With Summer in full swing, July just may be my favorite month of all. When you live here in Destin there’s no end to finding great ways to spend the summer days…and nights, too. Beaches are buzzing, fish are biting, boating is popular on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico or hanging out somewhere on the Bay, shopping, sun bathing, you name it. Destin has so much to offer there’s simply never a dull moment.
But in between, we all get hungry right? Well you’re in luck again, because Destin Life’s got you covered. So, who’s ready to savor some of the most delicious food and the most exciting and fun-filled entertainment you’ll find anywhere? Here are some of my favorites—so come on out, join the fun and enjoy these amazing local restaurants.
Beach Walk Café
Located directly on the beautiful beaches of Destin, Beach Walk Café offers a stunning selection of fresh seafood dishes that will have your taste buds dancing with delight. Beach Walk Café’s Executive Chef Daniel Peters recently created a new take out menu you absolutely don’t want to miss. In addition to its many awards and accolades from national and local brands alike, Beach Walk Café in Destin has become a staple in the Emerald Coast’s fine dining culture. You’re sure to be impressed by any dish you order. So, if you’re looking to dine on delectable take out and to-go cuisine in Destin, call to place your order today.
2700 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin
Boathouse Oyster Bar
Boathouse Oyster Bar has been one of Destin’s favorite best kept secrets, but the word is out! Located in the heart of Destin on the Destin Harbor, the Boathouse specializes in making oysters a delicacy. Boathouse’s Gumbo recipe was written by Mama Gumbo herself. And, of course, the oysters are raw, steamed or baked just the way you like ‘em! Come on by and enjoy the best food in town in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
288 Harbor Blvd., Destin
Bric a` Brac Restaurant & Night Club
Voted “Best Crab Cakes in Destin” five years in a row, Bric a` Brac is the true definition of something for everyone—a family friendly, kid friendly, American-style restaurant. Bric a` Brac is well known for its super tasty food selections served up in a fun, artsy atmosphere.
Shoreline Village Plaza
824 Hwy 98 E, Destin
Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer
Brotula’s specializes 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.
Please check the Facebook page for updates. For now, Brotula’s will be open from Wednesday through Sunday, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
210D Harbor Blvd., Destin
Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cafe Destin is a full-service breakfast, brunch and lunch cafe near the beach in Destin. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or espresso menu served all day long. They offer both indoor seating and outdoor seating on our large covered patio. After-hours for private events or special occasions available.
985 Hwy. 98, Destin
Island Wing Company Grill & Bar
Voted Best Wings four years running, Island Wing Co. is calling your name. Come in and find your favorite beer among the 58 selections on tap or enjoy a cocktail and savor some of the tastiest food you’ve ever eaten.
981 U.S. Hwy. 98, Destin
La Famiglia Restaurant
La Famiglia has earned a reputation for serving some of the finest homemade Italian dishes, including Veal Parmesan, homemade pastas and raviolis, and antipasto. La Famiglia is a local favorite for authentic, brick oven Italian pizza, topped with a variety of traditional and specialty ingredients. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., offering a lunch menu until 3 p.m. To-go and curbside still available.
16055 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Ste. 114, Destin
Owners Brian and Sue Hassmann have created the local’s favorite pizza, buffalo wings and sports pub and bar that serves great pizza AND awesome wings, plus many other scrumptious eats for folks of all ages. People from all over come to enjoy the best sports bar in Florida. And there’s a fully stocked bar with 95 different bourbons and 30 beers on draft!
300 Harbor Blvd., Destin
The Melting Pot
Truly a one-of-a-kind dining experience, The Melting Pot provides an unforgettable, interactive night out that turns moments into memories. From the time the first piece of bread is dipped to when the last nibble of dessert is savored, you’ll learn something new. The menu has fare for every taste, a delicious meal guaranteed. Visit meltingpot.com/destin-fl to view the full menu or make reservations.
11394 U.S. Hwy 98
Tailfins Alehouse & Oyster Bar
Breakfast is served from 9 til noon so you can start your day right. With stunning views of the Destin Harbor and your favorite foods and drinks, Tailfins’ Entertainment Complex delivers an incredible mix of friendly and fun atmosphere along with breathtaking views. Tailfins offers three levels of indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the Destin Boardwalk. Featuring live music on the docks with Rusty Hammerstrom, BT Turner and more, Tailfins is open and ready for you. Monday – Friday from 10:30 a.m. until midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am until midnight.
On the Harbor in Destin
Tequila’s Sports Bar & Grill
Come in and enjoy a unique fusion of sports bar food and delightful Mexican dishes, lunch specials offered daily Monday through Friday for $8.99. EAT, DRINK, FIESTA!! Open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner or call ahead to place your take out and to-go orders.
11225 U.S. 98 W.,