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Dirty Al's

33396 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6412
+1 956-761-4901
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“fried shrimp” (143 reviews)
“fries” (184 reviews)
“seafood” (180 reviews)
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33396 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6412
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

First place we always go when we get to the island to eat. Best fried shrimp on the island. Always fresh. In fact, we bought some by the pound, took it back to the condo and boiled it for a spinach salad the next day....More

Thank lagolady10
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and I brought our twin toddler boys here for lunch and the food was great. The service was friendly and prompt.

Thank Jewels1769
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had the special of 1# shrimp that was delicious with fries. Varied menu of many kinds of seafood.

Thank Janice E
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

For casual eating, seafood from the gulf, feels like a local place, they serve good seafood, recommended.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always go to Dirty Al's. Good food at reasonable prices. "It's not the size of your pole, it's how you wiggle your worm".

Thank barbozajaime
Dirty_Als_Mgmnt, Public Relations Manager at Dirty Al's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We are happy you enjoyed the food. We are thankful for your loyalty to Dirty Al's!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not worth it! Some people love this place but it wasn't for hubby and I.it was hot uncomfortable and the food was OK but not worth the price. The service was terrible. We won't be going again.

Thank Birdbet
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been to South Padre Island close to a dozen times and EVERYTIME we arrive, the first place that we head to eat is Dirty Al's. Several varieties of shrimp and I usually start with the fried shrimp which is a taste of pure heaven....More

Thank Kwasani
Dirty_Als_Mgmnt, Public Relations Manager at Dirty Al's, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for the compliment "shrimp heaven"! We are honored. Thank you for your loyalty and look forward to your visit next year.

Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Great food and I am definitely a consistent visitor. We go at least once a trip if not more! I highly recommend the shrimps quesadilla. Cant wait to go back!

Thank Makayla W
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Not alot of food. The grilled fish tastes like charcoal, and the fried is not too good. Bur they do have great service.

Thank MariGlz
Dirty_Als_Mgmnt, Public Relations Manager at Dirty Al's, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I am sorry you did not like the grilled fish. We invite you to come back and give us another tryt.

Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We didn't plan on eating here but we had to stop parasailing for an hour as rain passed so we just settled to eat here. Food was decent, nothing magnificent and pretty small portions for the cost. I don't know that we'd come back and...More

Thank Lindsey W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
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11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33396 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6412
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
  • Phone Number: +1 956-761-4901
About Us
Dirty Al’s has been in operation since 1986 and has always provided the freshest seafood to thousands of visitors from all over the world.
As a family owned and operated business, we have always taken great pride in taking care of each customer and providing them with a unique experience that they can only get from eating at Dirty Al’s. Dirty Al promises every customer that they will only be served the absolute freshest seafood caught in the wild off the Gulf of Mexico.
A Father and his Sons Make a Great Team!
Alfonso Salazar, better known as “Dirty Al” originally started shrimping as a young man with his father and 6 brothers. In 2003, he and his youngest son, Cameron, who graduated from Culinary School, transformed his bait stand into a restaurant where together they have been known for having “The World’s Best Fried Shrimp”! In 2005, his other two sons returned home to help grow the business. To this day, they now own 6 restaurants on beautiful South Padre Island and continue to bring only the “best” Gulf Seafood to each customer’s table.
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