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Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
American, Seafood
Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a very popular restaurant and we had about a 1/2 hour wait. We sat at the bar and had a drink while we waited. Bar was very nice and time quickly passed We ordered the steak and Ai tuna. Both were perfectly cook...and tasted great. Over all we had a lovely dinning experience and the best restaurant we ate at during our stay on the Island.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had been here many years ago with dear friends. Returned this time with a friend who is a local. Snapper throats were still excellent! Perhaps you can get these outside South Padre but we haven't seen them. Drinks were well-made ( martini and margarita)....Efficient service team. We recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was decent, kids menu was big meaning the food. we had ordered 3 shrimp alfredo with shrimp.... the shrimp is huge..i had got the shrimp scampi it had some nice sized shrimp. the bread was so good and the artichoke dip..my husband got...his and really liked his. will go back againMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi trickynikki136, Thank you for your feedback! It's great to hear that your experience was an enjoyable one. We look forward to your return!

Reviewed September 10, 2021

This place is great, the food and drinks were really good. Friendly atmosphere. We got seated almost right away.

Date of visit: September 2021
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We thank you for taking a moment to leave your kind words, sylviac726! It's reviews like this that make us at excited to come into work every day. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon!

Reviewed September 4, 2021 via mobile

The food is really good, we had for appetizers the peeled onion and the tuna, I ordered the salmon and it was overcooked so it was hard and dry. I requested more of the dressing sauce but it didn’t make a difference. You would think...they’d know how to cook salmon for the price. Overall the service from the waitress was good, the personnel that picks up the plates we’re not all as helpful, and the hostess was quite rude, her tone of voice while greeting us was definitely not welcoming it was of exasperation, as she was directing us to the lady that would seat us she referred to her as the hostess, turns out she was the assistant manager. At least that’s what the lady that sat us said she was as she apologized for the lady that greeted us. Besides that greeting experience, we had a good time. I would say the food is different than at other restaurants, the clam chowder really good. It is pricier than others but everyone enjoyed what they ordered with the exception of my salmon.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Bob F, General Manager at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2021

Hey there, thank you for taking the time to leave us this review! We love hearing positive feedback from our guests and we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed our wide variety of delicious meals. We hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed August 23, 2021 via mobile

The food wasn’t “bad”, but it wasn’t great either…quite literally had no real taste or detectable flavor. The calamari appetizer was like chewing a rubber band, and in a weird straw-like shape. My blackened scallops/shrimp/fish plate was “blackened” with a few spices that added no...flavor. My wife’s bacon wrapped shrimp was burned and grilled shrimp lacked any particular flavoring. My son’s ribeye was decent, but extremely fatty (baked potato was good though). I’d say the value was about $30 vs the $125 we paid (no alcohol). I can see why they push the booze..need something to help forget the meal! The Sea Ranch used to be THE restaurant to go to on the island. Unfortunately it has fallen far from the top and you can see why so many other restaurants, even chains, are more popular on SPI. It would be great if the took the low season to revamp and refresh, before it’s too late.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We're sorry to hear that you didn't have a great experience with us. We pride ourselves on the food we serve, so it's disheartening to know that it did not meet your standards. We will...More

Reviewed August 3, 2021

We are local long time customers, ( 20yrs living here). We stopped going due to the long waits in the extremely hot weather this year. Well, we went recently and were told that we could have reserved before going. We left but are happy that...we can reserve a table without the long waits in the car. Food is still excellent. Will try to reserve today for our 47th wedding anniversary.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2021

Hi, thanks so much for rating us 5 stars! It is such a compliment to see that you had such a positive experience. We hope to see you in for many more!

Reviewed July 18, 2021

It was our first time to visit the Sea Ranch. We arrived a bit after their opening at five and were promptly seated in a booth. Our waiter took our drink order and we had to spend time going over the menu. I shared the...Shrimp Scampi meal and it was just perfect. There were eight very large shrimp served over a very creamy angel hair pasta. It was the best tasting meal I've had in a long time. Everyone was so pleased with their choices. We returned on our last night on the island for another great meal. This time I chose the chicken alfredo with grilled chicken, which was also very tasty and well prepared. If I ever get back to the island the Sea Ranch will be my first choice.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2021

It's such a compliment knowing your first visit with us went so well you decided to come back for more!! We're glad you had a great time and hope you have the chance to visit again!!

Reviewed June 14, 2021

We love the fabulous seafood enchiladas, never found anywhere else!! The seafood specials are always outstanding, as well as our wonderful server, Mando. We will look for Mondo next time!

Date of visit: June 2021
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2021

Hey, thank you for giving us 5-stars! It is flattering to know that you thought enough of your visit with us to give us such a stellar review! We're looking forward to your next visit with us😊

Reviewed May 31, 2021

Fried shrimp was excellent. Clam chowder tasty. Scallops OK. Scalloped potatoes were decadent. Fruity daiquiri OK. Pretty good overall value for a touristy locale. Nice view from 2nd floor over the harbor at sunset. The first floor is kid of dark and boring. With the...options on SPI I'd say this one is one of the better restaurants from our experience this weekend. .More

Date of visit: May 2021
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2021

Hey there, thanks for the positive review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again at Sea Ranch Restaurant.

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Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5