South Padre Island is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Texas. People go there to have a good time. People get hungry. So you can bet that there will be many South Padre Island restaurants to fill the hungry tummies!
The trick is to find the good ones. We’ve tried a few South Padre Island restaurants while vacationing there and usually had a good time.
Here are a few of our favorite…
South Padre Island Restaurants
The Garden Grille & Bar is inside the Hylton Garden Inn hotel. It is one of the highest rated restaurants in South Padre!
They serve a variety of very reasonably priced food, including steaks, chicken, pasta, seafood, burgers, and more. They also have a kids’ menu that will keep any kid happy!
If you’re a beer-lover, the Garden Grille & Bar has a great variety of bottled beer and beer on tap.
If you’re already staying the Hylton Garden Inn, a visit to the Garden Grille & Bar is a no-brainer, but even if you don’t stay in the hotel, do visit the restaurant.
Louie’s Backyard is on the Bay side of the island. It has been around for a long time and has been source of great entertainment for a lot of people over the years.
Louie’s serves excellent steaks, chicken, pasta, and seafood. They also have a nice kids’ menu with the usual things that kids like. If you want to make it a night of seafood, Louie’s has a great seafood buffet!
Another great feature of Louie’s Backyard is the regular entertainment. They have fireworks shows in the summer, live music, and also karaoke nights.
All in all, Louie’s a great place to spend an evening!
Another beer-lovers’ dream is the Padre Island Brewing Company. The name says it all.
It is a mico-brewery that also serves a nice variety of food.
The food includes a good variety to fill any hungry tummy… all at great prices. They have chicken, steaks, pork, pizza, burgers, salads, and more.
One the beer front, they have several sizes of their own freshly brewed beer on tap.
Don’t miss the Padre Island Brewing Company… especially if you appreciate a good beer!
The Sea Ranch is just about an institution in South Padre. It has been around for that long!
They serve a variety of seafood caught fresh right there in the Gulf of Mexico. The Red Snapper is the house specialty. They also serve some excellent pastas.
Don’t miss out on the Sea Ranch. You may pay a little more for your meal, but the food is delicious and their service is excellent.
The Sea Ranch is located near the south end of the island.
Some nights we just feel like some good Italian… that’s where Gabriella’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria comes in.
A good place to start, is with antipasti (starters), and here I love the Sherry mushrooms. They also have salads, several brick oven pizzas (try the Buffalo Chicken pizza), calzones, pasta, and much more.
If you’re in South Padre and you feel like some good Italian, Gabriella’s is the place to go.
These are some of the really good restaurants in South Padre, but there are of course several others as well. No matter how you look at it, you should be able to find a truly satisfying meal.
PS. If you’re wondering where these restaurants are located, see our South Padre map.