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Tortuga's Saltwater Grill, Port Aransas, TX

Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

4.8
4.8
213 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

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Booked 6 times today

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

Popular dishes

Menu

Served 11am - 3pm

Starters

  • Poke Nachos$14.00

    Crispy won ton chips topped with shredded cabbage, poke-style sashimi tuna, pineapple mango salsa, fresh jalapeno and drizzle of sriracha aioli

    • Crab Cake$12.00

      Lump crab mixed with a perfect blend of spices. Served with house remoulade

      • Boudin Balls$9.00

        Cajun sausage of pork and rice breaded and fried crispy. Served with special house remoulade

        Oysters

        • Chargrilled

          Garlic-butter / Panko / Parmesan / Jack Cheese

          • Half Dozen$14.00
          • Dozen$26.00
        • On the Half Shell

          Ask your server or check the chalkboard for availability

          • Market Price

        Handhelds

        All 1/2 Lb served with fries

        • Po Boys

          A toasted hoagie roll stuffed full of fried seafood. Dressed with lettuce, tomato and remoulade

          • Shrimp$13.00
          • Fish$11.00
          • Oyster$13.00
          • Shrimp / Oyster Combo$13.00
        • Shrimp Tacos$14.00

          Crispy shrimp served on warm tortillas with cabbage, roasted corn, avocado, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and green chile ranch

          • Fish Tacos$12.00

            Crispy fish served on warm tortillas with cabbage, roasted corn, avocado, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and green chile ranch

            • The Big Cheesy Burger$14.00

              You' re going to love it ! Creamy house cheese blend (lots of it), lettuce, tomatoes and fried jalapeno

              • Candied Bacon Burger$15.00

                The best Burger you'll ever put in your mouth! House candied bacon, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and mayo

                • Classic Burger$11.00

                  Lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, mustard, mayo and cheddar cheese

                  Salads

                  • Blackened Shrimp Salad$15.00

                    Butter lettuce, green chile ranch, pico de gallo, bacon, roasted corn, cotija cheese

                    • Grilled Chicken Salad$12.00

                      Butter lettuce, red bell pepper, red onion, roma tomato, jack cheese. Choice of dressing

                      • Black N Bleu$18.00

                        Beef tenderloin cutlets, butter lettuce, bleu cheese crumbles, tomatoes and red onions - drizzled with house ranch

                        Bowls

                        • Poke Tuna Bowl$15.00

                          Sashimi tuna, steamed rice, cabbage, pineapple-mango salsa, red bell pepper, shredded carrot, jalapeno, crispy wontons strips, poke vinaigrette and sriracha aioli

                          • Southwest Bowl

                            Steamed rice, green chile ranch, pico de gallo, bacon, roasted corn, cotija cheese

                            • Chicken$11.00
                            • Shrimp$14.00
                            • Tuna$14.00

                          Entrees

                          • Charbroiled Fish of the Day$14.00

                            Broiled fresh gulf fish with compound butter, rice and roasted vegetables

                            • Garlic Butter Pasta

                              Garlic butter, parmesan and herbs with bowtie pasta and toasted french bread

                              • Chicken$11.00
                              • Shrimp$13.00
                            • Blackened Fish of the Day$14.00

                              Blackened fresh gulf fish compound butter, rice and roasted vegetables

                              • Southern Fried Seafood

                                Lightly breaded, crispy and perfectly seasoned. Served with fries and hush puppies

                                • Shrimp$18.00
                                • Fish$17.00
                                • Oysters$22.00
                                • All Three$23.00

                              Last updated: February 1, 2022

                              What 213 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

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

                              4.8
                              4.8 based on recent ratings
                              • 4.7Food
                              • 4.8Service
                              • 4.6Ambience
                              • 4.5Value

                              NoiseModerate

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                              • Corpus Christi / McAllen

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                              • Corpus Christi / McAllen

                                Fit for Foodies

                              • Corpus Christi / McAllen

                                Good for Groups

                              • Corpus Christi / McAllen

                                Healthy

                              • Corpus Christi / McAllen

                                Great for Lunch

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                              1. K

                                Katie

                                San Antonio

                                1 review

                                vip
                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall4food2service5ambience4

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

                              2. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Dallas

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 3 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                The food was amazing and our waiter was very attentive!

                              3. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                San Antonio

                                5 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined 6 days ago

                                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.

                              4. 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!!

                              5. 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 ❤

                              6. 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!

                              7. 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.

                              8. 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

                              9. 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!

                              10. 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!

                              11. 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 !!!

                              12. 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.

                              13. G

                                Garland

                                Dallas

                                13 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                13 reviews

                                Dined on April 28, 2022

                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                Outstanding seafood dishes, particularly the shrimp & grits.

                              14. W

                                Walter

                                Chicago

                                15 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                15 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.

                              15. 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.

                              16. 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!!

                              17. 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!!

                              18. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great food and very nice atmosphere inside.

                              19. 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.

                              20. 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.

                              21. 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!

                              22. 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.

                              23. 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!

                              24. 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.

                              25. KL

                                KallieL

                                St. Louis

                                5 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on April 3, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We are on vacation here and had to try this restaurant. It was absolutely amazing. Food was 10/10, service 10/10, drinks 10/10. Overall amazing place.

                              26. JP

                                JustinP

                                Las Vegas

                                118 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                118 reviews

                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Tortuga's Saltwater Grill is an Awesome spot...chill vibe, friendly & attentive service (Thank You Farrah), great beer/wine selection, and a delicious meal...our favorite bites are their Shrimp & Grits, Seafood Pasta, and Tortuga Cake (Mexican spice cake)...I highly recommend Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

                              27. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Chicago

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on April 1, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Everything was delicious

                              28. MP

                                MarthaP

                                Chicago

                                5 reviews

                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on March 30, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Our snapper ponchatrain was very very good- fish cooked perfectly and flavorful. Great service as always and a good wine list. Perfect choice for a dinner in Port A

                              29. J

                                Jmoo

                                Austin

                                11 reviews

                                4.0

                                11 reviews

                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                We ordered fish. A bit overdone but still good. Service was great though. We were celebrating but even though I choose we were celebrating our anniversary no one acknowledged the special occasion. No biggie just thought a Happy Anniversary would have been nice.

                              30. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Dallas

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 26, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                As always, the food was AMAZING. I got the shrimp and grits, and my husband got the filet. This was our 4th or 5th time coming here and it never disappoints. Best steak in Port Aransas!

                              31. RR

                                RaymondR

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 24, 2022

                                overall4food3service5ambience2

                                appeaser were not avail , requested liquor not available food was good service was excellent. Meals and liquor was over priced , was more like a clam bar than as high end restaurant

                              32. KM

                                KathyM

                                Austin

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 22, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent food and helpful wait staff made the meal memorable.

                              33. CH

                                ChristyH

                                Indiana

                                5 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on March 21, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Great service and food. Dessert was the best of any other restaurant in the area!

                              34. A

                                Atxmama

                                Austin

                                18 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                18 reviews

                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                Had a great time and food and service was amazing!!

                              35. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Corpus Christi

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Family, happy cousins enjoyed our traditional last night in Cinnamon Shore at Tortuga’s for a delicious dinner! Thank you for great, friendly service!

                              36. s

                                shelleyc

                                Austin

                                16 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                16 reviews

                                Dined on March 15, 2022

                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                Great food! This is one of the VERY few places you can get a reservation and that was MUCH needed over spring break. Cute place and the whole crew was pleased!

                              37. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Dallas

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 15, 2022

                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                We had a great time. The fish and shrimp were amazing! Went for the oysters ….none available. To my son all pysc’d up to try them for the first time on vacation this was a big bummer.

                              38. M

                                Michelle

                                Amarillo

                                4 reviews

                                3.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on March 13, 2022

                                overall3food3service5ambience5

                                Used to be better. We really use to enjoy the lattes which they no longer have. Their own hashbrowns used to be soooo much better. And the Migas aren’t as good as they used to be.

                              39. JD

                                JenniferD

                                Austin

                                14 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                14 reviews

                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Just excellent. Everything we got was cooked to perfection. I had the steak, which was amazing. My husband got the crab cake and fish, both were outstanding. I will be coming back every time I visit Port Arkansas

                              40. CS

                                ChristineS

                                Nashville

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on March 9, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great service, great food!!

                              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 4.8 stars by 213 OpenTable diners.

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

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                              Booked 6 times today
                              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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