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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing local gem. We visited while on vacation. The oysters are reasonably priced. They were large and tasty. Our table enjoyed three dozen raw. I had the blackened catfish with a side of Key West Napa cabbage and collard greens. Both were...excellent!! The cabbage was tender and tasty, as were the greens. The entree was three catfish filets, a very generous portion. It was cooked perfectly. It was moist and tender. The blackened seasoning was not overpowering. I highly recommend Dave's oyster bar if you are ever in the area. We will definitely eat here again when we are back in the area.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 16, 2024 via mobile

Wonderful service. Great food and LOVE that none of it is over-salted (why don’t more restaurants know that we can add our own salt, if necessary, but can’t remove it?!!). For taste (primarily) as well as health reasons, I cannot enjoy salty food. Only negative...at Dave’s is the noise level due to poor acoustics but still must give it a “5!” (4.8 not an option.)More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 24, 2024 via mobile

We came here on a whim after leaving the zoo. We had a great experience. Our waitress was attentive and patient with our questions. Great atmosphere. I had the blackened snapper. the snapper wasn't blackened very well and a little dry. But it was still...very good and a large portion. For appetizers, we also ordered the crab bisque, tuna dip, and sautéed crab claws. The crab claws were amazing and topped with herb butter and parm cheese. The husband said the tuna dip was the best he's ever had. Fried oysters and fried okra was on point. The crab bisque was very different but it was good and flavourful. we'll be back if we're ever in the area again.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 7, 2024 via mobile

We found this restaurant quite by surprise as we were looking for places on the route to the zoo. The food was excellent. My husband is a fried oyster expert and said these fried oysters were the best he had ever had. He also liked...the onion rings. I enjoyed the "veggie" plate. One could order 4 sides and did not have to pick and choose between regular sides or premium ones. Side salad, cheese grits, mac and cheese, and fried ocra were my choices. Would definitely recommend!!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 20, 2024

Won't be back. Terrible fried oysters and crab claws. The raw oysters were good but everything else was disappointing.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed July 29, 2023

Looking for fresh seafood at a reasonable price…this is it! Little hidden gem that reminds you of days gone by. Had the shrimp boil and was so very good; Service was good and very attentive

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 26, 2023

Oh my gosh, best seafood restaurant we went to while staying at Navarre Beach! My husband order raw oysters and described them as the best ever! He had some at another restaurant in Pensacola Beach and these were so much better and cheaper! My husband...and I shared the seafood platter and again so good, we had fried oysters, fried shrimp and grilled mahi mahi. Highly recommend Dave’s Oyster Bar and grill and can’t wait to go back next time in the area!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 29, 2023

Good lunch specials. Food fresh and very good. Nice portions. They do need larger taco shells to hold the ingredients of the shrimp tacos. I was fearful that the beautiful shrimp would escape to the floor. Entrance on Kitty Hawk.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 6, 2023

I have been here numerous of times. I always get the fried catfish. It is the closet I have found to compare to my mothers and my own. My last visit I decided to try the fried shrimp. Disappointing. It appeared the oil was not...hot enough there was no batter on the shrimp when it was brought to me. It appeared to been washed off once it hit the oil that was not at the right temperature, too cool. My first visit 2 years ago the oysters were big salty and good. Now the serve small Alabama oysters that in my opinion are no good, so I no longer order oysters unless fried. But not knocking the place at all the food is the best in Gulf Breeze and Navarre bar none. I wish they would add fried green tomatoes and a hand pattied burger and bring back what I heard they use to have frog legs. The best about Dave's isn't just the best food but the price and the food portions. You definitely get your money's worth and the staff make's you feel like long time friends even though we just met. They are a 5 star restaurant for sure.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 25, 2023

Parking at times can be challenging. The entrance is on Kitty Hawk. This is a casual dining spot. They have a lunch menu. The fried shrimp were large and sweet. Some of the best I have had. The gumbo could have used more seafood. The...cup of the oyster stew had at least 5 nice oysters and was flavorful. We got oysters Rockefeller. They were good. I have had better, but I would not mind having them again there.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 21, 2023 via mobile

I wanted to have some oysters for lunch and Dave’s was a great find! Not in a busy section of town so you have to locate it. Oysters were fresh and prepared in a variety of ways. Staff was really good.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed February 9, 2023

We came here for a celebration and enjoyed the laid back atmosphere. I had baked oysters with Parmesan they were outstanding but of course I was really hungry. The rest of my crew had catfish it must have been good because they didn’t share.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed June 25, 2022 via mobile

Outstanding as always. As a local, we’ve searched this area high and low for a place that has great food, great service and a comfortable atmosphere. We found them all at Dave’s. The oysters, the Kenny and the rockachokes, they were so wonderfully done. Buttery...and bacony, cheesy oyster goodness. We usually enjoy them raw but these have been too good to pass up. The fish tacos come with generous portions of fish and sides. The blueberry cheesecake with a cold glass of reisling was a perfect finish to a great meal. Nothing fancy just good food and a nice place to kick back and relax. And our server, Amy. What a gem! Besides the food, she makes us feel so comfortable and one of the reasons we want to return time and time again. We will miss Dave’s when we move from this area. But until then, Dave’s will be our go-to!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 22, 2022

We went there on 5/21/22 at around 18:30 and they were busy and had about a 30 minute wait to be seated. Once seated our waitress immediately took our drink order and served them immediately. I was looking for baked oysters and this is my...newest go to place. We got the 20 oyster sampler and they were great! Our server was very busy but she was attentive and took great care of us. Before we were seated we were enjoying a beer outside and met some grand folks and chatted about our trip and our dogs. I have a service dog and she was welcomed with open arms. My wife and I really enjoyed this place and we are making it our go to place for baked oysters 😃😃😃More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed October 14, 2021 via mobile

A friend took us here because they loved it so much. If you are an oyster lover, this place is for you! I had the grilled shrimp tacos and my wife got the big sampler platter. The staff were awesome to make sure my wife’s...platter did not have the spicy stuff on it since she does not handle it well. We were both pleased with our meal and the service was very good.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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I guess everyplace,whether a greasy spoon or a 5-starred Michelin restaurant, can have an off day. All I can say fro personal experience is I've never had a bad meal st Dave's. Some of the best oysters ever, fresh grouper... More
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Dave's Oyster Bar and Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4