Welcome to the Emerald Coast

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 each category and subsequent information. Do you have a favorite not on this list? Give us a shout and let us know.


McGuire's Irish Pub: Our Featured Restaurant and a Destin Icon

McGuire’s Irish Pub first opened in 1977 as a small neighborhood pub in a shopping center. In 1982 McGuire’s moved to its current location; Pensacola’s original 1927 Old Firehouse. Inside the pub you’ll find a turn-of-the-century, New York Irish Saloon themed 615-seat restaurant.

We are celebrated for our atmosphere boasting more than One Million signed dollar bills hanging from the ceilings and walls of the Pub. In 1996, a second location, McGuire’s Irish Pub of Destin opened on beautiful Destin Harbor with the same great food and live Irish entertainment.

BREWERY: McGuire’s Craft Brewery, the oldest in Florida, opened in 1988.  Since then we have been offering fine Ale’s, Porters and Stouts brewed on premise in our traditional oak and copper brewery. Nature and the old-time know-how of a masterbrewer get the job done here. We brew with only the finest malted barley, imported hops, and McGuire’s very own house yeast.

Did you know McGuire's has an award winning Sushi House?

Not just an Irish Pub, McGuire's Sushi, is an award winning and highly rated Sushi House as well. This unique restaurant continually delivers high quality food as well as live entertainment and events throughout the year. If you're stopping in to Destin, maybe you should stop into McGuire's as well.

The 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


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.

Captain Dave's


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.

The Back Porch


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.

The Louisiana Lagniappe


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.

Half Shell Oyster House


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

Pompano Joes


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

Dewey Destin's


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

The Surf Hut


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.

Shrimp Basket


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. 

Boathouse Oyster Bar


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.

SUSHI: Sushimoto


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.

Marina Cafe


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

The Crab Trap


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.



Easily our favorite Seafood Restaurant here in Destin. The setting, the atmosphere and of course...the food are all sublime. Even if you are not a fan of Grits you absolutely must try the Grits a Ya Ya - A new take on Chef Jim's Grits — made with smoked gouda cheese, spiced gulf shrimp, cream, Applewood-smoked bacon, spinach, and mushrooms. I am not a grits fan but WOW what an incredible dish. Also the Asian Pesto Snapper - herb rubbed and seared, with sesame green beans and garlic mashed potatoes, is just incredible.

Bayou Bills


Bayou Bill's Crab House is your destination for fresh, tasty fare. We are famous for our Crab Feast, served with your choice of Alaskan snow crab legs, blue crabs, and Alaskan Dungeness crab. We also offer a full oyster bar. View our full menu and take your pick of one of Bayou Bill’s fabulous dishes.



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.



At Osaka Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, we roll with the freshest! We take pride in offering the freshest seafood for our hand rolled sushi, delivered daily from the docks of the Gulf of Mexico in Destin, Florida.

All of our vegetables are grown locally and are organic, to ensure you experience a fresh and healthy hibachi or sushi meal. We only use the highest quality beef for our authentic sushi rolls and hibachi dinners. We welcome large groups and private parties to accommodate your business group, birthday party, wedding rehearsal or reception and more!

We offer lunch and dinner, seven days a week in our Tallahassee and Destin, Florida locations. Happy Hour and Lunch specials are also available.

Simply Sushi


Master Sushi Chef Sayam invites you to experience his Emerald Coast sushi where each dish is created with heart, passion, and love by a true Master. Chef Sayam creates his own fresh sauces to enhance the presentation and flavor of his sushi.  Perfect rice requires that every element in the process be meticulous, from the seasonality of rice crops to the atmospheric pressure that day.  It is his passion to inspire and educate guests about the joys of fine cuisine.

McGuire's Sushi


With over 200 great reviews online and exemplary food, McGuire's is an icon in Destin not only for its eye catching presence upon crossing the bridge, but their incredible atmosphere and food as well. Not to be confused with the Irish Pub, McGuire's Sushi is a branch within McGuire's dedicated purely to excellent fresh sushi.

Camille's at Crystal Beach


The sushi is the talk of the town, as Camille’s at Crystal Beach’s Executive Sushi Chef Yoshie Eddings is well known internationally as having catered to an A-list celebrity clientele. Eddings trains all of the sushi staff at Camille’s and at the sister restaurant locations, maintaining the highest quality and standards possible to ensure that each bite will be the freshest and most delectable possible. One of the most popular rolls is the Backdown Roll that includes cream cheese, tempura batter, shrimp, cucumber, spicy sauce topped with tuna, avocado, and a krab salad. 

Fuji Sushi and Seafood Buffet


 "Nice atmosphere. Quick friendly service. Great sushi, big variety all fresh and delicious. Nice variety of Asian dishes. Squid, shrimp, muscles, + crawdaddies, were wonderful. Did not have the hibachi but there were plenty of people who did and came back for more. No wait and about $15 a person."

Longhorn Steakhouse


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.

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse


"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

Marina Cafe


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

Ocean Club Restaurant


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 Ristorante Italiano


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.

Pazzo Italiano


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…

Tuscany Italian Bistro


“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.

Grimaldi's Pizzeria


Hands down our favorite Pizzaria! Fresh HAND TOSSED


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.

Fat Clemenzas Pizzeria


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.