If you've spent time in one of our beautiful Gulf Shores beach vacation rentals, you probably know that Alabama's Gulf Coast is home to some of the best seafood restaurants in the South. For families looking for an authentic taste of the gulf, a visit to the Original Oyster House is a must.

A family affair

Sample the tastes of the sea at the Original Oyster HouseTraditional family values are a key part of life here in Gulf Shores, and you'll experience the famous Southern hospitality when you go out to dinner at the Original Oyster House, a local favorite since 1983. The owners—Joe and Mary Lou Roszkowski, and David and Jane Dekle—pride themselves on offering the freshest ingredients at reasonable prices, and providing service by a friendly staff in a family atmosphere.

Come one, come all

Whether you're looking for a light lunch or a big dinner, the Original Oyster House has you covered.

For the ambitious diner, the Man Versus Food platter will satisfy all your seafood cravings. Featuring generous portions of grilled ahi tuna, fried oysters, stuffed crab, shrimp scampi and fried crawfish tails and a choice of two side dishes, this monster meal is guaranteed to please.

If you're stopping by for lunch with friends, you can enjoy a variety of traditional meals and some more adventurous dishes. The Stuffed Flounder Florentine, served with creamy spinach, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, is especially tasty.

Of course, shrimp is a staple at Gulf Shores area restaurants, and the Original Oyster House is no exception. The house Shrimp au Gratin is to die for, and the Stuffed Shrimp Combo is great for sharing with friends.

Not just great food

While there's no disputing the quality of the culinary creations offered at the Original Oyster House, you can be sure of some family fun while you enjoy your meal. Throughout the year, the restaurant holds special events to liven up the evening, including the chance for kids to hold a real baby alligator!

If you're looking for a dining experience that's a little more personal, you can reserve one of the Original Oyster House's banquet rooms for a private function. With room for 40 to 100 guests, this fine restaurant is the ideal venue for your family reunion or corporate getaway.