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On the Waterfront: Beach Dining in South Walton

10-25-2019


South Walton's sugar-white sand beach and turquoise water make an unbeatable backdrop for your meal, making our world-class cuisine stand out even more. Whether you're looking for romance, casual eats or cocktails and a night out, there's a perfect spot for you. 

South Walton's sugar-white sand beach and turquoise water make an unbeatable backdrop for your meal, making our world-class cuisine stand out even 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

For a romantic meal with that special someone, nothing beats a sunset on the water.

Fish Out of Water

At the recently-renovated FOOW (Fish Out of Water) in WaterColor, you’ll find great views along with a southern twist on scratch-made dishes. From Royal Red Shrimp & Grits to Day Boat Blackened Grouper, Chef Matt Moore serves the freshest dishes in a casual, beautiful space overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Not to mention, FOOW has one of the best happy hours in South Walton, complete with live entertainment – perfect for date night. 

Vue on 30a

At Vue on 30a, you’re set high up on a dune overlooking the pristine beach, with nothing between you and the glorious spectacle of a water-meets-sky horizon line. 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.

Casual Good Eats  

When you have a bait house, fishing charter and a restaurant all in one, you know you are about to enjoy some of the freshest seafood on the Gulf coast. Stinky’s Fish Camp offers a laid-back atmosphere and world-class fresh seafood just steps away from the Gulf, as well as outdoor seating along Lake Allen. Be sure to check out their famous Oyster Log and Sunday brunch!   

If you’re in the mood some zesty fish tacos, a tropical cocktail and a panoramic Gulf view, Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill on the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa property has you covered! Open to the public daily, they serve Gulf views in a relaxed, resort environment. After a cocktail and a South Walton sunset, head downstairs for a more upscale dinner at Seagar’s, the area’s only AAA Four-Diamond steakhouse.

The Bay in Santa Rosa Beach

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. 

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.

Pescado in Rosemary Beach

Are you partial to a rooftop view? Pescado overlooks the Gulf in Rosemary Beach in a sleek, sophisticated but casual space. An eclectic menu accompanies the view, with small plates, a raw bar and shareable large-format dishes.

Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge at The Pearl Hotel

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 imagine you're in another time and place, at least until you order a few contemporary, Gulf-to-table dishes to share.

Bud & Alley's in Seaside
Photo Credit: Bud & Alley's

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.

A taste of South Walton is in high demand, and some of our chefs have risen to the challenge. Being masters of their craft, some of these featured chefs, including Stinky's Fish Camp, FOOW and Hilton Sandestin culinary will be showcased outside of the destination, including in the 2019 Emeril Lagasse Foundation's Boudin, Bourbon & Beer Festival in New Orleans. Want to see more? Check out our Waterfront Dining video here.

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