Where to Eat in Gulfport: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Vivienne Hutton

Gulfport, Mississippi, one half of the Gulfport-Biloxi section of the Gulf Coast, was very nearly destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. The city has been gradually reconstructed, and the surrounding natural areas have been rebuilding themselves as well. Visit the barrier islands that form Gulf Islands National Seashore, a parkland along the Mississippi Sound. A ferry runs from Gulf Port to Ship Island, with unspoiled white beaches and tidal pools, boardwalks and historic sites to explore.
Things to do in Gulfport

1. Half Shell Oyster House

2500 13th St, Gulfport, MS 39501-1913 Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 228-867-7001
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Half Shell Oyster House

Reviewed By HiHo143 - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

May be tasty but cook/presentation lacking with other great choices in area. Oysters shriveled in their presentation and tuna sandwich was more bread than tuna w/ mediocre fixons. French fries overcooked. May want to check quality control before leaves the kitchen.

2. The Chimneys

1640 E Beach Blvd, Gulfport, MS 39501-2103 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 228-863-7604
Excellent
74%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 196 reviews

The Chimneys

Recently re-opened, destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. Fine Dining.

Reviewed By The_Loup_Garou - Phoenix, Arizona

I was surprised how long ago it was, that we last dined at The Chimneys in Gulfport. We usually get back about every 18 mos., but it was December, 2015, since we dined there.

The Chimneys is a favorite of ours on the MS Gulf Coast, and has been for many years – from well before Hurricane Katrina destroyed the property.

Due to some family schedules, we decided to do Brunch there, and thinking back, it was the first time doing so. Usually, we just do Dinner, so we were looking forward to something a bit different.

We reserved their earliest seating, 11:00am. We were warmly greeted, and promptly seated, right at the front windows, looking out over the lawn, and the beach, at a 4-top. Though there was sparkling wine with Brunch, I opted for a couple of bottles of still wine instead: Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay ‘16, and La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ‘15. I was a bit sad to see that the wine list had not expanded, but then the Gulf Coast is not really known as “wine territory.” Cocktails and brews rule. Also, with the ABC laws, maintaining a decent wine list has got to be tough. At least we had these two wines, though I saw a lot of the La Crema on this trip, as it was the “top of the line,” on too many wine lists. Over the course of almost a week, it was pretty much the same wines, over and over, and it made little difference, whether one was dining in a casual, or fine-dining restaurant. The stemware was adequate, but that was about all that I can say. The temp on the Chardonnay was a bit on the cold side, but we let it warm a bit, on the table – saved the server from needing to bring a bucket of ice.

We were in the area, which I would typify as the “front dining room,” and it takes up the full-width of the front of the house. There is a dining area behind it (several large tables there), the bar, and then the front porch. Though it was a lovely February day, it was a bit too breezy to dine on the porch, however lovely that area is. As the front of The Chimneys is mostly windows, and French doors, this are is bright, and then, there is the view across the lawn, with giant live oak trees, draped in Spanish moss, and beyond (across Beach Blvd/US Hwy 90) the beach and Mississippi Sound, a part of the Gulf of Mexico. Our table was nicely set, and adequately large for our party of 3, and the wines. The tables are well-spaced, but ours was close to one set of French doors. Our hostess pointed that out, but we chose to sit there anyway, and I had no issues with the coming and going of the patrons, or the staff. Nice though, that the hostess made us aware of potential issues.

With The Chimneys, one can order from the Brunch, or the Lunch menu on Sunday, and we decided to do a bit of mixing, and matching:

Seafood Gumbo – very good, and they made good on the promise of a “dark roux” version
Chimneys Crab Cakes – also very good, with a nice rémoulade sauce
Trout Meunière Almondine – excellent version of this dish, and one of the best I have had in a few years
Grits & Grillades – good, but Grillades a bit tough
Shrimp & Grits – very good dish, and the Goat Cheese & Cheddar Grits were quite good

There was also a nice Green Salad, with crispy croutons.

Our service was very good, and we wanted for nothing, with the possible exception of a broader wine list, and nicer stemware. We will definitely be back, and hopefully sooner than 2.5 years!

3. Tony's Brick Oven Pizzeria

2417 14th St, Gulfport, MS 39501-2020 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 228-868-9877
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 415 reviews

Tony's Brick Oven Pizzeria

pizza/Italian restaurant

Reviewed By SANDYB438 - Butler, Alabama

So good. We ordered Spaghetti and Marinara sauce, Spaghetti and Meatballs and a 12 inch Downtown Supreme. The food was awesome. Also got house salad with spaghetti, very good salad with slices of their fabulous focaccia bread. Service great from Cat Stevens look a like.

4. Murky Waters Blues and BBQ

1320 27th Ave, Gulfport, MS 39501-1937 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 29 +1 228-214-4420
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 225 reviews

Murky Waters Blues and BBQ

Located in the Historic Downtown Gulfport, Murky Waters offers slow-smoked BBQ, 17 draft taps featuring local and craft beers, and live blues music.

Reviewed By Robin R - Mobile,AL

We had brisket and three sides. Nothing particularly outstanding in preparation or presentation we got what we ordered. Really liked the preserved interior brickwork of the old downtown neighborhood. Service was prompt and friendly. We will go back.

5. Shrimp Basket

9265 Highway 49, Gulfport, MS 39503-4255 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 228-214-0001
Excellent
48%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 249 reviews

Shrimp Basket

Our menu encompasses a great variety of original seafood and local favorites. Ranging from shrimp, fish, crab claws, and crawfish, we also provide po-boys, chicken, and sandwiches for land lovers. Don't forget about our specialty Roasted Red Pepper Bama Sauce over Fettuccine pasta! The goal at the Shrimp Basket is to provide enjoyable, affordable service to each and every one of our guests at whichever restaurant they choose to dine in. This is accomplished by our professional and well-trained staff working together to ensure that your memories are the best that they can be at the Shrimp Basket. It is no surprise that our popularity has magnified among locals and tourists alike as we continue to expand along the Gulf Coast. We are grillin', steamin', and fryin' for you!

Reviewed By Teresa L - Perkinston, MS

First: Shrimp Etouffee (over rice) Platter was good with shrimp coleslaw, hushpuppies, and popcorn shrimp. Second: Crab Claw Basket was not all bad. The hushpuppies, potato salad, shrimp slaw, and the stuffed crab (extra) were good, but the crab claws were greasy and most of them were so small that all you tasted was the greasy fried batter plus there was one fried oyster that was not part of the menu description.

6. Salute Italian Restaurant

1712 15th St, Ste 100, Gulfport, MS 39501-2140 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 228-864-2500
Excellent
52%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 431 reviews

Salute Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By meongo123 - Biloxi, Mississippi

Its been awhile since we visited here vut ate a birthday supper here last night. Great atmosphere and food. Seems to be alot of locals earing here each time. Only thing is the menu said our fried meatballs were in mozzarella cheese sauce and they were in rotel cheese. This would be important to know before you order these. Otherwise food was good.

7. C.A. Sarducci's

1116 Cowan Rd Ste K, Gulfport, MS 39507-3422 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, American, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 33 +1 228-896-5550
Excellent
89%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 58 reviews

C.A. Sarducci's

We are a family owned and operated original pizzeria that believes in serving "The Best of the Best". We hand roll our own meatballs, make our own Lasagna and have created our signature Sarducci's Sauce for our pasta, meatballs and meatball subs. We use top quality products to provide our customers with the best possible food. Our pizza dough is made fresh daily, as well as our garlic knots. We take pride in serving fare to our guests that you would gladly serve to yours.

Reviewed By Coast395 - Gulfport, Mississippi

I have eaten in and taken out from this place for a couple of years since it is near my home. Really good food, including fresh salads and excellent pizzas. A very pleasant husband and wife operate this small business, which makes me want to go there more.

8. Beach Blvd Steamer

3206 W Beach Blvd, Gulfport, MS 39501-1810 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 228-314-1530
Excellent
66%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 153 reviews

Beach Blvd Steamer

Reviewed By Fantom_Gormay - Niagara Falls, Canada

I really wanted to like this place but it has a dull, cafeteria-like atmosphere ( filled with casino customers probably eating with a bunch of coupons) and the service was bad ( ie. slow and not attentive ).

The Amberjack special is worth trying ( $17 for a big piece of fish served up on creamy spinach with a cup of gumbo ) which is something they’re offering for the month of February.

9. The Blow Fly Inn

1201 Washington Ave, Gulfport, MS 39507-3342 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 228-265-8225
Excellent
49%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 654 reviews

The Blow Fly Inn

Best seafood, steaks & local specials like hamburger steak & Po Boys. Famous iconic local restaurant since 1955 featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives! Drive over & see us. Follow the Blow Fly!

Reviewed By CathyP1953 - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

So shocked to see this restaurant change. The beautiful setting overlooking Biloxi Bay has not changed and is still so calm and relaxing. The name has been changed since our last visit. Food was good. We all 4 had various seafood dishes- gumbo, shrimp rolls, fish tacos, oyster platters, and shrimp platters. Service was good!

10. White Cap Seafood Restaurant

560 E Beach Blvd, Gulfport, MS 39507-1012 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 228-604-4444
Excellent
46%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 485 reviews

White Cap Seafood Restaurant

Reviewed By rachelv2 - McComb, Mississippi

We randomly decided to eat here during our sons birthday outing on the coast. The server was the best. We could see the beach-which our 6yr old loved. The fried pickles are amazing. Only complaint was husband's streak was cooked wrong but they attempted to correct it & "quick cooked" another one & it had no flavor.

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