South Padre Island Restaurants

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    Pier 19: Felt like a Tourist Trap

    by lisa85202 Written Apr 14, 2012

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    I was disappointed in this restaurant, there was a salesman at the front of our hotel selling tour tickets, he recommended this restaurant to us, for a casual place to eat- and gave us a coupon.

    It is behind the KOA on the water, but I was not impressed with the atmosphere...or the food. More of an attraction here, is that they will cook fish that you catch in the area.

    The kids enjoyed the pirate hats..that's about it...

    Favorite Dish: No favorites, I wasn't impressed.

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    Amberjacks: Enjoy the patio

    by lisa85202 Written Apr 14, 2012

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    We visited this restaurant at an off hour, late in the afternoon with the kids for a lunch out on the patio. I love the atmosphere of this place, both inside and out. Gorgeous views of the bay~ a great place to relax and have a beer.

    This was the moment where I thought to myself....wow...I really DONT miss work!!

    Favorite Dish: Honestly, I can't remember what I ate here, I visted this restaurant prior to being a VT member, so I didn't take notes!!

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  • Fish Bones: You Catch It, They'll Cook It - $7.99

    by smh81107 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This place was a lot of fun. We departed on our bay fishing voyage from here. When we came back, they cleaned, fileted, and cooked our fish for $7.99 a person.

    This is really good food that you wouldn't find anywhere else.

    Favorite Dish: haha...funny you ask....it was the fish I caught...a Pompano

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    Amberjacks Bar & Grill: Good food out!

    by rsleisk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Good food and service. Great view of the bay, especially at sunset. The interior is cooly decorated with all sorts of beach paraphenilia. There is a pier you walk out on. There is a place you can rent jet skis and plenty of sea gulls to feed.

    Favorite Dish: Good pasta dish.

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    Amberjacks Lunch and Dinner: Casual Bay Front Dining

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Amberjack's Lunch & Dinner

    The excellent bayside location of this tropical-theme bar and grill, along with the slick brochure, ,made us eager to try Amberjack's for dinner. We had a good table with a great view of the sunset over the Laguna Madre. However, the service was not as attentive as we would have liked.

    Favorite Dish: I had the fried seafood platter, and Karen a shrimp with pasta dish. Both of us thought our meals to be mediocre, especially for the price we paid. It was not that the food was exactly poor, it was just not exceptional, in a setting that deserved much better.

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    Fish Bones Pier & Grill: Out of the Ordinary Seafood

    by TexasDave Updated Jul 31, 2009

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    This restaurant sits out on the end of a pier in the Laguna Madre. It has a lively bar and smallish restaurant area. There is usually some live entertainment on weekend evenings.

    UPDATE: The restaurant has changed ownership and is now called Pier 19. I haven't tried it and can't comment on the current menu.

    Favorite Dish: There are several items on the menu above and beyond the normal seafood offered by most restaurants.

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    Bigo's Bar & Grill: Tex-Mex at It's Best

    by TexasDave Updated Jul 31, 2009

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    The inside of this restaurant is very quaint- it resembles a courtyard of an old Mexican Colonial house. Very informal but excellent Tex-Mex food.

    UPDATE: This Bigo's has closed and a different restaurant occupies the building which I haven't tried. The original Bigo's in Brownsville is still open in Brownsville at 464 Paredes Line Rd. The fajitas they serve make it worth the drive.

    Favorite Dish: Several varieties of fajitas are the best choice- especially the ones covered with mushrooms and cheese!

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  • The Windjammer Cafe: Best View on Island

    by islandprincess15 Written Dec 21, 2008

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    You must go to the Radisson's Windjammer Rest. with its glass walls it has the best view. Very affordable too. Weather is great it is Dec 20 and 80 degrees today. Welcome to paradise!

    Favorite Dish: Mexican Food buffet with beef and chicken fajitas, chef on hand, enchiladas, rice, beans, salsa, etc. are the best!

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  • Louis Backyard: Overpriced Everything and Bad Service

    by smh81107 Written Jul 13, 2008

    I ordered a frozen margarita and my husband ordered a beer (mug size). It cost us $18 for two drinks. I would not recommend eating or drinking here despite the romantic atmosphere. The buffet was upstairs and it was $19.99 per person.

    Way overpriced for the quality and service

    Favorite Dish: n/a

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  • Pirates Landing: Best Seafood anywhere

    by smh81107 Written Jul 13, 2008

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    This is the best restaurant we ate at during our stay on South Padre Island. We held our wedding reception here and everyone loved it. The service was exceptionally good and they had a table set up exactly where I had requested it.

    I would drive 13 hours back to South Padre just to eat here.

    It's a fun family atmosphere and the tables are exceptionally roomy

    Before you leave, be sure to sign up for the deep sea and/or bay fishing. The fishing company set up outside the restaurant were more than worth our money.

    Favorite Dish: It's hard to choose between the jalapeno stuffed shrimp and the coconut shrimp. The sauce they give you with the coconut shrimp is to die for.

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    Dirty Al's: Cheap decor, good food

    by ctietbohl Updated Mar 3, 2008

    My wife and I were definitely Not impressed with the decor in this place. But, we certainly enjoyed the food. Cheap tables and chairs, loud and crowded is how I would describe this place. But, I ordered Med. Shrimp & Oyster Basket and substituted Onion rings for the fries. My wife ordered the Large Fried Shrimp Basket, and we both got Iced Tea. We really liked the food here. But, the food came in baskets and there was no silverware. Drinks were included. I really liked the Onion Rings and we both loved the Shrimp. Total cost $22.53.

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    Daddy's Seafood & Cajun Kitchen: good eats

    by ctietbohl Written Mar 3, 2008

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    My wife ordered Fish and Shrimp w/fries and I got Wednesday daily special, Shrimp and fish w/rice. It was delicious. My wife said it was the best fish she had ever eaten. 1 Iced tea, 1 soda, 1 Shrimp & Fish, and 1 Daily Special cost $20.30.

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    Marcello's Italian Restaurant: excellent food, poor service

    by ctietbohl Written Mar 3, 2008

    Our first clue that the service was not going to be good was when the maitre d' seated us and said that he would bring us menus but didn't. Our waiter brought us water and asked us if we wanted to see the wine list. We said no, so he asked us if we were ready to order. It was then that he noticed we had no menus. After he brought us the menus and we ordered Steak and Shrimp for my wife and Fried Shrimp for myself, he asked what we wanted to drink and my wife said the water was fine and I ordered iced tea. After eating our salads, which were very good, I again asked for Iced tea, which was eventually brought. My wife's steak was cooked correctly, medium well, and her shrimp were excellent, but the veggies were cooked al dente. That's French for raw but warm. My fried shrimp were a little tough, but tasted great. My spaghetti with marinara sauce was very good and the bread was very good, also. My wife never got a refill on her water, so she had to drink mine. The total for the meal was $30.20.

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    NEW WAVE - sign says International Buffet: don't make our mistake

    by ctietbohl Written Mar 3, 2008

    My wife and I went to Brownsville, TX to do some sightseeing. We looked for a place to eat that was pretty crowded because we find if a lot of people eat there it must be good. Bad Mistake this time. This place had the worst food we ate on our trip. It is buffet style dining. My wife had diarrhea soon after leaving the restaurant. I had only one plate, and tried to pick only hot food, so I had no ill effects. Two buffets $14.05. without drinks

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    Blackbeard's Restaurant: outdoor seating while you wait for a table

    by ctietbohl Written Mar 2, 2008

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    This restaurant was always busy when we drove by it. We ate there Monday night. Everyone sits or stands outside while waiting for a table inside. We had to wait about 20 to 30 minutes during the off season, but you will probably wait considerably longer during the weekends or during the high season. My wife and I ordered Onion Rings for an appetizer, and both of us thought they were very good. We both ordered the Monday special, which was Fried Shrimp. Our shrimp, salads and baked potato were very good, and the service was OK. Two iced teas, an appetizer, and two Specials cost $28.31.

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