Islanders Restaurant

Alabama’s southern tip has some truly beautiful coastline and beaches along with pleasant weather throughout the year, especially right here on Dauphin Island. Our pristine vacation spot is home to Islanders Restaurant, a favorite establishment when it comes to truly local Dauphin Island dining.

This spot serves up a traditional Southern, European and Cajun/Creole fusion dining experience and has been one of best places to eat on the Alabama coast for years. Below is a quick guide to getting the most out of a trip to this crowd-pleasing eatery.

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What Makes Islanders Restaurant Special?

Islanders is one of the most frequently visited local restaurants on Dauphin Island and is considered moderate fine dining with a focus on relaxing ambiance and great cuisine.

While children are welcome, this is a top spot to enjoy a quiet romantic dinner as well. An outdoor patio overlooking the gulf offers a beautiful view while you sip a beer, cocktail or glass of wine and peruse the menu.

Guests are treated to music on many evenings, including folk, acoustic, eclectic jams, and nights where cover musicians take requests. You can call ahead to find out who is playing for the night.


At Islanders Restaurant you won’t find an extensive array of options; they focus on doing a few things really well. However, there’s a selection of surf and turf dishes that are sure to please your group with hearty portions and reasonable prices.

For entrees a few of the enticing choices include a classic shrimp and grits, seafood sampler, crawfish and artichoke pasta, black angus rib-eye, or a pork rib-eye and other rotating selections.

Appetizers include options like the popular seafood gumbo, fresh blue crab claws, spicy chile shrimp or smoked tuna dip. A small selection of sandwiches, burgers and salads round the menu, and a few homemade desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Tips for Enjoying Islanders Restaurant

Dauphin Island may be a quiet area, but it can get quite busy at Islanders Restaurant. Here are a few suggestions to getting the most out of the experience:

  • Make a Reservation. The wait can often be close to an hour – and for good reason. Reserve your table to guarantee quick seating.
  • Taste Local Seafood. The menu offers some of the freshest local seafood that you’ll find anywhere. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy Gulf-sourced seafood selections like shrimp or fish tacos made with the catch of the day. For a unique, local option, try the grilled Cobia. It’s a classic in the area and one of the select items on the menu.
  • Try Something New. Part of traveling is venturing outside your comfort zone, and Islanders makes it easy to savor some new flavors on your vacation. Try the sautéed blue crab claws or the spicy shrimp Po boy if you haven’t had those before.
  • Get a Special. Islanders has a rotating selection of dinner specials. Some are classics featured right off the menu, while others are new experiments. As one example, the marinated ribeye special flew off the grill.
  • Go to the Beach. The restaurant is located right by the Dauphin Island Public Beach, so it’s a great for a swim or fishing out before or after lunch, or for a peaceful evening stroll on after a romantic dinner.
  • Take the Morning Shift. Don’t just consider this fine Dauphin Island dining establishment for lunch and dinner. The breakfast menu is mouthwatering, and includes a sensational crab omelet.

And these are just a few of the features of Islanders Restaurant. For both food and entertainment, Islanders has lots to offer locals and visitors to Dauphin Island alike.

Southern Seafood That Hits the Spot

Islanders Restaurant is a splendid mix of Southern hospitality, Gulf-sourced seafood, and home-style comfort. It is a go-to in the area for friends, families, parties, and date nights.

Still not convinced? Perhaps the mouthwatering peanut butter pie and classic bread pudding off the renowned dessert menu will do it! No matter what time of the day you stop by Islanders Restaurant, you’re in for a treat.

You can find it conveniently located near many of our Dauphin Island vacation rentals at 1504 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL. The restaurant opens at 8 a.m. for breakfast and closes at 9 p.m. after dinner.

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900 Bienville Blvd.
P.O. Box 1177
Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528

(251) 861-3311

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