Restaurants You Should Try In Destin

Deciding where to eat in Destin can feel overwhelming.  If you are new to the area or just can’t decide where to eat, we have you covered! This week we took an online poll, asking visitors and locals what their favorite Destin restaurants are. Here were the top results:


Here are the top five restaurants, explained!

1. McGuire’s Irish Pub of Destin

Coming in at number one- McGuire’s Irish Pub. You are in for a treat at this Destin staple. With a unique atmosphere and delicious food, McGuire’s serves delicious Irish dishes (most famously known for their steaks) and brews their own beer in-house. The atmosphere is memorable with over a million signed dollar bills covering the walls and ceilings of the restaurant. Not to mention, visitors can expect live music nightly!

McGuire's Irish Pub restaurant in destin florida
Photo Credit: McGuire’s Irish Pub

2. The Back Porch

This seafood and oyster house first opened its doors in 1974 and instantly made a name for itself by serving up savory flavors and some of the best Gulf views in all of Destin. This restaurant remains one of the few places to eat that sits directly on the sandy shores of what once was Old 98.

The back porch Seafood restaurant in destin florida
Photo Credit: The Back Porch

In addition to The Back Porch being a must-try restaurant in Destin, you can also find one of our live beach cams here! Check out the views here: The Back Porch Beach Cam

3. Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House

Located on the Destin harbor, Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House is coming in at number three. This restaurant attracts visitors with its delicious seafood and relaxing ambiance over the harbor. You can expect fresh and local seafood here, plus the oysters are huge!

Photo Credit: Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House

4. Dewey Destin’s

This special restaurant was founded by the Destin family! Destin, Florida was founded by this special family in 1835. In the early 2000’s, “Dewey Destin along with his wife Rebecca, his sister Nina, and all the kids focused their energies on running two retail seafood stores and concentrated on providing the highest quality fish to the local inhabitants and restaurants of the surrounding area. Dewey’s knowledge of fish and how it is best served led to expanding the Destin market into this small, specialized restaurant.” The History of Dewey’s

At Dewey’s, you can expect a fantastic beach dining experience, fresh seafood, and delicious drinks.

Photo Credit: Dewey Destin’s Restaurant

5. Pompano Joe’s

Lastly, coming in at number five, we have Pompano Joe’s. Known for its fresh, affordable seafood and Caribbean flair, Pompano Joe’s is anything but typical. It’s a neighborhood spot — a place where you’re likely to find as many locals as you do tourists. It’s one of the few beachfront restaurants on Old 98 with plenty of parking. It also offers the convenience of two walk-up bars, one of which sits directly on the beach.

Photo Credit: Pompano Joe’s

In addition to Pompano Joe’s also being a must-try restaurant, you can find one of our live beach cams here! Check out the views here: Pompano Joe’s Live Beach Cam

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