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“Just because it's on the beach does not make for quality dining”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of The Back Porch

The Back Porch
Ranked #21 of 300 Restaurants in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: 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.
Colorado
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77 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Just because it's on the beach does not make for quality dining”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

The reviews for the most part were exemplary enough for us to give it a try. I'm usually pretty good at weeding out the good from the bad. This time I got fooled. As stated by some of the negative reviews, the place is "sticky', and it's not from the humidity. Drinks are served in plastic, napkins are tisssue thin. Happy Hour advertises on their web site Appalachicola Oysters, doz/$5.99. Of course, none were available and none would be forth coming anytime soon. Thank you BP. We kept it simple, ordred a dozen Texas oysters that were gritty, & thin lacking succulence. The grilled flounder sanwhich $11.99 was laughable. I'm kicking myself for not taking a picture of it. Large bun, lettuce, single dead tomatoe, and this tiny piece of unreconizable fish. I grew up on flounder, fished for it with my father. If this is what has happened to the speices since then I feel sorry for those who will never know the delight of this delicate flaky sweet fish.

  • Visited January 2013
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Never miss a trip to this place”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

I've always loved the Back Porch. Service is always good, food is always good, just a neat place. Another great meal this trip.

Visited December 2012
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Red Bud, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Good Food, Great Location!”
Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

We had the tuna BLT and the fish n chips. Both meals were good. The mixed drinks are wonderful. The happy hour is less than impressive, includes some beer specials that did not seem like specials at all. I would definitely go back for the food and the view.

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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Right on the beach”
Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

We ate on the "back porch" right on the beach. Awesome view. Food is okay a bit pricey but good. Would return again.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“great old standard”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

Awesome grilled (or fried) fish sandwiches right on the beach - hard to beat!! Waitstaff are super, too.

Visited October 2012
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