Flora-Bama Yacht Club
The Flora-Bama Yacht Club is an open air, waterfront restaurant in Perdido Key, Florida. The Yacht Club’s menu is full of seafood items, some even putting a spin on traditional dishes. Locals or beachgoers who just want to relax and eat some good food will love the Flora-Bama Yacht Club. Spending your day on the water? The restaurant is accessible by boat, too.
While my husband and I were visiting Gulf Shores, Alabama, we stopped by the Flora-Bama Yacht Club for dinner. Having visited the Flora-Bama Lounge before, I was excited to eat at one of their restaurants. Blake and I had a fabulous time and wish that we could have spent all evening here!
Blake and I began our visit at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club with the Greek Shrimp Nachos (fried wonton chips smothered in spinach-feta-cream sauce, topped with grilled Gulf shrimp, tomatoes, crumbled feta, Kalamata olives, peppadews, banana peppers, green onion, and red onion). Oh my goodness, they were fantastic! I loved the fried wonton chip concept. The wontons and hunks of shrimp were even better soaked in the spinach-feta-cream sauce. The presentation was beautiful and made for a great Instagram picture.
I am really into shrimp right now, so it was no surprise that I also ordered it for dinner. I chose the Firecracker Coconut Shirmp (coconut-crusted Gulf shrimp topped with the Yacht Club’s firecracker-sweet chili glaze). The glaze was spicy, but not over-the-top hot. The Coconut Shrimp added a crunch and some extra sweetness. I loved the Flora-Bama Yacht Club’s take on a “classic” seafood dish. It was awesome!
Blake ordered the Yacht Club Shrimp Po-Boy (fried Gulf shrimp, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles). He devoured his sandwich; seriously, it was gone in less than five minutes.
Other menu items at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club include Char-Grilled Oysters, Lobster Corn Dogs, Gumbo, and Cajun Shrimp/Crawfish Manicotti. The restaurant also has a Hook-to-Table program.
Blake and I had the Flora-Bama Yacht Club’s Beignet Fries for dessert. The fries were light and served with a white chocolate ganache. They were heavenly! Yet, another wonderful dish. Make sure you save room for these Beignet Fries!
The Flora-Bama sits on the Ole River. Although majority of the tables are inside of the restaurant, there are a few picnic tables on the sand so that guests can enjoy dinner on the “beach”. A stage for live music is centered around some large, comfy seating arrangements. Check the Yacht Club’s website for their live music schedule. The whole outdoor set up is incredibly relaxing and will have you wanting to stay for hours.
The most famous Flora-Bama establishment is the Lounge, open for 53 years. Sitting on the Alabama/Florida State Line, the Flora-Bama Lounge is open to families until 5:30 PM but only those 18 years of age and older after 6 PM. Come play free bingo here Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 PM. Feel like going to church while on vacation? On Sundays, the Flora-Bama hosts non-denominational bar church services at 9 and 11 AM. There is also a store here selling any kind of Flora-Bama gear you could want: hats, koozies, t-shirts, cups, shot glasses, stickers, and more.
There is a second Flora-Bama restaurant, the Ole River Grill. The Grill has 15 varieties of craft beer in addition to frozen drinks. The Flora-Bama Liquor and Lotto store is home to the “Gulf Coast’s Finest Spirits”. Rent a jet ski, pontoon boat, paddle board, kayak, or charter a fishing boat at the Flora-Bama Marina.
Annual Flora-Bama Events
No matter what time of year you visit, the Flora-Bama is sure to have something going on. Their annual events are:
- Polar Bear Dip (January 1st)
- “Super” Bowl Chili Cook-Off (February)
- Beach Run-Walk for America’s Warriors (March)
- Mullet Man Triathlon (April)
- Mullet Swing Golf Classic (April)
- Interstate Mullet Toss (April)
- Miss Memorial Day Bikini Contest (May)
- Fishing Rodeo (June)
- All American BBQ Celebration/Miss Firecracker Bikini Contest (July 4th)
- Sandstock (August)
- Miss Flora-Bama Bikini Contest (September)
- Bulls on the Beach (September)
- Shindig on the Sand (September)
- Oktoberfest (October)
- Halloween Costume Contest (October 31st)
- Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival (November)
- Thanksgiving Potluck (Thanksgiving Day)
- Santa Drop (December)
- “Make It To The Line” Run/Walk (December)
- Christmas Potluck (Christmas Day)
- New Year’s Eve Bash (December 31st)
Visit The Flora-Bama Yacht Club
Whether you choose to visit the Flora-Bama Yacht Club by land or by sea, you are sure to have a great time. With delicious food, a relaxing atmosphere, and stellar views of the Ole River, this is one restaurant in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach/Perdido Key Area that you do not want to miss. Be sure to check out the Flora-Bama’s other business while you are here, too!
17401 Perdido Key Drive
Pensacola, Florida 32507
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
Check out some of our other posts in the area:
The Wharf at Orange Beach
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Although the Flora-Bama Yacht Club hosted us for dinner, all reviews and opinions are my own and are not biased.