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“Special Occasion Place. Felt pampered”

Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Lebanon, Missouri
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Special Occasion Place. Felt pampered”
Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

We were impressed with the atmosphere and fresh seafood. Crab cakes were not lump crab. But still very good.. Fresh oysters & Aahi Tuna. Nice steaks. They even had a candle for my hubby's Birthday cake. Would go there again.

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Thank pattys13
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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Thanks for sharing. I'm glad we could impress you with our atmosphere and fresh seafood. We've worked hard to provide consistent quality and a welcoming, fun atmosphere, so I appreciate your kind words! I hope to welcome you back again soon. I know we have what it takes to show you a five-star experience.

All the best,

Bob Friedman, Owner
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Texas
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Very good, but high prices!”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

This place has been around for a long time. Excellent sea food, but at a price higher than one wound expect to pay at the ocean's edge!

Visited December 2012
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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Thanks for sharing, Jake. I'm glad you enjoyed our food! "Excellent" is what I like to see. As for our prices, we're confident that they match the quality of food we have to offer, but we appreciate your feedback nonetheless. I hope to welcome you back again soon. Take care.

All the best,

Bob Friedman, Owner
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Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“So so food”
Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

There are a lot of other options at South Padre. We were looking for local fresh food, but this was a typical seafood place you could see any where.

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Thank Ashok_Sami
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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Thanks for sharing. While I appreciate your comments, it's troubling to know that we could not leave you with a better impression. Impressing our customers with consistent quality and excellent service is always our goal.

What did you order? What do you think we could be doing better? We'd love to hear more about your experience, so please don't hesitate to reach out. We're always striving to improve! Meanwhile, I hope you'll be back to give us another chance. I know we have what it takes to wow you.

All the best,

Bob Friedman, Owner
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Food poisoning.... that simple”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

Went there for a nice meal with my girlfriend and everything went wrong. Had the clam chowder and they brought it out barely room temp. Then reheated it in the microwave.... I refused to eat it knowing this... unfortunately my girlfriend ate hers. A few hours later she began vomitting violently and spent the rest of the night with a bucket by the bed... I also wouldn't eat the rest of my meal as it also was misprepared. I paid for my meal and tipped thewaitress since she tried her best. I wouldn't recommend eating anyplace that doesn't understand the concept of properly storing and heating food. Especially when dealing with seafood.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review, December 10, 2012
I'm sorry to hear about your dining experience. Customer satisfaction is crucial to us as we strive to impress all of our diners. Having said that, this really does not sound like us. Under no circumstance would we reheat your food "in the microwave"--this would be entirely unacceptable and is not how I run my restaurant.

I'm also sorry to hear that your girlfriend got sick. All of our food is home cooked with only the freshest ingredients, so I would be very surprised if she got sick from our food. Regardless, give her my best. If you have any further comments of concerns please don't hesitate to reach out. We'd love a chance to put our best foot forward.

Sincerely,

Bob Friedman, Owner
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Marble Falls, Texas
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“Wonderful seafood and romantic place to eat!”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

A great place! Very nice bar to have a quiet drink. Wrap around deck for drinks and socializing. The dining area night time ambiance is wonderful! Dark blue ceilings and lighting with wood sculptured fish hanging so it feels like you are dining under the sea. We had the grouper, pan fried shrimp and scallops and all were outstanding! Very light yet filling. Service was great too! I'm going back!

Visited December 2012
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Thank wecandothatservices
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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Thanks for your kind review. I'm glad you've enjoyed "dining under the sea" with us. There's nothing that makes us happier than hearing that we're doing things right--the kitchen will be thrilled to hear how satisfied you were with the grouper, shrimp and scallops. We're all very proud of the dishes we serve!

I appreciate you taking the time to review us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

All the best,

Bob Friedman, Owner
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