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Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar

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1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Based on the reviews, I was really excited about going here. The scallops needed to be seasoned before pan fried. The best thing were the scalloped potatoes. ribeye-tender but lacking taste. oysters Rockefeller- this was very tasty however one of the oysters after Biting into it I realized it was totally ruined and disgusting. Fettuccine and flounder on the kids... More 

Thank Nicole B
South Padre Island, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family and I have been customers for 19 years. Best food. Best drinks. Best service. Thank you Sea Ranch

Thank Phil C
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's nice to meet the locals in the bar and get some starters they have wonderful seafood. If that doesn't fill you up then the restaurant defiantly will the servers are knowledgeable and patient if your new. A great menu with something for all. It's one of my rituals.

Thank Tal S
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Sea Ranch fried, blackened, and grilled our king mackerel we had just caught earlier that day, and served with two sides. Server was great and attentive. Will definitely come back to Sea Ranch!

Thank Jonry E
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I'm thrilled that everything came out so great, Jonry! We're honored to cook up your amazing catches, and I'm just as happy to know that you were given great service on top of it all. Thanks so much for your kind words -- I hope we get to see you again some time soon! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Artichoke dip was delicious. Oysters were good Blackened chicken Alfredo yummy Red snapper with scalloped potatoes awesome. Tropical cole slaw very gingery All was yum. Even the kids nuggets.

Thank chanes9142
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

This is all so wonderful to hear -- thank you for sharing these incredibly kind words! It means so much to know that your experience was such a great one. I really appreciate you coming by and hope that we get to do it again some time! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Nice views of the small marina however, the food was nothing but disappointing. They overcooked the Mahi. It was so hard and dry. I literally choked it down since I have fears of returning food to the kitchen. I did tell the manager and she thanked me for the information. They served the other person in our party a whole... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I'm very disappointed and surprised to hear about the meal you and your party experienced. Let me assure you that our staff is very dedicated to making sure everyone receives a fantastic meal each and everyday, and I apologize that these qualities didn't shine through when you were here. This is most certainly something that I will be looking into,... More 

Kempner, Texas
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68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food and cool atmosphere. We had about. 20 minute wait for dinner but it was ok cause we walked around and looked T the boats and Dolphin cruise area. Neat place and very friendly staff. The coconut shrimp was so good and so was the gulf shrimp. We had so much food to take back to the hotel. I... More 

Thank cheermom91
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I'm so delighted to know that you had such a fantastic time here! It really means a lot to know that your gulf and coconut shrimp were both a big hit, and I'm especially pleased that you were given such friendly and attentive service. Thanks so much for coming by and for sharing your kind words -- I truly look... More 

Flower Mound, Texas
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Only bad thing was they don't take reservations. So for our group of 16 - it meant a long wait at the bar.. We got appetizers for the kids and us and tried not to get full while we waited and enjoyed some drinks. Their elevator wasn't working when we were there and it was problematic for my MIL who... More 

Thank KirbyMom33
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I apologize for those initial speed bumps -- we certainly want to always do everything we can to make sure that your experience is amazing from top to bottom. I will be sure to follow up on your concerns right away. Having said that, I'm very happy to know that you were able to enjoy such a great meal. I... More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We got there around 6:30 and luckily got seated right away, however I noticed it was approximately an hour wait during our meal. The food and service was great. I was very pleased when we got our crab legs they were already cracked and split..saves me a lot of hassle with helping the kids out with these! It was right... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I'm so glad to see that everyone had such a wonderful time, Kerry. It's especially nice to know that you were all given such wonderful service, and I'm happy that the kiddos had fun taking in the view while they ate! Thanks so much for your kind words -- I hope we get to see you again some time soon!... More 

Dallas, Texas
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41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been vacationing in SPI for more than 25 years. Sea Ranch is always part of our plans and this visit did not disappoint. Service was excellent, decor very nice, food outstanding. Overall a very pleasing evening.

Thank Oct_Exit
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

This truly just made my day. I cannot tell you how much it means to know that we're part of your South Padre traditions, and of course it's wonderful to know that this visit went so well. I can't thank you enough for all of your kind words, and we all look forward to seeing you again! Thanks for everything,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Seafood
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
  • Phone Number: 956-761-1314
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 including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.

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