Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

4.6
144 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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RichardW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
44 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
20 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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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
5 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
3 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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vipbruce
Chicago
13 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
25 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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OpenTable Diner
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
25 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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MichelleN
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSteph
Dallas
22 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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vipOpenTable Diner
11 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
7 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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SylfromTexas
Corpus Christi
62 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
29 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service.

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vipJava
Denver
5 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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great spot for a great meal

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vipHappyEater
New York Area
20 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service.

OT
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.

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 144 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.