Dive into the unique culinary palette of the Florida Panhandle during your next visit to Destin!

While a large portion of Florida is inspired Miami cuisine, Caribbean cuisine, and Latin American cuisine, the Florida Panhandle has its own undertones that are different than the rest of the state. Sharing the coastline with New Orleans and other Creole and French inspired destinations, the natural progression of following the coast arrived in many Destin restaurants and styles of cooking. Another incredible drawl to come to Destin for the plentiful options of fresh, local seafood easily caught at “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. From fine dining establishments to seafood shacks near the water, Destin has a little bit of something for every palette and dining experience.

Of course, Take-out, delivery or cook-in are among your daily choices to consider along with traditional dining out at one of the nearby seafood and specialty restaurants.

Some of our Favorite Restaurant Recommendations

Chef and owner, Guglielmo Ianni, has been preparing authentic Northern Italian cuisine since 1976. He began in Chicago and Wisconsin, but since 1991, he has brought to the Emerald Coast of Florida a fine Italian dining experience. Legendary for his seafood and pasta dishes, one of Guglielmo’s signature entrees is the whole fish of the day; locally caught fresh red snapper for your dining enjoyment.

In 1984, Louisiana Lagniappe in Destin was opened and established inside Sandpiper Cove condominiums. A loyal following was quickly established, in no small part, to the quality of the food and the attention to detail of the service. Since then, Louisiana Lagniappe has consistently served only the freshest seafood and steaks. The Gulf seafood is prepared with a Creole flair, the attire is casual, yet an upscale waterfront dining experience is provided for the entire family. Open year round, Louisiana Lagniappe is the spot for a memorable dining experience on all levels. With there being hundreds of restaurants in Destin, Lagniappe is consistently ranked in the Top 10 restaurants on TripAdvisor and wins the Award of Excellence every year.

Locals favorite for lunch and dinner. Best sushi bar in Southeast US! Outdoor deck overlooking the Harbor is the "Dance Place". Harbor Docks has been a Destin seafood restaurant tradition since 1979. When you’re looking for fresh seafood and exceptional service, look no further than Harbor Docks.

The World Famous AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar in beautiful Destin, Florida! Perched upon the bluffs of Destin's historic inner harbor with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico, you are about to discover why AJ's has been the premiere spot for fun and family entertainment for over three decades!

Popular Irish bar with pub grub, ales brewed on-site & live music on the sunset deck most nights. Inside the pub you'll find a turn-of-the-century, New York Irish Saloon themed 615-seat restaurant. We are celebrated for our atmosphere boasting more than One Million signed dollar bills hanging from the ceilings and walls of the Pub.