The Safari Club at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

4.6
210 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 210 people are saying
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vipEat4fun
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and have been many times for lunch and dinner just a good go to spot. Host who sat us who appeared to just be filling in was not friendly at all which was unusual for this staff. Waiter was great and lunch was consistent

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for the family

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere! We visit every time we come to town! 100% recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious with a great view, only issue was my pizza crust was burnt on one whole side

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vipAnnaK
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried this new restaurant and had an amazing time. We even got to see animals in the zoo. Very clean, servers very knowledgeable and food came fast and very good. I mean very good. Awesome that we could make reservations too!!

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BethB
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for Sunday brunch. The service was impeccable. Prices were fair. My only complaint was that the hollandaise sauce was not a true hollandaise. Other than that, I would definitely go back and recommend it to others.

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NancyP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Yep other couples joins us. Server was greAt, Kobe looking out at the zoo but didn’t see any animals
.Girsffe had gone nite nite

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The looks of the restaurant were great. Nice bar area. We were looking forward to a nice meal but were disappointed. While the food was served hot and presented well the pizza tasted as though it had been frozen and seafood pasta was just average.

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JanC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was excellent ! So sorry I don’t remember her name

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PcolaMimi
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

David was our server and he was very attentive. A female server nearby had so much perfume it would make your eyes burn every time she walked by. The seafood pasta sauce was good but not a lot of seafood. Google maps has a problem finding the location and we had to call the restaurant for directions. Overall it is a good family restaurant.

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LizGoodwin
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved having dinner at the zoo and watching the giraffes while we ate. Food was great and I really liked being able to make a reservation. Well done. Service was good, too!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love visiting Safari Club. We've made it a tradition to end our vacation eating a nice dinner there and they never disappoint. Sierra(our waitress) was so sweet. We will return August 2022 and maybe December 2022. 🤞

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was below average. Service was good. Don’t sit outside unless you want your food eaten by an army of flies.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was 65th birthday celebration and it was fabricated dining at Safari. Everyone in the family enjoyed their meal! Prices are moderate and portions are very fair. We will be back! The bday Key Lime pie was delicious! Thanks 😊

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vipLiving
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mahi tacos and salad duo. Both were good. Server Stephanie H -- outstanding.

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vipJenniferW
Savannah
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Interesting ambiance and friendly waitstaff. We got several appetizers - fried goat cheese, fried broccoli florets, and chicken satay. The fried goat cheese was tasty, the broccoli florets were really heavy with a fried, greasy taste. Chicken satay was fine. I got the dinner special - trout, fingerling potatoes and broccolini. It really didn’t have much flavor. My husband loved his burger. Would I return? Probably not.

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DorothyR
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

First off, so glad to see they take reservations! The decor and atmosphere is excellent.
Our server was delightful. However, it took forever to get out drinks. I think, like most establishments due to COVID, they don't have enough employees.
Our appetizers came quickly. The goat cheese with a fig dip was very good. The Korean broccoli needed a sauce either on it or a dipping sauce. The first few bites were fine but then they became boring. One of us got a half salad. Nothing unusual about it except they offered a variety of homemade and unusual dressings. She got the pecan vinaigrette which she enjoyed. The other the bacon jam hamburger. He said it was just okay. I got the wood fire chicken breast with broccolini & fingerling potatoes. The chicken was juicy but bland, the broccolini was very good but the potatoes needed seasoning. I am a big potato lover but didn't like these at all. For dessert, the server talked up the caramel cheesecake. It was nothing to write home about! However, the thin pastry layered with chocolate pudding was very good. In summary, I will come back but try a different entree.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great experience. Our first time dining here. We will definitely be back.

GL
GypsyLady
Savannah
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The three of you all enjoyed our dinner. I had trout almandine with risotto and fresh vegetables. My husband had shrimp tacos, our friend had fried shrimp. We loitering.

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vipJimbham
Birmingham
18 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

They are understaffed so we had to wait about 20 min even though we had a reservation. Bar service was terrible- 30 minutes for a drink. But the food service from Chris was fantastic! Our dinner was delicious! Crispy Goat Cheese was a standout. Grandma’s salad with roasted pecan vinaigrette, Seafood Pasta and Wood Grilled Shrimp were all very good as well. The decor is really amazing. We had a wonderful experience and will definitely return. Only issue was the bar which they need to fix.

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LeighLee
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We ate here on vacation with our two teenage daughters. The ambience is really cool! Service was good. Food was also good. Menu is somewhat limited, but we all found something we liked. It was great to be able make reservations instead of waiting an hour or two at one of the restaurants on the main strip. Highly recommended hidden gem!

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viprick
Little Rock
22 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate at the Safari Club for our last night of our beach trip. The main reason we choose here is that we could get reservations! Some of our family had waited 2+ hours at other places! The zoo was closed. We tried to sit outside but kids & ladies felt it was too hot. Also, we could only see 1monkey from pretty far distance. Was not very crowded so service was prompt & good. Has a full bar and drinks were good. Food selection was actually nicely varied & quite good. Kids had the usual pizza, burgers & chicken fingers. Adults had crab cakes, seafood pasta, & fresh catch (blackened grilled grouper), and all was good.

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SOOBA
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Safari Club is a hidden gem. Alway good food and great service. Please give this restaurant a try.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem! No crowd, no wait- such a nice surprise for a Saturday night. I loved being able to make reservations which was why we chose to go here.
The food was delicious! Can’t wait to go back!

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PierreB
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience. Wood fired pizza is incredible! Have been several times and it never disappoints

TC
vipTinaC
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried broccoli was delicious. The beet burger and bacon jam cheeseburgers were also good. Our sever was awesome. We will visit again.

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KathyS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent experience, will go again and again!! One of few places that takes reserved! I would have given all 5 stars, but our food was a little slow being served due to large party ahead of us!

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JulieT
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem in Gulf Shores. It sounds strange to say you're going to a restaurant at the zoo, but it really is a great one. In fact, it was the best food we had while we were there. We had reservations, but we didn't need them. We requested to sit in the Expedition Room, and we were the only ones in it, so it was really a private room. David was our waiter, and he was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall a good experience especially with kids! We did choose to eat outside and the flies were terrible so we had to eat quickly and left immediately.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food that surpassed all expectations, phenomenal service and experience, and we will DEFINITELY be back! The kids loved eating outside to see the animals even though the zoo was already closed... it was just a really awesome experience all around.

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RebeccaP
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A surprising find in this area! Certified green restaurant. And right next to the zoo. Wonderful service and delicious food. Even a few organic wines to choose from. A little pricey, but worth it.

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Shelby
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places! Great food and service every time!

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Foodie
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun little place at the zoo. Safari decor is really cute. Our waitress was excellent! Food was good except my lemon risotto was way too lemony. Grilled shrimp was excellent and my husband’s seafood pasta was great. One restaurant that does not over do the salt which I greatly appreciate. All-in-all enjoyable visit. We’ll go back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect place for an extended Gamily gathering with children

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MaggieT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress last night (6-18-21) was great and so personable. She made our dining experience along with the food was wonderful. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Katie was amazing. She was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Food was excellent. It took quite a bit of time to get it after we ordered but it was worth the wait. We will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was just ok, I ordered an old fashioned it was awful! Device was excellent, location excellent

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KarenM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there right at noon, pretty busy but plenty of staff available. Food arrived within reasonable timeframe. Food was delicious! Four different entrees, hit and generous servings. Highly recommend!!

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LydiaW
Mobile
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food and we loved the decorations. Service was a little slow, but they seemed to be short staffed like everyone is right now

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KristinU
Mobile
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous! The staff was nice & Mo was a great waitress! I definitely will be back in the future.

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 210 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.