Top 5 Places to Eat in South Padre Island

South Padre Island is home to Texas’ best beaches, swimming, exploring, relaxing, shopping, and of course — eating.

From the casual, beachfront vibes of the Shrimp Haus to the local flair at Blackbeards’, here are our top 5 restaurants in South Padre Island.

Shrimp Haus

Located adjacent to Beach Park, the Shrimp Haus is a year-round, casual beach-side restaurant that boasts live music and a shrimp-focused menu, but also offers burgers, steaks, chicken, a large salad bar and much more. Soak in the beautiful view while you sip the island’s best margarita. Choose from appetizers like shrimp nachos or go for an authentic, hand-stretched pizza baked in a brick oven. Little ones can enjoy the Island Kids’ Meal menu while adults can opt for the all-you-can-eat salad bar. When you’re on the hunt for culinary-inspired things to do in South Padre Island, nothing beats a visit to Shrimp Haus.

The Shrimp Haus also offers a Loyalty Program, which enables you to 10% off your first meal and freebies on birthdays and anniversaries.  Plus, any dollars spent in the Shrimp Haus or at the waterpark earn you points towards free gift certificates!

Ceviche Ceviche

If you’re a fan of ceviche, this will quickly become one of your favorite restaurants in South Padre Island. Ceviche Ceviche is a counter-serve spot that offers specialty ceviches and a variety of toppings. It has a fan following — and for good reason! Use your cured shrimp or mahi-mahi as a base then choose from creative ingredients like mango, pineapple, and melon. For a fresh spot where you can customize your meal (and never get bored) put Ceviche Ceviche on your island bucket list.


There are tons of festive restaurants in South Padre Island — among them, the famous Blackbeards’. Serving up cuisine to locals and tourists alike since the 1970s, Blackbeards’ is known for its seafood, sandwiches, and burgers. After a relaxing day at the beach, take advantage of their full-service bar and selection of wine, beer, and spirits. Try a taste of the island with the seasonal seafood offerings like Atlantic snow crab legs, fresh oysters, or gulf

red snapper. Of course, when you’re ready for dessert, you’ll want to try a slice of the key lime pie (or the giant, seven-layer chocolate cake).

The Grapevine Cafe & Coffeehouse

For the breakfast enthusiasts in the group, no trip to South Padre Island would be complete without paying a visit to The Grapevine Cafe & Coffeehouse. They serve an all-day breakfast and lunch menu filled with made-to-order dishes, roasted coffee, and freshly squeezed juice. Whether you’re in the mood for breakfast classics, like French Toast, or something a bit more creative, like Huevos Rancheros, The Grapevine has it all. You can also stick to your vacation diet with their “Sensible Selections” menu, which features skinny omelets, oatmeal, and more.

Sea Ranch Restaurant and Bar

Sea Ranch Restaurant and Bar is the destination for the finest and freshest seafood available, hand-cut Angus steaks, spectacular pastas and delicious desserts. 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. Begin your experience in our lounge and enjoy a signature Sea Ranch Swirl Margarita or any beverage from the full service bar. Spectacular marina views and if you keep on the lookout, you might see some of the local dolphins as well.

As with any vacation, one of the top things to do in South Padre Island is to eat and enjoy life!

From all of us at Beach Park Texas, thanks for reading. We look forward to welcoming you to our food-filled island soon.