Dining

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The Emerald Coast is home to many award-winning local restaurants. Below you’ll find the best fine dining restaurants in the area, each highly recommended by Emerald Coast Luxury. The restaurants below all boast dazzling food and sparkling service, many with Gulf or Harbor views.

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Fort Walton Beach & Okaloosa Island Fine Dining

Bay Cafe Fine Dining Fort Walton

Bay Cafe  |  850-344-7822

Established in 1983, the intimate café offers a nice romantic setting with a casual ambiance. For years, it has been considered a secret hideway for locals. We offer daily specials and a wide variety of wines. Come encounter delicious French cuisine, the beautiful view, a charming atmosphere, and warm friendly service.

Old Bay Steamer Seafood Okaloosa Island

Old Bay Steamer  |   850-664-2795

Old Bay Steamer is famous for its steamed, local and fresh seafood including oysters, mussels, clams, lobster tail, king crab leg, blue crab claws, jumbo scallops, royal red shrimp, vegetables and gumbo. The amtosphere is fun and friendly.

Pandora's Steakhouse Okaloosa Island

Pandora’s Steak House  |  850-244-8669

Pandora’s has been in business since 1978, and is proud to be the Emerald Coast’s oldest family owned and operated steak house, specializing in only the finest USDA choice heavy western beef and the freshest local seafood. Pandora’s Steak House steaks and seafood are grilled over an open wood burning pit, using only pure oak. Pandora’s Steak House is renowned for it’s slow roasted Prime Rib au Jus. The rich Mahogany interior and cozy booths make for an intimate dining experience.

 

Destin & Destin Harbor Fine Dining

Beach Walk Cafe Henderson Beach Destin

Beach Walk Cafe  |  850-650-7100

Welcome to Beach Walk Henderson Park, Destin’s ONLY fine dining located directly on the emerald waters of the Gulf Coast. You are cordially invited to enjoy our award winning cuisine and stunning view. Unique, memorable dining opportunities await you with our Toes in the Sand and Sky View Deck dining and indoor dining overlooking the sugar white sands and glimmering waters. Beach Walk Henderson Park is for patrons 13 years of age and older.

Boshamps Seafood Destin Harbor

Boshamps  |  850-424-7406

With the ‘World’s Luckiest Fishing Village’ at our back door and the Chef’s extensive knowledge of Gulf of Mexico Basin and Caribbean cuisine combined with his deep Southern roots, Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House is proud to present Chef Andi Bell’s ‘Gulf to Table Southern Cuisine’.There are four fantastic decks that tier down to the water and provide panoramic views of the entire Destin Harbor.

Cuvee Bistro Fine Dining Destin

Cuvee Bistro  |  850 650-8900

Cuvee Bistro in Destin, Florida offers classic French, Asian and Italian influenced delicacies along with award-winning signature dishes by Proprietor and Executive Chef Tim Creehan. A Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner from 2011-2013, Cuvee’s stunning wine list and all manner of the finest libations enhance this epicurean experience. The “Best in Destin” voted Happy Hour starts at 5pm, with a tempting variety of specials.

Harbor Docks Seafood Destin

Harbor Docks  |  850-837-2506

Harbor Docks has several sushi bars and the deck sprawls along the waterfront and even valet parking. Our made-from-scratch food is honest and healthy. We can accommodate parties of all sizes, from 20 person birthday parties to 200 person wedding receptions.

Jackacudas Seafood Destin

Jackacudas  |  850-424-3507

Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi is a locally owned seafood and sushi restaurant overlooking the Historical Destin Harbor. Jackacudas name resides from a famous fishing hole located 34 miles Southwest of the Destin Harbor. Jackacudas is a full service restaurant and sushi bar that specializes in fresh locally sourced seafood and products to provide our guests with classic gulf coast seafood dishes with new south culinary preparation. The main focus is to create raving fans by providing high quality consistent food at a great value.

Marina Cafe Fine Dining Destin Harbor

Marina Cafe  |  850-837-7960

At Marina Café, it is all about sensational food, attentive service and breathtaking Destin Harbor views. The candlelit dining room envelopes you in warm colors, high ceilings and large picture windows overlooking the Destin Harbor. Relax and enjoy our extensive wine collection with over 100 wines that perfectly compliment the wonderfully progressive cuisine. With fresh daily seafood selections, prime steaks, pastas, sushi and wood-fired pizzas, there is something for everyone at Marina Café.

Ruth's Chris Steak House Destin

Ruth’s Chris Steak House  |  850-337-5108

From the U.S. Prime steaks, broiled to perfection at 1800 degrees, to the expertly executed local seafood, New Orleans-inspired appetizers, unforgettable desserts and award winning wine list, this is a steakhouse to which others aspire. We serve the finest wine along the Emerald Coast, the most incredible New Orleans inspired outdoor Courtyard Bar . We boast an array of private rooms, our own private billiard room, valet parking, and live entertainment five nights a week .

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TAILFIN’S Ale House & Oyster Bar | 850-650-1200

TAILFINS ALE HOUSE & OYSTER BAR is a brand new owner operated local seafood restaurant on the Destin Harbor. Locals say it’s the best view on the harbor for waterfront dining with 3 levels overlooking the water. It’s a casual atmosphere , bar, live music venue with great local food. We offer live music on our top deck with a full bar.

 

Miramar Beach & Sandestin Fine Dining

Bistro Bijoux Sandestin

Bistro Bijoux at The Market Shops  |  850-622-0760

Bijoux is a full service fine dining restaurant located in The Market Shops at Sandestin. Open for dinner seven nights a week, we feature the freshest Gulf seafood, prime steaks and an extensive award winning wine list. Our intimate Bijoux lounge features a full bar complete with a large selection of specialty martinis. Bijoux embodies “coastal cuisine with a New Orleans flair.” The main dining room can accommodate up to 120 guests, accompanied by an outdoor courtyard that comfortably seats 70, as well as options for private dining.

Marlin Grill Sandestin Steak House

Marlin Grill at The Village of Baytowne Wharf  |  850-351-1990

Nestled in the heart of The Village of Baytowne in the Sandestin Resort, Marlin Grill offers elegant setting for high-end meat and seafood dishes in a welcoming dining room with a romantic vibe. Marlin Grill is well noted for its culinary talents and award winning wine list. With over 600 wines to choose from.

Ocean Club Fine Dining Tops'l Miramar Beach

Ocean Club at Tops’l  |  850-267-3666

The Ocean Club is home to the finest seafood on the gulf coast. With only the freshest cuts of fish and steak and the finest ingredients, our executive chef is sure to appeal to every indulgence. The Ocean Club prides itself on providing live entertainment from the Emerald Coast greatest artist. Join us on select nights for live entertainment, grab a seat in the lounge and hit the dance floor!

Segars Steak House Miramar Beach

Seagars  |  850-622-1500

Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood is a renowned New York style steakhouse and one of the finest dining destinations along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Extolled for an award-winning 600 label wine list, original fresh seafood dishes inspired by acclaimed Executive Chef Dan Vargo, and the finest aged Prime USDA steaks, Seagar’s is a salute to the good life. The Seagar’s team will cater to each individual experience with unparalleled service.

Sushimoto Miramar Beach

Sushimoto  |  850-424-5977

Our Destin Florida sushi bar has comfortable, raised seating and is located along one side of the dining room, while tables and chairs fill the other side. The food at Sushimoto is a wonderful blend of creativity and tradition. Sushi rolls have names such as This is How We Roll and Hot Doctor. One favorites is the Cookie Monster, a roll that has been deep-fried and sliced. Each slice is topped with spicy seafood salad, and a bright sliver of lemon.

Tommy Bahama Sandestin

Tommy Bahama  |  850-654-1743

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar is conveniently located in Grand Boulevard Town Center at the entrance to The Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. Ideal for lunch, dinner, or happy hour, Tommy Bahama features a lush patio, private dining room, and customizable menus featuring fresh seafood and seasonal produce. Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar is perfect social events such as bridal showers and rehearsal dinners as well as corporate mixers and celebrator dinners.

Travinia Italian Fine Dining Miramar Beach

Travinia  |  850-654-4442

Travinia Italian Kitchen serves deliciously fresh and Contemporary American Italian cuisine. Serving handcrafted selections for both lunch and dinner, Travinia Italian Kitchen is compelled by a passion for the flavors and freshness of regional ingredients. Here, guests look forward to a creative and varied menu of contemporary Modern American Italian choices, a Gluten-Free menu, an impressive collection of carefully-chosen wines, and an atmosphere of comfort and style.

Wine World Fine Dining Miramar Beach

Wine World  |  850-622-0802

Wine World is Northwest Florida’s largest, most successful and influential full service retailer of fine wine, spirits and beer. Wine World also provides a selection of gourmet foods, cheeses and accessories in each of our nine locations from Pensacola to Panama City Beach. Five locations also provide unique dining and beverage services both casual and up-scale environments. Wine World was founded in 2000 by Chan Cox with its first location in Destin.

Vintij Wine Bistro, Miramar Beach

Vintij  |  850-650-9820

Vintij Wine Boutique & Bistro is a restaurant, marketplace and bar offering wine and unique small plates. Vintij offers an extensive wine selection and fabulous food. Conveniently located across the highway from Silver Sands Outlets.

 

 

North Santa Rosa Beach Fine Dining

Louis Louis Restaurant and Bar, Santa Rosa Beach

Louis Louis|  850-267-1500

American cafe sporting art-filled walls, chandeliers, a patio & live music.The Louis Louis menu features a diverse appetizer menu offering salads, chicken fingers and fries, cheese sticks, pork and shrimp eggrolls, seafood gumbo, smoked tuna dip, crab cake, and gumbo. Entrée options include crab cakes, penne chicken, shrimp and scallops pasta, blackened fish, veal piccata, rotisserie chicken, griddle pork tenderloin, red fish “ponchartrain,” raviolis a la belgitano, and papardellas a la Bolognese.

The Bay Seafood Restaurant, Santa Rosa Beach

The Bay  |  850-622-2291

A gem sitting directly on Choctawhatchee Bay at the southern foot of the 331 bridge, The Bay is Chef Jim Shirley’s latest South Walton sensation. The family-friendly restaurant features mouth-watering Southern gulf coast cuisine, sushi, a 12-draft beer system, excellent wine selections, and inventive bar-crafted cocktails. Table and bar seating is available inside and outside on the deck overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay.

 

Scenic 30A Fine Dining

Basmati's Asian Dining 30A

Basmati’s – Blue Mountain Beach  |  850-267-3028

Basmati’s has been a 30A institution for many years, and is respected for its delicious and creative sushi. Try dining on Basmati’s candle-lit screen porch. Basmati’s is currently offering a wonderful Happy Hour Every Day! from 5 PM until 6 PM. During Happy Hour, Sushi, Hot Appetizers, Beer, Wine and Well Cocktails are all Half Price!

The Bowery Fine Dining 30A

The Bowery on 30A – Blue Mountain Beach  |  850-622-1136

It was this family owned and operated business idea to bring upscale food and wine and craft cocktails to the coast without any of the pomp. They carry one of the coasts largest bourbon and whiskey selections and serve up local caught fish every night and have an array of steaks and duck entrees. Happy hour is Tuesday through Saturday 5-7pm. The Bowery is serving up breakfast and lunch outside under the umbrellas Monday through Saturday with all your traditional breakfast and lunch. Sunday Brunch 8am-2pm!

Bud and Alley's Fine Dining Seaside

Bud and Alley’s – Seaside  |  850-231-5900

Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in the heart of Seaside, Florida, Bud & Alley’s is a pioneer of the fish- and farm-to-table food movement. The award-winning menu features Gulf coast classics paired with Southern-style cuisine. The sunset celebrations on the rooftop bar overlooking the Gulf have been a hallmark traditions for nearly 30 years. Lunch and dinner are served daily in gracious indoor and outdoor dining areas and on the roof terrace overlooking the Gulf.

Cafe Tango Fine Dining Seaside

Cafe Tango – Blue Mountain Beach  |  850-267-0054

Located on the south side of 30A between Gulf Place and Blue Mountain Beach, Café Tango is a delightfully cramped little cottage with an excellent menu and wine list. Café Tango is truly one of 30A’s best-kept secrets. Be sure to make reservations, and after your relaxing dinner, head next door to Local Catch for cocktails and live music.

Cafe Thiry-A Fine Dining Seaside

Cafe Thirty-A – Seagrove  |  850-231-2166

Café Thirty-A is a casual fine-dining restaurant featuring grilled and fire-roasted seafood, meats, and poultry, wood-oven pizza, vegetarian fare and hedonistic, “architectural” desserts. The menu changes daily according to availability of ingredients. Fine wines and cocktails—including a creative menu of the best martinis in the area—complement each meal. The ambiance is open, casual, “islandy,” yet sophisticated, with vaulted ceilings, upside-down market umbrellas, hand painted chairs and intimate lighting.

Caliza Fine Dining Poolside Alys Beach

Caliza – Alys Beach  |  850-213-5700

Caliza Restaurant offers fresh local seafood, grilled steaks, pasta, soups, and a variety of salads. Try one of our signature cocktails while watching the sunset on the rooftop terrace overlooking Alys Beach. The spectacular setting overlooking the infinity pool, complemented by candles, soft lighting and comfortable coastal breezes make dining at Caliza Restaurant a truly memorable experience. Enjoying signature cocktails while watching the sunset on the rooftop terrace.

Fish Out of Water Seafood WaterColor

Fish Out of Water – WaterColor|  850-534-5050

It sets a glamorous scene overlooking the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with virtuoso cuisine and a distinctive wine list to match. The freshest local fish and meats, combined with an eclectic approach to traditional ways of preparing and serving food, translates into dishes unlike anything else offered in this area. The lounge area will offer featured cocktails, wines, and an assortment of local seafood. Experience the casually chic atmosphere of the lounge, while enjoying the night with friends and family.

Havana Beach Bar and Grill Rosemary Beach

Havana Beach Bar and Grill – Rosemary Beach  |  850-588-2882

Revel in the flavors of Gulf Coast Americana cuisine with Old World Spanish, Portuguese and French influences.  With meats, fish and produce from family-owned, small-producers within miles of your plate. Outdoor seating on the Veranda. Views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and Main Street. A smartly curated collection of wines and spirits. A hand carved mahogany bar worth sitting at.

Restaurant Paradis Rosemary Beach Fine Dining

Restaurant Paradis – Rosemary Beach  |  850-534-0400

Restaurant Paradis is a small fine dining restaurant, with a comfortable and inviting full service lounge. Evoking a warm neighborhood feel, the dining area features an understated wine country elegance. Open for dinner, Paradis is committed to serving fresh seasonal ingredients, which celebrate local produce and an abundance of fresh Gulf seafood, along with prime steaks and fine wines.

Stinky's Fish Camp Seafood 30A

Stinky’s Fish Camp – Dune Allen  |  850-267-3053

Stinky’s Fish Camp is setting a trend on the Emerald Coast of Florida. Fun, cool and comfortable, Stinky’s is a Seafood & Wine Bar that you just won’t want to leave. Only the freshest ingredients and local seafoods are used to create classic dishes, with a well thought out wine list that is based on taste, not price, to round out the experience. With two waterfront locations on the Emerald Coast, come by with your friends and hang out with us!

Wine World at Watercolor

Wine World at Watercolor | 850-231-1323

Wine World is Northwest Florida’s largest, most successful and influential full service retailer of fine wine, spirits and beer. Wine World also provides a selection of gourmet foods, cheeses and accessories in each of our nine locations from Pensacola to Panama City Beach. Five locations also provide unique dining and beverage services both casual and up-scale environments. Wine World was founded in 2000 by Chan Cox with its first location in Destin.

 

Panama City Beach Fine Dining

Captain Anderson's Seafood Panama City Beach

Captain Andersons  |  850-234-2225

Since 1967, Capt. Anderson’s has innovated many of the Gulf Coast’s classic dishes. It is a local tradition to dine early at Capt. Anderson’s, and watch the fishing fleets unload their catch. Named among America’s Top 50 restaurants, recipient of the “Best Seafood Restaurant” award from Southern Living and Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence,” Capt. Anderson’s won Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award for 15 years before being inducted into the Restaurant Hall of Fame in 2005.

Fire Fly Fine Dining Panama City Beach

Fire Fly  |  850-249-3359

Romantic seafood spot offering dining under a lit-up oak tree plus a creative menu and full bar.  you can enjoy a Mediterranean Bistro atmosphere under the grand old oak tree. Our ever changing menu is based on fresh, locally caught fish, imported exotic fish, and seasonal vegetables. The meats are cooked on an 1800 degree broiler which sears in the flavor. The meals are prepared with a passion for food and served with personality in presentation.

Saltwater Grill Seafood Panama City Beach

Saltwater Grill  |  850-230-2739

As soon as you enter our Panama City Beach, Florida, restaurant, you are presented with a panoramic view of our seven foot high, 25,000-gallon tropical saltwater aquarium. Both our Café dining room and Mermaid Room lounge offer dazzling views of this tropical reef and its nonstop parade of exotic sea creatures. Seafood, including Live Maine lobster, and choice Hand Cut Steaks are our specialty.

The Terrace Restaurant Fine Dining Panama City Beach

The Terrace Restaurant  |  850-231-5202

Genuine New York Chef Thomas Kindos’s restaurant, The Terrace, uses only the finest ingredients for their entrees and are prepared to order. Featuring fresh seafood, beef, lamb, pork and chicken. All carefully prepared and presented by a creative, friendly and experienced staff.  All combined with a relaxed, intimate, less rushed, cozy atmosphere. With an award winning wine list and fabulous martinis.