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“Great location with pretty good food”

Original Oyster House
Ranked #2 of 54 Restaurants in Spanish Fort
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Grill, Healthy
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Opening its first location in Gulf Shores in 1983, the Original Oyster House restaurant quickly expanded and opened its second restaurant two years later on the Mobile Causeway. It soon became known as a Gulf Coast favorite for panoramic waterfront sunsets on the Mobile Delta, fresh Gulf Coast seafood and award-winning gumbo. Classics such as hand-battered fried crab claws, blackened Mahi and fire-grilled Gulf oysters kept locals and visitors coming back for more. A visit usually includes kids on the playground, seafood platters and Southern hospitality. Along with its take-out, homemade desserts and seafood gumbo, the Original Oyster House has been sending alligators home in kid's meals, and gives back to our community in sponsorships and donations. It has been recognized for its environmental practices including converting its fry oil into biofuel to transport, its solar water heaters and the only wind turbine on the Causeway, which generates electricity when winds reach 8 miles an hour or more. in 2016, the Original Oyster House piloted Alabama's FIRST Oyster Shell Recycling Program.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Great location with pretty good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

Joined friends who live in the area and raved about the place. I'll give them the rave reviews on the location and the staff. Personally, I found the seafood in Fairhope better and fresher. That said, I did like the option to mix my own cocktail sauce. The waitress didn't mention it, but fortunately friends showed us the option. All in all, good food at a reasonable price. I imagine the sunsets are spectacular!

Visited May 2013
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Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
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“Jeannine & Ronnie”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

What a great place to eat! The food was great, our waitress Kay was friendly, we really enjoyed it. This restaurant was recommended by a friend, and we were not disappointed. Wish it was closer to our home we would go more often.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Great pina colada and excellent bar staff -- kitchen another story”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

We were not as happy with this restaurant as other reviewers. There was a 30 minute wait when we arrived, so we decided to eat at the bar. The bartenders -- all three of them -- were fun and friendly. Also made great drinks. The house pina colada was fantastic! Unfortunately, there was a big crowd the evening of mother's day, and we waited nearly an hour for our food. The bartenders graciously offered us free drinks, but how much can you drink on an empty stomach?
Foodwise, we liked the fried oysters, alligator appetizer, fried green tomatoes, and cole slaw. The rest of the seafood platter was boring or overcooked. The free key lime pie they gave us to take home was good, not great. There are a lot of good things about this restaurant --especially the staff. But kitchen needs an upgrade.

  • Visited May 2013
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Mobile, Alabama
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“Good place to go eat!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

The food is great...love all the selections on the menu. Love the atmosphere too on the bay. Waiters and waitresses were all nice and very fast and efficient. Prices are fine too. Enjoyed it a lot.

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Axis, Alabama
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“Best local seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

Great local seafood place. Fresh food. Excellent service. Great location & wonderful view of Mobile Bay. Located on the causeway between Mobile & Spanish Fort. Great blackened & fired fish around. Homemade croutons on the salad bar. Save room for desert. Great Key lime pie or peanut butter pie.

  • Visited April 2013
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