Destin isn’t known as the world’s luckiest fishing village for no reason. It is home to some of the world’s best fishing, and also home to some of the best seafood restaurants on the Gulf Coast. Whether you are looking for a place to cook your catch or have a nice seafood dinner, our top 7 seafood restaurants in Destin, FL are definitely worth adding to your itinerary for your upcoming Destin vacation.
Harbor Docks is one of our favorite seafood restaurants that has been a Destin tradition since 1979. They boast a gorgeous harbor view and the fresh gulf fish goes from straight off their boats then cleaned in the market and brought over to the restaurant to be served fresh. Some of the local favorites include the shrimp appetizer, the snapper entree, and you have to try their sushi!
Brotulas seafood & steamery isn’t just a great place to get some fresh from the gulf seafood, it is known for some of its unique twists on southern classics and of course that gorgeous Destin harbor view. some of their most popular dishes are steamed snow crab, lobsters, and mussels.
Captain Dave’s on the Gulf has one of the prettiest views in Destin. Who doesn’t love a place with great seafood, good dinner-size portions, and let’s not forget the beautiful Gulf of Mexico view. You can’t go wrong with ordering a seafood sampler or some of “Dave’s Faves!”
Boshamps boasts one of the better overall experiences on the Destin Harbor. From the harbor view to the beach with hammocks and cornhole, it is truly a great place to relax and eat some excellent gulf-to-table seafood. Lobster bites, Snapper Destin, and the “Nekkid” Oysters are something you need to have!
Dewey Destins originates from the original Destin Family. They have three locations, the original low-key location which is a shack on the water with a view of crab island, one with a beautiful view of the Destin harbor, and the other location in Navarre. Some of the top items on their menu include: Fried scallops, Mahi-Mahi, and the Snapper sandwich are some of our favorite items.
Pompano Joe’s is a gulf coast favorite! Located right on the beautiful white sandy beaches of the Emerald Coast you can’t quite beat the beach vibes, laid-back atmosphere, and of course the top-notch gulf seafood items with a Caribbean flavor. Top items to try are the seafood sampler, crab cakes, mahi-mahi sandwich, seafood nachos, and don’t forget to have some of their award-winning gumbo!
The Back Porch
The back porch is a Destin local favorite. You just can’t beat the breathtaking beachfront dining experience with the delicious fresh gulf seafood. Smoked tuna dip, Shrimp tacos, Chargrilled Amberjack, and fried calamari. Don’t forget to take a picture in the Back Porches giant Adirondack chair!
As you can see, stopping at one of our favorite seafood restaurants in Destin is definitely worth your while. Every one of these restaurants gives you seafood plates with a view to help you continue to make memories on your Emerald Coast vacation that you and your family will never forget!