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The Back Porch

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$$ - $$$
As featured in One Day in Destin
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1740 Old Scenic Highway 98 East, Destin, FL 32541
+1 850-837-2022
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ordered take-out food, wish we could have eaten onsite because the atmosphere was electric! Both meals were fantastic! They forgot to include part of our order, which we didn't realize until we were back at the hotel...but they made it up to us by giving us free dessert! And yes, it too was amazing!! Can't wait to get back... More 

Thank Stacy F
Thousand Oaks, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Besides the incredible location and view on the beach, the fresh and well-prepared fish, the service provided by Rory D. was some of the best we have ever received. Besides being pleasant and attentive, he was extremely efficient and responsive. A credit to this restaurant!

Thank CostaYi
Southaven, Mississippi
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121 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great location on the beach. In the fall the windows are dropped down and the pleasant ocean breeze adds a fresh feel to the rustic yet clean atmosphere, Great happy hour specials starting at 5 pm. Broiled and grilled selections are plentiful and are of superb quality. Enjoy with family and friends.

Thank Delta_Travelin_man
Richmond Hill, Georgia
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overall, the staff is professional and friendly. Parking is usually not an issue. Ordered the tuna. It was a good meal and experience. You can't beat the view and location. I come here regularly when I visit Destin. Come and enjoy!

Thank wowzerjesus
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Labor Day weekend we chose to spend one of our evenings at the famous back porch in Destin, Florida. It is a favorite for many as you can sit at the water's edge and allow your children to play on the playground equipment set up by the restaurant to entertain the children as they are waiting to be seated or... More 

Thank Jazbell777@gmai... M
Louisville, Kentucky
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have eaten at the Back Porch many times in over 30 years. Always satisfied with the grilled amberjack. Servers are always attentive.

Thank Karl B
Shelbyville, Tennessee
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best restaurants on our vacation. The spicy amberjack sandwich was perfect. So much so, we returned twice within one week. Moderately priced, but competitive with the other restaurants in the area. We sat on the back porch area which was right on the beach. Casual atmosphere, large bar, good food, open air seating. Everything you would expect... More 

Thank joyjon521
Springfield, IL
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here on a Sunday evening. Had to wait about 10-15 minutes, but when we were seated saw several empty tables. Ordered a couple appetizers to share and one drink each. Calamari was great. The seafood nachos did not impress us. Lots of chips, seafood, black olives, jalapeños but the small amount of queso, salsa, sour cream was only... More 

Thank mimimingo
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visit here just about every trip to Destin. Food is of consistent quality with something for just about every taste. Peak season be prepared for a wait of 45 minutes or more. On into fall it is usually 30 minutes or less.

Thank lunchladyg
College Park, Georgia
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61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So glad we stopped in for a late lunch! The ocean view is fantastic and the menu offers something for everyone.

Thank Mmhapeville

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1740 Old Scenic Highway 98 East, Destin, FL 32541
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Destin
  • Phone Number: +1 850-837-2022
The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House has been a local favorite in Destin since 1974 serving the finest smoked tuna dip, ice-cold oysters and our famous char-grilled Amberjack. Happy Hour 3-5PM daily.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?