Sometimes the biggest pleasures in life can come from the simplest of situations; the sound of an uncontrollable laugh in a baby, the look in your pet’s eye when he or she is sitting in your lap, and the taste of a cold beer on a sweltering day at the beach. None of these things are particularly remarkable, they happen multiple times a day all over the world but when they are happening to you, your day automatically improves. We at Sandcastle Condominiums can’t provide a laughing baby nor can we make your pet fall in love with you, but we can guide you to the best breweries and bars in Port Aransas and we can spoil you with the luxuries and comforts in our beachfront hideaways, ensuring that every day of your Texas vacation is the best day!
Port A Beer Hut, 905 TX-361 in Port Aransas
This is Texas. We do not need anything fancy to have an enjoyable time and Port A Beer Hut is the perfect example. A hut located just steps away from the water, the beers are cold, the people are friendly, the views are amazing, and the swinging is simply great! Swinging, you may be asking right now, wondering what we could be referring to, but once you step under the roof of the hut, you will understand! When you belly up to this bar, you will be doing it on wooden swings instead of bar stools, adding a touch of whimsy to a fantastic beachside experience!
Blue Water Cowboy Saloon & Mercantile, 229 Beach Street in Port Aransas
Offering a hoppy taste of Texas with its local brews, the Blue Water Cowboy Saloon & Mercantile also offers a fantastic time for all who visit providing three stories and two different bars that each have their own original vibe. The first floor is open to the sea and offers outdoor bar games for a little extra fun, the second floor is more for large groups looking for a quiet dining experience, and the third floor adds whimsy with a bar designed to represent the back end of a fishing boat! Featuring a unique bottom-filling draft beer system, it is worth a visit just to see how it happens!
Bernie’s Beach House, 730 Trout Street in Port Aransas
Designed for those who are not afraid to party, Bernie’s Beach house boasts five different bars, karaoke, poker games, and happy hours that last from opening to 7 PM every day of the week. Also providing a dance floor, live music, and a different vibe for each bar, the one built to resemble a garage shows the whimsical genius of the owner! There is no limit to the amount of fun you can have while sipping and savoring at Bernie’s, so be sure to add it to your Port A itinerary!
Stingray’s Taphouse and Bar, 401 Beach Street in Port Aransas
As we write this, we are beginning to realize that the people of Port Aransas are creative geniuses and Stingray’s Taphouse, and Bar is just another wonderful example of that ingenuity! Featuring a car-themed décor that includes Mustangs hanging over the bar (yes, you read that right, there are real cars hanging over the bar!) this hot spot was once a mechanic’s garage and the owners just decided to go for it! Today 20+ taps are always loaded with the best brews in town and although the checkerboard tile covering the kitchen will remind you of the racetrack, we can promise all the hands preparing your pizza, burgers, and wings will be clean!
The Gaff, 323 Beach Street in Port Aransas
Let us see. We have covered boats and car garages on our tour of bars and breweries in Port Aransas, what could we be missing? Oh yes, the pirate theme found at the Gaff, is another one of our favorite watering holes! Dogs are welcome at this cool bar and the fun you will have as you sip the night away will never be forgotten, especially if you pop in on the weekend to check out the belt sander races!
Treasure Island, 315 N Alister Street in Port Aransas
Providing both an indoor and outbar bar, Treasure Island really is a Port A treasure! Located on the water, the beer is always cold, the music is hot, and the people that hang out here are destined to be your new best friends! They also offer an extensive selection of shots ensuring that all who partake may not remember the good times they had during their visit here, so be warned and remember to appoint a designated driver or use ride share to get back to your Sandcastle Condominiums escape!
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Sometimes the hottest spots in town are right under your nose and when you choose Sandcastle Condominiums for your vacation sanctuary, you can drink all the cold beers you want without having to worry about getting home safely; you are already there! Reserve your favorite today!
A beach vacation is one that should never be spent cooped up inside, except for the hours of sleep, of course. A beach vacation is a wild experience best enjoyed outside, feeling ocean breezes kiss your cheeks as the bright summer sun beats down on skin that is so happy to feel warmth again after a long winter spent hiding from the cold. And when your beach vacation brings you to the serene shores of Port Aransas, your Texas-sized adventures will be outdoor ones, including swimming, boating, fishing, and yes, dining! Stay outside a little longer stocking up on the Vitamin D the sun provides while dining at these special Port Aransas restaurants that all offer outdoor patios for your convenience and joy! This guide, put together by our helpful staff members at Sandcastle Condominiums, will ensure that every waking minute in Port Aransas will be spent soaking up the tranquil ambiance offered by Mother Nature! Here are the best Summer outdoor dining in Port Aransas.
Fins, 420 W Cotter Avenue
As you may expect, many of the restaurants offering outdoor dining in Port Aransas are casual spots serving up good seafood and excellent views and Fins is our first choice for your summer outdoor dining experience. Sit out on the Tiki deck overlooking the harbor, order a plate of fish tacos to be enjoyed with an ice-cold beer, and feel any leftover real-life tensions drain from your body. The Pirate ship docked just steps away from your seat in paradise is sure to provide some extra whimsy to your day!
Trout Street Bar & Grill, 104 W Cotter Avenue
Not every meal has to offer a starch, a protein, and a vegetable, especially on vacation. Sometimes all a body needs or wants is a big platter peel and eat shrimp, a pitcher of beer, and views of the sea that will speak to your soul, all things offered by Trout Street Bar & Grill! Their outdoor patio provides more harbor views and although the Pirate ship seen at Fins is not visible from this spot located just a few docks away, the beauty of the boats you can see bobbing in the waters just beyond your seat will keep you entertained and envious!
The Phoenix Restaurant & Bar, 3500-A Island Moorings Parkway
Another harbor front restaurant, the Phoenix Restaurant & Bar is a popular choice for those looking for something more than fish sandwiches and bar food! Offers incredible views and a menu filled with beautifully prepared dishes including sushi, scallops, and many of your other seafood favorites. The Phoenix offers an elegant dining experience that is enhanced when you join them for a sunset meal on their deck overlooking the sea. A Texas sunset is one sight you must view and when accompanied by an excellent meal, well it just does not get any better!
Tortuga’s Saltwater Grill, 429 N Alister Street
An outdoor patio at any restaurant is a treat for diners and the one at Tortuga’s Saltwater Grill is no different! Feel the salt air against your cheeks as you devour poke nachos for lunch, raw oysters and shrimp and grits for dinner, and on Sunday brunch? No one will leave hungry after sampling the brunch menu at Tortugas! Every dish will taste even better when enhanced with a touch of Texas sun and sea scented fresh air, but if you twisted our arm and forced us to choose a favorite, their Port A Benny, made with a house biscuit, crabcake, avocado, tomato, eggs, and hollandaise sauce haunt our dreams the days brunch isn’t being served!
Montego Bay Restaurant & Wine Bar, 118 Cut-Off Road
Combining the best of food and drink, Montego Bay Restaurant & Wine Bar also offers a happy surprise with the inclusion of what they call, the Pooch Porch! Patio dining is dog friendly, even including a menu for your fur baby, one that includes complimentary milk bone treats, chopped chicken breast, marrow bone, and kibble that is grain-free and destined to be your pup’s new obsession! There is no better experience than enjoying a thick and juicy steak accompanied by a silky glass of wine with your most loyal companion curled up at your feet enjoying his own meal!
Book a Stay to Enjoy the Best Summer Outdoor Dining in Port Aransas
It is no secret that our condominiums are comfortable and stylish, but did you know that they also include patios and balconies that just may be the best place to enjoy outdoor dining during your summer adventures in Port Aransas! Prepare your favorite dishes in our fully equipped kitchens and serve it al fresco, overlooking some of the most scenic views in town (especially when you choose a beachfront property to make your own!) letting the peaceful scenery soothe and refresh. Reserve your favorite today!
Winter months are meant for cuddling together for warmth, long conversations about your dreams and secrets, and enjoying delicious meals that often seem too heavy to eat during the warmer months of the year and when your winter journey brings you and your favorite traveling partner to the sunny beaches of Port Aransas, you will be able to enjoy all three! (Not that it gets that cold, but who really needs an excuse to cuddle?) This guide to the best restaurants for couples in Port Aransas area will ensure that your stay in our Sandcastle Condominiums promises to be romantic, warm, and filling!
The Phoenix Restaurant and Bar, 3500-A Island Moorings Parkway in Port Aransas
Not all romantic restaurants are required to have white tablecloths and candle lit meals. Sometimes all you need to do is offer delicious food, courteous and efficient waitstaff, and the setting of the sun over the harbor, which is exactly what you can find at the Phoenix Restaurant & Bar! Enjoy the freshest sushi and seafood in town, delicious cocktails, and that awe inspiring view of the Texas sun setting over the harbor and as the conversation on the patio drops to a low hush (everyone else is watching that sunset too!) you may discover that the Phoenix is your new happy place!
Black Sheep Bistro, 15201 S Padre Island Drive #120 in Corpus Christi
The giant porthole style painting of a swordfish frolicking in the sea may be the first thing you see when you walk into the Black Sheep Bistro, but it is the food and the person sitting across from you at the table that will be your prime focus! Offering a menu filled with deliciousness that includes a 14-ounce Ribeye so juicy and tender you may consider making the move to Texas just so you can enjoy this meal whenever you like, dimmed lighting and a colorful bar gives the place an intimacy that can only be matched by the intimacy you share in your relationship!
Trout Street Bar & Grill, 104 W Cotter Avenue in Port Aransas
We can’t stay away from the harbor and you won’t be able to either once you visit Trout Street Bar & Grill for the first time! Featuring a seafood filled menu brimming with the freshest treats from the sea, all prepared with a Cajun twist and offering more of the sunset views you will not be able to get enough of, Trout Street is sure to be a favorite of couples of all ages! Be sure to ask for a patio table and let the sounds of the harbor serve as background music for your romantic meal for two and don’t forget to order dessert! (The carrot cake ALWAYS wows!)
Restaurant San Juan, 410 Cut-Off Road in Port Aransas
When it is time to bring a little heat into your couple’s exploration of the beauty of Port Aransas, Restaurant San Juan always delivers the goods! Offering a spicy menu filled with your favorite breakfast dishes, this special place also serves breakfast, ensuring that your day will be yummy from start to finish! The flavors, the spices, and the homemade taste will become your newest obsession and because they are famous for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you could enjoy a South of the Border day of love with your favorite person, if you choose!
Lisabella’s Bistro and Bar, 5009 TX-361 in Port Aransas
Shiplap walls, rattan seating, and white clothed tables work together to create an atmosphere that is both casual and elegant in our next couple’s restaurant choice, Lisabella’s Bistro and Bar. The food is American, with steak and seafood being the focal points of the menu, and the large yard that surrounds the restaurant offers picnic tables and cornhole games, should you find yourself wanting to play a game. Lisabella’s is a family friendly restaurant that also serves up a healthy dose of romance, so be sure to stop by and fall in love with their Mixed Grill, a plate filled with honey glazed quail knots, beef tenderloin, and gulf shrimp! This dish ensures you don’t have to choose between red meat, chicken, or seafood because it offers all 3 on one deliciously full plate!
Come Home to Sandcastle Condominiums and Enjoy the Best restaurants for couples in Port Aransas
The best part of every meal in Port Aransas will be the one where you walk back into your Sand Castle Condominiums love nest, feeling full, satisfied, and ready to get comfortable! Reserve your favorite today!
When you’re visiting Port Aransas, there’s a lot of great, local dining to be had! While you’re out here enjoying your unique, beach vacation in Port Aransas, you’ll have plenty of options for one-of-a-kind dining. The local restaurants in Port Aransas provide a wide variety of eating experiences, and of course, you can’t afford to miss the opportunity to sample the Port Aransas seafood. With all that in mind, here are some recommendations for restaurants exclusive to the area that you should try.
The Crazy Cajun Seafood Restaurant
A tried-and-true Port Aransas staple for over 28 years, The Crazy Cajun is the go-to spot if you’re looking to enjoy the distinctive taste of Cajun cuisine served with an island style. All different kinds of shellfish and traditional Cajun dishes are offered here. You can get your hands on shrimp, crawfish, snow crab, smoked sausage, and stone crab claws by the half-pound or pound at maret price- perfect for serving groups after a long day on the beach.
Even if seafood isn’t your preference, The Crazy Cajun has plenty of meaty dishes to round out their menu. Ribs, gumbo, jambalaya, and more are all wonderful meals to quench your appetite. Beer and wine are also available for purchase during your visit, along with desserts and even their own special blend of Cajun spice to take along. Come see why they’ve been in business for nearly 30 years!
Seafood and Spaghetti Works
With a unique fusion of Italian and seafood dishes, Seafood and Spaghetti Works is one of the most exceptional dining experiences you’ll be able to find in Port Aransas. It’s a restaurant with a long history in the town, having been in multiple buildings since its original opening in 1979 under the name of “Spaghetti Works.” A few years later, the restaurant expanded its menu and received the name it has today. This is a great, local business to support while in town.
These days, the menu has reached a massive size with a variety of options. There’s something for everyone here, with a great selection of appetizers, especially seafood, to get your meal started off. From there, your choice of entree is wide-open. There are tacos, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, steak, chicken, pasta, and of course all kinds of seafood accompanied by a fully stocked bar and dessert menu to complete your experience. Whatever your choice, you’re sure to be impressed.
Irie’s Island Food
Founded by a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Irie’s Island Food offers a combination of local fare and fusion dishes that is sure to impress. Martin, formerly the head chef of several restaurants over the course of 20 years, put together the concept and created an impressive menu that locals and visitors alike can’t miss.
Rice bowls, tacos, sandwiches, salads, and more are all available for purchase here. There’s also a decent amount of Asian, Hawaiian, Mexican, and Cajun influence on the styling of the dishes. Because of this, you can expect to get a different experience every time if you decide to visit on multiple occasions to try some different dishes. This is a great place for curious palettes to visit, and they also have wine and beer offerings.
MacDaddy’s Family Kitchen
If delicious comfort food and BBQ are some of your favorites, consider visiting MacDaddy’s Family Kitchen while you’re visiting Port Aransas. They pride themselves on their ability to quickly and professionally serve larger parties without sacrificing the quality of their food. Bring the whole group with you and have them serve it all up family style. For those in smaller groups, do not worry! There are smaller portions to take advantage of as well.
Their menu has plenty of BBQ mainstays like chili, BBQ loaded nachos, and as many smoked meats you could imagine. Mix and match your meats of choice with the variety of platters they have available, or if BBQ platters aren’t your preference, indulge in an Angus Beef burger or fried fish platter. Finish off your meal with some pecan pie or peach cobbler and enjoy their full bar with sixteen beers on tap at any given moment.
Venetian Hot Plate
Get some authentic Italian cuisine from Venetian Hot Plate, opened in 1995 after founders Linda Maurice relocated to Texas from Venice. Enjoy fine, Italian dining in a casual atmosphere with the added flair of a well decorated interior and an abundance of eye-catching wine storage.
There’s no better way to get a sampling of Southern Italian cuisine in all of Port Aransas. You’ll find plenty of pasta dishes with shrimp, clams, and scallops that are all wonderfully paired with homemade sauces made to match the seafood’s flavor profiles. The same goes for all their other dishes, whether they’re prepared with beef, chicken, or no meat at all. They also offer a selection of salads, and plenty of hearty entrees like pan-seared duck, veal scaloppine, and more. Don’t forget to sample some of their handpicked wines while you’re there.
Book a stay and Enjoy our local restaurants in Port Aransas
Wherever you decide to dine during your stay in Port Aransas, Sandcastle Condominiums has the perfect rental to complement your stay. Book with us now and dine in style while you enjoy your Port Aransas vacation.
As an island destination, a getaway to Port Aransas, Texas practically guarantees you’ll be feasting on fresh seafood dishes at one of its many waterfront eateries. In addition to catering to seafood lovers, the culinary scene in Port Aransas offers Créole and Cajun favorites as well as worldwide cuisines. The laid-back island lifestyle means you barely have to shake the sand from your toes before heading to a nearby restaurant to refuel. Perfect for enjoying a meal before heading to the beach or satisfying your hunger after you’ve worked up an appetite out on the water, these casual restaurants in Port Aransas are a must-try during your island getaway.
Virginia’s on the Bay
Enjoy the experience of dining just steps from the water from your dockside table at Virginia’s on the Bay. Watch the boats going in and out as you dine on dishes from the land and sea. Start your meal out with an order of hush puppies to share before moving on to your entrée. The peel and eat shrimp and oysters on the half shell are favorites here, and if you’re dining with a group, this is a great place to try a Cajun Boil. For anglers who have landed their own fresh catch after a day out fishing in Port Aransas’ teeming waters, the chefs at Virginia’s are happy to prepare it for you grilled, blackened, or fried, and served up along with delicious side dishes. Be sure to save room for a slice of their key lime pie!
Housed in a tiki-style building, the atmosphere at Moby Dick’s is tropically festive. Welcoming to families, a pirate theme is pervasive throughout, and an array of video games are available for kids to play while waiting for their order. The menu at Moby Dick’s features burgers, sandwiches, salads, seafood baskets, seafood boils, and platters from the land and sea. For non-seafood lovers, there are a variety of chicken and steak dishes. The seafood combos are a favorite here, offering a little taste of everything. Kids will enjoy ordering from their own separate meu, and everyone can save room for their chocolate eruption mousse cake, drizzled in chocolate, and topped with whipped cream. Let your conversation linger long after the final bite has been taken over one of the tropical drinks Moby Dick’s is so well known for. Drinks such as the volcano bowl and giant margarita are made for two and are perfect for sharing!
Get your most important meal of the day at Coffee Waves, one of the best coffee houses in the area. Their beans are roasted weekly in small batches by local roasters, providing the perfect caffeine boost to power through the day. Along with regular coffee options, they also offer chai and specialty coffees that will get your day off on the right foot. Snag a table in this charming café to enjoy a breakfast croissant or panini, made fresh. If you’re stopping for a mid-day caffeine boost, consider treating yourself to a scoop of their mouth-watering gelato, made onsite. Between coffee, breakfast and 18 flavors of gelato for dessert, Coffee Waves has got you covered!
Seafood & Spaghetti Works
If your group is divided between pasta and seafood, Seafood & Spaghetti Works may be the answer. This eatery not only serves up dishes that cater to a wide range of tastes, but it is also housed in a pleasant building reminiscent of a beach house with tall cathedral ceilings and fans that keep the breeze circulating. Catch the latest sports game on the big screen TV as you dine, or simply enjoy the company and pace of being on vacation. This family owned and operated eatery has been a mainstay in Port Aransas for 40 years and is sure to quickly become a favorite. Start your meal out with an order of crab cakes for the whole table to enjoy before moving on to your main course. As the restaurant’s name suggests, the menu here is varied with an array of sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, steaks, seafood, and classical Italian dishes. Their classic spaghetti is a favorite, and for seafood lovers, the shrimp with lemon cream sauce is a must-try. Wash it down with a cold beer, specialty drink, margarita, or glass of wine as you enjoy serene views of the marsh. And if there’s any room left, you won’t regret treating yourself to an order of their bread pudding with whiskey sauce!
Spend your days enjoying the sea, sand, and sun in Port Aransas, but don’t forget to pause and refuel at these Port Aransas casual dining spots! Seeking accommodations nearby? The Port Aransas vacation rentals we offer at Sandcastle Resort Condominiums offer all the comforts you’ll need to enjoy life along the beachfront in Port Aransas. Contact us to learn more!
Port Aransas is quickly becoming one of America’s favorite beachside destinations due to its sunny weather, opportunities for wildlife spotting, amazing things to do, and fun town atmosphere. Nothing quite kicks off a great day of vacation than a delicious breakfast. Before you hit the beach, be sure to check out one of our favorite breakfast restaurants in Port Aransas!
For a classic, diner-style breakfast that offers great flavor at a reasonable price, head over to Island Cafe. Island Cafe serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but their breakfast menu is a local favorite for no-frills food with a side of great service. Enjoy classic breakfast items such as eggs, waffles, and pancakes alongside Island Cafe originals such as the super taquito, filled with eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, and ham. Best of all, all of their breakfast items are under $10, so you are only getting great food, but you also are getting it at a great price! Centrally located between the Port Aransas Nature Preserve, the Port Aransas Ferry Landing at Roberts Point Park, and IB Magee State Park, it’s a convenient first stop of the day no matter where you are headed! Island Cafe serves breakfast daily from 8am to 11am.
Although a sit-down breakfast is a nice way to start off the day, sometimes you have too much planned, and you need to grab food and hit the road. Donut Palace is the perfect spot in Port Aransas for a delicious, quick-serve breakfast. As the name might suggest, Donut Palace is the go-to bakery in the area for fantastic, fresh donuts. However, their menu isn’t just for those with a sweet tooth. You’ll also find a variety of breakfast sandwiches to complement their donuts, cinnamon rolls, and apple fritters. Open daily from 5:30am until 12:30pm, they specialize in breakfast and offer up some of the best early morning bites in the area. You’ll find it hard to dine just once at Donut Palace during your stay in Port Aransas!
Coach’s Island Grill
Sometimes a classic breakfast is classic for a reason, and at Coach’s Island Grill you will find a delightful menu filled with your favorite American breakfast items. Order three-eggs omelets, steak and eggs, or a variety of items a la carte, but no matter what you order it is sure to be delicious. Don’t see your favorite breakfast item on the menu? Simply ask your server and see what the kitchen can whip up for you! Here, the owner goes by the nickname of “Coach,” the staff prides itself of great service, and the sports theme simply adds to the homey feel of the restaurant. As a recent recipient of the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for 2021, this is a can’t miss stop for breakfast in Port Aransas!
San Juan Restaurant
Claiming to have “the best Mexican food north of the border,” San Juan is the perfect choice for great Mexican food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! On their breakfast menu you can order your huevos (eggs), just about any way you could imagine from the classic huevos rancheros to more unique options such as huevos con nopalitos (eggs with cactus) and huevos con chicharron (eggs with pork rinds). You can also choose from ordering your meal as a plate or as a burrito or taquito. Although they also serve up American-style breakfast offerings, such as pancakes and biscuits, naturally their Mexican options are where they shine. Best of all, nothing on their menu is over $10, so you are getting a great deal as well! San Juan Restaurants serves breakfast from 6am to 11am daily.
Listed as the best coffee joint in town, and a recipient of the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for 2021, Coffee Waves is a must visit breakfast spot in Port Aransas. Open from 7am to 7pm daily, Coffee Waves is a great spot to visit for your morning cup of Joe, or an afternoon pick me up. Their menu is filled with a variety of hand-crafted coffee drinks, such as espresso, lattes, and macchiatos. Not a coffee drinker? You won’t be left out! They serve a variety of non-coffee beverages, including tea, hot chocolate, and fruit smoothies. Breakfast here is great for grab and go, with items such as breakfast sandwiches and fresh pastries. If you stop by in the afternoon or early evening you are literally in for a treat, as the gelato here is a local favorite! House-made weekly, Coffee Waves serves up a daily rotation of up to 18 flavors that are a can’t-miss treat in Port Aransas. From savory breakfast bites to sweet dessert treats and of course great coffee, be sure to visit Coffee Waves during your next visit to Port Aransas!