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The Gulf is a uniquely designed restaurant serving locally inspired food and beverages in a relaxing and beautiful waterfront setting. Enjoy a delicious fried grouper sandwich, a cocktail and a view of the Gulf of Mexico!
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Live Music
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Reviewed July 9, 2021 via mobile

We went here for dinner midweek late night. There was still an hour and a half until close. We walked right in and ordered. It's counter service at a window. They were out of most items, and there were only a few tables of people....It had rained earlier but ALL the tables were soaking wet. The staff didn't seem very excited to be there. We finally asked if they had something to wipe off a table to sit at, and low and behold they did. A squeegee and rag. The guy came to wipe one off and the chairs and didn't acknowledge us. He looked completely unthrilled to do this, yet did a great job. We didn't feel bad asking because we had already tipped a decent tip at the window before anyone did anything but take a counter service order. The food is very overpriced for small portions and lack of flavor. I had the fish special and it was smoothered in too much of a jelly and had a hot floor but no other flavor and could have used salt majorly. The fries were small portions and cold and soggy. Everything is also carte so a sandwich is super expensive for just the sandwich. Fries are extra. My family all got sandwiches with fries but barely touched the fries. Their sandwiches were not great and lacked salt or flavor. It looks like it could be a fun, hip vibe outside, the whole place is outside on the inlet with corn hole games and string lights. But it wasn't that night. The staff didn't want to be there and we're closing up and hour early around us. As I said, they weren't wiping off the soaking tables and it hasn't rained in a while. It was as if they didn't want more customers. We won't be back.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 9, 2021 via mobile

We found The Gulf during our first trip to the area in 2018. It has become our favorite place on the panhandle. The food and atmosphere are great. Aaron is the example of an awesome bartender. He makes perfect drinks and can handle a busy...bar effortlessly. Can’t wait to go back.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Manager, Owner at The Gulf Okaloosa Island, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 stars! It overjoys us to hear that we are your favorite place on the panhandle! We have the best staff on the island, and we always love hearing positive feedback about our team! Thank you again, and we...More

Reviewed June 9, 2021

This is a nice relaxing place to have lunch with a great view. We saw a dolphin in the water! The food is average; I really liked the blackened Mahi tacos. You order at a window and they bring your lunch in little paper containers...to your table. There is a bar to get wine and drinks. Their system is fast and efficient, the wait staff very nice.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Manager, Owner at The Gulf Okaloosa Island, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2021

Thank you so much for the review, Karen! We have the best view on the island, and we are glad you enjoyed it as much as we do! The Mahi Tacos are an excellent choice, and a crowd favorite! We hope you stop by again...More

Reviewed May 25, 2021

This is the best place we visited during our vacation! The food, drinks and view were amazing! The coconut mojito is one of the best drinks I’ve ever had!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Manager, Owner at The Gulf Okaloosa Island, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 stars! It overjoys us to hear that we are the best place you visited while on vacation here! We hope to see you again!

Reviewed May 25, 2021

This was one of our favorite places throughout the week of fun. Very casual atmosphere, really good food, boat rides - the Cattywampus catamaran is amazing - everything we experienced here was fantastic! Lunch was not crowded, dinner was - the outside seating next to...the water, and the beautiful lighting there makes it no wonder people enjoy it - Go!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Manager, Owner at The Gulf Okaloosa Island, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 stars and glowing review! We are glad you had a wonderful time with us, and it overjoys us to hear that we are one of your favorite places! We hope to see you again!

Reviewed May 16, 2021

Fresh seafood with good selection. Best part is the water side tables. Order at the window and they bring the food to your tables.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Manager, Owner at The Gulf Okaloosa Island, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 stars! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed May 15, 2021

Husband got the crab leg boil for $30 and i ordered the fried flounder. Awful! We left feeling hungry and robbed. Waaaayyy over priced! Crab trap was SO SO much better. If you go here, order a bloody mary and enjoy the beautiful view. Avoid...the kitchen!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Manager, Owner at The Gulf Okaloosa Island, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, Dosherfamily2. We are sorry that your experience with our food was less than satisfactory. This does not sound like a normal visit to our restaurant. We strive to serve nothing but the best to our...More

Reviewed May 8, 2021 via mobile

Food was terrible. Nowhere near the experience we had at the location at Orange Beach. Nothing else to say, just awful. Second strike on night 2 in Fort Walton - went to Destin for dining experiences for the remainder of our visit.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 20, 2021

This place is a little bit hidden away. We first tried to get into another restaurant down the road, but the wait was long so we tried this place which has walk up order your own food service. They give you a number and bring...your food to your table. Lots of outdoor seating. Great bar selection as well. Food was very good. The waterfront setting also provides a very relaxed atmosphere.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Manager, Owner at The Gulf Okaloosa Island, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 stars, Bryan! We appreciate you taking the time to go into detail about your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon! 🌞

Reviewed March 31, 2021 via mobile

The atmosphere is awesome. The food is about a 6/10. A bit overpriced, small portions. Amazing photo ops.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Manager, Owner at The Gulf Okaloosa Island, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad you enjoyed our atmosphere, we have the best view on the island! All of our food is fresh and locally sourced which is often reflected in our pricing. Thank you again, and...More

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There is indoor seating in the upstairs space. Sometimes it is rented out for events, but most days it is open.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Gulf Okaloosa Island

Yes, The Gulf Okaloosa Island offers takeout services.

The Gulf Okaloosa Island is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4