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Cafe on the Beach at The Palms Resort

3616 Gulf Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-2703
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $38
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Hard to find this place.. Although there is a sign you can visibly see while driving on the road, finding the actual café was rather difficult. We had to go into the office to ask where it was, and found it was only accessible via the gate to the pool?? Weird, but nevertheless we proceeded. The server(s) seemed like they... More

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Austin, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My husband and both ordered top shelf margaritas and the bartender made them just right! I ordered the grilled red snapper sandwich and highly recommend it. My husband had the cheeseburger - he liked it. A definite must if you are on the island!

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Salida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Wonderful view with a bit of a breeze in the later afternoon. Our glasses were never empty. The blackened shrimp tacos were good and the hamburger was ok. But the atmosphere was great and we would go back.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The restaurant had the chance of being better than average, but the woman who waited on us ruined this chance. After a one hour wait we asked for chips and salsa as a appetizer, but after 20 mins with zero visits to our table, we lost our patience at this point. IT's CHIPS AND SALSA. Instead she decided to bring... More

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tmetty, Owner at Cafe on the Beach at The Palms Resort, responded to this review

I am so sorry we disappointed you during your recent visit to our Café. We were able to identify who your server was and discuss this with her. There is no excuse for what happened, but I would like to explain and share with you what we've done as a result of your feedback. We were very busy that day... More

Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We visit the Palms EVERY time we visit SPI. They have excellent Migas and the Eggs Benedict are to die for. We went back for Margaritas and appetizers - you cannot beat the view!

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tmetty, Owner at Cafe on the Beach at The Palms Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much! I'm delighted you enjoyed breakfast and that you came back for libations later in the day! We love hearing from our customers. We know we're not perfect, but reviews like this make all of us feel good about getting it right most of the time! We look forward to seeing you next time you're on the... More

Lincoln, Nebraska
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I hate to keep piling on praise for the Palms but it's worth it. Yes, it is attached to what looks like a dive motel. Yes, it's pretty small and would never be described as up-scale. Even so, we were on the island 7 days and ate at 12 restaurants, the Palms was by far the best food and service... More

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tmetty, Owner at Cafe on the Beach at The Palms Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your feedback on Trip Advisor. I'm so happy you enjoy our Café. Now we need you to enjoy our hotel as well! As you might imagine, I cringe at the reference to a dive motel. The Palms was built in the early 70's, so it is definitely an older property.... More

San Antonio, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

During our most recent trip to South Padre island, we decided to eat lunch again at the Palms Resort. Last time we visited the island we had dinner there and it was great. This time it was just TERRIBLE! First of all, our server was very rude. He continuously slammed our drinks down on the table. He slammed my ice... More

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tmetty, Owner at Cafe on the Beach at The Palms Resort, responded to this review

I am so sorry your return visit to our Café was not as it should have been. There is no excuse for rude behavior. We've discussed your review with all of our servers and stressed to them the importance of outstanding customer service. We were able to identify the server that waited on you (based on your description of your... More

SUGAR LAND
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We choose this restaurant because of the reviews on Trip Advisor. We were very excited to try it but were quickly disappointed. We arrived on a Monday night for dinner with two very hungry kids after a day at Schlitterbaun. We ordered right away but it took over 30 minutes to get our food. We asked for bread for the... More

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tmetty, Owner at Cafe on the Beach at The Palms Resort, responded to this review

I'm sorry you were disappointed when you visited us in June. This June has been our busiest ever. We were caught a little by surprise, but we have now added additional servers and kitchen staff to respond to this growth. I think if you came back today, you would be delighted by the service you receive. One of the reasons... More

Dallas, Texas
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

Great view. Service adequate, glasses very never empty. Food menu had great deal of variety. We tried blackened ship taco and tortilla soup. Soup would be a bit sweet for most tastes. Mango tea very nice. Chips and salsa, chips warm and salsa homemade. We will be back next year.

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tmetty, Owner at Cafe on the Beach at The Palms Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback. I'm delighted you enjoyed our food and service. The greatest reward is when our customers come back. We look forward to seeing you again when you return to our beautiful Island! Thank you! More

Harlingen, Texas
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This little beachfront cafe is offers far more than one might expect a first glance. The menu contains several interesting offerings. For our breakfast, my wife ordered the Raisin Bread Stuffed French Toast and the cream cheese - orange marmalade between two slices of raisin bread were fantastic. I ordered their Eggs Benedict and I was treated to two english... More

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tmetty, Owner at Cafe on the Beach at The Palms Resort, responded to this review

I'm delighted you enjoyed your breakfast with us! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience on Trip Advisor. We sincerely appreciate it....and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you! More

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