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“Great location and views, good food”
Review of Pompano Joe's

Pompano Joe's
Ranked #22 of 304 Restaurants in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great location and views, good food”
Reviewed October 25, 2008

We actually ate here twice in one week, once for lunch with my wife and son, and later with our extended crew of 20. Food was good, huge menu, big portions, great views of the ocean out the open windows.

1 Thank Luhrs02
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San Destin, FL
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great views and good food.”
Reviewed October 11, 2008

If you are looking for a five star restaurant, this is NOT it! But if you are looking for an incredible view and above average food you are in for a treat! The fried food is always hot and yummy! We come to Destin five or six times a year and this is always a favorite.It's a lovely view and the wait staff friendly. The biggest issue now is the parking. They lost their parking lot twice in big storms and are trying to build it back now.

1 Thank JAACHA
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Leawood, Kansas
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48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good food, service, and view.”
Reviewed September 22, 2008

The food was good as was the service. The view was great; right on the beach. I will go back during my next visit to Destin.

1 Thank Verzani
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Jackson, Mississippi
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47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Awesome View!”
Reviewed September 16, 2008

Pompano Joe's is one of the must eat places in Destin. Great view, great food, cool atmosphere with open air environment. The reggae rolls are wonderful and so are the margaritas!

2 Thank Annabelle27
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great View with Average Food”
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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