Most people don’t associate Texas with beautiful bodies of water, so waterfront restaurants are the last things on our minds when we’re looking for new places to try while away on a family trip. Even though our lakes and beaches might not be the clearest or bluest, there’s a certain ambiance that goes along with eating by the water – regardless of what it looks like. These eight restaurants impeccably make use of what they have to work with, and their amazing food combined with the breathtaking views will give you an experience you’ll never forget.
1. The Spot (Galveston)
This is one of the most popular hangout spots on the island, and for good reason. It has the main restaurant, a few bars, and a dessert parlor all on the same property. With views like this and some delicious burgers and seafood, you just can't go wrong.
2. The Oasis on Lake Travis (Austin)
Eating killer Mexican food and sippin' on margaritas is already a good time, but adding this view into the mix takes things to a whole 'nother level.
3. Charlotte Plummer's Seafare Restaurant (Rockport)
Come relax upstairs and enjoy some delicious fried shrimp, seafood gumbo, stuffed flounder, and hush puppies while you gaze out at the beautiful Rockport marina. It doesn't get much better than that.
4. Pier 19 (South Padre)
The crystal blue water surrounding South Padre Island is easily the most beautiful water in Texas, so dining on some freshly caught fish while you admire the views is a perfect way to spend an evening. Bonus points if you go at sunset.
5. Bella on the River (San Antonio)
The River Walk is probably the most popular tourist destination in the state. There are amazing restaurants, authentic Mexican clothing and antique shops, and the lively Latin culture is invigorating. Bella's amazing Mediterranean food is a nice change from all the Tex-Mex (okay, it's impossible to get tired of chips and queso, but you get the idea), and the romantic view of the illuminated river rippling with waves from passing gondolas can't be beat.
6. Flying Dutchman Restaurant & Oyster Bar (Kemah)
Kemah is a fun place to take the whole family for a day of games, rides, sightseeing, and, of course, food! Dine on some delicious oysters while you look out on the bay and hear the peaceful sounds of seagulls and children at play. A perfect day, if I do say so myself.
7. Ski Shores Cafe (Austin)
There never seems to be an end to the hidden gems in Austin. From beautiful hikes to crystal clear waters, you could go somewhere new every day and still not see everything in your lifetime. Ski Shores is one of these gems - the burgers, fried okra, and sandwiches might seem like pretty run-of-the-mill options, but they're to die for, and this view makes them that much better.
8. RiverBend Restaurant (Karnack)
East Texas folks, this one's for you. Enjoy your frog legs, hush puppies, and fried catfish in style while you sit out on this covered patio surrounded by the only natural lake in the state of Texas.
Well, what are you waiting for? It IS almost summer, after all.