Top 10 restaurants in Port Lavaca, United States

April 15, 2018 Marissa Gamble

Port Lavaca (/ləvˈɑːkə/ ( listen)) is a city in Calhoun County, located in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 12,248 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Calhoun County and part of the Victoria, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. Port Lavaca is 130 miles (210 km) southwest of Houston.
Things to do in Port Lavaca

1. Texas Traditions

234 E Main St, Port Lavaca, TX 77979-4441 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol American Lunch, Dinner +1 361-553-5555
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 94 reviews

Texas Traditions

home style cooking, bakery that offers homemade pies and ding dongs, and cheesecake factory cakes, voted best steaks in Calhoun county 2 years in row, hungry yet!

Reviewed By Dansker58 - San Francisco, California

Not many choices in Port Lavaca, but this had a lot of charm. We stopped for lunch and had the rib platter and Texas burger. Good choices and very filling. We wished we had room for pie which looked amazing. Friendly service.thank you for the kind words and happy you were so pleased, thanks again,vic,marty, and crew

2. Dairy Queen

1409 W Austin St, Port Lavaca, TX 77979-3705 +1 361-552-8970
Excellent
0%
Good
75%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
25%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By irmadavila - Richmond, Texas

Rude manager, Hispanic female. Had sign posted outside of 1.50 blizzard with meal. She was mopping floor and as we placed order she told employees blizzards were longer on sale menu. So we continued to order she stated again. We don't have that anymore (burrito). She continued mopping and splashing mop around area. We cancelled order and left restaurant. She was very rude.
We were on vacation from out of town...

3. Shellfish Sports Bar & Grille

2615 N. Highway 35, Port Lavaca, TX 77979 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 16 - SGD 39 +1 361-552-5300
Excellent
39%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
10%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 140 reviews

Shellfish Sports Bar & Grille

Nestled away in Lavaca Bay in the friendly townof Port Lavaca, Shellfish Sports Bar & Grilleoffers a casual and relaxing atmospherefor locals and visitors alike.Our FoodSourcing our seafood from the Gulf, Caribbean, North Atlantic, and Pacific Ocean we aim to provide you with the freshest product available. Working with local purveyors and fisheries throughout, we pledge to provide you with product that pays tribute and respect to the hard working men and women who fish and work these waters.Our BarFrom Conroe to Fredericksburg we embrace the local flavors of Texas breweries with a variety craft beers. In conjunction, refreshing cocktails and the friendliest bartenders in Port Lavaca.

Reviewed By richard l

Stopped for lunch. Seafood rest. art deco design?? Lunch special bbq chicken, chicken salad, crab salad por boy, all items $11. Why so much chicken at a seafood rest. Everything too expensive!! If I wanted a por boy I would go to Subway for $6. I would not recommend this place.

4. La Antigua

737 N. Hwy 35, Port Lavaca, TX 77979 Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Latin, Spanish Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 361-552-7764
Excellent
53%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
9%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 53 reviews

La Antigua

A really great restaurant with a very low publicity profile in a town with generally poor restaurant choices. You should add this one.

Reviewed By LordyAlmighty - Port Lavaca, Texas

Now called La Antigua, has great service, amazing food, and reasonable prices!! Food portions are large and delicious. The place was busy, yet still attentive. Very clean and friendly environment. We've been here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all were very good!! Can't choose a favorite!

5. The Green Iguana

137 E Main St, Port Lavaca, TX 77979-4438 Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff American, Delicatessen Lunch, Dinner +1 361-552-3861
Excellent
40%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

The Green Iguana

Reviewed By peggy d - Telluride, Colorado

Friendly funky atmosphere. Good burgers and chicken salad. Eat at counter, booth or table, Talk to your server. Where locals have met as long as I've been going to Port LaVaca. Owner, Justin is wealth of knowledge. If J.C. Melcher, who owns the hardware store across the street is there, you will learn even more. The hardware store should be listed as a tourist attraction itself

6. Art's Fish House

711 South Hwy 35 Bypass, Port Lavaca, TX Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, American Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
45%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
11%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 35 reviews

Art's Fish House

Reviewed By ChristyTerwilliger - Sneads Ferry, North Carolina

We went yesterday for dinner and we're really looking forward to eating there since my family has been there several times and has raved about it.

We were seated and got drinks not too long after. Ordered two appetizers and a cup of gumbo. Got first appetizer quick, gumbo came probably 15 minutes later, the shrimp appetizer came right before our entrees(only because we finally asked where it was). The first appetizer boudin balls were not flavorful, the gumbo was awful(bad flavor, not sure if it was scorched), shrimp appetizer was fine.

We finally got our entrees fried shrimp(good), cheeseburger(good, fries were cold), flounder(good, but not flounder), blue crabs(still frozen in center).

I said to the person we paid the bill with and our waitress that this was the worst meal experience we've had during our vacation. They both put blame on the large party of about 25 that was there at the same time as us. That was a very poor excuse, being that it was a Friday night. Hopefully management takes note and tries to correct some of these problems! (And we did understand that they were busy, but our experience all around was not a pleasant one!)

7. Wagon Train Restaurant

145 State Highway 35 N, Port Lavaca, TX 77979-2242 Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 361-552-3056
Excellent
22%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Wagon Train Restaurant

Reviewed By FoxTravelers - San Antonio, Texas

If looking for a good place to have lunch while in town this is the place -- service fast, good prices and food is good, especially the burgers and lunch specials. Many locals frequent this place for lunch so always a good sign.

8. Buc-ee's

2318 W Main St, Port Lavaca, TX 77979-3648
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 5 reviews

Buc-ee's

Reviewed By E R

This is my favorite place to get breakfast burriots, much bettter than the bigger Buccee in Wharton ( or the one is Sugsar land, or waller)

I am only talking about breakfast burriots since this is a small place and not too many food option. You get the pick what you want, and the tortillas are freshly made in front of you. Friendly staff, freshly prepared authentic food
No place to sit, to go only

9. Bayside Seafood Restaurant

2055 State Highway 35 N, Port Lavaca, TX 77979-5204 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood Lunch, Dinner +1 361-552-7177
Excellent
20%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
12%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 102 reviews

Bayside Seafood Restaurant

Reviewed By thadsmag - Kyle, Texas

Small, seafood joint. Most items are fried but they have daily specials. The waitstaff was friendly and made many suggestions. I wasn't very hungry and ended up getting a small shrimp dish that was excellent and fresh. I'd go back there if I'm ever in the area again.

10. The Red Barn

3187 S. Hwy 35, Port Lavaca, TX 77979 Delivery, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, American, Barbecue, Grill, Seafood Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 31 +1 361-550-8620
Excellent
30%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
14%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By TejasBob - Port Lavaca, Texas

Buffet with limited items. Brisket a little tough, bends plastic fork. Ice Tea has iron oxide taste. The building hasn't been used for a long time. Paper plates, plastic utensils, no tray, you may have to make a few trips to get everything to your table. Price is $16, i think $12 would be more reasonable.

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