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Bay Cafe

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233 Alconese Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 344-7822
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 123
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Relaxed lunch

Clean, classy, relaxed and tasty. Such a pleasure to find a restaurant on the water without fried food in a basket. Good selection well presented. Tables well spaced. Plates were simple, perhaps they could have a bit more imagination in side dishes but not really a criticism. It was raining the day... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
Ross H
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Clean, classy, relaxed and tasty. Such a pleasure to find a restaurant on the water without fried food in a basket. Good selection well presented. Tables well spaced. Plates were simple, perhaps they could have a bit more imagination in side dishes but not really a criticism. It was raining the day we were there so we sat inside which... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I used to love this place and have never had a bad experience until today. I am born and raised locally my family has lived and fished the Fort Walton area for generations and have worked in the commercial seafood industry, so needless to say I know my fish very very well even if it's cooked. So I ordered the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Saw this from across the stand had to stop. Great view of water, nice wine list, I highly recommend getting the scallops! We will be back for sure. Prices are normal compared to any nicer restaurant in destin or 30a without the traffic hassle!!! We will be back!

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The staff at the Bay Café did such a wonderful job helping me with my wedding! We said our vows outside on the deck with a beautiful view, the guests loved the meals served and everyone there was very nice and accommodating. We love this restaurant and will continue to return!

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Always wanted eat at Bay Cafe, but for some reason I heard they were pricey, not the case. A fabulous meal at Bay Cafe is the average in Destin minus the traffic. Went on Saturday night, wanted a table by the water, but they were all taken, nice quite atmosphere with a nice meal. Yes, we will be back. I... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The Bay Cafe is tucked away almost under the US 98 bridge in downtown Ft. Walton, north side. Fresh greens and tasty seafood, steaks and salads. A pleasant waterfront cafe/

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Columbus MS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I review this as excellent relative to available places in the area. The food here is very good indeed, and on this last visit there were four dinner specials not listed on the menu...they always have at least one. Steak here is really great consistently, but this place has a nice variety for a restaurant this size. I usually eat... More 

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Shalimar, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We met with another couple at 2 pm for lunch. This was our first return visit in about 6 years. Lunch is served until 3 pm. We ate inside due to a rain shower. Outside seating is available, but can get pretty hot in the daytime in summer. I had crab claws for an appetizer. They were as good as... More 

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Breese, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Went here on last visit to Destin. Small restaurant with maybe ten tables inside. It was stormy the night we were there but looked like nice outside patio with view of bay. Food was very good and priced right. Service was also very attentive. We would definitely return if in area. Not on the main drag. This was first time... More 

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Enjoyed lunch on the deck last week. They have the best liver & onions. Priced a little high for lunch & portion size but delicious. Awesome Creme Brûlée. Awesome location.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 233 Alconese Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Fort Walton Beach
  • Phone Number: (850) 344-7822

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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