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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
  • 187
    Excellent
  • 148
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food and drinks

Had a nice family dinner here. You can dine inside or out, we dined outside. Great for get together with family or friends. Will definitely go back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Ken H
,
Islamorada, Florida
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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414 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Eaton, Ohio
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We had a party of 5 tonight for dinner. We sent 2 entrees back with literally a single bite out of each. They would not remove either entree from the bill, so we paid full price for 2 inedible dinners. Highly disappointed with the entire experience. Bad dishes can happen in good restaurants, but there is a right and wrong... More 

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

Each day we look forward to reading our trip advisors. Most generally we are pleased with what we read and we continue to strive to do the best job possible for all of our patrons. After reading your review I did a little research. I checked with the floor manager on duty that night and I don't believe it was... More 

Islamorada, Florida
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Had a nice family dinner here. You can dine inside or out, we dined outside. Great for get together with family or friends. Will definitely go back.

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

We are happy to hear you and your family had a nice dinner at Deans. Nothing pleases us more to see familys get together and enjoy their experience. We appreciate you taking the time to review us on trip advisor and look forward to seeing you all again soon. Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border, GM More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Came in for brunch but no luck! Sad Bloody Mary Bar! Could be better for the price guess they really don't care! Staff not really attentive! Guess you need to be young and cute to get good service! Maybe another time!

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

We appreciate you coming to trip advisor with your review. We are sorry we could have not done better for you. We do not serve brunch here at Deans. We serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. Sorry to dissapoint you. We are in hopes you will give us a second try. I am confident we will do better for... More 

Punta Gorda, Florida
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This is my favorite restaurant in town...It must be we wind up there 4 out of 5 times we go out....lots of choices...just redid the inside... nice... good prices ... good menu ...cold beer

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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 come to trip advisor and review us. We have a few updates coming again, so be looking for them! We love to hear that we have earned the spot of one of your favorites. We work real hard to keep pleasing all of our absolutely awesome patrons. We will see you soon! Again... More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Great food and service. And, it ain't just Tex-Mex. They've got quite a varied menu. Chateaubriand isn't listed, but you can get a steak.

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

You are exactly right....we have a little bit of something for everybody. We are glad you were able to find what you liked on our menu. We appreciate you taking time out of your day to review us on trip advisor. We look forward to seeing you the next time. Again Thank you! Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the... More 

Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I came to Deans whilst on vacation 9 years ago with a friend in PG. I've never looked back. I still live in the UK but vacate regularly and Deans never fails. The food is simple and when served its beyond expectations with great portion sizes and the meat quality is always superb. The staff work their butts off, you... 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 review Deans and our staff on trip advisor. It is so refreshing to hear one of our loyal patrons speak such kind words about Deans and the staff. They really do work hard to take care of all you, front of the house to back of the house. We can't wait to see... More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We were looking for a good Mexican place in Punta Gorda where we spent the day! Super good food and awesome portion sizes! We came for lunch and left with dinner! My husband and I each tried the Mexican sampler platters and everything was amazing. Nice flavor with just enough heat. Reasonable if not cheap prices! Highly recommend, suggest parking... More 

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

So glad you found your way to beautiful Punta Gorda! Very happy you found us! We are glad that everything was good for you. Yes there is parking across the street but for your next visit we also have 2 large parking lots behind our building that belong to us as well as the parking directly behind. But no matter... More 

Lebanon, Indiana, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Went there last night based on the reviews. What a mistake. Parking was the first issue - there was none. We had to circle the block several times and ended up parking in a lot for the flower shop next door and risked being towed. The outdoor atmosphere is a party atmosphere and the band was getting ready to play.... 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 review us on trip advisor. We recognize that we cannot please everybody but we certainly try our hardest. We are sorry you were not pleased. Let me assure you that we do not have food returned and drop it back in the fryer. It is our policy to make fresh and send it... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Visited Dean's as the (overrated) Crab House was busy at lunchtime. What a great surprise. Inexpensive beers, incredible plateful of really well filled and tasty tacos, rice and beans. This has to be the best value in Punta Gorda. Good atmosphere too, very relaxing. What a find!

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

We are glad that you found your way to Deans for lunch. We are even more glad thatwe wre able to please you in all areas. Hopefully you will return soon and become a familiar face at Deans. Thank you for taking time to review us on trip advisor. Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border, GM More 

Lady Lake, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Great price and good food...we always eat breakfast here when we are staying at the Wyvern. Good service too.

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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 with your review. We are glad that you venture over for breakfast when staying at the beautiful Wyvern hotel. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit. 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: Mexican, American

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?