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Tortuga's Saltwater Grill, Port Aransas, TX

Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

4.6
4.6
528 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 4 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 528 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Best Overall

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Best Food

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Best Service

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Best Value

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Healthy

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Hot spot

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Lively

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Most Booked

  • Corpus Christi

    Most Booked

528 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    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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  2. WendyB

    Central Texas

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Crab cake was delicious. The shrimp and grits were yummy.

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  3. SheaD

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, menu is always on point. Good variety of drinks. Service is exceptional!

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  4. SherryM

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  5. SherryM

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  6. DanielB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent atmosphere on the porch, excellent food, and outstanding service. We would happily return when back in Port A.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I found the food decent but very expensive. I’m from out of town.

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  8. RicM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    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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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place in Port A. Greet food, service and presentation. Fantastic and fresh. Make a reservation. Locals eat here.

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  10. christiw

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Everything was good except we sat outside and were eaten alive by mosquitoes. It detracted from the outing.

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  11. Debbie

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as always. Exceptional food & service. Highly recommend

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  12. Carebear

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was wonderful, wine was also good and reasonably priced. Sever was friendly and attentive. We will come back!

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  13. CHARLESC

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cocktails superb Food great weight staff will definitely return one in the area

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  14. HandL

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our 2nd visit to Port A and to Tortuga’s also. Very helpful waiter and the food was great!

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  15. kathym

    Oklahoma City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always our first stop in Port Aransas! Love the shrimp and grits ! Best wedge salad ever! Fresh fish, steaks, and pasta too. If you want a well made old fashioned, this is your spot. They also have an authentic Pain Killer. IYKYK

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  16. HDBernard

    Austin

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a great family dinner at Tortuga’s! Excellent espresso martini and smoked rosemary cocktail, delicious food and outstanding deserts. Our server was great - and as former servers we really appreciated that.

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  17. RichardR

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my wife’s birthday. We went with friends. Our dining experience was amazing! The service was great. Our server was very knowledgeable on the menu and the wines, she was very attentive even though the place was very busy. I had the ribeye which was one of the best I’ve had. My wife had the black and bleu filet which she says could be the best steak she has ever had! Great job Tortugas!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. My husband had the ribeye and it was great! I had the shrimp and grits but was not a fan of the grit “cake”. I prefer a creamy bowl of grits. Overall nice place with great service!

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  19. Alan

    San Antonio

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great spot for dinner in Port A. The Clam App was great and the catch of the day was spot on! We will be back soon

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  20. RichardR

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Service was great! Definitely recommend 👍

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  21. MarkD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, the service was great. We celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary, the steak was amazing (ribeye) and the catch of the day was cooked to perfection. Well worth the price!

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  22. LaurieI

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Tortugas on a Friday evening and it was extremely good. We visit Port A often and eat at many restruants in the area. They were very busy, but the service was good. Sat at the bar for a short time and it was good. My husband had the steak and it was excellent. I had shrimp cocktail and the shrimp was a little overcooked but Wedge salad was amazing. Definitely would go back.

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  23. SAND

    Austin

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    First our expectations for Port A are not that high. Pricey for mediocre at best describes the overall food scene in Port A. Everything was fine. Cocktail was good. Not much seems artfully crafted. Augratin potatoes didn't seem Like they were oven baked from start to finish in the weak cheese sauce it was served in, perhaps singularly assembled & broiled? Key lime pie was more like cheesecake with sour apple (jolly rancher or DuKeyper's liquor sauce - strange) - might go back at some point bc this is just the Port A food scene and options are limited. Salad was okay, ribeye okay. Cooked pretty well but steak itself wasn't that tender. The yellow curry was okay but didn't seem Chef made.

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  24. ElaineK

    Central Texas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my second time there. Service is always helpful and knowledgeable. Food was delish!

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  25. DougA

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated on time, had great service and the food and wine was excellent. Great time had by all!

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  26. BarryW

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Service superb. Noisy. Have recommended frien to visit.

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  27. Tony

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is delicious. Yes it’s more expensive than most restaurants in the area, but it’s by far the best. You pay a lot anyway no matter where else you go. But at least the quality of the food lives up to the price tag.

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  28. DebbieA

    Austin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    Nice evening until we got the bill, $33.00 for an Old Fashion?!? Really? Skip the bar and your experience will be remarkably improved.

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  29. MIRAM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great location ambience. Service was attentive, and food was good.

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  30. DebraY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New to the area so we wanted to try something new, so glad we did. Wonderful Staff, food and atmosphere!

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  31. DanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best food in Port Aransas. Not cheap but excellent value with good service. Need a reservation.

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  32. CliftonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Grilled fish was the best I've had in years. A must visit for us every time we're in Port Aransas

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  33. Debbie

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, our food & overall experience was superb. Tortuga’s never disappoints!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service! Our server was extremely knowledgeable especially with our special needs due to food allergies. I highly recommend!

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  35. Cheri

    Dallas

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great brunch experience! I would definitely go there again.

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  36. ARogers

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely dinner with friends. Food was super delicious and server was outstanding! Really enjoyed our meal. Ambiance is nice too!

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  37. RandyF

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Leslie was the best. Great service. Food was awesome.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful to find elevated dining in a laid back environment! Food was cooked to perfection, fresh and flavorful! Service was attentive and helpful in making selections, overall great date night place!!

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  39. CarrieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. The Shrimp & Grits were phenomenal. Ruben is an awesome server.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great birthday dinner experience! We will be 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 4.6 stars by 528 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 4 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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