Vacations are filled with fun, excitement, and fantastic food, especially as travelers can taste the flavors of the region visited, enjoying new dishes that may end up being brought to their own tables once the good times have concluded. We at Sandcastle Condominiums have added many foreign dishes to our personal menus and every bite we take instantly transports us back to those golden days of adventure. Today, we invite our guests to explore a taste of the town, checking out the Port Aransas restaurants that represent the best of the area, guiding every traveler to the restaurants that we personally could not imagine NOT existing in our lives.

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Coffee Waves Port Aransas, 1007 TX-361

Sometimes the best way to test the flavors of the area you are visiting is to stop in the coffee shops with the most crowded parking lots. Coffee is tricky beverage, always creating a scent that sets our taste buds a quivering, while not always tasting as good as it smells, but at Coffee Waves, their small batch beans are truly special and the cozy menu they have set up to accompany the nectar of the gods never hits a wrong note. Offering breakfast sandwiches, pastries, bagels, and muffins Coffee Waves may be the one restaurant that gets your repeat business every day of your stay.

Tortuga’s Saltwater Grill, 429 Alister Street

Alister Street is known as a shopping haven, offering a beautiful selection of cozy boutiques and after a long morning shopping, there is nothing that revives flagging energy levels as quickly as a seafood lunch at Tortuga’s Saltwater Grill. Offering an elevated dining experience, it is also a fantastic spot for quiet dinners with your favorite traveling partner. The lunch menu features a long list of seafood dishes, but also offers burgers, steaks, and salads, ensuring that even the pickiest eaters will find something they like.

La Playa Mexican Grille, 222 Beach Street #5312

Only open for dinner, La Playa Mexican Grille is closed on Sundays and Mondays, but if you have traveled far for this Texas trip of a lifetime, this will be your reward. Starting out your meal with guacamole made tableside is always a good idea and the seafood-centric Mexican meals will definitely become your newest obsession. This local hot spot has been a Port A tradition for hungry diners for over 20 years and its expansive menu is a blend of traditional Mexican cuisine and Tex Mex specialties that hold a special place in our heart.

Virginia’s on the Bay, 815 Trout Street

Views of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway add a beautiful sparkle to the meals you will enjoy at Virginia’s on the Bay. Serving an extensive seafood menu (as you might expect!) every bite will be the one that you know is better than anything you have ever tasted before. Plan a sunset meal and sit dockside while you sit on the patio overlooking the docks, offering a romantic experience that can be repeated with every sunset. If you rent a boat while in Port Aransas, you can dock your boat in the harbor and head into the restaurant for a fabulous dinner, going back out to sea at the end of your meal.

Dylan’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, 128 Market Street Suite D

We have it on great authority that pizza is the international language everyone understands and when you stop in Dylan’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, you will develop an even greater understanding. Their pizzas, made with homemade crust and a secret sauce will ignite a passion for pie that will never be quenched. Also serving sandwiches, pasta, and chocolate chip cannolis that will turn you against all over desert foods, this family friendly restaurant serves beer, wine, and cocktails so parents can really enjoy their pizzas as well.

Lisabellas Bistro & Bar, 5009 TX-361

Families and couples love a meal at Lisabellas, offering live music and a chef driven menu that never fails to satisfy. The large yard that surrounds the restaurant offers tables for dining, cornhole games for playing, and giggling children running mild in the grass. Lisabellas is the perfect special occasion restaurant, especially for travelers with children who aren’t always as well-behaved as we like, allowing guests to relax and enjoy the meal without fear of being judged.

The Kitchen of your Sandcastles Condominiums Vacation Hideaways

We do realize that our kitchens aren’t restaurants and guests will still need to do the work to have a meal, but high end appliances and a cheerful vibe does help to bring some joy back to your cooking experiences. Skip the dining room table, bringing your meal out to the chairs that line the balcony and enjoy your own sea-views for a lot lower cost, watching the sun fall into the Gulf on another perfect day in paradise. Reserve your favorite escape today!