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Diners' Choice: Best Ambience restaurants in Corpus Christi / McAllen

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambience in Corpus Christi / McAllen? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Boqueron Tapas + Wine restaurant
5.0
5 (16)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Brownsville
About the restaurant
Boqueron is a premier wine destination in the Rio Grande Valley, having won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its innovative selection of 130 wines—30 by-the-glass— and an educated wine team to guide guests at this petite wine + tapas bar in the heart of Historic Market Square in Downtown Brownsville, Texas.

Advanced Sommelier Vanessa Trevino Boyd hand-selected the wine list to include bottles from boutique wineries in California to old-vine vineyards in Spain. The experience includes a gem of a small plates menu designed to go hand-in-hand with the wine list.

Chef Eugenio Uribe’s menu features classic tapas—Pan con Tomate, but he’s also creative with Matrimonio with Lemon Butter. Other highlights include an American Wagyu Bavette and Jamon, including an Iberico de Bellota from 5 Jotas and a weekly selection of East Coast Oysters. His emphasis on the best ingredients from Spain and around the world is remarkable, as evidenced not only by 5 Jotas, but by Brujula conservas.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 6 Apr 2024
This was a great experience! The food is great and there are so many great tasting options! I loved the razor clams and the tuna crudo. Will definitely be back!
A photo of Toloa Rooftop restaurant
4.8
4.8 (49)
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
McAllen
About the restaurant
Overlooking North McAllen, TOLOA's rooftop space acts as a studio for creating social experiences around food and drink. A list of seasonally curated cocktails act as an accessory to the open-air patio and lounge from sunset to late night. The food offered focuses on Modern Mexican eatery and is designed to either be shared, provide a small bite, or be ordered as a multi-course dinner. TOLOA is a new way to indulge and be social.
Top review
ValeriaHvip
Dined 4 days ago
They recently updated their menu. Really enjoyed the mexican 75 cocktail and for food we had the toloa steak, tacos de shortrib, falafel, lobster rolls that were delicious.
A photo of The Republic of the Rio Grande restaurant
4.8
4.8 (141)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
McAllen
About the restaurant
A sumptuous, indoor-outdoor bar & grill serving Southwest menu, including steaks & pizza.

At the Republic of the Rio Grande, our attention to detail and the way we present a platter tells you that dining here is going to be special, no matter the occasion. We strive to create a sumptuous and exciting dining experience for all of our guests

Disclaimer: For Friday and Saturday reservations please call the restaurant directly. We recommend giving us up to a 24 hour notice if you would like to book with us due to possible low availability.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 Mar 2024
Food, service, and ambiance was great! Sergio was great.
A photo of Gabriela's Seafood + Tapas restaurant
4.9
4.9 (112)
$50 and over
Seafood
Rockport
About the restaurant
Located off the water in Rockport, TX, Gabriela's Seafood + Tapas brings you the freshest seafood sourced locally with various delicious tapas to choose from. Enjoy sweeping views of the waterfront from our 2nd story, chic and cozy dining area while enjoying fine latin-infused cuisine made fresh daily.
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BGYummy
Dined 3 days ago
Loved the food, our favorites are the corn ribbers, meatballs, and finish w Carajillo…yummm! I’m not thrilled about having to enter a credit card to make the reservation. I haven’t experienced that before & didn’t like it.
A photo of Dodici Pizza and Wine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (252)
$31 to $50
Pizzeria
Brownsville
About the restaurant
Dodici Pizza + Wine serves delicious brick oven pizzas with a spectacular wine list to pair.
Neapolitan pizza, vegan and gluten free options. Garden patio seating.

Top review
GabyV
Dined on 29 Mar 2024
Always an awesome experience. My favorite place in town
A photo of Ambra restaurant
4.5
4.5 (217)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
McAllen
About the restaurant
AMBRA combines a globally inspired steakhouse and a chic lounge creating one electrifying dining experience. Inside AMBRA, every foot of space is filled with eye-catching visuals, varied lighting, contrasting materials and textures, lush plants, and a layout of space perfect for mingling, date night, and dining. Take a seat in one of our stylish dining rooms or enjoy al fresco seating in our outdoor patio while sipping mezcal cocktails until closing time, when you dine with us every experience will be one to remember.
Top review
JoshuaM
Dined on 14 Apr 2024
My wife and I had a wonderful experience at Ambra. The service was excellent and all dishes were explained to us in detail as they were brought out. The food was delicious and not over the top. We highly recommend trying Ambra for a special night out!
A photo of Santa Fe Steakhouse and Cantina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (549)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
McAllen
About the restaurant
Santa Fe's Steakhouse & Cantina is famous for it's award winning steaks, fine wine & handcrafted cocktails. Don't miss out on the Orange Roughy, a favorite. High-end destination serving steaks & seafood backed by a massive wine list, plus live music nights.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Always excellent food rivals Las Vegas and Houston quality.
A photo of SALT restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1293)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
McAllen
About the restaurant
SALT-New American Table, brought to you by the owners of McAllen’s house.wine & bistro. and Salomé on Main, Chef Larry Delgado and his lovely wife Jessica Delgado. The chef driven menu features local, organic and sustainable products, and a full service bar that boast beautiful, boutique wines, craft beers, and high end spirits!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Always amazing food and the staff is great! I go here every time I am in McAllen.
A photo of Katz 21 Steak and Spirits restaurant
4.5
4.5 (954)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Corpus Christi
About the restaurant
Katz 21 Steak & Spirits, the city’s finest Prime Steakhouse, is relocated on the South side of Corpus Christi and is setting the standard for the premier fine dining experience. Specializing in wet-aged prime beef and fresh seafood that is sourced daily, Katz 21 also offers an award winning wine list that is sure to please every palate. Three elegant private dining rooms, perfect for all occasions, can accommodate from 10 to 150 guests. Whether you are having a cocktail or glass of wine before dinner, or enjoying the best in live entertainment after your meal, Club 21 is one of Corpus' liveliest bars.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 Apr 2024
Outstanding waitress and outstanding food and outstanding service!
A photo of house. wine. & bistro. restaurant
4.8
4.8 (485)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
McAllen
About the restaurant
house. wine. & bistro. offers a boutique wine bar & New American Bistro dining experience featuring over 100 wines, craft beers and a diverse menu of locally sourced ingredients.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The garlic-lime shrimp appetizer is so delicious!!
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