Top 10 restaurants in Brownsville, United States

April 15, 2018 Etsuko Causey

At the mouth of the Rio Grande delta and the southernmost tip of Texas, Brownsville enjoys the perfect combination of casual southwestern charm and bicultural diversity. Its position just across the international pedestrian bridge from Matamoros makes it a good base for day trips to Mexico, or for just enjoying the Tex-Mex culture of south Texas. Warm Gulf breezes, blooming bougainvilleas, gently waving palms, soft white sands and friendly, diverse locals make this city a semi-tropical paradise.
Things to do in Brownsville

1. The Vermillion

115 Paredes Line Rd, Brownsville, TX 78521-2243 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, American, Southwestern, Bar Lunch, Dinner +1 956-542-9893
Excellent
52%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 239 reviews

The Vermillion

Reviewed By jmdrmd2 - Corpus Christi

THis relatively small eatery is near the intersection of Boca Chica and Hwy 83 in Brownsville.My wife had a 1/2 portion of the chicken cheese nachos-big enough for 2 people.I had a chicken club sandwich on rye bread that was massive-again big enough for both of us.There were fries and really good onion rings.Service was fast and efficient and food quality was exceptional.This place opened in 1934 and has another location in Harlingen as well.Highly recommended!

2. Texas Roadhouse

3400 N Expressway # 77/83, Brownsville, TX 78526-4148 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 956-554-9900
Excellent
56%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Texas Roadhouse

Legendary Food, Legendary Service

Reviewed By rboykins71 - Cedar Park, Texas

I sat at the bar. I ordered 3 drinks. Each were AWFUL. The bartender could not make a drink worth anything. Cute was the only thing there. I was told at first it was the 7-up. I ordered the last drink with cranberry juice. Still bad. I see why the locals drank beer only. No rolls given or offered.

3. Dirty Al's Seafood Market & Cajun Kitchen

4495 Expressway 77/83, Brownsville, TX Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 956-621-3452
Excellent
39%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 160 reviews

Dirty Al's Seafood Market & Cajun Kitchen

Reviewed By mc2649 - SPFD

We enjoyed the fried shrimp and fish served with deliciously seasoned French fries. It was more than we could eat when paired with the shrimp bisque. As winter Texans, hope we can get back this way before we head north in the Spring. Check it...MoreWelcome winter Texans. We are very please and honored to serve you at Dirty Al's. We look forward to serving you again soon.

4. Madeira

805 Media Luna St, Brownsville, TX 78520-4056 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Dinner, Late Night +1 956-504-3100
Excellent
71%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

Madeira

Reviewed By KendraDawnRN - Houston, Texas

Well...this little place is a gem. I must explain my average rating though. I've been in many fine dining establishments around the world and while this may be five stars in Brownsville, it's average in the big scheme of things.

The service was good. The team was attentive and took great care of our large group. I started with crusted brie cheese salad. That was excellent. My main course was scallops with mangos and bacon. It sounded great on the menu but I was underwhelmed. I had chocolate cake for dessert. I don't typically like chocolate cake but they have a great twist on that dessert.

I think it's certainly worth a try if you're ever in Brownsville. Oh...it's very expensive too.

5. La Pampa

1655 Ruben Torres Sr Blvd, Ste 208, Brownsville, TX 78521-1569 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Steakhouse, Argentinean Dinner, Lunch SGD 20 - SGD 52 +1 956-504-5858
Excellent
50%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 89 reviews

La Pampa

"This upscale ranch-style restaurant serves Argentinean cuisine with its european influence on display. Our entree of Angus beef melted in our mouth. Delicious Clericot added the right touch for a wonderful continental inspired evening." - Texas Monthly

Reviewed By lguero1 - Brownsville, Texas

I love this restaurant and I love steak. I'm a simple salt and pepper seasoning guy so this unseasoned perfectly cooked steak is great. The mushroom appetizers were perfect. Great ambiance.

6. Rudy's

2780 N Expressway # 77-83A, Brownsville, TX 78526-4101 Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Barbecue, American Lunch, Dinner +1 956-542-2532
Excellent
56%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Rudy's

Reviewed By dkbe - Walldorf, Germany

Staff was very nice offering to try the different BBQ meats before deciding.
Went with the moist brisket (good) and the baby ribs (OK, but below expectations), along with coleslaw (good!) and cream corn (very sweet).
The atmosphere was nice, compared to some really fast-food style BBQ places. But we had much better BBQ in Texas.

7. Emilia's Restaurant

605 W Elizabeth St, Brownsville, TX 78520-6315 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +1 956-504-9899
Excellent
58%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 57 reviews

Emilia's Restaurant

Reviewed By Aerowing - Monee, Illinois

Our family from Brownsville took us here while we were visiting on vacation. Prices are very reasonable. We were a party of around of twelve or so and service was good. I ordered a chicken quesadilla, it was huge and tasty. Desert is even included with the meals. Everyone enjoyed their dinners and would gladly come back again.

8. Chick-fil-A

4325 N Expressway # 77, Brownsville, TX 78520-9479 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout American, Fast Food Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 956-350-9488
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Chick-fil-A

Reviewed By DJH2010 - Saint Charles, Missouri

At home and on trips/vacations we eat at a Chick-fill-A fairly often. This Chick-fill-A is pretty much what we expected. Good food and good service. The staff were friendly and helpful. We were well pleased.

9. Taqueria El Ultimo Taco

1034 McDavitt Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78521-2143 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Latin, Spanish Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 956-986-0558
Excellent
56%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 70 reviews

Taqueria El Ultimo Taco

Reviewed By soccerchic6 - Texas

The best place in Brownsville, hand down, for tacos! We visit every time we're in town.

Everything is delicious! I definitely recommend the tacos the trompo and the charro beans. Fast and friendly service, too!

Quick tip: The tacos are tiny so maybe think about ordering one or two extra just in case.

10. Cobbleheads

3154 Central Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520-8844 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, American, Bar Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 956-546-6224
Excellent
40%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

Cobbleheads

Reviewed By hpresas - Brownsville, Texas

Return visit. Frequent return visits. A great place to eat, Great daily specials. A must still the red tortilla soup. Burgers and sandwiches are great. Get the managers special, soup half sandwich and salad. great evening atmosphere with live music. a great place to chill

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