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Dean's South of the Border

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130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
+1 941-575-6100
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6:30 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Dean's South of the Border has been a local favorite since 1992, family...
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. There's always a party going on at Dean's!
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  • 227
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  • 168
    Very good
  • 60
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Would go again

Only stopped for a drink, wish we would've gotten food. It looked and smelled like my favorite Mexican restaurant from home. It's very open, nicely decorated. They had a live band which was pretty good. I got a drink called the Watermelon Crawl. If I would've had more than one, I think I would've... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Kaitiekazoo
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Niagara Falls, New York
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  • Bar scene
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Grand Bahama Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Not wanting to ride out a tropical storm or hurricane or whatever Erika turns out to be on Grand Bahama. I caught a flight back to Florida. Since the east coast of Florida was a possible target as well, I thought I would check out the gulf coast of Florida and landed in Punta Gorda. Dean's was located next to... More 

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Stopped for lunch and had the best fajitas I have ever had! The margaritas were very good. They have outside seating at their bar with entertainment. We ate inside as it was hot.

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Niagara Falls, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Only stopped for a drink, wish we would've gotten food. It looked and smelled like my favorite Mexican restaurant from home. It's very open, nicely decorated. They had a live band which was pretty good. I got a drink called the Watermelon Crawl. If I would've had more than one, I think I would've crawled out of there!!

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Valparaiso, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Fun time eating fajitas and nachos. Live band was enjoyable and everyone was having fun dancing and drinking and just relaxing.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review us on trip advisor. In a nut shell you described Deans perfectly. It is a laid back comfortable place to dine and enjoy music and each others company. We are glad you enjoyed your time and we look forward to your next visit. Again thank you! Sincerely. Carrie Dillow Deans South of... More 

Sarasota, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Went for dinner, I had chicken fajitas , portion was huge, served with rice, beans and all the fixings. Delicious! My husband had the prime rib sandwich with fries. He said it was amazing! Service outstanding too! This is our third visit in a month. The only bad thing , we're always too full for dessert!!

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

Thank you so much for your nice review on trip advisor. Both dishes you mentioned happen to be two of my husband and I's as well. The portions are plentiful here I must agree. I might suggest to you on one of your visits and that is to share the fajitas in order for you to have room for our... More 

New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Stopped into Dean's South of the Border restaurant for lunch on our way to Cape Coral. What a surprise. Excellent place. Great outside dinning are, but since we went there in August we decided to eat inside. It was a little busy, but the wait staff was excellent. Very friendly, and professional. I ordered the Guacamole Queso Cajun Burger. If... More 

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

Perfect, Just perfect. Glad we were able to please you. We love first timers and we are so glad you enjoyed your burger! You are right that burger definitely needs a few extra napkins :) We look forward to seeing you the next time you are in the Punta Gorda area! Thank you for taking the time to review us... More 

Chaska, Minnesota
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

cheap beers, great live music and lots of fun to socialize. Their drinks are poured nice and strong.

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

Thank you for coming to trip advisor and speaking so nicely of us. We are glad we are keeping you happy and we look forward to your next visit! Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border, GM More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Our "go to" restaurant when we want good Mexican! Beats any chain! Been coming here for years and always bring friends! A+ service

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

We love these kind of reviews!!!! We love our locals and seeing their face time and time again. We are glad we keep you coming back and we look forward to seeing you in the very near future. Thank you for coming to trip advisor and reviewing us. Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border, GM More 

Sarasota
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The welcoming smiles from the pretty girls are genuine and the subtle aroma of mesquite chips smoking in the kitchen has me drooling. Having spent a few years in southern Texas I consider myself an expert on getting Mesquite flavor just right. Our waitress confessed that the layout of the menu wasn't clear cut but it only took her a... More 

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

Hello and thank you for the beautiful review. I have to say when I saw the rating my heart dropped. The first thing I do every morning is come to trip advisor to see how we are doing for all of you! I had a 1 star rating for this review. I started reading it and it is one of... More 

London
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50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We visited Dean's on Friday evening, August 14, 2015. Three of us chose the daily special of steak and shrimp, all cooked as requested and delicious. One had the pork and ribs and really enjoyed it. Our server excelled herself. The prices are really good and the portions are generous. We all went outside afterwards and had a really enjoyable... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to review us. Your review is exactly what we shoot for each time somebody walks through our doors. We hope you had a nice visit in beautiful Punta Gorda and we look forward to your next visit here so we can Welcome you again. Once again, Thank you!!! Sincerely,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Punta Gorda
  • Phone Number: +1 941-575-6100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

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. There's always a party going on at Dean's!
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 2:00 am
Monday
6:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
6:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
6:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
6:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
6:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
6:30 am - 2:00 am

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