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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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Mackinaw, Illinois
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here to eat lunch during our vacation after seeing how much other people liked the place. We were disappointed in the meal and service we had. We had the tuna dip appetizer, which was good, but the chicken sandwich my mother got was severely overcooked. The fish and chips I had was okay; some pieces were dry and... More 

Thank akate425
Danville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food and atmosphere was great. The seafood platter was excellent. Had a party of 10. No complaints! The service was excellent. Highly recommend if you are traveling to Destin!

Thank L533CUjamesb
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Truly enjoyed this property. The lunch was delicious & the antiques are first rate. There is sitting inside or outside in the two patios. Plenty of friendly staff to take care of the busy Tuesday morning lunc crowd.

Thank Luckymygirl3
Dallas, Texas
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We wanted to find something close so looking at the map and reviews here, we picked The Back Porch. It was a 5 minute walk from our hotel, the brand new Home2 (reviewed separately). We were delighted to be met by a couple of nice cats. We learned they are a permanent part of the fixtures here. The happy hour... More 

Thank bwannan
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great Food and great location. The Grouper was amazing however a little pricey. A good place to eat on the beach and catch a game.

Thank Bobby T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely wonderful experience! We were visiting the area for my niece's wedding which meant our family would not be together on my daughters bday. So once all our family arrived, we decided to Celebrate with dinner at the Back Porch, and we were so happy we did!! Great view, awesome staff and food was on point!! Delicious!!

Thank Davireb
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I stopped in for a quick lunch but wound up staying much longer than expected. We ordered the Fish Nachos, fantastic and much more than a snack for two. The service was super. The view of the beach was amazing. Santa pulled by his team of dolphins was too cute. I would recommend The Back Porch to... More 

Thank Bobbie M
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I had the fried grouper. It was excellent. My business co worker had the amberjack sandwich. He reported is also was excellent.

Thank Jerry S
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Convenient to a number of hotels. Food is plentiful and good. I'm sure the porch is wonderful and probably has some kind of view. Unfortunately, we were there in a downpour and 39 degrees so were happy to be warm and dry.

Thank CarlaKG
Newnan, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yet again another little gem Destin has to offer. We walked up the the building and instantly was in love. There was a cat there to greet everyone coming in. Obviously the restaurant cat, because it had a cat house and dishes outside too. Walked in and the board of fresh seafood was instantly visible. Loved the atmosphere of the... More 

Thank Johnna M

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