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Cafe on the Beach at The Palms Resort

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3616 Gulf Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-2703
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Takeout

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    Very good
  • 28
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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Hidden gem on the beach

This restaurant was recommended by a local. The red snapper tacos and homemade chips were delicious. The cafe is located on the beach side of a quaint older motel.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
TexasArchitect
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Houston
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was recommended by a local. The red snapper tacos and homemade chips were delicious. The cafe is located on the beach side of a quaint older motel.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 via mobile

Good food (but a touch pricey). Cold drinks and decent wine list. Hard to find better place on South Padre. Small nice place.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The title says it all. Quiet little place tucked off away from the main road. Great view of the beach. Better to go in early evening or after sun goes down.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Wait staff very good and efficient. Everyone tried something different and we rated the meals good to very good. we love the setting overlooking the beach. we kept this place on out list to revisit again next year.

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Bastrop, Texas
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Good food. Good drinks. Good Service. Great view. We stayed at The Palms Hotel which is in the same building.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Tucked away on the beach connected to the Palms Resort, I had to use GPS to find it. Went here on a recommendation from a friend and it was a great place to eat. Outdoor setting - great food.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We come to South Padre the last week of every summer and head straight to The Palms as soon as we drive in! Located right on the dune, you can see the ocean and feel the breeze while sipping on a margarita and eating our favorite Oysters Rockefeller! Lots of very healthy options ~ great salads, fresh seafood prepared to... More 

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South Padre Island, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Cafe at the Palms is located right alongside the beach. It has a great menu and accommodating staff when one wants to "tweak" a menu item Outdoor dining only under a small roofed area with a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Salinas, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Food was excellent as always but the service was horrible. As we walked in the bartender was sitting behind the bar shouted to us to sit anywhere. No good morning or welcome. Everyone acted like they had a bad night of drinking. We overheard the manager talking to two elderly women so rudely we were all shocked. Even our waiter... More 

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Castroville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We eat at least one meal here every time we come to SPI (2 or 3 times a year). It is the first place we come to eat. The food is great and the service even better. It has the best view of any place on the island. We just love it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3616 Gulf Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX 78597
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
  • Phone Number: 956-761-2703

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 38
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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