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Tortuga's Saltwater Grill, Port Aransas, TX

Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

4.6
4.6
288 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 9 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

  • Area

    Port Aransas

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 288 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. D

    Debbie

    San Antonio

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    BigCfromBigD

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  3. CB

    CourtneyB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  4. SM

    SallyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    AmyE

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  6. SM

    SarahM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    DIron

    San Antonio

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We always enjoy our meal at Tortugas. With the labor shortage service is often an issue but they are doing the best they can with what they have. We love sitting outside but inside has a nice vibe too. Their prices are high, but it’s a resort town and pretty normal for the area. My kids loved the sushi they had that night.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was above expectations . Great food great drinks ,
  9. JK

    JoanK

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu selection offered a good variety Service was excellent with a very pleasant server. Food came out quickly. Noise level was high, however, with too many solid surfaces with no buffer.
  10. GA

    GAnne

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a great meal and Pete was our server. He was over the top! Thank you for offering such good food on the island, in a nice atmosphere for adults. And groups. The redfish with stuffed crabmeat was delicious!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Peter was fantastic!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best and tastiest restaurants in Port A.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Service was great! A little underwhelmed by our sides with our steak plate. A little pricey for what was offered.
  14. J

    Jctreasured

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic! Make sure to make reservations. The food is fresh, flavorful and the service is top notch. We will definitely be back. They did amazing on accommodating our special needs child by giving us a corner table. Couldn’t be more satisfied! Highly recommend!
  15. AJ

    AzJenn

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Se always a great meal. Appreciate that you take reservations, especially here we’re most don’t. Our favorite place to dine in Port A. Fresh delicious food and great service.
  16. BW

    BrookeW

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place! The food was delicious, service was great! We will be back!
  17. N

    Neese

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    We expected a nice dinner during our vacation. The food is not that good for how much your paying. Boyfriends steak was unseasoned with just a dallop of herbed butter for flavor (no salt or pepper) when you’re paying 60 dollars for a steak you want it to be worth it. My risotto was cold on the outside and warm on the inside like it had been sitting waiting for the entree for a wild. The imperial crab dip was very grainy from the cheese and was not melted in any cream to smooth it out. The crab cake was way too wet and felt like undercooked cornbread stuffing. The whole place is super loud. Save your money and go somewhere else.
  18. NI

    NIcoleR

    Houston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    The restaurant was very loud inside, very hard to carry on a conversation with our table. The food was not worth the price. Not much flavor, it did not WOW us at all. Will not be back.
  19. P

    Pwogg

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Took a long time to get greeted (over 20 min) but once we were we got fad service. Very good food
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family vacation
  21. RR

    RachelR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    I enjoyed the location and was excited about eating dinner here with my family, but not worth the RSVP only for the price and quality of the food.
  22. M

    Mcrowe

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good and different food and great wait staff
  23. GV

    GlennV

    San Antonio

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not our first time here and as always the food was great. The only problem was the crab meat on top of the fish had lots of shell left in it. Amanda our server was fantastic. We will definitely be back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Laura waited on our 2 tables with 12 of us. The service was great and she was amazing & attentive. The crab cakes were yummy and the blackened red snapper was delicious. Also we enjoyed the creme Brule cheesecake!
  25. D

    Danielle

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time and experience! Petey was our server and was very welcoming, kind + knowledgeable about the menu. We had oysters, the catch of the day (red snapper with crab) and asparagus which was absolutely delicious and seafood pasta. I requested a cucumber mocktail and Petey was able to have the bartender craft a delicious drink. Amazing experience overall! We really appreciate Petey’s amazing energy that contributed to a wonderful experience.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food… great service!
  27. C

    Candy

    Portland

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Reservation was for 5, they put us ar a table for 4. Food was slow. One meal was served 29 minutes after everyone else. Potatoes were horrible. Rib-eye was amazing. Great service. Server was absolutely the best.
  28. VH

    ValerieH

    Corpus Christi

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We thought the food was amazing and the service was excellent. The menu had new and different choices from the normal Port A Restaurants which was refreshing. They are located on a main road in Port A so if you are looking for a water view you would need to choose a different restaurant. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and we will go back. Just make sure you make a reservation ahead of time.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We made reservations and we’re seated immediately. Food was great.
  30. EM

    EmmaM

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a great date night at Tortuga’s! When we got there we were seated outside with a few rowdy tables, and the hostess and server were so apologetic. Once those groups left, the noise level went down immensely and it was perfect sitting out on the patio. We enjoyed the poke nachos to start- so delicious! It came on the recommendation of our server and we loved them. Fresh tuna, crisp wontons, sweet pineapple salsa and spicy jalapeños- perfect with a chilled Pinot Grigio! For our entrees, we got the redfish ponchartrain (another recommendation!) and the charbroiled choice of the day (I forgot to even ask what it was, some type of white fish). Both were flavorful and delicious. The redfish had a yummy creole sauce. We were tempted to find a restaurant on the water but above all wanted delicious seafood. Tortuga’s was a great choice!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worst customer service from there hostess that was working Wednesday night. We have made it a tradition to eat here at least one time during our visits to the island. Our family made a reservation via OpenTable. We verified if they were pet friendly, as we brought our mini Golden-doodle with us on this family trip. When we showed up for our reservation, I notified the hostess of our fur baby. She immediately became rude and said they could not accommodate our family due to no tables available outside. She did not try to accommodate outside seating or even offer to add us to the wait list. The lack of help to redeem the situation, paired with a rude attitude, did not help make a positive experience. It’s unfortunate how the lack of decent customer service can change our mindset to never visit this restaurant again. We headed to TroutStreet bar & Grill, where they had the sweetest customer service, loved on our fur baby and turned our frowns into smiles. We will be removing Tortuga from our places to visit when we’re in town and keep to our Trout St., Grill and other local restaurants.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing!!! Crab crusted fish of the day was one of my favorite seafood dishes ever.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    So nice to find a place that takes reservations. We sat outside which was fine but. Luke be improved with fans. Food was really good with quick service.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    One of our favorites spots for crab and shrimp.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Brunch!!! The best on the island
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy to make reservations, fast and friendly service, lots of choices on food and drinks , definitely come back again!
  37. CW

    CindyW

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service. Would definitely eat here again and recommend it to others.
  38. s

    sharonk

    San Antonio

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Raw bar was fab!! Our server Eric fantastic
  39. 7

    7heaven

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Good food and nice people. Candied bacon burger and shrimp n grits were the best and lunch prices were as advertised.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and drinks as always!

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 288 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 9 times today
Google Map for Tortuga's Saltwater Grill

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

Additional information

  • Area

    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, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, 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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