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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” (135 reviews)
“shrimp” (108 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6402
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in for dinner, nice location and building. Service was good, and food was pretty good as well. The blackened mahi was more like broiled but was still okay. Calamari was very good.

Thank Scott E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife wanted sea food and we thought this would be a good place - wrong. Over priced and undercooked food. $3 for a kids soda - forget it.

Thank Paul N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Drinks and dinner. House drink specialty is frozen margarita with a sangria swirl. Beautiful and delicious. Appetizer: Oysters Rockefeller were the best we have ever had. Spinachy, cheesy, garlicky oyster perfection. My entree: Shrimp basket (shrimp 3 ways: breaded and fried, bacon wrapped, and grilled)....More

Thank A M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed everything about the Sea Ranch. Is it pricey, maybe a little bit. Is is worth it DEFINITELY. And most of all I would go back without hesitation. Great food, ambiance and service.

Thank wbr4368
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love seafood..but I think little over price.. Yes good portion. But server doesn't care..( ´•̥̥̥ω•̥̥̥`)

Thank Minzoku
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was barely edible; I had the grouper special and my husband had s shrimp boat. Our 2 cocktails were not very good either. However, the waitstaff were attentive —although I could have done without the female’s overpowering,stinky perfume.More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Two big goals here are to always provide our customers with an excellent meal and a comfortable atmosphere, and I apologize that you were left with a much different impression. Our staff is incredibly experienced and talented at presenting each customer with a five-star experience,...More

Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Dinner last night was perfect. My wife ordered Shrimp off the early bird menu and I ordered Chop Sirloin Steak. Cooked to perfection and a great wine selection. The "Secret Agent" by Alias was great.More

Thank flybear36
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Wow -- this is wonderful to see! I'm truly thrilled and honored to know that your entire dinner experience here was so perfect. I can't wait to share this with the rest of the staff, and thanks for all the wonderfully kind words. I hope...More

Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

My and my boyfriend really enjoyed the sevice and the food!!! The drinks were good too and reasonable prices

Thank Annie1218
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Cheers, Annie, and thanks for stopping by for a meal and some drinks with your boyfriend. I'm glad y'all enjoyed it, and hope to see you again! Until then, Bob Friedman, Owner

Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Had the Grouper special which was incredible. I visited this location in the early 90s, with great memories. Finally was able to come back to SO I and had to try it again. The food, best on the island. Hands down. The service is top...More

Thank Bob D
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

I'm happy to know you could make it back after all these years, Bob. It's such a nice compliment that we're your favorite restaurant on the island, too. I'll be sure to pass your kind words along to the entire staff. Hope we'll be seeing...More

Reviewed 18 October 2017

We had not been to Sea Ranch in a few years. Although we had to wait for a table it was worth the wait. Great menu items and good food. The tropical slaw was not my favorite but everything else was fabulous. We were seated...More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you so much for coming to see us after all these years, Lisa! It is really great to see that both your server and your meal were such a big hit, and thanks for sharing your kind words and input with everyone. We definitely...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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 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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