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Dean's South of the Border

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Dean's South of the Border
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130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
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130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
941-575-6100
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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.
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Mrs
5 of 5 starsReviewed November 20, 2014
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DAndreag66
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Lakeland

Eat lunch daily! Love blue plate specials! Service is awesome! Great salads! Drinks! Mexican food too!

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Visitor rating
  • 142
    Excellent
  • 116
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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316 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Lakeland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Eat lunch daily! Love blue plate specials! Service is awesome! Great salads! Drinks! Mexican food too!

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

Thank you for trip advising on our new Blue plate specials. We have just very recently added these to our specials. We have found that our patrons love knowing what they are coming in for so we created a warm "comfort food" dish that comes with a dessert for each day of the week. It has been a huge success!... More

Rochester, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

The food is great and so are the portions. The best Mexican food I have ever had. They also have live music every night of the week. I bought a condo in Punta Gorda. It seems like every time we go out at night we end up at Deans. Keep up the good work and we will see you in... 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 your nice review on trip advisor and welcome to Beautiful Punta Gorda. We are honored to have you as one of our newest regulars. We look forward to seeing you again in January and we promise to always give it our best effort to serve you deligenty and with the best meal possible. Again Welcome... More

Key West
Top Contributor
259 reviews 259 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Friends from Port Charlotte took us here. We loved the atmosphere outside and the eclectic mix of people there on that Friday afternoon. We already had plans for dinner so we only had drinks. There was a band which was good. There were a lot of people there and everyone was having a good time. It was a real cross... 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 taking the time to review us on trip advisor. Your review is enlightening. We do have a wide variety of all ages that come to Deans to relax and have a good time. We are glad you were able to join us. We would like to invite you back to eat and enjoy our live... More

Belfast, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Very good Mexican food and the portions (for us anyway) were huge - big son tried the all you can eat tacos and had to give up after the second plate. Excellent service and a lively atmosphere with nice range of beers on tap.

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

Thank you for your nice review. We love to hear that our customers had a good visit! Most of our dishes are large. May people get to enjoy our food for two meals. We are glad to hear your service was great and we look forward to you and your family coming again. Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the... More

Lakefield, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Had supper last night. I had chopped steak with grilled veggies and refried beans. Came out hot and covered with grilled onions and mushrooms in addition to the grilled veggies. A full plate! My partner had the taco salad served in a crunchy bowl and had to take half home as it was so big. Left before the entertainment though.... More

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

Thank you for taking time to review us on Trip Advisor. It sounds like we hit the mark for the two of you. I encourage you to stay sometime and listen to the music. It is always a great time. We look forward to your next visit! Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border, GM More

Port Charlotte, Florida
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122 reviews 122 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Deans has been in this area for many years and is always busy! Service is good, food delicious, and you can choose to eat indoors or outdoors...authentic looking décor and very varied well priced menu featuring many specials. Margaritas always A-1!

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

Love this review! Thank you for your detailed response. You are right we have been in business for over 20 years. We work very hard to keep our prices fair and our service top notch. We love our patrons..... each and every one of them! We look forward to seeing you again! Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border,... More

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Love this place. One of our favorite places to eat. Very family friendly. Something on the menu for everyone!! They always make us feel welcome.

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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. We love to hear that we are a favorite place to visit. We look forward to having you again soon! Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border, GM More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The food is pretty good, but closer to average. Outside dinning is nice with the live music many nights. Haven't had the breakfast. I hear it is good.

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

Thank you for taking time out of your day to review us on trip advisor. We strive to deliver excellent, hot, fresh and tasty food. Sometimes we fall short meeting a customers expectations. We are sorry we did not give you the "wow" factor on your visit. We look forward to repeat customers and we are in hopes we will... More

Punta Gorda, Florida
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

When we first visited Dean's in 2009 I thought it was the BEST Mexican cuisine I had ever eaten. However in recent visit's the quality has fallen off. My very favorite things were the burrito's and the Black and Blue salad, both items were not made as well, as in years past. Now the food is average at best.

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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. I am sorry we did not meet your expectations. We continue to always keep our food fresh and our portions fair. In the event there is a disappointed customer we try and rectify the problem immediately. I am in hopes that you will give us another try and... More

Ba, Fiji
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

3x For Breakfast Sunday & 2 Saturdays, GOOD food , fast, But home cooked The Prices are very fair for Florida SW area Brenda was a gas ....Smiling and pouring the coffee You felt like you were home

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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 several visits to Deans! Also thank you so much for writing of your experience on trip advisor. We love to hear that you enjoyed your time here and that Brenda kept you laughing. She is definitely one of a kind. We look forward to seeing you soon! Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the... 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
Average Prices: USD 4 - 18
Cuisine: American, Mexican

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