Where to Eat

First, what to eat and drink: Fresh Gulf seafood (shrimp, oysters, trout, snapper, flounder), brisket bbq, Tex-Mex (tamales, enchiladas, menudo, queso, breakfast tacos), chicken-fried steak, chili, Whataburger, Blue Bell ice cream, Dr Pepper, Big Red, kolaches (and klobosnik – Ask Dave Baca about this, it’s important), pecan pie, pralines, Lone Star beer, Shiner beer, margaritas (Texas invented the frozen margarita), Texas wine, Deep Eddy vodka.

Port Aransas and Corpus Christi Restaurants


Venetian Hot Plate


232 Beach Avenue

High quality authentic Italian cuisine that offers a taste of Venice, with a Texas seafood twist.

Seafood & Spaghetti Works


910 TX-361

Casual eatery preparing seafood, pizza & classic Italian pastas in a roomy, family-friendly setting

Moby Dick’s


Oysters, grilled seafood, steaks & more served in a huge dining room with whimsical, nautical decor.

Island Café

301 S Alister St

Comfort Food, small plates, quick bites

McDaddy’s Family Kitchen

118 Beach St


Sizable standby offering Southern comfort food in a relaxed environment with craft beers on tap.

La Playa Mexican Grille

222 Beach St


Snug, laid-back Mexican hub with a fish-focused menu, margaritas, beer & table-made guacamole.

Beach & Station Street Grill

235 Beach Ave

Easygoing eatery for Gulf seafood, including jumbo shrimp & gumbo, plus steaks & regional fare.

Crazy Cajun

303 Beach St

Boiled & seasoned crawfish, crab legs & shrimp are served on butcher paper at this laid-back joint.


200 E Cotter Ave


Intimate American bar/eatery at Tarpon Inn with upmarket seafood & steak mains, plus daily specials.

Trout Street Bar and Grill

104 W Cotter Ave


Cocktails & Cajun-inspired seafood in airy environs, with an outdoor deck offering marina views.

Virginia’s On The Bay

815 Trout St


Open-air restaurant with a view of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway serving seafood & American fare.


420 W Cotter Ave


Waterfront venue offering burgers, seafood, beer & margaritas & a large deck with harbor views.


Republic of Texas, atop the 20-floor Omni Hotel on the bay

900 N. Shoreline Blvd.; (361) 886-3515;


Great view of the bay!  A la carte menu; a bit pricey.  But good food and great view, with a “classic steakhouse menu.”

 Landry’s Seafood, right on the bay

600 N. Shoreline Blvd.; (361) 882-6666; http://landrysseafood.com 

 Water Street Oyster Bar and Executive Surf Club

309 Water St.; (361) 881-9448; http://waterstmarketcc.com 

“Local standby featuring raw oysters and mesquite-grilled Gulf catches, with daily chalkboard specials.”

Executive Surf Club is located in Water St. Oyster Bar.  “Intimate and salty atmosphere.   Burgers, seafood, and craft beers on tap, plus an outdoor patio with live music.”

Vietnam Restaurant, located in V Boutique Hotel

701 N. Water St.; (361) 853-2682; http://vietnam-restaurant.com 

“Casual restaurant serving French and Vietnamese dishes, plus a long wine list, in a classy setting.  Nice ambience!  The Napoleon Beef dish is quite good!

 La Playa By the Bay

227 N. Water St.; (361) 885-7702

“Bi-level Tex-Mex eatery and bar in a contemporary, colorful space, with outdoor seating.”  Good prices.

Thai Spice Restaurant

523 N. Water St.; (361) 883-8884; https://www.zomato.com 

“Curries, noodles, and other traditional Thai dishes in a relaxed atmosphere.

A bit pricey, but exceptional food!

Aka Sushi Downtown

415 N. Water St.; (361) 882-8885; http://www.akasushidowntown.com 

“Easygoing choice for Japanese fare, including classic and creative sushi, plus gyoza.”