San Benito Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in San Benito

April 14, 2018 Madelene Haan

San Benito is a city in Cameron County, Texas, United States. The population was 24,250 at the 2010 census. On April 3, 2007, San Benito celebrated the 100th anniversary of its naming.
Things to do in San Benito

1. The Pizzeria

1610 E Tyler Ave, Harlingen, TX 78550-7351 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 956-465-1477
Excellent
82%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 256 reviews

The Pizzeria

Reviewed By Maria G

I've tried several pizza places and I can say this is my go-to when family visit. The pizza is so delicious and very reasonable prices. Normally I carry out but they do have plenty of tables for dining in.

2. The Longhorn Cattle Company

3055 W Expressway 83, San Benito, TX 78586-7245 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 956-399-4400
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 175 reviews

The Longhorn Cattle Company

Reviewed By Ron O - Easton, Pennsylvania

Stopped in on a Saturday night around 5:30. It was busy and we were seated after about 15 minutes. Everyone was friendly and our orders were taken in a short amount of time. The bean soup came first and it was hot and oh so good. I ordered a half rack of ribs and they were very meaty and fall off the bone tender. Everyone really enjoyed their meals. If you’re in the area you have to try this place.

3. Dairy Queen

801 W US Highway 77, San Benito, TX 78586-4302 +1 956-399-2850
Excellent
67%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
33%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By romana C - Brownsville, Texas

My kids and myself stopped in San Benito in our way to Brownsville. DQ looked clean and even though looked packed we decided to give it a try.
Great customer service. Waiters were courteous and the orders were served pretty fast.
We are not DQ regulars but we were hungry and we were not disappointed. Food was very good and loved the music.
If we are in the area, we will definitely again.

4. La Especial Bakery

350 W Robertson St, San Benito, TX 78586-3776 +1 956-399-6829
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Reviewed By Sakensi - San Benito, Texas

Wonderful bakery, they have served our weekly donuts and rolls to residents of Fun N Sun RV Resort. Very, very friendly staff.

5. La Playa Mexican Cafe

502 S 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen, TX 78550-7304 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 956-421-2000
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 311 reviews

La Playa Mexican Cafe

Reviewed By Rabbit4shows - Gilman

Food and drinks and service were very good but noise level too high for a conversation at our table.

6. The Pizzeria

1145 Ross St, Suite J, San Benito, TX 78586-4421 Takeout, Seating, Delivery Pizza, Italian Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 +1 956-622-5962
Excellent
80%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

The Pizzeria

In January of 2010, The Pizzeria opened its doors following a mission: to work hard, and serve the best pizza in the Rio Grande Valley, bringing a unique flavor and delight to our customers. The idea comes up when brothers Alex, Omar and Emmanuel Formacio, after a night of good ol' wine and good pizza, decide that the RGV needs awesome pizza. After that night, Chef Alex decides to move from the New York area to the RGV near his brothers and family. After a whole year and a half of planning, with little money but a lot of heart, the Formacio brothers start their journey in the RGV.

Reviewed By Thomas M - Craig

Omar hits you with a big smile as you walk in. The place is clean and everyone is friendly. The specialities are good and everything else is very good also. Very nice place to stop and enjoy. Prices are very good also. Not a five star big time place but a small little great pit stop. No suprises.

7. las vegas restaurant

1101 W Harrison Ave, Harlingen, TX 78550-6020 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 956-423-6749
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 175 reviews

las vegas restaurant

(956) 423-6749 <br>zipcode 78550<br><br>cannot write a review...............

Reviewed By Shalloh60

With this being the number 2 best restaurant I was a little disappointed. They don't serve alcohol which was fine. It's a cute place, very clean. I ordered chicken fajitas and it was large pieces of chicken with no onions or peppers. You need to be specif when you order. The cheese appetizer was different too. The prices were good and the portions were big.

8. El Gallito Mexican Restaurant

2480 W US Highway 77, San Benito, TX 78586-6312 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch +1 956-361-3081
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

El Gallito Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By ghosthorse73

There are plenty of texmex restaurants in RGV. However el gallito is consistent, quality food in a sea of overdone texmex. The place is always clean, as staff are constantly cleaning. Enchiladas verdes sauce tangy b but not sour, my fave for these. I order double salad and charro or refried beans. Beef fajitas clean and they are not stingy with the serving. Guacamole appetizer is a large portion and can serve as a meal...which I've done since i love guac. Carne guisada is meaty, not overly spiced with cumin. Salsa is fresh tasting and i always ask for salsa verde for hotter variety.

They also have local tejano band announcements at the entrance.

9. Vickie's Restaurant

100 S Williams Rd, San Benito, TX 78586-3314 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout Mexican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 956-361-0102
Excellent
29%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

Vickie's Restaurant

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

There are other restaurants in the area that are a lot better than this place. The service is also not that great when I last visited. The inside is nice but just wouldn't recommend the food.

10. Texas Roadhouse

4805 South Expressway 77/83, Harlingen, TX 78550 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse Dinner, Lunch +1 956-440-7427
Excellent
49%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 130 reviews

Texas Roadhouse

Reviewed By Nathalie H - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

If you are passing through town and don't know your way, this is an okay option. Predictable Texas fare, steaks and fried stuff. Salads... all Texas style big portions. I like that they had some local artisan beers. I was alone and was seated next to the bar. The bar was harmless, right in the middle of the restaurant with sports screens everywhere you looked. I felt safe traveling alone as a woman and got plenty of calories to go on with my travels. Middle price. Not a bad value. Big tables for conversation and was not rushed by servers. The servers were very attentive as a group. Didn't see my waitress much.. but I think that was more my table location. Other people were always happy to help me when I needed it. I liked the peanuts coming out with my beer. Felt like a fancy Roadhouse.

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