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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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San Antonio, Texas
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

After seeing so many great reviews of this restaurant, we went with great hopes. Unfortunately, we were just a little bit disappointed. We all had versions of fish or shrimp baskets (fried), and it was just so-so. The service was good and our waiter was friendly. The fish was better than the shrimp. We ordered shrimp thinking it would be... More

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Peoria, IL
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Great dinner. Beautiful setting Good service Drinks were great,too They had a nice selection on menu . Salads were wonderful. We especially liked the parmasean chips with the salad,. There homeade potato chips are tasty with the parmesan cheese on them. I had fish, others had burgers, sandwiches, and kids meals. Everyone was pleased with their food.

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Rota, Spain
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

All four of our groups meals were well cooked and tasty. A little overpriced and service a little spotty. Fun to be able to watch games on well placed TVs as well. Try the fish 3 Way for sure.

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San Antonio, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Food was great and service too. Ocean view is absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, when I checked my credit card bill a few days later, we were charged over $200 for a meal of $80 (including tip). Just occurred so still resolving.

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

We were sorry to see this posting because we have already discussed the situation with this guest and have completely resolved the issue. It was an honest mistake made by one of our employees when she closed out multiple guest checks and put a bottle of Caymus on the wrong guest check. The moment this was brought to our attention,... More

South Padre Island, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We usually love The Palms for breakfast, lunch or dinner; however, this time all of us (and we are locals) were disappointed with our food. I ordered a wedge with blue cheese - the wedge was small and not ice cold, the blue cheese was poured on heavily and was obviously store bought; however the blue cheese was good. My... More

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

Oh dear! Our locals know how much we appreciate their business, so when we disappoint one of them we feel doubly bad! We have discussed each of these concerns with our kitchen staff. The heads of lettuce this time of the year are pitifully small, but that is no excuse. If the head of lettuce is small, we need to... More

Claremore, Oklahoma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The view is what you imagine a beach restaurant to be. The seafood basket was delicious, the oysters were particularly good. The fries were the best, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The chicken dinner was good but the baked potato was under cooked as were the steamed veg. I do not think there was any rum... More

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

Thank you for your feedback. I'm so happy that you enjoyed your service and most of your food. I love our seafood baskets too ... and I agree that our fries are soooo good! I am sorry your baked potato was undercooked - we've discussed that with our kitchen staff. The steamed vegetables are tricky. Many people like them very... More

League City
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is our second visit & we think they have 5 star chef for breakfast & dinner plus super service. Bobby waited on us last visit & Jonathan this trip both were really really good. The palms resort is a wonderful place to stay.

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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 that you enjoyed your second visit with us. The greatest compliment we can hope for is the return of a satisfied customer! Thank you once again! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience on Trip Advisor! More

Urbana, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We asked for places to eat on SPI that were beach view and someone recommended Cafe on the Beach at The Palms Resort. Well, driving by The Palms, it doesn't stand out as a place that has room for a restaurant and doesn't have that grand entrance feeling. But walking to the back of the hotel area to where the... 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 your feedback. I'm delighted that you enjoyed our restaurant, and we look forward to your return in the very near future! More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

We decided to try Cafe on the beach after reading all the great reviews.... We were quite disappointed however.... Maybe we chose a bad time- 8pm on a Friday evening.... We were seated and then waited 10 minutes for someone to bring us a menu or take our drink order.... When our order was finally taken and our food was... 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 first experience with us was disappointing. There is no question that 8pm on a Friday in August is busy, but that's no excuse for not giving you better service. We have shown your posting to the waitress that waited on you. She, and the rest of us, agree that your expectations are more than reasonable.... More

frisco, tx
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I are here on a a weekday afternoon. The place sits at the back of the hotel, right next to the pool. There is beach access right in front of the restaurant. It looks like parking could be tight if the hotel was full. The location is awesome with a nice ocean breeze. Staff was nice and attentive. I had... More

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