The Camellia Cafe is downtown and located on Section Street near the intersection of Fairhope Avenue. The restaurant serves excellent fare, which is pricey, but with top notch service. The interior is small, usually crowded and loud, but the food is to write home about. Link.
The Best and the Worst
Down by the Bay Cafe is a great little restaurant over-looking the public pier and Mobile Bay and located at the end of Fairhope Avenue. For lunch, there is a very good meat and vegatables menu. In fact, it's some of the best home cooking "east of the Rockies!" Open for dinner on weekends. BYOB, no charge. Link.
More restaurants being added weekly. Please check back soon.
The opinions expressed here are those of William Bruce alone. You may contact him at (251) 990-5934 or [email protected] The restaurants of the Marriott Grand Hotel at Point Clear uphold the Grand's reputation for excellence. What more can you say? Link. Don't let the shabby exterior fool you. This is one of the area's top restaurants. The Wash House is a popular, highly recommended, upscale restaurant (with prices to match) located a mile south of the Grand Hotel in Point Clear. The menu contains some "to kill for" entrees. Reservations suggested, especially on weekends. Link.
R. Bistro is a small upscale restaurant in downtown Fairhope serving very good salads, sandwiches and entrees with daily specials. Open daily for lunch and Thursday - Saturday for dinner. Try their speciality of crawfish roux which can be ordered as a bisque. Located at 334 Fairhope Avenue. Dinner reservations accepted. Link. The Dragonfly has become a sensation in Fairhope. Located on Fairhope Avenue a couple of doors up from Fairhope Hardware, the owners describe it as "AL’s premier gastro pub and 5-star dive bar.... Unique culinary creations in a laid back, unpretentious atmosphere...." We agree. It definitely should be on your list to try in Fairhope. Link.
OK, you got me on this one! Battles Warf Mini Mart is not really a restaurant. But their small deli builds the best Hot Dog this side of the Mississippi. Located in the Battles Warf area between Fairhope and Point Clear, it's owned by the same folks who operate Buck's Diner in Fairhope.
Good seafood in the decades-old Wintzell's tradition. Open for lunch and dinner. But on a recent visit for Saturday lunch, I waited, waited and waited and was never acknowledged, so I finally left and went to Julwins . It's located on Scenic 98 on the left as you're heading towards Point Clear from Fairhope. Link. Master Joe's is a popular sushi bar and restaurant in downtown Fairhope. Located at 21 North Section Street across from the Welcome Center, the establishment is particularly popular with the younger crowd. If you go, try the Bama Roll. You will not be disappointed. Crowded on weekends. Link.
Located out on Main Highway 98 at the intersection of Fairhope Avenue in front of Piggly Wiggly Supermarket, Ruby Tuesdays is just another brass and fern bar / restaurant. 'Nuff said?
Sandra's Place is a neat little downtown sidewalk restaurant at the corner of Fairhope Avenue and Chruch Street. You wait in line to order your sandwich or salad and then take it out to one of the patio tables to enjoy the Fairhope scenery and to people watch. Open for lunch only. Link. The Ravenite. Several years ago owner Rich Gambino "flipped out," barricaded himself inside, got drunk and threatened to blow up the building. After unsuccessful negotiations and a hours long standoff, police tossed a flash grenade in, stormed the building and arrested Gambino. The restaurant has since reopened under new ownership. Good pizza, but go early. Later, it becomes "young and loud." Link. Julwin's is Baldwin County's oldest restaurant. It's popular with locals, which is also the best kind of recommendation for visitors. Located on Fairhope Avenue in the first block east of "The Clock," the restaurant serves a great breakfast and lunch. Link. Buck's Diner is one of the great "meat and vegetable" places in the Fairhope area. The restaurant serves up “home cooking” at its best from Section Street two blocks north of "The Clock". Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Owned by the same family as Battles Warf Mini Mart of Hot Dog fame. Link. Located several blocks from downtown on the right of Section Street as you're heading out of town to the north, Ben's Jr. Bar-B-Que builds pretty decent burgers, but the barbeque is only so-so. Link.
Panini Pete’s is one of our town's real gems. Tucked away in Fairhope’s French Quarter, this restaurant has been featured
on the Food Network. Authentic beignets are available for breakfast and outstanding sandwiches and specials for lunch. Eat inside, outside in the courtyard or delivery is available. Enter the French Quarter from either De La Mare Avenue or Section Street (behind Page & Palette). Link.
Located in the Publix shopping center, the Shanghai Cottage generally gets good reviews, but on my first visit, the service was slow, slow, slow! Most of the food was good, but the fried softshell crab was cold when served.
*** Update: On a recent visit the food and service were better. Link.
Without a doubt, the Fairhope Inn is one of Fairhope's
top restaurants. It's pricey, but worth it. Reservations suggested, especially on weekends. Located at 63 South Church Street, they also have four guest rooms upstairs if you're looking for a place to stay while you're visiting Fairhope. Link. Fairhope's Grill & Bar is located on Main 98 (Greeno Road) in the shopping center behind Hardee's near Big Lots. Same ownership as Julwin's Restaurant. Best fish tacos anywhere, including California! Reasonable prices, fun casual atmosphere. Link. The Sunflower Cafe is an excellent health food restaurant with lots of interesting and delicious menu items. It's located in the strip shopping center on Main 98 (Greeno Road) behind Hardee's and a couple of doors down from Big Lots. Link. McSharry's Irish Pub is a popular downtown spot at 101 North Bancroft Street near the Windmill Market. To get there, look for the windmill. Good food (including Sheppard' Pie), great beer and drinks, and a fun crowd. Live music on weekends. Link. As the name suggests, Locals' emphsis is on Baldwin County sourcing. This small restaurant at 410 Fairhope Avenue is another of Fairhope's real gems with outstanding burgers and to-kill-for specials. It's definitely a "must try" when you're in our community. Open for lunch and and also breakfast on weekends. BYO wine for lunch at no charge if you desire. Next to First National Bank. Link.