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“Disappointed.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar

Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
San Benito, Texas
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Disappointed.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

The flounder and grouper were delicious but we were disappointed with quality of the side dishes and the service at the bar. Nevertheless, the Sea Ranch remains a great place to eat on the island.

Visited July 2014
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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
I'm dismayed to hear you were disappointed with your side dishes and bar service. We want each and ever one of our customers to feel well taken care of and happy with every part of their meal, and I'm sorry we missed the mark for you. That said, I'm glad you were pleased with your flounder and grouper dishes. However, I know we have what it takes to serve up the perfect dining experience you were expecting. We'd love another chance to impress you and earn that 5-star rating. Hope to see you again soon!

All the best,
Bob Friedman, Owner
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Dallas, Texas
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Very nice dinner with very nice service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed our dinner tonight at Sea Ranch. The stuffed jalapeño appetizer was delicious, the salad was crisp, the cocktails were good (especially the watermelon martini), the wine was crisp and our entrees were by nice. I would have liked more flavor in my red snapper, but the shrimp was excellent. Spouse had the "shrimp boat" with three kinds of shrimp and was happy. We'd go back.

Visited August 2014
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Thank traveltexasstyle
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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
So glad you and your other half enjoyed your meal with us! I'm sorry to hear you felt your red snapper was a bit bland. Normally, the snapper dish is flavored to perfection, so I'm a bit surprised that we missed the mark. That said, I'm glad you both enjoyed the shrimp dish. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

All the best,
Bob Friedman, Owner
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great place for a date night! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

My wife and I really loved this place. The atmosphere was perfect! We ordered the coconut shrimp plate and the captain skipper plate. The food was great! We recommend this place for family dinner or a couples night out!

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
So glad you enjoyed dinner with us! It's great to hear you loved the Coconut Shrimp and Captain Skipper dinner plates. Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. Hope we'll see you and your wife for another seafood date night!

All the best,
Bob Friedman, Owner
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Edinburg, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Excellent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

Service has gone down hill a bit, but the food is still fresh and delish! Good wine selection. Menu offers selections not available anywhere else in South Texas. The focus here is on seafood. Our waitress appeared inexperienced, and although there were a lot of wait people around, some tables (like ours) were neglected.

Visited July 2014
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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
While I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed our fresh seafood and wine selection, I'm sorry to hear you feel that we've lost our edge in the service department. . Normally the team brings there A-game every day, so I'm surprised to hear we missed the mark for you. Even though we can get busy during the dinner rush there is no excuse for neglecting a table, so I will be sure to mention this to the staff. Thanks so much for your honest feedback. Hope to see you again soon!

All the best,
Bob Friedman, Owner
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Frisco, Texas
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great place for a special night out!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

Sea Ranch has stood the test of time, and the delicious food along with superb service and great views are why. They also prepare your freshly caught fish for you, and serve it with sides. Wonderful place for a night out right on the island!

Visited July 2014
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Thank Kim B
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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
So glad to hear that you can always count on us for a delicious seafood feast, Kim! We are honored to count you as a member of the Sea Ranch Restaurant family. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Best,
Bob Friedman, Owner
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