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Dirty Al's

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33396 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6402
956-761-4901
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 222
    Very good
  • 82
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  • 36
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  • 29
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Fun and Good

There are only a handful of places I go (and recommend) for your quintessential, deep fried seafood basket-type dinners. Dirty Al's is one of the originals, and worth a try. Although the fish around here is rarely fresh or from the gulf (as is the case with D.A's), it's still pretty good, and you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
Mac806
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Amarillo, Texas
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Olmito, Texas, United States
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Best restaurant for shrimp! They haven't ever dissapoint me. They offered the largest fresh shrimp in texas. I never miss going every time in visit spi. Great prices!

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Hunt, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

If you like fried seafood and the best French fries anywhere, this is the place to go! Casual is an understatement. One cannot be easily offended here! The fried crab fingers are my go-to. Go early or late to avoid waiting lines!

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San Antonio, Texas
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Restaurant was decent size inside. Accommodated our party of 12. Lots and lots of fried food. I had the blackened fish -- was good -- would order again. Hubby had the fish tacos - thought they were good. Decent food - decent price. Would go there again.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Don't let the name fool you. Dirty Al's was amazing. We had a beautiful view, great service, and the prices were reasonable. My son didn't want to go at first because of the name, but I am so glad we didn't judge a book by its cover. The place doesn't look like much from the outside but wait till you... More 

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Mission, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

If you don't know what that means, it is Spanish for family feast. If you have a family to feed , then this is the best deal on the island. For 40.00 dollars you get a large platter filled with fish,chicken, and shrimp. We usually get it half fried and half backend. Our family of 5 won't finish the whole... More 

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Collinsville, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Dirty Al's is not the place you drive by and have to go into. We asked some locals where they recommended and this place was chosen by all people present. We went on an evening and were blown away by the food. It is a must for seafood lovers.

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Harlingen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

They have the best seafood you will ever have. I recommend the fried shrimp with fries. It has fast service and great quality. It is definitely the best restaurant on South Padre Island.

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Amarillo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

There are only a handful of places I go (and recommend) for your quintessential, deep fried seafood basket-type dinners. Dirty Al's is one of the originals, and worth a try. Although the fish around here is rarely fresh or from the gulf (as is the case with D.A's), it's still pretty good, and you can rest assure the gulf shrimp... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We usually try this restaurant at least once. this year was not exceptions. We tried the Botana platter; fish, shrimp,chicken. Quality was fair. food was warm but not hot. Wait staff was excellent. We will be back but not the best restaurant on the island.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

If you want great food and atmosphere. Dirty Al's is the place to go! I love their fried shrimp and fish. It's fast and the staff is friendly. When we go to South Padre, we always make time for Al's!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33396 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6402
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
  • Phone Number: 956-761-4901

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?