Top 10 Restaurants in Destin, Florida

The Emerald Coast’s beautiful snow-white sand and blue-green waters have attracted travelers for years. And with the large number of guests, and growing number of residents, this area of Northwest Florida is also a “foodies” dream with amazing restaurants up and down the coast. Xtreme H2O Sports is family-owned with a home-grown, local crew that compiled a list of our favorite restaurants in Destin and Fort Walton Beach, where we live and work year-round. In no particular order, here is a list of ten of our favorite Destin Restaurants.

1. Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant

Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant (the original) – One of Destin’s “must see” landmarks, and family favorite, Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant is located next to one of our Xtreme H2O Sports locations and the Destin Marina on Calhoun Avenue. Directly on the docks of the Choctawhatchee Bay, with beautiful views of Crab Island, Dolphins and daily sunsets. Casual dining on the docks and tasty seafood – enjoy an afternoon and evening Parasailing and Jet Ski Rentals followed with dinner and sunset at Dewey Destin! Click here to view their menu.

 2. Harbor Dock’s

Harbor Docks is a local’s favorite, offering fresh and delicious seafood for over 40 years on the Destin Harbor. Perfect for family gatherings and celebrations or date night too with excellent outdoor dining and indoor seating with views as well! Famous for local, fresh seafood and amazing sushi offerings. Harbor Docks is located close to our Harbor location and it would be an excellent plan to rent a Pontoon Boat with us and visit Harbor Docks for lunch by water! Click here to view their menu.

3. Mimmo’s Ristorante Italiano

Mimmo’s Ristorante Italiano is an authentic Italian eatery in Destin perfect for families and date nights. Located in the heart of Destin (near Target and Winn Dixie). Vibrant décor with indoor seating, a beautiful bar as well as outdoor dining and reservations are accepted! Click here to view their menu.

4. The Harbor Tavern

The Harbor Tavern is one of our crew’s favorites for lunch on a busy day in the season and a spot to hit up afterwards for live music! Just walking distance from Xtreme H2O on the Destin Harbor, grab lunch to go for a picnic and rent your Pontoon Boat with us for a fun afternoon on the water. Harbor Tavern is great for families, to-go and a night out with adults! 

5. Pepitos Mexican Restaurant

Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant has been pleasing Destin customers for over 20 years with excellent service and consistent, fresh and tasty lunch and dinner. With 4 locations in the area, plan to visit for authentic Mexican cusisine while you’re in town! Perfect for family get togethers, business lunch meetings, birthday party celebrations and more with private dining rooms and outdoor dining available! Click here to view their menu.

6. Marina Café

Marina Café is Destin’s most popular, fine-dining restaurant located on the Destin Harbor. Famous for amazing happy hour specials, sunsets and romantic evenings on the water. Ideal location to dine al fresco and watch the Destin Fireworks that are scheduled every Thursday during the season! Xtreme H2O Sports ‘Skywalker Parasailing’ location is on the docks directly behind the restaurant. Click here to view their menu.

7. Boshamps Oyster House

Boshamps Oyster House also located on the Destin Harbor is an awesome spot for lunch or dinner and Sundays are usually festive with live music and a great play area for kids and families- even dogs are welcome at Boshamps! Xtreme H2O Sports has a parasailing location right next door and it’s walking distance to the Destin Harbor district. Click here to view their menu.

8. McGuire’s Irish Pub

McGuire’s Irish Pub in Destin is part of your “bucket list” for dining while in Destin! No trip is complete without visiting this clever and tasty spot for lunch or dinner. Great for families or an evening with friends, but expect a wait during the season as it’s very popular! Located close to our Xtreme H2O locations, with fantastic views available from the top floor to span Destin’s East Pass, the Destin Harbor and Crab Island. Click here to view their menu.

9. Local Market

Local Market is a casual community restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner on Holiday Isle in Destin, Florida. Locally owned and operated and perfect for families with a wide variety of menu options. Click here to view their menu.

10. Louisiana Lagniappe

Louisiana Lagniappe is one of Destin’s most desired seafood restaurants with a lengthy menu full of many options and amazing views. Located inside Sandpiper Cove on Holiday Isle with beautiful views of the Destin Harbor open nightly for dinner. The wait is worth this incredible view and ambiance! Click here to view their menu.

Bachelorette Party at Crab Island in Destin, Florida

Plan your Bachelorette Party at the beach! What better excuse for a girl’s trip to beautiful Destin, Florida. It’s become quite popular for brides-to-be and her family and friends to celebrate coastal style. Xtreme H2O Sports in Destin and Fort Walton Beach offers Pontoon Boat and Jet Ski Rentals for the ultimate party on the water! Offering a Double Decker Pontoon Boat with slide as well as standard, 24′ Pontoon Boat for up to 12 people. Plan a day on the water with your favorite ladies to celebrate this exciting time. 

Pack a cooler with your favorite snacks and beverages, order fun floats and decorations and decide a theme to coordinate outfits for perfect photo ops! Many groups reserve multiple Pontoon Boats to accommodate big groups and we are happy to quote package pricing for Pontoon Boat, Jet Ski and Parasailing.

And, let’s not forget the guys – Bachelor parties at the beach are the best way to getaway with the guys and celebrate before the big day.  

Call (850) 978-3060 for more information and check us out online at www.XtremeH2O.net. In addition, to helping with securing a fun and safe day at Crab Island, we are happy to recommend local accommodations, restaurants, party bus/ taxi service, spas and more!

 

10 Things You Must Do in Destin

Xtreme H2O Pontoon Boat Rentals

  1. Go to Crab Island  Crab Island is a local favorite! It’s a sand bar located right underneath the Destin Bridge that is shallow enough to anchor and hang out all day! You have to have a vessel to get over there, and the best thing to rent is a pontoon boat you can spend the day relaxing on. Visit www.xtremeh2o.net or call (850) 978-3060 for more information!
  2. Go Parasailing
    • Parasailing is a fun way to explore Destin from a different view. It’s family-friendly, and 2 or 3 people can go at one time. Don’t want to get in the air but still want to watch your family? No problem, you can just ride! Visit www.parasailing-destin.com or call (866) 359-3114!
  3. Rent a Jetski
    • There are miles of beautiful emerald waters to coast through, and the best way is by renting a jet ski. You can get closer to wildlife and the gorgeous water on a Jet Ski than on any other vessel. Visit www.destinwaterfun.com or call (850) 898-1204!
  4. Go on a Fishing Charter
    • Destin isn’t called “The Luckiest Fishing Village” for no reason! We have some of the most active waters on the coast, and the best way to find out is through a charter. It’s just your family on the boat with a captain and crew, the best part is you get to keep what you catch! Visit www.DestinWaterFun.com or call (850) 898-1203!
  5. Go on a Dolphin Tour
    • A dolphin tour is the best way to safely observe the natural wildlife here in Destin. The best way to do so is on a jet ski tour, which allows you to get much closer to dolphins as they are not scared of the jet ski motor like they are of a boat! Visit www.destinwaterfun.com or call (850) 898-1204!
  6. Visit the Beach
    • The most popular beach is located on Okaloosa Island, called The Pier. Along with the beach, there are many shops and restaurants to fill a whole day. Visit https://m.facebook.com/OkaloosaIslandPier/ for more info!
  7. Eat Local Seafood
    • We have the best seafood on the Gulf and if you eat local, it’s going to be as fresh as possible. There are many great options, but two of the best are Harbor Docks and Dewey Destin’s!
  8. Go Shopping
    • The Destin Commons is a wonderful shopping center filled with your favorite stores, a movie theater, and restaurants!
  9. Walk the Harbor
    • Right in the heart of Destin lies a half-mile boardwalk that’s always bustling with activities. There are restaurants, shops, and even ziplining scattered in this strip. Visit www.emeraldgrande.com for more!
  10. Watch the Sunset
    • The sunsets in Destin are beautiful and the best way to enjoy them is on the water. Some companies even have sunset cruises during the summer. Visit www.xtremeh2o.net or call (850) 978-3060!

Parasail Trip with free Dolpin Tour

Xtreme H2O Dolphin ToursAt Xtreme H2o Sports, we want you to have a great time on the water and we’ll do everything we can to ensure that. Even if it means slowing down for a second so you can check out a pod of dolphins. We schedule Parasailing all day, every day and can almost always say we see dolphins! Dolphins like to chase the wake of the Parasail boat and often our customers are blessed with dolphins jumping the boat’s bow and creating quite a show. Get your money’s worth while you’re vacationing and book our exciting Parasailing excursion with “built-in” dolphin show! Learn more about parasailing here.

 

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