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The Back Porch

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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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Richmond Hill, Georgia
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Overall, the staff is professional and friendly. Parking is usually not an issue. Ordered the tuna. It was a good meal and experience. You can't beat the view and location. I come here regularly when I visit Destin. Come and enjoy!

Thank wowzerjesus
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Labor Day weekend we chose to spend one of our evenings at the famous back porch in Destin, Florida. It is a favorite for many as you can sit at the water's edge and allow your children to play on the playground equipment set up by the restaurant to entertain the children as they are waiting to be seated or... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have eaten at the Back Porch many times in over 30 years. Always satisfied with the grilled amberjack. Servers are always attentive.

Thank Karl B
Shelbyville, Tennessee
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the best restaurants on our vacation. The spicy amberjack sandwich was perfect. So much so, we returned twice within one week. Moderately priced, but competitive with the other restaurants in the area. We sat on the back porch area which was right on the beach. Casual atmosphere, large bar, good food, open air seating. Everything you would expect... More 

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Springfield, IL
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate here on a Sunday evening. Had to wait about 10-15 minutes, but when we were seated saw several empty tables. Ordered a couple appetizers to share and one drink each. Calamari was great. The seafood nachos did not impress us. Lots of chips, seafood, black olives, jalapeños but the small amount of queso, salsa, sour cream was only... More 

Thank mimimingo
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visit here just about every trip to Destin. Food is of consistent quality with something for just about every taste. Peak season be prepared for a wait of 45 minutes or more. On into fall it is usually 30 minutes or less.

Thank lunchladyg
College Park, Georgia
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61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad we stopped in for a late lunch! The ocean view is fantastic and the menu offers something for everyone.

Thank Mmhapeville
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66 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My cousin and I visited The Back Porch on November 25. We split our food because it's too much for one person. We had the crab & spinach dip for an appetizer. It was good. For the main dish, we split a shrimp & scallops plate with twice-baked potato. Delicious! Our only complaint was the drinks left something to be... More 

Thank Mollie W
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beachfront seafood restaurant. Finest, fresh, seafood with a great atmosphere and spectacular view! Quick seating and good service. Back Porch was recommended to us by a friend.....they were right!!

Thank coachmerck
Hancock, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While the Bartenders were great and so where the drinks and food > the place was full of dust all over the the walls and pipes and wires. That along with originally being seated at table located next to door to go outside even though there were lots of other available tables. This table should be a Last Resort Table... More 

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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, Pub
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
Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
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?