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Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar

1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6402
+1 956-761-1314
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“seafood” (135 reviews)
“shrimp” (108 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6402
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

Upscale waterfront Marina based restaurant. The service was great and the food was even better. This place is pricy, but the is worth it. I ordered the Grilled Tenderloin and Shrimp Kabobs and added a 6oz Lobster tail. I had the Tail blackened which turned...More

Thank Justin W
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2017

I am absolutely thrilled to know that you received such wonderful food and service, Justin. Reading about your experience really made my day, and I can't wait to share your kind words with the rest of our staff. Thanks for everything -- we can't wait...More

Reviewed 4 September 2017

If you're looking for fresh seafood with superb service, this is the place! We've been coming to SPI for the last few years and are always trying new places. We've learned some good ones and some sorry ones. Although the prices are moderate to high,...More

Thank Linda R
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Wow -- thank you so much, Linda! I am absolutely honored to know that we've earned the privilege of being one of your favorite South Padre spots, and I truly appreciate you sharing your kind words with everyone. Here's to hopefully seeing you again sometime...More

Reviewed 3 September 2017

I went here for my bday dinner actually. It is kinda upscale, I mean it's not the Ritz but all the servers are dressed nice, has nice aquariums around and it just kind of has an upscale feel to it. The prices are high but...More

Thank Rollz247
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

First off, happy birthday! We're flattered you'd spend your big day with us, and it's wonderful that you had such a good time. It sounds like you had the chance to try out a number of our seafood dishes, and I'm thrilled you were so...More

Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Had the Sea food enchiladas & Oysters Rock, great food & excellent services with Tim! Thanks for the awesome experience!

Thank Paul C
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2017

I'm so excited to know that you had such a great experience, Paul, and thanks for all the kind words. We can't wait to see you here again! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner

Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

First night in South Padre and looking for a good seafood restaurant and we found it. Of course I looked at the reviews here on TripAdvisor and then we set out. Excellent food!! Drinks unbelievable!! Staff top notch! Never let our drink get empty, checked...More

Thank Lysa H
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

This just made my day, Lysa. It means everything to know that your experience was so enjoyable, and I'm honored to have earned your recommendation. I truly appreciate it and hope that we get to see you here again sometime soon! All the best, Bob...More

Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Situated right on the bay, this was a great place for dinner. They had an extensive seafood menu. It was a bit pricey but the food was good. Have to admit though that the server we had was not as attentive as I would have...More

Thank Shirley R
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

I'm so glad to see that your dinner was so enjoyable, Shirley, and thanks for sharing your kind words and input. It is so important to us to make sure that every customer receives both amazing food and service, and we look forward to truly...More

Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Awesome! Friendly staff and customers. My wife doesn't like seafood but she loved the pecan encrusted shrimp. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend!More

Thank Lump68
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

I am truly honored to know that we've earned your recommendation, and thanks for all the kind words. The fact that your wife even loved our shrimp means the world, and here's to hopefully seeing you both again sometime soon! All the best, Bob Friedman,...More

Reviewed 10 August 2017

Went in July with a family of 7, had very short wait and service was quick and good. Everyone enjoyed their meals.More

Thank tootsemikayla
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

This is so great to see, and I'm thrilled to know that our staff took such great care of you and your family. Thanks so much for sharing your experience -- I hope we get to do it all over again sometime soon! Sincerely, Bob...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Receptionist sat us at the bar, and no one attended to us. They told us for 30 minutes, we waited for 40 minutes. None of the staff could help us or answer any questions about the menu. All staff kept bumping into my chair. No...More

1  Thank Juan G
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

This is certainly quite surprising to see, Juan. There is nothing that we value more here than providing stellar customer service, and I apologize that you were left with such a different impression. Our staff is more than capable of showing everyone a five-star experience,...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Last night our family ate at Sea Ranch and the food was outstanding ! One of my daughters said she thinks it was the best food she has eaten in her life. We will definitely be back when we visit SPI.

Thank Juaniter5ninos
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Wow -- thank you so much! I am beyond thrilled to see that you and your family had such an amazing experience here, and we can't wait to see you again the next time you're in town! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner

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Response from WilliamS404 | Reviewed this property |
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Response from discip1e | Reviewed this property |
We went last night. When we called, they said no reservations and no call aheads. If your party is not all there, you don't get seated. We were a party of ten. Walked up and told the wait was an hour. 5 minutes later we were... More
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Response from Debbie O | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6402
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
  • Phone Number: +1 956-761-1314
Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.
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