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The Back Porch

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$$ - $$$
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1740 Old Scenic Highway 98 East, Destin, FL 32541
+1 850-837-2022
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Columbus, Ohio
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The bright hectic coloring of the restaurant goes perfectly with the ultra blue water in the gulf and the white white sand. Food service was quick even after we explained that one person in our party had a shellfish allergy. Prices are good for Destin. Keep in mind that a lot of people here have a summer home that is... More 

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Back Porch was recommended to us by friends who had previously been there.....it was as amazing as they said! Very laid back and fun atmosphere. Superb service... Our server was prompt, friendly and attentive....we never had to ask for anything once we ordered... Food was very good....I had a burger. It was grilled perfect and had all the fresh... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a coupon for a free tuna dip appetizer if you purchase two meals, both wife and I pleasantly surprised how good it was. Grouper Destin was great per wife. I had amberjack grilled and it was really good. Good atmosphere and great selection of fish. Overall great restaurant.

Thank traveler_mike_g
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

First time in Destin so I was thumbing thru all the magazines looking for a place to eat. The Back Porch was close to the house I rented plus I found a coupon for Free Tuna Dip appetizer if we visited. We were sold. We arrived to an awesome view of the water on a perfect day. We got our... More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazing view of the gulf!!!! Blue waters and white beaches while we enjoyed their signature sandwich and their special *adult* beverage for the day! Great food at a reasonable price ($16) and a really great, relaxed atmosphere. The staff was great, as well. Will definitely go back when we visit Destin again!

Thank Tionna T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The seafood was delicious. Service was great, too. We were seated upstairs, I would recommend sitting on the main floor or outside where there is more atmosphere. It was pricey for a family of 4, but if you want good seafood, you'll get it here.

Thank Amy M
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was one of our favorite place to go. We have been going there with the kids since they were little. We visited there yesterday and was very disappointed. Our server seemed to been in a rush to get us out of there as quickly as he could. We were there with our kids and their friends for senior spring... More 

Thank Angie Y
Paragould, Arkansas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent Food and service. Great oysters and grilled fish. We spent a week in Destin and ate here twice.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I have been going to the Destin area for spring break for the past 12 years or so and we always have dinner at The Back Porch in Destin. Tip #1 call in advance to see if there is a thirty minute wait. They don't take reservations but they do take call-a-heads if there's a 30 min... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our road trip took us through Destin during lunch time and we wanted to eat on the water. Quite by chance we ended up on the back porch of The Back Porch. What a great place!! We were served an enormous dish of perfectly fried oysters. Our server, Monica, was attentive and delightful. She even took the time to chit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1740 Old Scenic Highway 98 East, Destin, FL 32541
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Destin
  • Phone Number: +1 850-837-2022
The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House has been a local favorite in Destin since 1974 serving the finest smoked tuna dip, ice-cold oysters and our famous char-grilled Amberjack. Happy Hour 3-5PM daily.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?