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7 Best Restaurants in Destin, Fl on the Water

13 Sep 2019
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Best of Destin

One of the best parts of going on vacation is that you can experience the local cuisine and enjoy a great meal with your friends and family. And what’s better than enjoying a meal with a beautiful view of the beaches of Destin? There are plenty of places to grab a meal along the Gulf of Mexico. 

Here are some of the best restaurants in Destin, FL on the water.

Destin waterfront dining

The Back Porch

Established in 1974, the Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House is a staple in Destin. Back Porch is known for their Amberjack sandwich and fresh Appalachicola oysters as well as the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico views. The Back Porch has two locations: one in Destin and another in Panama City Beach, both of which open at 11 a.m. and offer daily happy hour specials.

The Crab Trap

The Crab Trap Seafood and Oyster Bar has locations in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and Perdido Key. Get Alaskan Crab Legs, Hot Crab Dip, Bronzed Grouper, and more at this spot. If you have picky eaters not interested in seafood, you’ll find plenty of menu items like salads, soups, burgers, and more.


Get Louisiana-style cuisine with the freshest seafood in at 790 in Destin. Choose from menu items like gumbo, Louisiana crab cakes, bbq shrimp pasta, and sesame crusted seared tuna. Nightly dinner specials change regularly, so call ahead of time to see what’s new and in season currently. 790 also serves up a Sunday brunch offered 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. year-round.

Boathouse Oyster Bar

Boathouse Oyster Bar is a casual beachfront spot with daily live music, fresh oysters, and ice-cold beer. Boathouse has been on the Destin Harbor for more than 30 years and is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. Their menu is extensive to appease all palates. Try their award-winning Gumbo, raw or cooked oysters, bucket dinners for groups, sandwiches, appetizers, and more.


You can get just about anything at LuLu’s. This large and vibrant space is a family-friendly restaurant in Destin for dine-in and take out. LuLu’s is host to live music regularly and special events throughout the year. The open-air restaurant has special menus for those with food allergies as well as plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans.

Marina Cafe

Marina Cafe is Destin’s most award-winning restaurant. Come for the waterfront setting and stay for the incredible food. Marina Cafe serves up freshly caught seafood, USDA prime steaks, wood-fired pizzas, pasta, sushi, and more. There are plenty of options for vegetarians as well. Marina Cafe is also known for its extensive wine list featuring more than 100 varieties and styles and a top-quality reserve list.

Capt. Dave’s on the Gulf

Whether you sit inside or outside at Capt. Dave’s on the Gulf, you’ll get an awesome view of the Gulf of Mexico. Capt. Dave’s on the Gulf features a wall of windows for those escaping the heat in a contemporary space. This spot has been a Destin staple for the past 50 years offering a menu of fresh seafood, combination platters, salads, sandwiches, and more. Plus, Capt. Dave’s on the Gulf has a wide selection of beach cocktails, craft beer, and wine.

Plan Your Beach Vacation to Destin

Destin and the entire Northwest Gulf Coast of Florida is the perfect place to unwind and live on island time. Start planning your next beach vacation with Destin Getaways and book a vacation rental today. Whether you’re looking for dining options or an outdoor adventure, let us help you plan your Florida vacation.