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“Really great mixed with a little improvement being needed”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Pompano Joe's

Pompano Joe's
Ranked #22 of 300 Restaurants in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Caribbean, American, Bar, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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.
Fort Worth, Texas
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Really great mixed with a little improvement being needed”
Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Overall the food was great and the location / atmosphere was fantastic. You are right on the beach.

With that said, the only parking is the public beach parking area so be ready to WALK. We went during off peak times and it was still bad. Also the staff was less friendly than one would expect in a tourist city.

I was also disappointed that you could not make any substitutions to their menu items. By substitution I mean wanting something grilled rather than fried. That was disappointing.

The gumbo was AMAZING and the grilled crab legs was new for me and SPECTACULAR. Overall the food was great.

I would definitely be back, especially since now I would go in knowing its goods / bada in advance.

Thank Gary M
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Brookland, Arkansas
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great view”
Reviewed August 23, 2014

Love coming here for drinks and apps and taking in the view. Watch when you come parking can be tricky at the least this year the sister place Back Porch was better all around but will give then another chance next year.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Bigredd1968
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Columbus, Ohio, United States
1 review
“Nice atmosphere but mediocre food.”
Reviewed August 22, 2014

To start- like many restaurants in Destin, Fl, one cannot make reservations. This first come first serve approach can make it difficult when dining with children. We had a 40 minute wait before being seated. Seating is on a long picnic-like bench. There is no air-conditioning and no overhead fans anywhere near our table. There was a window and those sitting near the window had a decent breeze. The rest of the people in our party were sweating profusely in the florida humidity. Our waitress had too many tables and was therefore grumpy...not necessarily rude...just grumpy and obviously wanted to get done with her shift ASAP. Now the food...the crackers they gave to entertain the children were as stale as cardboard. The tuna salad was average (the tuna steak was fatty and gristley). The mahi mahi was dry (not flakey and moist, as described). The twice-baked potato took a backseat to many I've had at weddings. The vegetable medley was unseasoned. The island drinks were average as well. All in all, the food/atmosphere was not worth the price. P.S. The entertainment was awful. I think the singer/guitar player was drunk.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank 321ZZZ
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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312 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Crab legs are a must”
Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

What a great spot for the family to enjoy a nice dinner on the ocean. Sit on the balcony for sure as you can stare at the ocean while eating dinner. We had oysters which were big to start and the crab leg feast. The crab was meaty and cooked perfectly. We will be back for sure next time we are back in Destin. Very pleased

Visited August 2014
Thank Sjwiden
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Dallas, Texas
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88 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent food, atmosphere, and view”
Reviewed August 21, 2014

This was the meal I'd been wanting during our whole stay. I ordered the breaded and fried scallops with Jamaican black beans and rice. The food was fantastic. The live band playing out front set a great mood, and the overlook of the beach was to die for. A great all around experience.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Nofridays
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