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“The View Was Great, the Food Was Fantastic, and the Service Was Even Better” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pier 19

Pier 19
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: Mexican, American, Bar, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Brunch, After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: We are a comfortable casual family restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and diner. WE also have a full service bar.
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
130 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“The View Was Great, the Food Was Fantastic, and the Service Was Even Better”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

We decided to eat at this restaurant on the first night of our visit to SPI because of the location, and we did not regret it. Every seat gives you a view of the bay, and we wanted to see the fireworks while we ate (we were able to see it perfectly from our seat).

Our servers name was Alex, and he was one of the best servers I've ever had. He was very friendly, chatting with every table (but never so long that it interfered with the service). He was also very attentive, and made sure our experience here was great.

When the food arrived, I was pleasantly surprised. My wife's fish was very good, and my rib-eye was excellent. I didn't expect much as this is not really a steak restaurant, but the rib-eye was cooked to perfection and covered with Shrimp, scallops and crab. Watch out for the drinks....our margarita's were very good...and STRONG. We definitely got our money's worth.

Besides the indoor seating area that is at the front of the pier, there is also a place to stroll along the outdoor section between the restaurant, and a very cool outdoor bar at the end of the pier. Overall this place is just a great location for a beach-vacation meal. Don't miss it while you are here.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jjax12
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spiislandstylin, Manager at Pier 19, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Wed all appreciate your comments and business. Please join us again soon and also dine at our other restaurants in the future. Pirate's Landing, Marcello's, Sea Ranch, and Laguna bob's.
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Loved the food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

My food was so good that I am still dreaming about it! I had crab cake stuffed shrimp and shrimp that was stuffed with cream cheese and a sliver of jalapeño. It was very good.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank elshawnap
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spiislandstylin, Manager at Pier 19, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Wed all appreciate your comments and business. Please join us again soon and also dine at our other restaurants in the future. Pirate's Landing, Marcello's, Sea Ranch, and Laguna bob's.
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Austin, Texas
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“best spot on the island”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

my husband and i sat at the bar and had oysters & wine while we waited for our sunset dolphin tour to commence (also from the pier and i highly recommend it). we were happy with the service - the bar tender was chatty and friendly, despite being busy - the price and with what we'd ordered, but blown away by the location! from where we sat, we had 180 degree views of the water, bridge and island. without doubt a must-visit!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LenaLaws1
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spiislandstylin, Manager at Pier 19, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Wed all appreciate your comments and business. Please join us again soon and also dine at our other restaurants in the future. Pirate's Landing, Marcello's, Sea Ranch, and Laguna bob's.
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Dallas, Texas
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136 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Terrible customer service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

I had researched places to eat in South Padre and I was excited to try Pier 19 for breakfast. Our family arrived around 9:15am on a Tuesday and the kids immediately started looking in the gift shop. The female employee was on the phone and once she was off, she seemed really irritated that we were there. We told her how many would be dining and she promptly told my husband he could not bring his Starbucks coffee cup inside. So we left. I have been in the service industry and I understand that customer service is most important. It wasn't like every kid and adult had an outside drink. One person in the group! If it was me, I would have let the customer bring in the coffee or offered to transfer the coffee to a restaurant cup. This was not worth losing a customer for life and all the bad publicity. To add insult to injury, when we said we were leaving, the employee didn't even acknowledge us.

Visited June 2014
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spiislandstylin, Manager at Pier 19, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
The sign on the door clearly states no outside beverages or food are allowed. Clearly you can't understand and choose to make your own rules. The health, and state alcohol board forbid outside food and beverages to be brought in. Your attitude needs an adjustment,
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El Paso, Texas
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Beautiful sunsets”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

This place has fantastic atmosphere! Watching the sunset from this place is amazing. It's a casual restaurant with good food and drinks. The ceviche is delicious! A must for anyone visiting South Padre.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SouthwestTravelers09
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spiislandstylin, Manager at Pier 19, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
We all aprreciate your comments and business. We look forward to serving you and all of our guests in the future. Please also join us in the future at our other restaurants Pirate's Landing, Marcello's, Sea Ranch, and Laguna Bob's.
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