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Pompano Joe's

2237 Scenic Gulf Dr, Destin, FL 32550-5288
+1 850-837-2224
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Ranked #32 of 237 Restaurants in Destin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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grady,al
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We have never had bad food here. We were seated right away, outside. Lovely view of the beach and water. Great waitress. We had the crab & shrimp stuffed mahi mahi and the crab cakes. Both were delicious. Best meal of the trip. They stay very busy, and parking can be an issue. Go early

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Cincinnati
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93 reviews 93 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Another busy place in the Destin area. This restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating - we selected indoor not realizing it was not air conditioned - the particular night we were there, you couldn't buy a breeze, and it was HOT. Our excellent server (Mike) assured us it was usually very pleasant even sans A/C. On to the food... More

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Tennessee
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is a nice cozy beach side restaurant with lots of color, large open windows (in good weather), and good food. A bit pricey but actually worth it for us. The Reggae Rolls were great (look for free coupon in some of the local coupon books), as was the coconut shrimp, fish tacos and beans and rice that comes with... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Overall the food was great and the location / atmosphere was fantastic. You are right on the beach. With that said, the only parking is the public beach parking area so be ready to WALK. We went during off peak times and it was still bad. Also the staff was less friendly than one would expect in a tourist city.... More

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Brookland, Arkansas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Love coming here for drinks and apps and taking in the view. Watch when you come parking can be tricky at the least this year the sister place Back Porch was better all around but will give then another chance next year.

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

To start- like many restaurants in Destin, Fl, one cannot make reservations. This first come first serve approach can make it difficult when dining with children. We had a 40 minute wait before being seated. Seating is on a long picnic-like bench. There is no air-conditioning and no overhead fans anywhere near our table. There was a window and those... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

What a great spot for the family to enjoy a nice dinner on the ocean. Sit on the balcony for sure as you can stare at the ocean while eating dinner. We had oysters which were big to start and the crab leg feast. The crab was meaty and cooked perfectly. We will be back for sure next time we... More

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Bloomington, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This was the meal I'd been wanting during our whole stay. I ordered the breaded and fried scallops with Jamaican black beans and rice. The food was fantastic. The live band playing out front set a great mood, and the overlook of the beach was to die for. A great all around experience.

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Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Sometimes family traditions just "happen" and that's the case with Pompano Joe's in Destin, FL. My family has been looking forward to yearly beach vacations there for 10 years and we ALWAYS want to go back to Pompano Joe's. You might say we're stuck in a rut, but who can turn down great seafood, delivered FAST, pleasant staff (very casual,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Food was awesome, kids meals were big. Ate right on beach beautiful. I usually don't like anyone's gumbo but my own but it was pretty rocking there. Only complaint was service waiter disappeared a bunch only got one refill on my tea. All all in all food made up for that; server that brought our food out was very nice... More

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