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Where to Eat Outside in Destin and on 30A 

Wondering where to eat outside during your next beach vacation? There are a variety of restaurants along the Emerald Coast where you can enjoy delicious cuisine along with fresh air, Florida sunshine and beachy breezes. Whether you want Gulf views for a romantic date night or a pretty patio for a casual lunch, here are the best restaurants with outdoor dining in Destin and on 30A. 

Destin Restaurants with Gulf Views

Not sure where to eat outside in Destin? These waterfront restaurants are located just steps away from the sugar-white sand and emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and coastal-inspired dishes as you watch the waves roll in or a stunning sunset. 

  • Pompano Joe’s offers Caribbean-influenced seafood and a colorful beachfront patio. 

  • The Back Porch is known for Gulf seafood, Apalachicola oysters and spectacular views.

  • The Crab Trap is located at James Lee Park and serves a variety of seafood including their signature Hot Crab Dip and daily specials. 

  • 790 on the Gulf ’s menu features Florida seafood with Louisiana flavors. 

  • Whale’s Tail at Seasape is a casual eatery that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

  • The Surf Hut is a laidback option dishing up classic seafood, BBQ ribs, frozen drinks and more. 

Destin Harbor Restaurants 

For a different yet equally as beautiful view of the water, these restaurants along the harbor offer great outdoor dining in Destin. Watch boats cruise by, catch a sunset or check out the beautiful homes on Holiday Isle as you dine at these eateries: 

  • Harbor Docks : This waterfront hangout features deck seating where you can enjoy seafood specialties and some of the best sushi in town. 

  • Dewey Destin’s Harborside offers fresh seafood, salad, steaks and more with an Old Florida feel.

  • Boathouse Oyster Bar is the place to be for fresh oysters and live tunes. 

  • Boshamps serves up Southern-style seafood in a casual setting complete with two full bars and a sandy beach area for the kids to play. 

Destin Patios

Outdoor dining in Destin doesn’t end there! Head inland for even more amazing restaurants. These locally owned establishments offer patio dining that pairs perfectly with their mouth-watering menu items. 

  • Mimmo’s has patio seating where you can order authentic Italian cuisine. 

  • The Pancakery offers a wide selection of breakfast and lunch items that can be enjoyed outside.  

  • Camille’s Café is walking distance from our Crystal Beach vacation rentals and serves breakfast, lunch, coffee and juices. 

  • East Pass Coffee Co. has excellent coffee, breakfast sandwiches, acai bowls and more that you can savor outdoors. 

Grand Boulevard

Just a short drive or golf cart ride away from our Sandestin vacation rentals, Grand Boulevard offers several options for outdoor dining including patios at Vin’tij , The Craft Bar , Cantina Laredo and Black Bear Bread Co. To work off your big meal, walk around the bustling boulevard and check out the premier shops and entertainment. 

The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Located along the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay, The Village of Baytowne Wharf boasts a wide array of eateries. This spectacular setting is a lively spot to sip on a refreshing cocktail or try unique seafood dishes. 

  • Hammerhead’s Bar & Grille overlooks the Choctawhatchee Bay and offers live music in a family/pet friendly atmosphere. 

  • Marlin Grill is an excellent spot for fine dining. Plus My Vacation Haven guests receive a free bottle of house wine with the purchase of two entrées. 

  • Slick Lips is a seafood restaurant and oyster bar that concentrates on fresh ingredients, locally caught fish and an assortment of fresh oysters. 

Santa Rosa Beach

As you make your way from Destin towards 30A, you might feel overwhelmed with too many choices about where to eat outside. It’s hard to choose between these delectable restaurants!

  • The Bay : This waterfront hangout boasts a deck, seafood dishes, sushi, craft cocktails and live music. 

  • Louis Louis : You can’t go wrong with anything on this small, yet amazing chalkboard menu. 

  • Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar : Outdoor dining on 30A doesn’t get much better than at this breezy, open-air eatery that features seafood, unique cocktail, live music and Gulf views.

Grayton Beach

There is no shortage of outdoor dining on 30A. Grayton Beach boasts an eclectic selection including Spanish-inspired beach fare at Chiringo , succulent seafood at Hurricane Oyster Bar and elevated pub favorites at Grayton Beer Brewpub . You won’t leave hungry!


Dine al fresco at one of the many Seaside restaurants including Great Southern Café , Bud & Alley’s and food trucks along Airstream Row. This charming beach town can be bustling in the summer, so the best way to get around is by bike! 

Rosemary Beach

There are numerous Rosemary Beach restaurants that offer outdoor seating along the picturesque Main Street. Satisfy your sweet tooth at La Crema , enjoy Southwestern-style bites at Cowgirl Kitchen or take your meal to new heights at Pescado Seafood Grill & Rooftop Bar . There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy! 

Are you hungry yet? Our vacation rentals are just a short distance away from some of the best outdoor dining on 30A and in Destin. Click here to view all of the gorgeous properties My Vacation Haven has to offer. If you’re craving a trip to the beach, we’re here to help! And to make your vacation even sweeter, we have partnered several restaurants to offer  exclusive dining discounts to our guests.