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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there a dress code at Dauphin's?
    To ensure the most enjoyable dining experience for all of our guests, Dauphin's kindly requests "Classy Casual" attire at all times: Nice slacks or dress shorts are preferred for gentlemen. Jackets are welcome. Collared shirts and closed-toed shoes required for gentlemen. Sophisticated, polished separates and dresses preferred for women. No low-cut, offensive or revealing clothing. No shorts, flip-flops, t-shirts, sweatshirts, ball caps, bookbags or sweat pants allowed. Jeans are discouraged; ripped jeans are not allowed. Dauphin's reserves the right to refuse service or entry to any guest not in compliance with the stated dress code. Flash photography is not permitted to protect the highest dining experience of our guests.
  • Do you need a reservation?
    We highly recommend you make a reservation if you want to sit in our main dining room. We cannot guarantee there will be open tables when you arrive. Our Bar 424' is first come first serve seating. Reserve your seat here:
  • What is The Chef's Table?
    Dauphin's has a special table in the kitchen for private groups for four to six people. The Chef's Table may be reserved for no extra charge. The space is available for dinner and is on a space available basis by reservation only. Seatings for dinner are typically scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Call the restaurant to make a reservation at the Chef's Table, 251-444-0200.
  • Where can I park?
    There is free parking inside the RSA Trustmark building where we are located. The entryway to the parking garage is off of St Joseph Street. You can also park along the streets downtown. You will have to pay the meter unless it's after 6pm Monday-Friday. Parking downtown is free on the weekends.
  • Do you have happy hour?
    Yes! Happy hour is from 3-6:30pm Monday-Friday & 4-6pm Saturday (drinks only). View our menu here:
  • Can I use my Legendary Rewards?
    Yes! Legendary Rewards can be used at Dauphin's, Las Floriditas and Baumhower's Victory Grille locations. When it's time to check out, let your server know your email address on your account. Sign up here:
  • Can we have a private event here?
    We'd love to chat with you about your private event! Please fill out our event request form here:
  • Where does the name Dauphin's come from?
    Dauphin’s combines two of the most important names in Baumhower and Mobile history: - The owner, Bob Baumhower, was a five-time Pro Bowl nose tackle for the Miami Dolphins. - “Dauphin” was the name of the French crown prince –representing the first of six flags to fly over Mobile.
  • Why do I see the name Dauphin throughout Mobile Bay?
    In our lobby you’ll see the historic portrait of “The Grand Dauphin” - the crown prince at the time of Mobile’s founding in 1702. This particular gentleman never became king – as his flamboyant and hearty father – “ the legendary “Sun King” or Louis XIV – ruled France for 72 years. The traditional French name would become title to one of the city’s main streets, an island, and too many businesses to count.
  • What's the story of Dauphin Island?
    When the French explorers arrived in this area – their first site of land was a white sandy beach. When they came ashore – the soldiers discovered a massive pile of human skeletons. They assumed a terrible attack had taken place and dubbed it “Massacre Isle”. Later they realized the local natives (The Maubila – which became the name “Mobile”) had created that area as their burial ground. No massacre. A few years later… the island was re-dubbed “Isle Dauphine” in honor of the wife of the French crown prince. Later…that e was dropped to the version we know today: “Dauphin Island”.
  • Who is Bienville and what's his significance?
    This restaurant space was known as “The Bienville Club” for 40 years, saluting the French explorer credited with discovery of Mobile and much of the Gulf Coast. The French King Louis XIV sent the brothers Bienville and D’Iberville to explore the Gulf Coast of the New World in the early 1700’s. They arrived off the coast of Florida first – but discovered the Spanish had already claimed a fort at Pensacola. They continued west… to Biloxi… but looped back to the Alabama coast. Most associate D’Iberville with our history – but he actually spent just 24 days at the first fort along 27 Mile Bluff. Bienville was only 17 years old – but stayed to oversee the construction of the first settlement that later became Mobile. He also arranged for the famous “cassette girls” to be shipped over from Paris. How was this young city to ever grow? The soldiers needed brides. Bienville sent for 24 young women – mostly from convents and orphanages. They sailed from Paris on a ship called “Le Pelican” carrying their belonging in boxes called “cassettes” – the reason they’re known as “the cassette girls.” A portrait at our entrance shows Bienville in full armor – as Governor of French Louisiana. But during his time in Mobile he actually wore traditional native skin and loincloth to build relations with the Indians. He knew friendship with the Maubila was critical to Mobile’s survival. In fact – it’s said his entire body was covered in tattoos – similar to those native Americans wore at that time. His greatest fame is as the “Father of New Orleans” – but Bienville is just as important to Mobile. The square just next to the Trustmark Building is named for Bienville. The Bienville Hotel opened on this same block in 1900. You’ll find his name throughout the city… and all along the Gulf Coast.
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