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“GET THE GRILLED CRAB LEGS!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pompano Joe's

Pompano Joe's
Ranked #21 of 301 Restaurants in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Caribbean, American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, 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: 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.
Hendersonville, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews
“GET THE GRILLED CRAB LEGS!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2014

Last year when we came to Destin, we stopped in here for lunch. Our waitress was amazing! She talked our son into getting the grilled crab legs. They were so AMAZING that we HAD to go back and get them this year as well!

Visited August 2014
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Tampa
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“Be there by 5pm or you can't park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014

Best total food experience we had. Worst parking ever.

We got lucky, arrived at 5pm on weekend and only had 1/4 mile walk there. Once there, we were greeted by awesome service, great food, and best sides ever (better than Savannah). Seafood was awesome and 2 year old actually ate the shrimp (first time every!!).

The home made microbrew was awesome by N. Florida standard. By that I mean terrible, but not their fault, N. Florida water is horrible for beer. Avoid. But send some love for trying.

But Parking- Dear Jebus! Anyone who arrived after 530 pm was outta luck!! I mean they were circling like vultures looks for a place to no avail.

Plan well, you'll be rewarded!!!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fun Beach Atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Fun beach atmosphere. Large servings served by friendly staff. The shrimp cocktail, scampi, and salad were delicious. Loved being right on the beach. The New York style cheese cake was small and just average, but everything else was wonderful.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Beachside dining and great food!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Sit out on the raised deck at Pompano Joes and enjoy the beautiful view of the beach and ocean while watching a volleyball game! This service is always fantastic, lots of energy and music playing! Fresh fish and huge portions, with the blackened grouper sandwich as my favorite! Many great selections and a huge menu. After lunch head down to the beach for a great day in the sun!!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Memphis, Tennessee
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“Good food - no so good experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014

The food was great, the waiter was very attentive and nice -- the hostesses...rude. They barely made eye contact when we arrived, the second one literally threw our menus on the table and a third told my husband he would have to find us...since he was parking the car when we were seated.
But the most gross part -- which had nothing to do with the restaurant...a woman had a 1 year old who pretty much hurled all over the floor at a table nearby. Kinda ruined the appetite. But again, the wait staff did an amazing job of handling it!

Visited August 2014
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