Harrison's Landing is one of several restaurants participating in Dine Downtown from January 19-28, 2018.

It’s summer in Corpus Christi and all we want is a sunny day with family and friends – and maybe even a good margarita.

One of the great things about living in the Sparkling City by the sea is the beautiful views of Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

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In no particular order, we’ve compiled a list of the best restaurants overlooking the coastal bend.

The Republic of Texas

If you can afford to indulge in the Republic of Texas on the top floor of the Omni Hotel, we recommend driving there for the best views of the sunset over the bay.

900 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Hester at the South Texas Art Museum

Order a glass of wine or a mimosa and enjoy the view of the Corpus Christi port. You might even spot a dolphin or two in the water.

1902 N. Shoreline Blvd.

The yard arm

This one is a must! Locals love the romantic atmosphere and the view of Corpus Christi Bay.

4310 Ocean Drive

The crowd at dinner in the yard arm.

Harrison’s Landing

When visiting the T-Heads, Harrison’s Landing is a good place to take a break, have a cocktail and take in the views of the Corpus Christi Marina.

108 Peoples St. T-Head

Moondog Seaside Eatery in Rockport-Fulton

This Rockport restaurant was newly remodeled after Hurricane Harvey and has a lovely outdoor area overlooking Rockport Harbor. Locals say they even perfected a way to keep the pesky seagulls from ruining the food.

100 N. Casterline Drive in Fulton

Mikel Mays

If you’re spending a hot summer day on the beach near Bob Hall Pier, Mikel May’s is a must.

15820 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi

Laguna Reef Restaurant

This restaurant in Flour Bluff is good value, we enjoy the casual atmosphere, the beautiful view – think Snoopy’s but from the other side of Laguna Madre – and the food is good too.

Oh, and they will cook your catch when you bring it in.

4242 Laguna Shores Road

Snoopy’s Pier

Are you really from Corpus Christi if you haven’t been to Snoopy’s Pier?

13313 S. Padre Island Drive

Pier 99

Live music. Great food and some of the best views of the USS Lexington Museum on the bay.

2822 N Shoreline Blvd.

Virginia is on the bay in Port Aransas

If you’re enjoying the ferry ride to Port Aransas, indulge in Virginia’s on the Bay for some of the best views of the Corpus Christi and Aransas Canals.

815 Trout St., Port Aransas

Fajitaville

Spend the day on North Beach with friends and family, indulging in a margarita in Fajitaville. The views make for good Instagram stories too!

221 S. Hotel Pl.

Don’t you see your favorite spot on this list? Email me at [email protected] and tell me why you love it.

Natalia Contreras is the entertainment reporter for Caller-Times. And while she doesn’t claim to be a culinary expert – and can’t cook to save her life – she loves eating and dining with friends and family. Follow her on Twitter: @CallerNatalia

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