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Joe's Oyster Bar

207 E Maxan St, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4507
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“grilled shrimp” (57 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (73 reviews)
“crab cakes” (96 reviews)
Opens in 21 min
All hours
American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
207 E Maxan St, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4507
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Recommended by competitor when they were closed. The recommendation was one of those local favorites that are invaluable. Grilled selections were A++, service A+, great local gem. Looking forward to returning.

Thank DannyJr2112
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place looks like a hole in the wall dive from outside. Inside was much brighter and cleaner than expected. The prices are very reasonable. This is a very casual place right down to the styrofoam plates and plastic ware. The food was excellent! The...More

Thank Shane H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our dinner. We had the Nathan special. The fish shrimp and crab cake we had grilled, were perfectly cooked and seasoned. The food is resonably priced. Our waiter was very kind to help us with the menu and the owner talked with us,...More

Thank lllawns
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a funky, busy place with good food. Its a family owned business. They have daily specials priced very reasonably. I tried the raw oysters as well as the daily special, fried oysters with coleslaw. They also have fresh fish for sale in the...More

Thank Ashbecker1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Joe's for the first time on the recommendation of friends. The atmosphere was warm and comfortable and we were with friends. However, the quality of food did not meet up to our expectations. We started with seafood soup which was "just ok." The crab...More

1  Thank WLanzet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Other years (2013-16) we have come here at least once a week and brought our friends. We really looked forward to their shrimp special as soon as we arrived this year. We are so disappointed that the shrimp are much smaller and when butterflied became...More

1  Thank Ruth G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want great seafood this is the best place. If you want fancy forget it, paper plates, plastic forks, no table cloths but real service and the freshest seafood you will ever have. We have a seafood dinner consisting of 5 large scrimp, 6...More

Thank Winriver
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Oysters on the half shell. Grilled shrimp platter. Wine now served in a wine glass! Service is friendly and very casual atmosphere. Don't forget their seafood market.

2  Thank roaminp
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Fresh seafood, priced right and cooked well. The service was outstanding not just from our mesero Roberto but seemed like everyone working here stopped by our table a few times to make sure we were being taken care of.

Thank Drboomer
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Made second visit to Joe's Oyster Bar. We cannot get past selection the Joey Seafood Platter. This time I also selected 1/2 doz oysters on half shell. They were plump,salty and excellent. Will definitely visit on our next trip.

Thank dawgfish21
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Questions & Answers
4 March 2017|
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Response from Beerhunter60 | Reviewed this property |
Joes does have raw oysters They were as good as any in the area I am not a big fan of gulf coast oysters to big, mushy with not much flavor
26 February 2017|
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Response from Shirley R | Reviewed this property |
Seafood is their speciality. Shrimp is the best any place in this area. In fact, anywhere. The flounder is wonderful as well. Forget China, silver utensils, and linen and accept plastic and paper and you will agree it was... More
13 October 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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