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La Jaiba Seafood Restaurant

2001 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
(956) 761-9878
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Cuisines: Seafood
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English first
Garland, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is not the newest, shiniest place you will ever visit. It has been located on South Padre Island in the same building for over 30 years. But the people are friendly, and the fish and shrimp are very good, some of the best on the island in my opinion. I have eaten there many times over the years since... More 

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Deming, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Saw this place the first evening we were on the Island before asking anyone. We later asked and the local opinion confirmed our feelings. Food was poor, service surly and it became a joke whenever anyone asked "Where are we eating tonight."

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Houston, Texas, United States
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Service was bad. Should have known something was wrong when we were the only one there during the lunch hour. The seafood was not fresh and over cooked so it was chewy and nasty greasy. I smelled the grease as they put my plate down. My kids ordered burgers and the meat didn't look like ground beef. In addition, it... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Terrible service, horrible foods cooked from frozen, dirty old place, rock in the water, prices not worth it, the waitresses had a face as if they don't want to serve their customers.

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Texas,USA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The service was attentive, but the seafood tasted like it came out of the frozen food aisle at HEB...but then again, HEB has good products. I felt like I paid $30 to eat frozen fish sticks. I genuinely wanted to like this place, but I could find no redemption in the food. I would suggest improving the technique in which... More 

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Blanca, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Not that good very greasy. Not worth your money. Place was clean and quite if that's all your looking for

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

We have an annual family reunion on the island every summer. Have tried almost all of the popular restaurants. The food quality, pricing and typical waits to be seated is not worth it. This year we tried La Jaiba....what a pleasant surprise! Food was fresh, portion size was better than most and price was more than fair. When the little... More 

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Austin, Texas, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Very disappointing. Overcooked shrimp and scallops (very tiny scallops). Shrimp cocktail served with ketchup....seriously. Salad was not bad, for out of a bag. Fish was cooked properly and flaky, but since we hated the oysters, scallops, and wouldn't even try the raw oysters, it wasn't at all worth the price. The place is obviously old and run-down, which isn't usually... More 

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Brownsville, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Owned and operated by a very seafood restaurant experienced family. The food is always great. I'll continue to go to La Jaiba for great seafood.

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Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

La Jaiba has long been one of Padre's most reliable seafood restaurants. It hasn't changed. On the basis of some of the negative reviews, it's clear to me it's we who have changed. For folks who need lots of TVs, videos, new theme decor, pizza and pasta, and the buzz, this is not your restaurant. But, if you want one... More 

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Address: 2001 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone Number: (956) 761-9878
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
Cuisine: Seafood

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