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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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    Very good
  • 191
    Average
  • 63
    Poor
  • 41
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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
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The Back Porch has excellent views of the water. The restaurant was making improvements on their bathrooms and making more seating for waits (which was needed). The food is very good, but a little pricey. There is no lunch menu. We had very good service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Amy L
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North Little Rock, AR
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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1,333 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Hubby and i rode bicycles from ft walton and he kept going. I haf a pit stop at the back porch. Awesome crab cakes and daiquiris. Yummy!

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portland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Visited during spring break. Unbeatable view from the deck overlooking the beach. Food quite good - served very fast. One of the better meals we had in Destin.

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West Lafayette
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Delightful newly remodeled family restaurant right on the beach. Open since the '70s, this establishment has hospitality down to a science, BUT they don't deliver without the art of delicious food, down home gracious service, and smiles while endlessly serving spring breakers! A must stop in Destin.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

It's loud and tourist-filled as normal vacation popular places are, with so-so service and food. Their communication with applicants leaves much to be desired as they misled my daughter multiple times when she sought employment with them.

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North Little Rock, AR
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Back Porch has excellent views of the water. The restaurant was making improvements on their bathrooms and making more seating for waits (which was needed). The food is very good, but a little pricey. There is no lunch menu. We had very good service.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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80 reviews 80 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We've visited Destin over the past 25 years and always enjoyed The Back Porch. It was a simple shack on the beach serving some of the best prepared and fresh seafood. Our most recent visit was disappointing. The food was simply so so and pricey for what it was. Not certain we'll return.

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Mount Prospect
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

wonderful location for dinner and sunset, good service (Kimmy). first time having amberjack, and it was perfect. crab claws were not great.

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Lufkin, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We ate here one night during vacation in Destin. There wasn't a wait to be seated, but unfortunately we were seated in the dark part of the restaurant outside. We had to use my husbands cell phone light to read our menus and inspect our food when it arrived. It ruined the whole for dining experience. They should definitely put... More 

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Des Moines
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113 reviews 113 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This spot was recommended by a friend who has spent a lot of time in Destin and it was perfect for lunch on two occasions. You can't beat the location right on the beach. Your have an option of indoor or outdoor seating. On both visits we opted for outside and enjoyed watching the action on the beach. Service was... More 

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70 reviews 70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This was by far the best dining experience we had on this trip to the beach. There were lots of people waiting outside and inside to be seated, but the hostess was very efficient and moved things right along. We chose to sit at the bar, which was a great decision. The Bartender was very friendly and waited on us... 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?