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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: Late Night Food, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, 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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  • 196
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  • 153
    Very good
  • 54
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Big menu, good food!

Dean's is a great location! The outdoor seating is nice. Good live music! I've had breakfast and lunch there many times! The food is always good, and they have a varied and vibrant menu selection with some great recipes that you can't get anywhere else in the area! My only small complaint is that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Antoinina P
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Chatham, Ontario
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This long time regular "watering hole" finally slipped off my personal radar in 2015. I've never been a fan of the patio, and prefer the inside booths. I'm not interested in music - I come for food. But the food is no longer the draw it once was. Many reviews here say "authentic Mexican" but I find it less so... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

it's okay, not a favorite of ours.big menu, but not a fan of this place. and the car exhaust from the outdoors eating can really put a damper on your food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Dean's is a great location! The outdoor seating is nice. Good live music! I've had breakfast and lunch there many times! The food is always good, and they have a varied and vibrant menu selection with some great recipes that you can't get anywhere else in the area! My only small complaint is that I've never had fantastic service as... 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 giving such a detailed review on trip advisor. We look to all of our patrons to help us grow in a positive direction. Sounds like in most areas we are hitting the mark for you. I apologize if service was not as friendly as it should be. We try to make each person feel as... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Great Mexican food. Can't seem to find decent Mexican in u.k so will always try it when in u.s. Good food, ok service, massive portions and reasonable prices.

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

We are glad you were able to find your way to Deans while visiting. So glad you enjoyed your meal and your time. We look forward to you visiting again when you are in Punta Gorda again. Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border, GM More 

Port Charlotte, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The most authentic mexican restaurant around. Staff has been there for years and can descibe all dishes for new comers. seating is available outside aloong with music most nights. Their seafood fajitas are outstanding, my favorite.

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

Thank you so much for coming to trip advisor and speaking of your visit at Deans. We do have a long time staff here we are glad they were able to guide you in a direction that worked for you. We do have live music 7 nights a week and also on Sat and Sun from 1 to 5. We... More 

Petersburg, IL
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I love flan in Mexican restaurants, but Dean's has bread pudding instead - to die for and very reasonable. Food is good, but wish they served chips and salsa at the beginning of the meal, as most places do. That's why the 4 rather than 5.

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

Thank you for choosing Deans for dinner. Sounds like everything went well. We are glad you were able to enjoy our homemade bread pudding. It is one of my personal favorites. In regards to the chips. Our philosophy is to offer chips and homemade salsa at a minimal charge to those who want them and not incorporate that cost into... More 

Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We heard a lot of great things about this restaurant and stopped in to grab some dinner. The menu has quite a variety as it does have Mexican food but has a lot of other items to choose from as well from burgers to sandwiches, steaks, salads, pork and everything in between. We sat outside was it was such a... More 

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

Thank you for the very detailed review. We are glad after hearing about us you decided to try us. Sounds like you all had a good time. We try hard to keep our music to a comfortable level, in the event you are here and it seems to loud please let a manager know and we will address the issue... More 

Fort Myers, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Varied live music, Tex-Mex menu, loud, noisy, fun, attentive wait staff, reasonable prices. Great for just relaxing and having fun. Inside restaurant just OK but quick & clean. Breakfast too! Don't expect to put on any "airs" here - just stop by and enjoy

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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. Sounds like you had a great time. We do have live music 7 nights a week and music during the day on the weekends. As you mentioned the inside air conditioned area is a quieter and smoke free area for all those looking for something different than an... More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Been there twice. Cool set-up and good food with generous portions but the drinks are WEAK and the evening crowd was just the nastiest.

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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. Our standard at Deans is to consistently serve a well poured and responsible drink. Deans is open to our local and tourist population to meet the needs of everybody. We are in hopes that you will reconsider your choice and try us again. Sincerely, Carrie Dillow 'Deans South... More 

Florida
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Every time we eat here it is excellent. Love the drinks the serve and the live music is great. We will be back

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

Sounds like you are one of our local regulars. We want to thank you for your continued support and love. We are glad we consistently take care of you and we look forward to many more visits. Thank you for taking the time to review us on trip advisor. See you soon! Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border,... 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: 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?