Playa

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$30 and under
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Seafood
Welcome to Playa Restaurant at Sportsman Marina. We love the beach and the food it attracts. Chef Bill Briand’s menu features great Gulf seafood, grilled steaks, and tacos with homemade tortillas, truly offering something for everyone in the family. Throw in the best tropical drinks and lots of southern hospitality - served in a care-free and beautifully designed casual atmosphere with the best water front view in Orange Beach - and you will not want to leave.

Check out our sister restaurant, Fisher's @ Orange Beach Marina.

Specials

Take a break, chill with us for Happy Hour - Playa

$3 Well Drinks, $4 Wine, $6 Specialty Cocktails, $2 Beer, $5 Appetizers, $3 Dips

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 14, 2019

Ends: December 15, 2118

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-6:00PM

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be featuring live music, a specialty menu in addition to our main menu, end the new year with us at Playa.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 264 People Are Saying
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Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always good. We were there on steak night. Good value but the ribeye was a little over-cooked. Nice atmosphere, good service.

OT
Mobile
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, view and food. One of our Orange Beach favorites!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience! Monique is a wonderful server and we received excellent attention from the staff. The food was great and the view was spectacular. We sat in the upstairs outdoor area.

a
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner! Mahi tacos were the best but everything was fabulous. Great drink list too.

D
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was great as usual; wait staff was slow and forgetful, but that didn't diminish the overall great experience.

OT
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All meals excellent. Shrimp bowl was a cold dish and was bland. Everything was fresh and served hot. Will return!

AH
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite when we come to the beach! Never disappoints!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal experience. Great food, awesome service and views are remarkable.

DS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view!

J
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met our friends for brunch on Saturday. I will definitely go back. Everything was great.

CB
New Orleans
25 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined for brunch and thoroughly enjoyed it!

KL
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our meal outside on the patio!

TV
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience2

UPDATE: Received feedback from the General Manager & also an owner. Both apologized profusely & admitted that they had a bad evening & stated that the service & food was not as they expected to provide (we had eaten there before & was not what we expected). Great mgmt response. At their invite we will go back to see if improved!

Probably the worst dining experience I’ve had in Orange Beach. Arrive for reservations at seven with Restaraunt. Waited for 15 minutes then inquired about seating & it was like we had never checked in. Soon seated us. Waitress was friendly and took order for drinks. Drinks came in about 10 minutes. We ordered dinner & waited 50 minutes for dinner to be served. Food was average at best with one being basically too salty to eat. Told the manager walking the floor about the service time & the quality of the food. She offered a dessert to make up for the trouble. The waitress brought over the bill for the meal without ever asking for dessert or knowing that the manager had offered free desserts. One manager who was on the floor came over & sat down with his family and had dinner behind us and never addressed the issue even though he had a earpiece and I am sure was listening to the conversations. My daughter who worked in one of the finest restaurants in Houston Texas observed him & mentioned that they would’ve never had a manager sitting at any time during the meal service. The original manager then came over & removed the salty meal from the bill & gave a gift card for future service. This was supposed to be a birthday celebration for both my wife & my birthday but apparently they had never read the reservation. This used to be a great restaurant but the quality of food & service has gone down significantly. I observed other customers sitting for 50 minutes to an hour waiting on their food. I will not be eating at this restaurant again. There are too many good restaurants in Orange Beach to waste your money & time at this restaurant

LC
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Do not leave until you try the tamale!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Open Table failed to tell the restaurant we had made a reservation. Although they accommodated us well during a busy period, I have learned that OT is totally unreliable and, after many years, I will never use it again.

OT
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner at Playa on the top deck was delightful with delicious food. The service was excellent. The live music perfect; however, it was loud, making it difficult to have a conversation.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance paired with excellent food!

d
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time at Playa but visited frequently when it was Shipp's Harbor. Atmosphere and decor is top-notch and our server was exceptional, way above and beyond. They have a great happy hour - half price on most drinks and appetizers (but not sure this is year-round). The Ceviche has a coconut creamy sauce mixed in, not your typical lime juice marinated Ceviche and no one at the table for 7 liked it. The tuna dip was so fishy we had to send it back and that is the one item we have in EVERY restaurant in town because we love it so much, so our expectations are in line, it just missed the mark. Everyone's meal was really good, my Grouper was cooked just right, hubby's Snapper on the half-shell was moist and also cooked perfectly. I needed a 4 and a half stars really to rate it - couple of miscues but only on the appetizers. It rained that day but the outdoor seating is great, with nice bay and island views over the marina boats. I wish the bar were larger as there is a long wait during peak times/summer.

F
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Great food options. Great cocktails. Not from the area but will hopefully get to go again!

JW
Nashville
40 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Exceptional service by Alexandria and the food was delicious.

SB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was extremely impressed with Playa, my food (Grilled Swordfish with the Chorizo hash and Salsa Verde) WAS AMAZING!!! I also got a side of Curry Cauliflower which was very good 👌🏽. The drinks were superb the ambiance relaxing, we dined upstairs with a view of the marina. I’m so glad we decided to check this place out.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

We made a reservation, arrived early and had a drink at the bar. Drinks were great. We were seated at our reservation time,but did not see a server for about 10 minutes. At which time shre responded that she needed a few more minutes. We ordered our entrees and apps. The app was fair at best. The other tables around us (who were seated after our table) received their food prior to us being served. When our food came it was way over cooked and tasted of bad oil. A first for everything as I have never sent back a meal but the entire table returned our food and decided to leave after paying for our drinks and app. The Manager said it could not be the oil, but we know from owning and working in restaurants that it was. She did try to make it right by giving us a gift card to try “Fishers” and the cell number to the General Manager of corporate.

T
Western KY
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family came to Orange Beach for Fall Break. We had a very enjoyable evening with great food and service!

TH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend! This will be first on our list!!!

NS
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for a week and dined here 3 times. It's amazing. Everything is so fresh, we just kept coming back. We love watching the boats go in and out of the bay, and the staff is super friendly. Highly recommend the Tuna Poke bowl. Literally tasted like they were out grabbing the fish off the dock to make it right then!

B
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is good

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food and environment was excellent. Our server was great as well. However it took a long time to receive our meal.

CH
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service! Recommend Red Fish on the half shell.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to eat at the beach. Have a drink and check out the boats.

A
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Playa. It was our first visit and it didn’t disappoint. The service, food and ambience were excellent. We’ll be back!

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location, and interesting food options

OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Excellent service and great atmosphere!

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I do not recommend this restaurant. Had a 7:45 reservation and still had to wait over an hour for food. Server nor manager ever apologized. The manager actually argued about how long the order took. Service was not good either. One of the orders came out wrong and some of the food was good some was not. It was a very bad experience. Manager discounted a small amount however I would not advise anyone to go here nor will I be returning.

JM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome and the service was superb!

CL
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in the mood for a steak, so I went against the grain at a seafood place and WON. They should be a steak place! haha Everyone enjoyed their meals. Great view. Great ambiance. Must Go!

NS
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was fabulous and so fresh. We got the fish tacos and tuna poke bowl. Highly recommend both! Drinks were great, too!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Way way too loud. Rock concert volumes
Food just ok

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food!!

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BM
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mahi Vera Cruz was great!!!!! As were all the other dishes. Snapper and ceviche.

T
Little Rock
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

We dined outside since the weather was perfect. There was a small crowd at the restaurant. Monique did a good job with our service. Unfortunately the food did not live up to expectations and was certainly not on par with the price. I visit Orange Beach every year and like to try new establishments. Although I have dined at this location many times, this was the first time as the Playa. All of us had various seafood dishes and no one was really satisfied with their dish. Some of the combinations that the chef had put together just didn’t do it for us. The amberjack dish was really fishy. The swordfish was good but didn’t go well with the chorizo. Evidently we were not the only ones not satisfied with our meal on this night as the table next to us spoke with a manager about their dish.