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Paulino's Italian Restaurant

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4600 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7327
956-761-4000
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 8
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  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Must go!

Great food, friendly, lovely hosts. Décor is a bit dated, background music is taped, but the food is excellent. I had the Italian sampler and it was brilliant. Great tomato sauce - authentic - none of this canned or bottled stuff you get in other places. Deep, rich flavor. Friend had garlic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Janice S
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Houston
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Houston
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food, friendly, lovely hosts. Décor is a bit dated, background music is taped, but the food is excellent. I had the Italian sampler and it was brilliant. Great tomato sauce - authentic - none of this canned or bottled stuff you get in other places. Deep, rich flavor. Friend had garlic spaghetti and shrimp - said it was wonderful.... More 

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Thank Janice S
Hanson, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I got eggplant parmesan and my wife got a chef salad. My eggplant parmesan was mush. Tasted like it had been taken out of the freezer and microwaved. My wife said the chef salad was good. Felt bad for the owners, we were the only ones in the restaurant the whole time we were eating dinner. Mom and Pop place... More 

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Thank Bob S
Winsted, Minnesota
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Must try this place it has friendly owners, great food and would eat there again. Meet some nice locals too.

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Thank littlemrsflower
Anchorage, Alaska
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Food is delicious and authentic Italian (family has Italian roots I believe, and if you know authentic Italian, you can tell.) Menu is varied, the sampler is a great way to try this place out. Dishes come out piping hot with the sauce and cheese still bubbling. Many (if not most) of the dishes are affordable and below $15.

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Thank Jennnnn25
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Great food , the price was a little on the high side but if you don't mined paying for a first rate meat you will love this place.

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Thank peterpO8984YH
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

poor service and food I don't know how they got any good reviews my husband could not eat his food and the few biteshe took made him ill

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Thank Lrd49
waco,tx
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

Family of 9 had a great time. Best garlic bread ever. Everyone enyoyed their food. All fresh made. Staff was great. The owner is the cook,great guy. Must go to place.

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Thank txcav
Lorena
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

Came by accident. We planned another restaurant and didn't want the hour long wait so we went next door. It wasn't very busy and we had second thoughts. I have to say we were pleasantly surprised! The food was excellent. Hole in the wall atmosphere. The waitress could have had a little more personality, but that is our only complaint.... More 

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Thank Tjevidence
Georgetown, Texas
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Excellent authentic italian food. We ordered the fish, which was really fresh and the gnocchi. Good sauce.

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Thank HEBall
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

Server was completely RUDE, food is completely over priced! Pizza and spaghetti sauce was only tomato paste! Drinks stayed empty entire time, with no ice! We made a point to bring it to the managers attention and he was sarcastic and didn't care at all that his customers were completely unsatisfied then continued to mock me! Don't advise anyone to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4600 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7327
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
  • Phone Number: 956-761-4000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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