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“A pleasant surprise” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Paulino's Italian Restaurant

Paulino's Italian Restaurant
4600 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7327
956-761-4000
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Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Houston
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“A pleasant surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2009

We were pleasantly surprised with our meal at Paulino's. The restaurant had a good review on Tripadvisor and so we decided to give it a try for dinner. Pulling up in the parking lot there not alot of cars which was unusual during our one week stay on South Padre. The atmosphere inside the restaurant was also suspect. The place is very plain inside with "plastic" the decor choice. However the food and service was very good. The older female server seemed Italian (always a good sign) and was pleasant and helpful. Most importantly the food was very good. My wife and grand daugher shared a small pizza as an appetizer. My wife though it was as good as the pizza she had had in Italy. My pasta was not overcooked a typical problem with pasta here in the US. All in all a really good meal at a family friendly price.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Oklahoma City
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Highly Recommend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2009

My sister highly recommended this place from a previous visit, and we all loved it, including two teen boys. A little on the expensive side but great food, great service and great atmosphere. A wonderful treat.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Norfolk, Ne
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105 reviews 105 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Pretty Paulino”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2009

Thsi is a nice Italian restaurante, resonably priced with nice portions.
Oh, Paulino is a very nice lady and works hard to make you feel welcome at her nice place. Great atmosphere while dining.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
“Great Italian!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2008

This is a quaint little restaurant you visit for the food, not the atmosphere. We loved it. The veal parmigiana is fabulous as is the spaghetti. The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to be sure you are pleased with your food and service. It's only open for dinner, and it's never crowded. Try it, and I'm sure you'll be as delighted as we were.

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