Dive into the unique culinary palette of the Florida Panhandle during your next visit to Destin!

While a large portion of Florida is inspired Miami cuisine, Caribbean cuisine, and Latin American cuisine, the Florida Panhandle has its own undertones that are different than the rest of the state. Sharing the coastline with New Orleans and other Creole and French inspired destinations, the natural progression of following the coast arrived in many Destin restaurants and styles of cooking. Another incredible drawl to come to Destin for the plentiful options of fresh, local seafood easily caught at “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. From fine dining establishments to seafood shacks near the water, Destin has a little bit of something for every palette and dining experience.

Of course, Take-out, delivery or cook-in are among your daily choices to consider along with traditional dining out at one of the nearby seafood and specialty restaurants.

Some of our Favorite Restaurant Recommendations

Tuscany Italian Bistro

Chef and owner, Guglielmo Ianni, has been preparing authentic Northern Italian cuisine since 1976. He began in Chicago and Wisconsin, but since 1991, he has brought to the Emerald Coast of Florida a fine Italian dining experience. Legendary for his seafood and pasta dishes, one of Guglielmo’s signature entrees is the whole fish of the day; locally caught fresh red snapper for your dining enjoyment. “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.”.

Louisiana Lagniappe

In 1984, Louisiana Lagniappe in Destin was opened and established inside Sandpiper Cove condominiums. A loyal following was quickly established, in no small part, to the quality of the food and the attention to detail of the service. Since then, 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. With there being hundreds of restaurants in Destin, Lagniappe is consistently ranked in the Top 10 restaurants on TripAdvisor and wins the Award of Excellence every year. .

Harbor Docks

Locals favorite for lunch and dinner. Best sushi bar in Southeast US! Outdoor deck overlooking the Harbor is the "Dance Place". 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. At Harbor Docks, we’re all about families. We’ve served generations of families from around the country our own style of simply prepared Gulf seafood and sushi, and many of our employees come from two generations of the same families. We want you to be a part of our family, too. We’ll welcome you, make you feel comfortable, provide you with the highest quality Destin seafood restaurant and offer you the best service in town. Once you enter the door at Harbor Docks, you’ll become a part of Destin and a part of our family..

AJ's Seafood & Oyster House

The World Famous AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar in beautiful Destin, Florida! Perched upon the bluffs of Destin's historic inner harbor with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico, you are about to discover why AJ's has been the premiere spot for fun and family entertainment for over three decades!.

Hog's Breath Saloon

Hog’s Breath is located in the heart of Destin, just a ½ mile east of the Destin Bridge. We offer great seafood, fresh smoked BBQ, live music, handmade specialty drinks, and a kid’s menu. You can sit inside, or dine outside on our spacious patio while enjoying the beautiful Emerald Coast weather and listen to our live, local entertainers. Fun will be had by the entire family. Come by and enjoy our Happy hour and visit Hog’s Breath Clothing for a World famous T-Shirt..

Callahan's Restaurant and Deli

Where the locals eat! Come choose a steak out of our deli case and let us cook it just the way you like it! Not in the mood for steak we feature locally caught seafood on our nightly specials. If you had a great day fishing here in Destin bring in your catch we would love to cook it for you. Callahan’s doesn’t forget we are in the South and we feature southern favorites, such as, Country Fried Chicken or Country Fried Steak, Grilled or Fried Pork Chops and Pot Roast just to name a few. Our extensive menu is sure to have an option for every member of your family!.

Dewey's (On the Harbor)

Casual harborside eatery serving the day's catch & other local seafood, with a pier, patio & decks..

McGuire's Irish Pub

Popular Irish bar with pub grub, ales brewed on-site & live music on the sunset deck most nights. 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. .

Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar

After undergoing a transfer of ownership and an extensive six-month renovation project in early 2017, the new Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar has resumed its legendary status as one of the hottest and most electrifying dining experiences on the Emerald Coast. Propelled by a seasonal menu, focusing on local seafood, farm fresh ingredients and premium cuts, and backed by a beverage program highlighting craft cocktails and an international wine list - Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar is the latest venture of local restaurateurs Christopher Ruyan and Tyler Jarvis of Brotulas Seafood House and Steamer and Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi. .


Fudpucker’s Destin restaurant offers a dining experience like no other! With eight different dining rooms and over 400 seats, we can accommodate small and large parties alike. Every evening during the Spring and Summer months you can enjoy a cold drink outside on the deck of “Club Key West” while listening to the best local musicians on the Gulf Coast. For the shopping enthusiast, there is our gift shop, the “Fudpucker Trading Company”, a uniquely Fudpuckish experience that is a “must do” when visiting Destin. You will also be thrilled with Gator Beach, our FREE Alligator Exhibit featuring “Pearl” one of the few Albino Alligators in the world. .

790 on the Gulf

790 on the Gulf is a catering restaurant with delicious seafood located in Destin, FL. We serve fresh Cajun food, shrimp, salads, seafood and homemade comfort food. Enjoy a scenic ocean view while you dine next to the beach. Enjoy beautiful sunsets from our outdoor terrace. Our Cajun menu is sure to please. 790 on the Gulf is the place to go for authentic seafood dining. Here at 790, it is all about the full experience. Florida seafood with Louisiana flavors..

Boathouse Oyster Bar and Grill

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..

Boshamp’s Seafood and Oyster House

Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House, located on the beautiful Destin Harbor, is the culmination of over 40 years of dreams, ideas and experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. The vision and goal of providing the finest quality ingredients in the most comfortable, family friendly atmosphere available has been rooted in our family and in this property since 1985. After almost 30 years of being Destin's finest white table cloth restaurant, The Flamingo Cafe, our family, Chef, and team started dreaming, planning and building Boshamps. While stripping the table cloths and removing our bow ties, we kept our vision in mind and now more than ever, encourage our guests to be as casual and comfortable as they can be while experiencing the absolute finest dining offered on the Destin Harbor..


The name Brotula’s is derived from the Bearded Brotula or Cusk Eel that is caught right here in our local waters at depths of 350 feet. This amazing tasting fish is one of the best kept secrets among the local fishing community. Here at Brotula's we specialize in fresh, locally-sourced seafood, produce, and a wide array of steamed and boiled shellfish platters that are integrated into a fun and rustic, yet sophisticated southern fish house. Some of our most popular dishes includes the steamed snow crab, lobsters, and mussels. The Chef-Inspired menu will display a wide variety of flavors, with focuses on New South culinary preparations of traditional coastal offerings from around the country. Come and join us for a one-of-a-kind dining experience!.

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. 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.