wife had fresh grilled Red Snapper fillet, which is probably my
favorite fish. It was delicious. I started out with Blackened Seared
Ahi Tuna with a Jicama slaw on the side and a ginger soy. There is
something special about raw Tuna, but then roll it in a Blackened
Seasoning and your have a great appetizer. It was hard to follow the
Tuna but then the Gulf Shrimp Sautéed, sitting on a bed of homemade
pasta and Alfredo Sauce didn't skip a beat. About midway through dinner
the wife and switched plates and her Red Snapper was excellent. The
portions were ridiculous, we were able to give the little one a part of
our meals. She gave the shrimp and pasta 2 thumbs up.
been years since I had been to Scampi's and I was glad to see it hadn't
changed much. If your're staying on South Padre Island, I highly
recommend doing a dinner while the sun sets on the Bay, Laguna Vista and
I've been going to Scampi's since 1987 or so for
one reason -- a quiet sunset experience. Go to Louies or Amberjacks if
you are noisy, or smoke, or expect loud music, or are in a group that
wants to do that. FYI -- We really like the Really Bad Lounge Singer
guy -- not musically of course, but he does have a good sense of humor
& is fun to listen to -- And we use him as a time marker for friends
that haven't been down to SPI in awhile -- "Yeah, Really Bad Lounge
Singer is still here! Yay!" 2nd FYI - they can turn down the volume
on the outside speakers if it gets real bad.
I have never eaten
downstairs, we always eat off of the upstairs bar menu -- fried shrimp,
oysters rockefeller, etc. The bar menu has expanded over the years
& gotten a tad more expensive -- $15.99 for the shrimp basket, but
half-price appetizers during happy hour. I prefer their fried shrimp to
Big Al's, b/c Scampi's fried shrimp are lighter and cripser, in my
experience. Oysters Rockefeller are excellent too. I'm sure they would
be great downstairs.
Scampi's also offers "You Catch, We Cook"
services if you do get into the speckled trout -- try the pecan crusted
fillets -- delicious preparation and a bit different from the typical
fried, sauteed, grilled or blackened.
One of the nicest and
fanciest restaurants on the Island and in Port Isabel. The food is
great. The price is a little high, but that's what you expect when
youeat dinner right on the water in a fancy restaurant.
time I have been in there, some celebrity was in there (Mandy Moore,
Johnny Knoxville... who was actually squeezing lemon juice into his eye
at one point... and Isabella Rossilini).
Fabulous wine list.
Steak and Seafood are to die for, and the waiters are knowledgable. Ask
them for wine pairings...they know their sh*t. Love this place:-) EAT