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“Like a Resort” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Roosevelt's at the Tarpon Inn

Roosevelt's at the Tarpon Inn
200 East Cotter Avenue, Port Aransas, TX
361-749-1540
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Ranked #2 of 72 restaurants in Port Aransas
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Port Aransas, Texas
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Like a Resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Beautiful atmosphere I actually sat at the table pictured.The food and service was impecccable Feels like a Jamaican resort not Port Aransas

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  • English first
  • Any
English first
San Jose, California, United States
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Definitely the best food in Port A”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic meal at Roosevelt's - the Mahi Mahi Etoufee special, shrimp ravioli with halibut and coconut shrimp were outstanding...the keylime pie and pumpkin cheesecake were to die for.

We've been coming to Port A for several years now and glad we looked at TripAdvisor...great place for a small intimate group but make a reservation, service staff and chef are very friendly, a little pricey but definitely the best food in Port A.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“From Rocky Start to Incredible Finish!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We were having a small family gathering in Port A during the holidays.Where to eat New Years Eve was the big question. Friends had recommended Roosevelt's and the reviews on Trip were positive. Unfortunately they were booked. Much to our surprise they called back and said they had had a cancellation and could fit our party of nine.
We arrived on time (7:30) and were told it would be 10 to 15 minutes to seat us. At 30 minutes and no sign of progress we became a bit anxious. Soon after, John (the owner?) came out with a complimentary bottle of red and a bottle white and apologized for the delay. A large group had been finished for some time, but were showing no sign of leaving. We enjoy a leisurely meal and could sympathize with the staff, but were wondering if we would still be eating at the stroke of midnight. John checked on us regularly giving us frequent updates and entertaining us with tidbits of island history.
We were finally seated and Cassie our waitress took command! She managed our table with great expertise and almost single-handedly. The menu was specific for the evening, but minor adjustment and combinations were no problem.The grill is exposed so you can watch the chefs working their magic and they did not disappoint.The chicken cordon bleu was excellent, the snapper with shrimp ravioli a taste sensation, and the shrimp & tenderloin tower delicious.
Looking forward to our next trip to Port A and Roosevelt's!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Best food on the island.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

Bring plenty of money, but it is worth it. Best lamb chops I've ever had. Chicken and shrimp dish also outstanding. Whatever you do don't miss the Oysters Rock. Wait staff pleasant and the kitchen staff will make recommendations for you!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Amazingly Mediocre Restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We just got back from Roosevelt's Restaurant and are stunned at just how mediocre the fare was at this #1 rated Port Aransas restaurant. The crab cake appetizer was so over-spiced with pepper that you couldn't taste anything but heat. The drum was cooked nicely and was a really nice piece of fish. Unfortunately, the "blackened" spice mixture was primarily salt ... way too much salt! Lastly, the filet was cooked correctly (rare) but, actually, was so thin (1/2 inch thick) that it really didn't even seem like a filet. The mushroom sauce for the steak was very nice, though.

The service was friendly and the atmosphere quite pleasant, but for $120 (with tip) it was a most mediocre experience. The Cafe Phoenix, currently rated #2 for Port Aransas restaurants, was a MUCH better experience in a similar price range!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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