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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night Food, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, 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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Visitor rating
  • 211
    Excellent
  • 157
    Very good
  • 56
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Servers

Cassie and Sue were the best. They were very attentive, talkative, and laughing with us over various topics. They were good at recommending different foods. This restaurant has a large menu with other food besides Tex Mex. It looks like a fun place and has an inside and outside eating and drinking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
KimmyUNC
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Charleston, South Carolina
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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English first
Charleston, South Carolina
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Cassie and Sue were the best. They were very attentive, talkative, and laughing with us over various topics. They were good at recommending different foods. This restaurant has a large menu with other food besides Tex Mex. It looks like a fun place and has an inside and outside eating and drinking area. It is clean, fresh, with decorative colors!

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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Don't miss this popular landmark in Punta Gorda. This informal spot caters to all including families and couples. The menu is varied and the food tasty. I have not as yet stopped in for breakfast but I have been told that it is worth a try.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went to Dean's with friends and had a blast, wonderful music and fantastic food. The waitress was very good, even though she was busy ( the place was packed ) she kept the drinks coming without having to wait long. We sat outside near the band. Loved the atmosphere.

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Michigan
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

There were seven of us and were served quickly and with a smile. We ordered several items and enjoyed every bite. We did not feel rushed. Live music right outside of the restaurant. Parking could be a problem some nights.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We had lunch at Dean's S of the border today June7th. Brandie was our server, she is a great looking young lady and provided us with outstanding service. This is not a up scale place with White table cloth covered tables, but the food and service are very good. You will leave with a fill stomach and not an empty... More 

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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 expressing your satisfaction with Deans. We are glad to see that you enjoy our hometown comfortable feeling at Deans. We try hard to keep our customers happy with great service, great food and reasonable prices. We look forward to seeing you the next time. I will pass the nice comment on to... More 

Arcadia, Florida
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Yes it bills itself as Tex-Mex, but they have so much more. We have been here several times before we started reviewing with Trip Advisor. The hamburgers are excellent, as is the chicken salad wrap, chicken tenders and pulled pork sandwich.

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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 reviewing us. We are glad that your visits are always an enjoyable one. We look forward to many more visits from you. Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border, GM More 

Punta Gorda, Florida
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

When we first arrived, we ordered our drinks (coffee for me and a unsweetened iced tea for my husband). They brought iced tea but it was sweetened. Waitress then returned with the correct iced tea. When a refill came, it was sweet again. Could not seem to get the iced tea straight. The Diablo Rojo I ordered was excellent, as... 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 your very honest review. We did have a rough patch that morning and I do apologize. I am the manager that brought you the wrong sweet tea after your server brought you sweet tea and I do apologize. The least we could do at this point was buy you breakfast and invite you back. I... More 

White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is real Mexican food. Very reasonable prices and you get a lot of food.our table had the usual fare, tacos, burritos, enchiladas. All came with beans and rices by very attentive servers. Large outdoor eating area with bar. Very bold colors used in decor that is lovely to look at.

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

I love how you titled this review! We try hard to bring out piping hot food and serve it with a nice cold beverage or beer! To follow we diligently try to give you the very best service..... thank you for noticing. We look forward to your next visit, thank you so much for coming to trip advisor and reviewing... More 

North Port, Florida
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

If you are looking for a great Friday or Saturday night then head to Dean's. The place is always jumping. We have never had an over the top awesome meal there, but the food is decent. I would recommend their breakfast...pretty awesome indeed. The drink prices are a bit much. We got two Miami Vice frozen drinks and they were... More 

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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. You are right "There is always a party going on at Deans". We are glad to see people in our community are loving the live entertainment that we provide. We have lots of drinks at very reasonable prices such as our $4 house margarita. We also have happy hour every day... More 

Winthrop, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The atmosphere is quite lively and colorful at Dean's. Personally, I am not a fan of this type of food but my travel mates stated it was pretty good for a local family run business. However, I did have the American chicken breast with rice and that was truly a pleasant surprise and quite good. This restaurant has outdoor seating... More 

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

I am so glad you came to trip advisor to review us. So often people do not realize we do serve american food as well, and you are right.... it is good. We are very happy to know that everybody left satisfied and enjoyed our "comfy" atmosphere and our great music, we try hard to bring the best bands in... More 

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Additional Information about Dean's South of the Border

Address: 130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Phone Number: +1 941-575-6100
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Punta Gorda
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
Average Prices: USD 4 - 20
Cuisine: Mexican, American

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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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