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The Back Porch

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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: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Description: The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House has been a local favorite in...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch on the beach

Beautiful view. Service was fast and attentive. Food was excellent. Free parking is a bonus and there's access to public beach right there.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Melissa M
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New York State
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56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner here, which was OK. Pricey for what we had, but tasted food. Went back a second time for their advertised Happy Hour...3-6 Every day. Arrived at 5 and Happy Hour was never mentioned and the sign stating that it was EVERY DAY from 3-6 was turned around at entrance. Had wine..non house, so wouldn't have been included... More 

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Thank malka74
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76 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful view. Service was fast and attentive. Food was excellent. Free parking is a bonus and there's access to public beach right there.

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Thank Melissa M
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you're looking for great food in Destin.....well keep looking. Like most restaurants down in Destin, this is about average. Good beer and your typical fried seafood - not too hrd to fry anything. Oysters can be warm in the summer months if it is crowded. I think they shuck them in advance because we have had great ones -... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful food, great service, and relaxing views looking out over the Gulf of Mexico. What more could you ask for?

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Today was a perfect day to eat at this Gulfside restaurant. We were quickly greeted by the hostess and asked to be seated outside. Their deck is colorful with umbrellas if the sun should get too hot. The view is breathtaking and the atmosphere is casual. Our server was prompt and when we ordered, our food was brought quickly. We... More 

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lancaster pa
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We thought we would try the Back Porch today wanting to dine outside in the sun. This restaurant is not along busy route 98 but down a short street along the side of the Hampton Inn. Plenty of parking in front and across the street makes access easy. On entering we were greeted right away by a hostess. We asked... More 

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Destin, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great seafood! Great view of the water! Busy but still had good service. The tuna appetizer is outstanding. The fish and crab cakes were wonderful and the best margarita we've had. Prices were good. Highly recommend.

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Crossville, TN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were snowbirds for 24 years in that area and that is one of our favorite places for lunch - great view of the Gulf and fun watching all of the action out there. Food is good but think it has gotten a little pricey for retirees - but the food is always consistantly good and servers are always pleasant.

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midwest
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wanted to like this place. The decor was fun and the view was fabulous. Service was good. But the food was marginal at best. We even went twice hoping for better food the second time. If you decide to go I would suggest happy hour. That way you can enjoy the atmosphere and eat dinner somewhere else.

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Cobalt, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We are staying at PBR and went out for a walk and headed east up the beach. We walked for close to 30 minutes and then came across The Back Porch. We went and sat on the patio and as it happened to be happy hour we ordered yuenling which was on tap and we shared on order of the... More 

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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: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, 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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