Destin and its surrounding towns have exceptional fine dining and casual dining options to choose from. Here is a list of some of our personal and local favorites. Scroll down to see additional options.
Chef Jim Shirley’s family-friendly waterfront restaurant features mouth-watering Southern gulf coast cuisine, sushi, a 12-draft beer system, excellent wine selections, and inventive bar-crafted cocktails. Table and bar seating is available inside and outside on the deck overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay.
The Bay is truly one of our favorite restaurants here in the area. It is a little bit away from the Destin area down 98 off 331 but worth every minute getting there. One of our favorite restaurants locally known as "Provisions" closed its doors because of its location and it's owner, Jim Shirley, opened up "The Bay" and retained Provisions amazing recipe's and atmosphere. Located right on the water, The Bay offers outdoor seating under private lanai's, fire pits to just sit and watch the sunsets and food that will steal your heard and your imagination. Their superb selections of sushi, seafood and steak will leave no one at the table wanting anything other than what this incredible restaurant has to offer!
Want to know where to eat in Destin? Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House, located on the beautiful Destin harbor, will spoil you with spectacular sunsets, sensational “Gulf to Table Southern Cuisine”, and family-friendly service all in a fun, relaxed casual atmosphere. Definitely top of the list of best places to eat in Destin and best restaurants in Destin.
Owner Miller Phillips has taken the building that was formerly the Flamingo Café owned by his parents, and he added four fantastic decks that tier down to the water and provide panoramic views of the entire Destin Harbor. The large covered deck will have a full bar and tables for dining, and another deck will have dining as well, with brightly colored umbrellas to shade the afternoon sun. The third deck will have bistro tables and a smaller bar for guests that want to sit, visit and watch the boats come in.
Harbor Docks has been a Destin seafood restaurant tradition since 1979.
When you’re looking for fresh seafood and exceptional service, look no further than Harbor Docks.
We’ve been offering fresh food, and more importantly, fresh, local seafood, since the restaurant’s inception. Our food is made from scratch, and our seafood comes from our own wholesale market. It doesn’t get any fresher. If you’re thinking of seafood in Destin, Harbor Docks is the place you want to be.
Over the past 50 years, Capt Dave’s On The Gulf Restaurant has built a reputation of exceeding expectations and in doing so, has become one of the Emerald Coast best loved seafood restaurants. Our menu, inspired by traditional waterfront dining, features American seafood cuisine infused with a contemporary Gulf Coast twist.
A favorite with the locals since 1974, The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin got started in a small A-frame building on the beach (pictured above). We instantly made a name for ourselves by serving delicious Gulf seafood with the best Gulf views. A few years later, we invented the Amberjack sandwich, and the rest is history.
Louisiana Lagniappe has consistently served only the freshest seafood and steaks. The Gulf seafood is prepared with a Creole flair, the attire is casual, yet an upscale waterfront dining experience is provided for the entire family. Open year round, Louisiana Lagniappe is the spot for a memorable dining experience on all levels.
Our oysters are outstanding, but if you’re not in the mood for oysters, Half Shell has a vast menu with something for everyone, lunch or dinner. Start your meal with New Orleans style BBQ Shrimp or a Seafood Stuffed Portabella. The Half Shell Salad with avocado, goat cheese and toasted almonds is great paired with a cup of gumbo. We feature daily and monthly specials utilizing locally caught fresh fish and seafood
The Travel channel featured Pompano Joe's as the ultimate beach snack shack & one of the world's best beach restaurants. If you're in Destin or Panama City Beach, Pompano Joe's Seafood House is a destination you must visit. Known for its fresh affordable Gulf seafood prepared with a Caribbean flavor, Pompano Joe's is not your typical seafood restaurant. We're a neighborhood beach place where you can "savor the flavor" of the Islands
Today the Destin family and friends, using original Destin and Gulf Coast recipes, are proud to serve seafood and other favorite area side dishes to local friends and out-of-town guests alike. While we maintain a casual atmosphere, we are serious about great tasting food. Therefore, Dewey makes it a practice not to use food warming lamps which he feels turns quality fish into chewy and rubbery leftovers
Our open-air restaurant is located directly on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and is the place to be all year long!
The Surf Hut has a menu that goes far beyond your typical 'beach fare', with a little added surfer flare to a cuisine that includes Seafood, Oysters and St. Louis Style BBQ. Whether you're looking for a place for lunch while you're enjoying the beach, a local spot to get fresh from the Gulf seafood, date night or a family friendly place to bring the kids, The Surf Hut has got something for everyone.
Looking for a great place to bring the whole family for great, very reasonably priced seafood? The Shrimp Basket is where you need to visit. This is the perfect lunch time or casual dinnertime restaurant that the entire family can enjoy the same great fresh seafood served at other fine restaurants just half the price.
The Boathouse Oyster Bar is one of Destin’s best kept secrets. Located on the Destin Harbor, the Boathouse offers anything from seafood, to burgers and salads with a water view. Come visit us to see why we have been a Destin favorite and voted Best Oysters and Gumbo for the past 30 years.
Hailed as one of the best Sushi restaurants in Destin, Sushimoto is without any doubt a contender in the race for best sushi along the Emerald Coast. Prized for this exceptional creativity and fresh ingredients, Sushimoto will not disappoint even the savviest of Sushi enthusiasts.
With over 1,500 (5) Star Reviews on Google and numerous additional accolades, Stewby's is every bit worth the drive if your staying with us here in Destin, FL. Based off an old family restaurant called Sam’s Oyster House, STEWBY’S Seafood Shanty is a small take-out and dine-in seafood restaurant in Fort Walton Beach. STEWBY’S offers the most affordable and freshest local seafood available. Featuring everything that made Sam’s great including Sam’s gumbo and signature sandwiches with coleslaw and tater sauce on a sesame seed bun. All the fried and grilled items are prepared just as Sam did.
At Destin’s most awarded restaurant, Marina Café, it is all about sensational food, attentive service and breathtaking harbor views from the candlelit dining room that envelopes you in soft colors, and high ceilings. Relax and enjoy our extensive wine collection with over 100 wines that perfectly complement the wonderfully progressive cuisine. With fresh daily seafood selections, USDA prime steaks, pastas, sushi and wood-fired pizzas, there is something for everyone at Marina Café
Tucked away on Florida's Scenic Highway 98, The Crab Trap Destin is a staple in the lives of both tourist and locals. With unparalleled views of the snowy white beaches of the Emerald Coast, The Crab Trap offers a wide variety of menu options including Fresh Seafood, signature Hot Crab Dip and daily specials ranging from Bronzed Grouper or Grilled Filet to Alaskan Crab Legs. Have picky eaters to please? The Crab Trap is ready for you with a menu just for kids and a special treat they get to keep.
Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s is all about crazy fun! There are so many different elements that go into the experience- the fabulous food, great service, family friendly enviroment, fun shopping,a beach for the kids, live music nightly and waterfront ambience- all in a facility designed to give a taste of the authentic Destin LuLu’s Lifestyle. Our job is to make it look really easy and to give our customer permission to take a break from life for a while. Bottom line- it’s all about food, fun and family!
One of our favorite local restaurants past 30A off Hwy. 98, Bayou Bills is traditional, comfortable and what you expect when you want Florida seafood. The atmosphere is fun, inviting and great for the whole family to enjoy the evening together without being to concerned about any 2 hour waits or not being dressed properly.
Experience steaks done right at your Destin, Florida LongHorn Steakhouse. At your restaurant located near Danny Wuerffel Way and adjacent to Destin Commons Mall, you will experience expertly grilled steak uniquely seasoned in our secret signature spice blend, ice-cold beer and beverages, freshly baked honey wheat bread, hand-chopped salad, seasonal sides, and signature desserts. At your steakhouse at 34863 Emerald Coast Parkway you can experience Lunch or Dinner that's a cut above the rest.
"That evening, celebrating with a loved one, when you just want everything to be perfect...you come to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse! From the masterfully prepared and executed steaks to the creatively well constructed seafood dishes, Ruth's Chris is your one stop shop for fine dining here on The Emerald Coast. We personally reserved the "wine room" which is front and center upon entering into the restaurant. Surrounded by an array of classically suspended wine bottles, you are instantly taken to a world of fantasy with your loved one. Topped off with incredible food and exceptional selections of wines from around the world, this will truly be a night to remember." C.R.H
At Destin’s most awarded restaurant, Marina Café, it is all about sensational food, attentive service and breathtaking harbor views from the candlelit dining room that envelopes you in soft colors, and high ceilings. Relax and enjoy our extensive wine collection with over 100 wines that perfectly complement the wonderfully progressive cuisine. With fresh daily seafood selections, USDA prime steaks, pastas, sushi and wood-fired pizzas, there is something for everyone at Marina Café.
Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood is consistantly recognized as one of the best restaurants in Northwest Florida. The only AAA Four Diamond steakhouse in the Destin-area, our dining experience has been recognized as one of the top five steakhouses in Florida and in the top 10 restaurants in Destin.
One of Destin’s top award winning restaurants since 2002, Bijoux embodies “coastal cuisine with a New Orleans flair.” The main dining room can accommodate up to 120 guests, accompanied by an outdoor courtyard that comfortably seats 70, as well as options for private dining. Bijoux is a full service fine dining restaurant located in The Market Shops at the entrance of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Open for dinner seven nights a week, we feature the freshest Gulf seafood, prime steaks and an extensive award winning wine list. Our intimate Bijoux lounge features a full bar complete with a large selection of specialty martinis
The Ocean Club is home to the finest seafood on the gulf coast. With only the freshest cuts of fish and steak and the finest ingredients, our executive chef is sure to appeal to every indulgence. The Ocean Club prides itself on providing live entertainment from the Emerald Coast greatest artist. Join us on select nights for live entertainment, grab a seat in the lounge and hit the dance floor!!
Mimmo's is the fresh new hot spot in Destin, Florida serving authentic Italian dishes bursting with flavor and color. Open seven days a week, 11 am to 10 pm on weekdays and 5 pm to 10 pm on weekends, Mimmo's is the perfect atmosphere - whether it be a business lunch or a large family celebration. Our full bar provides a vibrant venue for an evening out with friends. Come try it out for yourself and see what everyone's talking about.
We are...two friends, two devoted family men, two restaurant lovers and now businessmen, that have been serving and delighting others for over 20+ years. We are excited to share with you our passion, our heart’s work: Pazzo Italiano.
Our menu has been carefully pieced together to bring you a combination of your favorite Italian staples, some more sophisticated flavors with a touch of fun and some new crazy combinations. We look forward to sharing our passion for taste and our love for service with you…
“My mother, Adalgisa, gave me the inspiration to pursue culinary talents, which led me to study in Italy and compile Mama’s recipes. Now, I am passing my talents on to the third generation, my daughter Theresa, continuing the Ianni family traditions of preparing authentic Italian cuisine for you to enjoy. For all of our dishes, we only use the freshest ingredients, choice meats, fresh seafood, and garden vegetables. We are fine dining at its best, but we consider the restaurant to be casual, yet comfortable, with a quaint touch of Italy. We want you to feel like part of our family.
Enjoy fresh Italian cuisine at Chrisiano's. Christiano's Italian Restaurant is located in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and is family owned and operated. Join us for dinner or get take out. Chef Chris Chirum and family invites you to try his daily specials that incorporate local seafood freshly caught in the Gulf of Mexico.
Our fresh ingredients, handmade mozzarella, ‘secret recipe’ dough and pizza sauce make us the most award-winning pizzeria in the United States. Our pizzas and calzones are baked to perfection in our signature coal burning oven, delivering a tantalizing aroma, unique flavor and crisp crust that is just not possible from gas, convection or wood burning ovens.
We grew up in a very ethnic Italian neighborhood with great, local Italian restaurants. We were missing that here, so we decided to build our own. We don’t compromise on food quality whatsoever. We go to great lengths to find the best food products we can all over the world. A lot of the products come from Italy—olive oils, plum tomatoes, sheet pasta, flour from Naples by the pallet, and our sausage comes from Chicago twice a week.