Nestled in the area known as the Panhandle in northwest Florida, Destin is well known for its beautiful long, white sandy beaches lapped by the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, its pristine golf courses, and the charming Destin Harbor Boardwalk which boasts breathtaking views. Spend a day of fun in the sun at Big Kahuna’s water park or hiking through the dunes of Henderson Beach State Park before heading to one of these exceptional restaurants for a romantic dinner.
1.790 on the Gulf Restaurant
© 790 on the Gulf Restaurant
For fresh Cajun-accented seafood served in an elegant and refined ambiance with spectacular ocean views, head to 790 on the Gulf. Set within the Inn at Crystal Beach, the restaurant has an intimate dining room and lovely outdoor terrace where guests can wine and dine in style against a backdrop of amazing Gulf views. The restaurant serves a seasonal menu of delicious fare with Louisiana flavors ranging from fresh seafood and salads to delicious meat and chicken dishes, handcraft pasta and sauces, and an array of mouthwatering brunch items. 790 on the Gulf provides catering services for special occasions and private events and is open for lunch and dinner daily.
2996 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-650-4853
2.Beach Walk Cafe
© Beach Walk Café
Located in the Henderson Park Inn, the Beach Walk Café has been hailed as one of the most romantic dining destinations in the area. Boasting unfettered views of the Gulf and its beautiful beaches, the seaside café has an idyllic setting and is one of the best places to watch the sinking below the horizon while sipping colorful cocktails. The intimate dining room features a cozy fireplace and magnificent views, and the outdoor verandah offers the perfect place for romantic alfresco dining under the stars. Seasonal menus feature farm-to-table fare such as fresh local seafood, prime steaks, housemade pasta dishes, and crisp salads, all made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients. An extensive wine list of vintages from around the world accompanies the cuisine, along with handcrafted cocktails, and craft beers by the bottle and on tap. The Beach Walk Café is open for dinner every night.
3413, 2700 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-650-7100
Located in Market Shops at Sandestin, Bijoux is a romantic fine dining restaurant that serves dinner every night and promised an unforgettable dining experience. The beautifully appointed dining room has crisp white tableclothed tables and gleaming silverware, setting the tone for the sublime cuisine and award-winning wines that follow. The seasonal menu features the freshest Gulf seafood, prime steaks, organic salads, and vegetarian options, and mouthwatering desserts, all of which are prepared using locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. Guests can relax in the intimate Bijoux lounge, which features plush décor and leather sofas and serves an array of libations from the full-service, including classic cocktail and a large selection of specialty martinis. Bijoux is open for dinner every night of the week.
9375 US Highway 98 W #22, Miramar Beach, FL 32550, Phone: 850-622-0760
4.Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House
© Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House
Based on the beautiful Destin Harbor, Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House is a long-standing restaurant that serves locally sourced Southern-style seafood served in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere with gorgeous ocean views. The family-owned and operated restaurant moved from being a fine-dining establishment to a warm and welcoming family restaurant and today features a spacious dining area with two full-service bars and a lovely outdoor deck with seating for dining beneath the stars. The menu features Southern classics like fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, po’boys, and blackened catfish, as well as freshly shucked oysters and an array of fresh seafood dishes. An extensive wine list accompanies the cuisine, along with handcrafted cocktails and craft beers by the bottle and on tap, and the restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily.
414 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-424-7406
© Brotulas Restaurant
Overlooking the tranquil Destin Harbor, Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer is a locally-owned and operated restaurant with a warm, family-friendly vibe and beautiful harbor views. The waterfront restaurant specializes in fresh seafood from the Gulf, offering a wide selection of steamed and boiled shellfish platters, fresh catch-of-the-day fish and oysters on the half shell. In addition to serving the freshest seafood around, the restaurant is also known for its regional seafood specialties, delicious meat dishes, and wide variety of colorful libations from the bar. Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer serves lunch and dinner daily.
210 US-98, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-460-8900
6.Camille's at Crystal Beach
© Camille's at Crystal Beach
Camille's at Crystal Beach is a quiet, easygoing eatery that serves ocean-fresh seafood and handmade sushi in a tranquil setting. Set in the charming Beachside Inn, Camille’s serves breakfast and lunch daily with comfortable outdoor seating, which embraces the sights and sounds of the surrounding ocean. Seasonal menus feature locally-sourced and sustainably-caught seafood and naturally-raised beef and chicken dishes, as well as organic salads, vegetables and sides, and mouthwatering desserts. Sushi and sashimi are hand-made to order, and an extensive wine list of both local and imported wines accompanies the cuisine, along with handcrafted cocktails, and craft beers by the bottle and on tap. Camille's at Crystal Beach is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
2931 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-337-8860
7.Captain Dave's On the Gulf
© Captain Dave's On the Gulf
Captain Dave's On the Gulf is a long-standing go-to for the freshest local seafood, breathtaking views, and warm and welcoming inviting atmosphere. Established in 1968, the airy oceanside restaurant has been serving classically fried, grilled and broiled seafood against a backdrop of breathtaking ocean view ever since. Beautifully decorated in warm wood tones with floor-to-ceiling windows and a vast Molla-Molla hanging from the ceiling, the restaurant focuses on serving the freshest seafood in town, with a classic Florida-style menu featuring Gulf favorites like Grouper Parmesan, Cajun Redfish, and Broiled Lobster Tail. The cuisine can be paired with an excellent selection of casual wines, craft, and draft beers, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Captain Dave's On the Gulf is open for dinner, Wednesday through Monday.
3796 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-837-2627
8.Cuvée Kitchen and Wine Bar
© Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar
Set on the Emerald Coast Parkway, Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar is a stylish and sophisticated restaurant with sleek modern décor that serves a seafood-centric seasonal menu and fine wines. Inspired by French, Asian & Italian flavors, Executive Chef Allen Teuton creates sublime dishes using locally sourced and artisanal ingredients such as premium cuts of fish, meat and chicken, fresh farm produce, and organic herbs, salads, and vegetables. The cuisine is perfectly paired with an outstanding beverage program with craft cocktails, a globally-inspired wine list, and craft beers, and the restaurant is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
36120 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-460-2909
9.Half Shell Oyster House
© Half Shell Oyster House
For exceptional Southern-style seafood in a romantic atmosphere, head to Half Shell Oyster House, which promises an unforgettable fine-dining experience. The upscale-casual seafood eatery and bar specialize in serving fresh seafood, catch-of-the-day fish, shellfish and oysters, along with po' boys, prime steaks and fresh salads. Exposed brick interiors, ornate wrought iron railings, and romantic French Quarter lighting create an intimate ambiance, and a large copper bar overlooks the open kitchen where the culinary team produces exceptional cuisine. Pair your fare with a variety of libations from creative cocktails, craft beers and microbrews, and a selection of fine wines from some of the world’s top wine-producing regions. Half Shell Oyster House is open for lunch and dinner daily.
34761 Emerald Coast Pkwy #104, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-842-4788
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© Harbor Docks
Harbor Docks is a family-friendly waterfront restaurant that specializes in serving fresh seafood and handmade sushi in a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. Established in 1979, the vibrant waterfront hangout has a spacious dining room and a lovely outdoor deck for alfresco dining against a backdrop of Gulf views. The market-driven menu features a variety of fresh seafood, fish platters, and handmade sushi, succulent steaks and chops, organic chicken dishes, and crisp salads and vegetarian options, and the food is accompanied by an extensive wine list of both local and imported wines, handcrafted cocktails, and craft beers by the bottle and on tap. Harbor Docks is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
538 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-837-2506
© Louisiana Lagniappe
Louisiana Lagniappe is a premier dining destination for fresh Louisiana and fresh Florida seafood. The elegant waterfront restaurant has been serving exceptional Gulf seafood with a Creole flair for more than 30 years and continues to do so today with a menu of signature dishes like Louisiana crab cakes, oysters Lagniappe, jumbo lump crabmeat, red snapper, grouper almondine, and lagniappe stuffed shrimp. Other delicious items on the menu include 14-ounce rib-eye steaks, Maine lobster, and surf-and-turf, and an extensive wine list of both local and imported wines accompanies the cuisine, along with handcrafted cocktails, and craft beers by the bottle and on tap. The restaurant boasts an airy spacious dining room and lovely outdoor deck with beautiful harbor views and is a popular spot for lazy and laid-back brunches. Louisiana Lagniappe is open for dinner Monday through Sunday and Sunday brunch.
775 Gulf Shore Dr, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-837-0881
© Marina Café
Marina Café is an award-winning café that is renowned for its outstanding food, world-class wines, and impeccable service. The restaurant has a charming candlelit dining room with high ceilings, stylish décor in warm hues, and floor-to-ceiling windows that embrace breathtaking views of Destin Harbor, as well as a full-service bar lined with a selection of top-shelf spirits. The café serves a seasonal menu of market-driven fare, including daily seafood selections, fresh handmade sushi, house-made pasta and sauces, wood-fired pizzas with gourmet toppings, and prime steaks and chops. An extensive wine collection with over 100 wines from around the world perfectly complements the progressive cuisine, along with craft and draft beers and handcrafted cocktails. Marina Café is open for dinner daily.
404 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-837-7960
© Marlin Grill
Nestled in the heart of The Village of Baytowne in the Sandestin Resort, the Marlin Grill is one of the most excellent seafood and steakhouses on the Emerald Coast. Renowned for its superb cuisine and award-winning wine list, the restaurant is elegantly decorated with warm wood finishes, beautifully dressed tables, and exudes a timeless, intimate ambiance. The seasonal menu features delicious farm-to-table fare with dishes like kiwi fried twin lobster tails, pecan-crusted pork medallions, crab-stuffed grouper, and 28-day dry-aged steaks. An extensive wine list boasts over 600 wines from around the world, as well as a selection of craft and draft beers and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits, and the restaurant is open for dinner, nightly.
9100 Baytowne Wharf Boulevard, Destin, FL 32550, Phone: 850-351-1990
14.Mimmo's Ristorante Italiano
© Mimmo's Ristorante Italiano
Mimmo's Ristorante Italiano is a locally-owned and operated Italian restaurant that serves traditional Italian favorites and casual wines in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant is cozy and bright with wood and stone accents, comfortable tables and chairs, and a full-service bar serving a variety of libations from creative cocktails, craft beers, and microbrews, and a selection of fine wines from some of the world’s top wine-producing regions. Signature dishes include Linguini Frutti de Mare, Meat Lasagna, Pappardelle All’Aragosta, Scaloppine Al Limone, and a variety of wood-fired pizzas with gourmet toppings. An extensive wine list accompanies the cuisine, along with handcrafted cocktails and craft beers by the bottle and on tap, and the restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily.
979 US Hwy 98 E, Ste. 5, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-460-7353
© Pazzo Italiano
Pazzo Italiano is a family-owned and operated restaurant that has been serving traditional Italian fare for more than 20 years. The trendy local eatery exudes a cosmopolitan yet family-friendly and relaxed atmosphere and serves a menu of authentic Mediterranean food such as wood-fired pizzas with gourmet toppings, house-made pasta and from scratch sauces, fresh seafood and prime meat and chicken dishes, and decadent desserts. An extensive wine list of vintages from around the world accompanies the cuisine, along with handcrafted cocktails and craft beers by the bottle and on tap, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturday and Sundays.
34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy #114, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-974-5484
© Primrose Restaurant
Located in the Henderson Beach Resort & Spa, Primrose Restaurant offers a unique, exceptional dining experience in a stylish, relaxed atmosphere. Renowned for being Henderson’s signature dining experience, Primrose features an elegantly decorated dining room, an open display kitchen where guests can watch expert chefs showcase their skills, and a modern sushi bar. Diners can choose from an ever-changing Chef’s Dock-to-Table Menu, which features fresh seafood and fish dishes, prime steaks and chops, handmade sushi and rolls, and a variety of salads and vegetarian plates. The food is accompanied by an extensive wine list of both local and imported wines, handcrafted cocktails, and craft beers by the bottle and on tap. Primrose Restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch and dinner, daily.
200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-424-4453
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17.Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood
© Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood
Located in the luxurious Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafoods is a AAA 4-Diamond award-winning steakhouse that is a go-to for superb cuisine, global wines, and impeccable service. The stylish dining room boasts designer décor, fine linens, and soft lighting, and an intimate lounge, featuring music from a grand piano is the perfect place to enjoy a pre or post-dinner cocktail. Diners are treated to a captain’s service tableside with signature dishes like Dover Sole, Steak Diane, and Bananas Foster, and the restaurant’s wine collection boasts over 600 labels of both well-known and rare vintages from around the world. Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafoods is open for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
4000 S Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550, Phone: 850-622-1500
18.The Wine Bar
© The Wine Bar
Located in the Paradise Key Shopping Center at the Kelly Plantation, The Wine Bar is well-known for serving delectable and fantastic wines in an elegant, yet relaxed atmosphere. The bistro-style bar has cozy indoor seating for cooler evenings and a charming fully-climatized patio for alfresco dining under the stars. Seasonal menus offer delicious farm-to-table fare, including artisan cheese and charcuterie platters, fresh seafood and prime steaks, and chef's daily specials. An award-winning wine list features an excellent collection of fine wines from around the world, and a quaint and intimate wine cellar is available for private dinners and special occasions. The Wine Bar is open for lunch and dinner daily.
4424 Commons Dr. E Suite D2, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-269-2902
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19.Tuscany Italian Bistro
© Tuscany Italian Bistro
Tuscany Italian Bistro is a romantic restaurant on the Emerald Coast Parkway that offers a creative menu of traditional Northern Italian cuisine and an array of local and imported wines in a casual, laid-back setting. The soft, warm hues of Tuscany are highlighted in the elegant yet relaxed dining room, and a beautiful outdoor patio is adorned with hand-painted murals and cozy seating. The menu features mouthwatering dishes from all over Italy, including homemade gnocchi and ravioli, fresh seafood selections, succulent veal and chicken dishes, and delicious desserts. Daily chef’s specials are offered throughout the week, accompanied by award-winning wines from Italy and around the world, craft and draft beers, and handcrafted cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Owned by Chef Guglielmo Ianni, Tuscany Italian Bistro is open for dinner, nightly.
36178 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541, Phone: 850-650-2451
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20.Vin’tij Food & Wine
© Vin’tij Food & Wine
Located in the Grand Boulevard Shopping Center at Sandestin, Vin’tij Food & Wine is an award-winning restaurant and wine bar directly opposite the movie theater and a perfect spot for a pre-show dinner. Serving the community for more than 20 years, the restaurant is renowned for serving seasonally-inspired culinary creations prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and regional produce from fishermen, farmers, and purveyors in the deep South. Vin’tij also hosts highly acclaimed multi-course winemaker dinners and has a wine shop that sells rare, boutique wines from small family wineries all over the world. Vin’tij Food & Wine is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and weekend brunch.
500 Grand Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550, Phone: 850-650-9820
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20 Best Romantic Restaurants in Destin, FL
- 790 on the Gulf Restaurant, Photo: 790 on the Gulf Restaurant
- Beach Walk Cafe, Photo: Beach Walk Café
- Bijoux, Photo: Bijoux
- Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House, Photo: Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House
- Brotulas Restaurant, Photo: Brotulas Restaurant
- Camille's at Crystal Beach, Photo: Camille's at Crystal Beach
- Captain Dave's On the Gulf, Photo: Captain Dave's On the Gulf
- Cuvée Kitchen and Wine Bar, Photo: Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar
- Half Shell Oyster House, Photo: Half Shell Oyster House
- Harbor Docks, Photo: Harbor Docks
- Louisiana Lagniappe, Photo: Louisiana Lagniappe
- Marina Cafe, Photo: Marina Café
- Marlin Grill, Photo: Marlin Grill
- Mimmo's Ristorante Italiano, Photo: Mimmo's Ristorante Italiano
- Pazzo Italiano, Photo: Pazzo Italiano
- Primrose Restaurant, Photo: Primrose Restaurant
- Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood, Photo: Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood
- The Wine Bar, Photo: The Wine Bar
- Tuscany Italian Bistro, Photo: Tuscany Italian Bistro
- Vin’tij Food & Wine, Photo: Vin’tij Food & Wine
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