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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
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
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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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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Brownsville, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

This is a great seafood buffet located on the Laguna Madre where spectacular sunsets followed by weekend fireworks make for a great family destination. Arrive early as the prime rib is the juiciest and the crab legs are freshest. Our waiter Josh was very attentive and quick to clear plates and offer refills on our drinks. Since we are locals... More

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seabrook, texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Our hotel recommended another restaurant. However, we saw Louie's -- which is on the water -- and decided to go there instead. The U-turn was the best possible decision. We were greeted by 2 friendly hostesses and shown to a table next to the railing of the bay. Dillion was our waiter. On a scale of 1-10, he is a... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

This place was wonderful. We sat outside and loved the sunset on the water. There was Hawaiian dancers and all. The buffet was great. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

While most of the buffet food was average (except the barbeque ribs, which just fell off the bone and were delicious), this is an excellent choice for a place to eat and watch the fireworks which they accompanied with music, snippets of famous speeches, and the songs associated with all of the different military services. The wait staff was also... More

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Monterrey, Mexico
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

The daily buffet during summer is worth every penny, lots of crab legs, ask for Jeff, excelent service!

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

Thank you, thank you, thank you, AJ! Happy to be your favorite spot in SPI to get delicious seafood, gorgeous views and awesome service. We can't wait for your next visit! Best, Dan, Owner More

San Antonio, Texas
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Very casual 80s/90s environment was extremely fun. It has a cruise ship feel to it. The views were amazing. We sat inside on the lower floor and enjoyed the view while we stuffed our face with some of the best seafood SPI had to offer. Fried fish, crab legs, hushpuppies, prime rib, and the list goes on. Our server, Steve... More

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

Cruise-ship feel, huh? We never really thought about it that way, but we love that! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts in this awesome 5-star review. It was our pleasure to serve you the best seafood you've had on the Island -- I'll have to pass your kind words on our food to our kitchen. (And I'll... More

Newcastle
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited here a few days ago and I'm afraid to say this place doesn't measure up to its hype. Our server was surly, rude and got the order wrong. On top of that the cocktails were premixed swill and not worth the price charged. Needless to say no tip was left and we won't return.

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

None of this sounds like us at all, Rob. I hope you'll forgive me for being so surprised by what you've had to say. If you'd like, can you give me more information about your visit, for example the date and time? I'd like to get to the bottom of the issue. And I'd love it if you gave us... More

Edinburg, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

the food was great, the waiter ( joshua cain) was superb, the atmosphere was lively and beautiful, and was an overall a great experience for first timers.

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

Ecstatic to make your first time with us one to remember, Kaelyn! Come back and see us again the next time you're on the Island, OK? Best, Dan, Owner More

Corpus Christi, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We got seated for 2 right away in clear view of the fireworks display! I thought the buffet would have been bigger but the food they did serve was delicious. The ribs were the best. Our server was very busy as it was a summer weekend but he was still very attentive, shared info and got our refills quickly. We... More

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

Can't wait to have you back, Dina! Thanks for joining us for dinner and fireworks. I'm happy to hear our service was still awesome despite the busy atmosphere! We can't wait to have you back -- in fact, I think you both are already overdue for a visit. Thanks again, and we'll see you soon! 'Til then, Dan, Owner More

Madison, Alabama, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have paid $50.00 per person supposedly having a view of the fire works on 4th of July, but no view. Food was mediocre similar to any greasy Chinese open buffet food. Plus they charged 20% gratuity for a waiter whom I have been able to talk to twice during the whole night. I had to get my own drinks... More

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

I hope you'll understand that things got hectic during the holiday. Though it's no excuse for inattentive service. While I appreciate your honesty, I feel terrible that your experience with us was so disappointing. I hope you'll accept my apologies. Did you end up saying anything to your manager about your experience? We would've gladly taken the opportunity to makes... More

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