Gulf Shores Restaurant Spotlight, The Sunliner Diner

During your stay in Gulf Shores, you and your family are sure to have the time of your lives. You can experience the gorgeous white sand beaches, spend time seeing the historical sites throughout Gulf Shores and nearby Fort Morgan, or simply relaxing and strolling the streets with the ones you love most. But between all the fun attractions of the area, you’re bound to get hungry!

Gulf Shores is full of fantastic cuisine, but there’s one restaurant in town that you really won’t want to miss out on: Sunliner Diner. This incredible eatery is a family-friendly destination where you can stop in for any meal of the day and always leave satisfied.

Gulf Shores is full of fantastic cuisine, but there’s one restaurant in town that you really won’t want to miss out on: Sunliner Diner. This incredible eatery is a family-friendly destination where you can stop in for any meal of the day and always leave satisfied. Here’s everything you’ll need to know before you head out of your Gulf Shores rentals and visit Sunliner Diner!

Classic Diner Bar Chairs on a checkerboard floor

About the Restaurant

Sunliner Diner is a classic 1950s American diner that will transport you back to the days of Little Richard and the Everly Brothers. As soon as you step through the door, you’ll be greeted with a smile and will be mesmerized by the details of the ‘50s, from the jukebox and checkerboard floors to the leather booths and brightly colored chairs. Plus, you can’t miss the 1952 Ford convertible inside that doubles as seating! No matter what time of day you come in, you’ll be guaranteed delicious American favorites that offer a little something for everyone.


Sunliner Diner is a relatively new addition to the Gulf Shores restaurant scene, as it just opened its doors back in May of 2018. For the last few years, residents and visitors alike have come to adore this eatery. So much, in fact, that the owners were able to open a second location of the Sunliner Diner just a year and a half later in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! 


As we mentioned, Sunliner Diner is open for every meal, and you can even get breakfast any time of the day! They truly have all your favorite breakfast options, from eggs benedict to griddle options like the famous Sunliner French Toast. Be indulgent with steak and eggs, pick a selection from the “Light & Healthy” menu like avocado toast, or go for a massive Belgian waffle! Of course, they also have tons of sides like hash browns, grits, bacon, and more. 

The lunch and dinner menu becomes available starting at 11 a.m. Start out with appetizers like fried green tomatoes or smoked tuna dip, then select a soup or salad if you want something light. Sunliner Specialties on the menu offer a little bit of everything, including meatloaf, fish and chips, chicken and waffles, and country-fried steak. Customize a burger, get a classic sandwich, and pair your meal with sides like mashed potatoes and gravy, French fries, mixed fruit, and more. There’s sure to be something for everyone! 

You can’t finish off a classic American meal without some great dessert! Luckily, Sunliner Diner has tons of options for you to choose from. You can go classic with an Authentic 1950’s Shake or get something totally surprising with the Big Tickle Party shake. For the adults, the “Milkshakes on Cloud Nine” section of the menu features alcoholic shakes! You’ll also find the classic sodas and floats that the 1950s are known for, as well as banana splits, sundaes, and cafes and pies make from scratch right in-house.  

Diner style Burger and Fries

General Information

Sunliner Diner is located at 100 East 2nd Avenue in Gulf Shores. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. To keep up with Sunliner Diner and learn about specials that might on while you’re in town, follow them on Facebook!

Plan Your Visit

Fort Morgan restaurants are known for serving up some of the best breakfasts in the South, and with our Fort Morgan vacation rentals, a wonderful meal is never far away.

Other Things to Do Nearby

Once you’re done experiencing one of the best Gulf Shores places to eat, the fun doesn’t have to stop there! There are tons of fun activities located just down the road from the Sunliner Diner. To start, bring your family to Shrimpy’s Mini Golf & Ice Cream to let out your competitive side with a fun game of mini-golf. The 18-hole Fishing Village course here is home to the biggest shrimp in the entire Southeast, so you definitely don’t want to miss it! We’re betting you grabbed dessert at Sunliner Diner, but if you didn’t, you can get a delicious sweet treat right here at the course. 

If you want to spend some time out in nature after your meal, head down the street to Wade Ward Nature Park. This destination allows pedestrians to access a stunning section of waterways and wetlands thanks to the convenient elevated boardwalk. You and your family can look out across Lake Shelby and Little Lagoon while you keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like pelicans, otters, and sometimes even alligators! This spot is a favorite for birdwatchers since it’s one of the sites along the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail.

If you want to get your sunshine by spending time in the sand, there’s a convenient Gulf Shores Public Beach access point just moments away! Simply get on Highway 59 and take it until you reach the beach, only about 0.1 miles. You can park right at the beach for $5 for up to 4 hours or spend the whole day for just $10! Here, you’ll find beach attendants, on-site showers and restrooms, and plenty of shoreline for your family to spread out a blanket and relax. Be aware that this is quite a popular destination, so it might be best to grab breakfast early and head here right away to get a good parking spot! 

Finally, if you want to get in the water but don’t want to deal with the mess of the sands, visit Waterville USA! This exciting water park offers more than 20 acres of fun between their various facilities, including the water park (of course), an amusement park, and their escape rooms. Waterville USA has been an area staple since 1986 and is an incredibly affordable way to spend the day in Gulf Shores, considering tubes, life jackets, and parking are all free!

Diner Patron Enjoying Her Milkshakes

Where to Stay

Sunliner Diner is a fantastic eatery right in the heart of Gulf Shores, and its convenient location means that you can grab a delicious meal and be right nearby the next thing on your itinerary. There’s no limit to the fun you can have! But at the end of the day, you want to know you have a comfortable and relaxing place to rest your head. Fort Morgan Property Management is proud to offer a wide range of Gulf Shores vacation rentals that are perfect for any family (including homes big enough to host family reunions!)

Whether you’re searching for a cozy condo rental, something with a stunning Gulf view, or a place where you can bring your pet along, we’ve got it all! Our properties are all uniquely designed to provide the right amount of space and luxury without costing you an arm and a leg, and through your whole experience, our dedicated team is always available to you. Contact us today for more information and to book your vacation home. We can find a space for any size party and any budget, guaranteeing you the perfect stay.


Fort Morgan Property Management
6930 Hwy 180
Gulf Shores, AL 36542, USA
(800) 959-7326