Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Destin dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Destin Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

The first thing you notice when you step inside this brewpub is the thousands of dollar bills that hang like foliage from the ceiling. Signed by pleased patrons, they add extra green to the Irish memorabilia already on display. The restaurant's...  Read More

Santa Rosa Beach

An ocean view and trendy blue-tiled sushi bar enhance this large dining room's appeal. Soft shades of yellow and green dominate the interior, and guests may dine at either a table or semi-circular booth. The kitchen boasts flavorful fish and...  Read More

Picolo Restaurant & The Red Bar

Legendary in the area, this restaurant's decor is part beach shack, part thrift store and part retro club. Walls and ceilings are papered with posters and funky mirrors, and the place has a laid-back, devil-may-care attitude. Since the...  Read More

Cuvee Bistro

Named for the practice of blending wines in order to achieve a particular flavor, this restaurant is a master at combining elements for incomparable dining. Set in a contemporary pueblo, the restaurant shares quarters with a cozy wine bar. The...  Read More

One of the Emerald Coast's most celebrated restaurants, this waterfront eatery serves American cuisine with Asian and European influences. Its chef, Tim Creehan, creates dishes such as tempura-fried grouper with black bean sauce and stir-fried...  Read More

Seagrove Beach
Cafe Thirty-A

Gulf Coast architecture figures prominently in this yellow clapboard building, trimmed in white and topped by a metal roof. Inside, exposed rafters and ductwork are painted white, and market umbrellas hang from the ceiling. The menu features...  Read More

Leonard Destin, who founded the beach town in 1835, happens to be Dewey's great, great grandfather making this restaurant a true Destin establishment that shouldn't be missed. Besides the intriguing history of the restaurant, this seaside...  Read More


Refined and sophisticated, this classy establishment gleams with polished wood and stone. Its culinary emphasis is on seafood, steaks and wine, but the focus extends to spirits and cigars as well. Entrees include Maine lobster, swordfish,...  Read More

This long-standing local favorite, named for a dog and a cat, is a half hour's drive from Destin but definitely worth the trip. Devoted to fresh seafood, the owners also choose the best ingredients from area farmers. They transform these goods...  Read More

Recipient of numerous awards, this fantastic restaurant couples imaginative cuisine with impeccable service and a stunning view of the harbor. The menu, which changes daily, culls inspiration from a variety of traditions, resulting in Japanese...  Read More

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