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The Back Porch

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$$ - $$$
As featured in One Day in Destin
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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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Newport, Arkansas
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place on beach for a meal! Menu had a great variety. Service was good & food was good as well. Would definitely go back.

Thank Terry D
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was not impressed at all with this establishment. Pricey food. service was questionable and getting served food after we had been there for quite a while was unpleasant

Thank Dennis A
Pocahontas, Arkansas
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We drove right to it, thanks to gps. Great location and great place to eat. Had a party of 6 and each of us ordered something different and each of us were very pleased. The view is perfect.

Thank PDawson_11
Kitchener, Canada
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This historic restaurant (first one in town, 1974; it's not an "old" town) never disappoints. We hadn't been in a while, but you can count on excellent shrimp appetizers, splendid grouper, fresh key lime pie . . . and now, really, what more would you need? We were there early, took advantage of Happy Hour pricing on the wine, and... More 

Thank Pattyshell
Destin, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

From the time you walk in you just feel the beach and that is the whole reason you are here . The food is fantastic the view of the beach is great start with the tuna dip or oysters you will not regret the visit

Thank kalboy55
Holland, Ohio
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This restaurant has a great view and the food is good. You can dine in the bar or overlooking the water. It does get crowded so get there early.

Thank Pat N
Union, Kentucky
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The restaurant came highly recommended for dinner. The visit was disappointing as far as the food was concerned. Crab stuffed mahi-mahi with the corn medley was fair at best. Fried shrimp was over fried and the breeding was as soggy as the French fries; overall not good. Onion rings were great but that was about it on the great side... More 

Thank drpres
Dothan, Alabama
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We once again enjoyed our visit to The Back Porch. We arrived around 5:45 so the wait was only about 10 minutes. We were seated on the deck which was a first for us. Outside of the cool breeze we enjoyed the view and the sounds from the gulf. My wife got a bowl of the shrimp and corn chowder... More 

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New York City, New York
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

NIce place on the beach with great views. Food was good and the waiter was nice. Place was not busy and we sat and enjoyed the nice weather.

Thank 3566kk
Aurora, Illinois
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

While walking from Henderson Beach state park we saw this cute place on the beach. Comfy. Quick service, even at sun set.

Thank Elaine B

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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
Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?