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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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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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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 3 days ago via mobile

We arrived and were quickly seated. The restaurant itself had an uneasy smell when we first walked in, I almost turned around and walked out. We were seated in the back away from the smell and the atmosphere it was quiet and calm. The service...More

Thank pamelaL74
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Loud, screaming children, parents banging on tables, ok service, good but over priced food. Atmosphere reminded me of fast food restaurant

Thank Gary W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Made out annual stop at The Sea Ranch with family and friends tonight. We had a large party of 11, but we're seated almost immediately. As usual, really good service by the wait staff and excellent food. My wife and I had coconut shrimp and...More

Thank codymack2
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

It's wonderful to hear that your group enjoyed your visit with us, Cody! It sounds like you ordered well -- the cocnut shrimp is always a crowd pleaser, and I'm glad the blackened snapper hit the mark as well. I sure hope to see you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate at several seafood restaurants on SPI and the Sea Ranch was (by far) the best. We tried the ahi tuna, scalloped potatoes, calamari, and other items. Everything was very fresh and delicious. The service was prompt and many offered to help us if...More

Thank CocoRee
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

This just made my day -- I'm thrilled the meal with us was such a hit! I'm glad to know just which dishes you had the chance to try, and I'll be sure to let our team know you were impressed with the service. Hope...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Busy but tables move reasonably fast during the Summer. They don't take reservations. If you get there by 7:30pm you should be ok with a little wait but 6-7 is best. The shrimp and redfish are excellent. Not over seasoned. Grilled vegatables are wonderful and...More

Thank ronnierealtor
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

It's so great to hear you can always count on us for a tasty meal, Ronnie! That's what we're all about, and I really take this to heart. Hope we'll see you again soon for another bite! Take care, Bob Friedman, Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago

Casual dining, delicious food. The nights we were there, there was a singer/guitar player who was fantastic! On Thurs. nights, they have a pasta bar. It's excellrnt. My husband loved the shrimp dishes.

Thank 63Vicki2015
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

It's such a compliment to hear you've been this impressed with the food and atmosphere, Vicki! I couldn't ask for more, and I hope we'll see you and your husband again someday! Until then, Bob Friedman, Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved all of the artwork displayed in this restaurant. I ate here with a large family group and we all enjoyed it.

Thank missH2525
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

This is so wonderful to see -- I'm truly thrilled that everyone had such a lovely time! Here's to doing it all over again some time soon. -Bob Friedman, Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate at the here on our second night in SPI after a bad experience at another establishment and we left very satisfied. Our waiter, Jose, was fantastic and is apparent that team work is a part of the wait staff's culture. There were at...More

Thank MartyP72
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am so delighted to have earned your recommendation, Marty, and thanks for all the kind words. It really means a lot to know that our staff made such a great impression, and I can't wait to share this with everyone else here on staff....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was delicious. Waiters were very friendly. Service was fast for a restaurant that was incredibly busy. Will definitely go back.

Thank Brandi P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We truly enjoyed the meal here. Started off with a mussel appetizer - yummy! My fiancé picked out his lobster and I ordered a salmon dish. We loved the freshly baked bread that was brought out. Everything was superb. Our male server, an older gentleman,...More

Thank Ahappyleo
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am so happy to know that both your food and the service you received were so wonderful! It really means a lot to have you share your experience with everyone, and here's to hopefully welcoming you both back here again some time soon! Thanks...More

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Response from WilliamS404 | Reviewed this property |
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Response from jamesandkay24 | Reviewed this property |
Yes Not that crowded most of the time Weekends and holidays I would sure call for reservations
Charles M
30 November 2016|
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Response from Debbie O | Reviewed this property |
I would contact them as soon as possible.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
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16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
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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