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What to Eat in Destin

You've likely heard restaurants described or categorized as "farm-to-table," but what about "Gulf-to-table"? In a city with a nickname like the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village," it should come as no surprise that Florida's marine creatures are the backbone of the city's dining scene. In fact, at any given time, there are 20 different kinds of fish to sample. But if you prefer land mammals and vegetables to sea creatures, Destin has you covered there, too.

Marina Café, which features fresh seafood, steaks, pastas, sushi and wood-fired pizzas, is lauded not only for its menu but also for its spectacular views of Destin Harbor. If you're looking for a more casual atmosphere that doesn't sacrifice taste, the Dewey Destin restaurants serve up a full menu of seafood favorites alongside a bit of history: Dewey’s great, great grandfather, Leonard Destin, founded the town in 1835. If you don't mind the drive, FOOW in Santa Rosa Beach (about 25 miles east of Destin) is another favorite among travelers and critics, in part for its beachside location overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar is yet another mainstay with several locations in the area.

Prefer to catch your own dinner? Several Destin restaurants participate in the "you catch it, we'll cook it" philosophy, meaning they'll cook your cleaned fish any way you like it with the sides of your choice. You can find a complete list of Gulf-to-table eateries willing to cook your catch on the visitors bureau's website.

When you need a break from Destin's seafood menus, visitors say you should head to McGuire's Irish Pub. It has its fair share of Irish dishes, but it also offers steak and hamburgers, not to mention tours of its brewery and live music.

Find the Best Restaurants in Destin

  • #1
    Capriccio Cafe
    #1 of 363 Places to Eat in Destin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 238 reviewsTripadvisor (238)
    $ | Cafe
    810 Highway 98 Shoreline Village Mall, FL 32541
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  • #2
    Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer
    #2 of 363 Places to Eat in Destin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2875 reviewsTripadvisor (2875)
    $ - $$ | Bar, American, Seafood
    210 Harbor Blvd, FL 32541-2345
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  • #3
    Crackings.
    #3 of 363 Places to Eat in Destin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 153 reviewsTripadvisor (153)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    979 Highway 98 E Suite 4, FL 32541
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  • #1
    Mama Clemenza's
    #1 of 135 Places to Eat in Miramar Beach
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 298 reviewsTripadvisor (298)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European, Central European
    12271 US Highway 98, Miramar Beach, FL 32541
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  • #5
    Louisiana Lagniappe
    #5 of 363 Places to Eat in Destin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1637 reviewsTripadvisor (1637)
    $$ | American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
    775 Gulf Shore Dr, FL 32541-3138
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  • #6
    Jackacuda's Seafood & Sushi
    #6 of 363 Places to Eat in Destin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2191 reviewsTripadvisor (2191)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Seafood, Healthy
    36120 Emerald Coast Pkwy, FL 32541-4705
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  • #7
    Vinny McGuire's Pizza
    #7 of 363 Places to Eat in Destin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 211 reviewsTripadvisor (211)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    29 Harbor Blvd, FL 32541-2309
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  • #8
    McGuire's Irish Pub
    #8 of 363 Places to Eat in Destin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 7412 reviewsTripadvisor (7412)
    $ - $$ | American, Irish, Bar, Pub
    33 Harbor Blvd, FL 32541-2309
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  • #9
    Sarah K's Gourmet
    #9 of 363 Places to Eat in Destin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 515 reviewsTripadvisor (515)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    34940 Emerald Coast Pkwy Unit 183, FL 32541-3468
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  • #10
    Mimmo's Ristorante Italiano
    #10 of 363 Places to Eat in Destin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1316 reviewsTripadvisor (1316)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    979 U.S. Hwy. 98 E. Ste #5, FL 32541
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  • #2
    Bijoux
    #2 of 135 Places to Eat in Miramar Beach
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 369 reviewsTripadvisor (369)
    $$ | French, American, Seafood
    9375 US Highway 98 W Suite 22, Miramar Beach, FL 32550-7274
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  • #12
    Beach Walk at Henderson Park Inn
    #12 of 363 Places to Eat in Destin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1205 reviewsTripadvisor (1205)
    $$ | Seafood, American
    2700 Scenic Highway 98 E, FL 32541-3413
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  • #13
    Moe's Original Bar B Que
    #13 of 363 Places to Eat in Destin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 655 reviewsTripadvisor (655)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    303 Harbor Blvd, FL 32541-2383
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  • #14
    Half Shell Oyster House of Destin
    #14 of 363 Places to Eat in Destin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 348 reviewsTripadvisor (348)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    34761 Emerald Coast Pkwy Suite 104, FL 32541-3594
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  • #15
    Donut Hole
    #15 of 363 Places to Eat in Destin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3894 reviewsTripadvisor (3894)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    635 Highway 98 East, FL 32541
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  • #16
    Pazzo Italiano
    #16 of 363 Places to Eat in Destin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 293 reviewsTripadvisor (293)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Neapolitan, Campania, Southern-Italian
    34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy Ste 114 #114, FL 32541-3498
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  • #17
    Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House
    #17 of 363 Places to Eat in Destin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2727 reviewsTripadvisor (2727)
    $ - $$ | American, Cajun & Creole, Bar, Seafood
    414 Harbor Blvd, FL 32541-2326
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  • #3
    Vin’Tij Food & Wine
    #3 of 135 Places to Eat in Miramar Beach
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 603 reviewsTripadvisor (603)
    $ - $$ | American, Wine Bar, Seafood
    500 Grand Blvd #100k, Miramar Beach, FL 32550-1899
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  • #1
    Another Broken Egg Cafe
    #1 of 21 Places to Eat in Sandestin
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 460 reviewsTripadvisor (460)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    9100 Baytowne Wharf Blvd Suite A-4, Sandestin, Miramar Beach, FL 32550-1815
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  • #5
    Pompano Joe's
    #5 of 135 Places to Eat in Miramar Beach
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4102 reviewsTripadvisor (4102)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, American, Bar, Seafood
    2237 Scenic Gulf Highway, Miramar Beach, FL 32550-5288
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