Planning a vacation to Destin? You’re in for a treat! Our charming coastal town not only offers stunning beaches and thrilling water activities but also boasts a vibrant culinary scene. From fresh Gulf seafood to mouthwatering Southern cuisine, Destin has it all.

 

Other than parasailing, no trip to Destin would be complete without sampling some of the local restaurants. Whether you’re craving oysters with a view of the harbor or a casual beachfront snack, we’ve curated a list of the must-try restaurants that will tantalize your taste buds and make your vacation even more memorable. Dive in and discover the delicious side of Destin!

 

AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar

Since 1984, AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar has been a Destin Harbor favorite, renowned for its fresh Gulf Coast oysters and refreshing drinks. What started as a local oyster shack has evolved into a landmark destination with four locations along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Known for its vibrant atmosphere, AJ’s offers fresh seafood, live music, amazing views and exciting water activities, making it a must-visit spot for both locals and tourists.

 

Harry T’s Lighthouse

Perched at the mouth of the Destin Harbor in HarborWalk Village, Harry T’s Lighthouse boasts some of the best panoramic views in the Panhandle. Specializing in locally sourced seafood, Harry T’s partners with top local distributors to offer fresh flavors of the area that you are sure to enjoy. The menu features American cuisine, including seafood, steak, chicken, and pasta, with a daily brunch and bottomless champagne that adds to the delightful dining experience.

 

McGuire’s Irish Pub

Opened in 1996 on the beautiful Destin Harbor, McGuire’s Irish Pub offers great food and lively Irish entertainment. This 500-seat pub captures the essence of a ‘Turn of the Century New York Irish Saloon,’ with an additional 150 seats on The Deck for stunning harbor views. Famous for its unique atmosphere with over a million signed dollar bills hanging from the ceilings and walls, McGuire’s has been repeatedly voted Best Steakhouse and Best Restaurant from Best in the Bay.

 

Pompano Joe’s

Featured by the Travel Channel as the Ultimate Beach Snack Shack and one of the World’s Best Beach Restaurants, Pompano Joe’s Seafood House in Destin is a must-visit. Known for its fresh Gulf seafood with a Caribbean twist, Pompano Joe’s offers a unique dining experience. This beachside eatery takes pride in its daily deliveries of high-quality seafood, famous for dishes like their award-winning Seafood Gumbo, ensuring every bite is a flavorful delight.

 

Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House

Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House, located on the stunning Destin Harbor, brings over 40 years of culinary dreams and experience to life. Originally the esteemed Flamingo Cafe, Boshamps evolved into a casual yet exceptional dining destination, focusing on family-friendly, Gulf-to-table Southern cuisine. With a commitment to using the finest ingredients, Boshamps invites guests to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while savoring amazing seafood and oysters, a staple of dining in the Destin area.

 

Feed Your Wild Side With a Parasailing Adventure

Destin’s culinary scene is a paradise for food lovers, with its array of exceptional restaurants offering fresh seafood and delightful Southern cuisine. Make your vacation unforgettable by indulging in these local favorites.

After satisfying your taste buds, add some excitement to your trip with a breathtaking view from above. Start by booking your parasailing trip today!

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