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Dean's South of the Border

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$$ - $$$
Mexican, American, Southwestern, Bar
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130 Tamiami Trl, Punta Gorda, FL 33950-3633
+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
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florida
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good food Good service Good music Great clam chowder Good prices What can I say Cmon Cmon Awesome thanks to my awesome friend and my parents

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

Love your review. Thank you and we look very forward to seeing you again soon! More 

State College, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I always want to like Dean's, because it's in a great spot and I love Mexican food, but it always disappoints. The service is just terrible, slow, inattentive, forgetful. We waited 2+ hours once and finally the server admitted that they forgot to put our order in. Never apologized, offered to comp anything, or even bothered to bring drink refills.

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

I very much hate to hear your review. It is always our goal to give fast friendly service. It sounds like possibly on your visit that a manager may not have been informed on the issues at your table. I am very sorry that this happened . We hope you will give us another try. Please feel free to ask... More 

Highworth, United Kingdom
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243 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Dean's South of the Border, has got a good atmosphere, but the food can be a little hit or miss. There is always live music in the evening and quite a few times at lunch time too, although because of the different styles, the music will not always be to everyone's taste, but if you strike lucky, you will enjoy.

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Thank Wiltshirewall
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had dinner at Deans South of the Border, found the service to be slow and the food was just OK. Wont go back.

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Thank joescuba92
Dean S, General Manager at Dean's South of the Border, responded to this review

I am so sorry to hear your review. We pride ourselves on fast and friendly service and awesome piping hot food. Sounds like we failed all the way around for you and I am very sorry. I hope you will reconsider and try us again. Please feel free to ask for me. Hope to See you Again Sincerely, Carrie More 

Punta Gorda, Florida
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Has been around forever and is consistently good, great Mexican and TexMex food and friendly service.

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

Thank you so much for your nice review. We are glad to hear that we are delivering excellence to you! We look forward to many more visits!! Sincerely, Carrie More 

Punta Gorda, Florida
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dean's has very large portions of American Mexican food. It tastes great, and I have never had a bad meal there. We meet friends there for a good meal with some great time catching up, and it is our meeting place of choice. Trying to plan our next get together here soon!

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Thank cindi05112016
Dean S, General Manager at Dean's South of the Border, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to write it. I think there is just no other place I would rather meet up with friends than at Deans! We are so thankful for our loyal customers and we look forward to seeing you all again soon! Sincerely, Carrie More 

New Hope, Pennsylvania
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212 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming here for over three years (as long as we have owned in Punta Gorda). Trying to find good Mexican food or Tex-Mex is not always easy. Everyone has their own take and tastes. Deans hits the nail on the head. They have lunch specials so make sure your server tells you about them. Also, at night... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. We are glad you enjoy and we appreciate your loyalty to Deans. We look forward to many more! Again thank you! Sincerely, Carrie More 

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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great for lunch & dinner too, but LOVE their biscuits and gravy for breakfast with sweet tea (southern style)! Fun for a night bar scene too with great live music!

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

Thank you for coming to trip advisor to review us! Sounds like you come to visit us a lot and we appreciate it very much! I too LOVE the bisquits and gravy. I was not a real breakfast eater until I came here, and now it is one of my favorite meals. We look forward to seeing you real soon!... More 

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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We going to Deans about 20 years. That explains Everything. The food is always fresh and hot. The Border Salat is a meal. Service girls are Ok. All in all, no place to complain .

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

We love to hear from our long time patrons and we enjoy getting to tell you thank you on trip advisor. We look forward to having you for many years to come! Sincerely, Carrie More 

Spring City, Tennessee
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224 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of our favorite Mexican Restaurants in the area. My husband had discovered a new Mexican dish in Tennessee and hoped Dean's would serve it, but they do not. It is a grilled chicken breast, cut up over rice in a cheese sauce. At the restaurant in TN it is called Crazy Chicken. Once he got over that dish not... More 

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

We are glad to hear you enjoy Deans. I am happy to hear that your husband found another favorite dish. We do have a minimal charge on our chips and salsa of $2.25. We have opted to charge for chips rather than incorporate the price of them into every meal. We look forward to having you again very soon! Sincerely,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $20
Cuisine
Mexican, American, Southwestern, Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 130 Tamiami Trl, Punta Gorda, FL 33950-3633
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Punta Gorda
  • Phone Number: +1 941-575-6100
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!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?