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The Back Porch

1740 Old Scenic Highway 98 East, Destin, FL 32541
+1 850-837-2022
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Ranked #27 of 236 restaurants in Destin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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.
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English first
Hot Springs, Arkansas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

The breeze off the ocean was wonderful as was the view of the sunset! Entire meal was peaceful and relaxing. We have young kids who enjoyed being there as much as we did. Food and service were both fantastic! We had Porch Crab Cakes for a starter. My husband's favorite crab cakes bar none! For the entrée I had the... More

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Lewisburg, Tennessee, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Breezy, great view of emerald blue water, good food! Kids get a Frisbee as a plate for their meal. Fun atmosphere but if you go with kids, ask to be seated away from the bar (obnoxious drunk at the bar was oblivious to world as he spewed profanity over World Cup game and politics... no one wants to hear that!)...... More

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2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Family loves to go here but this time was really disappointed. We waited almost 2 hours for a table of 7 and they split us into a 3 and 4 group. They offered to gives us a better table if we wanted to wait some more but we were hungry. Food was good but prices seems to be very higher.... More

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Gainesville, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Had lunch here with family. The view is magnificent, and it is fun to sit at a window overlooking the beach. My favorite thing is that they have a little shower outside for any beachgoers who want to come in for a bite. The food was really good! I loved the crab dip and the stuffed shrimp were amazing. My... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We have been going to The Back Porch for many years. Recently, we had a dinner and lunch at the restaurant. They are always cnsistant with good service and food. The calamari and oysters are excellent along with the broiled grouper. Happy hour has oysters almost half price. Service has always been very good. Well worth your time compared to... More

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Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Tried to go there one night, but it was super crowded so we went back another night but got there for an early dinner instead to avoid the crowds and wait. Got there in the nick of time. Beachfront ambience is awesome. Sat on outside deck enjoying the view of the Gulf. If you sit out there at 5 pm,... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We always look forward to visiting the Back Porch during our yearly beach visits. One of our absolute favorite places!! So disappointed in this visit. We were seated on the open deck where the sun was setting directly behind us (the ONLY location without any form of sun shade). It had been a 100+ degree day and the sun was... More

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destin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW via mobile

Even though it was crowded...the service was excellent the food was awesome and the view was outstanding. Highly recommended!

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Memphis, TN
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Back Porch is one of the best places to eat in Destin. It was my first time there, but the food was incredible, the service was prompt without being overbearing and the view was simply breathtaking. Try the smoked Tuna dip! You will not be disappointed. If there is a wait when you get there, stick around. They are... More

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DeFuniak Springs, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Even though I live about 45 miles away and pass several other good restaurants, this is always worth the trip! SeaFood Platter was wonderful! Good portions, fresh and hot. It was worth the wait on a Friday evening! A friendly word of advise on their signature drinks... they DON'T skimp on the al-key-haul!

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