South Padre Island Journals

South Padre Eating: Part 1, Seafood

A September 2004 trip to South Padre Island by quinius

Gulf Coast Oyster Bar Photo, South Padre Island, Texas More Photos
Quote: Unfortunately, South Padre Island is mainly known for the crowd it draws during spring break every year and loses credit as a great family destination. Hopefully this journal will help reverse that label and inform you about the best seafood restaurants the island has to offer.

South Padre Eating: Part 1, Seafood


Of course, since South Padre is right on the Gulf of Mexico, its seafood will be just about as fresh as you can get. There are plenty of good seafood options on the island and just across the bridge in Port Isabel. There are options catering to whatever kind of meal you are looking for, from expensive fine dining to a much more casual meal of all-you-can-eat fried fish.Quick Tips: Instead of going out to eat, it's always fun to cook your own seafood meal in the condo/hotel. There are a couple different local stores where you can buy fresh seafood at better prices than in the supermarkets. Ask around for the place with the best prices.Best Way To Get Around: Most of the restaurant...Read More

Gulf Coast Oyster Bar

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Gulf Coast Oyster Bar Photo, South Padre Island, Texas
The Gulf Coast ratings have changed in my book over the last couple of years. I still recommend it for good seafood, but it used to be one of my favorite places to eat. I'm not sure if the management changed or if they just decided to downgrade service and style to cater to more people. It is located about halfway down the main strip. I haven't had too many complaints with the food, but I can't speak for the rest of my family. I usually get the catch of the day ($15 to $20), and it is always fresh. Where you could go wrong is with something different like the calamari, which we believe they just pulled right out of the freezer last time we were there. The seafood gumbo is also a good bargain...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 5, 2005

Gulf Coast Oyster Bar
3409 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
(956) 761-7867