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“Great View with Average Food”
Review of Pompano Joe's

Pompano Joe's
Ranked #21 of 308 Restaurants in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Pompano Joe's opened its doors in 1995 and quickly became known for their unique Caribbean style of seafood. Since then, it has become a destination restaurant for tourists and a favorite among the locals. The Caribbean flair shines through from our famous Reggae Rolls and Garlic Crusted Grouper to the brightly colored window frames that line the walls of our open-air restaurant. In 2013, we opened the second Pompano Joe's location at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, FL. When visiting Destin, South Walton or Panama City Beach, we hope you stop in and enjoy the great food, refreshing drinks and the best view on the Gulf Coast.
Reviewed September 10, 2008

After reading many of the positive reviews, we decided to head 15 minutes north from Fort Walton Beach bypassing many of the other seafood restaurants in favor of Pompano Joe's.

The view was fantastic from our table as we were about a 5-iron from the ocean. We were seated quickly and the service on a whole was very good.

The food was OK - I ordered the Seafood Sampler which included broiled shimp, fish, oysters and scallops. I guess I expected a bit more since we are right on the Gulf and this should be their specialty. However, the shrimp were fairly small and seemed like they had been cooked 1 hour before hand. The oysters were also small - about the size of a nickle (not kidding). Scallops and fish were good but nothing to die for. The kids ordered a chicken basket and my wife ordered a chicken caeser salad (not a seafood lover) and she enjoyed her meal.

All in all, I would go back and give it another try based off the service and the view.

Thank schweikher
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Reviewed August 10, 2008

This place is nothing more than a bar that serves mediocre food. From one hour wait times to cocky and rude bartenders and waitstaff and being jammed into a table like a sardine, this place is not worth going to. If all you want to do is get drunk and pay $5 a drink and listen to obscenely loud music or you just need a T-shirt that says you went to Destin or you just enjoy paying rediculous prices for frozen shrimp and bland food then this is your place. The beautiful oceanfront view is not worth the pain you are required to endure to dine here.

3  Thank Roadhustler
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Reviewed August 9, 2008

While Pompano Joes looks like a run down shack - you must go inside. The food is just-caught fresh, the waitstaff is friendly and attentive and the view is never to be forgotten.

We have been there for three straight days, choosing different items each time - all of them amazing taste combinations. The seafood salads with fruit, the blackened Mahi mahi are our favorites - but we will be back tomorrow to try something new.

Don't miss this place and this experience. You will feel right at home.

1  Thank JWilguess
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Reviewed August 9, 2008

Pompano Joe's was rated best restaurant by all six of our travelling crew and we ate out a lot during our week stay in Destin. The food, the service and the atmosphere where all exceptional. We all loved the food, even our 12-year old (which is incredible!) We didn't have to wait for a table but we knew it would be crowded so we made plans to get there early. If we could only go to one restaurant in Destin - this would be the one!

Thank leavnmosquitosbhind
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Reviewed August 8, 2008

Enjoyed lunch here one afternoon. The location is right on the beach and we really enjoyed the open air view by the beachside windows all being open. The service was top notch and the food very good. I had a very good grilled grouper fish sandwich. The margaritas were also very good. One of the better dining experiences we had while in Destin

Thank Andbod1
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