The Cypress Inn
The Cypress Inn

The Cypress Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cypressinnrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2053456963x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood, Southern
  • 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 2053456963x
  • Special Events: 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
The Cypress Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (42)special occasion (28)good for groups (25)romantic (24)great for lunch (19)great for outdoor dining (18)neighborhood gem (13)kid-friendly (11)fit for foodies (10)hot spot (8)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • no complaints
    goodfoodluver
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is a great place for a date. The view of the river is amazing. The noise level was kind of loud but not too bad. We really enjoyed ourselves!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jewel of Tuscaloosa
    Robin
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The Cypress Inn is nestled by the water in a quiet part of the city. The restaurant is beautiful and romantic with the view of the water. The menu is outstanding and the food is delicious. I always come for lunch whenever I travel to Tuscaloosa and I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone I know.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • River view
    TuscaloosaFoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The Cypress Inn was a great way to celebrate a special event with a Mimosa and great food. My guest from Vermont enjoyed the salmon salad and calamari appetizer. She hadn't expected such a large portion of fish. My other guests enjoyed their shrimp or pan seared scallops. The only disappointment was the pork chop which was too dry. But the view never disappoints & the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my best experience
    loveFood
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Usually the cypress inn has incredible food, but the two dishes we got were not that great. They were the specials that day. I will still go back I just won't try something new
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hidden fine dining in Tuscaloosa
    bamadad
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with a "cozy" table of 6. All entrees were delicious. We will dine here on future visits to university of Alabama. Our waitress was very friendly and informative. Visit and enjoy...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Tuscaloosa favorite
    BamaParent
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Love their smoked Gouda grits and squash casserole. Friendly and efficient wait staff. You can always Count on a good meal here,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 25 must places to eat
    TallJerry
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Looking for a nice place to take a our friends on a short day trip.I remember the Cypress Inn.Having been serveral years sense I was last there I wasn't sure if it was still the great I remember.We weren't disappointed.Couldn't have pick a better place....from the time we pulled in to the parking lot until we left ever thing was first class.up on entering we were immediately seated by a window with the view of the river. Our waitress could not have been more accommodating and helpfull. The drinks and food started arriving immediately..... Everyone were well pleased with what they had ordered. The servings word generous no one left hungry. What a great day this turned out to be. The Cyperss Inn played a big part in The success of our trip.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were seated promptly, we were waited on promptly and we were served our food promptly. The side of shrimp was forgotten on one of our orders, but was quickly cooked and retrieved. My only utterance of a complaint is that the seating from one table to the other is a little close. All in all a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    msjamie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My daughter recently moved to Tuscaloosa and we were going to visit her for the first time there and celebrate my birthday. I thought Cypress Inn sounded like a good place and she had heard it was good. It was a great choice! The food and service were great! It is on the expensive side, though, so I think of it as a special occasion restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • couple changes
    Rushedout1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    enjoyed dinner on 8/23/2014 very much. I do have to issues to address: I do not like how fast your rushed out of the restaurant. This place is one to enjoy and relax not feel like you have 15 minutes to eat and leave. I felt the hostess came by the table to many times and she took dishes off the table before we were through eating. Just don't like to get in and out in 30 minutes. Also we had some gift cards to use and were told by our waiter that they were not accepted. This could have put us in a very awkward predicament. Said the computers were outdated and they could not accept these. This seems to be something you might want to change as gift cards are money too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • lufkin22
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent service. A great place to relax and have a great meal. Great views.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EVening the grand daughter
    grandmother
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    WE took out 12 year old grand daughters and they loved everything about it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed...
    Getinmybelly
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was sadly underwhelmed by the menu. I had a very hard time deciding on what I wanted because none of the entrées sounded that good, and then I had a harder time on the sides! My girlfriend was in the same boat as well. The service was very slow as well and they got both of our orders wrong! The location is beautiful though!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely View
    Catemend
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    What really makes this place is the view. The food was nice, but along with the view, made it even better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the food. Great ambience.
    Devilous
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Loved it. Ordered the shrimp and grits with smoked gouda and the scallops. It was wonderful. They even brought balloons for my 18 month old. They were very nice and we loved it. It is a must-eat if you are visiting Tuscaloosa.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cypress Inn very enjoyable!
    dinegreatlyfor2
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    First impression was awesome! Time of arrival with no wait time was great! The restaurant is in a great location! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • U Of Alabama Trip
    SG04
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food and views were outstanding. Very pleasant staff. We had an awesome table in the sunroom overlooking the river!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent lunch
    Gretsch43
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our lunch on Saturday could not have been better. Great service, excellent menu choices, excellent preparation plus out-of-this-world desserts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Family Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good service
    lee1
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Dinner
    Golf1906
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 139 reviews are from the The Cypress Inn reviews archive.
  • Jill
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    It is always such a treat to come here. The food, service, and view are outstanding!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • renewal
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding As Usual
    iloveshrimp
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Views/Outstanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    MzCocoWilliamz
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    My friend and I both thoroughly enjoyed our meal and our server was excellent. The view of the river is lovely. Joanne Carnes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time at Cypress Inn
    Goodsmile
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heard it was great wanted to try
    Love2eatout
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    Birmingham
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of Tuscaloosa's best!
    retheridge14
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    sweettater
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dbc24222
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and price
    FoodG
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    But the service left something to be desired. We will defintely be back though.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Bamaguy
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Lived up to all the expectations, excellent food, service, and overall experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well...
    Panda
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing view
    mimosamommaVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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 !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Did Not Honor Confirmed Reservation
    StatProf
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Find
    FogCityFoodie
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent and quick!
    KittyD
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate