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“By the Bridge”

Margaritaville Destin
Ranked #51 of 300 Restaurants in Destin
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bar, Grill
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Opening February 17, 2014!
Ashburn, Virginia
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398 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
“By the Bridge”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

We have dined at several Margaritaville locations and were excited to see that one had opened prior to our trip to Destin, but I was disappointed with our visit. We were promptly seated at a waterside table. The section we were seated in had glass "garage doors" as walls. It got quite windy as guests on two sides asked that the doors be opened. A pigeon flew in and nearly flew into me another patron before hitting the glass door on the far side! The pigeon got its bearings back and flew out the way it came in.

I had the fish and chips which came with French fries and cold slaw. The fish was ok, but the batter was a bit thick for me, the fries were not hot, and the slaw was dry. The tartar sauce with jalapeño was good. My husband had the seafood mac 'n cheese and he said it was good.

Service was just ok, and we were never offered refills of our water. I just didn't get the upbeat vibe that I've felt at other Margaritaville locations - there was no focal point (volcano, etc) as in other locations. Maybe this location is just too new and they haven't quite figured out what they are doing. There are two small stores at this location. There is a parking lot as well as a dimly lit parking garage that is in the adjacent complex.

  • Visited March 2014
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CourtneyGuestService, Guest Relations Manager at Margaritaville Destin, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
UOtterTravel - We sincerely apologize for failing to exceed your expectations on this visit. As you know from your other trips to our locations, the issues you bring up here do not meet our high standards and will be addressed. We do hope you give us another try in the future to earn back your trust.

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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217 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Good Food, Fun Atmosphere, Flaky Service”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

My husband and I were so excited to see a Margaritaville had opened while planning our family trip to Destin. We really enjoyed the New Orleans location years ago on our honeymoon. Unfortunately, our trip to Destin's Margaritaville was not a highlight of our family vacation.

Although we were greeted and seated promptly in a gorgeous facility with an amazing view, our server was nowhere to be seen. After waiting quite a while, a manager came to visit us and got our drinks. Also, when we mentioned our son's severe food allergies, she sent a chef promptly to our table and he planned an amazing meal for our son. (Let me mention here, we could not possibly be more impressed with the management and chef we dealt with!) When we were finally greeted by our server, she spent forever going over a menu we'd already had more than adequate time to memorize. After placing our orders, we watched the tables around us receive their food. Repeatedly.

When we finally received our food, it was delicious. I'm not kidding...The cheeseburger in paradise can be considered life-changing. Unfortunately, any time we needed our server's attention, be it for refills, our check, to pay our check, etc., she was chatting at the bar with the other servers.

Please understand -- my husband and I worked our way through college as servers. It takes A LOT for us to complain about service. As much as we loved the food and the personal attention from the chef, we can't give this location anything more than a three.

Bottom line: if you're looking for great food and an awesome atmosphere, this is the place. If you're on a schedule or service matters to you, you might want to look elsewhere.

  • Visited March 2014
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CourtneyGuestService, Guest Relations Manager at Margaritaville Destin, responded to this review, March 29, 2014
ecbronze - Thank you for visiting and sharing your feedback. It is great to hear how much you enjoyed our food, atmosphere, management and chef. However, we want to be amazing in all areas, so your feedback will be addressed.

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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice view, Ok and Overpriced Food”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

Our family went for lunch while on Spring break in Destin. The view of the harbor with the boats coming in was nice. I suppose that's what we were paying for, as the food and service was just average. No need for us to return again.

  • Visited March 2014
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Cleveland, Tennessee
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217 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Great Food & Atmosphere, Flaky Service”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

My husband and I were so excited to see a Margaritaville had opened while planning our family trip to Destin. We really enjoyed the New Orleans location years ago on our honeymoon. Unfortunately, our trip to Destin's Margaritaville was not a highlight of our family vacation.

Although we were greeted and seated promptly in a gorgeous facility with an amazing view, our server was nowhere to be seen. After waiting quite a while, a manager came to visit us and got our drinks. Also, when we mentioned our son's severe food allergies, she sent a chef promptly to our table and he planned an amazing meal for our son. (Let me mention here, we could not possibly be more impressed with the management and chef we dealt with!) When we were finally greeted by our server, she spent forever going over a menu we'd already had more than adequate time to memorize. After placing our orders, we watched the tables around us receive their food. Repeatedly.

When we finally received our food, it was delicious. I'm not kidding...The cheeseburger in paradise can be considered life-changing. Unfortunately, any time we needed our server's attention, be it for refills, our check, to pay our check, etc., she was chatting at the bar with the other servers.

Please understand -- my husband and I worked our way through college as servers. It takes A LOT for us to complain about service. As much as we loved the food and the personal attention from the chef, we can't give this location anything more than a three. Hopefully, with time and practice, they'll advance to the five we know they're meant to be.

Bottom line: if you're looking for great food and an awesome atmosphere, this is the place. If you're on a schedule or service matters to you, you might want to look elsewhere.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank ecbronze
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice Atmosphere, Way Overpriced, Not Kid Friendly”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

Nice atmosphere. Plenty of room, good views, good music, and good drinks. Food is terrible. Not a good choice for anyone with children in high chairs. Makes Applebees or Friday's look stellar. Ex. $16+ fish tacos were really just fried fish sticks in a tasteless tortilla with petrified lime wedges. Appetizers were bland. All the food was either lukewarm or burn your mouth off hot. My group had two toddlers 1.5 yrs and 2 yrs. Every table there is a high top, so the high chairs are extra tall…..but they only have one high chair! They took two regular plastic high chairs and stacked them, then showed us to our table. Unsafe! Not sure who gave them that idea. So we moved to a booth, but the booths are raised with a ledge that sticks out, so the high chair was about a foot from the booth.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank 311tlc
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CourtneyGuestService, Guest Relations Manager at Margaritaville Destin, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
311tlc - While you did enjoy our views, atmosphere and drinks, we are very sorry about the experience you describe here. We do have many tables that would better accommodate a high chair, because being family friendly is important to us, and apologize for not making you and your guests as comfortable as possible. We appreciate all of your valuable feedback and will share it with the team.

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