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“Nice Coastal Experience”
Review of Dewey Destin's

Dewey Destin's
Ranked #17 of 304 Restaurants in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Takeout
Wilmore, Kentucky
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice Coastal Experience”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

We go to restaurants for the food. I know this sounds apparent, but in tourist areas some restaurants (even around Destin - read my review on Fudpuckers) draw people in with gimmicks and property eye candy in order to minimize our focus on the quality of their fare. This place has the best of both: food and atmosphere.
Atmosphere: Dewey Destin Bayside is off the beaten path. You have to want to go there to find it. However, if you go, you are rewarded with a beautiful view of the bay entrance to the Gulf and a pleasant return to the fishin' village dining of the early years. The establishment has limited seating inside and outside. The reason is obvious once you arrive: you are sitting directly over the edge of the water on what seems to be an old dock. It is difficult to find a table during the peak summer months regardless of what hour you visit. But, after Labor Day seating vacancies are abundant. Don't expect air conditioning and cloth table clothes. This is precisely why we like this place. Interestingly, the food prep side of the establishment is a mobile cook wagon backed up the the customer service "shed." Don't be alarmed. It is actually kind of quaint.
Food: The quality of the food is unsurpassed for what it is. We are talking food baskets here, not seven course meals. On this trip we had a variety of baskets, all of which were superb in freshness and quality. The only complaint I have is the Cobia basket. My wife had the fried catfish and loved it ($10). My brother had the shrimp basket and was pleasantly pleased (approx. $14). I had the Cobia basket ($20). It was cooked perfect. However, the portion was a bit slight (four rather small pieces = approx. 4-6 oz.) considering the cost. Cobia is a very limited seasonal fish. Even with this in mind, I still felt somewhat taken. My advise here is to stay away from the seasonal fish specials. They are quite expensive when you figure the pound per dollar cost. Nevertheless, they know how to cook seafood.
General Conclusions: If you tire as quickly as we do of the tourist trap (fancy storefront, poor service, and overpriced substandard food), then this restaurant is a nice return to the old coastal hole-in-the-wall where the locals eat.

  • Visited September 2013
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indianapolis, IN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Kind of a dumpy place--great food!”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

We had a very late dinner here during our Destin vacation. The fish tasted very fresh and the rest of our meal was excellent. You order at a small window and they bring food to you. Not fancy in the least, but I loved it and will definitely go back!

  • Visited September 2013
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“Great place!”
Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

The best locally caught fresh catch in a long time! I had the grilled flounder and it was great. The service was good too. There was a long line but we were seated in about fifteen minutes.

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San Antonio, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Didn't make it to dinner...”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

Dewey's had no wait, wasn't that busy, but we were seated at a dirty table. After cleaning off the table ourselves, we waited for 10 minutes for one of the four wait staff walking around us to acknowledge us. As we waited, the table of 12 beside us got their food, and overwhelmingly the remarks were negative. "Why did you get 3 and I only got 2, when we ordered the same thing?" The kitchen had forgotten items on 3 of the orders. When we decided to leave, we stopped to talk to the manager and, to her credit, she offered to comp our meals if we stayed. By then we weren't interested in eating there. We ended up at Louisiana Lagniappe instead and it was EXCELLENT! Definitely recommend that if you're looking for a nice dinner in Destin with a great adult atmosphere and delicious food.

  • Visited October 2013
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swanage
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Great location and buzzy place but service was awful,food was cold. Must have caught it on a bad night.

  • Visited October 2013
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