One of my favorite things to do on vacation is eat!  I love to try new restaurants and new types of food while traveling.  Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are home to so many wonderful restaurants that aren’t the normal tourist trap places.  Don’t get me wrong those are great too, but if you want to check out where the locals go check out this list!


Orange Beach Restaurants 

Pierhouse Restaurant and Bar – This gem is truly a local hotspot!  Chef Chappy locally sources all of his ingredients and has a menu that has something for everyone! The Crab Bisque is the best I have ever had!  Oh and don’t get me started on the Bread Pudding! It’s a must every time I visit Chef Chappy! Check their menu out here!


Mile Marker 158 – This quaint spot sits right on the ICW near The Wharf.  I have not had one thing off of their menu that has not been phenomenal! My favorite appetizer is the Truffle Seasoned Chips.  It comes with a charred 3 onion dip that is out of this world!  You can find their menu here


Big Fish Restaurant – Do you like sushi? If so Big Fish is your place!  Their sushi is absolutely amazing!  On top of being the go to for sushi their bronzed catch of the day with mashed potatoes and spinach is to die for!  I’ve had this multiple times with different types of fish and all have been fantastic. Especially the triple tail!  Here is their menu


Voyagers – This fine dining restaurant is located in Perdido Beach Resort.  The atmosphere and food here is incredible! Try the Hanging Tenderloin, you won’t be disappointed! Check out their menu here



Gulf Shores Restaurants

The Tin Top Restaurant & Oyster Bar – This is one of my absolute favorite places in Baldwin County!  While not technically in Gulf Shores city limits (it’s technically located in Bon Secour) this restaurant is totally worth the 20 minute drive to get there!  Their sautéed crab claws and ribeye are so good you will plan to go back each time you vacation here!  Some might even say it’s so good you will want to move here! They are also famous for their bushwhackers! Their menu can be found here


Gulf Island Grill – Located right in the heart of Gulf Shores Gulf Island Grill delivers yummy island flavors with a laid back vibe.  The Gulf Island Ya-Ya is delicious!  You can find their menu here


Sunliner Diner – Ok, hear me out, while this technically could be considered a tourist trap it is definitely worth a try! I absolutely love the theming of this restaurant and sometimes I just want a home cooked meal without the cooking part! I have had just about everything on the menu and I can’t choose a favorite! If you’re adventurous try the Elvis Presley Shake.  It’s not on the menu anymore but they will still make it for you!  Here is the menu for this blast from the past

Crico’s Pizza – Again, hear me out, still technically a tourist trap but once you have tried the Cricostix, you can’t live without them!  Everything on their menu is killer.  Including their hot wings!  They have just enough bite but they aren’t so hot that you can’t taste anything else.  Check their menu out here


I hope this list helps with your planning!  There are many more restaurants to choose from, so if you don’t see anything you like, give us a shout and I’m sure we can point you in the right direction!