

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MichelleN
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Steph
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual Tortuga did not disappoint! The charbroiled oysters are so freakin good! So is the crab imperial. Literally everything we had was outstanding. You just can’t go wrong at Tortuga!

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OpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good service and good food. I started with the mussels appetizer, which was fantastic. I got the seafood pasta, which was very good and had a ton of seafood in it, and the sauce had a ton of flavor. My husband got the ribeye and said it was good. Another person in our party had the scallops and loved them. Overall great experience and service, would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Surprising good for the area. Highly recommend

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vipMattUKTX
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was excellent, except it was my birthday and they didn't offer any cake or desert like most places do.

It's weird because they even acknowledged it was my birthday upon arrival. I wonder if the host forgot to communicate it to the server.

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vipSylfromTexas
Corpus Christi
59 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was prompt and friendly. It could not have been better. Grilled oysters were the star of the meal. Poke Nacho was very good and light. Mini crab cake was good but could have had more seasoning. The Thai tuna was excellent with the kale salad. The shrimp and grits was unique. The grits cakes were unique, but not as flavorable as hoped. Key lime pie was excellent and the tortuga cake was a second star.

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vipsk8gross
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food!!!

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SUPERFOODIE
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very polite and accommodating for my 4yo. He likes adult food but not all the flavor and they brought him the beat plate ever. He was so excited. Food was absolutely delicious. Love this restaurant and her sister restaurants in Port A. The shrimp was as big as his face. Shrimp and fish were amazing.

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Java
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was fantastic! Nothing else was, though. Please don't spray me with what looks like "Windex" when I walk in. Please don't shove booths in the corner that are hard to get out of, regardless of COVID. Please teach servers to be more customer oriented and friendly and smile. Please add a salad as part of a major entrée (and not extra) and please offer balsamic vinaigrette as a dressing. We will return, but with lower expectations. Go for the food alone!

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OpenTable Diner
Corpus Christi
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience

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vipHappyEater
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are visiting Port Aransas and have eaten at Tortuga twice this week. Both dinners have been delicious, and the service is friendly and attentive. We chose to sit outside on their spacious deck. We definitely would go back a third time, and maybe we will!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff was lovely and very Covid conscious. Food and service both outstanding. Would highly recommend the shrimp and grits.

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JAV223
Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went here with out family the night after our wedding. The staff allowed us to push our reservation back an hour to help us make it on time. Service was exceptional. Food was delicious.

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vipSeekingStephanieTravels
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Islander salad with gulf shrimp was delish! Sat on the patio and no one was there, which is great during COVID.

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Laurie
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing! Best fish tacos I have ever eaten. My husband has the cheesy hamburger which he also said was the best!

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jkr9
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

ate outside due to covid , food was prompt, not social distanced though

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MichelleN
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food at brunch was amazing! Can’t wait to try out their dinner menu!

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RyanN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food had little taste. Fish was over cooked and tough. Service was slow. Saw waiter 4 times during the whole visit. Gnats and biting flies everywhere. The table next to ours left to spray down with Off! Highlight of the visit was when they offered to share their Off!

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vipAngieF
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails, great service. We'd definitely go back.

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vipAlamo96
San Antonio
33 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A nice quiet meal...outside dining. We enjoyed a fried seafood platter since we had dined at another spot in Port A the night before and were disappointed in the grilled fish we had ordered. Fried options are usually more forgiving...but after seeing the quality of our plates and watching the plates served to other tables...we look foreword to returning and exploring other options on their menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The only complaint that I have is that the staff at Tortuga’s didn’t have our Open Table reservation. I had email confirmation and everything, but they didn’t have a record of it. That has never happened to us before. And now I’m a little reluctant to use Open Table again. Luckily we only had to wait 7 minutes for a table to open up for us. After that, it was a wonderful experience and delicious food!

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vipNanette
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a group of 6 and sat outside on the patio. It was a little noisy due to being on the main road but a nice option to have because of Covid. Everyone loved their food! Guys had steaks which had excellent flavor and the girls all had various seafood dishes and they were all delicious. Fish was fresh and shrimp were clean and huge. Very nice experience and best seafood we’ve eaten in Port A!

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VeronicaH
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit and it was absolutely wonderful, once again! I cannot say enough about the quality of food and the excellent service! I’m so glad they take reservations, especially at this time! We will be back on our next coastal getaway!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tortuga’s is really strict with their Covid response and strategy. They were adamant about masks, sanitizing and distancing which was comforting. The service was top notch and the food was incredible. I highly recommend the catch of the day. So fresh and delicious!

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TinaV
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and fantastic service. Nice ambiance, a nicer place to eat at the beach.

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vipHungryInAustin
Austin
50 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Tortuga's so much we dined two nights in a row while visiting Port Aransas. Don't miss the shrimp cocktail, save room for the key lime pie, and the Tortuga Tea is awesome!

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AllinChrist413
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, as always! The shrimp and grits were outstanding and Tortuga’s consistently has the only sirloin filet that I can handle eating. So soft and tender!

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suec
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We really enjoyed our dinner. We were greeted promptly by the hostess and shown to our patio table. Our order was taken in a timely manner. I was especially impressed that our waiter made sure we finished our salads before bringing our entrees. We both had side salads, which were delicious. The greens were a mix of butter lettuce and other baby greens and were fresh. My husband had shrimp and grits and I had a shrimp and pasta dish. Both were generous servings and delicious.
Because we’re cautious due to Covid-19, we requested patio dining. My only suggestion is adding a few ceiling fans to keep the air circulating.
We can’t wait to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and quick service!! Make reservations ahead of time as it gets busy during peak seasons with travelers. One of our favorite local spots. See you next time!!

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vipDKWinter
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service. Call ahead and make reservations. Pandemic limited seating.

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Llarionx
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful staff. Very good COVID-19 practices. The food was great. We had the blackened Catch of the day Redfish and chargrilled Catch of the both were expertly prepared. The rum cake is a great choice for dessert. The grilled oysters were awesome!

Tortuga's Saltwater Grill
Responded on August 27, 2020

Thanks so much for the kind feedback! Hope to see you again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding! I was surprised because it’s in a non-fancy building in a tiny beach town. But it could compete with the fancy restaurants in Europe or big city USA! I highly recommend Tortuga’s!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service, good food, highly recommend!!

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NOLAGirl
San Antonio
65 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Well, this place is really cute and had good reviews so we were excited. We sat on the patio and the restaurant did a good job of social distancing. The service was outstanding. I think our server was Laura? She was the highlight of the nice - friendly, patient, on top of everything, etc. My sister and I both work in hospitality and we both said we would hire her in a second because she truly demonstrates her desire to serve and her sweet/kind/fun attitude is hard to find.

The food...well, sadly not the best experience. I had the southern fried fish and mine was really good. The shrimp was lightly breaded and delish. But, my sister had the redfish...and to quote her..." I think it was precooked and put in a hotbox"....it was not good at all. Very rubbery and dry. And the sauce was not good either...it had carrots that were very hard and it felt like the sauce was made with Campbell's Tomato Soup. One of my nephews had the crab crusted sea bass (I think that was the fish)...and it was very good but my other nephew got the steak and the flavor was good but it was not hot (neither was the side of potatoes). My BIL got the charbroiled shrimp and it too seemed like it had been precooked.

During this time, I hate to give a bad review because I really want to lift restaurants up. I would probably go back because of the service and because my meal was good. But some things need to be tweaked in the kitchen for sure. And honestly, I regret us not saying something while we were there.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, great food, good attention to spacing for social distance and nice atmosphere. We will be back when we come to Port A or North Padre/Mustang Island. Open table made it super easy to make reservations. We walked up gave our name and table was waiting for us!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab dip and charbroiled oysters were amazing! Service and ambience were great too! We will be back!

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 117 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.