Orange Beach, Alabama: Delicious Restaurants to Try
The Gulf Coast of Alabama is known for its white sandy beaches, turquoise water, and fantastic seafood. Although Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are the most prominent towns making up Alabama’s Gulf Coast, we typically include Perdido Key (on the tip of Pensacola) since it’s just across the Perdido Beach Boulevard bridge.
Almost all of the restaurants in this area serve fresh seafood in a variety of ways–fried, blackened, grilled, broiled, steamed, or baked. No matter where you go, incredible seafood straight from the Gulf of Mexico is sure to be on the list. Here are delicious restaurants to try in Orange Beach, Alabama, that you should check out on your next visit to this area!
Anchor Bar & Grill
Experience waterfront dining with spectacular views in a casual al fresco setting on Terry Cove at Anchor Bar & Grill. Serving the best bar fare on the island, Anchor Bar’s menu consists of burgers, wings, ramen, salads, and ground wagyu tacos. I always love a Southern eatery that uses Mason jars for the drinks, a bonus in my book!
Recommended Dishes: More In than Out Burger (caramelized onions and tomato jam), Tater Tots, Blonde Buckwhacker, Raspberry Beret
Cobalt, The Restaurant
Experience fine coastal cuisine at Cobalt, The Restaurant, next door to the Caribe Resort. This chic and modern Orange Beach eatery has fantastic waterfront view, live music, and an open, airy dining room. Cobalt’s authentic dishes are crafted by renowned chefs in three distinct kitchens. The service was impeccable. You can arrive at Cobalt by boat, too.
Recommended Dishes: Bushwhacker, Tuna and Avocado Stack, Firecracker Shrimp
Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar
Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar is a sophisticated far-from-ordinary restaurant in Orange Beach, Alabama that offers classic seafood, pasta, and steak dishes with an eclectic spin. Happy hour is from 2 to 6 PM daily and features drink specials, $10 off bottled wines, and reduced-price appetizers.
Recommended Dishes: Savory Cheesecake (this is an appetizer, not dessert), Cheese Dip (topped with feta and roasted tomato relish, served with pita chips), Roasted Red Pepper Caesar Salad, Filet Mignon (garlic & smoked bacon grits, lemon garlic asparagus), Banana Leaf-wrapped Fish (named one of “the top 100 dishes to eat before you die by The Year of Alabama Food)
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The Crab Trap
The Crab Trap is a funky, fun, fish house on the Gulf of Mexico that’s perfect for the whole family. It has rustic, Florida decor, a large playground, boardwalk leading down to the beach, and great views of the water. The Crab Trap is everything you came to the beach for!
Crab Trap is Taylor’s favorite restaurant in Gulf Shores.
Recommended Dishes: Hot Crap Dip (fresh crab meat, cream cheese, fresh basil, red peppers, and green onions served with warm & toasty pita chips), Crab Trap Mahi (grilled mahi-mahi topped with lump crab meat
DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen
DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen is a timeless Orange Beach tradition, voted best lunch and dinner for 14 years in a row. The two-story nautical looking restaurant fits in with the coastal Alabama scenery perfectly, and the service is commendable. With comfort food favorites and a dozen yummy side dishes, this no-frills eatery delivers a great plate of food satisfaction.
Recommended Dishes: Fried Shrimp (the best in Alabama!), green beans, Macaroni & Cheese
Flora-Bama Yacht Club
The Flora-Bama Yacht Club is an open-air, waterfront restaurant in Perdido Key. 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 good food will love the Flora-Bama Yacht Club. 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.
Recommended Dishes: Greek Shrimp Nachos (fried wonton chips smothered in spinach-feta-cream sauce, grilled Gulf shrimp, feta, olives, peppers, and onions), Firecracker Coconut Shrimp (coconut-crusted Gulf shrimp with a signature firecracker-sweet chili glaze), Beignet Fries
Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s is a highly popular restaurant in Orange Beach and vacation destination within itself. It’s is all about celebrating food, family, and fun, with seating on the Intracoastal Waterway, a huge playground, shopping emporium, seasonal events, and nightly live music.
LuLu’s has a menu for everyone! Whatever your dietary restriction may be, LuLu’s works to make your meal worry-free–there’s even a whole gluten-free menu. Psst, LuLu is Jimmy Buffet’s sister.
Recommended Dishes: Crab Nachos (the cheese topping is creamy like fondue!), LA (Lower Alabama) Caviar (black-eyed pea dip), Summer Shrimp Salad (with fried-green tomatoes and Wow sauce)
Tacky Jacks has been open for 40 years–and with its waterfront dining, island-inspired cocktails, laid-back atmosphere, and sandpit for children, it is easy to see why. Tacky Jacks is even considered the best waterfront seafood restaurant and tavern in the area. Make sure to sign a piece of Duck Tape and stick it on the walls before you leave.
Tacky Jacks has locations in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan, Alabama.
Recommended Dishes: Firecracker Shrimp (Lightly Breaded and Tossed in Asian Chili Sauce), Tacky Shrimp (Prepared Using Our Special Spices, Herbs & Seasonings and Simmered for Hours Creating a Fantastic Spicy Broth Straight from the Islands)
Delicious Restaurants to Choose From
Alabama’s Orange Beach is a fantastic family-friendly vacation destination where you can get a really good meal for a reasonable price. We hope you enjoy these delicious restaurants in Orange Beach, Alabama!
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Melody Pittman and Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.