Ultimate Guide to Surfside Beach Restaurants

Last updated

Welcome to Surfside Beach, a hidden gem on the Texas Gulf Coast, where the culinary scene is as vibrant and inviting as its sandy shores.

Whether you’re craving fresh seafood straight from the Gulf, seeking cozy cafes with local charm, or looking for upscale dining experiences, Surfside Beach’s restaurants cater to every palate.

Best Surfside Restaurants

Our guide to the best Surfside Beach restaurants offers a curated selection of eateries that combine delightful flavors with scenic beachfront views.

From casual bites to romantic dinners, Surfside Beach, Texas restaurants promise an unforgettable culinary journey. Explore our recommendations and prepare to indulge in some of the finest dining options Surfside Beach, Texas, has to offer.

Best Overall

best surfside beach texas restaurants - red snapper inn

Red Snapper Inn

Quiet, refined dining
Quality seafood dishes & wine

Romantic date night
Unique menu
Reviews: 4.2 / 5
Prices: 💲💲💲
Read Full Review

Runner Up

surfside beach restaurants - sharkies on the beach logo

Sharkies on the Beach

Live music, pool tables & games, Outdoor bar

Nightlife / party
Nightly music & dancing
Reviews: 4.1 / 5
Prices: 💲💲
Read Full Review

Best on the Water

seahorse bar and grill logo - surfside restaurants

Sea Horse Bar and Grill

Tables on beachfront deck, Family-friendly, Cornhole

Seafood with a view
Family friendly
Reviews: 4.2 / 5
Prices: 💲💲
Read Full Review

1. Red Snapper Inn (Best Seafood) – Surfside Restaurants

red snapper - surfside restaurants texas

We don’t get to have babysitters on every trip to Surfside restaurants. But when we do get a date night alone, it is hard to beat the fine dining experience Red Snapper consistently offers.

You will not find tastier seafood fare anywhere in Surfside. I highly recommend the crabmeat stuffed Jalepeños and the Sautéed Filet of Snapper Opelousas.

You will feel comfortable wearing a beach-formal outfit (long pants / beach dress) and the crowd is more quiet and mature.

The service is excellent and you will not be rushed out of your table; however, arrive early or late to avoid a 1hr+ wait time at 7pm for a table during the busy season.

menu of surfside beach restaurants texas

Budget

$60 / person

map of surfside restaurants texas

2. Sharkies on the Beach (Best for Loud / Fun Night Out)

sharkies on the beach - surfside restaurants texas

If you like live music, fun people, and enjoying a drink at the end of the day, Sharkies on the Beach is always a good time.

Don’t let Sharkies’ unique outdoor bar fool you – their kitchen dishes out some amazing food. In particular, I recommend the Jalapeno Monterey sandwich and their onion rings are delicious.

You’ll feel fine wearing anything casual – if you are walking over from the beach, throw a shirt and some sandals on and you are good to go!

Download the AMI Music app before you come to play your favorite songs on the jukebox, and bring some singles for the pool tables 🙂

menu of surfside beach restaurants texas

Budget

$30 / person

map of surfside restaurants

3. Seahorse Bar and Grill (Best on the Water)

surfside restaurants - seahorse bar and grill
surfside restaurants - seahorse bar and grill

We rarely visit Surfside Beach without a meal at the Seahorse Bar and Grill. If you want to eat at the table with the best view in Surfside, or you need a large table for your big group, this is the right place for dinner.

You can park in the Ocean Village Hotel parking lot or simply walk up from the beach. I recommend the Kickin’ Chicken sandwich and their Sante Fe eggrolls are a treat.

If you are planning to sit out on the deck, dress for high winds and watch out for opportunistic pigeons and seagulls looking to eat your food.

Friendly staff and great food; plan to spend a couple hours for dinner as the kitchen takes their time to perfect the meal.

menu of surfside beach restaurants texas

Budget

$30 / person

map of surfside restaurants texas

4. Jetty Shack (Best Burger)

surfside restaurants - jetty shack

If you are looking for the best lunch spot in Surfside Beach, walk over to Jetty Shack for an amazing burger!

Eat at one of their picnic tables or take your meal to go and eat across the street at the Splash Pad or Jetty Park.

While you are there ordering the famous Jetty Burger or fried chicken sandwich, be sure to try their fried zucchini; they are the best!

Great spot to grab food for the kids while they are cooling off and getting the sand sprayed off in the splash pad.

menu of surfside beach restaurants texas

Budget

$20 / person

map of surfside restaurants texas

5. Culture Coffee (Best Drinks)

surfside restaurants - culture coffee

No list of Surfside restaurants would be complete without mentioning the best way to start your day in Surfside Beach. Culture Coffee is a mobile coffee shop that serves the best cup of jo from Arilington to the Jetty.

Before heading to their location near Red Snapper, be sure to check their facebook page for hours, as they move around a lot.

They have more than just coffee also! Be sure to try their delicious signature drinks like the Mermaid and lavender lemonade.

menu of surfside beach restaurants texas

Budget

$10 / person

map of surfside restaurants texas

6. Dorado’s Dive Club (Best Fried Seafood)

surfside restaurants - dorado's dive club

Located right next to Surfside Marina, this is the best place to grab a hearty meal after a day out on the ocean.

Eat out on the deck of Dorado’s Dive Club with a view of the intercoastal waterway, and be sure to sample their spicy Boudin Balls and crispy friend calamari.

After dinner, walk down the stairs to The Well, a full bar and live music venue below the deck of the restaurant (on the water).

Great place to spend an evening outdoors – but don’t forget the mosquito repellant!

menu of surfside beach restaurants texas

Budget

$30 / person

map of surfside restaurants texas

7. Surfin’ Rita Daqiris to Go (Best Frozen Drinks)

surfin' rita surfside restaurants

Where do we go every weekend for the best frozen drinks in Surfside Beach? Surfin’ Rita!

We love Surfin’ Rita because we can drive through and get frozen adult beverages for us, and delicious snow cones for the kids!

This is a great spot to stop on the way in and have a drink on their deck if your rental is not quite ready for check-in yet.

I particularly recommend their frozen margarita and frozen long island iced tea, and for snow cones our kids like their banana and pina colada.

Their service is quick and friendly, but be sure the check their Facebook page for hours before you go, as their availability changes frequently.

menu of surfside beach restaurants texas

Budget

$10 / person

map of surfside restaurants texas

8. El Toro (Best in Lake Jackson)

el toro tex mex surfside restaurants

Although El Toro is technically in Lake Jackson, it is hands down the best tex-mex / mexican Surfside restaurants.

We love bringing the whole family to this Lake Jackson restaurant, because it is easy to get a table big enough for 20 people, and they are very family-friendly with all of our children and cousins.

We usually have a reason we need to drive into Lake Jackson during a visit to Surfside, and when we do, we usually make a stop at El Toro.

I highly recommend their queso and southwestern eggrolls, but the highlight of their menu is definitely their steak, chicken, and shrimp fajita combo.

Be sure to grab a complimentary soft-serve ice cream cone when you leave!

menu of surfside beach restaurants texas

Budget

$25 / person

map of surfside restaurants texas

9. Beach Front Deck Bar and Grill (Best Party Scene)

surfside restaurants - sugar skull

Of all the Surfside restaurants, one of the most fun for a large crowd / party experience is Beach Front Deck Bar and Grill.

Direct beach access, tons of fun lawn games downstairs, and the largest Adirondack chair on the island make this a great hang for large groups.

Cool off with a drink on the deck after a hot day on the beach; this location is perfect walking distance from most of Surfside Beach.

This Surfside restaurant caters to an adult crowd, and becomes a 21+ only establishment after 10pm.

The drinks are good, but the food is very very expensive and slow to come out; we like hanging out here, but typically prefer to eat elsewhere.

menu of surfside beach restaurants texas

Budget

$35 / person

map of surfside restaurants texas

10. Sugar Skull Rolling Cafe (Best Food Truck)

surfside restaurants - sugar skull

Hungry on the beach? Hop on your golf cart and make a burger run to Sugar Skull Rolling Cafe!

One of the most delicious Surfisde restaurants is a food truck located near the bridge and Sharkies.

I highly recommend trying their breakfast taco plate, or if you like a lot of bacon and bacon, the mac daddy.

Be sure the check their facebook page for hours before going.

menu of surfside beach restaurants texas

Budget

$25 / person

map of surfside restaurants texas