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La Jaiba Seafood Restaurant

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2001 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
(956) 761-9878
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Old school charm, but missed on the food.

This place reminds of the fish houses I used to go to with my Grandpa as a child. Really neat fisherman themed decor. The menu is fairly small, but I wasn't worried because that usually means they know what they are doing on the few items they have. The food wasn't bad, but it wasn't good. I had... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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English first
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12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This place reminds of the fish houses I used to go to with my Grandpa as a child. Really neat fisherman themed decor. The menu is fairly small, but I wasn't worried because that usually means they know what they are doing on the few items they have. The food wasn't bad, but it wasn't good. I had the crab... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Great food, drinks, service and reasonable prices. This place also offers a full bar; highly recommend the Long Island Ice Tea.

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Clovis, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Service was great, very friendly people. Food was good and although there wasn't a huge choice on the menu, the food we ate was delicious and well cooked. Might eat here again.

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Colo. Spgs.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The service was good and the people were very nice, but some of the food tasted a little off. I am not sure why. It did not seem very fresh and compared to other places we ate at it would probably be at the bottom of my list as far as food quality goes. With the other options and the... More 

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Garland, Texas
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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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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
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41 restaurant reviews
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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
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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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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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

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