5 Most Popular Gulf Shores Restaurants on the Water

October 2nd 2023
Mike Fisher
5 Most Popular Gulf Shores Restaurants on the Water

Gulf Shores, Alabama ranks among top American places to see and features some of the finest restaurants in the entire Gulf region. In addition to great food and delicious drinks, many coastal restaurants also offer beautiful views of the water where you can enjoy good company, take in some live music, or simply relax and enjoy the ocean breeze. As such, we have put together a list of the 5 most popular Gulf Shores restaurants on the water. Choose from any of the following Gulf Shores restaurants for an unforgettable dining experience!

Table of Contents

  • Original Oyster House
  • Sea-N-Suds
  • Island Pancake House
  • Pink Pony Pub
  • The Hangout



Original Oyster House


waterfront view of Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores

Enjoy the best seafood in a casual atmosphere with genuine southern hospitality. Image by originaloysterhouse.com.


When looking for popular Gulf Shores restaurants on the water, Original Oyster House is a great place to eat any way you slice it. Their menu is bursting with fresh, gourmet dishes like local seafood platters, fancy steak, and delicious sandwiches. Considered to be one of the best local seafood restaurants in the country, you’ll be treated to Southern hospitality and an unforgettable dining experience. Not only that, Original Oyster House supports a number of charitable organizations including the Family Promise of Baldwin County, the American Red Cross, and Child Advocacy Centers.




Sea N Suds on the beachfront 5 Most Popular Gulf Shores Restaurants on the Water

Sea-N-Suds offers true beach-front dining. Image courtesy of Sea-N-Suds Facebook page.


Sea-N-Suds has expertly crafted foods, fine wine, and delicious beverages. If you are looking for fine dining without the high pricing, look no further than Sea-N-Suds. With fresh salads, innovative appetizers, and gourmet entrees, it is no wonder Sea-N-Suds continues to be a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Stretching over sugar-white sand, the restaurant sits just a couple of feet away from the Gulf of Mexico waters.


Island Pancake House


Stack of pancakes at Island Pancake House in Gulf Shores

Pictured above is a stack of delicious pancakes. Image courtesy of the Island Pancake House Facebook Page.


Island Pancake House, inside Best Western on the Beach, is a local favorite. The enormous fluffy pancakes and delicious waffles come in a variety of tasty flavors including cheesecake and chocolate chip. You can also enjoy other delicious menu items here like sandwiches, burgers, and more.


Pink Pony Pub


Pink Pony Pub on the beach in Gulf Shores

With views like these, experiencing the incredible local nature is easy to do! Image courtesy of the Pink Pony Pub Facebook page.


One night at the Pink Pony Pub and you will know why it is one of the most popular restaurants in Gulf Shores on the water! Try their famous nachos, a beastly burger, or a fresh Gulf seafood creation like the Shrimp Remoulade. Enjoy a drink under an umbrella on the deck, take in the beach scenery, and beginning at 9 PM get ready to sing karaoke, dance, and party!


The Hangout


the hang out gulf shores al

This sweet beach spot has something for everyone! Image courtesy of The Hangout.


Home to the fun and festive Hangout Music Festival, The Hangout is a happening seafood spot right on the beach. It is fun for the whole family on your Gulf Shores vacation including a gift shop, fire pit, and foam party every hour on the hour until 6PM. The menu includes fancy Po Boys, fresh entrée salads, and of course, some super tasty seafood platters piled high with all of your favorites. One of the best places for music, comedy and entertainment on the Alabama Gulf Coast, be sure to pop on over to the Daiquiri Bar, grab a frozen cocktail, and enjoy a live show!

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