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The Cypress Inn
The Cypress Inn

The Cypress Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cypressinnrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (205) 345-6963
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Sunday 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Seafood, Steak
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater to locations all over the Tuscaloosa and Northport area. Call us for more information at 205-345-6963
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a private room called the Crowsnest. It is located at the top of a flight of stairs but overlooks the river. There is a food and beverage minimum of $500 for a Friday or Saturday dinner. The room charge is $50 at lunch and $75 at dinner per server. There will be 1 server per 15 guests. This cost covers the cost of the room and the gratuity for the server(s). A deposit is not nessecary but we do require a credit card to hold the reservation. This space is great for meetings and presentations!
  • Private Party Contact: Abi Fuller (205) 345-6963
  • Special Events & Promotions: We can host special events, weddings, receptions and more at our Pavilion located next door to the restaurant or our downtown Loft venue. Call Shannon or Tammy at 205-345-6963 for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tuscaloosa
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Self Parking
A word from The Cypress Inn
Beautiful riverfront views combined with quality southern cuisine and friendly service has made Cypress Inn Tuscaloosa's premiere casual dining establishment.


The Cypress Inn takes great pride in using only original recipes featuring the freshest ingredients. Traditional Southern entrees, desserts, breads, dressings and sauces are all prepared by the Cypress Inn staff.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "First impression was awesome! Time of arrival with no wait time was great! The restaurant is in a great location! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food and views were outstanding. Very pleasant staff. We had an awesome table in the sunroom overlooking the river!!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Our lunch on Saturday could not have been better. Great service, excellent menu choices, excellent preparation plus out-of-this-world desserts."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Enjoyed our first time dining at Cypress Inn. Our party of 8 enjoyed great appetizer sampler followed by excellent oysters, scallops, shrimp. Portions are large and desserts are amazing. The view of the river is beautiful. Oddly enough, we attempted to make a 6:00 or 6:30 reservation on a Wed. evening and were told that the only times available were 5:30 or 7:30, so we took 5:30. We left at 7:30, and there were dozens of empty tables the whole time we were there. When we arrived at about 5:15, we were told that the restaurant did not open until 5:30 and were told to wait in the lobby. However, there were several tables of people already seated in the bar area. I asked if we could have a seat in the bar, but was told no."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "the waitress was very attentive without being obtrusive. She knew the menu very well and was very helpful for those who had not been to the restaurant before. Service was very good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I had the opportunity to dine at Cypress Inn on a Friday evening while on an impromptu date. Thanks to Open Table, we were seated as soon as we arrived. CI can be very busy. The waiter C.J. did an outstanding job of taking care of us. For an appetizer, we had buffalo shrimp. Very tasty with just the right amount of sauce. For an entree she had chicken breast, loaded baked potato, and a house salad. I had grilled pork chop, country club squash, mash sweet potato, and a house salad. We both were pleased with the preparation of our meal. For some reason, the grill pork chop came on top of the mash sweet potato. Didn't really like that aspect of the meal. Overall, enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "It is always such a treat to come here. The food, service, and view are outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Food was good. But the shrimp my husband ordered still had a piece of a shell on it and he got choked other than that it was good"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Outstanding food, good service and great scenery describe a typical visit to the Cypress Inn. Everything on the menu is good but you don't want to miss the shrimp and grits! Great for special occasions, business or just out with friends this is really a great place!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Excellent views of the Warrior River, classic location. We sat outside on a steamy Alabama summer evening and had a wonderful time. Was there with 10 family members ranging from 4 years to 64 years. The service staff on the outside deck was outstanding. Very accommodating and friendly. Also one of my daughters lost a shirt and the entire staff and managers looked everywhere for it for over 30 minutes. Truly a special experience and special people."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Cypress Inn is a great restaurant with an awesome river view. If you are looking for a romantic evening this is the perfect place. The food is excellent and the scenery is phenomenal. After you eat take a stroll along the board walk to digest your wonderful meal and talk with your mate."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My friend and I both thoroughly enjoyed our meal and our server was excellent. The view of the river is lovely. Joanne Carnes"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "When we drove into the parking lot, we had a hard time finding a parking place. The restaurant was really pretty from the outside. Was a little dated on inside. Outside dining was very nice. View was nice. Our waiter was not very interested in suggesting what he liked from the menu. The tilapia I got was delicious and my husbands Tuna was great too! The appetizer sampler was also very good. We will go back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had heard so many people say how wonderful this place was to eat. We gave it a try. Food was OK. We had buffalo shrimp appetizer (5), shrimp and grits (5), hamburger, and cypress inn special. Followed by the dessert sampler. The hamburger was ordered plain and came out not plain. It was sent back and the other people at the table had finished eating supper and dessert before a new one came out. I think if we ever go back we will just order appetizers and dessert. It was a nice view but when the food is just OK the view isn't that big of a deal. PS- Make sure if you are seated in the bar not to be under a vent. Your food will be cold before you get a chance to eat it."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Besides the fact that we waited for a server 15 minutes after sitting down, I was disappointed with the food. My smoked chicken was a tiny, dry chicken breast grill that had been butterflied to make it look bigger. My husband ordered the dinner portion and it was just slightly bigger. The side salad was sad. Needless to say when got home I had to find something to eat because I was still hungry."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This restaurant is amazing. The menu has choices for everyone. I've never had a bad meal here. Not only that, but eating here on a Friday or Saturday night with the ambiance of the river is a truly memorable experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This was our first time eating at the Cypress Inn. We were celebrating our 11th anniversary. We made a reservation and there was a table waiting when we arrived. The server was amazing. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. We had the filet with shrimp and it was delicious! I was way too full for dessert there, but I took a piece of Mississippi Mud Cake to go and it was amazing! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great Food and Service First Time for my friends i brought and they said we will make this a monthly meeting, we live in Calera Al"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "But the service left something to be desired. We will defintely be back though."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Lived up to all the expectations, excellent food, service, and overall experience. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Last time I went, years ago, it was wonderful! Mothers Day 2014, not so much. The service was not good and the catfish portion was small."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "As the sun set we watched from our premier table in the bar area. Upon entering we were seated well ahead of others because of reservations. The eatery was vibrant and the specials offered on this Friday evening were delightful. Our server greeted us promptly . As we like our meal was paced well giving us time to enjoy our appetizer platter and small salads . We dined on steak and salmon . A wonderful evening !"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The restaurant did not honor a confirmed reservation I made through OpenTable, and the hostess was unconcerned that the restaurant was not honoring the reservation. They did offer to put us on a long waiting list with diners who had not made reservations. We left the restaurant without eating (did not even receive an apology) and so cannot comment on the food or ambiance. My wife and I had driven 350 miles to Tuscaloosa and made these reservations over two weeks in advance, so the restaurant's refusal to honor our confirmed reservation was particularly disappointing."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "There are many, many ways to serve shrimp & grits. I've tried them all and most times, the shrimp are tough. But this particular version was the very best. Sautéed onions and smoked Gouda made the difference. Plus, the riverside setting . . . So nice. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "The food was wonderful, especially the fried green tomatoes! I had the fried oysters, and they were very tasty. The service was excellent, too. We only had an hour before attending an event at the University, and they brought our food quickly. I definitely want to dine there again. Too bad there's not a Cypress Inn in Birmingham!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Wonderful, from the time you walk up on the porch till you amble out again, the Cypress Inn fills you in every way! My family and I topped off our "A Day" at the University of Alabama by having dinner here, it was the perfect ending to a perfect day. We were seated at a window table, the view is calming and serene, watching several barges go by was an added bonus. Service was superb which is an accomplishment with a full house of Bama fans that were hot, tired, excited and sunburned but the staff was friendly, patient and helpful. The food was beyond our expectations, words can't do justice to this menu! My favorite was the Fried Green Tomatoes, the only place I've ever had them where they were done the true Alabama Way, true love! Go eat!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here for our 45th wedding anniversary. We were seated immediately at a perfect table, had an excellent server, and the food was fabulous."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The Cypress Inn has a nice location on the river. Unfortunately, we went for the food experience and we were disappointed. The meal and the wine list were very disappointing."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "A friend recommended The Cypress Inn to us. It was great. The food was very good and the view was great."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our dinner! It was our first time and we had a lovely window seat to get a great view of the sun going down on the river! The food was amazing and the service was exceptional! We will defiently be back, and looking forward to it!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Our waitress did not bring us silverware, I had to ask for it. I had to return the first dish i ordered, because it was to spicy. They were out of all of the specials for the night, as a matter of fact I had to ask the waitress about them. There was no excuse for the poor service or running out of food."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We had a large party of 10, the service and food were excellent. The view of the river is great. Fantastic time by all. A must if you are visiting Tuscaloosa."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The gumbo had a great flavor. Only thing was the chicken was a bit mushy. Mashed potato's were excellent. Service was great!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "As usual, Our experience at the Cypress Inn was wonderful! My wife had been asking me for years to come back after our first experience, but now I am planning our next dining experience at Cypress Inn."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "It was my wife's and my 1st time to go here .Everything was fantastic we arrived right at 5:30 our reservation time and were seated right then even though at least 75 people were standing around waiting to get in . Great service ,Great Food ,Great experience .We will be back!!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "They girl who served us was very rude and inconsiderate. Very disappointed. Have always loves Cypress Inn but don't know if I will come back due to that waitress!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Cypress Inn is a favorite spot for lunch, dinner, and group gatherings in Tuscaloosa. The food was delicious and the service was helpful. The biggest surprise was the "dessert sampler", which was four very generous slices of their deliciously famous pies. We could not begin to finish them! Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Cypress Inn."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The service was good. The food was average and the prices reasonable. Everyone enjoyed the fried pickles. Daughter's salmon was bland and my chicken breast looked like it came out of a bag and was tender but not overly flavorful. My son loved the fried catfish and although as a UA student, he frequents CI, I'm not in a hurry to return. Not much of a health conscious selection available."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We really had a good expierence at cypress inn. will go back if we are in tuscaloosa again."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My daughter and I went to Cypress with 6 of her teammates (ages 8-15) and their moms. The service was fabulous, the view was incredible (try to get there shortly before sunset!) and the food was scrumptious. The waiter so kindly split up our complicated checks without any complaint. Be sure to have shrimp and grits, topped off with a slice of peanut butter pie!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014