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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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This restaurant is at The Palms Resort
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout

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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
On the beach

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
Mary L
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South Padre Island, Texas
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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South Padre Island, Texas
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

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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Waco, Texas
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57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Honestly, this place is really more for the view of the ocean. Like most places on the beach on South Padre Island, the tiny hotel this small open air restaurant sits behind is actually quite a distance from the ocean with high sand dunes actually hiding the water's edge from view. You still have a nice view of the ocean... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Wonderful atmosphere at this open air venue. We loved it but we would advise people to be prepared. There was a wait as it was Sunday and Moms were being treated but the food was amazing mimosas were great and the view was beautiful

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

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed yourself at our little beachside getaway! Yes - you are correct that Sunday mornings in the summer are definitely busier than other times at our Café. If there's a wait, many of our guests leave their name with us then take a walk on the... More 

Harlingen, Texas
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is an outdoor only dining area with view of the gulf Food is tasty with healthy options Staff friendly

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

We're delighted that you enjoyed dining with us! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with others. We look forward to your return! More 

Brownsville, Texas
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The cafe has excellent service and a nice menu with a good variety of traditional and creative choices. Of course, you can't beat the view.

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

I'm so pleased you enjoyed our service, food and view! We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with other Trip Advisor users! Please come back soon! We're open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and libations!! More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Wife and I ate here our first morning, and it set the bar high. Tucked away, fresh food, good coffee, and a nice breeze off the water. Food left us full with out the heavy feeling. Set up our day at the beach perfectly.

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

I loved your posting! The experience you described is exactly what we work hard to achieve every time. We recently upgraded our coffee to a dark roast, organic, free trade blend. I'm happy you enjoyed it! I love starting my day with breakfast at the Café...hard to beat great food while gazing out at the beautiful Gulf of Mexico! Please... More 

Florence, Kentucky
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

What I loved most about the Cafe was the flexible menu. Amazing fresh snapper, fresh salsa and chips. Very impressed with the menu.

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

I'm so pleased you enjoyed your dinner...and that you appreciated the choices we offer. Since everything is made fresh-to-order, we try to offer a wide range of options without getting overly complicated. I know what you mean about our home made chips and salsa....yum!! Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review! We sincerely appreciate it...and... More 

Cedar Park, Texas
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173 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

As the name implies the restaurant is waterfront. Very casual outdoor setting. We ordered a basket of fried shrimp, blackened shrimp tacos, tortilla soup, and red snapper Veracruz. All delicious! We will be back.

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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 dining with us...and look forward to your return!! More 

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Additional Information about Cafe on the Beach at The Palms Resort

Address: 3616 Gulf Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone Number: 956-761-2703
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
Average Prices: USD 8 - 38
Cuisine: American

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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