Port Isabel Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Port Isabel

April 14, 2018 Misti Hsu

Port Isabel is a city in Cameron County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Brownsville–Harlingen–Raymondville and the Matamoros–Brownsville metropolitan areas. The population was 5,006 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Port Isabel

1. Davey Jones Ice Cream Locker

116 N Garcia St, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4500 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 956-943-7447
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

Davey Jones Ice Cream Locker

Davey Jones Ice Cream Locker is owned and operated by Gwyn Hensley. We serve ice cream, homemade fudge, salt water taffy, shaved ice, and cold drinks. We have outdoor seating right next to the bay with a parrot aviary. Davey Jones Ice Cream Locker is open 7 days a week all year for your pleasure. We look forward to seeing you.

Reviewed By Cooper3339 - Pearland

Great stop while checking out Pirates Landing. Ice cream really good. Sherbet was pineapple ! The snow cones were served in a really cute dish but melted all over me while trying to get it back to the truck for my mother-in-law. (Don't get it to go...maybe eat right there on the spot in the shade.!) Cute picture ops too. Walk across the street and check out the cool tree carvings, statues. Walk to the Landing for good pics too, you don't have to get on the pier if you don't want too.

2. Los Tortugo’s Seafood Market

1683 State Highway 100, Port Isabel, TX 78578-2806 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 5 - SGD 26 +1 956-943-5602
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 232 reviews

Los Tortugo’s Seafood Market

We are a Fresh Seafood Market with a Full time Galley available. We provide the Freshest Seafood in town brought in daily from our own Shrimpboats.

Reviewed By markandkarenbrown - Arlington

I had the grilled flounder and fried shrimp combo. Next time I will skip the shrimp and get a large order of flounder. The flounder was perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned. My husband had the grilled shrimp, which was better than the fried shrimp. They have a nice fish market downstairs.

3. Reyes Bakery

438 Leal Street, Port Isabel, TX 78578
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 3 reviews

Reyes Bakery

Reviewed By TOG11 - Fayetteville, AR

This is a small local bakery south of the highway in Port Isabel. The selection is limited but the baked goods are fresh. You need to arrive early in the morning before they are sold out. The prices for the baked goods are incredibly inexpensive. Good, cheap, and fresh, what more can you ask for? In addition they have a cooler with milk and juice and a few tables for sit down customers. The locals use this place for a take-out breakfast.

4. Joe's Oyster Bar

207 E Maxan St, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4507 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner 956-943-4501
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 676 reviews

Joe's Oyster Bar

Reviewed By Jackie T - Eden Prairie, Minnesota

This restaurant was recommended to us by people we met on the pier. It is not fancy, food served on paper plates, but it is great food with reasonable prices! The shrimp were so good and portions were large. Definitely a place to go to!!

5. Dairy Queen

302 State Highway 100, Port Isabel, TX 78578-2420 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Dinner +1 956-943-2101
Excellent
13%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
9%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 22 reviews

Dairy Queen

956-943-2101

Reviewed By Roqzy - Urbana, Illinois

Not a huge fan already, but we had to state our order several times, then our order had to be re-typed in and re-charged thru the credit card because the waiter said he processed the card incorrectly. the order came out under the first order number but not the number on our processed receipt. After others in our group were eating we re-asked about our food. They said we hadn't responded to the call of number 53 (because our receipt said 56). So they gave us the cold food and with wrong condiments. We asked for a re-do. They did but it still wasn't right. The seat backs were sticky; the tea dispenser handle was totally gross with stickiness and someone threw up at the front door just before we left and they didn't clean it up until I pointed it out... But there were already footprints through it. They are not on their game. Would not recommend.

6. Manuel's

313 E Maxan St, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4508 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 956-943-1655
Excellent
74%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 296 reviews

Manuel's

Reviewed By Chuck B - Cornell, Michigan

The food was excellent and freshly prepared to order,even the coffee was good. The service is with a smile and a lot of interaction, just a great experience!

7. Marcello's Italian Restaurant & Bar on the Piazza

110 N Tarnava St, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4514 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 34 +1 956-943-7611
Excellent
70%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 570 reviews

Marcello's Italian Restaurant & Bar on the Piazza

Marcello's Italian Restaurant & Bar on the Piazza is located in Port Isabel, Texas adjacent to our historic and renowned Lighthouse Square. Enjoy our classic Italian dining and coastal cuisine with old-world charm, casual elegance and a vast menu of hand-made pasta dishes, delectable seafood, pizzas and other Italian classics. At Marcello's all of our bread, pizza dough, sauces and dishes are made from scratch and we take great pride in our fresh, quality ingredients. We serve lunch and dinner daily. We look forward to serving you!

Reviewed By DiningDuoKC - Kansas City

Marcello's menu is varied and has delicious options. I enjoyed the portabello, spinach and feta vegetarian lasagne which was absolutely delicious! (And so big that I got a second meal out of it). My husband enjoyed his fish dish with pasta. The pre-dinner bread is to die for, seasoned and buttery and oh so yum. Waitress very attentive. The restaurant is clean, comfortable and quiet. Loved this place!

8. Pirate's Landing Restaurant

110 N Garcia St, Lighthouse square, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4500 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 956-943-3663
Excellent
44%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 564 reviews

Pirate's Landing Restaurant

We are a family waterfront casual restaurant. We are a pirate themed style restaurant and bar on the water.

Reviewed By Sue E - Edmond, Oklahoma

Of all the places that we dined while on vacation on SPI, Pirate's Landing had the most extensive menu with good options. We were seated promptly and greeted by our server who was able to answer questions and make suggestions. The restaurant is located directly off the the highway on a pier with good water views. We started the meal with a take off on a bIoomin' onion...but much better. The batter on the onion was light but crisp. Very good. For dinner, I selected a shrimp dish. The shrimp was butterflied and then stuffed with a jalapeño strip and cream cheese, wrapped in bacon, grilled and then drizzled with a raspberry sauce. The meal came with a side salad and grilled vegetables. The salad was cold and crisp. My husband had a fish combo plate which he said was very good. The portions are very generous. The meal comes with biscuits that are out of this world. Almost like dessert. Good food, great service and wonderful ambiance. Would go back.

9. Isabel's Cafe

State Highway 100 And Port Rd, Port Isabel, TX 78578 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 956-943-5082
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

Isabel's Cafe

Reviewed By Cusinario - Kalispell, Montana

Stopped in for lunch and as soon as I looked at the menu I knew I had made a mistake. The prices are so low it was scary. We both had the plate #2 which had a beef taco, enchilada, and what they list as a chalupa but to me is a tostada, rice and beans for $6. Let’s just say I wouldn’t have it again. The staff was prompt and very friendly.

10. Will and Jacks Burger Shack and Beer Garden

413 E Maxan St, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4505 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar Lunch, Dinner +1 956-640-7440
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

Will and Jacks Burger Shack and Beer Garden

Reviewed By scubachef88 - San Antonio, Texas

Great burgers fun staff inside and outside seating. It's cash only but they have an ATM DO NOT EXPECT an fancy place it's called a burger shack for a reason and it that bothers you it's your loss !Loved having you at the Burger Shack. Glad you enjoyed your food. The staff appreciated your recognition. Look forward to serving you again soon.

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