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“It Might As Well Be Fresh Fish If You're on the Gulf”

Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: 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.
Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
64 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“It Might As Well Be Fresh Fish If You're on the Gulf”
Reviewed February 5, 2012

With "deep friend", "breaded" and "fresh frozen" (what does that mean anyway?) being the common method of preparation and type of fish offered in too many gulf coast restaurants, it's a pleasure to be offered snapper, grouper and flounder that are fresh wild and prepared in a simple pan fry. Couple that with good service and a nice vibe and you've got a decent restaurant. Meat lovers have options as well from a decently varied menu.

Visited February 2012
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Ambience with price tag”
Reviewed February 3, 2012

Sea Ranch has pretty good food, great view, and would be good for a special occasion. There are comparable places for better value.

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Austin, TX
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Lured by the coupon...”
Reviewed February 1, 2012

...for a free shrimp cocktail, but this restaurant was excellent in every way. Great shrimp, great location, wonderful and funny waiter--Sergio from Brazil. As a solo diner, I sometimes feel less valued than a big-tipping tableful, but Sergio made me feel quite welcome.

Visited January 2012
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Bronwsville, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Service too slow”
Reviewed January 29, 2012

The food tasks very good, but the service is terrible

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Greenfield, Indiana
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Slow but good food”
Reviewed January 29, 2012

for a time when the island isn't too busy, this restaurant was busy. We waited about an hour for a table for 4. Service was slow, appeared to not have enough wait staff. Bread and salad very good as well as the 2 soups . My husband said it was hands down the best clam chowder ever. I had filet mignon and shrimp. the filet was excellent, the shrimp average or a little less than for what I have had on this island. I'm not sure what the difference was but the 2 of us who had baked potatoes thought they were unusually good. We were never offered any refills on our bevereages.

  • Visited January 2012
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