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Dirty Al's

33396 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6402
956-761-4901
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have been here several times and have never been disappointed. The food is perfect and everyone is very friendly. My daughter actual commented that her shrimp and fish were so fresh she thought they had someone catching it out back and bringing it straight in to cook lol. Not only is the food wonderful but this place is very... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

After a long day of Jet Skiing and Parasailing, we went to Dirty Al's. Food was on point, fresh from the Gulf. My date had the fried shrimp platter. Very generous and perfectly fried with a lite batter. I had the stuffed flounder. Spectacular! A Whole flounder stuffed w/ a crabmeat dressing. Only weak area was the drink service from... More

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My husband I ate here while on vacation. Oh my goodness. It is the type of food you absolutely dream about eating again. The atmosphere was terrific and you are looking out over the water. Cannot wait to go bsck

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Service was good and food was great. Fish Tacos were excellent. The fish was very fresh and the atmosphere was great. Very close to Schlitterbahn resort.

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Houston, Texas
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44 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The food at Dirty Al's was OK, but it was mostly fried food and not that special. It definitely wasn't special enough to overcome some pretty poor service. When we arrived, there was a long wait (about an hour), so I asked the guy taking names if someone could call us from the side of the building. He rudely snapped... More

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Paris, Illinois
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4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This place was recommended to us, so we went Saturday evening. The place was absolutely packed, standing room only. Long wait for a table. While we were standing there, we (party of four) just kept noticing how run down and dirty it looked. The food may have been good, I will never know, because we decided if we were going... More

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Killeen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This place looks like a hole in the wall compared to some of the other places we ate at on the island BUT the best food we ate on the island!!! Very affordable and fresh. The service was a little slacking but we would still go back!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Dirty Al's has the best fried shrimp and fried fish basket on the island and for the best price. This is not a dress up place so come casual. Get your favorite cold beverage, order up your favorite menu item, enjoy your delicious meal, and save a few bucks over the fancier joints.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

Highlights are salad (with only dressing - ranch), seasoned fried. Party of six has required gratuity of 18%. We were underwhelmed by service. Waiter was more interested in talking to buddy than earning gratuity. Rest of meal was good but far from best on island. Soft drinks had a bit of off taste. Probably too much carbonated water vs syrup.... More

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Garland, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

If you do like fried food, then it's pretty darn good! Yes, they have some non-fried foods -- blackened or grilled, for instance. But it's not really the kind of place where you should venture off the fried food path. Padre has a lot of places with fried foods. Some better than others. Dirty Al's is definitely on the better... More

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