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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, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 166
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    Very good
  • 31
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  • 7
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  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Terrace on the beach

The restaurant is located in a few of the remaining original motels in SPI. It has a nice bar and terrace. The terrace has recently turned into a veranda but still has a few open air tables. The most important characteristic is the view to the sea. The food is really good. I recommend the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cynthiadlgh
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Monterrey, Mexico
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Monterrey, Mexico
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70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is located in a few of the remaining original motels in SPI. It has a nice bar and terrace. The terrace has recently turned into a veranda but still has a few open air tables. The most important characteristic is the view to the sea. The food is really good. I recommend the hamburger, the crab cakes (... More 

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Zelienople, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in to check it out. Nothing fancy. Ordered 2 cokes....bill was over $7. Ridiculous. Won't go back.

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Thank lynn t
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK, we are weird. Our dog must go with us whenever possible. We went to every dog friendly place on the Gulf. The Palms Cafe has THE best food of any of them. We are food snobs. I cook from scratch using only fresh food. My girlfriend managed food service all her life. We will be back in February for... More 

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Thank David W
Port Isabel, Texas
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74 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend and I went for lunch. Have been there before and have never been disappointed. Today, we both were. Our server was prompt and very friendly. We each ordered the Monte Christo Sandwich. She had fries, I had the chips. Our sandwiches were really soggy and had way too much cheese on them. Also had turkey that surprised us.... More 

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Thank LAURA D
Austin, United States
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You could miss this hidden gem...it's at the back of the Palm Resort hotel fronting the ocean beach! Quaint and cozy - it was cold and rainy when we went there for breakfast but they had the place nicely cocooned to make it toasty warm inside but still made you feel you were next to the ocean. I cleaned my... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went after 2pm when drink and food specials were plentiful (till 6 pm). The peel and eat gulf shrimp plate on ice with generous horseradish sauce mixers was so good, I ordered another. You can't beat the drink prices for a location right on the beach. Everything was freshly made, even my warm chips. Take a stroll on the beach... More 

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Burleson, TX
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136 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

It's a small place, back behind the hotel. We were there at night so we missed the view of the water but it was nice to hear the waves while we ate. This was the best fried shrimp I have had in years. Wish we had been able to go back during our stay but were unable to.

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Thank kftw
Coppell, Texas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

The food is very good. Most of the menu items are specific to this restaurant so it is new and exciting.

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Laredo, Texas
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181 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Friendly staff. Prices slightly high, but the food is of good quality, and worth the expense. We had a variety of meals - mine was the shrimp basket - shrimp very tasty, and not your typical pre-packed food.

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Marion, Indiana
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Wonderful food and service - relaxing and a great value !! Would definitely suggest you go here for a scenic view and to have a delicious cocktail!!!!

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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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?