Playa

4.5
662 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
We are open for dine-in, however we have limited seating with the new CDC guidelines, we highly recommend a reservation, for a table or the bar. A mask is required to be worn upon entry/exit. We ask you to be on time for your reservation, we only hold a reservation 10 minutes before canceling you reservation, our bars and lounge areas are currently closed for mingling. Please maintain your social distance of 6ft min between you and other parties waiting to be sat. We are doing our part, please do your part. Thank you.

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 steak, and tacos, 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 662 people are saying
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JackieH
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding as always. Our server Shelby was outstanding too. Very attentive to our every need!

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carmen
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious. The pork chop amazing!! Our waiter, John, was the best. Very attentive and friendly. We enjoyed everything about our experience. The manager came by and talked with us a minute to check on us. Go, you won’t be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

The food is pretty good and the seating has a nice view. They must be short in help because the service needed improvement. It might have been nice for someone to even ask about our experience but it didn’t seem like anyone cared.

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FayeJ
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Wonderful service and food. It's our second year to go for thanksgiving dinner

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vipGulfCoastGuy
Mobile
103 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a solo dining experience for Thanksgiving late seating at the bar. A bit expensive for the overall as dinner for one set me back $80. Food was delish although I see some improvements needed for the Playa salad. The $30 Thanksgiving plate had plenty to eat on it with all the staples. Turkey was outstanding and collards were as well. Sweet potato bread pudding was a hit and enough for at least two. No bread items served which I thought odd. Not that I needed it. I am a regular here and will certainly return.

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vipCherylC
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

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vipGGBF
Northern MI
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had never tried fried oysters before…delicious! Wonderful tuna poke bowl! Beautiful setting

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
39 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent crap toast app…. Redfish was excellent and a unique presentation. Shrimp and grits were as good as it gets. Server was awesome (Shelby)

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KathleenP
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Service was slow based on only seated customers. Waitress stated “our drinks were coming”....filling “ to go order”. Fearfully appetizers would be served with meals but did come before.

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JasonS
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I first have to say that Valerie and Kelsey were the best servers! They were attentive and friendly. So, they quickly realized we were having a great time and joined in with comments and added to our experience. We will request these ladies anytime we go to Playa. The food came out hot and quick. We ordered the fried pickles and we are experts in fried pickles and these were tops! We loved our experience and the food.

We also very happy that Playa is using Ghost Train Vodka!

Tell Valerie and Kelsey and the chefs -Thanks!

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RussellO
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Playa. Jack was great. The food was great. The view is amazing. It's always our goto for brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
40 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Swordfish and Redfish. Appetizers excellent also. Bar and wait staff friendly and went above and beyond in effort. Manager checked on us to verify quality. Will be back again.

JH
JackieH
Mobile
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for steak night. The food was excellent and so was our server Shelby!

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ashleya
Western KY
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please do not get rid of your potatoes they are so good.

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Partyof8
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was friendly and atmosphere was outstanding. Incredible view and great vibes. Hidden gem. Try the crab avocado toast- yum! Will definitely return.

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DonaldM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around! Will definitely return. Beautiful restaurant with original art, on the water, great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Playa. Always has pleasing food and service!

JH
JackieH
Mobile
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was outstanding! We went on Steak night and the filet mignon with as so good.

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vipJason
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We first visited here in May 2019, not too long after they had opened. We had a bad experience then but thought "If they can improve a few things" this place could really take off. Well, sad to say that we gave them that time and they failed to deliver. We STRONGLY recommend you avoid this restaurant.

First, while simple, their OpenTable menu does not reflect what they actual serve. It says "Main Menu" but has things that are only included on the Lunch Menu. When you show up for Dinner, none of those are on the menu. Even more, they continually describe themselves as having "Tacos" and more Mexican food. The evening menu has NOTHING to do with that, with not a single taco available.

The food came out mostly cold. There were a few things that were warm, but the kitchen really missed the timing of food. Putting our fish on cold grits wasn't expected.

In addition, we felt rushed. From time we sat to when left was 47 minutes. No where in the Gulf has had that short period. We usually have time for a drink, an app, and entree. Like before, we felt though we had to sit and get out right away. There was no time to actually enjoy the space.

While the servers were nice and thoughtful, they lacked a deeper understanding of how to be exceptional and need more training in their role.

In the end, we decided while we wanted to give this place a second shot, the second shot will be the ABSOLUTE LAST. We won't be back here ever again. They had a chance to improve but didn't. We want more from the owner of this place but again are let down. Maybe someone else will take over this space and provide quality service and food.

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Jason
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As locals, we love this restaurant! Great food and great service every time. It’s one of our favorites!

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GaryM
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had to wait 20 min past reservation time. If I had no t inquired then it would have been longer.
Ordered immediately when seated then took 45 min to get food. My med well steak was rare
VERY DISSAPOINTED
another local came in to place to go order and was told they weren’t taking any to go orders

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MichaelM
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great filet steak special on Thursday nights. Give it a try

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Disappointed in new menu; not nearly as many different options now. And burger special for burger night was a bust. Good service however!

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vipFusionbox
Memphis/West TN
20 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guac was delish, shrimps and grits the bomb!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Server was awesome! Food delicious

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vipKathy
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food we received at Playa were superb.

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BeenAround
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent meal and very accommodating service. Ambiance is good; casual but a few steps above the tacky beach bars. Has become one of our 'go-to' places because of its consistency and the ability to make reservations on line. The latter is not to be underestimated in Orange Beach; especially on weekends.

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Gabriel
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious
Gorgeous view

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vipKimberlyA
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting since owners changed and rebranded. Was delicious ! We will definitely return. The Shrimp&Grits Entree can feed 3 adults. My husband loved his Grilled Mahi Mahi as well. The interior is beautiful with clean lines and very well designed.

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JRob
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, quiet restaurant away from touristy attractions.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for homecoming with a group. Good food and ambience.

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vipElizabethA
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food!

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SharonF
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of four was quickly seated and the server was very prompt. The ambience and food was exceptional. I recommend Playa Restaurant for special dining or just a casual cocktail. You can’t beat the view.

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vipRobertbra
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service and food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant! Can’t beat the cocktails. We had the Blue Eyed Ging, endless summer and a few others with friends and every single one was very exciting and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The tuna bowl was excellent as was the filet.

JM
vipJoeM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ambiance is nice. Service was pleasant but not outstanding and the food was okay but not bad.. I expected better for $30 entrees.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Took 1 hour 15 min to get a burger and shrimp. We were served ketchup 30 min before the meal arrived. Watched everyone around us receive food and no one said anything…No apologies or follow up.

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CTag
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Nice clean rest. So disappointed in the food for the price. Margarita was mediocre, steaks were not good cut of meat and tasted bland. The potatoes were awful. The food was awful to me.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Unfortunately our experience was not as good as it has always been. We’ve loved dining at Playa for years but this time was a disappointment. The service was average. The bartenders weren’t friendly and did not seem to want to want to be there.
But on another note, you can’t go wrong with Fisher’s!

FAQs

Playa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (251) 981-9891.

Playa is rated 4.5 stars by 662 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.