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The Meatball Cafe

2412 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6926
+1 956-299-4605
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good20%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“meatballs” (140 reviews)
“bread” (53 reviews)
“panini” (18 reviews)
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Italian, Bar, Pizza, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2412 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6926
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Reviewed yesterday

Decided to check out this place for lunch and we weren't disappointed - the decor was great for an Italian restaurant - food was great and so was the service - we will definitely return when we are back on the island...

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank TripGal63
Reviewed 6 days ago

Went to THe Meatball Cafe for dinner while we were on the island - it was outstanding. So good in fact that we went the back the last night of our stay for take out. A must visit when you are on the island!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank mkemp1968
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband loved the homemade ravioli. The meatballs where awesome and the pizza was amazing . We went there several nights in a row . My Italian husband from Philadelphia was shocked and impressed on the authenticity in SPI , Texas!!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Wander748762
Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived fairly early but other people arrived shortly thereafter. Acoustics terrible and it was often difficult to hear waiter or to converse between ourselves. Wine prices reasonable and our selection was good. Very disappointed in our meals however. Salad had a nice variety of lettuce...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank WilliamS404
sailspi, Owner at The Meatball Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

William, Mama says thank you for your review. Shes a glad you likea the wine and salad. When we really busy, Meatballs is like Italian kitchen with lots of talk. You right it's noisy but reminds Mama of home. The 11 year old piano girl...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a large group, 12, and they had no trouble accommodating us with a little notice. Our server was excellent and had everything we needed. The manager checked on us constantly and was very friendly. I had the scallops and pasta in lemon sauce....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Wano16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

OMG! Sooo good! For starters our waiter Javier G was awesome! So friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and all around provided excellent customer service. The food and service was perfection. For appetizer we had the fried ravioli...yumm yumm. I had the lasagna and my husband...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank colorado_cali_grl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped at this location only because of the number of cars out front. Turned out to be a great decision. My wife couldn't stop talking about the wedding soup in a bread bowl that she got. My meat lovers pizza was nothing short of fantastic....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Safetydude_Canada
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a 7pm reservation. Got there 10 minutes early. We chose to sit on the patio, there was one other table there. An hour and 20 minutes later, we left....with no dinner. Waiter got the wine order wrong, 3 other tables came and got served,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Lou D
Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

I often go to the Meatballs Cafe. I go there with my family and I know that the food will always be good. I like to cook but i like when i can find better food at a restaurant, let alone skip washing dishes. LOL....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Islandfood5789
Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

I had an awesome chocolate caramel mint martini. So good. Very smooth and refreshing. Food and service both amazing will definitely come back. Liz was an outstanding server.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 927lizb
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January 9, 2018|
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Response from Rhonda f | Property representative |
Lunch specials are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $24
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2412 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6926
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
  • Phone Number: +1 956-299-4605
OPENED DECEMBER 2015. Italian food made from scratch: Pasta, Pizza, Sauces, Sausage, Meatballs, Panini. Steak and Seafood menu. Full Bar.
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