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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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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421 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I used to enjoy the Back Porch. The people who work there are nice, the food, though mostly fried, is good, and you can look out on the ocean as you eat. Unfortunately, they have a real problem outside (and who knows if they go inside?) with cockroaches. These things are scary, they are so huge. I'm talking the length... More 

Thank heyjudithz
Canton, Georgia
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the first place we head to for lunch when we travel to Destin. Great view located right on the beach. Great food!

Thank Regina H
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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420 reviews
295 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The location is gorgeous, the food is fairly priced and generally good. What takes away from all this is the fact that management will allow dogs inside of the restaurant, which seems to me a bit unsanitary. Having dogs parading around on leash around the food that is being served just seems to me a bit much. Why are dogs... More 

Thank onceinawhile31
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I love this place so much we usually hit it up twice while on vacation. The food is phenomenal, the views are fantastic, and the employees are very friendly. My daughter was crying because she is scared of public bathrooms and a lady there brought her a frisbee which really cheered her up. The staff go out... More 

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Cumming, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great time at The Back Porch and our server Dany was the best! Love him! Go to the back porch!

Thank menichino
Destin, Florida
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were looking for a place to have lunch and decided to give this place a try... So glad we did! The atmosphere was great and the food & service was wonderful. We each ordered the fried oyster basket and I have to say they were the best oysters we've ever had. We've tried other oyster baskets in the Destin... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is right on the beach, so you can listen to the waves while you dine! The food was wonderful, the service was great, the wait for a table was reasonable. The prices are average for casual seafood in the area.

Thank Eric18_13
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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131 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Restaurant is on the beach and offers great seafood. When we arrived there were very long lines so we ate at the bar. When we left, around 8pm, the restaurant had emptied out. Great seafood, go try you won't be disappointed

Thank NXW
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Back Porch was recommended by numerous people and we were not disappointed! I can't say enough about it. The food was excellent, the view was spectacular, and the service was awesome! Give it a try...you won't be disappointed!

Thank lovemylucy2
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate there on two separate occasions. We had the crab cakes both times, while my sister and her husband had the burger (he doesn't eat seafood). It was amazing both times. It I sight on the beach so we really enjoyed the view.

Thank dr3117

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
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
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?