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The Back Porch

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Seafood, Sandwiches
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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, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, 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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  • 617
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  • 510
    Very good
  • 207
    Average
  • 66
    Poor
  • 43
    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
Pretty Decent all over

Great service! Though the meal took a little while to get to our table, the waiter was very pleasant to look at and quite entertaining! Good family atmosphere. I would go again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Stacey J
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Denver, Colorado
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Great service! Though the meal took a little while to get to our table, the waiter was very pleasant to look at and quite entertaining! Good family atmosphere. I would go again.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We are here after reading the reviews. The wait time communicated was 1 hr. But our wait ended up being only about 35 minutes. The servers at the bar were great and the oysters we ordered were great. However, we found the table service to be just average and the food not quite as good as the night before. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is one of the best in Destin on the gulf! The food is always great and the service is top notch! We always make a trip here when we come to town!

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Chatt
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We showed up a little after 5:00 with 23 people without calling ahead and they seated us upstairs right away. Really good food & great views of the ocean.

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Roanoke, IL
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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We visited The Back Porch twice during our most recent vacation in Destin, once for dinner & returned for a lunch on our way back to the airport. Our party of 6 love their seafood, usually get the amberjack or grouper. The beach front location offers a great view! This time we had a coupon for their Tuna Dip appetizer,... More 

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Orangeburg, South Carolina
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is a better bar choice than restaurant. Since it is located right on the beach with beach access it is very popular. They do not take reservations but do have call ahead seating. We arrived before the crowd - around 5- and although the place was already full we were seated immediately. But our waiter may as well been... More 

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Niceville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The Back Porch is always a good choice for Destin dining on the gorgeous beach. However, the numerous blue beach umbrellas present now definitely detract from the view that has always been so beautiful. Way too many people and umbrellas crowded onto the beach in a small area was a HUGE disappointment in the view we have enjoyed over the... More 

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Macon, Georgia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

It was very busy but they got people in and seated quickly! The food was delicious and the portions were large. Love the decor and atmosphere. Will most definitely go here again!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We came on Memorial Day which was probably the reason for terrible service but the food was still great. Had to ask for my check 3 times so I could even just pay. I figured on the 4th try it must be free. If you want fresh seafood it's great but don't come on a holiday or at least I... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We tried this restaurant for happy hour and the drinks were so terrible we didn't even finish them. Everyone says how great the food is but we felt like we were just another number and the wait staff had very little time for us at all. A complete waste of time.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?