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“Great Dining Experience”
Review of The Back Porch

The Back Porch
Ranked #21 of 306 Restaurants in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Takeout
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.
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Great Dining Experience”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

My Wife and I recently visited The Back Porch for dinner. We arrived about 30 minutes prior to sunset (on a weekday) and were seated immediately. You have unobstructed views of the beach and the sunset. The server was friendly and attentive. By the way, they don't accept reservations but will allow call-ahead seating.

The food was more than you would pay at a chain restaurant but it was worth it. For $26.95 I had three *huge* filets of Grouper, Amberjack, and Tuna as well as a delicious corn / vegetable dish and twich-baked potato. We started our meal with the "famous" smoked tuna appetizer and received a big portion of tuna on a bed of fresh greens. It was a meal in itself. Draft beers were reasonably priced at $3.75. There's plently of seafood and non-seafood items on the menu.

A delicious, fresh meal, with your significant other, watching a fantastic sunset- what more is there?

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NW Indiana
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“We love walking down the beach to the Back Porch”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

When we visit Destin (which is about 2-4 times a year. More if we're lucky!:), we always make time for the Back Porch. Luckily it's only a 10 minute walk down the beach from our condo. My favorite spot to sit is in the windows on the inside, although you feel like you could be outside. Servers are nice and the food is really good. I haven't had a bad meal there. Our 13 year old is a HUGE crab leg kid. He was so happy to find 1 1/2 pounds of crab legs on the menu. It's not cheap but well worth the money to see him get something he waits for until we get down there;) My daughter and I usually split their Grouper Florentine or the Sunset Chicken. My husband eats the shrimp poboy (without fail) and our 16 yr old usually has the kids shrimp (he loves getting the frisbee;). Their crab cakes are to die for. A whoooole lot of lovely crab and very little filler. I would almost say we just go for those;) The Back Porch's has a great laid back atmosphere. It can get crazy busy during peak times in the year so October is our favorite time. I would highly suggest the Back Porch to anyone looking for good food when they visit Destin;)

  • Visited October 2013
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Mobile, Alabama
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206 reviews
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“Good. A little pricey”
Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

No complaints about the food or service but the prices seemed a little steep for what you get IMO. Kids meals were almost $8 if that tells you anything. That said, the food was pretty good.

  • Visited October 2013
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Tenn.
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“GREAT PLACE ON THE BEACH!”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

We ate lunch there one day while beaching it. The grilled Amberjack was delicious! Jose was our server was excellent. He did everything we asked. Great views of the beach from all tables.

  • Visited October 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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“A special treat”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

First time in Destin, and at this restaurant. Thoroughly enjoyed the food and the view from The Back Porch!

  • Visited October 2013
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