Villaggio Grille at the Wharf
Villaggio Grille at the Wharf

Villaggio Grille at the Wharf

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.villaggiogrille.com/
  • Phone: (251) 224-6510
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: John Odom
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Big or small we can handle any event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Whaf Parkway
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Villaggio Grille at the Wharf
Polished casual dinning with cuisine representing the gulf coast, local fishermen, and farmers alike.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Villaggio Grille at the Wharf reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (12)great for outdoor dining (11)special occasion (9)great for lunch (8)notable wine list (8)scenic view (7)hot spot (6)romantic (6)good for groups (4)neighborhood gem (3)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Always an A+ for filet mignon
    Greatsteak
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We have made many trips to Villagio. The food is always amazing. I would have to say that on this past visit the seating was rather tight next to the bar. It is almost one table too tight. It was a busy night, and we usually get a booth or window seat. Anyway, keep doing what you do to that steak!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Higg3VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    As a condo owner for the last two years, and being relatively new to the area, we tried all the restaurants in the area....this one is our favorite. Its not burger doodle or fried seafood de jour......its fine dining at the beach....with reasonable value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Short ribs were fabulous, full of rich flavor! The cucumber, olive mix for the delicious French bread was wonderfully tasty. Looking forward to going back on our next visit to OB!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wharf Areas Best
    ClassyVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    In my estimation there are two great restaurants in the Orange Beach area, this is one of them and the other is Gilbey's, a sister restaurant. You will not find a better dining experience in Alabama than Villaggio. The wine list superb, the food outstanding and the hourly light show enhances the entire experience. We followed the recommendations of our waiter as to wine and food choices and he definitely did not lead us astray. The evening was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite in Orange Beach
    Higg3VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fine dining at the Wharf ! We usually try the recommended special....the grouper is always perfect !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food a bit ' rich '
    CajunFoodie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Although the grouper was tasty, I would have preferred a less ' rich' presentation, i.e. grilled grouper with a side of grilled asparagus/spinach. Having the fish on a large bed of mashed potatoes, to me, took away from the fish itself. Just my honest opinion. Mt wife's seafood pasta dish smelled a bit ' fishy '??? Also, the cream sauce was very 'heavy/rich'.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good food
    Imwooz
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It's what I go to a restaurant for, really good food. Service was great and never lacked for anything
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent
    Higg3VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I know it's redondent.....but Villagio was consistent AGAIN ! As an condo owner and frequent visitor to the area....Villagio is our favorite ! The grouper special was the best ever ...... Listen carefully at the specials....they are fresh and well prepared
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food - but super noisy
    Bloons
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We really enjoyed the food at Villaggio Grille, but the ambiance was lacking. The restaurant was so noisy that is was hard to talk to anyone other than the person right next to you. (We had a large table of 14). The restaurant was also very dark. Despite the noise and the darkness, everything we ate was exceptional, including flat pizzas, calamari, grouper, seafood pasta, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Villaggio is The Place
    Oldtimer
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is the kind of restaurant you are always looking for. Great personal service and wonderful food
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Southerndiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Bad food and an inexperienced server. The server didn't get our order right, the special was terrible, the steak I ordered to replace my meal was overcooked and tasteless
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ask for Mike
    ChadVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food, right in the middle of the Wharf! Sit outside and enjoy the light show. They also allow small dogs on the patio!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    JohnhVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had a great time. 4 adults 2 kids. Variety of foods items from seafood to Italian dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 118 reviews are from the Villaggio Grille at the Wharf reviews archive.
  • Some great, some just okay
    jeannet34
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had a very nice time at Villagio Grille, and some of the food was excellent - such as the artichoke and leek bisque with crab - Delicious! I got the Truffle Honey Shrimp (can't remember the exact name), and the shrimp was very overcooked. Flavor was good though. Service was great - kudos to Jim for handling our large table of women!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Villaggio
    SinacleSam
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    At The Wharf. We ordered four entrees. Mine a bone in ribeye was superb! My wife a honey shrimp dish was excellent, one of my sons a pesto and chicken flat bread very good and the other son Alfredo and pasta with chicken, shrimp, etc was a problem. It wasn't seasoned very well and after salt, more salt and pepper he ate about half of it. We brought our own wine, corking fee was $8 when I called, but changed to $15 when we got there (train your people). Overall an above average restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Pizza cooked in a wood fired oven, mmmm. Our group had steaks, very good, pizza, excellent, pasta, very good, and fish, very good!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The place was full and seemed crowded. It was tough to get through the tables and chairs. The appetizers had the potential to be so much more. The bruschetta was a huge disappointment. We excepted the crab topping to be heated or room temperature. It was COLD RIGHT OUT OF THE FRIDGE! When we asked our server, Comet, if it was supposed to be freezing cold the answer was a curt "yes". No offer to warm it or redo it or offer another selection in its place. We had to put the menus in her hands after we ordered and she brought our drinks because she had not noticed that they were still on the table and there was no room for the plates. The entrees were very good and exceeded our expectations asked on earlier. The fish & scallops were A#1
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was fine but certainly geared to a tourist crowd. Nothing special. Service was average, and they tried to hurry us through, perhaps in hopes that they could turn the table more quickly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Potential but poor execution
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food was good but timing was a problem. The appetizers (an excellent goat cheese/walnut salad and good baked oyster dish) arrived after almost 25 minutes, and the entrees less than a minute later. The server (not our primary waitress) was dumbfounded when we politely asked her to take them back and not to put either dish (tuna rare and a seafood pasta) under a heat lamp. The manager quickly arrived to apologize and said he would handle it. After another long wait (over 30 minutes) our entrees reappeared. The tuna was new and quite good. Unfortunately the pasta appeared to have been reheated in a microwave (excessive steam from the middle when stirred) and contained only two shrimp and two scallops). Overall a mixed dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good!
    FoodieKat
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Went for dinner during the week. The Devils on Horseback (bacon wrapped fried oysters) were my husband's favorite - and I enjoyed them, even though I 'm not a fan of oysters. The white truffle honey shrimp was probably the best shrimp I have had - at least in a very long time. It had a sauce with it that was delicious and went well with the honey and truffle oil on the shrimp. We did not get the risotto with this item and instead got brie and apples. Put that with the bread and the sauce from the shrimp...oh my goodness. The saffron risotto and the scallops were very good. Our server, Christina, was excellent in her recommendations and the service was good without being intrusive. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Alabama
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is a very good restaurant! The food is fabulous and the staff is wonderful. It is one the high end $$, but it is worth every penny. When we eat out we make sure it is unique in every way, not like something I would fix at home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lost Table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I reserved a table for five outside during the weigh in Friday night. It started sprinkling and the women didn't want to get their hair wet. So we went and sat at the bar inside and waited for the rain to pass. But before going inside asked the waitress if we could have our table after it stop raining and she said yes. It really didn't rain that much so we asked to go back outside and someone had taken our table. We ask for another table but she said there were none available and clearly there were a couple open. And the pizzas are terrible!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were seated right away. The food was delicious and the wine selection was well above average. It was a little loud but what do you expect for the 4th of July weekend. We try to dine there every time we travel to Orange Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We come from Michigan and always make plans to eat at Villagio's. Wife and I have been here 6 different times and tried something different on the menu each time only to be completely overwhelmed by the taste and presentation of the food. Great service and very friendly. Makes us feel at home. Prices very acceptable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • MomaV
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We travel to the beach every summer and discovered this place last year. It was so good we came back. We were not disappointed and to top it off we had the same GREAT waiter.....James. Every bit of the meal was wonderful. We look forward to our next trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alpha and Omega
    TaTee
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The service was exceptional. The food was not. We enjoyed the light show and the hula hoop contest. Location is great.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food; friendly staff
    FoodiePilgrimage
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Went twice on my trip to Orange Beach. I have two small kids, and both times the wait staff was very sweet in accommodating them (and helping ensure they did not disturb other diners). The risotto was excellent, and I was particularly impressed the kitchen produced an excellent risotto when we were the final seating at 10 PM the second night - thank you. Only negative is the bruschetta - not Italian bruschetta; if you order it expecting that you will be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinning
    JAG1
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great dinning once again. This is our faviotite Restuaurant in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good place to eat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    They were very accommodating and the service was excellent!! The food was great as usual. I could without the seizure inducing light show though :)
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING
    MrandMrsWest
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We're from Texas and decided to eat here for our wedding anniversary, our waiter John was wonderful, he went above and beyond for us! The food was the best food we have ever had!! The place was beautiful and the drinks were awesome!!!
    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, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I made a reservation at this restaurant for 5 people based on the menu posted on line. When I arrived the dinner menu looked nothing like what was on line. It was a bit over priced for what we got, but at the least service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Surprise!!
    JFortune
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We booked our dinner from viewing the menu only, and were surprised by the atmosphere. It was such fun...especially with the musical light show in the courtyard ! We were not expecting it. We will certainly go back next year when visiting .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    MelYizVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My husband and I had dinner here for the first time. We ate outside and were treated to a light show along the palm tree lined lane with music to match. The food was wonderful except a bit salty for my taste. We had the mussels, scallops and grouper. Each had it's own special flavor. We would definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Brown butter grouper is always my choice. Also enjoy pizzas. I husband said his porkchop was one of the best he's ever had.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I had reservations for outside dining if possible. It was to chilly. Instead of a nice table inside we were placed in the back next to the drink machine. There were six of us and it was a special event. I am very sad about the evening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but not great
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Very nice atmosphere. Food was good. My risotto was a bit salty. Salads were delicious. Will defiantly try it again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar tending bad & pricey
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Could have more reasonable specials . Bar tender cannot make drinks, puts what taste like 7up in our Manhattans on the rocks , then when we complained & just asked for bourbon on rocks put in a tiny glass filled w/ ice. Drinks not worth the price!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    What a great meal for our entire party! We love your restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hiloa
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The salmon crusted with brown sugar and ginger was truly outstanding. Moist and delicious. It was over couscous,deliciously seasoned. The mustard greens were a little bitter.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy Place
    TnTripAdvisor
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    First time ever at the Villaggio Grille and were a little disappointed that was not able to receive Red Snapper as we had looked on the menu before coming. Waiter went out of his way to be nice and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.