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When you visit either of the Original Oyster House locations, you're more than just a customer - you're a guest in our home. As a guest, you can expect a welcoming environment, food that feels like a home-cooked meal, and unparalleled service from our family of employees. We aim to exceed your expectations for local seafood restaurants.

The Original Oyster House has been serving guests in Southern Alabama for over 30 years. It all started with a pair of entrepreneurial couples: Joe and Mary Lou Roszkowski and David and Jane Dekle. Coming from a background in the food and hospitality industries, the four restaurateurs teamed up to open the Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores in 1983.

Our family-friendly seafood restaurant, which started with just 60 seats and 10 employees, was joined by a second location overlooking Mobile Bay in 1985. Today, the Gulf Shores location seats 300 and employs 130, and both restaurants combined serve about 400,000 pounds of fresh Gulf seafood every year.

Recognition at Home and Across the Country

Our team at the Original Oyster House has been hard at work since the seafood restaurants first opened, and that hard work has paid off in the form of satisfied guests, consistently excellent food, and large-scale recognition. Regionally, we've been named the Best Seafood Restaurant by Mobile Bay Monthly, and four of our team members have won the Island Spirit Award for Superior Customer Service. Nationally, we've been recommended by Coastal Living, Southern Living, and The New York Times. In 2014, CNN named us as one of the ten best oyster bars in the US.

We're proud to be recognized as one of the best local seafood restaurants in the country, but we don't just rest on our laurels. We know that our guests are the reason for our success, and we strive to greet everyone who walks through our doors with Southern hospitality and an unforgettable dining experience. We also focus on giving back to our community and support a number of charitable organizations including the American Red Cross, Family Promise of Baldwin County, and Child Advocacy Centers.

Join Us for a Meal

The next time you're in Southern Alabama and find yourself wondering, "What are the best seafood restaurants near me?", stop in at one of the Original Oyster House locations. We always have fresh Gulf seafood on the menu, and we make a mean gumbo. We'll also be happy to serve you up some Southern classics like cheesy grits with blackened shrimp, seasoned turnip greens, and chocolate chip peanut butter pie. Can't sample everything you want in one sitting? Let us pack you some food to go.

Visit our seafood restaurants with friends and family - we pride ourselves on being a family-friendly restaurant, and kids' meals start at just $2.95. Just make sure everyone comes hungry, since we're known for serving generous portions.

We look forward to seeing you and your loved ones in one of our seafood restaurants and hope you'll be back soon!

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