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“Thursday Night Fireworks at 9pm”

AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar
Ranked #46 of 308 Restaurants in Destin
Price range: $12 - $32
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: To read about AJ’s is one thing... to experience it is another. Come see why AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar has been the place to be on the Emerald Coast for nearly 30 years! Join us today! Doors open at 11:00 am! See you soon!
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Thursday Night Fireworks at 9pm”
Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

We sat upstairs at the bar overlooking the Marina. Got to see boats coming and going and a two plane mini air show. Then at 9pm quick but enjoyable firework show.
Not being a seafood person I opted for a cheeseburger which was not great. The fried pickle appetizer was great as were my skinny margaritas. My friend had fried clam strips and enjoyed them.

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Austin, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great food, great service”
Reviewed August 24, 2014

Had a great meal and the staff was great with my kids. The kids particularly loved that their plates turned out to be Frisbees.

Visited August 2014
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Disappointing Lunch”
Reviewed August 24, 2014

The service was slow and the restaurant was only about 25% occupied. The gumbo was thin/watery and had no seafood in it. I sent it back to the kitchen. The quantity of shrimp on the shrimp Po-boy was just six. That is not many shrimp for a $10 sandwich.

Visited June 2014
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Thank Pat W
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Destin, FL
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“"Spectacular View and Great Food”
Reviewed August 21, 2014

We arrived with our party of 6 for a birthday celebration. We decided to sit on the rail on the upstairs Bimini Deck as the early band was playing and the view of the fishing fleet and the harbor was totally captivating. The limited menu that is served upstairs pleased us. Our food arrived promptly, was prepared as ordered and tasty. During our meal the house band came on stage and played upbeat music and we all danced and had a great time. Considering the Bimini Deck can be crowded and people are up and down constantly,our server was friendly and attentive and we recommend this restaurant for a well- priced seafood meal and fun experience.

  • Visited August 2014
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Not going back again”
Reviewed August 20, 2014

We had visited Destin in November last year and had a great experience at AJ's. When we returned we were full of anticipation to eat there again. This time it was like a different place. The service was bad and the food only mediocre at best. The first time we visited this trip we sat down stairs and was very disappointed.We thought maybe this was just an off day so were returned and asked to sit upstairs were it is much more comfortable and has a spectacular view. We were greet by an extremely unfriendly server. She was rude and almost intentionally seemed to not want to wait on us. We had our 9 and 11 year children with us and this seemed to be the root of her aggravation. Needless to say my children are very well behaved, I was deeply insulted. We left. Bad Bad Bad. Go to Harry T's instead where they care about their guest.

  • Visited August 2014
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lthornell, AJ's Social Media Director at AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar, responded to this review, August 22, 2014
Jackie, I was glad to hear you had a great experience on your visit in November and thank you for coming back to see us again. I'm sorry to hear about what recently happened though. It's very disappointing to hear that we have someone on staff that doesn't know how to treat our valued guests. This attitude is NOT what we're about. I would like to have our upstairs management address the staff on this matter. Do you remember which day you visited us and who your server was by any chance?
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