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The Back Porch

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Seafood, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
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1740 Old Scenic Highway 98 East, Destin, FL 32541
+1 850-837-2022
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Description: The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House has been a local favorite in Destin...
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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  • 245
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  • 83
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food but pricy.

Ate there first night in Destin after recommendation by girls at motel. Captains platter was good but at $30.00, Was a bit high in price. But what the hell, its vacation time!!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
msyrob
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Ate there first night in Destin after recommendation by girls at motel. Captains platter was good but at $30.00, Was a bit high in price. But what the hell, its vacation time!!!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Open porch like restaurant with covered deck. Very informal and very busy. Went after 0700 and had to wait 20 mins for table(not bad for how busy they were) Can get uncomfortable in very warm weather but has a nice view. Food was excellent! Delicious creative seafood dishes. Will definitely recommend and return for many visits!

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Jackson
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My wife and I ate here and we're not disappointed. She had the grilled chicken and raved about it. I had the fried shrimp and crab cakes. They were delicious. The only down was the slaw and corn medley. I personally didn't care for either but that's just my opinion. Great desserts. Good place to eat.

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West Hamlin, WV
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Food is excellent! The crab dip and tuna dip are delicious as are the crab cakes! You must have Florida sunshine cake for dessert if you like oranges. It is orange cake, orange mousse, and a white chocolate buttercream frosting. The only drawback is that it is a bit pricey so just be prepared. Don't let that stop you from... More 

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Tulsa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This place is definitely overrated. We waited an hour and a half for marginal, relatively expensive food. It has a really good reputation, but I wasn't impressed at all. The food was only average and the atmosphere isn't even that great. We sat upstairs and were crammed into a small space that wasn't particularly comfortable. There was no ocean view... More 

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New Richmond, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed eating here twice! The food was great and we were able to sit out where we could see the beach and water.

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Leesville, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Food is good and tasty.. Place is right on beach great casual atmosphere . Drinks are made just right. Always go there when staying in Destin.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great seafood right on the beach.parking is hard to find good happy hour and the staff is fun. hard to find if you do not know where it is.

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Atlanta, GA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 478 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We have dined at the Back Porch so many times it has become a tradition. And for a good reason - consistent food quality, great service and beautiful location on the beach. Try to time your meal for sunset and ask for outside seating, but even inside tables have a view. They have also expanded the space and improved the... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

breakfast, lunch, dinner they have it all. Friendly smiling faces always.Always great food. Definitely a favorite stop.

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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