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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, Late Night, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, 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
Hungry on Arrival

We'd driven from Austin, Texas and were not in the mood to cook on our first night so went to the Back Porch with friends. The service was great and we were seated quickly. There were 13 of us, and everything went well. A little expensive, but everything was good. I had grilled fish... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
billa110
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Austin, Texas
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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Flomo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The only restaurant worth eating at that we could walk to from Silver Shells. But it was definitely worth eating at! The drinks were strong, the oysters fresh and the amberjack sandwich lived up to its reputation! Mo is an amazing server! We enjoyed patio seating every time, make sure you do too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Best food in town the atmosphere there is really neat it is well worth it to stop by there when you are in town it has beach access

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We'd driven from Austin, Texas and were not in the mood to cook on our first night so went to the Back Porch with friends. The service was great and we were seated quickly. There were 13 of us, and everything went well. A little expensive, but everything was good. I had grilled fish, vegetables, and twice baked potato. It... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere and location. The food and drinks are always great! It's worth the wait if there's a crowd.

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High Ridge, MO
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

All the restaurants in Destin or phenomenal but The Back Porch has an edge on all of them. We go at least 3X the week we are down there.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The view from the Covered seating is amazing. Great food and perfect for families and big groups. The food was fresh and large portions.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We ate here on Friday. 8 adults and 5 little kids. We arrived at 4:45 pm on a Thursday. Traffic from Okaloosa was bad!. Traffic back to Okaloosa at 6:00 pm was absolutely terrible( like LAX at 5:00Pm). I mean never drive to Destin again kind of traffic... bad. Food was OK. No Air conditioning. Food was expensive. From our... More 

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Watertown, Tennessee, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

It was sweltering in this place at 8p at night. We were a party of 10 and were sat at a table for 8 at most. This was after waiting over an hour. We ordered and got our food to go. No one could eat, and it this hot. Every other table had an open window, while we were sit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

My wife and I went for dinner on a Saturday night. We did call-ahead seating and our table was ready within a 5 min wait of when we arrived. The view from the back porch of The Back Porch is incredible. We had a panoramic view of the beach at sunset, and their food was even better than the view.... More 

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Fairfax, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Great food, great service! Went a little later in the evening and there was no wait time. Fun atmosphere right on the ocean.

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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: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups

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?