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Joe's Oyster Bar

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$$ - $$$
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207 E Maxan St, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4507
11:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 19:00
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Mission, Texas
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201 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There is really nothing better than fresh seafood cooked to order when you arrive. Nothing here is frozen or canned. If you want the best then this is where you will find it. Prices are not on the cheap side but quality fresh seafood never is cheap. Also , the place is not very impressive but what it lacks in... More 

Thank mrmoparhemi
Owen Sound, Canada
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102 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Revisited Joe's after returning to SPI area after a two year absence. Fried shrimp dinner with slaw and fries is as good as ever. Jumbo shrimp with tasty coating, and the cole slaw has a great creamy dressing. Fries are rather normal. Don't expect luxury dining here, just good service and plastic knives and forks. The food speaks for itself.

Thank Craig B
Alberta, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We actually used Trip Advisor ratings to find this restaurant! We used to be Winter Texans and would come and spend 5 1/2 months in the RGV. I can't believe we never found this place....what a shame. We hadn't been to the area for 2 years and wanted a seafood fix, especially gulf shrimp 🍤. We read about Joe's and... More 

Thank rnchernos
Port Isabel, Texas
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90 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were pressed for time and told that to our waiter. We ordered the fried shrimp. Their shrimp is the best anywhere in this area. It came so fast we were able to make our appointment elsewhere. The fellows working at Joe's are all great, This is the place for shrimp or the grilled flounder. Even the paper plates and... More 

Thank Shirley R
Brownsville, Texas, United States
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Quaint restaurant and fish market. Lots of seating available, clean and good food. Several friends told me how much they like this place so we tried it and enjoyed it. Had the Nathan special which is a lot of food and we could get it grilled instead of fried, large fillet of fish, homemade crabcake, fries coleslaw, warm biscuit and... More 

Thank Lauren H
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had the special with grilled shrimp , grilled fish and a fish patty . It was incredibly awesome will return again . Not much for ambiance but service , quality and quantity of food was incredible . You must try this place for sure .

Thank Vacation Lover Diva
Normal, Illinois
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The best best oysters ever!!! fresh fresh....good fried or not! Good crab cakes too ---- best seafood around!!!

Thank belleung827
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We came in to Joe's thinking we were gonna follow everyone else's reviews and get the Nathan's platter, however we decided to get the Joey's platter because of the stuffed crab and oysters. Wonderful choice because the stuffed crabs were outta this world. ...also loved the grilled seasoning. It had a hint of Cajun but wasn't overbearing....Great job to Joe's!... More 

Thank Jkwan33
Dallas, Texas
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have been eating at Joe's every time I go to Port Isabel for the past 20 years. The grilled and fried seafood is second to none, the best you could hope for at very reasonable prices. The seafood is always fresh and well prepared. If you want to order specific items for your meal, then let the server know,... More 

Thank Ron H
Brumley, Missouri
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Food and Staff are the best anywhere around. You will not be disappointed Guaranteed! Went there tonight and had a Dozen Oysters. Could not have been better!

Thank Dorless S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 207 E Maxan St, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4507
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Port Isabel
  • Phone Number: 956-943-4501

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?