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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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...
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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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine

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  • 574
    Excellent
  • 484
    Very good
  • 196
    Average
  • 63
    Poor
  • 41
    Terrible
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 seafood

There are lots of very similar seafood restaurants in Destin. This is right in range with the crab shack or the same type. Good food, fresh, and good variety. Nothing really stands out though

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Minh H
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Gardendale, Alabama
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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1,358 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Gardendale, Alabama
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75 reviews 75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

There are lots of very similar seafood restaurants in Destin. This is right in range with the crab shack or the same type. Good food, fresh, and good variety. Nothing really stands out though

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

It was very good! We were seated right away. The kids meals came with a frisbee which was pretty cool. Our server was very nice! Great experience!

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We were looking for a "local" seafood joint and boy did we find one! The Back Porch met and exceeded our expectations; the atmosphere was light and fun, the menu had a little bit for everyone but truly stuck to a southern seafood menu. YUM! My husband ordered the Gumbo and loved it. I ordered the jumbo grilled shrimp that... More 

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Lebanon, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Loved the view of the ocean from the porch. The food was good! My husband got shrimp with the marinade on the side and loved it. I got the hamburger (I'm not a seafood person) and it was good too!

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

The Amberjack sandwich was amazing! The atmosphere was great! Would definitely recommend this restaurant if your staying in the area!

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Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

The Back Porch is located on a frontage road across from an Amusement/Entertainment area in Destin. Almost all seating allows beautiful views of the Gulf. Our seating was on a deck attsched to the restaurant which we loved. As I said, the food is touristy to the area. We had blackened Amberjack, Crab Cakes (bready), and Shrimp with Pasta (... More 

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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We came here on a friends suggestion, and we had a great meal. The crab cakes we phenomenal (I would give these my HIGHEST recommendation), and all the sea food was fresh and well prepared. Collectively we had grilled and fried fish, fried shrimp and the Pecan crusted snapper. All our food was great, and we will definitely be coming... More 

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This was our first visit to Destin. We had been told by friends to visit The Back Porch so we did. We were not disappointed. The atmosphere was great...we were seated on the deck outside which was awesome! The service was great. The food was outstanding. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

This place is awesome. The food is outstanding. We had a family dinner and it was incredible. Plan at least one night here. Well worth it.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Let's start with the food and ambiance was fabulous! Our waiter, Timothy, whose name we found only when we saw it on our bill(he never introduced himself) walked right past our table of two to a man seated alone with two other menus (whole party not yet there) took his drink order and talked for 5 minutes about basketball! After... 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: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: 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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