Below you will find a listing of the top places to eat in the Auburn and Opelika area.

These independent restauranteurs and talented chefs have created exceptional establishments with specialty dishes you'll find nowhere else in the world. Among these listings you'll find something suitable for every taste and budget - whether it's a downtown student haunt or a white tablecloth dining room with a 300-bottle wine list. Our restaurants have been featured in Southern Living, Gourmet, and Wine Spectator, just to name a few, and we're pretty proud when the world discovers what we already know. From tapas to tacos, and squash to sushi, make your trip especially memorable when you visit these Auburn-Opelika legends.

Acre highlights new Alabama cuisine inspired by our Southern heritage. The kitchen sources from on-site gardens and orchards, local farms, and the bounty provided by the Blackbelt Region, reinterpreting the rich heritage of Alabama cuisine.
Amsterdam Café welcomes the opportunity to share our family’s interpretation of the “Auburn Experience” with yours. We are proud of our role in re-establishing the fresh “from farm to table” principle that we deem vital in our community. Our restaurant highlights the bounty of artisinal and house-made ingredients, exceptionally fresh seafood, and the exquisite offerings of local farm fresh produce
For a true taste of Italy, visit Ariccia Trattoria & Bar. An open kitchen and outdoor terrace seating add character to this restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch. The chefs create menus that incorporate the freshest seasonal ingredients and can be enjoyed in a variety of Italian specialties. Ariccia features an espresso bar, unique wine list, and has a private dining
Great barbecue, fried potatoes, Brunswick Stew and more! This is one of the best barbecue restaurants around!
Located in the historic Haynie’s Drugstore building in Downtown Opelika, Cafe 123 Owner John Robert Wood has created a classic fine dining experience in a casual atmosphere. Featuring Southern cuisine with French influence, Chef Eron Bass has prepared a menu rich with hand-cut meats, fresh seafood, and the highest quality ingredients, all prepared to order. Chef Specials and fresh cheesecakes of
An American Seafood brasserie located at the Historic Auburn Train Depot. Featuring gulf-coastal cuisine, the Depot serves Alabama's freshest seafood and southern inspired dishes in a modern industrial Victorian-inspired space. Where the hook meets the line.
Hamilton's is an intimate and casual atmosphere located in historic downtown Auburn one block from Toomer's Corner. We serve appetizers, salads and sandwiches all day. Our menu of diverse contemporary American selections includes beef, pork, fish and chicken of the finest quality. Our chef's entrees are prepared daily and creatively presented.
The Hound is a family owned restaurant and bar featuring over-the-top American classics, top shelf bourbon, and 28 craft beers on tap. Our atmosphere was designed to be warm and welcoming- think hunting lodge, antler-pronged barn setting with the hustle and bustle of old time Alabama. We source locally and regionally and harvest from the Hound family farm in Lafayette, AL when possible.
Offering an enticing variety of homemade light luncheons and refreshments. Open Tues-Fri 11am-2pm.
Relax…Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere and your favorite wine by the glass or bottle from our custom wine cellar. If you’re in Auburn/Opelika Alabama, stop in and enjoy!
Still in its original location on Pepperell Parkway, the owners of this 50s style walkup are the third generation of the Story family to serve the freshest “fast” food in the area. Open Mon-Wed 10am-9pm and Thurs-Sat 10am-10pm.
Niffer’s has been an Auburn staple and community favorite since 1991. Fun, casual dining with an extensive menu of great food at great prices and terrific specials. Full bar available. Open daily at 11am.
Pannie-George’s selection of meats and vegetables encompasses the rich tastes and textures of the owners’ unique Southern style cooking. Named after their grandparents, the owners and operators of this casual, cafeteria-style restaurant have created an establishment where customers are “welcomed and treated like a respected member of Pannie-George’s family."
Tacorita serves a wide variety of tacos. The menu features cheesy chicken tacos, fish tacos, brisket tacos, tempeh tacos and many more.
"World famous lemonade." An original, soda fountain-style diner and drugstore, Toomer’s has been an Auburn tradition for over a century! Located in the heart of downtown Auburn where the city and campus come together, you’ll find delicious sandwiches, soda fountain specialties, and snacks along with a full line of Auburn souvenirs. Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12pm- 5pm.
Zazu Gastropub focuses on fresh local ingredients to create fine dining cuisine in a laid back, pub-like atmosphere. Featuring over 20 Craft Beers on tap as well as an extensive wine list. At Zazu, people can expect a “fine dining” type of food in a relaxed public atmosphere. We make everything from scratch that we can, and we try to use as much local produce as possible!