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Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar

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1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6402
+1 956-761-1314
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16:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 16:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had a wonderful New Year's Eve dinner here. The service was great. The bartender made excellent chocolate martinis. Our waiter was fun and the food was great. The clam chowder needed some more meat rather than potatoes but other than that everything was great.

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Thank Loukas9
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I'm so happy to know what a fantastic New Year's celebration you had with us! The fact that you spent your evening here is sincerely an honor, and I'm glad to know that your meal and service were both a big hit. Thanks for everything -- I hope we get to see you both again some time soon! All the... More 

Moline, Illinois
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Many years ago my husband and I would "treat" ourselves to a restaurant called Scampi's when we visited South Texas. We were saddened one trip to learn that Scampi's was closed and have been looking for a replacement ever since. We have finally found one in Sea Ranch. Excellent food and service give you the feel of fine dining, but... More 

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Thank ChiefForever
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I am absolutely thrilled and honored to have become a go-to spot for you and your husband while visiting South Texas! The fact that your Shrimp Bisque was such a big hit means the world, along with the rest of your meal as well. And of course, it's truly great to see that Jerry took such great care of you... More 

Modesto, California
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142 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We sat in the bar while we waited for a table, we only had to wait about 15 minutes, they do not take reservations. The bar area was very nice and roomy with lots of bar space and tables. We ordered the GENERAL HECTOR, which was gulf flounder and shrimp, both pan-grilled. We ordered Diane sauce for the flounder, it... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

It is a real honor to have received your glowing recommendation! I'm so happy to see that your General Hector was such a big hit, and it's especially flattering that the scalloped potatoes here are actually the best you've ever had! I really cannot thank you enough for sharing your great experience, and I'll certainly be sure to pass your... More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Recommended as a good place to celebrate an anniversary...so right! Beautifully decorated gives an intimate ambiance. Seafood was amazing! Better restaurant, little pricey....well worth it!

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Thank Nicole B
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I am truly honored that you decided to come celebrate your special night with us, Nicole! It sincerely means the world to know that everything about your experience was so wonderful, and I cannot thank you enough for sharing your story with everybody. It's truly appreciated, and I hope we get to see you again very soon! All the best,... More 

Fairfax, Virginia
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

One of the better restaurants on the island. Good seafood. Ok for families. A bit overpriced for the food quality.

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Thank Jimfisch
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming by, Jim. It really means a lot to know that we stand out among the options that the island offers, and I truly appreciate you sharing your experience with everyone. I hope we get to see you again some time for the true five-star treatment! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Denver, Colorado
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43 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Family of 2 adults and 2 children will cost you between $120.00 to $200.00. Nice place to dine after a dolphin cruise. Good service and fresh ingredient. However seafood selections are somewhat limited and a little over priced. But they were good enough. Will I go back? Maybe. Oh by the way, even though we (2 adults and 2 kids)... More 

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Thank Don P
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I'm happy to see that you and your family had a good time and enjoyed a pleasant post-dolphin cruise meal, Don! It's especially wonderful to know that our wait staff and fresh ingredients made a good impression, although I apologize if the shared plate fee was unexpected. We certainly have no problem with groups sharing food as opposed to ordering... More 

Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

After a lengthy drive to the island, this restaurant was suggested, and the first night...excellent. The second night the food was also excellent, but the waiter was a bit over the top.

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Thank wildoldeman
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I'm honored to know that we were recommended to you, and even more thrilled to see what a hit your meals were! Thank you so much for making us part of your fun-filled South Padre adventure -- we all hope to have you back again some time! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

After a private dolphin watch trip, we headed to Sea Ranch. The seafood enchiladas were pretty good. I recommend them. But I loved the drinks even more! If I wasn't driving I would have drunk many more that night. LOL.

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Thank Regs4
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I'm so happy to see what a hit your drinks were, and it's also wonderful that our enchiladas earned your recommendation! Thank you so much for making us part of your Padre adventure -- we can't wait to see you again! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Our first night on SPI we stopped here. The atmosphere was relaxing. The view overlooked the bay. My fiance had the tuna steak and I had the grouper, both dishes were delicious. The scallop potatoes was eating a desert.

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Thank Alan S
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I'm so thrilled to know that you and your fiance had such a fantastic meal, Alan! The fact that the tuna steak and grouper were both a big hit means the world, and I truly appreciate you sharing your experience with everyone. I hope we get the chance to have you both back again some time soon! All the very... More 

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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

I had the shrimp scampi and it was best I ever had Kay had steak and it was also great Probably the best dinner in the area James and Kay from port lavaca

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Thank jamesandkay24
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I am truly excited to know that you both had such a stellar meal, James! The fact that the shrimp scampi and steak were both such a big hit is fantastic, and I can't thank you enough for sharing your kind words and recommendation with everyone. I truly hope that we get to see you both here again some time... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
16:30 - 21:00
Monday
16:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
16:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
16:30 - 21:00
Thursday
16:30 - 21:00
Friday
16:30 - 22:00
Saturday
16:30 - 22:00
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
Description
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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