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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
4 oz sliced steak grilled medium-rare, arugula, apple, candied pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese & red onion, olive oil & red wine vinegar
Fried Coconut Grouper
crispy coconut battered Gulf grouper over creamy sweet corn grits topped with roasted pineapple & charred corn salsa, dashed with toasted coconut shavings
8 oz. of super lean & tender filet mignon, smashed garlic butter fried red potatoes topped with chimichurri
The four of us enjoyed the daily Bowl specials. We tried the shrimp, steak and fish. Each was delicious and at a very good price point. We are locals and Will
Please dim the lights at dinner. Food and service was great, but it was like a cafeteria.
Delicious food & drinks, and we had the friendliest server!
The steak was excellent. It melts in your mouth. The service was great. The soda is included, which is a nice bonus.
Great steak dinner..
Smoked tuna appetizer is very good..
Food was great. I wish they still had the garlic potatoes
Playa's has never failed to provide a great dining experience. The food is always spot on, the atmosphere beautiful and relaxing, the staff friendly and helpful. We attended a special offer, shrimp, steak, or chicken bowls for $9. The food was delicious and the portions were huge.
We will be doing this again!
We had a wonderful time at Playa! The food, service and atmosphere were wonderful!
Steak was excellent. Waitress (Shelby)
was very good.
Mashed potatoes were not warm and one small scoop. Corn on the cob less than acceptable. Roll was less than acceptable.
I would strongly suggest you change the mashed potatoes to a larger helping with a gravy or some topping. Change the corn to any other vegetable.
Excellent food and service. Would love it if they’d have the steak special twice a week!
We went for New Years Eve with an 8:45pm reservation. Overall it was not a good experience. Service was harried and food flavors fell flat. I know New Years is tough, maybe they were short staffed and some of the people working didn't want to be there. We had been to Fishers earlier in the week and it was amazing. So we had some expectations about service levels and food flavors being at a similar level, even though we knew the Playa vibe would be more casual. The interior design of Playa is super cool. Even though our night was not the best, I'd try it again on a non-holiday night.
We went to Playa for New Years Eve and my husband and I both got the specials. They were both excellent dishes. We had a great time. The setting is so wonderful. We always enjoy coming to Playa.
I love Playa, however this site lets you make reservations for times the restaurant is closed…beware!
Like everywhere- they are short staffed and things suffer
Fabulous steak special and seafood dishes! Particularly enjoyed the coconut grouper.
Playa is one of our favorite places when we want a "special" dining experience.
We had an amazing dinner at Playa. The Mahi Mahi was phenomenal. The restaurant was quiet, unlike most Orange Beach/Gulf Shores restaurants. The view was beautiful and the waitstaff were on top of things. We’ll be back.
Manager was kind enough to move us to the bar area after we realized the outside dining area was too cold and windy for dining. Service was outstanding. Great nightly specials are offered during the week. Everyone enjoyed their meals and drinks. Bright, beachy atmosphere. Will return next time we're in the Orange Beach area.
This may be our new favorite restaurant in the area. Spectacular space, all our food was on point, and service was excellent.
Hostess was very rude and told us we could not be seated without a reservation and that they were booked up for the night. I logged on OpenTable and snagged a reservation for 15 minutes later. When I went back to the hostess stand to show her I now had a reservation, she rolled her eyes and proceeded to seat us. Other than that, everything was great! Great server, wonderful food and drinks, and pleasant atmosphere! They might just want to put someone more friendly up front!
Great food and service!
Not what I was expecting. For the prices and reputation I was expecting more options on the menu and the prices where too high for the food.
Everything was wonderful, food, service, and cleanliness.
Missed seeing Christmas decorations as it was Dec 16,
What a wonderful place to celebrate the holidays. Paul made our experience even more special., Love the fall holiday drink menu
The food was excellent as usual. Our server, Shelby was outstanding
After a bad experience several weeks ago I hope for better luck this time
Everything but the steak was great. I ordered med well. When it arrived it was a dry grey brown. Looked like sous vide. I returned it and asked for med. It arrived looking the same. Very disappointed .
Structure and service fabulous as always. Food not even close to usual on all 4 orders. Guessing there’s been a change in ownership or kitchen. Hoping it will improve as it’s one of our favorite spots in OBA.
I LOVE to sit on the deck and watch the water. Weather was perfect, food was delicious, server was nice. It was a perfect evening
Food was outstanding as always. Our server Shelby was outstanding too. Very attentive to our every need!
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.
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.
Wonderful service and food. It's our second year to go for thanksgiving dinner
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.
Had never tried fried oysters before…delicious! Wonderful tuna poke bowl! Beautiful setting
Excellent crap toast app…. Redfish was excellent and a unique presentation. Shrimp and grits were as good as it gets. Server was awesome (Shelby)
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.
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!
We love going to Playa. Jack was great. The food was great. The view is amazing. It's always our goto for brunch.
Playa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (251) 981-9891.
Playa is rated 4.6 stars by 692 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.