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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.
US$10 - US$30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
American, Bar, Seafood
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Beach, Playgrounds
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We got to the restaurant by 4 and there were so many people waiting in line. Parking was hard to come by but we lucked out just at the right time. We had the best seat in the house and the perfect view of the...water. Our waitress was excellent! She even brought out some oysters on the house because they were too small to sell. What a treat! Our food was so good. Our waitress took the extra time to take our pictures for us. All in all it was a great timeMore

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a great view of the Gulf from our table on the back porch. There was a nice breeze, which felt great on a hot sunny day. The food was very good. A bit pricey, but to be expected. I would eat here again!

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 3 days ago

Huge disappointment - all I can say is believe the negative reviews. We did not, and regretted it. Too many health code violations to even mention. Ordered oysters on the half shell - came out on an empty tray (no ice) and they were warm....Sent those back hoping it was one bad dish. The other dishes were served room temp and mediocre at best. WAY overpriced. Guy behind us is wiping tables with the same rag he just used to wipe the seats of the chairs. Do yourself a favor and go to Boshamps instead.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were 2 couples travelling together to Destin last week for vacation. We went to The Back Porch two nights because it was so good the first night. This place is so busy but the wait time is worth it. They said about 30-40 minutes...for a table for 4 and that's just what it was. Not bad for July at the beach. When we were sat at the table, there was a nice breeze and we thought the wait for food would be long considering how many people were there but it was great. Like our server said, they are "like a well-oiled machine". We all loved our food, from fried calamari, fish dip, fried grouper sandwiches, fried oysters, everything was cooked perfectly. Will absolutely visit The Back Porch again if we go to Destin.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great service, excellent food. Definitely go early or late to avoid the rush. Scenic dining environment it’s lovely at the beach.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago

We love this place. We have been vacationing at Sterling Shores which is directly behind The Back Porch for the past 10 years. So the convenience factor is big for us considering we have 3 small children and we love the ease of just coming...off the beach for lunch or dinner(sometimes both😂)We literally go here everyday that we are on vacation. I can’t say enough about the food, the service and just the overall atmosphere. This place is like a well oiled machine with the way it is ran. We’ve never had a bad experience. Servers are always super friendly and efficient. And this place is packed. Seriously impressive how well the servers and kitchen operate. The food is always good and the wait times aren’t horrible and it really doesn’t feel like your waiting long with how quickly the tables turn. I’ve never been to a more efficiently ran restaurant. This is definitely our favorite restaurant in Destin.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The service was great! The food was great! They were busy and there was a wait but it was worth it! I had the sea scallops and shrimp broiled with the corn medley and salad! Very good

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic food, service was good. I recommend going at 4pm before the dinner crowd arrives otherwise you will wait awhile but worth it.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service and awesome food. Food arrived quickly. A favorite every time we are in the area. We got there right at opening and there was no wait.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere and one of the best meals we had in Destin (crab stuffed shrimp!). Loved the fun atmosphere and being right on the beach. Highly recommend the rum punch. Delicious!

Date of visit: July 2021
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13 May 2021|
Response from Robin C | Reviewed this property |
Well, there's not a lot of parking for almost any restaurant in Destin. I was fortunate to get a good spot, but that was at 5 pm. Good luck later.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Back Porch

Yes, The Back Porch offers takeaway services.

Yes, The Back Porch offers delivery services.

Yes, The Back Porch is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Back Porch is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5