Playa

4.6
692 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 692 people are saying
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OscarA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Be Back!

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vipChadC
Houston
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Please dim the lights at dinner. Food and service was great, but it was like a cafeteria.

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macys
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food & drinks, and we had the friendliest server!

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MarilynF
Mobile
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak was excellent. It melts in your mouth. The service was great. The soda is included, which is a nice bonus.

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brucee
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak dinner..
Smoked tuna appetizer is very good..

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BradleyM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. I wish they still had the garlic potatoes

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JozieJones
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Playa! The food, service and atmosphere were wonderful!

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Dave
Mobile
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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MarilynF
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Would love it if they’d have the steak special twice a week!

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vipBethN
Houston
75 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

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.

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Pipergirl
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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carls
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

I love Playa, however this site lets you make reservations for times the restaurant is closed…beware!

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vipMwhitwise
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Like everywhere- they are short staffed and things suffer

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BradN
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Birthday dinner

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KathyG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous steak special and seafood dishes! Particularly enjoyed the coconut grouper.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Playa is one of our favorite places when we want a "special" dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpentable2007
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This may be our new favorite restaurant in the area. Spectacular space, all our food was on point, and service was excellent.

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KatieM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

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!

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MonicaC
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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ScottR
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

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.

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DianeM
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was wonderful, food, service, and cleanliness.
Missed seeing Christmas decorations as it was Dec 16,

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MitziW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful place to celebrate the holidays. Paul made our experience even more special., Love the fall holiday drink menu

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JackieH
Mobile
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as usual. Our server, Shelby was outstanding

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GaryM
Mobile
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

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 .

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vipYoungbloods
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JackieH
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
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
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

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vipGGBF
Northern MI
6 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.

FAQs

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.