The best restaurants Destin has to offer

Of all the restaurants Destin has, which ones provide the best overall dining experience?

Of course Destin has pretty much all of the larger regional and national chains. For many visitors, they provide comfort in knowing what to expect.

However, when I go on vacation, I want to have a change in scenery, and that means I usually want to eat at places that aren't available in my hometown!

Now living on the gulf coast means we have access to some of the best and freshest seafood around. Some restaurants will even prepare the fish that YOU caught that day while out on a charter boat!

We stumbled upon a place a while back that brings us back again and again. We were in our bathing suits, still sandy from being at the beach and we were looking for a place to eat. We saw the sign for Dewey Destin's and just had to check it out! It turns out that Destin is named for Dewey's great, great grandfather named Leonard Destin..

The restaurant is built out over the water, on the bay side. Forgive me for saying so, but it is more like a shanty on a dock than a fancy restaurant. You have heard the saying about not judging a book by its cover, and that is definitely the case here.

We grabbed a picnic table on the dock with an umbrella and wandered inside to make our selections.

You see a bed of ice with fresh fish, shrimp and other seafood items. The Destin family supplies fresh seafood to a large number of restaurants in the area because they are the experts on this! (for several generations) The knowledgeable staff behind the counter will help you with your selection of the meal and the preparation choices.

For us, almost nothing beats fried shrimp so we just had to have some.

We returned to our picnic table to relax and watch the seabirds dance in the sky as they prepared our dinner. The water was gently lapping up against the dock while we watched the sun set in brilliant hues of red and orange as it fell into the horizon. It seemed that in no time at all they were bringing our dinner to us. My watch said maybe 20 minutes had passed, but it sure did not seem so.

They set before us baskets of some of the absolute best tasting fried shrimp we have ever had.


You can find Dewey Destin's Seafood Restaurant at: 

9 Calhoun Ave., Destin, FL 32541  850-837-7575

You have to look real hard to see this sign, and then you pull down a non-descript gravely road to get to them.  I promise you, it is worth it!

Directory of restaurants in Central Destin


Crab Island Cantina


2 Harbor Blvd #100, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 424-7417


AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar


116 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541     Website      (850) 837-1913 

When you visit Destin, this is a must-see location.  AJ's has been around since 1984 and has grown to be one of the best places to experience the true Destin we all love.  Located on the docks, you can enjoy some fresh oysters and something to drink as you watch the fishing charter boats return with their catches.  If you were fishing on one of those charter boats, AJ's will cook your catch too!  (Your seafood could not be any fresher!)  They have live music most nights of the week, just visit their website to see who's playing.



Gilligan's Seafood Restaurant


530 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 650-4400


Harry T's Lighthouse Restaurant


46 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 654-4800


Harry T's Lighthouse Restaurant


46 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 654-4800


Donut Hole Bakery & Cafe'


635 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 837-8824


Donut Hole Bakery & Cafe'


635 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 837-8824


Jackacuda's Seafood & Sushi


56 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 424-3507


Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House


414 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 424-7406


Dewey Destin's Harborside


202 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 837-7525


Harbor Docks Restaurant


14 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 837-2506


Asiago Skillet of Destin


300 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 424-4160


Pepitos Mexican Restaurant


757 Harbor Blvd #1, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 650-7734


Callahan's Restaurant & Deli


791 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 837-6328


Hog's Breath Saloon


541 US Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 837-5991


Brotulas Restaurant


210 US Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 460-8900


Jimmy John's


938 US Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 460-7755


Mimmo's Ristorante Italiano


979 US Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 460-7353


Shrimp Basket Destin


711 US Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 502-2880


Krispy Kreme


795 US Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 650-3552


Mellow Mushroom


960 US Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 650-6420


Louisiana Lagniappe


775 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 837-0881


Bric a Brac


824 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 424-6369


Bubba Gump Shrimp Company


14059 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 650-1881


Island Wing Company


981 98 Palms Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

 (850) 837-2999