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“Sunday Brunch Sets the Bar Low”

Restaurant 361 at Port Royal
Ranked #58 of 79 Restaurants in Port Aransas
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Ruidoso, New Mexico
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Sunday Brunch Sets the Bar Low”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

I travel internationally for a living, so I have high expectations when it comes to breakfast buffets. In all, Restaurant 361 rang in solidly between a Super 8 or Motel 6 continental breakfast and some of the Mexican resort offerings out there.

To begin with, coffee was brewed in a old-style commercial rig that needed cleaning, tables were not afforded individual carafes. Tea was presented in an outdated wooden display box whose lid kept falling to the floor. Baked goods were economy grade offerings from the local supermarket. Stale supermarket bagels had been slided into quarters and were presented in a bowl near a whole salmon which had been overcooked the night before and kept refrigerated. The huge fish was beautifully presented, but not nearly as good as it looked.

The staff were uniformly kind and attentive, but not trained or held to a high standard.

On the plus side, an omelette chef did some great work, and the prime rib was excellent. Continental steam table offerings like fried potatoes, bacon, chicken breast medallions with ham slices, green bean medley, and some other items was average or better.

Desserts were plentiful, and some were good; although, I'm not sure how many had been made on-site.

In general, the Port Royal seems to be a 40+ year old former Sheraton-style resort hotel; it has a spectacular pool deck, which is the view from its third-floor restaurant. It is a musty, worn, economy-grade getaway that is well-suited to the Spring Break crowd or young families on a budget. I'd say it is fair to rate the buffet along those same lines: the kids will love it.

  • Visited March 2014
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English first
Round Rock, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Ribeye Steak”
Reviewed February 27, 2014

Our steak wasn't cooked properly the server took it back and and made it right. It was slow being Saturday night thought it would be more people. There were people in there only to drink because the pool bar was closed.

Visited February 2014
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Port Aransas
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Food is good.”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

It is average and what someone would expect in a hotel/condo establishment. Clean and friendly staff. It is convenient for folks and their families while staying Port Royal.

Visited May 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good food despite it's connection with the resort”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

The food was actually good. We were so surprised since the resort was such a dump. Good food but beware of the filthy, nasty resort

Visited August 2013
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