Destin Restaurants

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    Hard Rock Destin
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    commander's palace
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    Hooters: Fair Food, Great Waitresses

    by Basaic Written Feb 20, 2014
    Hooters

    $10 as of January 2014. Most people do not come to Hooters for the food you come here to watch sports, drink beer and watch the ladies in the short orange shorts and tight t-shirts. This one was fairly typical with cute girls and mediocre food (I do like the chili though). Hours are 11 AM to 12 AM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 11 PM on Sunday.

    Favorite Dish: Chili with Onions and Cheese.

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    Hard Rock Cafe Destin: Little "Rock" on the Beach - Hard Rock Cafe Destin

    by TravellerMel Updated Apr 30, 2013

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    Guitar Sign - a classic!
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    I have a special fondness for the Hard Rock, and I always seek them out when I travel. This cafe is located in a large strip mall, but is very nice and has ample free parking (always a plus!). I love the eclectic wait staff, from the blue-haired boy who opened the door for us, to the girl with the nose-ring attached to her earlobe who sold me WAYYY too many pins for my collection, to the heavily tattooed and extremely sweet waitress who brought us our hot fudge brownie sundaes. The ambiance is great - I love to look at the memorabilia on the walls, and this cafe found the perfect volume for the music - loud enough to enjoy, but not so loud we couldn't talk or hear each other think. It was a lovely day, so we sat outside - I would recommend the same!

    Favorite Dish: I had the smaller 6 oz burger, which is still quite large (and a little cheaper), but not so large I would hurt myself... previously, my friend and I each had the hot fudge brownie sundae, which was to die for! Warm brownie with ice cream -are you kidding me? AWESOME!!

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  • Tops Hamburgers Destin, FL: Best Burgers at the Beach

    by ScoDan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    My wife and I have been coming to the Destin area for years. This year we fell upon what I think might be the best hamburger we have eaten since growing up and cooking out in the back yard.

    Tops Hamburgers is sooo unbelievable good and inexpensive we ate there 5 times in the 10 days we were in Destin. ( Sadly we didn't find them till 6 days into the trip ) We were driving by and saw a huge line and though a line that long has to be something good! The line was out to the highway and took less than 5 minuntes to get out food. The sweetest woman came out and took our order and it was ready when we pulled up to the window. 2 burgers, 2 fries and 2 sodas for under $9.00 and these are QUARTER POUND burgers!

    If you are visiting Destin and need something to take to the beach or to take home after the beach we Strongly recommend Tops Hamburgers! They are only open till 7pm but the locals know where to get their burgers, hopefully you vacationers will know where to go now as well!

    Favorite Dish: Good Old Fashioned Cheeseburger

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    Harbor Docks

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Getting sushi at Harbor Docks

    Two restaurants in one, Harbor Docks offers a variety of great steak and seafood on one side with good hibachi and sushi on the other. Both restaurants overlook the water along the Harbor Walk area. My last visit I had the rainbow roll with yellowtail, tuna and salmon on top of shrimp and cucumber ($9.50). My friends shared the sushi dinner ($24) and had a lot left over.

    Most meals are over $20 while the average sushi plate is about $8 for 8 rolls. Reservations are required to eat at the hibachi grills on busy weekend nights in the summer. There is also frequent live entertainment on the outdoor deck.

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    The Back Porch: The Back Porch

    by myrtle Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Back Porch

    We eat out just about every night we stay in Destin, and we take this trip every year. This is another restaurant that we try not to miss upon our return each year. The food is great, and the atmosphere is more laid back & casual than some of the restaurants.

    Favorite Dish: You have to eat seafood when you're in Destin...The Back Porch is no exception to that. If you're in Destin during the peak season it is recommended to always try to go out to eat rather early to beat the crowds. One time we went here for lunch. There was no wait & the food was just as good.

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  • sand bar and grill: terrible service boring food

    by food4thought Written Jul 25, 2009

    food was very run of the mill. thought we were going to have some "Sicilian" type authenticity, but were very disappointed. the server had no menu knowledge and could not answer our basic questions. nice kid, but obviously not trained on the food she was serving. lighting was very bright and this only helped to illuminate how dirty the floor was under our feet. need to mop for sure. being on vacation we tried to order some tropical type drinks--big mistake, the rum runner I ordered was not even drinkable. my husband ordered a dirty martini and the drink he was served was sort of pinkish. perhaps that is how it is done in Destin??? It took forever to be seated, not because there was a wait, but no one greeted us for 5 minutes. wish we had taken a clue from this and left. ordered chicken marsala and it was quite unremarkable. the sauce was very thin and there were maybe 3 slices of mushroom, and they appeared to be canned!!! we did like the house dressing, however the salad was old and the croutons were stale.

    We certainly will not return here.

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  • Sand bar and grill: Awesome new rstaurant we found!

    by miamid305 Written Jun 26, 2009

    Sand bar and grill/Islander club is a new restaurant in destin.Located on gulf shore drive across the street from target was a wonderful and enlightening place to eat.It was very family oriented and the staff was wonderful.Great attention to detail as the server kept thechildren laughing constantly.They offer 99 cent margaritas everyday as well as $1 pabst blue ribbons and their happy hour from 4-6 with 2 for 1 drinks and 25 cent wings were great for your budget especially during these times.Then there was the food.The menu was extensive offering everything from burgers to pasta to seafood all fresh and made to order by there executive chef michael ross who also visited the table regularly to ensure satisfaction.Every Friday and Saturday they offer live music in there club upstairs as well as t.v's upstairs and down to catch the latest sports games.Can't say enough about this establishment and can't wait to go there again.

    Favorite Dish: the family recipe sicilian sauce with italian sausage and meatballs was wonderful!
    They also offered cook your catch after our great fishing trip with destin angler!

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  • Sand bar and grill: Brand new restaurant!!!

    by miamid305 Written Jun 26, 2009

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    Sand bar and grill/Islander club is a new restaurant in destin.Located on gulf shore drive across the street from target was a wonderful and enlightening place to eat.It was very family oriented and the staff was wonderful.Great attention to detail as the server kept thechildren laughing constantly.They offer 99 cent margaritas everyday as well as $1 pabst blue ribbons and their happy hour from 4-6 with 2 for 1 drinks and 25 cent wings were great for your budget especially during these times.Then there was the food.The menu was extensive offering everything from burgers to pasta to seafood all fresh and made to order by there executive chef michael ross who also visited the table regularly to ensure satisfaction.Every Friday and Saturday they offer live music in there club upstairs as well as t.v's upstairs and down to catch the latest sports games.Can't say enough about this establishment and can't wait to go there again.

    Favorite Dish: The family recipe sicilian sauce with sausage and meatballs is to die for!
    They also offer cook your catch after a great fishing trip with destin angler!

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    Harry T's: best view of the East Pass

    by laurenzi1 Written Jun 6, 2009

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    great view and pretty good food
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    Probably has the best view of the Destin Pass. Breeze is very nice and boat traffic keeps you busy checking everything out. Food was very tasty, but alittle high, remember - you are paying for the view.

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    McGuire's Irish Brewpub: the barman knows best

    by richiecdisc Written May 2, 2009

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    Steak & Muschroom Pie
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    This is one big pub. Though sprawling like a huge sports bar cum beer hall, the decor is more in line with the Irish Pub theme that belies its name. Oh, there are hundreds of dollar bills stapled onto the walls and ceiling with just enough left over to make for a ramshackle look. People from all over the world or at least USA have left them as proof of their being there. After a few beers you understand better why. Bartender was attentive, efficient and obviously an old pro.

    Favorite Dish: Though I have wanted to come here for the beer for some time, this was a dinner stop and were happy to see standard English/Irish pub grub as that was just what we were in the mood for. We shared two dishes to maximize of dining experience. We had the Sheppard's Pie which was a casserole of ground steak with fresh vegetables topped with smashed Irish potatoes, Cheddar cheese and baked to a golden brown for $16.99. The Steak & Mushroom Pie was choice tenderloin tips baked with wild mushrooms in a strong-flavored Cabernet wine demi-glaze and topped with a homemade puff pastry crust, also $16.99. Though pricey for pub fare, the portions were very good size and considering that the pints at happy hour were only $1.75 great value all around. The beers, all house brewed, were a mixed bag but at these prices it was hard to complain. Their Old Fashioned Ale (4%) sounded like like an English bitter but was a pretty pedestrian light bodied mainstream beer only a few notches above Budweiser. The Irish Red (4%) wasn't much better and things looked kind of grim until we got a Porter (5.3%) with a ruddy brown color, tan head and coffee-ish nose. Some roasty bitterness balanced out the primarily malty brew well. The Irish Stout (5.2%) was their best beer. It was black with ruby highlights and tan head. Served via a nitro tap, it was full bodied and creamy like a modern day Guinness. It was far too cold as is generally the case with Guinness though as it warmed up you could taste more of it's bitter profile which defines the style. This went particularly well with the food.

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    commander's palace: creole

    by doug48 Written Apr 14, 2009

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    commander's palace

    the commander's palace destin is a branch of the famous commander's palace restaurant in new orleans. they offer steak and seafood with a creole accent. a very good restaurant at the emerald grand resort.

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    Nate's NY Strip N Chick: Word of Mouth... Food is Great!!!

    by RidingTall Updated Jan 21, 2009

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    Ft. Walton Beach Nate’s NY Strip N Chick is a well kept secret of deliciously prepared and served recipes (specializing in French Cajun). It is slightly off the beaten path, a few moments from Destin; but keeping with Emerald Coast’s tradition of serving the best (certified Angus beef, fresh vegetables, and deserts fit for royalty! It is a casual, comfortable, friendly, and family style restaurant where they aim to please with the highest quality of service and food at a very reasonable price.

    Nate’s has live entertainment nightly. The night we dined, we heard an excellent piano performance. Thought it was a recording of beautiful music!

    Nate’s menu offers beer and wine, and notes the availability of a full bar. The bar is separated from the restaurant.

    It was a great dining experience learned word of mouth.

    Favorite Dish: They offer Cajun classics like Borque’s Boudin (boo dan)… a tasty Gumbo of chicken, pork or crawfish, rice and seasonings. It will make you want to hurt yourself. It will make you want to sop your bowl inside out – I gar an tee!!! The Gumbo comes with a small bowl of potato salad just like the true Cajuns of Louisiana. Another Gumbo is the chicken and sausage Gumbo that makes my mouth water with anticipation.

    Nate’s serves a variety of deserts like the Beignets – a light as air pastry melts with each bite. Another standout is their light and tender bread pudding served warm.

    Nate's provides a wide range of superb dishes. I'm not a gourmet, but I know good eating.

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  • Pat O'Brien's at Harborwalk Village: Great view, terrible food

    by holland654 Written Oct 13, 2008

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    Pat O'Brien's is located on the Destin Harbor at the Emerald Grande. The view is great from the outside patio deck and their famous Hurricane drinks are excellent. However, watch out for their other "tropical drink specialties" as they tend to be overly sweet and fruity. And don't ever bother with the food, it tends to be bland and tasteless. Even their "cajun" dishes taste like mush from an elementary school cafeteria. We were there recently and two people in our group ordered the shrimp etouffee. Both dishes were basically a bowl of rice and some type of thick brown flavorless gravy with only two crawfish tails each! The other dinners were equally disappointing. And to top it off, we asked to speak with the manager and our waitress said he told her to tell us that he didn't talk to customers.

    Recommendation-enjoy the view while having a drink on the patio, then eat at Harry T's or Commander's Palace just a few steps away.

    Favorite Dish: The best menu item is their famous Hurricane drink

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    Fisherman's Wharf: They Cook What You Catch

    by BigBlueOne Written Jul 22, 2008

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    Normal looking seafood restaurant right on the docks. We went here directly after getting off a charter with two coolers full of fish. Just give them what you caught and they'll cook it up for you (for a fee) either blackened, grilled or fried with fries and some hush puppies.

    Don't be worried about how you're dressed. We came right off a boat, complete with fish blood and guts, and they're didn't bat an eye.

    Favorite Dish: The mackerel that I caught and they grilled (basically because my dad and I caught it).

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    Hammerheads Bar & Grille: Good Music & Ambience, Not Such Great Food

    by BigBlueOne Written Jul 22, 2008

    This place is in Baytowne Village, which is a great little place with shops and lots of bars and restaurants. The ambience and music is very good, but they make up for it (in reverse) with food that is so-so at best.

    I would recommend going for drinks and maybe an appetizer, but leaving the main course for somewhere else.

    Favorite Dish: We had (2) different types of Grouper (Trinidad and another I can't recall) and neither was remarkable.

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