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5 of the Best Restaurants in Destin FL

The Beach Walk Cafe in Destin FL.

The city of Destin is home to some of the very best restaurants on the Florida Panhandle! Known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”, Destin’s eateries make spectacular use of freshly caught seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. With everything from breakfast joints to fine dining, you are guaranteed to find exactly what you are craving during your vacation. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Vacation Happily has put together a guide to five of the best restaurants in Destin FL.

1. Beach Walk Cafe

Beach Walk Cafe offers award-winning cuisine in an unparalleled atmosphere. Located at the Henderson Park Inn, this fine-dining restaurant overlooks a pristine white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Guests can enjoy a variety of dishes made with Destin’s signature seafood, including Eggplant Medallions with Crab Meat, Grouper Vince, Shrimp and Grits, and the Seafood Pasta “Rockefeller”.

For an unforgettable dining experience, consider booking the Beach Walk Cafe’s “Toes in the Sand” package, where guests eat their meal right on the beach. It’s easy to see why Beach Walk Cafe is considered one of the very best restaurants in Destin FL!

2. Donut Hole Cafe & BakeryA collection of tasty donuts.

A meal at the Donut Hole Cafe & Bakery is the perfect way to start your day. This beloved restaurant serves all of your breakfast favorites, including omelets, Belgian waffles, pancakes, french toast, and, of course, donuts. While the Donut Hole is most popular in the morning, it is open 24 hours a day, so you can always stop in for a special treat no matter what time it is. Be sure to save room for dessert, because their Key lime pie is out of this world!

3. Fat Clemenza’s

If you’re in the mood for Italian food during your trip to Destin, you can’t beat Fat Clemenza’s. This superb restaurant is famous for its delicious pizza, which is made in a wood-fired brick oven. In addition to the fantastic pizza, guests will also find an extensive selection of antipasti, salads, pasta dishes, and other entrees. With ingredients delivered straight from Italy, Fat Clemenza’s is the real deal.

4. McGuire’s Irish Pub

McGuire’s Irish Pub has been an institution in Destin for over 20 years. This excellent restaurant specializes in wood-grilled U.S.D.A. prime steaks and traditional Irish fare, such as shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and boxty (a type of potato pancake). McGuire’s is also home to a wonderful brewery that makes ales, porters, stouts, and even root beer. A highlight of a meal at McGuire’s is seeing over a million dollar bills hanging from the restaurant’s walls.

Sushi being picked up with chopsticks.5. Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi

Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi is an eclectic restaurant that is sure to have something for everyone. Situated at the HarborWalk Village, Jackacuda’s serves mouthwatering seafood dishes, including oysters, shrimp, crab, mussels, grouper, and a great selection of sushi creations. If you’re not in the mood for seafood, we recommend the restaurant’s chicken and waffles, Southern-style mac and cheese, or the blackened filet mignon.

When you stay with Vacation Happily, you will be just a short drive from all of the best restaurants in Destin FL. Our beautiful condos and vacation homes come with your choice of wonderful amenities, including full kitchens, balconies with gorgeous views, hot tubs, swimming pool access, and many other great features. To start planning your escape, browse our selection of vacation rentals in Destin!