Restaurants with Views

All cities have special traits, and the qualities that make them memorable also give rise to unique dining scenes. In Destin, we share our favorite selection of Restaurants with Views. These restaurants grant a distinctive experience, allowing you not only to indulge in great food but also to soak up the city's character and charm. One of the best, Boathouse Oyster Bar, has a sure hand with cuisine and hospitality, and Pompano Joe's keeps folks returning again and again. With one visit, it's likely that you'll become a regular as well.

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

Miracle Strip Parkway
Caffe Italia

Twinkling with white lights, this restaurant resides in a large home beside the water. Offering both indoor and outdoor dining, Caffe Italia prepares classic Italian cuisine with only the best ingredients. The bistecca alla pizzaiola flavors...  Read More

Anglers Beachside Grill and Sports Bar

Situated at the base of the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier, this casual eatery offers both beachside and outdoor dining. Popular with families, the restaurant has selections for children and adults. Salads, hamburgers and sandwiches satisfy any...  Read More

Boathouse Oyster Bar

Unassuming and relaxed, this simple, waterside eatery doesn't buy into the commercialization found so frequently at beach resorts. It doesn't pretend to be fancy, and it doesn't expect its clientele to be either. Grafitti marks the walls, and...  Read More

Miramar Beach
Pompano Joe's

Its beach location somehow seems appropriate for a restaurant that specializes in seafood. Pompano Joe's, ideal for the whole family, is open to gulf breezes and adds an island flair to local cuisine. Coconut shrimp comes with pineapple-jalapeno...  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

Beach Walk Café

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

The cat lounging out front gives indication of this place's casual atmosphere. Set right on the beach, windows are thrown open to gulf breezes and the crashing of the surf. Nautical lanterns and painted fish accent the all-wood interior, and...  Read More

AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar

AJ's is everyone's favorite place in Destin; the parking lot alone gives credence to that fact. The restaurant section of the complex, down by the harbor, is marked by a cascading water wall and fishing floats hanging overhead. The dining room...  Read More

Photos of proud fishermen bearing their catches cover the walls of this rustic establishment. Famous for its fresh seafood, Harbor Docks has several venues, including two hibachi tables, two bars and an upper deck. Entrees feature fried crab...  Read More