If you are looking for somewhere to visit during Spring Break, let me tell you about one of my favorite places in the world to visit — Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. It has been our vacation spot for the last two years and we have eaten at MANY restaurants while there. Today, I am sharing my top 10 restaurants you need to try when you visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
10 Restaurants You Need to Try in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach
#1 The Gulf
Out of all the places I have eaten at, The Gulf has definitely been a favorite spot. I love the outdoor seating and beautiful gulf front view.
The food is amazing and fresh and the music cannot be beat. You never know what old vinyl record they will play. When we visited, I jammed out to Urban Cowboy!
The restaurant is eclectic too — it’s made out of shipping containers. It is located on the Orange Beach side.
#2 Brick and Spoon
Brick & Spoon is known for the Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar, but for me, it was those amazing breakfast tacos and shrimp and grits that held my heart.
It’s a quaint little restaurant on the Orange Beach side, located on Canal Drive. Lots of fun there and the food again is just simply mouthwatering.
#3 Villaggio Grille
If you want to have a more upscale dining experience, then Villaggio Grille will fit the bill for you. We ate there on a date night and the food was phenomenal.
It is very romantic here, especially if you go in the evenings. It is located in the Wharf at Orange Beach and offers some great food choices. I suggest the porkchop, however, my husband loved the Paparadelle Pasta.
#4 The Hangout
I loved the Hangout when we visited. It is right in the heart of Gulf Shores and offers SO much for the family! It is right on the beach so if you have spent the day swimming and tanning but you are starving, just walk right on in and grab a bite to eat.
There is a lot of nostalgia hanging on the walls of The Hangout. We had so much fun looking at the old tin lunchboxes and Pez despensers. They even have a little shopping store there as well.
The food is great, but the atmosphere is the best. Lots of fun and games all around the whole restaurant. It is definitely a place you do not want to miss.
#5 Ginny Lane Bar and Grill
I met with the tourism board here for lunch at Ginny Lane Bar and Grill and let me just tell you, I will be going back here on my next visit to Gulf Shores. It is located in the Wharf in Orange Beach. From the outside, it doesn’t look like much, but once you walk in, you will be blown away.
They have a live band on the weekends, and some of the best food I have ever eaten in my life. The prices are very inexpensive.
If you have been out for a day of shopping at the Wharf, then you will want to make sure to stop in here and eat. You will not be disappointed.
Lulu’s was a great spot for us to eat at. We tried it during our first visit to Gulf Shores and I immediately fell in love. Dinner was amazing with the live music and open windows.
We sat where we could see the water and enjoyed delicious food. The best part? The key lime pie. Holy moly! It is simply amazing.
They offer so much for the family to do here because they have a ropes course outside, sitting areas for family members, and a fun shop with all kinds of Lulu gear available.
#7 Cayman Grill
Cayman Grill is a HUGE restaurant. I was blown away with how beautiful it was on the inside, but the best fun to be had is watching the stingrays play while you wait for your food.
Inside there is a humongous indoor tank filled with fun fish species and of course harmless sting rays that you can touch while you wait for dinner. Be sure to grab a seat by the big window so you can watch all the boats coming in. It happens to be the most popular spot in the restaurant.
#8 Bimini Bob’s
Another of my favorite restaurants that is located in the Wharf at Orange Beach is Bimini Bob’s. I got the Jerk Chicken that night and let me tell you, it was the best tasting food I had ever stuck in my mouth.
The outside seating is my favorite as they have swings that the whole family can sit in while they eat dinner. If you go in the later evening, you can watch the sun set and believe me when I tell you there is NOTHING like watching the sun go down while you are in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
#9 Tacky Jack’s
We have been to two of the different Tacky Jack locations, but my absolute favorite is the one located on Canal Road in Orange Beach.
When we ate there, we got the outside seating so we could watch the boats coming up and down the canal and it was so awesome.
This location also has you writing your name down on colored duct tape and sticking it all over the restaurant. it is very colorful and eclectic and it is awesome.
We had breakfast here, but it is definitely on our agenda to go back and have one of their mouthwatering steaks they brag about!
#10 Matt’s Homemade Ice Cream
To wind out my list of restaurants, I would be selling you all short if I did not share about Matt’s Homemade Ice Cream.
The desserts here are out of this world. They offer every kind of shake known to man and the homemade ice cream flavors will simply melt in your mouth.
Which Restaurant Will You Visit First?
Now that you know my top 10 favorite places to eat in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, which one will you eat at first? I would love to hear!