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“Best Meal of Vacation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dirty Al's

Dirty Al's
33396 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6402
956-761-4901
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Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Ft. Worth, Texas
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Best Meal of Vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Our party of three couples ordered the Bontana Platter (40 pieces of fish, shrimp, and oysters) for $38.75 and it was delicious and more than enough for lunch. The shrimp and fries were especially good and the fish (flounder) and oysters were excellent as well. All the seafood was fresh, fried to perfection, and not greasy. The restaurant is not fancy but we were there for the food not the atmosphere. At an average cost of about $6.50 per person the meal was an excellent value. Looking at the menu, I don't see how it was possible for the reviewer who ordered an appetizer, two entrees, and two kids meals to have a $90 bill. Considering the restaurant is on South Padre, we all though the overall prices very reasonable. Although the restaurant was busy, our service was prompt, friendly. and attentive. Any future visits to South Padre will definitely include a stop at Dirty Al's and we all would recommend the restaurant to anyone looking for a seafood meal at a reasonable price.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Paola
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best of the BEST”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Oh man I have never had seafood that tastes so good any place I ever been. I will never go to Padre again if I don't get to go to Dirty Al's for there shrimp!! I am SO glad I got to try this!!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Waterford, Wisconsin
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“shrimp!!! YUMMMMMY!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

got a lb of new orleans style peel n eat shrimp-best we ever had! also the stuffed jalepeno was deeelicious!!!! food to die for cleanliness could use a little reviewing!!!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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South Padre Island, Texas, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“ugh!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

The name says it all. Over priced for what you get. Our table was sticky. Other tables sat cluttered, waiting to be bussed. There are too many other option for me to return here.

Visited October 2012
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Fort Worth, Texas
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Like Padre Island of Old”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Dirty Al's reminds me of Padre Island many decades ago, pre-condo and spring break. A place next to the marina where day-fishers can gather for a cool one and share tall tales of the big one. The fried shrimp well may be the best I've ever had---large, butterflied with an excellent coating. The fries are very good as well. Prices are in line with island restaurants, but don't expect white tablecloths or an icy mug for your beer (ask for a glass and you get a plastic cup.)

Tip: Two rooms, tables in the front, booths in the back bar area. The back bar can get loud if the live singer is entertaining as it's about the size of a large hotel room.

Tip: To find Dirty Al's, drive south on Padre Drive until you get to the park entrance and look to the right. Dirty Al's is the bait shop...

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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