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Dean's South of the Border

130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
941-575-6100
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Ranked #8 of 124 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $4 - $18
Cuisines: American, Mexican
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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.
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We stayed at the Wyvern and walked right next door for breakfast at Deans. For a $3.00 breakfast I enjoy a scrambled egg, hash browns and toast. They have an outdoor area ( lots of smokers) or you can go inside. I got a kick out of people that had walked or did a bike ride (some with their pets)... 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 review on Trip Advisor. We are so glad you ventured over for breakfast and dinner while you stayed at the beautiful Wyvern Hotel. We are very happy you not only enjoyed the food but you also enjoyed the unique atmosphere that not only Deans has but the entire town of Punta Gorda. Punta Gorda... More

Fort Wayne, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

My husband and I have eaten here numerous times (breakfast, lunch, dinner & late night snacks) and have yet to be disappointed. The food has always been tasty, with generous portions and reasonable prices and super service. Although everything we've ever eaten has always been very good, below are my personal favorites: Breakfast - the absolute best sausage gravy EVER!!!... More

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

We appreciate the very detailed review on trip advisor. We look to our all of our patrons to let us know how we are doing. When kind people such as yourself give such detailed reviews it helps us tremendously. We look forward to seeing you in the near future! Again thank you! Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border,... More

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

As always the food was great and also great atmosphere. Nice size portions you always have leftovers. Now headed to hurricane Charley's for drinks. Glad they are both owned by the same people.

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

We are so glad we could add to your evening with your daughter by providing you with a good meal and a good time. We always love to hear this. We are glad you found our sister restaurant and enjoy it as much as you do Deans. We our so thankful for the amazing patrons that we serve each day.... More

Port Charlotte, Florida
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Went there for dinner last week expecting to enjoy a nice mexican dinner. After ordering Margaritas at $7 each, we order burritos. However, the server told us that if we wanted lettuce on the burrito - it was an EXTRA CHARGE; if we wanted tomatoes on the burrito - it was another EXTRA CHARGE;; if we wanted peppers on the... More

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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 write your review on trip advisor. Although the reviews are not always what we want to hear we read every one and either correct the issue or explain our philosophy. At Deans we have decided to keep our portions large our prices fair and not incorporate the cost of lettuce, tomato, peppers etc... More

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

A MUST-TRY... Two Awesome Meals in One Week--- And, it's No Surprise why the Chicken is the Best in Punta Gorda...

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

We are so glad you enjoyed both your meals at Deans. That is our goal. Thank you so much for the nice review and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border, GM More

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

With all of the great food in the area, I have no idea why this place is listed so high. While the bar was good and the outside patio was nice, the food was lacking flavor. The taco meat on my tacos had zero spices, it was simply cooked ground beef, and my dad's borrito literally had ball-park nacho sauce... 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 are glad you enjoyed the ambience of Deans. We are sorry we fell short on pleasing your palet. We do prepare daily fresh ground taco meat with seasoning. I am sorry it was not to your liking. We look at and learn from every trip advisor. As... More

Naples, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Come as you are, sing, dance, eat, watch. Young and old, something for everyone. Great food and great value. Live entertainment 7 nights a week... and it's good!!

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

Thank you so much for the nice review on trip advisor. Yes it "What its all about". There is a little something here at Deans for everybody. Breakfast all the way through late night with live entertainment. We are glad you left satisfied. That is our goal. Hope to see you soon! Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border More

Punta Gorda, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

Eaten here many times. I have never been disappointed. Not very quiet if u go after 7 at nite. Heavy drinkin crowd later.

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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 very thankful for our loyal customers. We do tend to get a bit loud outside in the evening but I want to let you know we do have an inside dining area that is quite comfortable and much quieter, in the event that is... More

Lake Suzy, FL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A great breakfast at a great price. We sat outside on a beautiful morning, and enjoyed the Bloody Mary bar, and a yummy breakfast. Why sit in a stuffy diner? You won't be disappointed if you try Deans!

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

We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your Sunday morning with us for breakfast and bloody marys. I have to agree with you on the atmosphere on a Sunday morning at Deans. It is simply magical. My husband and I (Sunday is my day off) have not found a more enjoyable place to come for breakfast, topped off with... More

florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Great spot for Sunday afternoon summertime beers and some tex mex. Which means part american, part Mexican...and that's exactly what the crispy pulled pork enchilada is. Filled with billowy soft pork, awesome cheese and surrounded in crispiness..thot i went to tex mex heaven. Try the fried pickles, u won't be dissapointed! And thank you for having green sauce at the... 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. It sounds like we hit the mark in all areas. We strive to bring our customers that they won't soon forget :) Again thank you!!!! Sincerely, Carrie Dillow Deans South of the Border, GM More

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