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“Upscale on the Beach”

Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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.
Duluth, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Upscale on the Beach”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Great place to eat. It is a bit out of the way at the end of the island, but it's a place not to miss. Great, intimate view of the boat harbor from tables, excellent service and super food. We ate there twice during our visit. Try the broiled Flounder, excellent, portions are nice and the per glass wine selection is excellent and varied.

  • Visited February 2013
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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Steve,

Thank you so much for stopping by not once, but twice during your visit. We appreciate your review and love your insider tip about the broiled flounder—thanks! We hope we'll get to see you again the next time you visit the island.

Take care,
Bob Friedman, Owner
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San Antonio, Texas, United States
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A very good dinner at the beach.”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Interesting restaurant. The food was very good but the kitchen was a little slow. Our waiter Joel was exceptional. This restaurant sits ocean side but because of the architecture, the window tables are separated by pillars. This gives some privacy but locks you into a narrow view only from your small window. The tables in the center of the room actually have a better panoramic 'gulf view'.

Visited January 2013
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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Paul, Thank you for taking the time to review us on Yelp, and for your insider tip about the panoramic Gulf view! We appreciate your feedback, and are happy to hear that you were pleased with the food and service. I apologize for the slow service—we like to think that good things can sometimes take a little longer! I will be sure to pass your kind words on to Joel, and look forward to your return visit. All my best, Bob Friedman, Owner
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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“An upscale restaurant in SPI.”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Went there for supper, thought it was going to be another restaurant, but it was pretty rittzee. Was a very good meal, a very nice place, good waiters, but very expensive.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank John B
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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
John, thank you for visiting us and for leaving a review! I'm happy to hear that everything was good and the service was satisfactory. As for our prices, we're confident that they match the quality of food offered, and appreciate the feedback for your fellow TripAdvisor members. I hope to welcome you back again soon. Take care, Bob Friedman, Owner
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Derby, Kansas
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

We skipped this place on our first visit to South Padre and boy were we wrong to have done so. It looks a little iffy from the outside (it's next to the KOA campground removed from the main part of town) but trusted a reccommendation from a local when we returned for our second visit. The food was amazing, best shrimp scampi and steak on the island hands down. Service was great and the atmosphere was very nice. It is at the higher end of the price range ... for the two dishes mentioned above and drinks it was about $70 just to give everyone fair warning.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Susan B
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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review, January 12, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor, Susan! We're thrilled that you were able to make it over to visit us this time around. We're always happy to get feedback from guests and are glad to hear that you were impressed with the scampi, steak and service. We like to think that quality is worth the higher price, and we're happy you agree! Thanks again. Look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the island.

Best,
Bob Friedman, Owner
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Harlingen, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Excellent food and service, but is pricey. The right place for a special occasion with the right person.

  • 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. I'm glad you've enjoyed our food. The team will be thrilled to see "excellent" describing their dishes! As for our prices, we're confident that they match the quality of food we offer, but we appreciate your feedback. Hope to see you again soon!

All the best,

Bob Friedman, Owner
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