Dinner places we recommend in Orange Beach, Alabama

Dinnertime is our favorite at the beach. The choices are almost limitless. Our list features restaurants that consistently combine great fish and seafood with fast, friendly service. For dinner we tend to avoid the large and loud fry houses. You will also notice we have included two Italian restaurants. We have found that both offer exceptional food at a great value (and John loves the veal). Enjoy! 

Cosmo's Restaurant & Bar

Have you ever left your house to go out to eat and you can't decide which restaurant to try?  With so many great choices, that happens to us all the time at the beach. Cosmo's is the place we go when we can't decide. We've tried just about everything on the menu - it's all great and there is something for everyone.  The service is always friendly and reliable, and the only problem is that the secret is out.  Great also for lunch and dinner or drinks.

Hours:  11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

25753 Canal Rd., Orange Beach, AL

(251) 948-9663


The Fin & Fork

The best compliment to give about an eating establishment is that it's a local favorite. Matt & Regina Shipp (of Shipp's Harbour Grill fame) have moved there operation off of Terry Cove onto the main beach road at their new incarnation, The Fin & Fork.  Shipp's Harbour Grill was one of the few remaining family restaurants in Orange Beach and was one of our favorites before it burned down. While the location and name have changed, the menu remains extensive and features fresh local seafood AND certified Angus Beef. Their new spot is on Perdido Beach Blvd. near our Phoenix III condos.

Hours:  11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

24131 Perdido Beach Blvd.

(251) 981-1213

Fisher's at Orange Beach Marina

Fisher's is actually two restaurants in one. Both serve fresh seafood, but in slightly different atmospheres. Fisher's Upstairs is an upscale, fine dining experience which offers dishes like seared scallops and grilled swordfish. Fisher's Dockside is more relaxed and casual. The Dockside menu offers several sandwich, taco and salad offerings suitable for lunch or a light supper. Upstairs dining is more appropriate for a special occasion and would be great for a final farewell dinner at the end of your vacation. Reservations recommended for upstairs dining.

Hours:  5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

27075 Marina Road, Orange Beach, AL

(251) 981-7309

Villaggio Grille

The Villaggio Grille is our favorite restaurant at The Wharf complex, and their menu could be described as a fusion of Mediterranean and Italian Cuisine. We have never been disappointed with the service or the food, and their veal dishes are John's favorite. We enjoy making a date night out at the Wharf with a movie at the Carmike Cinema and dinner at Villaggio's. Sit at an outside table if the weather cooperates. Reservations are accepted at opentable and by phone.

Hours:  11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

4790 Main Street, The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL

(251) 224-6510

Big Fish Restaurant & Bar

Big Fish is rapidly becoming our new favorite restaurant. They pride themselves on serving fresh, locally available fish and seafood. While we go there for the fish, they serve steak and pasta dishes that look great (We've never tried them, we go for the seafood). The waiters are attentive and knowledgable without being overbearing. Check out the reviews on Yelp and Zomato. They do offer a kids menu, but the atmosphere may not be the best for young children.

Hours:  11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

25814 Canal Rd., Orange Beach, AL

(251) 981-5516

Fisherman's Corner

I don't know how or why we didn't find this gem until recently. From the outside, you might guess this was bait and tackle shop but don't be fooled by the outside appearance. Located beneath Baars Bridge on Perdido Key, this is first and foremost a seafood restaurant with a southern influence. The daily chef specials are a "must try," and expect a wait without reservations. But don't let the address scare you - this "fish camp" is only about 10 minutes from the pass in Orange Beach.

Hours:  11:00 AM to 9 PM  Mon - Sat | 11:00 AM to 2 PM for Sunday Brunch

13486 Perdido Key Dr., Pensacola, FL

(850) 791-6914

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