8 McAllen Restaurants to Celebrate the Graduate!

Two young women in McAllen are smiling, dressed in black graduation gowns while confetti falls all over them.

It’s the end of another school year, and for some scholars, it’s time to graduate to the next phase of their lives. If you need things to do in McAllen after the commencement ceremonies, be sure to celebrate by taking your grad to these eight restaurants in McAllen, each offering their unique cuisine for the special grad in your life. 

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One of the seafood McAllen restaurants at night lit up with blue and red lights facing the empty parking lot with its bright red sign glowing in bold letters, ‘SURFING CRAB.’

Surfing Crab

(956) 803-0088

421 E Nolana Ave.

Does your graduate love seafood? Then book the party room at Surfing Crab and treat your tastebuds to crab, lobster, and shrimp! Hours of operation are Sunday to Thursday 11:30 AM – 10 PM, and Friday and Saturday 11:30 AM – 11 PM.

University Drafthouse Townlake

(956) 468-2040

100 W. U.S. Highway 83

Celebrate graduation with filling appetizers, juicy hamburgers, and delicious desserts at the University Drafthouse. Your family will enjoy the open and lively indoor and outdoor atmosphere. Their hours of operation are:

  • Friday from 3 PM to 1 AM
  • Saturday from 11 AM to 1 AM
  • Sunday from 11 AM to 11 PM
  • Thursday from 3 PM to 12 AM
  • Happy Hour from 3 PM to 7 PM
  • Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 PM to 11 PM

Costa Messa

(956) 618-1919
5248 N. 10th St.

Need a place where you can enjoy some authentic Mexican fine dining? You can’t go wrong with all the appetizers, tacos, and antojitos Mexicanos at Costa Messa. Their hours of operation are every day from 11 AM to 10 PM.

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A rustic wooden table is set for McAllen drink and dining with four wine and copper glasses while other patrons enjoy their time at the nearby bar and tables. The McAllen restaurant is dimly lit with vintage posters adorning the walls.

Il Forno A Legna

(956) 688-9528

3817 N. 10th St. Ste. 5

Book your reservation to enjoy homemade Italian pasta and wood-fired pizzas in an intimate and rustic environment. Their hours of operation are from:

  • Friday from 5 PM to 11 PM
  • Saturday from 2 PM to 11 PM
  • Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 PM

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Restaurants in McAllen

Republic of the Rio Grande

(956) 994-8385

1411 S. 10th St.

Take your grad out to enjoy delicious quality dishes at the brick oven cantina of the Republic of the Rio Grande in a lively environment. Their hours of operation are from:

  • Thursday from 11 AM – 12 AM
  • Friday and Saturday from 11 AM – 1 AM
  • Monday to Wednesday from 11 AM to 10 PM

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One of the restaurants in McAllen is facing the street, the pink bricks reflecting the light of the pink and yellow hues of the sunset while bright white letters on its black sign read ‘SALT - New American Table.’

SALT – New American Table

(956) 627-6304

210 N. Main St.

Take your grad and family to SALT – New American Table to enjoy dishes made from organic, sustainable, and local ingredients in a modern setting. Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday 5 PM – 10 PM. Friday and Saturday 5 PM – 11 PM.

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Families cheer by clinking their glasses together as they sit at large dining tables at a restaurant in McAllen immersed in an environment filled with vibrant yellow walls and lit-up decor.

España Nouveau Mediterranean

(956) 627-2650

701 N. Main St.

España offers a classy authentic menu of Spanish and Mediterranean flavors, from oxtail empanadas to paella del mar. Your tastebuds will thank you! Hours of operation are Tuesday to Thursday 5 PM – 11 PM. Friday and Saturday 5 PM – 1 AM.

Santa Fe Steakhouse and Cantina

(956) 630-2331

1918 S. 10th St.

Enjoy McAllen living with live music, spacious indoor and outdoor seating, and a steak dinner to celebrate your graduate at the infamous Santa Fe Steakhouse & Cantina! Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday 5 PM to 10 PM. Friday and Saturday 5 PM – 1 AM.

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