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Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar

1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6402
+1 956-761-1314
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“seafood” (141 reviews)
“shrimp” (112 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6402
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Reviewed February 19, 2016

Excellent Happy Hour and very reasonable drinks. Good bar food and a great view of the bay. A must on your trip.More

Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2016

Thank you so much for all the kind words -- it's a delight to know that you had so much fun at our happy hour! I really appreciate you sharing your experience with everyone and hope that we get to see you again some time...More

Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

The food was good, but very pricy. I had a glass of Moscato which was kind of flat. I had a vegetarian pasta which was really good. My husband had the shrimp which he thought was good. You definitely leave with a full tummy! The...More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2016

I'm happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed the veggie pasta and shrimp so much -- as well as that tasty bread! It really means a lot that you both chose to spend part of your day with us, and I hope we...More

Reviewed February 16, 2016

Every visit to Padre must include Sea Ranch for my husband and I. The seafood is incredible! The shrimp scampi is wonderful! My husband loved the filet and grilled shrimp as well. Staff is equally as great! This IS a place to visit!More

1  Thank Marcia R
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2016

Marcia, it means so much to know that we have earned the right to be part of your South Padre traditions! I'm thrilled that you both love the food so much, and it's especially great to know that the service you've received has been just...More

Reviewed February 15, 2016

Can not offer an opinion on food or servers as we never went past rude reception. Receptionists may want to remember it benefits the business they represent to be courteous and inviting. A brusk "it will be a 20minute wait, take this beeper and wait...More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2016

I am very disappointed and surprised to hear about this. Let me assure you that this is a customer experience that I've never heard about before, and I'll most definitely be looking into your concerns. Our entire staff is very passionate about always delivering a...More

Reviewed February 15, 2016

We enjoyed a crab dinner here one evening. The food was delicious; the musical entertainment was soothing; the service was stellar; and the price was reasonable!More

1  Thank Rosemary W
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2016

I'm so thrilled to see that you had such a wonderful time with us, Rosemary. Seeing that you loved the crab dinner is wonderful, and it's especially nice to hear that the service you received was so great. Thank you so much for sharing your...More

Reviewed February 15, 2016 via mobile

I sat here awhile thinking what would make this place a 5 and not a 4 then thought to myself that this one and only time I have visited it indeed gets a 5 star rating. I hope when I return it can live up...More

1  Thank ghosttourgal
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2016

I'm beyond thrilled to see what a stellar time you had with us -- and beyond flattered to have earned your five-star rating! It means so much to me and everyone here that you spent part of your Valentine's Day here with us, and I'll...More

Reviewed February 13, 2016

Four of us had seafood (shrimp, flounder, etc). Food was good and service was excellent. Decor is very nice. The most "upscale" restaurant we ate at while staying on South Padre Island. There are two sister restaurants nearby that are much more casual and cheaper....More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2016

While it's absolutely wonderful to know that you really enjoyed your food and the service that you received, I apologize that you didn't find the value to match what was given. We are very passionate about only using the absolute best ingredients available and sincerely...More

Reviewed February 12, 2016

Had a wonderful time at this upper scale on-the-water restaurant. Manny took great care of us and made recommendations. A nice place to get a whole fish prepared any way you like it! What more could you ask? They do a very fine job from...More

Thank Robert P
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2016

I'm absolutely delighted to know what a fantastic time you had here with us, Robert. Knowing that you enjoyed your meal so much is wonderful, and I'll definitely be sure to pass your kind words on the Manny as well. Thanks for everything -- I...More

Reviewed February 10, 2016

The food and drinks were very good. The clam chowder was tasty with lots of clams. Great steaks and seafood.

Thank Douglas R
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2016

I'm so delighted to see how much you love the food here, Douglas -- especially that clam chowder! Thank you so much for sharing your kind words with everyone, and please feel free to come back again any time! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner

Reviewed February 8, 2016 via mobile

Stopped by for fresh seafood in a great view of the bay, awesome sunset! Had the special of clam chowder and fresh Parmesan crusted flounder with a lobster sauce with pasta and vegetables! Absolutely excellent! 3 of us had the same and 1 had red...More

1  Thank Anthony W
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2016

Anthony, I'm truly thrilled to know how much you and the rest of your party loved the flounder and snapper! The only thing better than that is knowing that the service you received was also such a hit -- I'll definitely be sure to let...More

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Response from WilliamS404 | Reviewed this property |
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Response from discip1e | Reviewed this property |
We went last night. When we called, they said no reservations and no call aheads. If your party is not all there, you don't get seated. We were a party of ten. Walked up and told the wait was an hour. 5 minutes later we were... More
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Response from Debbie O | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view, Kids, Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6402
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
  • Phone Number: +1 956-761-1314
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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