Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant, located at 9 Calhoun Avenue, brings you back to old Florida. A local favorite, the small shack on the water has provided some of the best seafood in Destin. It also has stunning views of Carb Island. You order at the window, grab a seat and relax until the server calls your name in order to bring you your food. There are two locations, one harborside and one bayside, but the bayside location is the local favorite. They are located at 9 Calhoun Avenue.
McGuire’s Irish Pub opened in Pensacola in 1977, opening a second location in Destin in 1996. They offer unique Irish-themed food including the famous Rueben eggroll. Locals highly recommend the sushi which is surprisingly good for an Irish pub. Be sure to tr the craft beer that is brewed onsite. They are located at 33 US-98 in Destin.
Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House, located in the Destin Harbor, began as a white tablecloth, a fine dining restaurant and was a staple in Destin for almost 30 years. Ten years ago, the Flamingo Café as it was then known, lost the white tablecloths and the servers dropped the bow ties, becoming a casual, fun seafood house. Named by the owner’s daughter, Ashley, Boshamp’s combines the initials of their three Labradors, Bobo, Otis and Shug with owner’s initials. They have indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the water. There is a dock with a white sandy beach as well where they offer live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant offers fresh, authentic gulf cuisine “the way it used to be, the way it ought to be.” Find them at 414 Harbor Boulevard.
Consistently ranked in the Top 10 on travel sites, Louisiana Lagniappe opened in 1984 inside the Sandpiper Cove Condominiums. It quickly became a local favorite, serving amazing steaks and delicious seafood. Meals are created with a Cajun flair in this upscale, yet casual, restaurant. It is only open for dinner and you can enjoy your meal overlooking the Gulf. You can find them at 775 Gulf Shore Drive.
Crackings, open for breakfast, lunch, and brunch, offers high-quality food in a fun atmosphere. They know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is why they only use locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Family-owned and operated, Crackings’ menu includes items like their famous lobster gouda grits, house-made cinnamon rolls, and “croisseignets,” a cross between a croissant and a beignet. They also offer a variety of eggs benedict, omelets, and sandwiches. If your breakfast or lunch tastes lean toward sweet, try the tiramisu French Toast, banana foster waffles, or praline pecan pancakes. Crackings is located at 979 Highway 98 East.
If you are looking for the best coffee in Destin, Capriccio Café, the area's only Italian café, is the place to be. Serving gourmet coffee, house-made pastries, and crepes as well as sandwiches, Capriccio Café is a great place to relax and enjoy breakfast or lunch with a friend. The owner, originally from Milan, imports all coffee, meat and cheese used in the restaurant from Italy. Find them at 826 Highway 98.
Southern comfort food is a staple at Mary’s Kitchen where they believe feeding your family on vacation shouldn’t break the bank. Whether you have spent the day basking in the sun on the beach or you have toured some of the interesting museums in Destin, a visit to Mary’s Kitchen is the place to find traditional Southern favorites like Ezell’s famous catfish, barbecue, burgers, hamburger steak, Mary’s southern fried chicken, liver and onions, chicken and dumplings, as well as a homemade chicken pot pie. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as beer and wine. The restaurant is housed in an iconic 50s style diner located at 1083 Highway 98 East.
For over 40 years, the Back Porch Seafood and Oyster House have been a Destin tradition. In 1974, a small A-frame building on the beach was converted into a fish shack, serving Gulf seafood in a casual setting. A few years after opening, they created the Amberjack sandwich which became a local favorite almost immediately. The restaurant offers beachfront dining, a full bar, and some of the best local seafood in the area. You can visit the Back Porch at 1740 Scenic Highway 98.
Located at 34904 Emerald Coast Parkway, Pazzo Italiano began as the dream of two men, devoted to family and food, who wanted to create an Italian restaurant using recipes they loved as children. Not only do they offer traditional Italian staples, but they also have a few fun and crazy combinations as well. Pazzo Italiano offers lunch and dinner.
Founded in 2003 by Charles Morgan, Camille’s at Crystal Beach is named for the two women in his life that impacted him the most, his mother and grandmother, both named Camille. Located at 2931 Scenic Highway 98, they offer the freshest seafood available, caught by local fishermen and unloaded at Harbor Docks Seafood Market. Locals love their seared scallops and Gulf shrimp, chicken, and thin-crust pizza. Their sushi is also a favorite, created by Executive Sushi Chef Yoshie Eddings, internationally known for his work with a celebrity clientele. The Backdown Roll, cream cheese, tempura batter shrimp, cucumber, and spicy sauce topped with tuna, avocado, and Krab salad is one of the most popular items on the menu. Enjoy dinner in the restaurant or breakfast and lunch in the downstairs café, both serving beer, wine and cocktails. There is live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday as well as a wine pairing dinner on the last Thursday of every month.
Because Destin is known as the “luckiest fishing village,” there are many “fish tales” that have spread throughout the area. As any great angler knows, a location where there are plentiful fish is known as a “honey hole,” and Jackacuda’s is located in one of them. In the 1980s, the artificial reef was created when the Tenaco 80 was sank offshore, becoming an amberjack “honey hole.” About 10 years late, Captain Dale Beebe, who operated a charter boat, set out to catch the huge fish, but all he found were barracuda. On the way back to shore, Captain Beebe reported that “all I caught today were Jackacuda,” giving the area and the restaurant its name. Jackacuda’s brings a relaxing atmosphere serving fresh seafood and sushi. You can enjoy fish tacos, burgers, pork belly sandwiches as well as freshly made sushi. There is also a full bar serving beer, wine, and cocktails. Visit them at 36120 Emerald Coast Parkway.