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The Safari Club at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

4.6
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128 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located at the new Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, The Safari Club Gulf Shores offers a unique dining experience from decor and ambiance to great service and exceptional menu.

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  • A Night with Duckhorn Vineyards

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     $69.00 per person
    Oct 22, 2020 only
    Join us for a Fall seasonal five course dinner featuring Duckhorn Vineyards! This wine dinner is featuring three brand new Decoy releases: Decoy Limited Red (Napa Valley), Decoy Limited Cab (Napa Valley) and Decoy Limited PN (Sonoma Coast) along with two Duckhorn selections.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 128 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Michelle
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great variety of choices, interesting drink menu. The food was flavorful. Even the pizza on the kid's menu was very good!

Take a minute to read the "about us" section on their website. They are Alabama's first "green" restaurant, they source ingredients from local farmer, and have their own veggie/herb garden. Also, a percentage of their bar sales goes to elephant conservation efforts in Asia and Africa! We definitely don't mind choosing this place for dinner!

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KatieS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is so unique and creative! I have a seafood and fish allergy and struggle to find restaurants when we vacation in Gulf Shores. Not only was the food incredible, the service was as well! Josh H was our server and he was a true delight! He went above and beyond to ensure that my meal selections were completely safe for me. He was so attentive genuinely concerned with us having a wonderful evening. The food, service, and ambience made for a perfect evening! We will be back!

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vipBethF
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here with family of 7 last night. Love the fun atmosphere and great service. Try the grilled shrimp and risotto, seafood pasta, burger, ribeye. All delicious and wonderful side items and root vegetables. Going back this week for a wine dinner:)

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TonyaS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food choices here were so varied that we want to go back again and again to try everything. From Asian, to seafood, to the filet, everything our party tried was amazing! We will definitely be returning to this hidden gem.

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JessicaP
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time for my 30th birthday!!! We all loved the food and drinks

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Lovenewplaces
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, service, and entertainment! We loved everything about this place. When we walked in it was such a cool Safari vibe and the guitarist/singer was so good!! We all ordered a different shrimp dinner (Coconut, fried, and wood grilled) and we all tried each other’s. All 3 were amazing. They make all of their dressings in house and the white balsamic vinaigrette was so good. Also try the margarita, rice pilaf and homemade ice cream. Our server so so sweet and gave excellent service. We sat inside, but went on the patio before dinner and got to see the lion and hear him roar, which was really cool. We will Definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We came in from out of town and never read on the restaurant’s website that this is located at a zoo. We almost didn’t go in, but I’m glad we did. The food was great and the restaurant has a grown up feel. I thought it would have lots of kiddos but not the case. There was a wine tasting the day we went so it was crowded. They put us in a room separate from the large group so we were thankful for that. I’d recommend this place. It’s not what you might expect. Very nice dinner.

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KayM
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as always! We timed it perfectly sitting down at a table outside at 6 PM because we were treated to roars by Simba the lion from across the zoo as the sun went down. Such a special place with unique atmosphere, fantastic food and friendly service. Trivia - Safari Club is the FIRST Green-Certified Restaurant in the entire state of Alabama and they have great vegetarian and vegan options!

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IsaacE
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing atmosphere and amazing staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the opportunity to dine with new friends and chose The Safari Club based on recommendations by others that had dined there. Our goodness fresh and delicious! Our server, Katie, was excellent! We will he dining with you again soon.

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FoodLover
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Must visit. The food was great ( we had the swordfish special, fried shrimp, shrimp tacos and the thai salad). Additionally, the appetizer of fried goat cheese was great. Our server Josh was super nice and very attentive. The live music was an unexpected treat
Additional, our tables were socially distanced and all the servers wore their masks.

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Deanncps1
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and fresh. Best food and ambience I had in a long time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly and our server was awesome. The appetizers were amazing! The blackened shrimp taco’s were fabulious. An explosion of flavor in every bite. I highly recommend The Safari, if your looking for something a little different than the norm with a unique ambience all it’s own. It’s a 10 in my book. I’m looking forward to our next visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Safari was a really fun place to have a date night. What made it perfect was our waitress. Kris was amazing. She was prompt and fun. We had fish and steak and both meals were very good. The coconut shrimp were also great. Go in, enjoy some live music and have a glass of wine. You won’t be disappointed.

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TanyaF
Mobile
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Sunday Brunch with special friends to celebrate a 60th birthday! Loved having the jazz music! Hope they will continue this!

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JudieF
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making Sissy's birthday so fun. She really enjoyed herself. Pizzas are delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Chef Craig B has done an amazing job here. If you’re thinking you don’t want to eat at a “zoo” restaurant, this place will change your mind. It’s a pleasure from the moment you’re walking up to the entrance until you are walking out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fresh food. Service excellent

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CathyW
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!
Awesome drinks and service.

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vipCitygirl
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service at the bar, and food is always good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled okra was sooooo good! My husband and I both enjoyed it. I had the catch of the day, grouper, it was excellent. My husband had the wood fire grilled chicken, it was excellent too. Service was great. We will definitely be back.

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Strings
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. The menu has unique items and the Key Lime pie is to die for!

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vipKathrynG
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Alexis was fantastic. The ribs are amazing. The view of the zoo is very cool. Well worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance.

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viplaAMP
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous fun food, and Victoria was an amazing and witty server. 5 stars!!!!!

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vipJLab
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service was amazing. Was a bit hard to hear table conversation with the live band but we made do. Would definitely return to enjoy the outdoor scenery

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Very impressed with food and atmosphere! Have always had a hard time finding both in Gulfshores. We’ll definitely be back!

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Joyp
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wedding dinner here. They offered a private room for us which was Stunning to say the least. Our waiter was on top of things and very personable. Would highly recommend the jungle juice. It was so tasty. Everyone ordered something different and was extremely impressed with their food it even looked pretty on the plate. When we are in the area again will definitely return.

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JulieA
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Apparently, the tourist don’t know about this place. The food is fabulous. The ambiance is everything you would hope from a place named the “Safari Club” . If you’re lucky, you’ll get a sneak peak at a giraffe, monkey or porcupine. It’s my new fave.

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Allen
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was horrible, food was adequate, prices we’re reasonable

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PennyH
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot, service was amazing.

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AngieG
Mississippi
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the staff was exceptional! We will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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BrookeH
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the vegan options and our waiter (Ryan I believe) was great.

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vipRolltide
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service and atmosphere !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food for all palates(ages in our party were 2-70). Quiet room where we didn’t have any trouble hearing one another in conversation. This will definitely be a place we will return to each time we are in town!

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vipcoletta18
New Orleans
32 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful decor, food was terrific!

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FredSez
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was very good. Service was very good. We will be going back soon.

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vipEat4fun
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has become one of our go to places in Gulf Shores. Always great.

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MitziW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Disappointed that staff was not wearing masks.

FAQs

The Safari Club at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (251) 256-7007.

The Safari Club at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is rated 4.6 stars by 128 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.