Looking for a great meal after a fantastic day in the Florida sun? Destin has so much to offer including some incredible restaurants! The 9 winners on this list are some of our favorites and check all the boxes – fresh seafood, great ambiance, perfect views and amazing service. What more could you want in a dining experience? We think you will agree that these are all must-visit worthy!

Top 9 Restaurants in Destin, FL

Beach Walk Cafe

This upscale waterfront restaurant has amazing views of the Emerald Coast and phenomenal food. The cuisine is American with Asian and European influences. There is nothing better than a stunning view combined with some fresh seafood and an inventive menu. The service is also impeccable. You don’t want to miss out on this spot next time you are in Destin!

Bud & Alley’s

This beachfront bar and restaurant has been around for over 25 years. It is a local favorite and although a little bit of a drive outside Destin – it is definitely worth the trip! The seafood is incredibly fresh and all the dishes are creatively executed. Sit inside or outside – you can’t go wrong here!

Louisiana Lagniappe

This delicious laid-back spot has been open for over 30 years. The Gulf seafood is fresh and perfectly prepared with a Creole flair. Louisiana right in Destin!

Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer

This locally owned restaurant is family friendly and right on the Destin Harbor. The name Brotula is “derived from the Bearded Brotula or Cusk Eel that is caught right here in our local waters at depths of 350 feet.” The seafood is locally sourced and a spin on the classics like steamed snow crab, lobster, and mussels takes this restaurant to the next level.

Marina Cafe

Stunning harbor views, a rotating menu and a fantastic cocktail lounge make this place a top pick on our list. They have won many awards for their sensational eclectic cuisine. Relax and enjoy the view and a true culinary experience.


790 offers craveable comfort food in Destin with Florida seafood and incredible Louisiana flavors. Everything on the menu is fantastic and don’t forget to stop in for their brunch or happy hour too!


This cozy spot offers breakfast, brunch and lunch. They use seasonal local ingredients to create some of the best breakfast food you will ever try!

Pazzo Italiano 

This authentic Italian restaurant has all the traditional favorites. Everything is homemade with sophisticated flavors and creative combinations. Enjoy wood fire pizzas, pastas, calzones and much more!

Fish Out of Water

This family style restaurant has amazing views overlooking the Gulf. It is located at the AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Four-Star rated WaterColor Inn. The menu is filled with seasonal regional cuisine that will thrill your tastebuds! The views and the fresh seafood here can not be beat!


Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations, including Florida! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!

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