The Safari Club at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

4.7
190 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
  • 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
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vipJimbham
Birmingham
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
1 review
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

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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
4 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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KarenM
Washington DC
2 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.

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elained
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food is always good. Tasty and presentation is good. The alcoholic drinks taste like they have been mixed with old or flat mixer. This has happened the last 3 times we have been there. That is unacceptable.

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CarenH
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food!! We had the steak salad and it was amazing as well as the key lime pie...crust is made with white chocolate macadamia nut cookie dough!
The pizza was just ok...needs cheese to cover all the places that they put sauce ❤️

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AnneO
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best pizza in 3 states loved being able to sit outside and overlook the zoo. We saw several animals. Note that you can also see the meri go round and another ride. We had small kids with us and they wanted to go into the zoo

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KatyP
Mobile
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every part of the Safari Club was excellent from the food, service as well as accompanying the wonderful zoo. One of my favorite places to dine.

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GregR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First visit!
Great Meal and experience.
Will return!

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch was amazing and the service outstanding, as always!

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Lovestoeat
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful grounds, great restaurant and atmosphere. Delicious food.

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Pat4191
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Service was extremely slow and inattentive. We waited to be waited on, waited for our drink order, waited for silverware and an extra plate. Burger and salad which we shared was very good.

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vipLiving
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Catie....the BEST !!!! Blackened shrimp tacos, pepperoni pizza, Korean fried broccoli.....sooooo good!

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NolaStella
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the ambiance and our waitress was a doll. I think I was spoiled by a special Valentines Day menu and food at the Safari Club, which was exceptional. When we went back on a regular weeknight, it was less impressive

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vipMBSM
Mobile
13 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Rib eye steak did not seem like a good cut of beef. Extremely fatty( not marbling) and very tough.

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vipBeckyG
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Met friends for dinner who live in Gulf Shores. Interesting and unique building and the food was good.

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KendraB
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you go to a restaurant you look forward to good food and drink. We are never disappointed. The food is excelent and drinks are fantastic! Beautiful inside or out, we usually sit outside because in the evening you can hear and see some of the animals at the zoo. The flaming torches add such a nice touch outside who could not love this great restaurant! If you haven't been you are missing out!!

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SandyD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Food was wonderful. Would definitely go back!!

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SharonC
Mobile
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress Chris's professional quality service fit the pricy menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was exceptional Our server, Chris was also exceptional. We all highly recommend the Safari as a restaurant to go and have a great evening.

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vipMBSM
Mobile
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was terrific tonight, music was delightful on the patio with the zoo in the background.

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Cindy
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine's Day 2021 our first visit to The Safari Club. We felt welcomed and very well taken care of as soon as we entered the door. The atmosphere was wonderful and the food was terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff and food! We had the fried broccoli appetizer which was so good. My husband enjoyed his ribeye and I had the grilled shrimp with lemon risotto. Our server was so sweet and the decor was amazing, full of artifacts.

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KendraH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HIdden gem in the zoo! I look forward to sitting outside next time. TOO COLD!

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 4.7 stars by 190 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.