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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: Dinner, Lunch

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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
Wished I liked it better

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
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Clovis, New Mexico
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Garland, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
71 reviews 71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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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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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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