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Hidden away on the waterfront at the marina in Port Aransas, Harbor Lights Grill is a hidden gem that’s loved by locals. Few visitors have heard of it, but locals know where to go to find delicious seafood with a view. From seafood nachos to fried shrimp, and smoked fish dip to chili cheese burgers, the menu offers tasty options for everyone down by the water.

Harbor Lights Grill | Port Aransas Explorer

You’ll find Harbor Lights located on the right side of Woody’s Sports Center, between Woody’s and the Back Porch Bar. Just look for the small (ok tiny) sign along the wood railing to point you in the right direction. Follow the sidewalk toward the water and you’ll see the outdoor ordering window and menu board on your left.

Harbor Lights Grill | Port Aransas Explorer

Order and pick up your food at the window, grab drinks inside at Woody’s (none available at Harbor Lights), and sit down outside to enjoy the salty air and the beautiful view of the boats.

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What to order

Harbor Lights offers a great variety of food options for every member of the family. Their menu includes seafood nachos, peel and eat shrimp, shrimp po boys, blackened fish, burgers, and more. Just remember that drinks can be found inside Woody’s Sports Center during the day, or next door at Back Porch Bar at night.

Don’t let the small size of the ordering window fool you. Harbor Lights’ menu packs a big punch of flavor!

Harbor Lights Grill | Port Aransas Explorer

I’ve heard the Blackened Drum Nachos at Harbor Lights Grill are a very popular item, as are the cheese burgers. So I brought my family by one afternoon to grab some plates to go. The weather was beautiful, the area was quite busy, and the line was long, so we took our meals across the marina to Roberts Point Park to eat at the picnic tables there.

Harbor Lights Grill | Port Aransas Explorer

My parents ordered fried shrimp with hushpuppies and the rest of us ordered burgers and fries. Everything was made fresh and tasted better than we had hoped. We’ll definitely be back!

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Where it’s located

Located along the right side of Woody’s Sports Center, Harbor Lights offers only an outdoor ordering window. Seating is available outside with picnic tables along the waterfront. In the evenings, extra seating is available next door at Back Porch Bar which offers live music and bar drinks.

Harbor Lights Grill | Port Aransas Explorer

Harbor Lights Grill
136 West Cotter Avenue
Port Aransas TX 78373


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