When you come to the Emerald Coast, chances are you’ll want to put your toes in the sand every chance you get. So if you’ve spent all day by the water and you’re still longing for more, here is our list of the best waterfront dining near Fort Walton Beach.
This family-owned restaurant is dedicated to giving your family a superb dining experience, from the views on the outdoor deck to the fresh, local seafood. They pride themselves on having the “Best Gumbo in the Panhandle.”
With a tag line like “No Fried Crap,” you know what you’re getting. Old Bay Steamer serves up beautiful steamed platters of the freshest Maine Lobster Tails, King Crab, Snow Crab, Royal Red Shrimp, Clams, Mussels and Oysters.
Located at the Okaloosa Island Boardwalk, Floyd’s is famous for its shrimp – prepared in all styles. If you have kids in tow, they’ll be delighted to spend time at the playground in the sand before your meal. If your party is adults only, check out some of the live musical entertainment at The Swamp or Howl at the Moon after you dine.
Near historic Downtown FWB and Brooks Bridge, Bay Café offers panoramic water views and rustic French fare. Steak au Poivre and Grouper Wellington will please your palate at dinner, but you can also visit for lunch or Sunday Brunch.
One of the longest standing restaurants in the area, Dewey’s serves fresh seafood fried, steamed or grilled. Dewey’s grandfather, Leonard Destin, founded the fishing village in 1835, so this place is a part of local history.
The Okaloosa Island location of this great pizza joint has tons of fun events for any crowd. Monday is Military Night, with free slices and pitcher specials from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday is Guys Night, and Wednesday is Ladies Night. Check out the website for more weekly specials.
Where else can you pet a gator, play an arcade game, eat some fresh seafood, then hop on a jet ski or charter boat right out back? The place with the crazy name boasts a little bit of everything. Don’t leave without a T-shirt!
Though not exactly on the water, you can still put your toes in the sand – because this eatery has built a sandy beach right in the heart of Downtown. They serve pizza, sandwiches and more – with a daily happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. When you’re done, walk to The Landing, where you may see dolphins swim by.