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Here’s To A View: Waterfront Dining In South Walton

With 26 miles of sparkling white sand beach along the Gulf of Mexico, visitors to South Walton have endless opportunities to pair breathtaking views with outstanding dining in any of our 16 unique beach neighborhoods.

From casual, coastal fare to upscale fine dining, foodies can treat their taste buds to the culinary creations of South Walton’s award-winning chefs.

Miramar Beach

Royal Palm Grille is located in the Surfside Resort and offers diners an unrivaled view of the Gulf of Mexico along Scenic Gulf Drive. Executive Chef Mark Hall and Sushi Chef Arnel Papa are the masterminds behind Royal Palm Grille’s menu, which is a showcase of culinary styles, personality and down home goodness. Whether a fan of surf or turf, your palate will not be disappointed. Royal Palm Grille is an ideal location to grab a bite to eat, enjoy a cocktail or just relax and catch a sunset. Offering a beach bar directly on the sand, as well as beach bonfires, Royal Palm Grille is a popular hangout. To learn more about Royal Palm Grille, visit http://www.royalpalmgrille.com/
1096 Scenic Gulf Dr, Miramar Beach

Pompano Joe’s Seafood House is located along Scenic Gulf Drive and boasts wide open views of the Gulf of Mexico whether you choose to sit indoors or on the outside patio. The colorful window trim and patio umbrellas give Pompano Joe’s a distinctive flair, and the menu is bursting with fresh seafood, from fried shrimp po’boys and tender calamari to perfectly prepared grouper and other local catches. Don’t miss the gumbo, which won the Sandestin Gumbo Contest three times. Pompano Joe’s serves up its tasty eats seven days a week. To learn more about Pompano Joe’s, visit http://www.pompano-joes.com/
2237 Scenic Gulf Highway, Miramar Beach

The Surf Hut is located on the east end of Scenic Gulf Drive and is the relative newcomer on the block, featuring open air dining. The menu offers more than your traditional beach fare, as St. Louis style barbecue ribs are a staple, but other favorites include the shrimp and grits, peel and eat shrimp, and crab claws. Cold libations are available to cool you down on a hot summer day, so belly up to the bar at the Surf Hut and “Hang Ten on the Wave of Life,” as they like to say. Oh, and did we mention there’s a custom game area on the beach where you can showcase your cornhole skills? To learn more about The Surf Hut, visit http://www.surfhutdestin.com/
551 Scenic Gulf Dr.


Whale’s Tail Beach Bar & Grill is located directly on the sugar white beach at the Seascape Resort and has been serving up fresh seafood and cold cocktails for more than 30 years. Whether you choose to sit in the air conditioning or outside on the deck enjoying the Gulf breezes, Whale’s Tail showcases waterfront dining in the purest form. The menu is a diverse mix of seafood, sandwiches, burgers and wraps, so there are definitely options for the choosiest of tastes. Open seven days a week, Whale’s Tail serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. To learn more about Whale’s Tail, visit https://www.seascape-resort.com/the-whales-tail-destin
1373 Scenic Gulf Dr., Seascape


The Beach House is located in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort next to the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa and offers up views that are the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram post. From grouper tacos and charred chicken wings to perfectly grilled burgers and fresh fish tacos, the menu is chocked full of comforting favorites served up in a casual setting. “Relax. Eat. Drink.” is the motto at The Beach House, and after you visit you’ll certainly see why. With plenty of drink specials, The Beach House is a perfect gathering spot for a cold beer, frozen cocktail or alcohol-free specialty drink. To learn more about The Beach House, visit http://thebeachhousesd.com/
4009 S Sandestin Blvd, Sandestin

Sunset Bay Café is located within the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort directly on the Choctawhatchee Bay. Overlooking the bay, it’s not uncommon to see the waters bustling with activity, as paddle boarders, kayakers and fisherman go about their business. Perfectly situated to capture cool bay breezes, the outdoor seating is an ideal spot to grab a bite. Open for breakfast and lunch, the menu is a mosaic of flavors with favorites including the Hillbilly Benedict and signature Sunset Bay Omelet, the Shrimp Grilled Cheese or T-Mac’s Tacos. So grab your sweetheart, best friend or your family and enjoy one of the best views in town. To learn more about Sunset Bay Café, visit http://www.sunsetbaycafesandestin.com/

158 Sandestin Blvd N, Sandestin

The Marina Bar and Grill is perfectly nestled on the Choctawhatchee Bay within the Village of Baytowne Wharf at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The rustic and cozy atmosphere offer up a great location for breakfast, lunch or dinner with family and friends. The crispy fried pickles are a dynamite way to kick off any meal, before choosing from options that include fresh salads and burgers, fish tacos, Gulf grouper or Southern style crab cakes. The Marina Bar and Grill will also cook your catch, whether you prefer fried or blackened, so bring on those filets! To learn more about the Marina Bar and Grill, visit http://www.sandestin.com/dining

9100 Baytowne Wharf Boulevard, Sandestin

Hammerhead’s Bar and Grill is located in the Village of Baytowne Wharf at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The local eatery is known for its casual atmosphere and spectacular views. Who doesn’t want to soak up some Florida sunshine with an active marina serving as the backdrop? Whether you like your oysters raw or chargrilled, Hammerhead’s has you covered. The menu ranges from gumbos and salads to fresh seafood (blackened, grilled or fried) and seafood boils. Be sure to round your meal out with a slice of key lime pie or New Orleans-inspired bread pudding. To learn more about Hammerhead’s Bar and Grill, visit http://hammerheadsbarandgrille.com/

137 Fisherman’s Cove, Sandestin

Santa Rosa Beach

The Bay is located at the southeast foot of the 331 Bridge, directly overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay. Under the watchful eye of Chef Jim Shirley, The Bay treats diners to a menu full of mouth-watering, Southern Gulf cuisine and carefully crafted sushi. The Bay serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, showcasing local ingredients in dishes like the pesto snapper and crab cakes, Faux Ya Ya (a take on shrimp and grits) and an array of rolled-to-order sushi. You’ll also find plenty of local beers, wines and cocktails to sip while bellying up to the bar or enjoying the view of the bay from the patio. The Bay is open seven days a week. For more information about The Bay, visit http://www.baysouthwalton.com
24215 Hwy 331, Santa Rosa Beach 

Vue on 30A is located along Scenic Highway 30A at the Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club. Known for framing amazing Gulf views, Vue is certainly an ideal setting for a wedding or special gathering. Offering lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Vue’s menu – carefully curated by Chef Isley Whyte – will leave you wanting to order one of each item. Start off with some lobster mac & cheese and tuna carpaccio before diving into the slow roasted duck or pan-seared scallops. Vue on 30A is open seven days a week. To learn more about Vue on 30A, visit https://vueon30a.net/
4801 Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach


Fish Out of Water, known as FOOW, is located in the Watercolor Inn and boasts remarkable views of sand dunes, neighboring Grayton Beach State Park, and of course sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico. Upscale without being fussy, the restaurant has earned a four-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide and a AAA 4-Diamond Award, so it certainly won’t disappoint. The menu was carefully planned by Executive Chef Todd Rogers and his culinary team to provide a premium dining experience. Gulf grouper, Brick Chicken, duck, and sizzling steaks are just some of the menu items featured at Fish Out of Water. Whether before or after your meal, the chic cocktail lounge is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and unwind. To learn more about Fish Out of Water, visit http://www.watercolorresort.com/dining/fish-out-of-water
34 Goldenrod Cir, Watercolor


Bud & Alley’s is located along Scenic Highway 30A and has been serving up tasty eats to Seaside’s residents and visitors for more than two decades. Bud & Alley’s, named after town founder Robert Davis’ dog and the restaurant owner’s cat, is known for its Southern coastal classics and farm-and-sea-to-table dining, as well as its amazing views of the Seaside beach. You’ll find everything from small plates and salads on the menu to a BBQ braised pork shank and plethora of fresh seafood options. The rooftop bar at Bud & Alley’s is the ideal gathering spot to sip on a cold drink and catch a Florida sunset. Bud & Alley’s is open six days a week. To learn more, visit http://www.budandalleys.com/
2236 Hwy 30A, Seaside

The Shrimp Shack is located along Scenic Highway 30A and offers diners a waterfront dining experience with a casual menu showcasing fresh seafood. So when dining, whether you choose one of the Shrimp Shack’s salads, sandwiches, like the Florida lobster roll, Apalachicola oysters, or steamed peel and eat Gulf shrimp, you’ll be in heaven. The Shrimp Shack, which was named as one of “America’s Best Waterfront Seafood Shacks” by Travel + Leisure, is open for lunch and dinner. To learn more, visit http://www.sweetwilliamsltd.com/shrimp_shack.asp

2236 E Co Hwy 30A, Seaside

Rosemary Beach

The Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge is located atop The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach and offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico across the parks and elegant architecture of Rosemary Beach. The Rooftop Lounge offers bistro-style seating and communal tables, which encourage guests to mix and mingle. Two fire pits with seating, as well as four cabanas provide the ideal space to relax and indulge in a cold cocktail or delicious bite from the Havana Beach Bar & Grill, a AAA Four Diamond and Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award Winning Restaurant. From burgers and a Cuban sandwich to braised beef short ribs and seafood paella, there’s a menu full of delectable eats. To learn more about the Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge and the Havana Beach Bar & grill, visit http://www.thepearlrb.com/dining/rooftop-lounge-en.html

63 Main Street, Rosemary Beach

Pescado is located near Town Hall in beautiful, idyllic Rosemary Beach and offers sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico. Pescado offers upscale dining with extraordinary craft cocktails, a mouthwatering menu, and attention to detail in every aspect of the restaurant. Sunsets don’t get any better than the ones at Pescado. To learn more about Pescado, visit their website at https://rooftop30a.com/

74 Town Hall Road, Rosemary Beach