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Tortuga's Saltwater Grill, Port Aransas, TX

Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

4.7
4.7
229 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

11:30 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

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What 229 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Best Ambiance

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Best Value

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Fit for Foodies

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Good for Groups

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Healthy

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Great for Lunch

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Outdoor Dining

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best service we have ever received. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. The crab cakes and shrimp & grits were amazing! We also loved the drinks (mermaid water) and desserts (cheesecake & lava cake). Can’t wait to visit again and go back!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved Tortuga’s! The food and service were perfect and we loved the ambiance. Nice menu and bar menu. Definitely coming back!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had reservations so we were seated immediately. Great! It wasn’t very crowded but it took awhile for waiter to come to table initially. We only wanted water to start with and again, it took awhile just to bring water. After that the service was timely and good. The food was delicious! Loved it! Thank you!
  4. DF

    DarleneF

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best food in Pt Aransas. Great service, friendly staff. I’ll be back!!
  5. LC

    LukeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tortugas is a fantastic place to eat. We had a reservation for a party of 6, and they sat us immediately. The service was outstanding and the food was all delicious. We'll definitely be going back there.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tortugas is one of our favorite restaurants in Port Aransas! It is a frequent stop for us. Everything on the menu is delicious! The ambience and service is always nice.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was not as we have experienced in the past.
  8. WW

    WesleyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic quality, and great service from our server. I would highly recommend Tortuga.
  9. S

    Shane

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent brunch. The gluten-free shrimp and grit cakes are very good. And for those that are not gluten sensitive, the biscuits and gravy are hard to beat!
  10. L

    Lori

    Austin

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tortuga’s was a great place to get together on our family getaway with our children and their spouses. Our server, Laura (Lauren?) was excellent … she attended to our every need, and made sure our experience was the best. The food was wonderful …. Our party had the Redfish Ponchartrain, Fried Fish Platter, Shrimp and Scallops with Risotto, and Rib-eye steak. We cleared our plates! All the meals were fabulous, along with the delicious Wedge salads. All in all, I would highly recommend Tortuga’s for your next fine dining experience in Port Aransas!
  11. FG

    FoodieG

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    You are missing out if you don’t hit this place up at least once. In Port A, many places are first come first served: reserve this spot and enjoy so many great takes on prepared foods! We love coming here. Drinks are great, food is amazing, ambience is a little on the loud side but awesome.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you great food in port A !
  13. S

    Sigma

    Austin

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was great and service as well. Ran out of fresh oysters but it was a holiday weekend.
  14. JP

    JosselyP

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can't wait to go back. All of the food was amazing. The Creme Brulee Cheescake was hands down the best dessert I have EVER had. I'm not trying to be dramatic, it was THAT good! :)
  15. H

    Humblegirl

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I really enloyed our dinners here. The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. I had the shrimp and grits and he had the crab crusted red snapper. We topped it off with a slice of key lime pie. YUM!! The atmoshere was slightly elevated. Given that it was close to the beach, other diners didn't look like they had just come right off the beach, which was nice It's a nice spot to have a casual, relaxing and great meal. We will be back!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a must when in Port A. My teenagers loved it as well. Make reservations and you get in and out pretty quick.
  17. K

    Katie

    San Antonio

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Service was excellent, food was bland, lacking spice and flavor, fried oysters were questionable.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing and our waiter was very attentive!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was great, wait staff was spread a bit thin like most places are these days. Poke nachos, coconut curry shrimp & filet were fantastic.
  20. K

    Kirsten

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining at Tortuga’s and it did not disappoint. We started off with the blue crab dip and drinks (painkiller & margarita). My husband had the charbroiled mahi-mahi and shrimp and I had the shrimp & grits. Service was outstanding and the food was not overly priced. We will be back for sure!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing, ambiance, drinks, service, food! Love Tortugas ❤
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crab imperial dip was awesome. Crab crusted catch was phenomenal! Would order again!
  23. AC

    AnneC

    Austin

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall it was an enjoyable nice Sunday night dinner. The Shrimp and grits were delicious. Husband thoroughly enjoyed the King crab encrusted fish of the day. Service was attentive and made some thoughtful recommendations.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought the wife out for Mother’s Day We had a wonderful time The food was excellent and our server was top notch and very attentive The next time we go to PA we will be sure to stop in and try something different
  25. B

    Brian

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fried fish and shrimp is in my top 3 for best fried seafood in the USA. Wonderfully crisp but not heavy or oily. Adult beverages are expertly crafted and the servers are highly knowledgeable about everything on the menu. Equally enjoyable for adults and kids, an absolute must for anyone visiting Port Aransas!
  26. SM

    SherryM

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go to dinner choice place every time we are in the area. Food is great service excellent and I can have my dogs with me on the patio. That’s priceless to me!
  27. l

    lewisi

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We make sure we eat here every time we come to Mustang Island What a gem !!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. We had the Shrimp and grits and the crab Imperial appetizer. They were flavorful and probably the best I have ever had. Our server excellent, knowledgeable and pleasant. Would definitely go back.
  29. G

    Garland

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding seafood dishes, particularly the shrimp & grits.
  30. W

    Walter

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great experience. We love the menu — with great seafood and steak options. They we able to accommodate one of our guests that is gluten free with almost all of the menu options.
  31. B

    Bunny

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My husband and I had a great dinner at Tortuga’s. The hostess and waitress were both friendly. We shared the Poke appetizer which was delicious. I had the Shrimp and grits which was so good I wood have licked the plate if I was at home. The Tuna entree was quite good. the Tuna was cooked properly, the rice was good, but the other sides were not the best. The pickled carrot side was excessively vinegary and the veggies were a bit mushy. We shared a very good Key Lime pie.
  32. s

    smfoodie

    Austin

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The food was good-a little uninspired. Boudin was amazing!!
  33. JC

    JosephC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always come here when I'm coming back home for vacation. Go to spot for the Best Shrimp & Grits you ever had. Don't forget to make reservations!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and very nice atmosphere inside.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We tried ordering oysters they were out of stock then we were able to order shrimp cocktail and the server came over saying you were out again. They said they would comp the dessert since they were unable to give us multiple items we wanted to order and never did so. The server was so petty he even charged us for extra bread… would not recommend for anyone visiting Port Aransas.
  36. VD

    VDu90

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time at tortugas with a fantastic dinner. We left and then decided the dessert sounded so good we had to return the same night.
  37. CB

    CherylB

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Maurice was our server and he was exceptional! He assisted with recommendations and everything we ordered was delicious. I had the King crab crusted fish of the day,- mahi mahi, and my husband had the Snapper Ponchartrain. We finished with the creme brulee cheesecake which was delightfully sinful. I highly recommend this restaurant!
  38. CC

    CherylC

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food. Both the Seafood pasta and Red Snapper were excellent. Server was friendly and attentive. Highly recommend this fantastic restaurant.
  39. AH

    AmyH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy to make online reservations! Great communication and reminders about our reservations. Food was excellent and Pete our waiter was amazing!
  40. v

    vincek

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thought that I was going to have a steak before our arrival, but after looking at the menu and speaking with Petey our server, we decided to enjoy seafood. Our party enjoyed every seafood dish immensely. We pushed ourselves to split deserts between each couple. Wonderful, just wonderful. Definitely will go back next trip.

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 229 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


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

  • 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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