Playa

4.5
635 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 635 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Server was awesome! Food delicious

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BeenAround
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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vipKimberlyA
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

EA
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
32 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
2 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!

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Foodie22
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

View and seating were amazing! We loved looking out over the water and loved the large round tables. Food was okay (overcooked). Service was the best that it could be considering staffing shortages. Menu could be improved with an increase in selection or differentiation between items.

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vipwareaglegirl
Caribbean
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our family of six had a great meal. Look forward to returning soon.

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vipLaurie
Memphis/West TN
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nothing spectacular. Food was ok

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food, good service

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bobg
Mississippi
22 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed outdoor seating, beautiful view of the bay. I enjoyed redfish, fresh cooked to perfection, wife had shrimp& grits and she was pleased.

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TedH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was spectacular! Restaurant overlooks the marina - just beautiful. Our food was top not.
Appetizers-coconut shrimp & crab toast.
Entree- redfish on the half shell & gulf shrimp & grits!
Can’t say enough about how delicious the food was.
Ask for Mark when dining at Playa-he was very friendly and helpful in helping us make selections
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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LisaM
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was great. Perfect evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The place was beautiful but the food was not as good as we expected. Coconut fish was overcooked. Expensive for what we ate.

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Robby
Mississippi
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Food is outstanding. Highly recommend the crab avocado toast, tuna Poke and the fried oysters!

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vipSandy
Fayetteville
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the appetizers the most. My husband had the fish special which he loved. My steak was adequate.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Love the atmosphere and the location!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and view is beautiful. Cocktails were excellent too.

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food very tasty. Waitress was fabulous. We have reservations again tomorrow night

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great service until server was sat with a large party that took a lot of her time. Food was served after it had been sitting in window for extended amount of time given plate was so hot you couldn’t touch it. But the adult beverages were spot on and the cheese dip my husband really enjoyed his meal which was the special for that day my chicken bowel was just standard. All and all though worth a visit the view drinks and apps well worth it !

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LorieF
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We ate upstairs and it was loud due to large parties, but there was a nice view. I like downstairs outside better if you have a choice.
The shrimp and grits was excellent but the fish was a little dry and one dimensional.
I would go back and sit downstairs. Overall a 4/5

JG
JulieG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food on a busy night!!!

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ToriH
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience for my best friends Bachelorette Party! Lou was our server and was very great and attentive

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vipEllen
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Made reservations but when arrived was told outdoor reservations were separate. Inside ambiance not great. My fish was dry but my husbands steak was perfect. Server was very good even though she was very busy.

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vipbrava
Tallahassee
36 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

I hate to leave a not great review in these times. I know businesses are struggling and understaffed. But if you were looking for a good food I cannot recommend this restaurant. We were going just to have a few snacks from the happy hour menu before going to another event. They no longer have the happy hour menu which is fine. My husband ordered the poke tuna. He said it was OK. But it came with a basket of tortilla chips that were ridiculously greasy. They were literally dripping with oil. I got fried pickles for the table that were pretty good and actually not very greasy. I also got fried cheese curds. They were pretty flavorless and teeny tiny. Like the size of a pencil eraser. You could not pick at these in a dainty way. I also got a side order of avocado and tomato and basil salad. What this was was more of a pesto sauce made with avocado basil and a ton Of oil. It was poured over have cherry tomatoes. The tomatoes were too large to eat and one bite. When I cut them with a knife all the seeds and juices gloved out into the oily avocado mixture put over them. It was pretty gross. I tried eating with my husband’s chips but it was all too oily to handle. I had a cocktail. It was very good. Not so much with the food

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DebraR
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner at Playa. Loved that we were able to make a reservation and be seated as soon as we arrived. Decor was light and modern with beautiful views of the water, service was friendly and prompt, and food was delicious! Highly recommend.

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WendyT
Mobile
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, great service! I will be back! Beautifully decorated, beach feel.

CN
vipCatNash
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great service. Wonderful food. Beautiful ambience. Would highly recommend.

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ElleP
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The food was fine, nothing overall special. The service was very sad... forgot to bring drinks, forgot some people’s food, mixed up orders and very slow. I had high hopes but was disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Ribeye was extremely disappointing otherwise everything else was A+

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mberry
Baton Rouge
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Playa Burger is in my top 5 best burgers ever. Who knew that grilled pineapple on a hamburger would be so incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had great expectations given this restaurant is run by the same folks as Fishers but sadly I was disappointed. Hoped for top level but it was only average

FAQs

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

Playa is rated 4.5 stars by 635 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.