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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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  • 127
    Excellent
  • 75
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Two for one

Very good service from the bartender to the waitstaff. Food was pricey, but with the early meal special of two for one it was affordable for a special treat. Great Beet Salad, Oyster Salad, and Red Snapper. Not so keen on the rare tuna. Good Manhattans and Malbec, but on the pricier side.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
Amy11of15
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Wausau, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Very good service from the bartender to the waitstaff. Food was pricey, but with the early meal special of two for one it was affordable for a special treat. Great Beet Salad, Oyster Salad, and Red Snapper. Not so keen on the rare tuna. Good Manhattans and Malbec, but on the pricier side.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I enjoyed sitting there reading a book and not feeling rushed. The service was great, the food was great. Definitely a place to stop and enjoy

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Love this place. Every time we go the food is as good as the view. Recommend omelet with best hash cbrowns around and raisin toast. Also like shrimp taco and biscuits and gravy.

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Harlingen, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We have eaten lunch at the Palms four times, and have always enjoyed the place. The redfish sandwich and cheeseburgers with fries are favorites, tho the menu even at lunch is extensive. They didn't accept my American Express card (that I use to keep track of my dining costs every other month), but that wasn't irritating enough to drop my... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Consistently good meals after 5 lunch and dinner dining occassions. Full bar. Best time to dine is during lunch when you can see the shoreline over dunes covered in natural grasses. Wait staff is quite attentive.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is one of the few alfresco eateries on the gulf side of SPI. Daily meal and drink specials are a good deal. The limited menu is best for breakfast, brunch or lunch. The gulf vie and friendly staff are always worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I love the palms, a true locals secret. We eat here often because it's hidden away and the food is amazing. The fruit plate is a wonderful snack to be enjoyed by the pool. Today I had the tuna a la carte with grilled zucchini. It was perfectly cooked and flavored great. Nate was great company at the bar. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Had drinks & appetizers...unable to rate a meal but food looked good served at other tables. Great beach atmosphere.

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Howard, Colorado
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200 reviews 200 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The Palms does a great job with Bring Your Own Catch. I had the "basket" version that included fries that were lightly battered - WOW - you have to try these fries!!!! The fish batter is light and crunchy that really enhances the fish flavor. My wife ordered the Coconut Shrimp with a side salad. This entree was equally fabulous.... More 

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Galion, Ohio
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112 reviews 112 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

All four of the meals we tried were very good. Chicken basket, Shrimp basket, Oyster basket and Denver omlette sandwich. We each had home made potatoe chips which were nice and crispy with some cheese sprinkled on top. We all enjoyed the meals that we ordered however the menue items are a little high priced and this was for lunch.... More 

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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, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?