Destin Area Travelers' Top Restaurant Picks

As long as you love seafood, there is no shortage of Destin dining options. We've combed through reviews from real HomeAway travelers to build a list of of frequently favorited spots.

Pompano Joe's

Pompano Joe's opened in 1995 and is well known among Destin travelers for Caribbean style seafood.

"We walked up to Pompano Joe's for dinner one night...great as usual!!"
"Our favorite restaurant is Pompano Joe's, which was just down the street (from our rental)" - vacationing at Surfside Resort
"We enjoyed a tasty meal, beach side atmosphere and live music at Pompano Joe’s." - Destin Towers visitor
"We discovered a great restaurant, Pompano Joe's, within walking distance. The food was great, there are out side decks with live music (relaxing), and you can just throw something on over your swimsuit or dress up, whatever you prefer." - Beach Townhome traveler
"The grilled crab legs at Pompano Joe’s are excellent!" - staying at Pavilion Palms

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The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House has two claims to fame: inventing the amberjack sandwich and a stunning view of the beach.

"We loved the atmosphere at The Back Porch restaurant." -a gulf front condo visitor

"I’d highly recommend The Back Porch.  Get a seat out on the deck and you’re basically on the beach for supper."
"We very much enjoyed dining at The Back Porch (crab cake sandwich was tops!)." - staying at  Silver Beach Towers
"Our favorite restaurant was, of course, The Back Porch!!" - visitors to Destin Towers
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A Destin mainstay with family ties to the area dating back to the 1800's, Dewey is the place to go for harborside dining.
"The harbor side atmosphere and delicious crab cakes at Dewey Destin made a perfect evening for us" - from the Destin Towers penthouse
"Dewey Destin's restaurant was a gem (as suggested by the owner)"
"Also enjoyed Dewey Destin's seafood.  Loved the harbor location and outdoor seating there."
beachfront condo vacationers
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Stewbys make affordable, healthy seafood take-out and drive thru food from scratch every day from 10am to 9pm.
"Our local favorite food found was Stewby's in Fort Walton Beach, had awesome fried fish, shrimp, and fish tacos." - Holiday Isle beach dwellers

The Donut Hole

Affordably priced desserts from donuts to key lime pies as well as breakfast food available all day.

635 Harbor Boulevard 
Destin, FL 32541

"We went to a new restaurant for ever meal, my favorite was The Donut Hole!  They have fantastic desserts and the cinnamon raisin cranberry apple french toast is the best breakfast I have ever eaten!" - enthusiastic eater at Destin's Silver Beach Towers

The Fish Markets      

"We made several trips to Sexton's to load up on fresh shrimp, grouper and Royal Reds."
"Go to Destin Ice & Seafood for their fresh shrimp, home made key lime pie, and prepared foods from their deli." -more SIlver Beach Towers vacationers
"Purchase fish from seafood stores and cook yourself rather than dine at $20 per entree area restaurants." - 'Out of Africa' vacationers


"We ate at many great places, I think our favorite was Louisiana Lagniappe. We also had great experiences at The Back Porch (which was great walking distance), Dewey Destin Harborside, McGuire's (loved it!) and Pompano Joe's. There were so many great restaurants and so little time!" - loving Destin from Silver Beach Towers


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3  Night Minimum Stay
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