Our US Gulf Coast Travel, guide to restaurants in Orange Beach Alabama includes our suggestions for date night, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Orange Beach restaurants on the water.
Our favorite items to order at Orange Beach restaurants are impossibly fresh Gulf shrimp (especially Royal Reds) and Gulf seafood (snapper, redfish), accompanied by local produce and ingredients.
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Our favorite casual Orange Beach beachfront restaurant is The Gulf. The lobster and shrimp roll is astounding especially when accompanied by their incredible fries and a cold local craft beer. Other items we love include shrimp tacos, Jamaican snapper, grouper sandwich, blackened grouper added to a salad, shrimp po’ boy, and the peel and eat shrimp.
For menus, hours, and more information visit The Gulf’s website.
Fisher’s Upstairs at Orange Beach Marina
Our recommended romantic Orange Beach restaurant for date night is Fisher’s Upstairs at Orange Beach Marina. Chef Bill Briand has received James Beard semi-finalist recognition five consecutive years. That is an extraordinary achievement and the dining experience here reflects his expertise, passion, and local ingredient knowledge.
If you forced us to choose, we would select Fisher’s Upstairs as the best restaurant in Orange Beach Alabama. But please do not tell the other Orange Beach restaurants. We love all of them!
For menus, hours, and more information visit Fisher’s Upstairs website.
OSO at Bear Point Harbor
One of the best waterfront restaurants in Orange Beach Alabama is OSO at Bear Point Harbor. OSO is almost as fun to get to as it is being there. Driving to the end of an island and down a small road with a JetSki mailbox is as fun as it gets.
Once you check in with the hostess at OSO at Bear Point Harbor, request an outside table on a pleasant sunny day for a memorable experience. Watch the boaters come and go and, especially in the peak season, the tourists awkwardly boarding and debarking. I have not seen any major incidents yet so it has been fun people watching so far.
But the food. I will simply say that the below piece of redfish was the absolute tastiest fish filet I have had on the Alabama coast. And it topped one of the best salads I have had on the US Gulf Coast.
US Gulf Coast Travel note: OSO means Bear in Spanish and we love restaurants with clever names that also deliver amazing meals.
For menus, hours, and more information visit OSO at Bear Point Harbor website.
Highlights at the Pier House Orange Beach are the phenomenal appetizers and a delectable double key lime cake dessert. Tuna poke, tuna spring rolls, jumbo lump crab ceviche, and Gulf oysters are recommended appetizers. Pier House also has excellent craft cocktails; I love customizing a spicy margarita with the bar staff (make it spicier!).
Chef John Chapman (call him Chappy) will work the room when he is at Pier House and provides suggestions and stories —if you let him, and you should. Check out the local art work in the extra room where you enter the restaurant. Pier House is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
US Gulf Coast note: Chappy’s wife runs a restaurant over in Bay St Louis, one of our favorite Mississippi Gulf Coast towns.
For menus, hours, and more information visit the Pier House website.
Fresh Off the Boat
I was sad to see Salt at SanRoc Cay go out of business but do enjoy the current place there, Fresh Off the Boat. They have spacious interior seating and several outside waterfront tables. Fresh Off the Boat Orange Beach serves many seafood dishes well but their shrimp and grits are exceptional. My backup choice is whatever fresh catch is that day. And if I am feeling peckish, I will order those sinful Wisconsin cheese curds.
For menus, hours, and more information visit Fresh Off the Boat website.
Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort
The Voyagers restaurant inside Perdido Beach Resort is another recommended date night restaurant in Orange Beach. It has great water views, an impressive wine selection, and the freshest and most sustainable Gulf seafood and local ingredients possible.
We attended a NUISANCE dinner at Voyagers a few years ago, under the direction of Chef Brody Olive. NUISANCE raises awareness of flora and fauna which are a nuisance, underutilized or invasive, but sustainable and available through noble, culinary endeavors.
In other words, our meal included ingredients that are not friendly to the local environment, like oyster drills and venison. That was a unique Alabama beaches dining experience.
But more traditionally, regular menu service is outstanding and includes whole Gulf fish (fresh catch), Gulf grouper, chicken fried shrimp (yep!), and fried green tomato stack with crab meat (mmm!).
For menus, hours, and more information visit the Voyagers website.
Ruby Slipper is an amazing treat for breakfast or brunch. This is one of 11 locations of the popular New Orleans style restaurant chain featuring brunch all day. Their bennies, cocktails, and pancakes are highlights. I love their shrimp and grits.
Here is a photo of one of our Ruby Slipper breakfast items—their Bam Bam Biscuit with candied bacon.
For menus, hours, and more information visit the Ruby Slipper Orange Beach website.
Some strong recommendations for best restaurants in Orange Beach Alabama given to us were for Fin & Fork, Wolf Bay, OSO Early, and Cobalt. We will try them on future Orange Beach visits. Do you have other favorite restaurants in Orange Beach Alabama?
Our suggestions for favorite Gulf Shores restaurants will be published soon in another article. Nearby places to eat in Gulf Shores we want to try include Sassy Bass Cookout Tiki, and Picnic Beach.
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