The Daphne, Alabama, area has some of the best seafood on the Gulf Coast. If you're looking for fresh flavor and time-honored recipes, you'll find just what you're looking for here. We've lined up a few of our favorites for all your seafood cravings.

Southwood Kitchen

Seasonally inspired and locally sourced, the small plates at Southwood Kitchen promise to deliver a memorable experience. This restaurant serves gourmet dishes in a cozy, casual atmosphere, making it an easy choice for anything from a laid-back date night to a special birthday dinner. Reservations are recommended.

The lunch menu is simple yet decadent with seafood dishes, including grilled salmon salad with a lemon caper vinaigrette, shrimp and grits, and boutique oysters. On the dinner menu, you'll find filling meals, such as diver scallops cavatappi in a clam Alfredo sauce, breaded porgy with jumbo lump crab, grilled amberjack, and parmesan-crusted tripletail. 

Location: 1203 US Highway 98 Suite 3D, Daphne, Alabama

Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday

Tamara's Downtown

You'll find Tamara's Downtown in a charming historic building behind a New Orleans style courtyard. The open floor plan and rustic decor create a comfortable setting that's ideal for casual fine dining. You can indulge your seafood craving from starter to main with its menu. 

Begin with appetizers, including fresh blue crab claws, crab meat pie, shrimp stack, or fried green tomatoes and crab meat. The lunch menu includes filling entrees, such as crab cakes, cheesy shrimp and grits, grilled salmon, and panko-crusted Mississippi catfish. If you're looking for something quick and simple, try the Alaskan salmon BLT, Mahi Mahi taco, or lobster roll.

The dinner menu delivers a wide range of seafood options, including fried soft shell crabs over risotto, seared sea scallops, panko-crusted fish with gouda mashed potatoes, blackened Mahi Mahi, and fresh lobster pasta. There's a full bar on hand to cater to all your beverage needs. Tamara's even offers a kids' menu with friendly favorites, such as buttered noodles, grilled cheese, and fried shrimp, making this a great addition to your family fun day out on the town. 

Location: 104 N Section St., Fairhope, Alabama

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

Boudreaux's Cajun Grill

Boudreaux's Cajun Grill offers picturesque waterfront dining right on the Mobile Bay. You can start your dinner with appetizers, such as blackened gator, stuffed pistolettes, and fried crawfish tails. Move on to one of the restaurant's specialty entrees for a hearty helping of flavorful seafood favorites. The menu includes crawfish etouffee, shrimp and grits, blackened or smothered catfish, grilled or blackened salmon, and blackened redfish. You can also ask about the fresh Gulf catch of the day, which is delivered the same day and filleted in-house for the freshest flavor available.

Boudreaux's serves a variety of specialty cocktails to complete your dinner. You can try distinctive options, such as Bayou iced tea spiked with Bourbon, spicy Cajun Bloody Mary made with fresh citrus and clam juices, or the citrusy Southern Belle with passion fruit and blood orange vodkas. If you're feeling especially adventurous, you can order the 50-ounce Swamp Water which includes six liquors and its own gator.

Location: 29249 US Highway 98, Daphne, Alabama

Hours: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Mandina's of Spanish Fort

Mandina's of Spanish Fort has proudly served customers Italian food with a New Orleans twist since 1932. Owned by the same family for decades, this restaurant has a long history of outstanding service and dishes so delicious that the menu hasn't changed in more than 75 years. Enjoy old-world hospitality in a vibrant, colorful setting as you sample seafood entrees that have satisfied diners for years.

The lunch menu includes options such as fried catfish meuniere, grilled catfish, and shrimp creole and rice. For dinner, you can start your meal with the smoked crawfish spinach dip or deep-fried crab fingers. The selection of seafood entrees includes grilled tuna steak, fresh salmon, fried oysters, fried trout, grilled catfish, grilled Gulf shrimp, and grilled fresh trout of the day. 

The house specials take things up a notch with menu items that include trout, catfish, or soft shell crab served meuniere or almandine with french fried potatoes. If you're looking for the special kick familiar to Cajun cuisine, try the catfish or trout creole for plenty of flavor. Mandina's also serves a kids' menu with picks such as fried shrimp, grilled cheese, or spaghetti and meatballs to satisfy the little ones.

Location: 25000 Bass Pro Drive, Suite 100, Spanish Fort, Alabama

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

LeJeune's Market by the Bay

LeJeune's Market by the Bay is a family-run restaurant that's proudly served fresh seafood for 14 years. Market by the Bay strives to find the tastiest fresh seafood in the area. If you're looking for sandwich shop fare, you'll find an assortment of Po'Boys that claim to be the best on the Gulf Coast. Order yours with shrimp, catfish, white fish, oyster, or any combo of two seafood items to get the perfect flavor. Taco lovers will delight in the Caribbean and Hawaiian taco options, available grilled or fried with fish, shrimp, or chicken. 

The dinner menu includes shrimp, oysters, white fish, catfish, and crab claws. Every entree comes with two sides. Choose from hush puppies, french fries, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, onion rings, fried okra, fried pickles, corn nuggets, and more. If you can save room for dessert, you won't want to miss the banana pudding that's made fresh daily.

Location: 29145 US Highway 98, Daphne, Alabama

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Did we include your favorite seafood restaurant on our list? If we missed a great spot, contact our team at Tameron Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat and let us know! We want to make sure we always have the best recommendations in town.

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