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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
    Mimmo's Ristorante Italiano
    #1 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1217 reviewsTripAdvisor (1217)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    979 U.S. Hwy. 98 E. Ste #5, FL 32541
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  • #2
    Capriccio Cafe
    #2 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 212 reviewsTripAdvisor (212)
    $ | American, Cafe
    810 Highway 98 Shoreline Village Mall, FL 32541
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  • #1
    Mama Clemenza's
    #1 of 139 Places to Eat in Miramar Beach
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 245 reviewsTripAdvisor (245)
    $ - $$ | Italian, American, European, Central European
    12271 US Highway 98, Miramar Beach, FL 32541
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  • #4
    Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer
    #4 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2324 reviewsTripAdvisor (2324)
    $ - $$ | Bar, American, Seafood
    210 Harbor Blvd, FL 32541-2345
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  • #5
    McGuire's Irish Pub
    #5 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6981 reviewsTripAdvisor (6981)
    $ - $$ | American, Irish, Bar, Pub
    33 Harbor Blvd, FL 32541-2309
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  • #6
    Louisiana Lagniappe
    #6 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1525 reviewsTripAdvisor (1525)
    $$ | American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
    775 Gulf Shore Dr, FL 32541-3138
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  • #7
    Jackacuda's Seafood & Sushi
    #7 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1868 reviewsTripAdvisor (1868)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, American, Seafood, Sushi
    56 Harbor Blvd, FL 32541-2310
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  • #8
    Charlie’s Burger Bar
    #8 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 152 reviewsTripAdvisor (152)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    2 Harbor Blvd, FL 32541-2310
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  • #9
    Beach Walk at Henderson Park Inn
    #9 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1136 reviewsTripAdvisor (1136)
    $$ | Seafood, American
    2700 Scenic Highway 98 E, FL 32541-3413
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  • #10
    Vinny McGuire's Pizza
    #10 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 188 reviewsTripAdvisor (188)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    29 Harbor Blvd, FL 32541-2309
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  • #11
    Pazzo Italiano
    #11 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 222 reviewsTripAdvisor (222)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy Ste 114 #114, FL 32541-3498
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  • #12
    Shake's Frozen Custard
    #12 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 513 reviewsTripAdvisor (513)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    1065 Highway 98 E, FL 32541-2901
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  • #13
    Sarah K's Gourmet
    #13 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 497 reviewsTripAdvisor (497)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    34940 Emerald Coast Pkwy Unit 183, FL 32541-3468
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  • #2
    Bijoux
    #2 of 139 Places to Eat in Miramar Beach
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 325 reviewsTripAdvisor (325)
    $$ | French, American, Seafood
    9375 US Highway 98 W Suite 22, Miramar Beach, FL 32550-7274
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  • #15
    Half Shell Oyster House
    #15 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 279 reviewsTripAdvisor (279)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Seafood, American
    34761 Emerald Coast Pkwy Suite 104, FL 32541-3594
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  • #16
    Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House
    #16 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2481 reviewsTripAdvisor (2481)
    $ - $$ | American, Cajun & Creole, Bar, Seafood
    414 Harbor Blvd, FL 32541-2326
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  • #17
    Donut Hole
    #17 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3683 reviewsTripAdvisor (3683)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    635 Highway 98 East, FL 32541
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  • #18
    Moe's Original Bar B Que
    #18 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 639 reviewsTripAdvisor (639)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    303 Harbor Blvd, FL 32541-2383
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  • #3
    Vintij Food & Wine
    #3 of 139 Places to Eat in Miramar Beach
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 567 reviewsTripAdvisor (567)
    $ - $$ | American, Wine Bar
    500 Grand Blvd #100k, Miramar Beach, FL 32550-7869
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  • #20
    Bruster's Ice Cream
    #20 of 422 Places to Eat in Destin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 295 reviewsTripAdvisor (295)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    4655 Gulfstarr Dr, FL 32541-3716
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