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Lisa Bella's Bistro & Java Bar

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5009 Highway 361, Cinnamon Shore, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5124
361-749-4222
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Love the food, bygone era jazz music, and retro beach decor...

We have dined at Lisa Bella's many times and have never had a bad experience. Once again, the Mermaid soup was a must have and the entrees were generous, creative, and consistent. We love sitting at the bar and conversing with the bartender, who by the way, is always cheerful and attentive. Love... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2014
Tgrl_7
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Austin, Texas
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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57 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Brussels, Belgium
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

First of all this is Port Arkansas so not sure if your going to get really great food. But for what this place charges I don't want over cooked fish or shrimp! also the tomatoes on the Lobster caprese salad was so over ripped and mushy , just gross. Had to ask for bread and olive oil, bread was just... More 

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Austin, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We have dined at Lisa Bella's many times and have never had a bad experience. Once again, the Mermaid soup was a must have and the entrees were generous, creative, and consistent. We love sitting at the bar and conversing with the bartender, who by the way, is always cheerful and attentive. Love the bygone era jazz music, the retro... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We had a reservation at this place to celebrate our mother's 80th birthday. The problems were evident from the very beginning. WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT PRONTO. Problems 1 and 2: They had two tables set for us. This was a family dinner, and at least in my family, we sit together. The "manager" (the owner's son), was unmoved my our... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This restaurant could benefit from a visit from Gordon Ramsey. They were not at all prepared for our large party's seating needs even though the reservation was made well in advance. Drinks were mixed incorrectly. Orders were forgotten. By the time my dish arrived everyone had nearly finished eating (no apology made). My pasta was overdone, badly seasoned, and missing... More 

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Anniston, Alabama
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Eat before you go or you will leave hungry and broke. Tiny portions for outrages prices. We had everything set up in advance but they where 2 seats short. Charged $7.00 to exchange potena to mash potatoes. Owner said he didn't have time to listen to our concerns and Host threatened to call cops because we questioned the 20% gratuity.... More 

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Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Arrived on our first day, booked in advance and dressed up. Poor service, expensive bill and spent 10 minutes convincing them we actually had a reservation. Food on the other hand was better thumbs up, but overall it was a horrible experience. Do not have the large table next to bar. It looks nice but those bar guests just don't... More 

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Port Aransas, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Lisa Bella's is located in Cinnamon Shores, a little out of Port A proper. But this is a special place. The atmosphere is fantastic, the people friendly but you go for the food. The menu here is not very large but it is all prepared so well. They have pastas, seafood and always a catch of the day. My favorite... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This little gem is hidden inside the Cinnamon Shores development in Port Aransas. It boasts a wonderful selection of seafood entrees and out of the ordinary culinary experience including catch of the day and specials featuring fresh catch. The restaurant is small so it's really a good idea to make a reservation before you try to go for dinner. It... More 

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Wimberley, Texas
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Shawn,our waiter was wonderful! The food was Spectacular! The setting, Fresh and "beach upscale"... The only "drawback"... Feeling like you are Going to the "outhouse" to go to the bathroom... HIGHLY reccommend: go sit on the outside patio to watch the sunset, with a ""favorite beverage", after dinner...

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Lampasas, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Yes, it's expensive for Port A, but if you want something a little different and really special, this is the place. More than worth the short drive. Reservations a must on weekend nights. We prefer to sit outside, and there aren't many outdoor tables, so you must ask when you make your reservations. The service is slow, but you're on... More 

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5009 Highway 361, Cinnamon Shore, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5124
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Port Aransas
  • Phone Number: 361-749-4222

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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