Half-Shell Heaven: Take a Tasty Tour of the South Walton Oyster Trail
Whether you shuck ‘em, bake ‘em or slurp them raw - South Walton is packed with spots to snack on your favorite saltwater crustacean! We have listed the top spots to find your favorite vacay treat throughout our 26 miles of sugar-white sand. Do you consider yourself an oyster connoisseur and plan to shuck a fresh bag at your beach rental or are you a first-timer to this delicacy? Rest assured, we have picked the pearls of South Walton to visit on your next trip!
Specializing in locally sourced and fresh ingredients, Chef Matt Moore is serving up some of South Walton’s freshest seafood with one of the best views. Dive into a half-dozen, classic Gulf raw oysters while sipping on a famous FOOW cocktail - on Happy Hour every Tuesday - Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Great Southern Cafe: Seaside
Located in the heart of South Walton, Great Southern Cafe has been dishing up southern-inspired seafood favorites since 2006. Try out the Baked Oyster Trio, including Acadian, Rockefeller and Bienville-style oysters. Curious of the tequila bottles on the table? Check out Chef Jim Shirley’s famous Oyster Juice, available to sample or purchase as a souvenir.
Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill: Grayton Beach
The name says it all! This funky, Grayton Beach joint is the self-proclaimed “Pearl of 30-A,” where their menu has everything the storm blew in. For starters, try the Fried Oyster Nachos topped with Chipotle Creme and Pico de Gallo. Travel around the globe at Hurricane Oyster Bar with their raw oyster options, including Mexican, Japanese, Russian, German or the World Tour - all of the above!
Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar: Gulf Place
Named after the “hard to find shunk gulley” reef in the Gulf of Mexico, Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar is serving up some of the freshest seafood in South Walton. Today, the tower-like restaurant is the perfect spot to gaze over the Gulf with a plate of “naked” or grilled oysters - your choice of garlic parmesan or bacon cheddar jalapeño.
Stinky’s Fish Camp: Dune Allen
Oysters are served all day, all ways, so you know you are in the right spot. Complete with live music, famous Bloody Mary’s and tasty food nestled along Allen Lake in Dune Allen, Stinky’s Fish Camp is a must when visiting South Walton. The iconic “Oyster Log” is packed with 36 different styles - ranging from champagne butter, cheddar jalapeño, shrimp & crab Bienville, smoked gruyere & bacon, garlic butter and Rockefeller.
The Bay: Santa Rosa Beach
In addition to their popular sushi menu, The Bay has a wide variety of fresh seafood options served up daily. You can’t miss this South Walton must, marked with cafe lights at the foot of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Fried oysters are their specialty, served with a smoked- Vidalia onion tartar sauce. Enjoy these and a cold beer as you watch the sun set around the outdoor fire pit.
Vin’tij Food and Wine: Miramar Beach
What pairs better with oysters than a crisp glass of Pino? Vin’tij Food and Wine, located in Grand Boulevard, is your one-stop shop for the wine connoisseur or foodie in your life. Grab a bottle to share and celebrate over the Oyster Crostini. Sautéed oyster layer over a spinach crostini, paired with pickled red onions, capers and lemon butter.
Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill: Sandestin
If you are searching for an authentic Florida lunch spot, look no further than Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill on the Hilton Sandestin property inside the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. Just steps from the sugar-white sand, order your favorite frozen cocktail and pair it with the raw bar - fresh raw oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp and snow crab clusters.
Surf Hut: Miramar Beach
This west-side favorite will have something for everyone in your crew. Located off Scenic Gulf Drive, Surf Hut is the complete package, with tasty food and amazing Gulf views. If this is on your list to visit, be sure you are hungry and order the Captain’s Platter - fried local fish, Gulf shrimp, oysters, scallops, and gumbo.
Acme Oyster House: Seascape
Acme Oyster House, a branch of the 1910 New Orleans seafood company, has a long history of shucking the freshest oysters along the Gulf Coast. With a menu filled with raw and chargrilled options, oyster enthusiasts have traveled near and far to try out for a spot in the 15 Dozen Club. Think you have what it takes? The current record is a mere 42 DOZEN!
Where to Buy:
If you prefer to buy these briny bivalves by the bag and shuck them yourselves, South Walton offers this option, too! Buddy’s Seafood, located in the Seagrove neighborhood or Shrimpers Seafood Market can provide fresh oysters, along with fish, tuna dip and more. Goatfeathers Seafood Market has two storefronts for visitors, located in Seagrove and Santa Rosa Beach.