Lunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in South Padre Island and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Blackbeard's Restaurant thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Pirate's Landing, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 Ted's Restaurant
Popular among locals and return vacationers for its hearty, reasonably priced Tex-Mex fare, this little diner earns high marks for tasty fajitas and spicy lunch specials. Meanwhile, morning appetites are treated to from-scratch breakfast standards like pancakes, eggs and bacon, waffles, huevos ranchos, and breakfast tacos. A pleasantly relaxed atmosphere and friendly service also chip to insure patrons come back again and again. (956-761-5327)

9 Marcello's Italian Restaurant and Lighthouse Pub
For homestyle Italian food, your best bet is this bastion of red sauce. Located over Laguna Madre in Port Isabel, it's set in an old mom and pop grocery store just a few steps from the historic lighthouse. One of the area's best places to celebrate a special event, Marcello's features Mediterranean-influenced decor and a menu that includes Pasta Pomodori with basil pesto and fresh tomatoes, three-cheese baked manicotti Florentine, and seafood pizza topped with shrimp, scallops, and clams. Reservations are suggested. (956-943-7611)

8 Padre Cantina Restaurant
Located in the Holiday Inn SunSpree, this festive Mexican-American eatery serves everything from tacos and burgers to seafood and sandwiches, a little something for every taste and appetite. In addition, professional service and a warm, comfortable atmosphere make the hotel restaurant ideal for the entire family. Reservations are accepted. (956-761-5401)

7 South Padre Island Brewing Company
Billed as the sole brewpub south of San Antonio, this South Padre stalwart earns high marks for tasty house quaffs like the Tailing Red Amber. To complete the scene, the owners have decorated the place with old brewing odds and ends, including burlap bags hanging from the ceiling, copper kettles, and an enviable collection of beer bottles and beer-related posters. In addition to the island's only handcrafted brews, the Company also serves delicious American pub grub that ranges from its signature ribs to pizzas, steaks, and burgers. Outdoor seating is available on the second floor deck. (956-761-9585)

6 Schlitterbahn Shrimp Haus
After tackling the high-octane runs and shoots of one of the nation's foremost waterparks, you're certain to be tempted by the allure of Gulf-fresh fish and seafood. This is where the Shrimp Haus and its "101 ways to eat shrimp" comes into play. Featuring family-friendly spirit and great views of the dunes, the Schlitterbahn's full-service bar and restaurant have something for everybody, whether it's enjoying a cocktail in front of the televisions or tossing a few horseshoes in the pit. (956-772-9772)

5 Amberjack's Bayside Bar & Grill
A classic Gulf-side resort eatery, Amberjack's offers terrific views of Laguna Madre and a menu boasting everything from tropical cashew chicken and filet mignon to oysters Rockefeller and shrimp and crab quesadillas. The tropical-themed decor features large windows that allow sunlight to bathe the place during the day and cool gulf breezes to blow in after dusk. To complete the laid-back scene, the restaurant is accessible by water, and outdoor dining is available. Those who've spent the day fishing will be happy to know that the kitchen has a "we'll cook your catch" policy. (956-761-6500)

4 Blackbeard's Restaurant
Emphasizing fresh-from-the-Gulf fish and seafood (as the buccaneer name no doubt attests), galley-themed Blackbeard's is also known for delicious American fare, which ranges from charbroiled steaks to hefty burgers to Texas-style chicken-fried steak. Casual and family-friendly, Blackbeard's tends to get packed on weekends, so it's best to arrive early. Outdoor seating is available. (956-761-2962)

3 Isabel's Cafe
A good place to stop on the way to or from South Padre, this Port Isabel diner may not seem like much at first glance, but its delicious Tex-Mex fare earns top billing from numerous local and regional rags. House specialties include carne guisada (spicy beef stew) and huevos rancheros, and homemade flour tortillas are the stuff of local legend. Open for breakfast and lunch every day except Thursday. (956-943-5082)

2 Manuel's
Unassuming and completely without pretense, this friendly local fave is known up and down the island for delicious tacos. In fact, its corn flour shells are handmade using a comal. Indeed, Manuel's is a wise choice for lunch or breakfast, especially if "quick, easy, and tasty" are your criteria. A particularly heady option consists of hearty tortillas stuffed with huevos, potatoes, and beans — not a bad way at all to kick start a day at the beach. (956-943-1655)

1 Pirate's Landing
This themed restaurant sports a unique decor of old model ships, weathered wood, wharf-like posts and railings, and myriad pictures of briny buccaneers doing their thing. As you'd no doubt suspect, fresh fish and seafood are house specialties, and options range from grilled tuna sandwiches to platters heaped with fried oysters, shrimp, and scallops. Mates with hearty appetites should consider plundering the all-you-can-eat daily special: fish filets fried, broiled, or blackened. Great prices, family-friendly service. (956-943-3663)


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Ted's Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Local Specialty, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
COST: $
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Marcello's Italian Restaurant and Lighthouse Pub 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: PORT ISABEL
COST: $$
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Padre Cantina Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Local Specialty, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly
Neighborhood: SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
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South Padre Island Brewing Company 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible
Neighborhood: SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
COST: $
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Schlitterbahn Shrimp Haus 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Local Specialty, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
COST: $
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Amberjack's Bayside Bar & Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Local Specialty, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
COST: $$
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Blackbeard's Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Local Specialty
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
COST: $$
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Isabel's Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Local Specialty, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: PORT ISABEL
COST: $
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Manuel's 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Cuisine: Latin, Local Specialty, Mexican
Neighborhood: PORT ISABEL
COST: $
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Pirate's Landing 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Local Specialty, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly
Neighborhood: PORT ISABEL
COST: $
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