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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, great service, great view

We were greeted by a seemingly disillusioned hostess, but seated quickly. Our server took a while to get to us, but she was fairly attentive. The Irish Margarita was the drink special and it was pretty good, as were the oysters on the half shell. I ordered the fried seafood platter, which was very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
jeanettaruth
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Rainbow City, Alabama
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  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great place to eat! The food was great I had the amberjack sandwich (bronzed), my 13 yr old daughter ordered the grilled chicken bacon club and barely ate 1/3 of it, 2 yr old daughter fish toes platter for kids would have fed me and her both, my husband and 14 yr old daughter split a platter it was loaded... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

Food was great the three times we went. Margaritas were good! Tim was an excellent server, very attentive! The Chicken and Swiss sandwich was great and the Honey Chipotle Salad was amazing! Great views too!

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

They accomodated a party of 20 (with call ahead seating) and everyone had a great meal, including the little kiddos. Ocean front seating added to the enjoyment of the meal. Big portions too !

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Union, Kentucky
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The food and atmosphere were amazing! We sat outside on the beach with the wind coming through. Our kids especially enjoyed the stray cats that had been taken in out front. A pitcher of Landshark, Seared Ahi Tuna and Grilled Shrimp Salad, Gumbo and a gorgeous view!

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Rainbow City, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We were greeted by a seemingly disillusioned hostess, but seated quickly. Our server took a while to get to us, but she was fairly attentive. The Irish Margarita was the drink special and it was pretty good, as were the oysters on the half shell. I ordered the fried seafood platter, which was very tasty even the next day when... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

If you need a casual, beach atmosphere with great food and service, this is your place. You don't need shoes or a coverup for service and you can walk up right off the beach. I recommend asking for a table inside next to a window. This way you get the best of both worlds, AC and amazing views/beach breeze. The... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We flew in to Destin today and noon and the first place we went was the back porch. It is a sentimental favorite. A bit overpriced, but the food is food, is served quickly, and is on the beach. I Kline the Maihi Maihi sandwich. The crab cakes are also very good.

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Kennesaw
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

If you go during the spring/summer season be prepared to wait - a long time. It's worth it! The food is good, atmosphere is fun for kids. On the beach - feel the breeze and smell the ocean. Great gift shop - a little pricey but chances are if you visit you are a tourist so you should be prepared... More 

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Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

On the positive side: 1-Incomparable view, and while you're waiting for a table you can go down on the beach and walk around 2-perfect ambience for a seaside restaurant---laid back, loud and breezy. It has a nice vibe. 3-great hush puppies and amberjack fish---they're known for them 3-Also, a plus to being there before 5 pm is that we got... More 

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A little ways from the harbor and central "Destin", but well worth the drive. Go early...or go late...or plan to wait... We arrived at 5:30 on a weeknight and had a 15 minute wait. That had increased to a 45 minute wait when we left about 7pm. However, beautiful beach front location. We found it pretty easy to park. Great... More 

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Additional Information about The Back Porch

Address: 1740 Old Scenic Highway 98 East, Destin, FL 32541
Phone Number: +1 850-837-2022
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Destin
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: Seafood, Sandwiches

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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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