If you followed my Insta story you may have seen that I took a very much needed family trip to celebrate graduation and other family changes. Thank you for letting me get away and rejuvenate. I did a ton of research on great places to eat on vacation and the whole family loved that we could just look at the list I created and know that the food was going to be good and moderately priced. So if you or a friend you know is going to South Padre Island, send them this post and let them rest easy knowing that their tummy will be filled well.
Padre Island Brewing Company – After arriving on the Island this was our first choice as they had the shortest wait time. It is a cute location with great drinks and the favorite meals from my family was the – Salad with Grilled Yellow fin Tuna and Baby Back ribs (the meat literally fell off of the bone!)
Gabriellas – This location was overall of the best experiences that we had the entire week. The service by our waitress Stephanie was outstanding. While it look unexpected tucked away in a strip mall setting the location is cute and we loved the candles. I am not a bit fan of Italian food but really enjoyed this meal and how they treated their customers. Favorite meals – Lasagna
Manuels – Manuel’s was the only restaurant that I did not have on my list and was recommend by a local islander. It is technically located in Port Isabel- but I promise it is worth the trip! The tortillas are made fresh and are the size of your face. Each server is funny and gets to know each guest. Favorite meals – Breakfast burrito with potatoes and avocados. However our server brought out a tortilla with butter and cinnamon/sugar for us to try which was a kind gesture and was delicious.
Blackbeards – This was my favorite meal and I would recommend arriving early as this location fills up quickly. The location is large but is very popular. Favorite meal – Fish three ways (it comes with a giant baked potato!) and also the calamari was some of the best my family had tried!
Pier 19 – This spot has great food and everyone was very pleased, however what I would recommend is all of the action that happens here. This pier is also a spot that boat tours leave from and so if you time it right you can see a pirate boat tour play around the pier. After dinner I would recommend going out past the restaurant on to the pier and looking for dolphins. Favorite meal – Diablo Flautas
Painted Marlin – This is currently the newest restaurant on the Island and the owners did a great job decorating. The bright colors and atmosphere adds a ton of fun to the experience. Favorite meal – The catch of that day was Swordfish and everyone loved it!
Dirty Als – While Dirty Als was not an overall favorite, if you are looking for a great place to get fried fresh seafood this could be it. It is highly recommended by the locals and has multiple locations. Favorite meal – peel and eat shrimp
If you have been to South Padre Island and have a restaurant to recommend, please share in the comments!