Where to Eat in Gulf Shores: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Ying Subia

This resort community is known for its bright white beaches and soothing warm water. Daytime activities include scenic cruises, dolphin-watching and hiking. A great place for families, Gulf Shores has The Track, a family recreation center with bumper boats, and also the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.
Things to do in Gulf Shores

1. Gulf Shores Seafood

921 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-5911 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 251-948-8456
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 149 reviews

Gulf Shores Seafood

We're your #1 seafood solution for both local "meals to go" and "pack and travel" fresh seafood. Gulf Shores Seafood & Meat Market is your one stop source for the freshest seafood, premium steaks and everything you need to prepare your family's seafood feast. Offering Crawfish - Shrimp - Crab Legs - Lobster Tails - Fish - Oysters - Premium Steaks, and much more.

Reviewed By win54 - Ontario (Canada)

My husband was sick and I didn't feel like cooking so I popped in and got the Royal Reds dinner to take home. Shrimp were great. Potatoes and corn were OK. I came back another day to get some fresh shrimp by the lb. They boiled them up for me. They had lots of other great looking fresh fish there.

2. Flip Flop Deli Shop

524 W Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-6436 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Delicatessen Lunch SGD 5 - SGD 12 +1 251-540-2188
Excellent
80%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 370 reviews

Flip Flop Deli Shop

Come see us for delicious sandwiches, pizzas, hot dogs, dirty nachos, walking tacos & Blue Bell ice cream (including old fashion homemade milk shakes), and shaved ice. We are not a swanky restaurant or a 5 star place where you have to dress up,there are plenty of those in town but if your looking for a cool place to just hang out & eat or something to go? We are it!! Friendly service with a smile guaranteed!!

Reviewed By JessRae75 - Grayslake, Illinois

We are here on spring break from Norther IL. Our family needed a fast, filling lunch, and we didn’t want anything fancy/sit down service, and this hit the mark! The sandwiches on a hoagie roll are huge, my husband and I could’ve split it and been satisfied. Quality ingredients and very tasty. You aren’t getting anything over the top or gourmet, but it’s waaaaay better than a Subway or fast food. The deli meat was generous, too! My kids enjoyed a walking taco, shave ice and ice cream, all got 2 thumbs up! The location is ideal, parking is tricky if there are over 4 patrons, but the staff/owner were extremely friendly and funny. Grab a quick lunch here and you won’t be disappointed!

3. S & S Seafood Market

1154 W Beach Blvd, Suite D, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-6200 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Seafood Lunch, Dinner +1 251-968-3474
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 410 reviews

S & S Seafood Market

Reviewed By Melissa L

Love coming here and picking up a quick dinner. Very reasonably priced and wonderful food! No place to sit and eat but definitely worth it. Now if they would only deliver...

4. The Diner

2420 E 2nd St, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-3114 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 8 - SGD 29 +1 251-500-1581
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 701 reviews

The Diner

Food that breaks hunger - not the bank.

Reviewed By xckier - Bozeman, Montana

We learned about this place during our tour of the Swift-Coles Historic home in Bon Secour. Nick Coles was the wonderful man who purchased and saved/preserved the historic Swift home, and the guide mentioned that Nick ran this Diner at one time. Anyway, the great thing about The Diner is you get great food at a reasonable price without the horrible crowds. The ambiance is missing, but if you don't want to wait for an hour or more to get a table, like you do in so many of the popular restaurants in the area, then this place will work for you.

5. Fish River Grill #3

1545 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-3435 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Soups Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 251-948-1110
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 627 reviews

Fish River Grill #3

Reviewed By 526Frequenttraveler - Morehead, Kentucky

The blackened shrimp was very tasty. Portions were large. The French Fries, Okra, and Hush Puppies were good but have had better. The swamp soup was better than expected and give a uniqueness to the restaurant. Friend had the oysters and gave them an okay rating. For the amount of food served it was a good meal out. The server was very friendly and quick to meet our needs.

6. Hog Wild Beach & BBQ

911 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-5911 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 35 +1 251-600-9453
Excellent
64%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 329 reviews

Hog Wild Beach & BBQ

Voted TOP 10 BBQ in Alabama! Established in 2014! Locally owned and operated! All food prepared and cooked on site, daily! Come try us out and leave us a review!

Reviewed By Hoosier0311 - Indianapolis

I love pork and this restaurant did not disappoint. Most pulled pork is shredded, this place is not shredded but more of pulled large pieces, like eating pork chops. Absolutely delicious, literally best pulled pork I have ever had, and I have ate at dozens on BBQ places. Well done!!!

7. Crico's Pizza & Subs

309 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-6461 Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 251-948-3100
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 546 reviews

Crico's Pizza & Subs

Reviewed By RALPH O - Michigan

My wife and I went here because of the TripAdvisor reviews. Because our pizza tastes differ, we each had a small pizza and we shared an Antipasto. You order and pay at the counter and they bring it out when it is done. The Antipasto consisted of pulling some lettuce, tomatoes, and black olives from the little salad bar, adding some meat and cheese and throwing it in a big metal bowl; voila, Antipasto. We both liked our pizza and agreed that it was good but not great.
The place itself, looks like it has seen many a spring break crowd. It could seriously use a makeover, peeling paint, well-worn everything. Looks like it survives on take-out orders and low maintenance costs. We got a kick out of the cashier who had to use the calculator on her cell-phone to figure how much change to give me. We did like the italian salad dressing but we probably won't go back.

8. The Flying Harpoon

112 Windmill Ridge Rd, Additional parking at Remax, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-6422 Television, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Seafood, Pub, Cajun & Creole Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 251-948-4645
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 233 reviews

The Flying Harpoon

Additional parking at Remax of Gulf Shores. Kitchen open until 1 AM every day.

Reviewed By gtonic63 - Gautier, Mississippi

Employees in the restaurant and the people at the bar, all friendly. The building looks like a fishing camp. Cool. We squeezed into a parking by the building. Next time we'll park across the street. I ordered an oyster poboy. Huge oysters, perfectly. Lots of lettuce on my poboy. I took some of it off so I could taste the oysters. If you want to pretend that you're eating healthy, leave the lettuce and call it a seafood salad. My wife enjoyed her roast beef poboy with piles of shredded beef and a nice gravy. Check this place out!

9. Janino's Pizza

984 W Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-6312 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 +1 251-500-1506
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 175 reviews

Janino's Pizza

Janino's Pizza is dedicated to serving you the best New York Style Pizza around. Our dough, and sauces are made fresh daily from a family recipe that has been passed down for generations. We offer a unique variety of specialty pizza's, salads, calzones, stromboli's, and pizza by the slice. You can even create your very own pizza with the freshest, highest quality ingredients offered.

Reviewed By gtonic63 - Gautier, Mississippi

We opened the box and the pizza was beautiful! Meats, cheese, very thinly sliced onion. But I couldn't get out of the box. The pizza was stuck. We used spatulas and forks to eat dinner. No big deal. It tasted great! We'll go back.

10. Bahama Bobs Beach Side Cafe

601 W Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-6319 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 251-948-2100
Excellent
52%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Bahama Bobs Beach Side Cafe

Reviewed By YayaQueenBee - Willow Spring, North Carolina

Spent our day off wandering the beach at Gulf Shores. We tripped upon this quaint place at the end of our walk. Lucky we did!! Our server Shannon was absolutely the best! He made his suggestions and we took them. I had the grilled whitefish with potatoes and coleslaw. The fish was cooked perfectly and the coleslaw was excellent. We topped off our meal with saltes caramel cheesecake, which was phenomenal!
Overall an enjoyable dining experience well worth the price.

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