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“Special place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Beach Walk at Henderson Park Inn

Beach Walk at Henderson Park Inn
2700 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541
+1 850-650-7100
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Ranked #2 of 233 Restaurants in Destin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, French, American, Asian
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Matthew Blvd
Description: Beach Walk Cafe, known as the "Most Unique Dining Experience in Destin", is located inside the Henderson Park Inn. Beach Walk diners enjoy unobstructed views of the Gulf overlooking more than a mile of the world's most beautiful and secluded beaches with spectacular sunset views. In this idyllic private setting Beach Walk Cafe features an intimate atmosphere with dining available inside, with a cozy fireplace and magnificent views of the coast and outside on the verandas of the Inn overlooking the emerald waters of the Gulf. A favorite with locals and tourists alike, Beach Walk Cafe is known for its meticulous service, innovative cuisine and a stunning, unparalleled view. Enjoy the freshest local seafood, steaks, venison, pasta and more with an array of special accompaniments, sumptuous desserts and an extensive wine list. Beach Walk Henderson Park is for patrons 13 years of age and older.
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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80 reviews 80 reviews
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Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Special place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

So we had a group of 3 couples, our week on the beach. Excellent evening seated with killer views. Most of us had grilled local grouper which was excellent. The seafood pasta was probably the best entree (exceptionally tasty). Brussels sprouts were really good too. Proscuto Caesar salad made for an excellent choice for several of us.

Bottom line, this was a pricy meal but a wonderful place for friends to enjoy a nice evening on the beach. Good service and the wines were good too. Hard to beat.

Visited May 2014
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Houston, Texas
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“Five-star food and one of the most beautiful beach views anywhere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Beach Walk Cafe is in The Henderson Park Inn, Destin. This romantic, elegant inn is an experience for the senses, or "restaurant theater" as a friend of mine says. Backing up to significant sand dunes covered in sea grass, the inn appears to be transported from somewhere in Maine with it's greyed shingles and wrap-around porch. In fact, the couple at the next table were from Vermont. The name Beach Walk Cafe is an understatement for this excellent restaurant that sidles up to Henderson Park Beach, a permanently-dedicated mile-long stretch of natural shoreline.

Enter the cafe through the inn lobby with its polished hardwood floors, antiques, and lovely artwork. Windows line the this intimate indoor/outdoor cafe and the beach view becomes an integral part of the experience. Though I saw one so-so food review, that can happen in any restaurant. Our meal was five-star, conversation is easy, with wonderful service. I had an excellent filet and my husband had "the best" scallops. Other fresh seafood was on the menu. After dinner, we walked out the back door to an expansive deck with stairs down to the beach. We watched as waiters prepared a private torchlight dinner on the beach for a couple celebrating an anniversary. We walked down the nearly deserted beach as the turquoise waves rolled in, and the setting sun amazingly turned the white sands pink. I know, its sounds cheesy, but it was truly breathtaking. This wasn't just dining out, for us this was restaurant theater at its' best.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston
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“Great View+Great Food=Great Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

For our last night in Destin, we dined at the Beach Walk at the Henderson Inn. Upon arrival to the Inn, we were charmed by the location and exterior of the B&B. The friendly hostess walked us into the small and cozy restaurant with beautiful views of the Gulf and during sunset— stunning. Jim, our server, was welcoming, relaxed, and knowledgable about the food and wine. We went with his recommendations, which were the eggplant & crab and the portobello & goat cheese starters followed by the pasta “Rockafella” and the grilled grouper. The eggplant was a great combination of crispy eggplant and sweet tender crab, and the portobello was well cooked and tasty.
My friend wanted to drink her pasta sauce with a straw ;); it was light and had the right herbs with perfectly cooked pasta and huge shrimp and scallops to soak up all the wonderful sauce.
The grilled grouper was a bit dry, but it was presented well and the accompaniments were nicely done.
To end this lovely experience, we happily ordered the creme brûlée and banana cream pie (made in-house) with two French pressed cafes. This was a fantastic way to end of trip.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Overland Park, Kansas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Lived up to It's Reputation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My wife and I had dinner here for the last night of our week-long vacation along the Florida Panhandle. The quality of food, service and setting definitely lived up to the reputation. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a romantic dinner, but plan ahead because it is small and I suspect they fill up fast. the fresh, Gulf seafood was delicious.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
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“Exquisite ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We stayed for three days. Every night was just amazing , the beach walk was just amazing with the most friendly staff of servers that we gave ever met! Our waiter, Ross for two evening meals was the nicest, most gracious person . The morning chef and sous chef were also some of the most gracious people we met! We enjoyed our stay so much that we never left except for a couple of trips to just get away from the peace and quiet .
We will definitely come back. Y'all rock !

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