Dean’s South of the Border,
a Punta Gorda experience in dining and partying!


A cozy, neighborhood restaurant and a local favorite!

Dean’s South of the Border is a family-owned & operated restaurant in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Dean’s offers indoor and outdoor dining. Chill out on a hot summer day with a frozen margarita in the courtyard or sip a toasty coffee concoction by the cantina fireplace on a chilly winter night.

Dean’s offers something for everyone with a wide array of Tex Mex & American classics. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Dean’s menus offer Children’s Fare, Lunch & Daily Specials, Early Bird and Late Night menus, a full bar and Happy Hour.

Discover a local favorite and a destination for our winter visitors. Dean’s has been consistently voted Best Mexican Cuisine as well as Best Place for Margaritas, Best Cheeseburger and Best Entertainment by the Charlotte SUN herald Readers’ Choice.

We invite you to stop by, meet our friendly staff and enjoy our hospitality.

At Dean’s, you’re not just a customer, you’re Family!

‘South of the Border’ History


Dean & Sandy open South of the Border, offering great Tex Mex food in a warm, casual setting.

2004 – August

August 13th, Hurricane Charley barreled through Punta Gorda’s downtown, destroying Dean’s building as well as many others.

2004 – September

Three weeks later, staff relocated to an adjacent building which was extensively renovated, including the original fireplace and 100-year-old timbers in the Cantina Pergola.


Today at Dean’s

ReadersChoiceFirst2014[1]Discover Dean’s, both a local favorite and a destination for our winter visitors. Dean’s has been consistently voted ‘Best Mexican Cuisine’ as well as ‘Best Place for Margaritas’, ‘Best Cheeseburger’ and ‘Best Entertainment’ by the Charlotte SUN Herald Readers’ Choice.

Sports & Football

nflsundayticket[1]For the sports fans, we offer 20 televisions as well as the NFL Sunday Ticket. Dean’s is THE hot spot for entertainment – there’s always a party going on at Dean’s, with nightly entertainment 7 days a week!

2014 Special Award

Dean’s was voted “Business of the Year – Members’ Choice”, by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to our Chamber and community friends!

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Event Catering Available

We help you host events from ‘Simple to Simply Elegant’, on or off the restaurant premise.
Over 30-years experience.

Our banquet room, located at Hurricane Charley’s Raw Bar & Grill in Punta Gorda, can be decorated for any occasion – and can service an occasion up to 500 people!

Call: 941-505-7882