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Dean's South of the Border

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130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
941-575-6100
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6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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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Good for:
Bar scene
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 176
    Excellent
  • 141
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 12
    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
Most recent review
Comfortable and relaxing restaurant.

Been there twice now and was just great both times. Wait staff very helpful with menu, which by the way is Large. Food and drinks were great.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
johnsford
via mobile
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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391 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

Been there twice now and was just great both times. Wait staff very helpful with menu, which by the way is Large. Food and drinks were great.

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Malden, Massachusetts
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very Loud impossible to have a conversation. Don't use the restrooms. Good average at best. Tex Mex menu, standard selection.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

The food and atmosphere at Dean's are quite great! Always decent crowds and service is quite prompt and courteous. The only thing that is way out of place is that they don't feature more relevant music. There should be much more acoustic or even tropically-themed music here.... It IS named South of the Border is it not?! Heavy metal or... More 

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Elk River, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Enjoyed my lunch here, great food, good service, nice outdoor patio area. My son ordered Spicey BBQ Wings .... mmmm. The meals are huge so one can easily feed two people. Great drinks too!

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

Made a quick stop in Punto Gordo last week and stumbled across this fun bar/restaurant during our time there. Food was amazing, drinks were good, service was so so. All in all really enjoyed Dean's and would definitely go back next time we are there.

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New York City, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Loved the food, drinks, atmosphere, band.....this place just had it all. It was packed and we could not find a seat outside but it was too cold that night so we opted to dine inside. Afterwards, we came outside and managed to find a table but there weren't enough heat lamps to be really comfortable. I danced with my friend... 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 the time to review us on trip advisor. We are glad you were able to join us. It has been very cold, but it seems many people do warm up by dancing to the music. In the event you are in town please stop and see us again. Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of... More 

East China, MI
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I visited Dean's February 2015. It was right next to my hotel Wyvern (awesome). There is an outdoor stage with a live band. The bar area is covered but open to the air. My wife and I had to try several of the Margarita selections and I have to say they were quite good. It was a nice stop on... More 

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

So glad you were able to stop in and visit while you were on vacation in Punta Gorda. Thank you for doing so. We are glad you were able to sample the many flavors of margaritas and we look forward to seeing you the next time you are in town. Thank you for your nice review. Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans... More 

New Berlin, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I would say this is a cross between a bar and Mexican restaurant. More bar than Mexican restaurant. The queso was great but wish the tortilla chips were more authentic. Looking at the menu it was a lot to digest and appears to be trying too much for business. The front of the menu is a lot to take in... More 

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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 rate us on trip advisor. We understand that our options are large and plentiful. I would not say we are trying toohard, but that we have listened to our patrons over the last 21 years and as we evolve and grow we have added where we could to accomodate everybody and it seems... More 

Belleville, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

first off, We go to Dean's for their pulled pork tostada. Sit with a pitcher of beer and enjoy. Lots of locals, everyone seems to enjoy the food. Outdoor and covered patio (might run into smokers). What amazed me that after being away for six month, Linda the manager remembered us and our beer order! We've also been here with... 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 the time to review us on trip advisor. We are so glad that you feel comfortable when dining with us. Linda is an exceptional bartender, she amazes me when it comes to remembering names and drinks. I will pass on the nice words to her. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you... More 

Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Ordered the French dip. It was ok, nothing spectacular. A lot of other good dinner options to the North.

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

Thanks for your very nice review. That is what we strive for everytime. We cant wait to see you in the near future. Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border, GM 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: 941-575-6100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 18
  • Cuisine: American, Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating

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.
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?