With seafood, sushi, and burgers galore, there is no a shortage of dining options in Corpus Christi. Because new restaurants are opening frequently all over the city, Corpus Christi is becoming quite the foodie destination.

When envisioning a true Corpus Christi lunch experience, sitting on an open-air pier over the water, watching the waves as seagulls attempt to grab your french fries, is exactly what comes to mind. Mikel Mays, located a quick walk up Bob Hall Pier on North Padre Island, is just that and then some. The crew immediately makes you feel at home, there is a full bar so you can enjoy a cold one with your meal, and the broad menu has a surplus of food options ranging from shrimp tacos to chips and queso to Philly subs. A mere four-minute drive east of Mikel Mays, you will find a colorful and enjoyable spot called The Angry Marlin. Their happy hour is lengthy, lasting from 4pm to 7pm every Tuesday through Saturday, their patio is spacious, and their menu has something for everyone.

Located in the heart of downtown, Fresco opened its doors in June with an inviting and warm space with a cozy diner aesthetic. They serve Mexican fruit cups, ceviche bowls, smoothies, sandwiches and antojitos in a space that truly brings people together. While Lonches, a Mexican sandwich served on a bolillo roll with homemade chicken salad or pulled pork, is one of their specialties, they also serve plenty of delicious quick bites for on-the-go folks — perfect for a quick bite before heading to the explore the USS Lexington or the Texas State Aquarium. Nuevo Café is also a must-visit spot for a light lunch, with a sizeable list of sandwich offerings. They use all local vegetables, and everything they serve is made from scratch in their restaurant.

Water Street Sushi Room

If on the hunt for delicious sushi, the Water Street Sushi Room is a beautifully designed space, with a stunningly bright upstairs, serving up sushi rolls, nigiri, sashimi, and poké bowls. The Shoyu Salmon bowl and the Surf Candy poké bowls will enlighten your taste buds and make you want to come back for more. A little closer to the island on Ocean Drive, you will spot Yardarm Restaurant, a cozy, yellow, remodeled home by the bay that has been family-owned for 40 years. Watching the sun sink below the palm trees and the bay created an ambiance that felt otherworldly, with intricate and sophisticated seafood dishes providing us no shortage of dinner options. Their wine list is extensive, to say the least, and their open bar keeps the good vibes coming. Reservations for dinner (especially during weekend hours) are strongly encouraged if you do not want to wait. However, there are definitely worse ways to wait for a table than sitting by the water with an old fashioned in hand.

Poke Bowl at the Sushi Room-Waterstreet Market

Harrison’s Landing, on the Corpus Christi marina, is within walking distance of most hotels. The incredible waterfront views and large pet-friendly patio offers an atmosphere you will never forget. There is a vast assortment of appetizers, seafood and burgers to satisfy the hungriest of eaters.

Explore Corpus Christi

Presented by Visit Corpus Christi, Explore Corpus Christi provides an in-depth look at everything the city has to offer. From cuisine to the arts to the beaches, we’ve collected and curated recommendations to ensure a fantastic trip to the Texas Coast. Read more here.

Photos and words provided by Shelby Sorrel.