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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Delmonde

The Best Seafood Spot on South Padre Island: Lobo Del Mar Cafe

South Padre Island, nestled along the Gulf of Mexico in southern Texas, is a vibrant coastal destination renowned for its pristine beaches, azure waters, and dynamic entertainment scene. Boasting a subtropical climate, this idyllic island offers year-round sunshine and a plethora of outdoor activities, from sunbathing and sandcastle building to surfing and kiteboarding. Visitors can explore the island's diverse wildlife at the Sea Turtle, Inc. conservation center or embark on thrilling adventures like dolphin watching cruises or deep-sea fishing excursions. With its array of beachfront resorts, eclectic dining options, and lively nightlife, South Padre Island beckons travelers seeking relaxation, recreation, and unforgettable experiences along the Texas coast.

Last year, a family from the West Coast with a background in the entertainment business bought the Palm Street Pier Bar & Grill and made South Padre Island their home. Doubling the size of the space, they have slowly transformed the sleepy little joint into a bustling bayside cafe with live music, bagpipes at sunset, and even belly dancers. They kept our favorites, like the Captain Morgan Shrimp (Gulf shrimp sautéed in their special rum sauce), but have significantly enhanced the menu with a full roster of breakfast items and more options for dinner. We loved the Hawaiian-influenced Hula Chicken Sandwich, a grilled breast on a ciabatta roll with bacon, Swiss, grilled pineapple, and teriyaki sauce. We are looking forward to going back for dinner, to try the shrimp scampi and enjoy the fireworks over the bay.

Lobo Del Mar Café is a family owned and operated bayside eatery at South Padre Island on the scenic Laguna Madre Bay just off the end of Palm St. They feature a variety of delicious dishes, including American Cuisine, seafood, and grilled items. From the freshest seafood to their famous Texas-Sized Nachos, their cuisine is sure to please everyone. Lobo Del Mar Café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a view seven days a week, and also offer pick-up options available so you can enjoy a fresh meal on the beach or at home! Additionally, you can enjoy their outdoor, pet-friendly environment while being served by friendly staff. Lunch right on the dock! The seagulls were squawking for leftovers, but they're not a nuisance. They have line so the gulls can't actually get on your table and snatch your meal, but a few residents were throwing scraps out to them.

Our waiter was very attentive and the staff were all friendly! No complaints at all! The atmosphere is laidback and they even have a dance floor. Nice dockside restaurant with bay views. We had the shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles. They were both delicious. Some of the best shrimp and grits I've had in a restaurant. Lots of shrimp and bacon. Service was friendly and quick too. My only complaint is, I wish they didn't allow smoking in the dining area. There was a good breeze that saved us from the smoke.

My husband had the coconut shrimp which was the best we have found. The batter is hand made and there is actual shreds of coconut in the batter! I would have preferred a little more salt in that batter but that is easily addressed with a salt shaker. Oh, and the amount of shrimp for the price will have us returning tomorrow for lunch! My plate was "fresh" blackened fish tacos from our guided fishing tour this morning. I was concerned how many tacos I would get (if my full catch would be served).

This place stands out as a beacon of culinary excellence, offering a delightful fusion of fresh seafood, tantalizing appetizers, and vibrant live music in a laid-back coastal atmosphere. As patrons step into the inviting ambiance of the restaurant, they are greeted by the tantalizing aroma of sizzling seafood and the soothing sounds of live musicians serenading the crowd. The menu boasts an array of mouthwatering options, from succulent Gulf shrimp cocktails to crispy fried calamari and savory lobster bisque, catering to every palate and seafood preference.

Guests can unwind and indulge in the restaurant's extensive drink selection, which features refreshing cocktails, ice-cold beers, and fine wines perfectly paired with the flavors of the sea. Whether sipping on a signature mojito or enjoying a crisp Chardonnay, diners can relax on the outdoor patio, basking in the gentle sea breeze as they savor each delectable bite. With its delectable menu offerings, lively entertainment, and picturesque coastal setting, Lobo Del Mar Café stands as a must-visit destination for seafood aficionados and beachgoers alike, promising an unforgettable dining experience along the enchanting Texas coastline.

204 Palm St, South Padre Island, TX 78597

(956) 772-7256



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