Outdoor seating at The Gulf in Orange Beach, AL

Experience the Best Open-Air Dining on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Enjoy waterside views and a warm breeze in the best open-air restaurants in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. 

The Alabama Gulf Coast is known for fresh Gulf seafood and casual beachside dining. With many restaurants featuring open-air dining, these amazing settings beckon you and your fellow colleagues. 

Grab a group or choose to enjoy the view alone, as these restaurants welcome large numbers as well as small parties. 

The Best 8 Open-Air Dining Restaurants in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Fried green tomatoes from LuLu's in Gulf Shores, AL

Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s features open-air dining throughout the entire restaurant. With roll-up doors and plenty of room to spread out, you and fellow attendees can enjoy casual dining sitting by the water or even with your toes in the sand. Come prepared for an entire experience, as this restaurant boasts live music daily starting at 5 p.m. and offers several bars, an arcade, a ropes course and a large gift shop! 

The Hangout, located in the heart of Gulf Shores, sits directly on the beach. Listen to the waves crash onto the shore and kick back at one of their many hangout spots throughout the restaurant. Choose indoor or outdoor seating and get ready to have a ton of fun with live entertainment, family-friendly foam parties and yummy seaside food.

Fisher’s Dockside at Orange Beach Marina boasts fun and casual dining that takes advantage of dockside seating and a lush courtyard. You’ll enjoy watching the boats come and go at this flip-flop-friendly restaurant. Prime your taste buds for a wonderful menu of fresh burgers, seafood, salads and a solid adult drink menu. Looking for fine dining? Book a reservation at Fisher’s Upstairs, which also has scenic outdoor seating.

Gulf Oysters at The Steamer

Gulf Shores Steamer at SanRoc Cay is famous for their award-winning, fresh-from-the-Gulf steamed seafood. Treat your coworkers to royal reds, Alaskan snow crab and, of course, locally harvested oysters. Truly experience Southern seafood while dining on their outdoor deck. Known as a top dining location for entertaining clients, this restaurant is one you don’t want to miss.

Flora-Bama Ole River Grill is known for its famous location right on the Florida/Alabama state line, across the street from the Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar. Grab a famous Bushwacker and walk down to the water to enjoy a beautiful view while you wait for your food. Thanks to its well-deserved reputation for fantastic food and great entertainment, you can rest assured that your attendees will have a great time.

Cobalt Restuarant

Cobalt the Restaurant is known for its exquisite, contemporary coastal dining. Enjoy beautiful sunsets as you entertain clients with stunning views at any table you choose. The cuisine is handcrafted by renowned chefs and does not disappoint. 

The Gulf is a trendy outdoor restaurant made from refurbished shipping containers. They serve hamburgers, tacos and fresh seafood. It's casual but chic atmosphere offers some of the best views of the water. Dine outside at picnic tables, private cabanas or enjoy a picnic in the sand. Wherever you choose to sit, you will enjoy feeling the Gulf breeze.

GTs on the Bay outdoor dining

GTs on the Bay overlooks Wolf Bay. With plenty of outdoor seating, this family-friendly restaurant is perfect for entertaining large groups and families. Come ready to kick back and relax in their Adirondack chairs nestled along the bay and enjoy daily happy hours with friends. 

With so many outdoor dining options here in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, it’s hard to pick just one. View a full list of restaurants and encourage your attendees to explore the area during their meeting. Whether they are traveling with family or by themselves, there is a dining experience for everyone.

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