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Tortuga's Saltwater Grill, Port Aransas, TX

Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

4.7
4.7
324 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 PM


Booked 19 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

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What 324 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Fit for Foodies

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Healthy

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Great for Lunch

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Notable Wine List

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Most Booked

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  1. JL

    JoanneL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our second great meal at Tortuga’s - we will definitely be recommending it to our good friends and be back!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Girls trip weekend get together and for all bit one have never experience your dining. Everyone loved their food and will go back when they visit again!
  3. k

    kgonz

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner. Our server, Elisabeth, was exceptional. She knew the menu, explained, made suggestions, was friendly and attentive. We were very impressed with her. The food and drinks were perfectly delicious. I have been to this restaurant every few weeks when I am in town and it is consistently wonderful. I highly recommend!!
  4. DF

    DeborahF

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food and service. Fresh and perfectly prepared. Will be back again and again.
  5. C

    Cece

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The food definitely has potential to be more flavorful. The redfish Pontchartrain was good but lacking some seasoning. The Thai tuna was an interesting twist on things but the tuna was more than seared and bland despite the sauce topping it. The crab imperial was delicious and the painkiller drink was on point. But overall, for the money spent we felt like we didn’t get our value worth.
  6. SC

    SusanC

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious seafood and amazing service
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Stopped by for Sunday brunch. Food was a little more expensive than we would like, but excellent. Most consistent restaurant in town. We will definitely visit again…and again…
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice, we will return
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Jakelynn was fantastic! Great service. The shrimp & grits were amazing. We sat outside and got chewed up by mosquitos. Heads up!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had the poke appetizer to start. The chips were stale, but the topping was delicious. I had the shrimp and grits, which was one of the best I’ve ever eaten. Sooo good! Drinks were pretty and generously poured. Road noise on the patio made for less than ideal atmosphere, but enjoyed the overall experience and highly recommend. We will dine here again when visiting Port A.
  11. MB

    MikeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Petty is the best server we've ever had! Knowledgeable and help guide us to the perfect food choice. The Red Fish was cooked to perfection, and we loved the Rizzuto.
  12. a

    absil

    Central Texas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tortugas has a great outdoor eating area. The food and service are excellent! We eat at Tortugas every time we go to Port Aransas!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great server
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything about it! Told our waiter we will be back. next time we are in town
  15. T

    Tammy

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Port Aransas and have been trying to find our “go to” place for specials dinners out. We have found it. Fabulous!!! We will make certain to be there for Sunday Brunch as well next trip. In addition to a wonderful dinner, I must compliment the staff - without exception, very pleasant. What a nice experience overall. Thank you!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was a good meal. It is very loud in there.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, our server was a delight and whatever boozy coffee cocktail I had… had enough whiskey to keep the jitters at bay. Loved it.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. One of the best in Port A.
  19. t

    tammie

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic presentation and taste. Excellent service.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good
  21. CB

    ColynB

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and experience! We will definitely be back. Get the shrimp and grits
  22. LM

    LeslieM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Tortugas! Great food and great service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Outstanding food & beer. Overall amazing. Will be our first stop when returning to Port Aransas

    Tortuga's Saltwater GrillResponded on August 31, 2022Thank you for visiting us.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great seafood and service! One of the best in Port A!
  25. CH

    ConnieH

    San Antonio

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We all enjoyed our meals! There was 6, 2 children for dinner! Yes, the reviews on the
  26. BT

    BreahanaTries

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    went for brunch, and it was Very goooood! I had the steak bowl and I was drooling over how soft and buttery the steak was from a random place on the beach! GO HERE
  27. ED

    EmilyD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    The food was really good! They are super busy and crowded during Sunday brunch. Really glad I made a reservation.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Tortuga’s. It is our preferred restaurant when we visit Port Aransas. The food and service our first class. Nice outdoor dining. Highly recommend!

    Tortuga's Saltwater GrillResponded on August 31, 2022Thank you for visiting us.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was attentive and friendly. When she got busy, other staff stepped in and covered for her. The staff look happy and not stressed. My crab crusted red snapper was heavenly!

    Tortuga's Saltwater GrillResponded on August 31, 2022Thank you for noticing our teamwork.

  30. SE

    StacyE

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic atmosphere, wonderful service and delicious food! Couldn’t ask for more!

    Tortuga's Saltwater GrillResponded on August 31, 2022Thank you Stacy!

  31. V

    lynnV

    Austin

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I had the redfish ponchatrain and my husband had the crab encrusted fish of the day. Both were amazing. Serving size was generous and we were happy to have some leftovers to take home to our condo. Our server, Pete was great. I would definitely go back.

    Tortuga's Saltwater GrillResponded on August 31, 2022Thanks Lynn!

  32. S

    Saxy

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was great. The only downside is that they did not have the grilled oysters that Southern Living showed in a picture in a recent issue. That was the primary reason we went but the food was still very good and I would certainly go back.

    Tortuga's Saltwater GrillResponded on August 31, 2022Thank you for visiting us.

  33. TT

    TristaTwelve

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pricey food and alcohol, so this isn’t where you go looking for good deals or cheap food. Thus the 1 star for value. However, this is a really nice place to eat, cloth napkins too. ;-) The seafood dishes we ordered (catch of the day and the fish pontchartrain) were truly excellent. Our server, Whitney, did a great job—attentive without being intrusive. Best crab cake we’ve ever had (appetizer) too.

    Tortuga's Saltwater GrillResponded on August 31, 2022Thank you for your review.

  34. JK

    JKPK

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and overall experience. We both had seafood dishes that tasted very fresh. Petey, our server, was attentive and friendly. Nice fine dining but relaxing.
  35. D

    Debbie

    San Antonio

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, wonderful service. Would definitely return.
  36. BC

    BigCfromBigD

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great little restaurant!! The risotto was cold and mushy. The fish was excellent. The chef did a great job with seasonings. My son had the filet and it was cooked perfectly.
  37. CB

    CourtneyB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a great experience here. We made a reservation and we were seated right away. The food was outstanding! I had the chargrilled fish of the day with risotto and asparagus and my my husband has the crab crusted fish of the day, we also shared 1/2 dozen oysters as an appetizer. It was soo good. I wish we ate here every day of our vacation.
  38. SM

    SallyM

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat there everytime we come to Port Aransas. Love their fish selection and their wines.
  39. AE

    AmyE

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am from Maryland and am picky about fried oysters. I've never had one properly fried here in Texas... until Tortuga. The food was really excellent. I also had a hurricane drink, which was lovely. A great restaurant and certainly the best in Port A in all the years we've come for end of summer vacation.
  40. SM

    SarahM

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super fast sweating with our reservation. Excellent service! Generous portions for the price, overall would return again!

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 324 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 PM


Booked 19 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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