You're going on a beach vacay. What's the fanciest thing you're going to pack? If you said your flip-flops hold on, don't leave the house just yet.
While you're packing your swimsuit, cover-ups, and floppy sun hat, why don't you also throw in an irresistible evening ensemble (or two)? After all, you may spend the days covered in sand by the water, but you shouldn't miss the romantic date-night dinners under the stars that Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer.
And though this is the beach, bathing suits just won't do in the dimly lit dining rooms. The Alabama Gulf Coast knows how to do it right, so bring your cutest outfit and visit these four restaurants the next time you're on Alabama's beaches.
For a meaningful date night: Cobalt the Restaurant
Boasting a view of the bay from every table, Cobalt sits right under the Alabama Point Bridge. You can drive or sail your yacht to this casual seafood haven, as there are boat slips out back. The best thing about this restaurant is the patio! Take in the views of the sunset from here. Even on cool nights, the patio is still a great option, as there are a few raging fire pits to keep you warm.
For a scrumptious date night: Fisher's Upstairs at Orange Beach Marina
This acclaimed restaurant has been making headlines in the press! The food at Fisher's Upstairs is divine, and so is the ambiance. You'll need reservations to get your pinky toe in the door here during the summer, so book ahead. With indoor and outdoor seating overlooking Orange Beach Marina, Fisher's Upstairs captures the perfect balance of upscale and beachy. Oh, and a big bonus: Chef Bill Briand is a James Beard Award nominee!
No matter which place you choose (go ahead – enjoy them all!), your adventure in romance will create a beautiful memory. If you manage to hit all of these spots while you're visiting, browse the full list of restaurants in the area to find more delicious spots along the Alabama Gulf Coast!
Discover fine dining restaurants along Alabama’s beaches and plan a couple’s getaway to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach!