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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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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Waitstaff

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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
Scott B
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Brighton, Colorado, United States
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We've been going to this restaurant since 1970 and love it for family dining. Mainly deep fried shrimp is my favorite and they have a captains feast plate that has a little of everything plus more.

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Thank Larry B
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Went here for lunch and order the sampler which was for $20. The sampler included a variety of shrimp, fish, and oysters. The deep fried oyster had a funky taste to it and their water tasted really funky. It wasn't as good as how all the other reviews had it.

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Thank Luke V
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Scott B
San Antonio, Texas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 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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Thank Victoria B
Clovis, New Mexico
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank miskers1984
Colo. Spgs.
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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Thank mosqrd
Garland, Texas
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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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Thank Don N
Deming, New Mexico
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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
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90 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 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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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

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  • Cuisine: Seafood

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