Corpus Christi is filled with restaurants that cater to everyone’s taste buds, but what if we told you there are some places that also cater to the dead?

Even if you’ve visited these eateries a dozen times, you may have never heard of the ghostly tales that occur before and after hours.

Ghostly apparitions, unexplained footsteps and mischievous spirits that like to mess with guests make these restaurants places to satisfy not only your stomach, but your hunger for “the unknown.”

Blackbeard’s on the Beach

3117 Surfside Blvd., North Beach Corpus Christi

Blackbeard's on the Beach

Over the years, Blackbeard’s on the Beach has become a top seafood destination for tourists. But for paranormal enthusiasts, it has earned another title: one of the most haunted places in Corpus Christi.

Since opening its doors in 1991, a mischievous ghost has been reported to sometimes taunt and haunt the staff and owners of Blackbeard’s, according to the restaurant’s website.

The mysterious poltergeist is said to open doors spontaneously, play with salt shakers, move chairs and start and stop video tapes. It has even followed the owners home every now and then.

In September 2008, on the day after Hurricane Ike made landfall on the Gulf Coast, the restaurant’s general manager discovered loud music playing inside the eatery and an empty shot glass sitting at the bar. No one had visited the restaurant the night before, the website states.

Want to dine here? Blackbeard’s on the Beach is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit Blackbeard’s on the Beach on Facebook or call 361-884-1030.

Pier 99

2822 N Shoreline Blvd., North Beach Corpus Christi

Pier 99 is located on North Beach in Corpus Christi.

This restaurant on North Beach is the perfect seafood stop in between visits to the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium.

But it’s also a great place to enjoy some haunted history. 

While some visitors have reported ghostly encounters at Pier 99 over the years, it is not clear if this eatery is truly haunted.

Max Lennox, the restaurant’s general manager, said while he hasn’t personally heard any tales of ghosts haunting the decades-old pier restaurant, the land it sits on does have an eerie past.

More than a hundred years ago, North Beach was a bustling area for tourists, but was nearly wiped out by the 1919 Hurricane.

According to Caller-Times archives, by the time the storm made landfall, North Beach, which was only 5 feet above sea level, was completely submerged during the storm surge. 

The Judge Henry McDonald home on North Beach and the Spohn Sanitarium on North Beach (which is where the Texas State Aquarium is now located), were two of only three buildings that survived the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi.

Want to dine here? Pier 99 is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. For more information, visit Pier 99 on Facebook or call 361-887-0764.

The Mess Deck Cafe

2914 N. Shoreline Blvd.

The Mess Deck Cafe is located at Hangar Bay 3 inside the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay in Corpus Christi.

This eatery, which is located inside the USS Lexington, isn’t just the perfect place to get a snack at the museum, but also a great spot for ghostly sailors.

Bill Miller, volunteer and paranormal tour guide at the Lexington, said he has heard reports from damage control members of hearing noises like shouting, and seeing shadow figures running across the hangar near the cafeteria after hours.