Coastal Bend Seafood

By: Sherry Posted in News

Coastal Bend Seafood

by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

Nowhere along the Texas coast will you find a more diverse (or delicious) selection of the freshest coastal culinary. Here are some of our picks for when you’re in town and hankerin’ for that perfect seafood dinner!


Snapper Pontchartrain at Railroad Seafood Station

This is what good coastal culinary is all about. Fresh Gulf seafood and fresh vegetables prepared daily. Served with your choice of two sides. From Snapper Pontchartrain (blackened snapper topped with crab meat, mushrooms and shrimp in white wine cream sauce), to fish tacos (grilled snapper set in corn tortillas topped with cabbage, tomato, avocado slices and the house’s special sauce), to creamy baja shrimp pasta and crawfish étoufée (crawfish tails simmered in a spicy New Orleans roux then served with a bed of steaming rice), Railroad Seafood Station has it all!

Railroad Seafood Station

1214 North Chaparral Street

Corpus Christi, TX 78401

(361) 883-6200

Railroad Seafood


A Colossal Dinner at Harrison’s Landing

Harrison’s Landing offers waterfront dining on floating platforms around the restaurant building. Here, in the marina on the Peoples Street T-head, you’ll find live music all week, drink specials, and an excellent dinner menu. If you want to go big, go colossal! Order Cathy’s pecan-crusted Tavern Colossal Shrimp served with melba sauce, cocktail sauce, and orange marmalade.

108 Peoples Street

Corpus Christi, TX 78401

(361) 881-8503

Harrisons Landing


Spend an evening at Water Street Market

Fresh Gulf seafood, friendly service and outstanding value have been the hallmarks of the Water Street Seafood Company since 1983. Water Street is locally owned and operated, and has been voted “Best of the Best” seafood in Corpus Christi for 14 consecutive years. While you’re here, try the oysters (a Water Street staple!), the sautéed tilapia, or the catch of the day, cooked any way you like! After you finish dinner, be sure to walk around and visit the delightful mix of eclectic shops at Water Street Market.

309 North Water Street

Corpus Christi, TX 78401

(361) 882-8683

Waterstreet Seafood


On the Deck at Doc’s

Whether you arrive by land or by sea, as the sun sets, there’s no better place to relax and enjoy dinner than on the waterfront deck at Doc’s Seafood & Steaks— right under the J.F.K. bridge, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway! Doc’s extensive menu and full service bar offer a little bit of everything for everyone! Don’t leave without trying the Oysters Rockefeller, the Blackened Flounder Florentine, and to finish, have a slice of their homemade Key Lime Pie!

13309 South Padre Island Drive

Corpus Christi, TX 78418

(361) 949-6744

Doc’s Seafood & Steaks


Have a ‘Ball’ at Scuttlebutt’s

Three words: avocado, crab, and spicy mayo. Alright, that’s four words. Either way you spin it, the Avocado Beach Ball at Scuttlebutt’s is a must-try! This huge Haas avocado is filled with soft shell crab, spicy fish, tobiko, sesame seeds, topped with spicy mayo and unagi sauce. This avocado starter is a perfect segue into your main course — we recommend the Drunken Sea Scallops, large sea scallops flambéed in orange liqueur! Don’t miss this one!

14254 South Padre Island Drive

Corpus Christi, TX 78418

(361) 949-6769

Scuttlebutt’s Bar and Grill


Cook Your Catch at Laguna Reef

Located next to Bluff’s Landing Marina & Hotel, the Laguna Reef Restaurant offers a variety of fresh seafood and delicious meat. They even let you bring in your own catch and they cook it for you! With an excellent view of the bay, this is waterfront dining at its finest! In addition, the restaurant also has a fully stocked bar of domestic & foreign beers, and spirits. Start off with some you-peel-‘em shrimp, fried calamari, and move into the main course — try the fried mahi sandwich or grilled tilapia with cajun cream shrimp sauce!

4242 Laguna Shores Road

Corpus Christi, TX 78418

(361) 937-2600

Bluff’s Landing


Dive into the Gulf at Glow

Take a short drive to Rockport. Grouper, snapper, and shrimp, oh my! Fresh gulf catches, the best steak au poivre on the Texas coast, and a to-die-for bread pudding dessert. While you’re dining in at Glow, be sure to order a side of the bacon roasted Brussels sprouts and try the seafood chowder — the cognac and cream base is absolutely delectable!

1815 Broadway Street

Rockport, TX 78382

(361) 727-2644

Glow Rockport


Italian Perfection at Shells

Shells in Port Aransas is where Italian classics and the Texas Gulf come together in the tastiest possible ways. Sushi grade yellowfin tuna with ginger vinaigrette, mixed seafood over linguini… it’s a match made in heaven. Try the farfalle alfredo — bowtie noodles in a homemade traditional alfredo sauce, fresh ground black pepper, parmesan cheese, and add ten grilled shrimp — you won’t leave dissatisfied!

522 East Avenue G

Port Aransas, TX 78373

(361) 749-7621

Eat at Shells


Get Crabby at The Boiling Pot

From a la Carte crab claws and crab legs, to gumbo and red beans and rice, The Boiling Pot is your cajun coastal culinary must-have. Get a half-pound of blue crab, stone crab, or king crab, and spicy crawfish with boudin sausage on the side.

201 South Fulton Beach Road

Rockport, TX 78382

(361) 729-6972

The Boiling Pot


Irie’s on the Island

The perfect marriage of exotic Asian cuisine and the traditional coastal menu. From the Panko Fried Oysters (crispy Gulf oysters fried in seasoned Japanese bread crumbs), to the curry crab dip (lump crab meat blended with cream cheese, curry, and coconut milk), Irie’s offers the most delectable selection for the coastal foodie’s palate.

503 North Alister Street

Port Aransas, TX 78373

(361) 749-2310

Irie’s on the Island