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Bay Cafe

233 Alconese Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 344-7822
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: French
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Birmingham, Alabama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This place never fails me! It is consistent and always wonderful. From the beautiful views, great staff and absolutely wonderful food! I ALWAYS get the grouper wellington with lobster sauce. My fave!!! Husband loves the steak with the green peppercorn sauce. Always cooked perfectly!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

From the excellent food, the gracious staff to the lovely view... Can't beat this place! This is my "birthday meal" or 'date night' restaurant.

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Shalimar, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Bay Cafe has been an institution in Fort Walton Beach for years. It's reputation is well deserved. The food is excellent, especially the sauteed crab claws, the gazpacho, and the sauteed artichoke hearts. The main courses change throughout the week depending on the market and I can recommend them all. For dessert, there may be a fruit tart available,... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, Usa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

While somewhat pricey, the food and the atmosphere are well worth it. Wonderful for a nice, relaxed lunch on the deck.

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ocean springs, ms
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The setting is peaceful, the view beautiful and the food was excellent. When we travel we like to eat in fine dining restaurants so we are used to spending goodly sums for a meal. We had the scallops and grouper which were large enough to fill us up. This is as good as we have had in awhile and we... More

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN
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148 reviews 148 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This restaurant is a nice surprise, unassuming and almost hidden under a bridge. The dockside tables are nice for watching the boats go by but it also seems a shame not to experience the very French Bistro feel of the interior. The atmosphere is casual but there is no kids' menu and the emphasis is mainly on seafood with the... More

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Tyler, TX
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We had dinner at Bay Cafe and it was the best meal during our one week vacation. The atmosphere is casual with a nice romantic feel. We sat outside at a table for two near the water. My husband and I shared the sautéed crab claws as a starter and they were perfect. I had the special sea bass and... More

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I have been eating at Bay Cafe for years and years and years. It is ALWAYS good, NEVER a disappointment. Sitting outside on the Sound is a wonderful way to enjoy a superb lunch and have a good bottle or two of wine! The inside area is a bit small, not what would fall under 'intimate', just simply small. That... More

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Johns Creek, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

In all of my years going to Destin and Fort Walton, I never imagined that there was such a great place hidden under the bridge from Okaloosa Island to Fort Walton. We are glad we found it now!! Truly a spot with mainly locals as the patrons, this a little cabin/house serving excellent mainly French and Mediterranean preparations of local... More

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Gainesville, Florida, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We were given the name of this restaurant and discovered it was not easy to find...set back on some streets away from the tourist traffic. I ordered a grouper(not blackened) croissant and was so pleasantly surprised. The croissant was light and melt in your mouth but that was not unexpected since this was a French Restaurant. The real surprise was... More

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