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Dean's South of the Border

130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
941-575-6100
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Ranked #10 of 132 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $4 - $18
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Mexican
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: Dean's South of the Border has been a local favorite since 1992, family owned & operated it offers something for everyone from Tex Mex to classic American favorites. Dean's offers indoor/outdoor dining, entertainment 7 days a week, full sports bar, kids menu, happy hour, early bird, daily specials and late night menu.

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English first
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Looking for a quick dinner on Friday night with my sister and brother in law. The plates were huge the beer was cold and the music was live. What more could you ask for?

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44 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I find the food is enjoyable American – Mexican fare. So nothing to complain about particularly there. If you like sitting outside at night having music and just generally upbeat and fun atmosphere this is a great place for that.

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37 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Restraunt has great early bird menu and live entertainment. You can sit out or eat in and you will find good parking out back. Friendly wait staff and cold beer.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

I rented a banquet hall through deans, they also did my catering and bar. Horrible service from the woman in charge of the hall(she has now been fired). She went through our dressing room and through our bags. We had almost 50 extra servings of food which we paid for that they would not let us have. They claimed it... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Excellent Mexican food from start to finish (well, don't know about desert because I was to full) but the rest was delicious! The waitress was very attentive and the live music was awesome! Kapo Kings is the best! I will be back here again for sure. The menu is so varied that there were excellent choices for every taste.(I just... More 

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Dean S, General Manager at Dean's South of the Border, responded to this review

Wow...thank you! Sounds like you had a fabulous evening. I am glad it was an all around good experience. I too love the Kapo Kings. We look forward to serving you again on one of your evenings out! Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border, GM More 

Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We had fish tacos . They were ok, the sauce is very very hot and we should have been warned. The waitress informed us after we ate that we could have had a different sauce. They need to serve some kind of cole slaw withy these because they were really bland .

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Dean S, General Manager at Dean's South of the Border, responded to this review

Thank you for your detailed review on trip advisor. We look to our patrons for their comments. You are right the diablo sauce served with the fish tacos is very hot. I will give a friendly reminder to the servers to let our customers know. We appreciate your feedback and we look forward to seeing you the next time. Sincerely,... More 

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

I thought we were going to a Mexican restaurant.... they served Mexican food, but they also served everything else under the sun. I read the reviews and viewed the pictures.... that's why we went to this spot on our second night in town. The Chile Rellenos tasted like they were fried in old rancid oil, too bad, as the stuffing... More 

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Dean S, General Manager at Dean's South of the Border, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to review us on trip advisor. You are right we do have a large menu. In most cases our menu seems to please most everybody. I am sorry that we fell short on your chili relleno. The fajitas are one of our most popular dishes, I am sorry that we did not impress you.... More 

Belleville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

indoor, outdoor "porch" and patio. Great Mexican food, cold beer, great prices. Very casual, lots of locals, happy staff.

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Dean S, General Manager at Dean's South of the Border, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the nice review. We love hearing from customers, and we really love hearing from customers when they just had a good time all around. Glad you enjoyed the food and so happy you enjoyed our amazing staff. We can't wait to see you all again. Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border, GM More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We had a great experience at Deans South of the Border yesterday. The chicken fajitas were the best we've had anywhere! Everything was fresh, tasty, and memorable! We will definitely visit them again when we are in town.

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Dean S, General Manager at Dean's South of the Border, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the very nice review on trip advsor. We love to hear when we hit the mark across the board for our customers. Fajitas are one of my personal favorites as well. We look forward to seeing from you the next time you are in town. Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border, GM More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Stayed in Punta Gorda Jan.7th to the 13th ate at Deans several times.The food was excellent as well as the drinks and entertainment. We will be back.

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Dean S, General Manager at Dean's South of the Border, responded to this review

We are so glad that you came to visit beautiful Punta Gorda and while here you made many visits to Deans! We are happy to hear that you also got to enjoy some of our entertainment at night. We are also so happy to hear you enjoyed all your meals. We look forward to seeing you the next time you... More 

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Additional Information about Dean's South of the Border

Address: 130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Phone Number: 941-575-6100
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Punta Gorda
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 4 - 18
Cuisine: American, Mexican

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