Restaurants in Panama City Beach

43% Off Seafood, Steak, and Cocktails at Groovy Grouper Grill

Destin

$30 $17

(139)

Pan-seared grouper thermidor with seaweed rice, bone-in pork with mashed sweet potatoes, and fish and chips; handcrafted cocktails and wine

43% Off at Roberto's Italian Pizzeria

Miramar Beach

$30 $17

Italian dinner specialties in a restaurant filled with flat-screen TVs and endless game-day coverage

Half Off Seafood at Poppy's Seafood Factory

Miramar Beach

$50 $25

This casual, fine dining restaurant serves up blackened lobster, boiled seafood, steaks, and pasta

Half Off at Hammerhead's Bar & Grille

The Village of Baytowne Wharf

$30 $15

(8)

Buckets of boiled shellfish and platters of fried seafood pair with tropical cocktails on the bay with dockside dining

Up to 53% Off Dinner and House Wine for Two or Four

Niceville-Valparaiso

$64 $32

(35)

Spicy tuna tartar mingles with avocado and mango-ponzu to begin meals of coffee-encrusted steak, seared pork chops, or shrimp and grits

Up to 40% Off American Comfort Food at Old Hag's Cafe

Fort Walton Beach

$25 $15

(100)

Chefs create traditional American comfort food recipes such as meatloaf, fish of the day, homemade macaroni and cheese, and chicken pot pie

49% Off a Sandwich Party Platter at Roly Poly

Multiple Locations

$36.95 $19

Choose from more than 35 cold wraps and hot-pressed sandwiches, or build your own; party platters come piled with 20 sandwich quarters

Up to 50% Off at Arlene Williams BBQ

Mulworth

$20 $11

Smoked ribs, pulled pork, and beef swimming in fiery sauce and complemented by sides including steamed okra and sweet-potato casserole

Up to 45% Off Seafood and Steak at O’Brien’s Bistro

Northeast Pensacola

$40 $22

Grilled meats and seafood entrees such as lobster-stuffed grouper at cozy café with fluorescent fish tank

Half Off Indian Cuisine at Passage to India48%

Southeast Pensacola

$25 $13

(74)

An extensive menu of dishes from across the Indian subcontinent, with chicken tandoori, lamb kebabs, fish curry, and more

40% Off Thai International Fusion Cuisine at Jasmine Fusion

North Central Pensacola

$20 $12

(35)

Golden walls and mod artwork set tone for stir-fried noodles, sushi rolls, fresh seafood, and curry with butternut squash and pineapple

$10 for American Food at Woodshed Grill and Brew Pub

West Pensacola

$20 $10

(12)

Juicy burgers, saucy chicken wings, nachos, and other pub favorites; sports games broadcast on more than 20 flat-screen TVs

45% Off Mediterranean Food at Jordan Valley Restaurant

Corry Heights

$20 $11

(9)

Mediterranean favorites such as spanakopita, fattoush salad, kafta kebabs, and chicken gyros are flavored with a signature mix of seasonings

50% Off American Cuisine at Mackey's Mudhouse and Grille

Pensacola's Rooftop Destination

$30 $15

Chefs cook up American comfort cuisine, from burgers and sandwiches to steaks and seafood, at a casual eatery with a rooftop dining area

Up to 50% Off at Hopjacks Filling Station

Southeast Pensacola

$20 $11

(8)

Eclectic dishes like oven baked sandwiches and pizzas served alongside 33 drafts and hundreds of bottles, as well as large selection of wine

$10 for American Comfort Food at Crazy Horse Cafe

Pensacola

$20 $10

(31)

Homestyle dinners such as country fried steaks, lemon-pepper catfish, and fried chicken breast with sides such as mashed potatoes and slaw

$8 for Southern Cuisine at CJ’s Kitchen & Grille

South Pensacola

$16 $8

(62)

Fried fish-fingers, shrimp, and crab cakes pair with homemade tartar sauce and coleslaw; french toast is dusted with powdered sugar

45% Off at Jen's Creoles Restaurant

Pensacola

$20 $11

(10)

Southern standbys such as blackened catfish, jambalaya, and corn maque choux at a restaurant specializing in creole food

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For more than two decades, Bud & Alley’s, winner of Florida Trend magazine's 2010 Golden Spoon Award, has sated appetites with steak and seafood fare and filled eyes with panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. After taking a seat in the relaxed yet elegant dining room, guests peruse the dinner menu's tempting entrees, such as steamed Prince Edward Island mussels flavored with thyme, feta, and a kick of chili flakes on grilled tuscan bread ($24). Southern-inspired sides enhance seafood plates, from a seared red snapper teamed up with sweet dill succotash and okra ($31) to seared diver scallops paired with creamy grits, fried capers, and an edible bust of William Faulkner ($32). A fillet steak served with portobello mushrooms and asparagus ($33) sets the stage for a classic romantic meal as couples clink and enemies hurl martinis or glasses of wine across the table ($8+). A visit to the rooftop bar infuses meals with a festive mood as revelers enjoy spectacular ocean views and sample a selection of top-shelf tequilas from Jose Cuervo, Patrón, and Sauza ($9).

2236 E County Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach,
FL
US

Scenically perched over the Gulf of Mexico's inviting waters, the seafaring chefs at Harbor Docks whip together tasty treasures crafted from the sea's naturally briny bounty. A parade of ceremonious appetizers opens oceanic feasts with fried crab claws ($10.99+) and fried grouper cheeks ($10.99); stuffed mushrooms are filled with less expressive, but equally delicious lump crab and monterey jack ($11.99). Famished fishermen can sink teeth and hooks into the market-priced catch of the day, culled from Harbor Docks's wholesale market and prepared to your taste, whether you prefer your fish blackened, broiled, sautéed, fried, chargrilled, or converted into a fetching hat. Sushi seekers can take a delectable detour through Harbor Docks's extensive menu of rolls and nigiri, nibbling traditionally prepared bites such as the eel- and avocado-laced Banzai Roll ($8.99). Or rub rice-y elbows with remixed creations such as the Cowboy Roll ($8.99), which corrals hunger using a combination of steak, green onion, and tiny seaweed lassos.

538 Harbor Blvd
Destin,
FL
US

It’s barely an exaggeration to say that Marlin Grill is a cornerstone of the Baytowne Wharf community—it occupies a grand, two-story corner space in the sprawling Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, its curving façade giving out on a patio facing the Events Plaza. As might be expected of a resort restaurant, the menu is broad and accommodating—there’s even a children’s menu with fried lobster and crab cakes among the chicken fingers—but creative preparations add zip to the steakhouse template. Filet mignon (dry-aged certified Angus, like all Marlin’s beef) is wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon and itself grilled over hickory just to show trees who’s boss, and a pair of cold-water lobster tails splash into kiwi-honey mustard sauce and mango chutney. Sides tend toward the impossibly rich, the mashed potatoes mixed with ricotta and the macaroni 'n' cheese studded with Tasso ham.

The drinks program is appropriately ambitious, covering more than 600 wines, a deep list of scotches and their allies, and fruity martinis, including a $10,000 version complete with one-carat diamond. The beer selection is a little more down to earth, centering on regional brews such as Georgia’s Sweet Water 420 Pale Ale and Florida’s Grayton Pale Ale.

The Village of Baytown Wharf
Destin,
Florida
US

When The Melting Pot originally opened in 1975 just outside Orlando, diners had just three options: swiss-cheese fondue, beef fondue, or chocolate fondue. The restaurant first expanded four years later, when an enterprising waiter at the initial location opened up a new outpost in Tallahassee. Today, the company—now owned by that original waiter, Mark Johnston, and his brothers Mike and Bob—reigns as the premier fondue, wine, and drink restaurant, stretching across North America with more than 140 restaurants. The restaurant's menu has also expanded, and patrons can now expect six varieties of hot dipping cheese paired with salads, entrees, and molten chocolate.

On a given night, groups of viscous-dip-loving foodies gather around tables to nosh on cheese-fondue appetizers and various salads while cooking steaks and seafood in a choice of healthy broth or oil. Birthday revelers and romance seekers cap decadent evenings sharing the chocolate desserts that have defined The Melting Pot for decades.

11394 US Highway 98 W
Miramar Beach,
FL
US

Waves crash on the shore. The sun slides lazily toward the world's edge, slowly igniting the sky into a fiery portrait of rouged clouds and canary-yellow streaks that darkens to purple along the horizon. A glass of white wine on the table turns amber in the light, and, across the table, a love interest seems to glow. Such a scene happens nightly at Beach Walk Cafe at Henderson Park Inn, thanks to it being perched directly on the white sand beaches of Destin and, just beyond it, the glittering waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Rated in the top 100 Most Romantic Hotels in America and a recipient of a Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award, Beach Walk’s menu adds to the upscale ambiance with New Zealand venison and pepper-crusted Yellowfin tuna, plus a wine list that complements any dish. The inimitable atmosphere has helped the hotel earn heaps of praise from the hospitality industry, including inclusion in Southern Living's prestigious Hotel Collection.

2700 Scenic Highway 98
Destin,
FL
US

Only a short burger flip from the Santa Rosa Sound, the red-and-yellow-checkered façade of Tops Hamburgers hints at the ample spread of ketchup and mustard one can expect to find on each of the restaurant’s burgers and dogs. Rather than overthink the menu, chefs keep things refreshingly simple with 100% beef patties and produce cut as the sun rises each morning. Cruise through the drive-thru for fried pickles or tots to go, or stop by the brick-paved dining room to challenge a server to a burger-skipping contest on the waters of the nearby Gulf of Mexico.

4629 Opa Locka Ln
Destin,
FL
US