Alabama is quickly building a reputation as a prime foodie’s destination. From some of the nation’s freshest seafood to a wide array of home-cooked Southern cuisine, there is something for every personal taste in beautiful Alabama. Here are four of the top restaurants to consider on your adventure to the Yellowhammer State.

Big Fish Restaurant

When visiting Orange Beach, you will not want to miss the availability of fresh seafood caught that day. The luxurious atmosphere at Big Fish is the perfect complement to the exquisite menu options. The open-air kitchen highlights the delicate preparation of food such as the award-winning ginger glazed shrimp skewers, filet mignon, pan-seared sea scallops, and the catch of the day. They provide mouth-watering dishes along with an elegant but relaxed ambiance that gives guests a thoroughly enjoyable fine dining experience.

Source: Top 10 Restaurants in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach

Highlands Bar & Grill

The French-inspired cuisine of this Birmingham favorite delivers seasonal favorites in an upscale setting. Choose from dishes such as creamy crawfish bisque, duck breast, veal tenderloin, and much more. The classic bar is the perfect place to catch a drink before your meal. An extensive wine list boasts some of the best selection in the state. Be sure to leave plenty of time because you will want to linger over this meal.

Source: Some Thoughts on French Cuisine

Bill’s by the Beach

For the quintessential beachside dining location, check out Bill’s by the Beach in Gulf Shores. The relaxed vibe of Bill’s welcomes you the minute you step through the doors into the inviting space. Nosh on specialties such as the shrimp po’boy and the blackened shrimp with cheese grits. The stunning views of the beach will be the perfect complement to your meal. This is an ideal restaurant to choose if you want delicious local food served up in a more casual setting.


This award-winning Mobile institution specializes in local cuisines such as seafood, Creole, and Cajun food. The restaurant is located on the 34th floor of the historic Trustmark Bank building. The spectacular setting boasts views of downtown Mobile, Mobile Bay, and Dauphin Island. Diners will enjoy dishes such as oysters on the half shell, fried green tomatoes, fried alligator, stuffed flounder, and a variety of steaks. Do not forget to save room for a slice of key lime pie.

Source: Eat Mobile, Alabama

Make It a Food Tour

Don’t want to choose just one? Make it a food tour and hit all of these restaurants during your Alabama adventure. Plan an itinerary for each stop, and rent a car once you arrive in Alabama. Just keep in mind that there are age requirements to rent a car, so plan ahead to ensure that you have a vehicle for your trip. A food tour around Alabama is a great way to not only enjoy delicious eats but also see more of this beautiful state.

Source: Minimum Age to Rent a Car

Whatever your dining fancy, Alabama has something to satiate your appetite. You simply cannot go wrong with any of these four prime restaurant destinations.