Top 5 Fancy Restaurants for Dinner in Port Aransas | Sandcastle Condos

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Our Top 5 Fancy Dinner Restaurants in Port A

While you’re enjoying your Port A beach vacation, you’ll want to spend time at local attractions and enjoy the many activities the area has to offer. With all the fun and activity, you’re bound to hear your stomach rumple while you’re out. You may also be planning a special date, or more intimate Port Aransas dinner experience during your vacation. Port A has restaurants that fill the bill.

Roosevelt’s at The Tarpon Inn

Whether it’s a special occasion or to experience fine dining, island style, the fine dining atmosphere is a top-notch dinner location. Start the meal with appetizers like jumbo lump crab cakes, Roosevelt’s signature bread, coconut shrimp, and more. Choose from a variety of salads. There are pastas and vegetarian selections like their vegetarian grill, pean seared red snapper, or Parmesan crusted flounder, to name a few. Enjoy a variety of steak, lamb, poultry, and seafood entrees to choose from, too.

Share a decadent dessert like crème brûlée, white chocolate bread pudding, chocolate mousse, or vanilla ice cream with caramel and strawberry drizzle. There are a variety of sauces, sides, and extras to make your dish truly unique.
They are open daily 5-9 p.m. at 224 E Cotter in Port A, behind the historic Tarpon Inn. Call 361-749-1540 or head to their website to make reservations.

Venetian Hot Plate

Enjoy a taste bud tour through Italy in a fine dining atmosphere. Start with garlic bread, seafood appetizers, and a variety of salads. Taste the beef tenderloin medallions, veal scaloppine, pan-searched chicken breast, and various seafood dishes. Pastas include spaghetti, linguine, tortellini, lasagna, and fettucine. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Tahitian vanilla crème brûlée, flourless death by chocolate cake, traditional Italian tiramisu, or Tahitian vanilla bean gelato.

Stop by the eye-catching orange building at 232 Beach Avenue in Port A. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday 5-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m., and closed on Sunday and Monday. There is limited capacity, so call 361-749-7617 for reservations.

Lisa Bella’s Bistro & Java Bar

Prime your appetite with starters and lighter fare like Texas Chevre – a blend of creamy goat cheese, fig, rosemary, and honey served with crostini, or their fresh-baked garlic break with Parmesan Reggiano. Try the soup of the day, or their unique “Mermaid Soup”: a lobster coconut broth, shrimp, curry spices, and “secrets.” Choose from an array of salads and pastas, or head straight for a main course. Seafood delights include sea scallops, wild jumbo Gulf shrimp, and seafood enchiladas. Enjoy a little surf and turf with the mixed grill – a six-ounce filet of beef tenderloin, grilled jumbo shrimp, a “duet of sauces,” golden Yukon mashed potatoes, and tender asparagus.

For dessert, taste their homemade “Hallelujah Chocolate Cake,” carrot ginger cake, or decadent crème brûlée. Round out the meal with a featured cocktail.

Find them at 5009 TX-361 in Port A. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 5:30-9 p.m. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Call 361-749-4222 for more information or to make reservations.

Please note the following are mid-range choices that offer fine dining in a more casual, affordable atmosphere.

Port Aransas Dinner at Tortuga’s Saltwater Grill

Enjoy their self-proclaimed “casual, upscale dining experience.” Begin your saltwater taste journey with starters like crab cakes, poke nachos, or Boudin balls. Lighter fare include “handhelds” like seafood Po Boys featuring shrimp, fish, or oysters, a cheeseburger, or enjoy a salad of blackened shrimp or grilled chicken. You can also choose from a variety of poke bowls. Choose from shrimp & grits, redfish Pontchartrain, or the charbroiled catch of the day. Land lovers will enjoy steaks, chicken, beef tenderloin, and a variety of pastas.

Hours at 429 N. Alister Street are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (brunch) and 3-9 p.m. (lunch and dinner). They are closed on Wednesdays.

Trout Street Bar & Grill

Choose from a variety of seafood appetizers, salads, and soups to get your meal off to a delicious start. Fill up with entrees like fresh snapper, redfish, or the catch of the day – fresh from the docks of Port A, ribeye steak, and more. Your sweet tooth will love bananas foster pie, carrot cake, a chocolate brownie with ice cream, or other sweet selections.

Stop in at 104 W. Cotter Avenue in Port A. Hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. The restaurant has one slip at the Trout Street Yacht Basin available daily on a first-come/first-serve basis to enjoy a dock-and-dine experience. Call 361-749-2739 for more information.

Delicious Dining in Port A

When you stay in a vacation rental in Port A provided by Sandcastle Condos, you’ll enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf, and many activities, attractions, shopping – and several fine and upscale dining selections. We offer efficiency-style units for a solo or more intimate retreat, all the way up to three bedrooms to treat more loved ones to the local taste sensations of Port A.

Prepare something you tasted at your restaurant of choice, or any other meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Afterward, spread out in an open living space for a movie or to relax. Enjoy the view from the private balcony or patio or spend some time near the community pool.

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