On the Waterfront: Beach Dining in South Walton
You came to enjoy the beach, so why not get the most out of the view? South Walton's sugar-white sand beach and turquoise water make an unbeatable backdrop for your meal, and that only makes the world-class cuisine stand out more. Whether you're looking for romance, casual eats or cocktails and a night out, there's a perfect spot for you.
Romance with a View
When you're looking for a romantic meal with that special someone, nothing beats a sunset on the water. Well, almost nothing – if the food and service are amazing, it sure doesn't hurt.
At Vue on 30a, you're set high up on a dune overlooking the pristine beach, with nothing between you and a glorious Gulf sunset. A menu of updated classics with plenty of fresh seafood is sure to please, and the dining room has a celebratory ambiance that’s perfect for special events.
For a southern twist on the best the Gulf has to offer, head to the recently-renovated Fish Out of Water in WaterColor. From Royal Red Shrimp & Grits to Day Boat Blackened Grouper, get the freshest dishes in a casual, beautiful space overlooking the water.
Casual Good Eats
What if you're just looking to hang out and have a good time, with great food and an amazing view?
Pull up a chair next to a bonfire at The Bay in Santa Rosa Beach, where there's often live music right on the bank of the Choctawhatchee Bay. With a wide-ranging menu that covers both an upgraded lobster roll and Vietnamese-style chicken wings, every palate will be pleased here. Family-friendly, it's a winner on all fronts, whether you're there for the atmosphere, the view or the food.
Prefer a rooftop view? Pescado overlooks the Gulf in Rosemary Beach in a sleek, sophisticated but casual space that provides an ever-changing view of the water. An eclectic menu accompanies the view, with small plates, a raw bar and shareable large-format dishes.
A Night Out
There's nothing like a night out on the town with friends, cocktails and a view. You bring the friends – South Walton has plenty of great spots to grab a drink and take in the view.
On the rooftop of The Pearl Hotel, you'll find the Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge, an elegant oasis dedicated to living and drinking well. With a classic bar serving craft cocktails, beer and wine, you might find yourself imagining you're in another time and place, at least until you order a few contemporary, Gulf-to-table dishes to share.
Or venture to a South Walton classic, Bud & Alley's, for great bites, a fun atmosphere and an iconic view of the beach. Signature cocktails put a twist on your favorite beach refreshments, and you're right in the middle of the action at the heart of Seaside.
Want to see more? Check out our Waterfront Dining video here.