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Playa, Orange Beach, AL

Playa

4.4
4.4
923 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Welcome to Playa Restaurant at Sportsman Marina. Centrally located across the bay from Perdido Bay Bridge, we're a hidden treasure. We love the beach and the food it attracts. Chef Bill Briand’s menu features great Gulf seafood, grilled steaks and regional foods that are sourced locally, 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.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 70 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Tue–Sat 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (251) 981-9891

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Bill Briand

  • Private party facilities

    Playa is available for all different type events from business cocktail receptions, to full out wedding receptions. Even if you want a small intimate dinner party in our private room (the surf room) up to 10 people to celebrate an anniversary or birthday, custom coursed menus are available and reservations required. We can host events from 10 people up to 300 persons! Check us out at playaoba.com for more information. Due to COVID-19, regulations have changed, only a max of 8 persons per table.

  • Neighborhood

    Orange Beach

  • Parking details

    We have 3 transient boat slips for docking at Sportsman Marina.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 923 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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    Healthy

  • Mobile

    Scenic View

  • Mobile

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. f

    funwithfamily

    Memphis/West TN

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food1service3ambience5
    Very limited menu. One of our party liked their food; the other two did not. Nothing special and pretty expensive.
  2. AS

    ASM1222

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Never going back! Staff was incredibly rude and tried to sit us outside in a thunderstorm despite a reservation. The manager was a joke and obviously doesn’t understand restaurant management nor chivalry. Don’t waste your time booking through Opentable if you decide to go eat there. Food was certainly not worth the headache of dealing with the older female hostess or the tall male host who attempted to put his hands on me to usher me out of the way to seat other parties without reservations and then attempted to cite a Emily Post when his behavior was checked. My magi was dry, it took 30 min to get drinks, kitchen was clearly behind. Don’t charge fine dining prices for chain restaurant service, Playa. Will never go back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We made a reservation for our 23rd wedding anniversary for just the 2 of us. - we were seated at a table on the far left in an alcove at the end of a table that sat at least 10 people. The lighting was really bright and not what you would call intimate. We asked our server to move us because we felt like we were not even part of the restaurant. Thankfully we were moved to the opposite side of the restaurant into a side room behind the gift shop. The lighting was much better here. Being close to the front desk was very distracting and several customers were having issues with wait times, not being sat at all etc. The food was good, drinks mediocre. We mentioned to the waitress that it was our anniversary but it wasn’t acknowledged. We have been to both your restaurants in the area and are locals and we tend to think highly of them- this visit was disappointing.
  4. RR

    RebeccaR

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and service. Love the atmosphere and the location of the restaurant.
  5. N

    Nickyj

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Everyone has an off day here and there…. We’ll be back and hope the food is as good as it’s been in the past. This last trip wasn’t their best.
  6. G

    Gmac

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and fantastic staff!
  7. MS

    MattS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Peel and eat shrimp= mushy Coconut shrimp and rice = not very good Kids chicken strips and fries ok!
  8. MS

    MichelleS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Nice ambience. The food overall was good. The service however, was not great. Even though we had a reservation, our table was not ready and they sent us to the bar to wait. That was no big deal for us, but we sat at the bar for at least 10 or 15 minutes without anybody even acknowledging our presence. The bartender walked past us at least 20 times and didn’t even greet us or offer us a drink menu to look at in the meantime. The drinks were average. My husband’s was way too sweet and mine so tart it was almost undrinkable. The food was definitely better than the drinks. We were most looking forward to the tacos. However, we were told they took them off the menu sometime back despite the fact that that was one of their most popular dishes. Overall, an alright but underwhelming experience.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place is great! Going back again for the second time this trip.
  10. TG

    TriciaG

    Columbus

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    We are in town for a week from OH and TN and had a double-date at Playa. The staff was very friendly, but I think they were overwhelmed. Okay e had several issues with the food, but y
  11. LB

    LynneB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The food was mediocre at best, definitely not worth the price. Menu boasted some tasty selections, but the food did not meet expectations AT ALL. Server was attentive, but young man bringing food from the kitchen practically threw it on the table, mumbling as he went. Not at all the experience we expected from such a high dollar establishment. We got all dressed up and made reservations and would have had a better meal for a lower price at Wolf Bay or Cottons. Rethink your menu or your chef.
  12. AM

    AMYC

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was really good.
  13. KS

    KalebS

    Little Rock

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food, excellent service! Great date night spot for a fresh take on gulf seafood! We’ll be back.
  14. BL

    BethL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food. We were a party of 6 and everyone enjoyed their dinner. Highlights were the Peppered Ahi Tuna dinner (a bit of a spicy kick) and the Redfish. Portions are generous. The marina view is beautiful.
  15. CK

    CaseyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, drinks, and food. We had a wonderful meal and would highly recommend it. Will be going back again!
  16. MK

    MarlaK

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Really disappointing attempt to dine here. I'd made reservations in advance for an early Father's Day dinner since we were just arriving in town that afternoon. Looked through the pictures and asked for a table overlooking the marina - this was not just for the pretty view but because I knew it would help my young children keep quite(er) as they love boat-watching. So we arrive, a few minutes early, and it's busy but not packed. I check in at the desk and we're told they are getting our table together. OK no problem. After waiting a few minutes the host comes to seat us. In a back corner, with one window full of plants, next to stairs and the kitchen doors. Literally the worst possible table. I'd seen a much better one while walking back and asked the host if we could go there instead. She went to check, returning to say no, it was reserved for a larger party and all of the other tables were booked. Sure, I understand all the tables being booked on Father's Day, but we had a reservation, too. Why were we shoved in a back corner? Well we were hungry so we just sat and looked over the menu, while the kids started getting restless (it was a LONG drive), and waited for the server. And waited. And waited. He eventually stopped by to say he'd be right with us, and then disappeared again for 5 more minutes. At least, I stopped checking the time at 5 minutes because that was enough. We got up and left. That was just more than I could take. So no thanks, Playa, for a very disappointing experience, a crummy Father's Day, and really poor service. Why even have that table in the corner? No one is going to be happy sitting there. Make it a closet and don't subject any of your customers to it. And maybe acknowledge reservation requests at check in, so at least there aren't any surprises when your guests are walking past nicely located empty tables, on their way to be seated in Siberia.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I enjoyed the restaurant completely. I did include the noise level but it wasn’t an issue. I think it was nice to hear all the people chatting is was completely appropriate for the surrounding noise. Our waiter we had was Clint I believe, he was phenomenal and very attentive to us. My husbands order did have a mess up on the way his eggs were cooked but Clint was in it immediately. Loves it all we will be back. The view was great as well.
  18. CM

    CathyM

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Food was tasty but cold. Our server left us forever and didn’t bring the wine with food. She brought cocktails beforehand. We had to get up and ask someone to bring check. We were there 1 1/2 and waited patiently on her to come back. We paid out with someone else.
  19. SM

    ShawnaM

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second visit to the restaurant and it did not disappoint! The food and drinks are fantastic
  20. LC

    LisaC

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Had dinner here with my mom. We had the fried oyster appetizer, actually very good- perfectly fried. We both had a margarita (coconut for me and frozen for her). We also both ordered the coconut fried grouper, fish was delish but the dressing in the salad was way too spicy. Thought the bill was a bit steep at $110 with only one cocktail.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy Playa so much. The food is very good and so is the service. Shelby,Grace,Lou,Jack and Mark have been so nice. And Valerie too! I usually take very good care of them.
  22. JE

    JEFFC

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    The food was fantastic the service was great but the noise level was extremely loud The very loud drunks at the next table didn’t help The server should have known when to stop serving them
  23. C

    Chad

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party ordered eight different dishes from the June menu and every one of them was outstanding.
  24. LS

    LeighS

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant is beautiful! We were seated by two sweet, smiling hostesses. Lou, our waiter was very good. He was knowledgeable and attentive. Would definitely go back and highly recommend!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed everything especially Shelby as my server!
  26. JK

    JenniferK

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent location/ambience right on the water. Server was attentive and the food was exceptionally fresh. The white washed shiplap walls and decor all give it a beachy fresh vibe. We will return
  27. AB

    AshleyB

    Mobile

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Service was good. Food is not as I remembered in previous years…. Tuna dip was mediocre. The tuna steak was to pepper to eat However the spicy margaritas are always tasty
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Could not have been better!!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Allison was AMAZING! She was so sweet and even went and found me a pony tail holder because I forgot one and I was having a hot flash due to chemo treatments. She goes above and beyond for her customers. Food was great and service was even better.
  31. HP

    HPMILLI

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked a dinner as a treat for the family, but my son got sick soon after we were seated. The manager and server were most accommodating and allowed me to order our meal to go, when they were certainly very busy. I appreciated their quickness in getting my order ready and our meal was outstanding. The desserts especially would make for a return visit.
  32. a

    anniversarydelight

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Disappointing. Whilst the outside patio overlooking the harbor is very pleasant, overall the website is far superior to the experience. For a price of $134 for one appetizer, two fish entrees and a bottle of wine (plus a $20 tip as an encouragement to a waiter learning his trade) we would not have expected to leave hungry due to small portions of dry overcooked fish. This is not a place we shall return to.
  33. S

    Scubasiren

    Charleston

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We ate at a high top outside b/c the noise level with hard surfaces and too many crying kids meant no peace. Glad we did as it was peaceful and moon and breeze were great. We had good service but food was just ok. my husband had the red fish on a half shell but it was flat. I had the taco bowl with fish...the fish was dry. The price of food was similar to Bog Fish but can't compare but all in all a nice night.
  34. CJ

    CharlotteJ

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was outstanding!!!! There was a significant wait at another local place, so we checked open table and found seating open within the hour. Booked and our party was seated outside immediately upon arrival. Outside patio was really nice with a great view of the harbor and boats. Interior of restaurant is clean and modern—very pretty. The food was fantastic! Fried grits with goat cheese and pepper jelly was the surprise find of the night. 10/10 recommend. The street corn, tuna poke, and taco bowl were outstanding. Shrimp dishes were also fresh and just lovely. Just like all restaurants right now, staffing was a minor issue. Our server had all inside tables and we were the only outside one in his group so service was a little slow, but the view and food vastly outweighed waiting for drink refills. And to clarify, the waiter was fabulous, just staffing issues like the rest of the world is battling post covid. We were dressed casually, however a large portion of the Patrons were in more resort-style clothing. Highly recommend!
  35. JB

    JoeB

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had a good experience for Sunday Brunch. Sat outside facing the marina with a nice breeze. Our server, Ethan, did an excellent job attending to us.
  36. AL

    AaronL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I were in Orange Beach for the first time and decided to give Playa a try after seeing an article online. This place was definitely one of our favorite dining experiences of the week. Playa provides a beautiful coastal scene without the hustle of the all the other tourists. Food, drink and service were all top notch.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming here for 3 years now on our yearly beach trips. We love it!
  38. SH

    StephanieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic as was the food! Great atmosphere!
  39. BH

    BrandonH

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Ethan was a great server. The oysters were tiny, seared tuna was overcooked, and the kitchen is understaffed. Would come back only for drinks
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was very tasty and the chili old fashions were properly spicy. The server was quite attentive. However the noise level was so loud that the four of us gave up trying to talk during or dinner. I’ve been in quieter bars, it definitely affected our enjoyment of the night.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

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

Playa is rated 4.4 stars by 923 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 70 times today
Google Map for Playa

27842 Canal Rd Orange Beach, AL 36561

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Orange Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Tue–Sat 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    We have 3 transient boat slips for docking at Sportsman Marina.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bill Briand

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (251) 981-9891

  • Private party facilities

    Playa is available for all different type events from business cocktail receptions, to full out wedding receptions. Even if you want a small intimate dinner party in our private room (the surf room) up to 10 people to celebrate an anniversary or birthday, custom coursed menus are available and reservations required. We can host events from 10 people up to 300 persons! Check us out at playaoba.com for more information. Due to COVID-19, regulations have changed, only a max of 8 persons per table.

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