Three Reasons Why Foodies Will Love the Heart of the Emerald Coast

If you consider yourself a foodie then you’ll love the unique offerings of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, Florida. Inspired by the glistening, emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, area diners experience delicious delights not found anywhere else. Leave your inhibitions behind and indulge in a new, flavorful culinary adventure.



Take your love of seafood to new heights with a meal straight from the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you’re picking up a rod and reel or just a fork, you’ll enjoy the freshest seafood at any one of a number of waterfront restaurants throughout the Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island area. Not only do many restaurants offer Gulf-to-Table dining, but several will also cook your catch for an incredible meal to top off a great day of fishing. Gulf-to-Table dining is the local, sustainable and unique dining experience every foodie has been dreaming of.

Notable Gulf-to-Table Dining Restaurants:

Local Brews

Delighting your taste buds isn’t exclusive to inspired dishes and one-of-a-kind eats. Raise a glass to the local brews and breweries not found anywhere else. Visit local favorite McGuire’s Irish Pub for its nightlife and entertainment and of course its highly-praised beer which the pub brews itself. The area also features two respected and accomplished brewers, Props Brewery in Fort Walton Beach and Destin Brewery. This is a must for any serious foody: enjoying an incredible Gulf-to-Table meal featuring seafood caught only hours before, paired with a full-bodied locally brewed beer. This is locally sourced dining at its finest.

Waterfront Dining

An exceptional meal means more than just fantastic food. Elevating your dining experience to the next level takes a setting that’s as unique and unforgettable as the food itself. Waterfront dining throughout Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island allows visitors the chance to indulge in mouthwatering culinary delights with a view that pairs perfectly with the beach-inspired tastes they’re enjoying. From beachfronts to harbor sides, to even toes-in-the-sand dining, there are a number of restaurants offering remarkable views with food to match.

Just some of our waterfront restaurants:

o   Jackacuda’s Seafood and Sushi

o   Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House

o   Harry T’s

o   Jester’s Mardi Gras Daiquiri’s

o   AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar

o   Dewey Destin’s

o   Brotula’s

o   Harbor Docks           

o   LuLu’s Destin

o   Angler’s Beachside Grill

o   The Gulf

o   Al's Beach Club & Burger Bar