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Tortuga's Saltwater Grill, Port Aransas, TX

Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

4.7
4.7
556 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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Seafood, Regional American (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
  • Neighbourhood
    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

What 556 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Best Overall

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Best Food

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Best Service

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Best Ambience

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Good for groups

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Healthy

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Good for special occasions

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Lively

  • Corpus Christi

    Most Booked

556 Reviews
  1. MichaelG

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Crab-crusted fish of the day is always outstanding!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately, the chef had difficulty in preparing the correct temperature for the beef filet. After three tries, he finally got it right. The shrimp cocktail was not presented in the traditional large cocktail glass with cocktail sauce and shrimp instead you are presented with an extra large ice filled platter with a small plastic cup of cocktail sauce and the shrimp spaced 4 inches or so apart. It was very obvious that the shrimp was frozen then thawed and put on ice most likely the night before resulting in a mix of textures from semi firm to soft. Absolutely devoid of taste. The waiter was very apologetic and summend the manager who made it right. The crab cake was above average ( mostly claw meat) not classic Maryland Chesapeake Bay back fin lump meat. Did enjoy the correct colored key lime pie. Should have a yellow tint and taste tangy or hint of sour note. Oddly for an elevated restaurant there is an 2.5% service charge if you pay with an card instead of cash. I'll leave it up to you think about that. Let me add its usual to add one the back end a fee for the most popular for of payment verses the less popular cash payment. Although there are service charges the more transactions the lower the fee is however it is traditional that your end product has the service fee refected in the end user cost instead of an precieved penalty to use the most popular form of payment.

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  3. Turbodog

    Houston

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the best meals we have had on PA. Oysters on the half shell, grilled corvina, and fried shrimp were all great.

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  4. Kenneth

    San Antonio

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Very loud had to shout to hear each other. The food was good. Think I ordered the wrong thing for sure. Not really worth the money. Very loud could not talk without repeating multiple times.

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  5. MatthewC

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fabulous, and our wait person was very attentive. The only drawback was that our table was too close to a busy door.

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  6. Gonzomn

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the Steak Oscar. It was fabulous. The steak was done perfect, the crab was delicious and the hollandaise sauce was great (had a bit of a spice to it). My wife had the fish of the day. Don’t remember the kind, but it was a white flacky fish. It was alsovery good. Tortuga’s is definitely one of our favorite restaurants.

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  7. NathalieL

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    very good restaurant even if a bit expansive. But you pay the quality. We recommend this restaurant.

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  8. AllisonC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    wonderful - favorite in Port A and would go back again

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ruben our waiter was excellent. Cocktails on point. Food fresh & delicious. Ambiance very mellow and relaxing. Very enjoyable dinner out after a long week at work. Thank you for a great meal!

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  10. ScottM

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful kitchen!!! Great service and relaxed vibe. Had shrimp and grits (excellent) and wife had crab crusted catch of the day (also superior). Also, excellent bar!!!

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  11. Frank

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Tortuga Saltwater Grill is the best restaurant in Port Aransas. We have traveled all the way from Houston just to have dinner there. I love seafood & my husband likes steak & potatoes. The food is always amazing. Great wine selection & if you want a smokey old fashioned, sit at the bar, it’s fun watching the bartenders make cocktails.

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  12. KimN

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We started our meal with the shrimp cocktail — 6 large delicious shrimp. We shared a wedge salad. So glad we shared. It was huge and delicious. We both had the charbroiled catch of the day. Corvina, I believe. It was delicious. It was served with asparagus (delicious with the sauce from the fish) and risotto. I was medium on the risotto but wowed by everything else. No dessert— we ate too much!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had to ignore a screaming child but the meal was fantastic. I ordered the Restaurant Week special of shrimp cocktail and Shrimp & Grits. They were excellent and so filling, I had to take the included dessert home with me.

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  14. LoveDining

    Corpus Christi

    57 reviews

    3.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The sauce was missing from both our pasta dish and the shrimp and grits. We saw other people getting the shrimp and grits, since it is their 'signature' dish and the only reason we drove all the way from Corpus, and there wasn't any sauce on theirs either. I imagine they lost a lot of customers that night. I didn't see any one else bring it up. The dish is dry and almost flavorless without the sauce. And plain pasta is wet noodles with a small sprinkle of cheese. They did bring out sauce for us. I wouldn't order the pasta again though. The cream sauce wasn't anything extraordinary.

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  15. OutdoorJohnKathy

    Cincinnati

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience was fantastic from the moment we walked in. We had a reservation and they were ready for us and it was not crowded but most table were full. As soon as we were seated Whitney came to engage, educate, served, joke, and recommend when we asked. She made the experience superior. The food was delicious and ample enough for both of us to have left overs. Could not be more satisfied with our experience.

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  16. NanM

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Because I was with my dog, I sat on the patio. Food was local and delicious. Staff was helpful and attentive.

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  17. Frank

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. My husband said his steak was cooked perfectly & the crab crusted snapper was so good. The waitress was really sweet. If you like Smokey old fashioneds, sit at the bar. Watching them being made is cool & they are the best we’ve ever had.

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  18. BobC

    Dallas

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and really superb service. Our server was outstanding. Gave menu explanations and suggestions. All four in our party pleased with the experience. Better, perhaps, than expected.

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  19. MaryanneW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was friendly, food was delicious. Family had a great time.

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  20. rickp

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had ordered a med rare steak, delivered rare, I ate about a third of it then notified the waiter to take it back and recook it or credit my bill by taking 1/2 off the cost. About 20 minutes later they delivered a whole new steak. Since all in my party were through eating I said I just wanted him credit me for half the steak.He refused I paid the full bill, but under protest.

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  21. GAnne

    Dallas

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our favorite spots to eat. It was packed with folks on their winter break and the staff did a marvelous job being efficient and friendly. Delicious Old Fashion cocktail ! The corvina special was fantastic. I was also celebrating a birthday - we closed our perfect meal with a candle on my dessert of my choice.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great little restaurant! Food was good but not many substitutes for vegetables. Atmosphere cozy. Ponchetrain and Grilled Fish of the day were tasty. A little expensive, but large servings. I would recommend making a reservation. Parking is a little tough.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All around great restaurant! We had the tuna poke for an app, it was fresh and full of flavor. I had the red snapper with a crawfish creole sauce on a grit pancake. 10/10, it was full of flavor, and all the right textures. It came with asparagus that was cooked to perfection. The other person had the catch of the day crusted with crab on risotto. I had a few bites and this was also super delicious. The service was great! I would suggest making a reservation as the place isn’t big.

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  24. lindarginatx

    Austin

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second time visiting, and it was just as good as first visit back in January. The staff is just incredibly friendly, the food is fresh, full of flavor, and food to perfection. Had the Snapper Ponchartrain. It has a tiny kick to the sauce, the fish is fresh and flaky. Had the crème brûlée cheesecake for dessert, luckily our server took the plate before we started to lick it. I left a personal item behind, I received a call almost right away. When I made it back the next morning to pick it up, the people working were so nice and welcoming. I didn’t feel embarrassed, just had a nice chat. I can’t decide which is better the food or the employees.

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  25. RSHLA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We have eaten at Tortuga’s twice, both times the fish & seafood dishes (Crab-Crusted Redefish fish of the day, Snapper Ponchartrain, Shrimp&Grits were excellent, large portions, well prepared/presented, with high quality sides. A tad on the expensive side but as previously stated quality, quantity and presentation made it worth it. Pete our server was very knowledgeable on each of the entree’s being offered, explaining each of the ingredients in each of the dishes made us feel like he was going to prepare them for us himself, WELL DONE PETE. In the future, whenever we stay in Port Aransas, Tortuga’s will be getting a reservation request from my wife and I.

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  26. HalW

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had Seared Scallops and Chargrilled Cervina. Both were extremely good. Service provided by Brian was friendly and attentive. One fine anniversary dinner.

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  27. KarlaA

    San Antonio

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and the boudin balls are amazing! Laura was wonderful server and gave some local recommendations. Would so go again when back in town!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Some of the best food in Port Aransas. One of our go to spots

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I went in knowing our bill for two would be high, but it wasn’t as high as I thought it would have been. The one negative was that we had a reservation for two and was sat at a table side by side directly in front of the Christmas tree.it was the worse table in the place with two open booths. In my opinion, this should have been the last table seated and maybe to patrons that didn’t have a reservation. Overall this was a great place to eat our waiter was very knowledgeable and his recommendation was spot on.

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  30. WendyB

    Central Texas

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Crab cake was delicious. The shrimp and grits were yummy.

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  31. SheaD

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, menu is always on point. Good variety of drinks. Service is exceptional!

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  32. SherryM

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite in Port A, Always fresh, and service is always exceptional. Plus my dogs get treated as well as we do!

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  33. SherryM

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always consistently fabulous food and service! We always make it a point to have lunch and dinner when in Port A!

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  34. DanielB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent atmosphere on the porch, excellent food, and outstanding service. We would happily return when back in Port A.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I found the food decent but very expensive. I’m from out of town.

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  36. RicM

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We have eaten here numerous times before and was pleased with the service and quality of the food. Last night did not live up to the our standard. My son-in-law both had the ribeye with shrimp, the steak was favorless and some what tough for a ribeye, the shrimp I think were maybe frozen and just heated up, not grilled. The drinks were little better but pricey for the surrounding market. Old fashion was $22.00 The ladies dinner were somewhat better but my wife is gluten free and ordered it as gluten-free. I think her sauce on her fish may have contains gluten.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best place in Port A. Greet food, service and presentation. Fantastic and fresh. Make a reservation. Locals eat here.

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  38. christiw

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was good except we sat outside and were eaten alive by mosquitoes. It detracted from the outing.

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  39. Debbie

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous as always. Exceptional food & service. Highly recommend

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  40. Carebear

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was wonderful, wine was also good and reasonably priced. Sever was friendly and attentive. We will come back!

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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 556 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

429 N Alister St, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4010

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Seafood, Regional American (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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