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Louie's Backyard

2305 Laguna Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6952
+1 956-761-6406
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Price range: $1 - $20
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Description: At Louie's Backyard in South Padre Island, there is no such thing as a boring night. Whether you want to sit and chat with your friends, cheer on your favorite team or cut a rug till the wee hours, we've got you covered!
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

For all seafood lovers, delicious seafood buffet! We (group of four girls) pigged out! However the service was terrible, we had to ask twice for our water to be refilled and our waiter even gave our friend (our friend gave him $100 bill) the wrong amount of change in return. To Louie's backyard, delicious food and awesome fireworks. However I... More

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Roselle Park, New Jersey
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Ate dinner at Louies on last trip to Key West in March, have eaten at this restaurant every trip to KW, just thought the staff was having a bad night in March, so, returned to Louies for dinner last night, and the service was very slow, food was mediocre at best, such a shame, this was always a must stop... More

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Waco, Texas
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The views from the deck are beautiful, minus the fish smell. Everything on the menu is $20 +, their buffet is $23 and was supposed to be wonderful. Meh, the buffet was average at best. There were several different shrimp options that were tasty, prime rib was very good, but other than that everything else was on the level of... More

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Round Rock, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere on the deck is amazing! Unfortunately, the food is mediocre and service from wait staff is slow. Also, they hold their outdoor seating hostage. You have to order from the small overpriced menu in the evening-$20 min a person. It would be ok if food was good. Since we didn't care for the food, we didn't go back... More

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Dan S, Owner at Louie's Backyard, responded to this review

I'm glad you enjoyed the great view and fun atmosphere we have here, but it's disappointing that you weren't impressed by our food. We use only the freshest ingredients and put a lot of care into each dish, so everything should come to you delicious. The buffet is really popular here, though, so I'd love for you to stop by... More

Temple, TX
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We go to Louies every year, and it is usually great. This year we wear a little disappointed. The buffet is usually fantastic but was smaller and kinda wilted! Service was mediocre. Not sure if we will go back next year.

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Dan S, Owner at Louie's Backyard, responded to this review

I'm disappointed that we let you down after all these years. We still use the freshest ingredients for everything and put a lot of care into each dish. That's why I'm surprised to read your feedback. It's possible that you caught us during an off-day, unfortunately. I hope next time you're around you'll give us another shot. I know we... More

San Antonio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

There buffet that starts at 5p is really good, best time to go at sunset because if you go before and you sit outside the sun hits you on the face and it gets hot.

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Dan S, Owner at Louie's Backyard, responded to this review

Is there anything better than dining during a beautiful sunset, Fernando? I think you've picked the perfect time to enjoy our food here -- thanks for passing along the suggestion. Can't wait to have you back. Best, Dan, Owner More

Austin, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The real reason to go to Louie's is the atmosphere. We made the mistake of sitting inside. My husband summed it up by saying that it reminded him of the Freemont Street area of Vegas. Very true. If you go, sit outside. Service was good. We did the buffet. Lots of fried food. Maybe we'll order off the menu next... More

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Dan S, Owner at Louie's Backyard, responded to this review

It's a bummer to hear you didn't love your time with us. There are definitely different atmospheres in each part of the restaurant, and our buffet and menu have some different selections. I'd hate for you to write us off forever, so I'd love to have you back for a meal from the menu. I think we have some dishes... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Although the food and drinks were excellent, the service outside lacked character. Everyone seemed to be in a bad mood. No one smiled or took the time to explain anything,. Everyone seemed unhappy. Waitress especially without smiles or pleasant greeting. That made all the difference that we did not care to return or go back.

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Dan S, Owner at Louie's Backyard, responded to this review

That's never what we want to hear, Kathleen. When you come here, you should be greeted with a smile, and our staff should happily answer any questions you have. It sounds like we missed the mark on that when you stopped in, and I apologize. I'll bring your concerns up with the staff, and as always, I appreciate the feedback.... More

New Braunfels, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Great views and since we ate our dinner at the rail, we could feed the fish just below us what we didn't care for and that was most of the food. We ate from the buffet so we could try a varied menu but after the first trip, we declined to go back for seconds on anything. The staff is... More

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Dan S, Owner at Louie's Backyard, responded to this review

I'm disappointed to hear that you didn't enjoy the food you tried here. Usually each dish on our buffet is fresh, delicious and full of flavor, but I'm sorry if we missed the mark on that when you came in. I really would love for you to stop in again and give our menu a shot. There are some meals... More

Haslet
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Great restaurant, very friendly atmosphere! Service was awesome. Prices are high but expected for seafood of this nature! Food was fresh and very, very good!!! Our server was George and he provided excellent service. We need more waiters like him in this world!!! Place is alot of fun, with great entertainment. Fireworks show right outside on the bay was out... More

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Dan S, Owner at Louie's Backyard, responded to this review

I'm so happy you made it to one of the fireworks shows, Eva. There's just no better way to spend a summer evening, right? I'll make sure George knows how much you appreciated all his help, and I look forward to welcoming you back. Best, Dan, Owner More

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