Cobalt in Orange Beach

10 Restaurants With Outdoor Dining in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Soak up the sun or stars during your next lunch or dinner in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach. 

Looking to dine outdoors on a sunny day or evening at the beach? Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer plenty of fantastic alfresco venues with stellar views. 
 
With comfortable temperatures, a wonderful coastal breeze, and stunning sunsets, it’s hard to resist outdoor eating when dining in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. 

The Gulf in Orange Beach

1. The Gulf

The Gulf Restaurant in Orange Beach is constructed of blue shipping containers with unique outdoor seating, impressive views, and two kitchens - one with a taco bar, the other with a rotating menu. At this casual, self-service restaurant, order food or drinks from your kitchen of choice and take a number to your table. After you’ve finished eating, you can visit the on-site gift shop filled with gifts, décor, and clothing.

2. Cobalt

Located just west of Caribe Resort, Cobalt The Restaurant in Orange Beach has a large patio with views of the marina, bridge, and neighboring islands. Even with a large footprint, Cobalt provides an intimate setting worthy of any date night. Live music is featured nightly, and locals and visitors alike rave about their coastal seafood cuisine and stone hearth pizzas.

Cosmos in Orange Beach

3. Cosmo's Restaurant & Grill

If fresh air and eclectic eats are what you’re after, you’ll want to check out the outdoor seating at Cosmo’s Restaurant & Grill. Using chef-inspired ingredients, their uniquely delicious menu features variations of local staples. Head to this Orange Beach spot during happy hour to enjoy deals on drinks and appetizers and catch the sunset from their outdoor patio. 

4. Lucy Buffett's LuLu's

Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s is a guest favorite as it offers non-stop entertainment from the minute you arrive until your last moments there. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores, this open-air restaurant has waterfront views, and live music every night is perfect for outdoor dining. If you really want to immerse yourself into the beach lifestyle, opt to eat at one of the picnic tables in the sand or under the covered patio. In addition to their tasty eats and coastal cocktails, LuLu’s features an arcade, climbing ropes course, Munchkin Mountain, gift shop, and boat dockage.

5. Fisher's Dockside

Bask in the beauty of our coastal waters at Fisher’s Dockside in Orange Beach. Located at Orange Beach Marina, this restaurant offers plenty of patios and dock seating overlooking the water and its beautifully landscaped courtyard. Open for lunch and dinner, Fisher’s serves up coastal classics with a modern flair, as well as kid favorites. 

Flora-Bama Ole Fish River Grill

6. Flora-Bama Ole River Grill

Flora-Bama Ole River Grill in Orange Beach gives its guests the opportunity to dig their toes in the sand while they enjoy their meal. This restaurant is located on Old River and has open-air dining downstairs on the water as well as upstairs on its 2,500 square foot deck. With forty TVs, frozen drinks, and live music, it’s the ideal place for good drinks and an even better time. 

7. Moe's Original Bar B Que

Nobody does barbeque quite like the south, and one of the best places to get a plate full of this mouthwatering cuisine is Moe’s Original Bar B Que in Orange Beach. Not only does Moe’s provide the award-winning barbeque, but it also has outdoor seating on its deck as well as in its “backyard, with dog-friendly seating so everyone can be included in the fun. Behind the restaurant is a sandy area filled with picnic tables and chairs and a stage for live music. It’s the perfect spot to grab some finger-licking barbeque while relaxing in the coastal breeze.

The Hangout in Gulf Shores

8. The Hangout

Located right on the beach in Gulf Shores, The Hangout is the ultimate spot for beach dining. This legendary restaurant is filled with fun and food for the whole family. In addition to lunch and dinner, you’ll find a courtyard with a ton-of-fun sandpile, games, retail shopping, stages for live music and bars. It’s a great place to grab a bite to eat while you’re soaking up the sun and relaxing on the beach. 

9. Tacky Jack's

With locations in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Fort Morgan, you have your pick of which Tacky Jack’s restaurant you wish to dine in. Each one offers both indoor and outdoor dining, but we suggest sitting al fresco as all three are waterfront and offer fantastic views. You’ll love listening to local live music while you sip your Bushwacker and watch the sun melt into the water.

GTs on the Bay

10. GTs on the Bay

Offering lunch, dinner and even Sunday brunch, GTs on the Bay is an excellent spot to grab a delicious meal and catch the sunset. This family-friendly restaurant overlooks Wolf Bay on Canal Road and offers bay-side seating with stunning views of the water. GTs menu offers a blend of unique culinary choices and local favorites. While here, guests will also enjoy live music, a pirate playground for kids and great happy hour deals.

Check out all of the restaurants in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach that offer outdoor seating and even more fun dining spots! 

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