Best Places to eat in Orange Beach and Perdido

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Best Places to eat in Orange Beach and Perdido. We enjoy traveling and went to the beach and this is my review of all the places we ate, Favorite Orange Beach | Perdido Restaurants

Our family takes at least one vacation to the beach, some beach, every year. A ‘vacation’ to the boys means the beach; we travel to other places, it’s referred to as ‘a trip’.

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Best Places to eat in Orange Beach and Perdido

Every trip, I make notes of restaurants that we like and those we don’t. I decided to share our favorites, or not favorites, with you this year.

We vacationed in Orange Beach, AL this year. Now, if you’re not familiar with the area, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Perdido all run together on Alabama’s coast. It’s a beautiful stretch of beach. We usually go to the San Destin, FL area, but with kids the 1+ hour shorter drive time makes a huge difference. The Orange Beach area is quieter than San Destin and there’s not as much to do, but all we really want to do is unwind and relax so this is perfect!

So below are the restaurants we visited and the good, bad and ugly of each!

(If you’re in my area, check out our local restaurants in Tupelo.

Favorite Orange Beach | Perdido Restaurants


Cobalt is one of my most favorite restaurants. They offer a variety of foods salads, sandwiches, pizza, pastas and hearty fish, pork, steak, entrees. You may have a wait but they also have great unique cocktails. I recommend you enjoy the Pineapple Mojito as you wait. The view is awesome; it looks out over the bay. I highly recommend visiting Cobalt!

Cobalt Orange Beach, AL

Cobalt Orange Beach, AL

Ruby Slipper

Ruby Slipper is a brunch must. The food is consistently superior, the staff are friendly and knowledgable. I recommend the mimosass flight for the adventurous, French toast bites, and pig candy bacon…. for starters! 

Four glasses of different colored drinks on a wooden tray.

Voyagers Restaurant

The view is gorgeous and the wine list is impressive. Incredible seafood, steak, and seasonal vegetables. I recommend booking a reservation even during the week. We were squeezed in because it was just two of us otherwise we wouldn’t have been seated.

My favorites

Louisiana Lagniappe

The food is consistently good at Louisiana Lagniappe. They have a feel-good atmosphere and grogeous views. The food is excellent with plenty of choices with crab cakes, shrimp, seafood, and steaks. I’ve honestly never had a bad meal from either the Orange Beach or Destin Louisiana Lagniappe locations. 

Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar

Doc’s is ‘da bomb’…’da bomb diggity’ With it’s casual diner vibe, the focus is on the food and the food is superb! The sign at Doc’s proclaims “Best Fried Shrimp in the World!” It’s true! Doc’s is an old restaurant that has expanded over time. The first night we tried to go there was an hour wait, so we went for a late lunch the next day and was seated immediately. They offer fried, broiled or blackened shrimp, fish, oysters, and all the usual sides, slaw, hushpuppies, fries.

A collage of food including shrimp, corn, and corn on the cob.


Simply the best

Shrimp Basket

Good lunch place, good kids menu – They have a variety of foods to choose from. They offer appetizers, salads, poboys, and sandwiches. They also have steamed or fried baskets, and grilled blackened or pan-grilled platters. It’s good, it’s fried, not my favorite, but not my least favorite. I’d go (if I couldn’t get to Doc’s.)

Franco’s (permanently closed)

Franco’s Italian Restaurant was good. We had a sampler platter with spaghetti, ravioli, cheese manicotti, and seafood lasagna. The seafood lasagna was outstanding. The boys got a pizza and it was really good as was the salad that came with both entrees. I would eat there again for the seafood lasagna alone, but the spaghetti, ravioli, and manicotti was average.



Another one of the best places to eat in Orange Beach (and a favorite of almost everyone apparently). Expect a wait, even at 4:00 pm! They have daily happy hour from 3 to 5:00. One of the few places I found with sushi. Locally sourced seafood and vegetables with vegetarian and vegan options.They have a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and pasta. Entrée range from steak to seafood, catfish, tuna, pork and chicken.

They have a large patio, live music, and truly a cool vibe. You can also shop at Maggie’s Bottle and Tail while you wait. Put Cosmos on your must-dine list, it’s a must! The fish is good. The steaks are good, the shrimp is good. The mojitos are killer, everything’s good.

A collage of food on a plate.

Shop at Maggie’s Bottle and Tail while you wait!


The walls are painted bright unconventional colors and decorated with artists paintings of dogs that are for sale.

Cosmo’s patio

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Tacky Jack’s

Tacky Jack’s has a fun atmosphere, there was a live band the day we were there (at lunch). They offer to dine inside and out. They also have parasailing, jet skis, boat rides and a souvenir shop next door, everyone is super friendly. But back to the food, they have the best fish tacos! I get them every time I go….with a Bushwacker! You MUST get the Bushwacker. This is Alabama’s cocktail of choice much like the Hurricane is for New Orleans! They offer salads, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, seafood platters. They even serve breakfast, but I’ve never been at breakfast. I recommend this restaurant… and the Bushwacker!

A boat docked in the water with a colorful building.


  1. Last month, I visited to Orange Beach, AL and staying at orange beach vacation rentals, that was a great experience for me. I really enjoyed my vacations and their resorts are best to provide the luxurious amenities. Their food is very tasty and delicious. Thanks for sharing this useful and lovely information with us. Awesome and great blog. I really like it.

  2. I was just wondering on your reviews on some restaurants in destin fl . We are staying here on vacation and looking for a great place to go and have a great meal!

    1. OH, LOVE Destin. Vintij is good, not real kid-friendly though. Dewey Destin is great, they have 2 locations now, it’s a must-go place every time we go. I like AJ’s usually have good music and great view. The Back Porch, it’s on old hwy 98, right on beach GREAT seafood. I like Pompano Joe’s on old 98 too. Acme Oyster house at San Destin – my husband is a huge oyster fan. Most of these are mid-range and kid-friendly and very casual. Vintij is most expensive. There’s another higher-end one we go to and I can’t think of it for the life of me right now. I’ll msg you back when I think of it.

      1. Just want to thank you for the restaurants you suggested. We pick the Back Door and we absolutely loved it! Great atmosphere and great food! We will defiantly be back there next year in September! I give it 5 stars!!!! 🙂

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