Float-In to These Alabama Gulf Coast Boat-Friendly Restaurants
A day on the water is even better when you can combine it with beach eats and your boat. When you're packing your cooler for a day of fun in the sun on the Alabama Gulf Coast, there's no reason to pack a lunch. You'll have plenty of boat-friendly restaurant options in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to choose from.
If you're cruising Ole River in Orange Beach, beach your boat at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club. Don't let the name scare you - swimsuit cover-ups and shorts are just fine. You won't find a pretentious host at the door, either. However, at this open-air dive, you'll find the World Food Championship-winning Chef Chris Sherrill serving the best in fresh seafood and steak. Order a serving of Bacon and BBQ Fire-Roasted Oysters and refuel for your afternoon boat ride. Or, bring your own catch and the chef will prepare it for you!
Cruise over to Fisher's at Orange Beach Marina and tie a line for lunch or dinner prepared by a James Beard Award Nominee, Chef Bill Briand. Fisher's is two restaurants in one - Dockside and Upstairs. Dockside offers a casual, open-air feeling that's also a dog-friendly restaurant. Chef Briand uses the freshest locally sourced ingredients available, including Murder Point Oysters. Also called Butter Babies, these tiny boutique oysters will have you coming back for seconds. Fisher's Upstairs is an upscale, coastal casual spot that looks like it was taken directly from the pages of Southern Living magazine.
If you're in the mood for some "Gumbo Love," cruise the Intracoastal Waterway and dock at LuLu's in Gulf Shores. This boat-friendly restaurant is owned by Lucy Buffett, sister to Jimmy Buffett, and famous in her own right. Start your meal with the Smoked Tuna Dip, followed by a Cheeseburger in Paradise (of course). Finish it up with Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding and call yourself done!
Located just across the Intracoastal is Tacky Jacks, a fun spot for families and friends. Once you tie up in the onsite boat slips, send the kids to the sand play area while you order a platter of Garbage Nachos. Pace yourself. It's a large platter!
There are plenty more boat-friendly restaurants throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach equipped with boat slips and even full marinas. Use a transient slip at The Wharf in Orange Beach and visit one of many restaurants there, including Ginny Lane Bar & Grill, Villaggio Grille and Driftwood. Boat in to SanRoc Cay Marina and tempt your tastebuds at Louisiana Lagniappe, Cafe Grazie and Fiddlefish.