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Gilligan's Seafood

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530 Hwy 98 E, Destin, FL 32541-2328
(850) 650-4400
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 64
    Excellent
  • 74
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 25
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average

While the service was good, the seafood was not. I did not finish mine. The oysters had a strangely strong taste and were not cooked adequately. The shrimp were too salty (they were grilled). I wiped off the shrimp in order to eat them. I ended up leaving the oysters. My friend tried them as well... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
BarbAnneinLA
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

While the service was good, the seafood was not. I did not finish mine. The oysters had a strangely strong taste and were not cooked adequately. The shrimp were too salty (they were grilled). I wiped off the shrimp in order to eat them. I ended up leaving the oysters. My friend tried them as well and didn't like them... More 

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Alabama, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We always eat here when we go to Destin. If you are prim and proper and have to have white tablecloths at your dinner table then this isn't the place for you, but if you have kids and need to feed everyone at a reasonable price but still want excellent seafood, this is the place. All you can eat shrimp... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We went to Gilligans for the AYCE popcorn shrimp. Heard it was a delicious spot for less money (Destin restaurants, on the whole, are pretty touristy and expensive). We found it to be average. Hubby and I both had the AYCE popcorn shrimp, fries and slaw. Kids had shrimp kids meals. The shrimp themselves were tiny and much more breading... More 

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Louisa, Kentucky
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9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We were seated right away. After we ordered our food we ended up waiting 40 minutes. The food was fair, I had the shrimp po'boy and the wife had a burger. Her fries were cold by the time our food was brought to the table.

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Republic, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Ate supper there on a Wednesday night, sat out on the patio (love seeing the water). There were 4 of us and we all order different items. Services was FAST I had a beer before I could get settled in looking at the menu. We ordered onion rings to start: very good I ordered the 1/2 pound burger with fries... More 

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Bedford, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We came here looking for some good seafood. We had been Florida residents and moved 8 years ago and missed the fresh seafood that we used to get when we lived here. So I ordered the grilled grouper sandwich. It was the best one I have ever had. The servers were polite and came at just the right times and... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Price, Food and Service were excellent for what we ordered (A.Y.C.E. Shrimp & Catfish), which actually wasn't on the menu but on the Billboard outside... The menu itself was higher priced than others...and we didn't think the atmosphere was conducive to that higher price range... Atmosphere was a hole-in-the-wall type joint, but the food was great. ..We will return if... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We had such a wonderful experience here in March 2015. The food was so great. Our waitress was wonderful as was the rest of the staff. They have a wonderful balcony over looking the water. such a great experience. Will visit again when we return!!

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

Where do I start? Severely understaffed, extremely slow it took us an hour and a half to get our food, food was cold when it arrived, waiter (even though he was new) was having to wait tables, run the bar, and help in the kitchen. Food is mediocre at best and not worth the money. Worst ran resturaunt I've been... More 

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Richmond, Kentucky
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5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The grilled shrimp was ok . The fried fish was terrible they brought little pieces of fish that looked like fish sticks! The only bright spot was the onion rings. The server had zero personality . Probably won't be on the list next time.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 530 Hwy 98 E, Destin, FL 32541-2328
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Destin
  • Phone Number: (850) 650-4400

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?