Corpus Christi Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Corpus Christi

April 14, 2018 Tynisha Seiler

Corpus Christi possesses all of the main ingredients of an ideal weekend getaway: the sun, the sea, the sights, plus exhilarating and engaging activities the whole family can enjoy. Spend the day on the beach soaking up the sun or wind surfing, the breezy city's favorite pastime. Visit the massive Texas State Aquarium with its new Dolphin Bay, a protected habitat for dolphins unable to survive in open water. Take a tour of The USS Lexington, one of the most famous aircraft carriers in U.S. naval history. Stroll through fabulous flora and fauna at the Botanical Gardens. At the Museum of Science and History, check out the recreated Pinta and Santa Maria, two of the ships Columbus used to sail to the new world. At night, enjoy a succulent seafood dinner at any number of fine restaurants, then head to the historic Harbor Playhouse for delightfully original community theater and a true taste of what Corpus Christi is all about.
Things to do in Corpus Christi

1. Hester's Cafe & Coffee Shop

1714 S Alameda St, Corpus Christi, TX 78404-2931 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 361-885-0558
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 402 reviews

Hester's Cafe & Coffee Shop

Reviewed By Brandon B

Hester’s menu has great variety, including unique salads, sandwiches and even quiches. Hester (the person who the store is named for) herself makes almost all the desserts fresh with the only exception (that I know of) being the apple pie that is made with more apples than anything you’ve seen before. It’s all very delicious and the atmosphere is very nice as well. I have eaten here many times with my family as well as clients and will continue to do so.

2. Andy's Kitchen

5802 S Staples St, Corpus Christi, TX 78413-3705 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 10 +1 361-993-0251
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 532 reviews

Andy's Kitchen

Reviewed By mikel68 - Lampasas, Texas

We followed reviews here to Andy's for breakfast. Bring an empty stomach and you will fill it. Great service, coffee always full, but not overbearing. Lots of menu options for breakfast, probably more than I've seen anywhere else. Lots of traditional options then Tex-Mex as well. We'll be back.

3. Authentic New York Pizza

5838 S Staples St, Corpus Christi, TX 78413-3705 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 361-986-1151
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 169 reviews

Authentic New York Pizza

Located in Country Village Shopping Center

Reviewed By Cindi O - Corpus Christi, Texas

This doesn't look like much on the outside as it is located in an older strip mall and there is a simple sign above one of the doorways that states Authentic New York Pizza. They have pizza and more. I ordered the lasagna. I am not an Italian food lover by any means but this was the best lasagna I've ever eaten. Hands down. The sauce was rich and had a sweet tomatoey flavor. There were not any large chunks of vegetables in it at all, so it had obviously been slow simmered for hours and it tasted like it had been simmered for hours. It was the best sauce ever. I ordered meatball with it and it was also delicious. I don't quite understand the giant meatball trend in the USA these days, and this was a single giant meatball, but it was quite tasty nonetheless. I usually prefer smaller bite sized meatballs and prefer them to be browned and develop a thin outer crust of brownness on them and while this wasn't either, it was still delicious and I would definitely order it again. This did not come with any sides, it was simply lasagna in a dish, but the serving was plentiful and I did not come away hungry so I didn't mind that this did not come with breadsticks or a big bowl of salad like the big Italian chains do. It was mid priced for my meal at $17 after tax and tip for a single serving of lasagna, a meatball, and a fountain drink, but it was delicious and quite memorable so it feels worth it. They did have lunch specials but I was feeling a lasagna craving today. The place is much larger inside than it appears and has room for quite a few large parties. There was a group at the other side of the dining room that was having a business meeting and this was a great place for that. There was plenty of space and there are two separate dining areas along with friendly waitstaff. The gentleman at the front that was greeting people is obviously the owner. He is very friendly and not only seated me at my table but came over to check on my meal later and then thanked me for coming in when I left. He had a definite New York area accent to this Texan's ears. I have a definite southern accent, it's all good. This is a humble little place in the middle of a nondescript older strip and it is certainly a gem in the rocks. I won't drive by this one again as I did so many times before, it's worth the stop. YUM!

4. Republic of Texas Bar & Grill

900 N Shoreline Blvd, Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, Corpus Christi, TX 78401-2009 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night SGD 66 - SGD 66 +1 361-886-3515
Excellent
63%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 416 reviews

Republic of Texas Bar & Grill

Reviewed By Smith030 - Brownwood, Texas

Wonderful service and atmosphere with a breath taking view of the downtown area and water front - we enjoyed watching the boats. We were there to celebrate our anniversary and could not have been better served. The food was outstanding - I highly recommend the hash browns for a 'side' - and cooked to our taste. The manager paid us a visit during our meal which was not rushed but timed just right. Wife had lobster, with shrimp and was well pleased. I had the rib eye steak and it was wonderful.
This is a special restaurant and not for those looking for cheap eats but is great for a celebration because we were unrushed and very well served.

5. Yo Philly Cheesesteak and Subs

3314 Surfside Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78402-1220 Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner +1 361-452-8750
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Yo Philly Cheesesteak and Subs

Reviewed By Texas O

The food here is awesome. I recently got the wise guy sub while my husband got the beast from the east. Both subs were delicious and a cannoli for dessert was perfect! And the family that runs the business is very welcoming, making the atmosphere one you want to stick around in.

6. Catfish Charlie's

5830 McArdle Rd Ste 12, Corpus Christi, TX 78412-3472 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner +1 361-993-0363
Excellent
54%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 306 reviews

Catfish Charlie's

Reviewed By Steve S

Frog legs and Catfish are the best. Always come here when we come to Corpus Christi. Service was excellent and prices are reasonable.

7. Rudy's

6101 S Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78412-4009 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 361-906-0327
Excellent
55%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Rudy's

Reviewed By Nisswatraveler - Nisswa MN

Ok- I think Rudy's is expensive for what you get. Interesting decor, fun atmosphere, nice people. We have tried it several times just to be sure. This last time, it seemed really expensive for lunch- one brisket plate with beans (blah), one brisket sandwich with potato salad and two medium drinks. Over $25.00. Expensive in my mind for what we got. I feel like tow people should be able to do lunch for less than $20 when there is not tip in the mix. There are other placed is Corpus where the meat is equally good and the sides are better. Just me.....

8. Atomic Omlette and Grill

6313 Wooldridge Rd Ste 10, Corpus Christi, TX 78414-2921 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 361-334-3942
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

Atomic Omlette and Grill

Reviewed By Brian C

Great omelette! You have to order at a counter, so I gave you guys a 4. But quality food and tasty to boot! Go and eat here everyone else is.

9. Black Diamond Oyster Bar

418 Nas Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418-3252 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Highchairs Available American, Seafood, Bar Lunch, Dinner +1 361-353-4210
Excellent
77%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 65 reviews

Black Diamond Oyster Bar

Reviewed By cdenoi - Madison, South Dakota

While staying on base we chatted with fellow RV’ers and asked for recommendations. One was Black Diamond and we weren’t disappointed! We sat at the outside bar on a Saturday evening and were treated to music and a relaxed atmosphere. Our bartender/server, Aimy, was fabulous; she was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about the food. We had Oysters New Orleans (a special), jalapeño crab balls, ago tuna and queso shrimp dip. All were amazing; flavorful and well presented...we will be back!

10. Saltwater Grill

2401 Cimarron Blvd Ste 101, Corpus Christi, TX 78414-3424 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 361-993-7258
Excellent
54%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 220 reviews

Saltwater Grill

Reviewed By JOHN BERNARD S

Have visited several times.
Will return soon.
Been dieting and avoiding fried foods, don’t care for fish baked or steamed so I have not been lately.
All food is good but the biggest treat is the unending chips served. They are really something!
You got to try!

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