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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” (141 reviews)
“fries” (183 reviews)
“seafood” (180 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Fast food
$$ - $$$
33396 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6412
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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
Reviewed 3 days ago 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
Reviewed 3 days ago

My family has to eat at Dirty Al's every time we vacation in South Padre. The fried shrimp basked it GREAT!

Thank travelmomma25
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you want expertly prepared large fried shrimp this is the place to go. The inside of the restaurant is not real fancy but the service and food is good. There are a number of seafood dishes but I prefer the Shrimp. It does get...More

Thank erodrig26
Reviewed 1 week ago

They brag they have the best fried shrimp and they are not kidding. The wait was about 30 minutes on a busy Saturday night. The shrimp was well worth it. Best tasting shrimp ever.

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

Thank you for your review. We are glad you agree that we have the best fried shrimp. Thank you and we look forward to serving you again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and great service! Had a drink called the painkiller which was wonderful. Best blackened fish I've ever had and the boiled shrimp was huge!

Thank Marion W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was worth the wait. Once we were seated the waitress took forever, but the kitchen made up the time. Best fried shrimp in years. This is what shrimp is supposed to taste like....reminds me of what shrimp tasted like as a kid in...More

Thank Paige F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were at the pier for parasailing. The staff there recommended Dirty Al's for purchasing fresh seafood and for lunch. The waitress, Annabelle, was wonderful!! I am from Colorado so asked for much information. She was so helpful, even advising against some of my choices....More

Thank SmalltownColorado
Dirty_Als_Mgmnt, Public Relations Manager at Dirty Al's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review. I am so glad Anabelle was able to take care of you and it sounds like George helped you at the seafood market. On your next trip down from Colorado, we hope that you come visit us again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food. Relaxed atmosphere that makes you feel you are on vacation. The freshness of the shrimp and the fish are very good too. I wish they had better cutlery (more expensive plastic or metal), other than that, the location is good and near...More

Thank ebtm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Trash on the floor and bathrooms with out soap and paper towels. Food is always good but they've gotten to big and not able to keep up with the amount of people.

Thank timo72
Dirty_Als_Mgmnt, Public Relations Manager at Dirty Al's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We have a cleaning schedule but it seems that we need to make a tighter schedule during peak season in order to ensure the clean environment we strive for our customers. We appreciate your review and look forward to serving you again.

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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
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
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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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