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Pompano Joe's

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2237 Scenic Gulf Dr, Destin, FL 32550-5288
+1 850-837-2224
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene
Description: Pompano Joe's opened its doors in 1995 and quickly became known for their...
Pompano Joe's opened its doors in 1995 and quickly became known for their unique Caribbean style of seafood. Since then, it has become a destination restaurant for tourists and a favorite among the locals. The Caribbean flair shines through from our famous Reggae Rolls and Garlic Crusted Grouper to the brightly colored window frames that line the walls of our open-air restaurant. In 2013, we opened the second Pompano Joe's location at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, FL. When visiting Destin, South Walton or Panama City Beach, we hope you stop in and enjoy the great food, refreshing drinks and the best view on the Gulf Coast.
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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 beach views

Enjoyed their outside deck for lunch. I had the shrimp PO boy which was very good and my husband had the coconut lunch special which was also good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
J S
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Racine, Wisconsin
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Carrollton, Ohio
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of our favorite spots with a great gulf view! Great drinks and good seafood. I loved the mahi mahi stuffed with crab. The veggies were fresh and the rice and beans have great flavor. If you're looking for good food in a fun, casual environment with a great view, be sure to stop here!

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California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Best gumbo I've had in years!!! Disappointed with the boiled shrimp which advertised spicy but you might as well expect salty.....about 10 shrimp, decent size but after 2-3 the saltiness was just too much. The oysters were fresh and since they were in the small size, they sent a few extra.... Fresh and tasty!!! Cool atmosphere, good music so a... More 

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Racine, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Enjoyed their outside deck for lunch. I had the shrimp PO boy which was very good and my husband had the coconut lunch special which was also good.

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Thank J S
St. Louis
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great spot for lunch with kids. Typical beach restaurant (loud and full of tourists) but food was good and location was even better. Kids and adults found something to enjoy. Would visit again.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Location can't be beat. Coconut shrimp was so good we had to go back and get it again. Reggae rolls are killer!

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Thank Kathleen H
Columbus, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I love Destin, and we have Pompano Joe's as a must stop when we are there. The food is always delicious and the atmosphere is great. All of the staff is friendly and professional. If you are looking for a place to eat while in Destin put this restaurant at the top of your list. And try... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Every time that my family and I visit Destin, Pompano Joe's is on our list of places to eat - usually multiple times each trip! If you arrive early, there is usually no wait, so we always try to get there before 6:00. Two rows of tables run the length of the restaurant, and when the weather is nice, the... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Restaurant sits on Gulf side of highway with nothing else near so beach views are spectacular. Very popular so allow for wait if in season. Seafood and fish menu as one would expect. I'm from Florida so possibly a bit jaded on the seafood. I found my fish dinner to be average but my out of state guests loved theirs.

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Thank Stephanie S
Arlington, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here after a long day at the beach. The food was good. A little over priced, but I guess you pay for the spectacular views.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a nice lunch on the beach in January! Didn't have to wait long of have lots of people on beach blocking that lovely view of water. BTW - this isn't an ocean view folks, it is the Gulf and the sand on the Gulf is incredible! Great fish tacos! Will definitely be back!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2237 Scenic Gulf Dr, Destin, FL 32550-5288
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Destin
  • Phone Number: +1 850-837-2224

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene

Description

Pompano Joe's opened its doors in 1995 and quickly became known for their unique Caribbean style of seafood. Since then, it has become a destination restaurant for tourists and a favorite among the locals. The Caribbean flair shines through from our famous Reggae Rolls and Garlic Crusted Grouper to the brightly colored window frames that line the walls of our open-air restaurant. In 2013, we opened the second Pompano Joe's location at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, FL. When visiting Destin, South Walton or Panama City Beach, we hope you stop in and enjoy the great food, refreshing drinks and the best view on the Gulf Coast.
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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