Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

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$31 to $50
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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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VeronicaH
San Antonio
3 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
Philadelphia
2 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
45 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
14 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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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 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
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Andrew
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Will definitely go back.

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Eric
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great, fast, easy to make reservation and they managed it perfectly. We went twice during our stay and both times it was great.

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EmilyC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious! My girlfriends and I all ordered a different brunch plate, and they were all phenomenal! My 2 favorite were the Tenders and Toast and the Chorizo Eggs.

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MLLS
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cool place. Need reservation on busy summer weekends

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food not great. Service was ok but that’s understandable for covid and Port A. Ate outside bc weather was good. Kids menu is a nice touch also.

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AllinChrist413
Corpus Christi
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the team at Tortuga’s! Always such a great experience for us when we go! Our steaks were perfect, and the potatoes and asparagus were on point as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was so nice to not only find amazing food in Port A, but also a clean restaurant, and one that is taking Covid seriously and taking precautions. Our meal was so good. Highly recommend the tuna nachos. The only place worth eating at there is this one. It’s a must!!!!!

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EdFeldman
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great choice for us! We recommended Tortuga to the people we were staying with! They ordered to go and really enjoyed!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy place, so took a little longer to get our food. Great tasting as always!! We're frequent visitors here!!

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DanelleS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside and all the staff we came in contact with was excellent. Our server was Laura, and even with the mask having to be worn, you could tell she was extremely happy and loved her job. Literally could not have asked for better service! The food was excellent, as well.

10/10 recommend Tortuga’s!

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vipBgideon
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The charbroiled oysters were delicious. We ate dinner once and all enjoyed 4 different entrees then went back for lunch and the Ahi Tuna bowl was yummy. Also, they do a great job with COVID guidelines and we felt very safe.

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JustinZ
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the staff was great! We loved it!!

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Jean88
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

If your looking for a dish that isn’t fried this is your place!! Beautiful plate creations!!!! Gorgeous place for din we as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to try something different. Did not disappoint. Loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Father’s Day, the food was delicious and service was great.

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PamD
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The crab crusted sea bass was delicious, but the risotto was bland and the asparagus was woody.  The snapper ponchatrain was great, but there are bell peppers in the sauce, and the person who ordered this is highly allergic (not mentioned on the menu) and had to be rushed out to get her EpiPen, missing our friend's birthday.  Mussels were good but also a little bland.  Seafood pasta was good.  Server was really great, but service itself was a bit slow.  Do love that they take reservations.  Definitely too pricy for what we got.  Was $200 for party of 4.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is GREAT! Servers were busy , so a little slow, but we enjoyed it as always!! One of our favorites!!

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OpenTable Diner
Corpus Christi
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

It was our 4th wedding anniversary. The food and service were great but the noise was intolerable. They should have asked the customer keep it down. We paid 108 for our meal with the tip. We expected a whole lot more for the price we paid.

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TracyC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was so great that we are going again tonight! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Ordered $40 filet mignion and it was cold.
A $27 pesto that was cold. Way too overpriced

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KathleenH
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can stress enough how important it is to make a reservation during this “pandemic”. They are doing an amazing job about keeping it clean and tables away from each other. It’s a small, intimate setting. I can’t tell you how many people walked up, annoyed, that the wait for a party of 12 was 2 hours. They were absolute pros.

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vipFlynnsFromTexas
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for Sunday brunch - ordered the shrimp and grits cake and it was absolutely delicious! Our server was very sweet and knowledgeable. I’m gluten-free and she pointed out to me the items safe for me to eat. Very clean restaurant. Lots of people waiting to get in, but we had made a reservation and were seated right away.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Open table moved our reservation from outdoor seating to indoor. The manager made good on this with a free appetizer. We were not pleased this change happened without our knowledge. Otherwise, great food & staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Only complaint is they keep the red wine chilled

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our meal so much! Shrimp and Grits was yummy and the filet with blue cheese and red wine reduction was hands down the best steak I’ve had in a long time! What a fabulous night to venture out after quarantine. A special place.

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 91 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.