4 Fun Restaurants for Lunch in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores

One thing is for certain when vacationing on Alabama’s white-sand beaches – there will be no shortage of culinary temptations! From the finest and freshest seafood to all-American cuisine and everything in between, there’s a bit of it all at these restaurants for lunch in Orange Beach. Here’s a tip that’ll help you avoid crowds and lead to an amazing dining experience while beachin’ it – choose lunch!

Lunch is often overlooked on vacation and many folks just toss a cold sandwich in a cooler and call it a day, opting for dinner out on the town, especially while at the beach. However, lunch options are plentiful in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and they are typically less expensive while portion sizes remain the same. Crowds are thinner too, making it all the more appealing to dine out at one of these listed restaurants for lunch in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. This list of delish places to eat in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is a great way to prime your taste buds and help plan your next beach vacation.


The Gulf | Orange Beach, AL

Orange Beach waterfront restaurant

The Gulf is perfect for relaxing with friends and family, enjoying locally-inspired food and drinks, and the location makes it more of a destination than just an Orange Beach restaurant. Waterfront dining is always special and inviting, and lunch at The Gulf is ideal for noshing on fresh, seasonal foods. The casual vibe will make you feel right at home. Relax on the couches or lounge furniture on the sand. Stop back in for dinner under festival lights or drinks by the fire pit. The Gulf is located near Turquoise Place resort and is a great addition to any Orange Beach vacation. Call (251) 424-1800 for more information on The Gulf.


The Royal Oyster | Gulf Shores, AL

Gulf Shores seafood
The Royal Oyster in Gulf Shores serves up some special lunch dishes that’ll have you coming back for more! Only looking to snack at lunch? No problem. Choose favorites like THAT Shrimp (tossed in THAT sauce), Fried Calamari or have a Crab Cake Sandwich or Royal Burger. Heartier dishes like pasta, a sampler platter or the fresh catch might become favorites, as well. Our favorite selection? Order a flight of locally harvested oysters prepared more ways than you can imagine. The Royal Oyster has quickly become a go-to spot for locals, and we know you’ll love this waterside dive, too. Just a short drive from your Gulf Shores vacation rental at The Beach Club Resort & Spa, The Royal Oyster is a must-visit restaurant on Alabama’s beaches. Contact (251) 967-1124 for more information.


GTs On The Bay | Orange Beach, AL

Orange Beach family restaurant

Aptly named, GTs On The Bay (Good Times On The Bay) overlooks Wolf Bay on Canal Road and is one of the fun restaurants for lunch in Orange Beach. The views are magnificent and the food is over the top! Enjoy tasty treats like stone-hearth pizzas, fresh salads, seafood gumbo, fish tacos and such. It’s kid-friendly, too, so bring on the gang! A kid’s play area features a pirate ship, life-sized games and so much more. Dine on the deck for incredible views, but stop inside to see the fish in a 5,000-gallon pool. For more information, contact (251) 980-8400.


Picnic Beach | Gulf Shores, AL

Gulf Shores is also home to Picnic Beach, a unique dining venue on 1st Avenue in Gulf Shores and is one of the best places to eat in Gulf Shores. Picnic Beach has, quite possibly, some of the prettiest food in town with glorious (healthy and tasty) salads and protein bowls, hearty smoked meat platters and even vegan options! Grab a snack like Picnic Nachos or a Bison Burger…the choices are endless. Picnic Beach brings the outside in with artificial turf and picnic tables. Call (251) 540-0117 for more information.


The Village Lawn Unique Evening Option at The Beach Club Resort & Spa

village lawn at beach club resort

While not a lunch option, don’t miss the opportunity for fun, funky casual family dining on The Village Lawn at The Beach Club, your Gulf Shores luxury resort. While it’s open to the public, it’s even more convenient for guests staying at The Beach Club. Open daily from 6 to 10 p.m., The Village Lawn offers four airstream food trucks, live music, games and so much more! Kid-friendly and definitely unique, parents can rest easy while kids run off their energy at the end of the day playing kickball, laser tag and life-sized games. Watch the sunset and have a drink from The Chill, The Beach Club’s newest bar, offering delicious, ice-cold drinks. If you love a good shrimp boil, don’t miss the Friday and Saturday evening Shrimp Boils. Chow down on fresh, Gulf shrimp, new potatoes, corn on the cob and Conecuh sausage for only $12.95 per plate, all summer long! Check out the weekly activities, hours, and more at The Village Lawn!


What are your favorite, unique restaurants for lunch in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores? It’s fun to grow that list and explore new options during your Spectrum Resorts vacation. And if you haven’t already, book your gulf coast accommodations today at Turquoise Place!