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The Back Porch

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$$ - $$$
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1740 Old Scenic Highway 98 East, Destin, FL 32541
+1 850-837-2022
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am not a seafood eater at all.... but I am a big cheeseburger eater and they have by far the best one on the beach. They cook it just perfectly.

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Houston, Texas
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176 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ate here a couple years ago while on vacation and enjoyed it. Stopped by on our way back to Texas to have the Smoked Tuna Dip and it was as good as I remembered. I also ordered the Bronzed Amberjack fish sandwich (dipped in flour and then sautéed) and was pleasantly surprised. Fish tasted very fresh with a mild... More 

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Manchester, Iowa
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family always visits the Destin/Ft. Walton Beach area and the one place all 20 of us want to eat is The Back Porch. If you are going for steak or seafood, their food is top notch. We always order a dozen raw oysters as an appetizer. Great place to take small or large group of people. We have never... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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411 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love Back Porch!! My family ate at the Panama City Beach location this summer and I returned to the Destin location with a group of friends in October. Food and service were excellent! Some of our favorites were the oysters, crab stuffed mahi mahi, Back Porch Salad (I subbed mahi mahi), and the boom boom shrimp. Great drinks too!... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited with my husband, adult daughter & boyfriend, and teenage daughter and friend. Had a wonderful dinner. Being off season, we were seated immediately and had the most friendly waitress. My younger daughter who does not like tuna of any sorts absolutely loves the smoked tuna dip at the Back Porch. I had the Fisherman's Platter which was so generous... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had been there a few years ago...this time with our family. Waiter was very good, service was responsive, food was inconsistent. Some of the dishes were very good. Three of us had the same menu item, but it was not prepared consistently...one was significantly over-cooked and dry. Waiter offered to prepare again, but with a young child in our group,... More 

Thank Woodsfortysix
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went early to take advantage of happy hour and had an early dinner. Looks like it gets busy the later you go. Glad we went and got a prime table looking out over the ocean. Beautiful views. Food was delicious - had the grilled grouper. Very fresh!

Thank IndianapolisMiller
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have gone to the Back Porch several times over the years because we can walk there. Occasionally we have had a decent amber jack sandwich for lunch, but mostly it's average if not disappointing. Recently had some friends over and didn't feel like driving so we walked over to the Back Porch for dinner and had the worst meal... More 

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Goshen, Indiana
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Food was just OK. Definitely overpriced for what we got. We had the crabcakes and raw oysters for an appetizer (no complaints). I had the mahi-mahi stuffed with crab and my husband had the Fried Seafood Platter. Good but nothing to get too excited about.

Thank Claudia S
Louisville, KY
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Not sure what all the fuss is about. Our food wasn't "great". Nice location and sunset view, though.

Thank MrsSnow

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $30
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1740 Old Scenic Highway 98 East, Destin, FL 32541
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Destin
  • Phone Number: +1 850-837-2022
The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House has been a local favorite in Destin since 1974 serving the finest smoked tuna dip, ice-cold oysters and our famous char-grilled Amberjack. Happy Hour 3-5PM daily.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?