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Dean's South of the Border

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130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
+1 941-575-6100
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6:30 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children
Description: Dean's South of the Border has been a local favorite since 1992, family...
Dean's South of the Border has been a local favorite since 1992, family owned & operated it offers something for everyone from Tex Mex to classic American favorites. Dean's offers indoor/outdoor dining, entertainment 7 days a week, full sports bar, kids menu, happy hour, early bird, daily specials and late night menu. There's always a party going on at Dean's!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A Good hearty meal

We had stopped by hear in 2015 for lunch so this year we came for dinner. It's a busy place with live music.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Alfred B
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The breakfast is by far their best food. They have live entertainment every night and it is usually pretty good. Mexican food/dinner is ok,

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had stopped by hear in 2015 for lunch so this year we came for dinner. It's a busy place with live music.

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Thank Alfred B
Warrington, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are looking for a good place to go, Dean's covers the bill. good mexican food, great wings, a fun atmosphere, and plenty of drink choices for everyone.

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Thank Zhunter
Punta Gorda, Florida
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good Food and large portions. Service is very good and quick. Very attentive to make sure you don't run out of anything.

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Thank TaxmanEA
Punta Gorda, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Dean's has a wide selection of Mexican dishes, and every one that I have had has been very good. I had Huevos Rancheros for breakfast last Sunday and it was great! Their location in downtown Punta Gorda is convenient, although it can be difficult to find a parking spot close to the restaurant. It's one of the places I regularly... More 

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Thank eresidae
Dean S, General Manager at Dean's South of the Border, responded to this review

We love that we are one of your "go to" places that you bring your guest when you are in town. Thank you for taking the time to come to trip advisor and let us know. We look forward to seeing you and your guests in the near future!!! Sincerely, Carrie Deans South of the Border, GM More 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We eat here a couple of times a week both for breakfast and dinner it is always fun and a great value

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Thank Dandad2
Dean S, General Manager at Dean's South of the Border, responded to this review

Short, sweet and to the point! We love that you love us! Thank you for visiting us on a regular basis!!! See you very soon! Sincerely, Carrie Deans South of the Border, GM More 

Punta Gorda, Florida
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89 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been here many times and enjoy their breakfast. We know in season that breakfast can take 30-45 minutes on a Sunday morning to get your breakfast. Unfortunately this time it took almost an hour. Before the food was brought we saw at least four tables get seated and served before us and our waitress told us, it was... More 

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Thank CAMellon
Dean S, General Manager at Dean's South of the Border, responded to this review

We appreciate you coming to trip advisor with your review. After reading it I was very disappointed that we let you down. I went back to your recent reviews and noticed that you had such nice things to say about our breakfast on another review and we appreciate both. We look to reviews from our customers to help us take... More 

Bass Harbor, Maine
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love the Chicken Wings at Dean's!!! EVERY time I visit Florida I try my best to make sure the family and I swing by for some Wings!!! Dean's is fun, busy and can be loud BUT that's fine with me!!! The place is clean with a great staff who make sure everything is awesome with your visit/meal!!! You can... More 

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Thank Chip R
Dean S, General Manager at Dean's South of the Border, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for your nice review. We love to hear that we have people look forward to seeing us every time they visit Florida. We too look forward to those return faces! On that note see you NEXT time we will have a friendly face and steaming hot wings waiting for you! Sincerely, Carrie Deans South of... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Four of us ate dinner here on a Saturday night. We arrived early, by 5:30, and had just a short wait. There was confusion, apparently, because it took quite awhile for someone to stop at our table for drink orders and then for food orders. We were asked if we wanted two checks or one and we asked for two.... More 

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Thank Dgbtravels
Dean S, General Manager at Dean's South of the Border, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for coming to trip advisor with your review. I really am sorry that your service was not up to par. We really try hard to make sure our customers are taken care of and want for nothing. As far as the sauces go I think you will enjoy the verde. It is my favorite and is... More 

Grafton, Wisconsin
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Managed to find parking in a back lot and glad I went through the effort. Place is fun, food good, etc. Had a chili releno lunch plate. Releno was coated in flour mixture, stuffed with chicken and cheese, covered with a verde sauce and baked. Delicious. Accompanying beans and rice were average except where verde sauce spread and that portion... More 

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Thank Barbara K
Dean S, General Manager at Dean's South of the Border, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to come to trip advisor and reviewing your time with us. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal. One of my favorite dishes is the cheese rellenos smothered in the verde. We do offer inside dining in the event you want a complete smoke free atmosphere. But I completely understand liking to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Punta Gorda
  • Phone Number: +1 941-575-6100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children

Description

Dean's South of the Border has been a local favorite since 1992, family owned & operated it offers something for everyone from Tex Mex to classic American favorites. Dean's offers indoor/outdoor dining, entertainment 7 days a week, full sports bar, kids menu, happy hour, early bird, daily specials and late night menu. There's always a party going on at Dean's!
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 2:00 am
Monday
6:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
6:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
6:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
6:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
6:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
6:30 am - 2:00 am

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