The Safari Club at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

4.6
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$31 to $50
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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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1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

We went to the Safari Club for their Thanksgiving Buffet and it was amazing. Proteins- turkey was the most tender I’ve ever eaten. Prime rib excellent also. Husband said ham was also delicious. Salads - roasted beet salad was awesome as well as ceaser salad and broccoli. Vegetables were many and the winter squash dish had a great flavor as did the yams. I didn’t try dessert but others said the key lime was really good. We will go back to try the regular menu. As good as the buffet was, I suspect all the menu choices will be too. Service was also very good and the ambiance was really fun too.

C
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service. Love the décor. Lots of parking. Highly recommend for something different than the beach.

R
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ThanksGiving buffet exceeded our expectations. Exceptionally fresh and high quality food uncommonly found on holiday buffets. The team is outstanding and delivered a great experience. We will come back

WB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine there! The staff is great and the chef is super talented!

J
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best buffett I have ever been too.. We are hoping they will continue this for other holidays.. The food was spot on and delicious.. a great location, great experience..

KS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Thanksgiving feast was spectacular! We can’t wait to visit again when the zoo is open.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service and atmosphere were very good. Shrimp tacos were good however the shrimp and grits were nothing exceptional. Nice grilled shrimp on top but grits had no flavor. Like having a bowl of plain breakfast grits. Needed sauce or grits to be cooked in chicken broth, give me some flavor. I will go back for a second try. Hoping for a little better experience.

KR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By referring this you mean , “have taken friends & family to taste this delectable meals!” We have tried several things off the menu... absolutely wonderfully delicious!!! No we don’t know anyone who works there. We’re locals who are foodies!

E
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time and enjoyed it once again. Sat inside this time due to weather but was just as nice.

LM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and beautiful restaurant and venue! Highly recommend!

JF
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was delicious. The whole party enjoyed their meal. Our waitress was very attentive and my friends had a wonderful 50th.

BM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, excellent food and attentive waitress Brittany.

A
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp salad: the shrimp were skewered and grilled to perfection. Done perfectly! The best shrimp I have ever had in 19 years on the Gulf Coast! The chicken salad was outstanding also. Quick service!
An outstanding experience!

DF
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere and service was great. The goat cheese dish is a MUST!! Can’t wait to go

PR
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor is outstanding. The food and service were equally wonderful. We will be returning often.

AP
Mobile
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 3rd time to have dinner for a birthday in a month time span! It was amazing all three times!

OT
Mobile
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the ambience alone will want you to come back again and again. This restaurant is a great dining experience along with great food and service. As of 10-5-19 the restaurant opens at 4 pm.

JF
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. The food is always delicious and the temperature is right. Great atmosphere and we had dinner outside and it was terrific. Our waitress was super.

I
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Was very excited to support the new location for the zoo. The grounds look Great and the restaurant atmosphere is wonderful. Loved sitting outside and being able to overlook the zoo. The service was less than impressive. It took forever. We had our dinner and dessert but no silverware both times. We had to ask the sever to clear our plates multiple times, for straws, silverware and drink refills. Then we waited over 20 minutes to receive the check even when asking for the managers assistance. The food was less than impressive especially for the price. The food lack flavored and very limited condiments to add flavor. Even the desert wasn't impressive. Again, very excited for the new location of the zoo and to be able to support a great initiative for the community but so disappointed. I would really recommend they work on service and the quality of food.

E
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a great addition to the area food was good service was great and ambiance is excellent for outside dinning. Indoor is good as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was FANTASTIC! April, our server, was very polite & checked on us regularly. A++++ Service! We sat outside- even though the zoo isn’t opened just yet it was amazing to see the layout & progress being made there. Can’t wait to see what it’s like when that happens! Super excited to go back! The Eggs Benedict was to die for!

OT
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, a little pricey but first class. This is an extremely nice restaurant for a zoo. I imagine when the animals are brought in and the zoo fully opens, it will only add to the experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a unique and absolutely amazing dining experience. By far one of, if not the best, meal I've ever eaten. If in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, add this restaurant to your dining list! Service and food were amazing!!

MS
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food and service was excellent. The acoustics are very bad. Noise from the kitchen and restaurant in general was really loud. It didn't help that the booths are so close together and we were seated right across from a very loud diner. She didn't seem to care that she wasn't the only person there having dinner. Eating out is our entertainment and we hate having it ruined by this type of behavior. The hostess or whoever she was kept coming to there table and carrying on a conversation which didn't help.

G
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time to eat at Safari Club. Excellent service, great selection of beers. Had the brussel sprout appetizer and the seafood pasta. Both were excellent. My wife had the bacon cheese burger and enjoyed it very much. We can’t wait to go again and sample more from the menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a very pleasant experience. It was our first visit and very enjoyable.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, loved the ambiance and views. There were no crowds and no wait. I’m sure that will change once people realize what a gem this place is!

S
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem, great food a unique wines that are delicious, a must while you are in Gulf Shores,AL or when you visit the new location of Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Although the restaurant has only been open a short time, the staff was very organized and knowledgeable. I would like to point out that this is Alabama’s first Certified Green Restaurant! LOVE IT! Hopefully we will see more restaurants following in their footsteps.

MN
Nashville
47 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was below average in taste, the server thought that everything was funny when she told us about the lack of food or drink items, and the menu items we did receive were below average at best. I would never eat there again.

Y
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meals, the steaks were very good,really tender and tasty. The Brussels sprouts were not edible, could not even cut them with the knife. Desserts were delicious. Server was awesome,best server I have ever had. Chris was her name. We ate two nights there.

Will definitely be back.

W
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So excited to find by accident!! Service was great. Food terrific. Great wine selection. Can’t wait to return when the animals are back!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top 5 burger of my life! Jennifer was a great server, would definitely return.

JI
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Great atmosphere. Theming is amazing! Highly recommend. Will be a regular customer.

JM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience5

I have eaten there twice. The first time, had goat cheese appetizer and shrimp tacos. They were both excellent. The 2nd time, had the goat cheese again (still good) and the wonton soup, fresh catch, and pizza. The Pizza was dry and hard, the soup was sour and not what I expected with th bowl description, and the fish was great. The service was fair, but the waitress was not sure if the house cabernet was a red wine or not. It seems a bit inconsistent to recommend. I am nearby, so I will continue to come and hopefully, the service, food, and experience will level out and not be as many local restaurants are: dependant on good staff who come and go.

RJ
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

A great restaurant. What I ordered was great (Beef Espanadas) another guest had Fennel Sausage Pizza and that was great. The other two guests weren't quite impressed with what they ordered. The staff was friendly and professional. Our waiter, Crisco, was awesome. Always there when we needed him and anticipated our needs. The Chef came out of the kitchen to meet/talk with us. Great enthusiasm.

CL
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful. Presentation was very nice. All four were of us enjoyed our meals. Chicken ceaser salad, fresh fish and hamburgers. Key lime pie was delicious too.


Looking forward to visiting the zoo when it opens!

DP
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great job was done with this restaurant. Alot of thought and care went into this. The food was great and there was quite a selection for vegeterians and vegans.

t
Dallas
85 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful decor. Anxious to go back when zoo opens and enjoy outdoor seating. Our party had shrimp tacos, grilled shrimp, and ribs. Ribs a little over cooked but the seafood was excellent.

TR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience !!
The Food, the Service, and the Imaginative Ambiance all came together in a way
that will draw me back again and again !!
Located at the New Zoo location .. Check it Out !!