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“Great atmosphere. Not so great service.”

Virginia's On The Bay
Ranked #11 of 79 Restaurants in Port Aransas
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Austin
2 reviews
“Great atmosphere. Not so great service.”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

Food was as expected. Great atmosphere. Server needs to find an other line of work....no personality and sorely lacked training even on the basics. The kitchen needs help....it shouldn't take over an hour for 3 meals to come out. We arrived at 5pm for dinner to beat the crowd. We didn't leave until 7pm. We have a 4 year old. Servers should know that parents with little kids are not going to "camp" at a table all night and should be intuitive enough to know to push the order thru the kitchen. Disappointing from our last experience.

  • Visited May 2013
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“This place sucks.”
Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

They honestly serve IMMITATION crab meat AND dehydrated mashed potato flakes instead of real potatoes. Seriously? The staff actually smokes cigarettes while they bus tables, including the bartender!!! I can go on and on...consensus was its the WORST seafood so close to water, ever. And borderline board of health case. DO NOT EAT THIS CRAP! Virginia can not cook!

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank poohhaha
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Kalamazoo
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228 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Fantastic and friendly”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

Where else in the world can you bring the fish you just caught and had cleaned to be cooked 3 different ways, served with cooked veggies and rice, nice cold drinks, overlooking the bay. Dolphins jumping in the background, pelicans bobbing around and huge ships coming into port. Windows full open, fresh air. It was fantastic! The fish we caught 3 hours earlier on a charter served up to hungry fishermen. The best!!

Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Roz C
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New Braunfels, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food & views!”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

We really enjoyed the views at sunset and the food was spectacular. It would have been nice if they had served draft beer, but the wine was good.

Visited May 2013
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Thank Deb E
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
190 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“You pay for the view, which isn't that great either”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

How can seafood gumbo be so mediocre in a place sitting right there, where all the ingredients live? And their bowl was smaller than a cup in most places. Raw oysters were decent but again, big city prices. And the view - nothing to write home about. They seem very popular so beware - there's little motivation to try harder so they are likely to remain the tourist trap they are.

  • Visited May 2013
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