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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
Most recent review
- Dec 31, 2013
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12 reviews from our community

75% Recommend
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Blanca, Colorado
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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
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
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
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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

We LOVED it! Old school Texas Coast seafood restaurant. Unfortunately we were the only four folks in there, until another couple came in. The food was outstanding and better than Dirty Al’s, or Blackbeard’s. The waitresses were very friendly and food was served at the right time (they know how to serve you). I had the whole fried snapper which... More

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Zillah, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012 via mobile

Food here was excellent, w/ average menu prices. Great atmosphere, excellent service/staff. Will return again!

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2010

Boring decor; in middle of island, so no view; mid to high priced; food uninspired. Supposedly known for being a long time family owned shrimp & snapper restaurant... but they need to update everything starting with the chef and the menu. Snapper or flounder was $20, bones and head included; stuffed shrimp or crab was very dry and boring for... More

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Harris County, Tx
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2009

We visited in the off season and it was very quiet - we were the only customers there outside a group of locals in the bar. The food was excellent and the service was friendly and prompt. No flashy decoration, no gimmics, just good food in a fairly basic menu of seafood standbys. Don't look for anything exotic on the... More

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San Antonio
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2009

We travel to South Padre once a year, and we never miss eating here. The food is fresh and hot. Kind of like a 50's diner that specializes in seafood. Good, fast service, and reasonable prices. Nothing fancy, but that's what you want at the beach.

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