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AJ's Oyster Shanty

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 08/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 08/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Outstanding service and food!
1. Outstanding service and food!
"Outstanding service and food!"
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2. Great food and service.
2. Great food and service.
"Great food and service."
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3. Oyster Sampler was delish!
3. Oyster Sampler was delish!
"Cute little place."
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About
With over 36 years of being one of Destin's favorites, we wanted to bring AJ's to Okaloosa Island. Offering a wide variety of fresh seafood, cool libations, and live music...it's the way we make you feel, friends cooking for friends.
PRICE RANGE
$12 - $28
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Flavor was good but if you like seafood I would stay away. Gumbo has no seafood in it. Shrimp and grits had 4 small shrimp. Oysters were tiny and bland. Plenty of other options in the area. Made the manager aware of our orders and...More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding service and food! Gabriel was our server and he was fantastic! Our family of 4 had the peel and eat shrimp, gumbo, shrimp and Grits, sirloin, and kid’s cheeseburger and key lime pie for dessert! Everything was top notch. Food was flavorful, hot, and...More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Destin4050, Owner at AJ's Oyster Shanty, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your lovely review of AJ's Oyster Shanty. It was our pleasure to be able to serve your family on your visit to the Emerald Coast. We hope you will visit us again when back in town!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently spent a few days in Fort Walton and this restaurant was just down the road. I was seated quickly and all of the staff was very friendly. The crab cake ball are very good and so is the frozen Emerald Coast Lemonade. There...More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Destin4050, Owner at AJ's Oyster Shanty, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your recent review, we are so glad that you enjoyed the crab cake balls, and the Frozen Emerald Coast Lemonade ( thats a new drink addition to our menu this year). We hope to see you again when you come to Fort...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A.J.'s Oyster Shanty has an incredible outdoor bar with high tops , family dining tables , a bar and outdoor entertainment. The oysters are amazing and the mojitos are refreshing!

Date of visit: July 2020
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Destin4050, Owner at AJ's Oyster Shanty, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Brion, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the oysters, mojitos, & music while at AJ's Oyster Shanty. We look forward to serving you again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Promptly seated. Waitress was super friendly and had recommendations. Grilled shrimp basket was okay. Member of our party ordered the Oyster Sampler platter and said it was delicious. Try it and see what you think.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Destin4050, Owner at AJ's Oyster Shanty, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your recent review, we take all customer comments to heart, and sorry you did not enjoy meal. The server should have notified a manager, we always want to make sure our customers leave with great experience and not just okay, glad to...More

Reviewed July 10, 2020

Cute little place. Great fast service and good food. Mahi and Oyster sampler were amazing! Staff was super friendly and seated fast. Tables were good space for social distancing.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 7, 2020

The place was packed at a time of increased cases of Covid 19 here in Florida not adhering to correct social distancing guidelines. The fish sandwich was so over seasoned couldn't even taste anything else. The prices were also way to high for the food...More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed June 28, 2020

Went to AJ'S for some oysters for lunch . Well, the person shucking the oysters didn't show up for work so. We had a couple of burgers. My burger was very salty and my wife burger was okay. The french fries were hot. The best...More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed June 26, 2020

We went twice during our stay to AJ's. It was within walking distance and we has a nice time. I would give it a 4.5 actually. The Margaritas were great. The only problem we encountered was not received our fresh oysters but we ordered so...More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed June 24, 2020

My family went early one evening for dinner at AJ's and it was soooo good. I got the crab steamer dish and my husband got the Cajun Shrimp Pasta. Both were excellent. We will definitely be back!

Date of visit: June 2020
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Meleah A
July 9, 2017|
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Response from LThornell | Property representative |
Absolutely. Bring in your catch (mates from your charter with usually fillet it for you) and we'll cook it up... fried, grilled, or blackened. Comes with fries, slaw, and pups.
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