South Padre Island Travel Guide

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What to Eat in South Padre Island

One of the perks of vacationing at a beach destination is the fresh seafood, and SPI is no different. Enjoy a plate of fresh oysters while watching the dolphins play in the Gulf, or you can sample one of the many types of fish that can be found in Laguna Madre, including marlin, red snapper, kingfish and flounder. Cafe on the Beach at the Palms resort and Beachside Bar & Grill at the Pearl South Padre Island Resort are beloved spots offering ocean views, outdoor seating and a wide array of excellent seafood dishes. 

Thanks to the large influx of tourism, the South Padre restaurant scene has diversified and you can now find establishments serving everything from Polynesian to Italian fare. Barry's International South Padre Island has everything from Tex-Mex to Italian to seafood dishes. The island is also home to numerous burger joints – Padre Island Brewing Company is a popular spot where typical American fare is served and the local brews are abundant. For something sweet, reviewers say you can't go wrong with the pancakes at Yummies Bistro.

Find the Best Restaurants in South Padre Island

  • #1
    Yummies Bistro
    #1 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1535 reviewsTripAdvisor (1535)
    $ - $$ | Healthy, American, Cafe
    700 Padre Blvd Ste J, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6653
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  • #2
    Ceviche Ceviche
    #2 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 372 reviewsTripAdvisor (372)
    $ | Latin, Seafood, Healthy
    1004 Padre Blvd Suite H-1, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6605
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  • #3
    Barry's International
    #3 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 482 reviewsTripAdvisor (482)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, International
    7010 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7726
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  • #4
    F&B
    #4 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 79 reviewsTripAdvisor (79)
    $$ | American, Seafood
    3109 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7027
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  • #5
    Gabriella's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
    #5 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2039 reviewsTripAdvisor (2039)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    700 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6653
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  • #6
    The Meatball Cafe
    #6 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 502 reviewsTripAdvisor (502)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Bar, Pizza, Healthy
    2412 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6926
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  • #7
    Grapevine Cafe & Coffeehouse
    #7 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 802 reviewsTripAdvisor (802)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, American, Cafe, Healthy
    100 E Swordfish St, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6975
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  • #8
    Pier 19
    #8 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2272 reviewsTripAdvisor (2272)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, American, Bar, Seafood
    1 Padre Blvd at end of the road thru KOA rv park, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6402
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  • #9
    Liam's Steak House & Oyster Bar
    #9 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 380 reviewsTripAdvisor (380)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse, Seafood
    3409 Padre Blvd corner of Laguna dr and Tarpon st one Block south of louis Back yard, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7139
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  • #10
    Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar
    #10 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1178 reviewsTripAdvisor (1178)
    $$ | American, Seafood
    1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6402
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  • #11
    Cafe on the Beach at The Palms Resort
    #11 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 623 reviewsTripAdvisor (623)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Cafe, Seafood
    3616 Gulf Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7006
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  • #12
    BurgerFi
    #12 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 527 reviewsTripAdvisor (527)
    $ - $$ | American, Fast Food
    5001 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7431
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  • #13
    Laguna Bobs
    #13 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 311 reviewsTripAdvisor (311)
    $ | Seafood, American, Bar
    2401 Laguna Blvd In Between Louie's Backyard and Tequila Sunset, South Padre Island, TX 78597
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  • #14
    Beachside Bar & Grill at Pearl South Padre
    #14 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 402 reviewsTripAdvisor (402)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood
    310 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6501
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  • #15
    Blackbeard's Restaurant
    #15 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2182 reviewsTripAdvisor (2182)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    103 E Saturn Ln, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7347
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  • #16
    Wanna-Wanna Beach Bar & Grill
    #16 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 480 reviewsTripAdvisor (480)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood
    5100 Gulf Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7440
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  • #17
    Cap'n Roy's
    #17 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 748 reviewsTripAdvisor (748)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, American
    1313 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6723
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  • #18
    Dirty Al's
    #18 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1332 reviewsTripAdvisor (1332)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    33396 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6412
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  • #19
    Padre Island Brewing Co.
    #19 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 873 reviewsTripAdvisor (873)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    3400 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7002
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  • #20
    Ted's Restaurant
    #20 of 86 Places to Eat in South Padre Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 302 reviewsTripAdvisor (302)
    $ | American, Diner
    5717 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7633
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