Is there a better way to dine than outdoors in the salty ocean air? We don’t think so. One of the best things to do in Fort Walton Beach is enjoy the waterfront itself! Fortunately, first-time visitors and repeat vacationers to FWB will find a wide variety of delicious restaurants where you can enjoy your entrees without missing out on that warm, welcoming Florida sunshine.

These 12 restaurants line the city’s shores and are within easy reach of our comfortable vacation homes in Fort Walton Beach.

1. Bay Cafe French Restaurant

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  • Address: 233 Alconese Ave SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Website: instagram.com/baycafefrench
  • Price point: $$
  • Cuisine: Informal old-school French Cuisine
  • Reservations recommended.

In a sea of kitschy restaurants overflowing with rainbow nautical decor, The Bay Cafe stands alone as one of the very best restaurants not just in Fort Walton Beach but in all of Florida’s Emerald Coast.

Open for 40 years and catering to locals rather than tourists, Bay Cafe serves succulent seafood items like Grouper Wellington and classics like Escargo en Croute. Diners on their romantic patio can watch the boats cruise through the harbor and pass beneath the bridge. If you’re looking for an exceptional meal on the water, look no further than the Bay Cafe.

2. Crab Trap

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  • Address: 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Website: crabtrapflorida.com
  • Price point: $$
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • No reservations necessary

Not to be confused with Rick’s Crab Shack (a family-run inland restaurant), The Crab Shack is an expansive restaurant perched on the white sand of the Gulf serving excellent Crab Cakes, Tanner Crab, and Bairdi Crab.

The crab-focused menu doesn’t come cheap here, but if you’re looking for high-quality crustaceans without stumbling far from a beach, The Crab Shack is the place to be. They also have a second location in nearby Destin.

3. The Gulf on Okaloosa Island

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There is no shortage of seafood restaurants in Fort Walton Beach, or even on this list, but this crowd favorite with a full bar offers some of the best waterfront dining on the panhandle of Florida.

Here, you can indulge in a seafood boil platter of your choice or a delicious fresh-made lobster roll for lunch. This laid-back Gulf Coast eatery is especially good for people looking to pair their seafood with a quality cocktail.

4. Rick’s on the Island & Island Pizza

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  • Address: 1318 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Okaloosa Island, FL
  • Website: facebook.com/ricksontheisland
  • Price point: $$
  • Cuisine: American
  • No reservations necessary

Burgers, seafood, pizza, and a full bar. What more can you ask for from a family-run establishment? The coconut shrimp keeps locals coming back, and the live music that often lights up the establishment in the evening is a favorite for visitors, new and old. Be sure to try their locally famous dessert cocktails like the Key Lime Colada!

5. The Shack

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  • Address: 104 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Website: theshackfwb.com
  • Price point: $$
  • Cuisine: Kitchy Seafood
  • No reservations necessary

From its breaded fried green tomatoes to its bright blue Fish Bowl cocktails, The Shack is a tourist favorite for travelers looking to soak up the sun on a waterfront dock and indulge in some local brews.

The Shack is locally owned and serves astoundingly good seafood for reasonable prices. It’s also one of the few restaurants in town that encourage you to arrive by boat!

6. AJ’s on the Bayou

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  • Address: 200 Eglin Pkwy NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Website: ajsonthebayou.com
  • Price point: $$
  • Cuisine: Cajun-style Seafood
  • No reservations necessary

When it comes to specials, AJ’s delivers. From Happy Hour to Ladies Night to “Kids Eat Free” to all their events featuring live music performances, crawfish boils, and the bottomless mimosa Sunday brunch. AJ’s wants to make dining an experience. They don’t scrimp on the shrimp, either! Some of the foodie favorites at AJ’s are their award-winning seafood Gumbo, peel-and-eat shrimp, and the Shrimp & Grits, all done with a bit of Cajun flair.

7. Angler’s Beachside Grill

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  • Address: 1030 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Website: anglersgrill.com
  • Price point: $$
  • Cuisine: Family-friendly Seafood
  • No reservations necessary

Tuck in for a pancake breakfast or scrumptious seafood combo basket on the wooden deck overlooking the placid waters of the Gulf at Angler’s. The seafood here leans more toward Creole than Cajun and is best enjoyed by indulging in their build-your-own seafood platters with freshly caught Grouper or tuna. While some other destinations on this list offer more high-end dining, this restaurant is beachy without the fuss.

8. G.I. Jade Tiki Bar and Grill

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  • Address: 38 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Website: gijadetikibarandbistro.com
  • Price point: $$
  • Cuisine: Tiki-bars & tacos
  • No reservations necessary

Enjoy fish tacos, empanadas, a killer Cuban sandwich, and, of course, seafood favorites like oysters, shrimp, and mussels in their outdoor seating area. This little spot is another hidden gem that most tourists miss out on. The family-friendly environment welcomes kids to play around on the beach while you indulge in a classic tiki-style cocktail.

9. Vincenzo’s Italian Bistro

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  • Address: 414 Santa Rosa Blvd, Okaloosa Island, FL
  • Website: vincenzosbistro.com
  • Price point: $$
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • No reservations necessary

Switch up the seafood! While most menus in the region are stacked with fresh-caught favorites from the Gulf, sometimes you’re more in the mood for some Mexican or Italian cuisine.

Vincenzo’s offers high-end Italian cuisine like farm-to-table crawfish, octopus, or pork osso buccu while celebrating the Gulf of Mexico with panoramic views of the blue water and coastal dunes. Located inside the Marriot Hotel, you can expect the highest quality of service from the staff.

10. Phantom Tacos

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While not a traditional “restaurant,” if Mexican food by the water is what you seek, you won’t get better or more affordable than Phantom Tacos. Right up the street from an inland favorite, Burrito Del Sol, enjoy a trio of traditional tacos while sitting in the sand.

Restaurants Just Off the Water

These restaurants are more “water-adjacent” than “water-front”. Because of their scenic outdoor dining experiences, they deserve consideration for your next coastal meal.

11. Old Bay Steamer

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  • Address: 102 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Website: oldbaysteamerfwb.com
  • Price point: $$$
  • Cuisine: Steamed Seafood
  • No reservations necessary

This is true Floridian-style seafood: Snow Crab, Red Shrimp, Oysters, and piles of Maine Lobster tails stacked high for family-style or personal dining. Specializing in steamer baskets filled with fresh, hot, and buttered seafood, Old Bay Steamer offers excellent service and is also known for its steaks.

12. Stewby’s Seafood Shanty

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  • Address: 235 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Website: stewbys.com
  • Price point: $
  • Cuisine: Southern Seafood
  • No reservations necessary

This lovely little shanty is a local favorite when it comes to affordably priced seafood. Their shrimp-packed seafood gumbo, hush puppies, cheese grits, and freshly fried catch of the day are fan favorites. It’s fresh seafood with a Floridian flair.

While Stewby’s has no luxurious waterfront patio, it’s close enough to the water (and delicious enough) to land on this list. With nearly 3,000 5-star reviews and counting, it’s one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the area.

Where to Stay Near in Fort Walton Beach 

Beachfront dining is commonplace in Florida due to the temperate year-round climate. Be sure to check out all there is to do on Fort Walton Beach before you go!

Our vacation rentals are centrally located so that you can take advantage of these local favorites and tourist-friendly classics.

Whether you’re in the mood for margaritas on the beach, beer and bites in a charming local dive bar, or wine and charcuterie in an upscale cocktail lounge, there are plenty of great places to grab a drink in Fort Walton Beach, Florida’s Emerald Coast.

Here’s the inside scoop on eight of the best bars in Fort Walton Beach. Don’t worry; the nightlife is just minutes from your Legacy Vacation rental, so you’re never more than a few steps or a short taxi ride away from happy hour!

1. The Craft

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Specializing in friendly bartenders and craft cocktails made with fine spirits, fresh fruits and herbs, and unique ingredients — The Craft is a one-of-a-kind cocktail experience. You’ll find cocktails on the menu like the “Scorched Earth,” featuring gin, citrus, smoked rosemary, and freshly muddled Old Fashioneds made with apple butter, exotic cherries, and smoke infusions.

To complement their specialty cocktails, The Craft features a menu of equally unique and delicious eats. You’ll find charcuterie plates, truffle fries, mac-n-cheese bites, and more. When you really want to savor some fine food and cocktails, The Craft is the place to be!

2. Rockin’ Tacos Grill & Tequila Bar

  • Address: 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: rockintacos.com
  • Price Point: $$
  • Vibes: Beachy Views, Margaritas, and Mexican Bites

A breezy, boardwalk cantina serving up some of the best margaritas in Fort Walton Beach, Rockin’ Tacos Grill & Tequila Bar is the perfect spot for cocktails on the beach.

Sip margaritas while gazing into the gorgeous Gulf waters and snacking on some homemade chips and salsa. Hungry for more? Rockin’ Tacos has a full menu of Mexican favorites. What’s better than tacos and tequila?

Speaking of tequila — Rockin’s Taco has over 50 varieties on the menu to choose from! Try your favorite in one of their signature margaritas, like the Pineapple Infusion or EL Mangolicious. Rather have it straight? Order a tequila flight to sample many different kinds. Rockin’ Tacos is the perfect spot for tequila lovers.

3. The Boardroom Pub & Grub

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  • Address: 158 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: boardroompub.com
  • Price Point: $$
  • Vibes: Friendly Neighborhood Pub

With laid-back vibes, outdoor seating, and a large selection of craft beer and cider, The Boardroom Pub & Grub is a great place to grab a drink with friendly locals. Try some unique local brews like Mango Habanero Divide & Conch’r IPA or Watermelon Heatwave Cider.

If you prefer cocktails, you’ll find a selection of mimosas, martinis, and Bloody Marys to choose from. Want something to snack on? Try their signature pub pretzel, bruschetta bites, or gourmet grilled cheese. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at The Boardroom Pub & Grub.

4. Al’s Beach Club

  • Address: 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: alsbeachclub.com
  • Price Point: $$
  • Vibes: Beach Bar with Fruity Drinks and Live Music

Serving up great views, great food, and, most importantly — great drinks, Al’s Beach Club is a classic beachside bar that brings all the vacation vibes. Sip fruity frozen cocktails like rum runners and daiquiris while enjoying live music and beachfront views.

If you’re hungry, Al’s Beach Club offers plenty of bar bites, burgers, sandwiches, and more to enjoy with your cocktails. Al’s is just steps from the beach on Okaloosa Island and has a big, open-air patio with plenty of outdoor seating. Flip-flops and sandy feet are welcome at Al’s Beach Club, it’s the perfect spot to stroll in right from the beach and cool down with a pina colada!

5. The Salty Duck

  • Address: 209 Ferry Road Southeast, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: saltyduck.com
  • Price Point: $
  • Vibes: Local Hangout with Beer and Games

A cozy dive bar known for its comfy couches, big-screen TVs, arcade games, and wall-to-wall beer taps — The Salty Duck is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. It’s a great place to watch a sports game, throw some darts, and enjoy a pint with friends.

With over 40 beers on tap (many of which are from local Florida breweries), plus ciders and wine, there’s a drink for everyone to enjoy. But, if you’re hungry, be sure to grab a snack before you go, as no food is served at The Salty Duck.

6. G.I. Jade Tiki Bar & Bistro

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  • Address: 38 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: gijadetikibarandbistro.com
  • Price Point: $$
  • Vibes: Tropical Tiki Bar

Nothing gives vacation vibes quite like a Tiki Bar, and G.I. Jade’s delivers with tropical drinks, live entertainment, and waterfront views. Sip fruity cocktails under the Tiki hut while listening to live music, or enjoy putting your toes in the sand on the small beach area.

G.I. Jades Tiki Bar & Bistro has a full bar with all your favorite beachy cocktails like pina coladas and rum runners, plus plenty of cold beer on tap. If you want a bite with your cocktails, G.I. Jade’s serves up traditional bar fare like wings, tacos, fried seafood baskets, and more.

7. Taste Tapas & Wine Bar

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  • Address: 196 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: tastefwb.com
  • Price Point: $$$
  • Vibes: Cozy Wine Bar

Want to unwind with a glass of wine and a charcuterie board? Taste Tapas & Wine Bar is the perfect place. Enjoy a cozy atmosphere where you can sample wines and snack on small plates. There are plenty of different wines by the glass to choose from, including some sparkling options and ports. Or, try a flight to sample a few.

Taste Tapas & Wine Bar is also a great spot for happy hour, they offer half-priced wines by the glass and discounts on beer and specialty cocktails. That’s right; if not everyone at your party is a wine lover, they’re still covered. Taste Tapas & Wine Bar has something for everyone!

8. Fokker’s Bar & Grill

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  • Address: 215 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: fokkers.com
  • Price Point: $$
  • Vibes: Laid-Back Sports Bar

Part sports bar, part German pub, and all-around good time — Fokker’s Bar & Grill is a great spot to grab a beer and brat and watch a sports game. Fokker’s features a full bar, big-screen TVs, and plenty of beers on tap, including some hard-to-find German brews.

While Fokker’s seems like your typical sports bar, they are a step above the rest when it comes to food. Enjoy classic German pub fare like schnitzel, brats, Bavarian pretzels, and more. When you want to relax with a pint, grab some German grub, and meet friendly locals, Fokker’s is the place to be!

“Sea” You at the Bar in Fort Walton Beach

Whether you want to sip pina coladas seaside or relax with a pint of craft beer at the local hangout — Fort Walton Beach has you covered!

Prefer an evening in? Pop a bottle of wine on your private balcony to enjoy the sunset, or mix up some cocktails in your fully stocked kitchen when you book your stay with Legacy Vacations.

You’ll enjoy all the comforts of home while having access to resort-style amenities near all the best things to do in the Fort Walton Beach and Destin area.

There are so many things to do in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, but before hitting the beach, boardwalk, or golf course, you’ll want to fuel up with a good breakfast. Whether you’re in the mood for coffee and pastries, a plate of pancakes, or a big country-style breakfast platter with all the fixings — we have you covered!

Here’s a roundup of the seven best breakfast spots in Fort Walton Beach to start your day with something delicious. You won’t have to stray too far from your vacation rental; these local breakfast & brunch favorites are all just minutes away. Bon appetit!

Neighborhood Cafe

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  • Address: 417 Mary Esther Cut Off NW, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: neighborhoodcafefwb.com
  • Price Point: $$
  • Favorite Menu Items: Eggs Benedict, Country-Fried Steak, and Stuffed French Toast

A local favorite, Neighborhood Cafe serves up great food and friendly vibes. You’ll find all the comfort-food classics you know and love, like eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy, and country-fried steak. Plus, some drool-worthy specialties like blueberry and cream cheese stuffed French toast and white chocolate strawberry pancakes. And, of course, there’s always freshly brewed coffee flowing.

If you’re having trouble deciding, Neighborhood Cafe has plenty of combo platters to choose from, or you can order just about anything à la carte to build your own breakfast plate. Little ones will love the mini pancakes or single egg omelets. This friendly, family-run cafe goes the extra mile to make everyone feel welcome.

The Breakfast Place

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  • Address: 789 Beal Pkwy NW, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: facebook.com/thebreakfastplace
  • Price Point: $
  • Favorite Menu Items: “Eggceptional” Omelets, Pancakes, and French Toast

When you want a simple, delicious diner-style breakfast — there’s no better spot than The Breakfast Place. This no-frills roadside diner serves up all your breakfast favorites like eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns. A favorite among locals and visitors alike, The Breakfast Place is always buzzing in the morning and is known for having great food and even better prices, with many dishes being just under $10.

Try one of their famous “Eggceptional” omelets, served about a dozen different ways. Or, indulge in a stack of fluffy pancakes, waffles, or French toast.

Have a hearty appetite? Try the “Hungry Man” breakfast platter that includes a little bit of everything. Want something lighter? You’ll also find veggie omelets, oatmeal, and fresh fruit on the menu.

Asiago’s Skillet

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  • Address: 110 Amberjack Dr, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: asiagoskillet.com
  • Price Point: $$
  • Favorite Menu Items: Bananas Foster French Toast, Shrimp and Grits, and Bangin’ Bloody Marys

Whether you want something healthy or are looking to indulge, Asiago’s Skillet serves up a wide array of breakfast and brunch bites for every appetite. Indulge in decadent dishes like bananas foster French toast or steak and eggs. Or, keep it light with egg-white omelets, bagels, and fresh fruit.

You’ll also find Southern specialties like country-fried steak, biscuits and gravy, and shrimp and grits. If you’re feeling festive, order one of their signature “Bangin’ Bloody Marys,” which you can customize with all your favorite toppings. Asiago’s Skillet is a casual but fun breakfast or brunch spot everyone will love.

Bon Appetit French Bakery & Cafe

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  • Address: 420 Mary Esther Cut Off NW, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: bonappetitfrenchbakery.com
  • Price Point: $
  • Favorite Menu Items: Almond Croissant and Raspberry and Cream Cheese Danish

When you’re in the mood for coffee and pastries for breakfast, Bon Appetit French Bakery and Cafe is a must-stop in the morning. This cozy, casual French bakery serves up a wide variety of croissants, cinnamon rolls, danishes, and other delectable breakfast pastries. Any of which will pair perfectly with a cappuccino, espresso, or latte from the coffee bar.

If you’re feeling like something extra sweet — try a slice of one of their to-die-for cakes, tasty tarts, or mouthwatering macarons. There’s no better time to have dessert for breakfast than when on vacation!

Mother Earth’s Cafe

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  • Address: 512 Eglin Parkway, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: motherearthscafe.com
  • Price Point: $
  • Favorite Menu Items: Biscuits and Gravy, Hashbrown Casserole, and Pecan Waffles

A breakfast staple since 1976, Mother Earth’s Cafe serves up classic American diner-style dishes with a side of nostalgia. Order up some eggs, pancakes, or French toast. Or, try some local favorites like biscuits and gravy or pecan waffles. No matter your order — the hashbrown casserole is THE side dish to try!

Need to fuel up for a long day of activities around Fort Walton Beach? Try the “Big Joe’s Supersize Special” for a big plate of all the best bites on the menu. Traveling with little ones? They’ll enjoy Mother Earth’s signature “Mickey Pancakes,” shaped like everyone’s favorite mouse.

Parlor Doughnuts

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  • Address: 191 Miracle Strip Pkwy East, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: parlordoughnuts.com/fortwaltonbeach-fl
  • Price Point: $
  • Favorite Menu Items: Gourmet Donuts, Breakfast Sandwiches, and Coffee

Who doesn’t love donuts for breakfast? Or, should we say “doughnuts,” because the secret at Parlor Doughnuts is, you probably guessed it — all in the dough! Special layered dough that’s flaky, buttery, and unlike any other donut you’ve ever had. Parlour Doughnuts bakes up fresh, small-batch, doughnuts daily in dozens of gourmet flavors like turtle cheesecake, raspberry jelly, and bourbon caramel.

If you’re looking for a bigger bite for breakfast, don’t worry. Parlor Doughnuts also offers an array of breakfast sandwiches, breakfast tacos, and avocado toast.

Need something vegan, keto, or gluten-free? You’ll find flavors to cater to every nutritional need. Traveling with a four-legged friend? Parlor also offers special doggie doughnuts so your canine companion won’t feel left out.

Chicken ‘N The Egg

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  • Address: 348 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: chickenntheegg.com
  • Price Point: $$
  • Favorite Menu Items: Chicken and Waffles and Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

A cozy, comfort-food cafe, Chicken ‘N The Egg serves up breakfast classics, Southern specialties, and indulgent sweet treats. Here, you’ll find huge plates piled high with fan favorites like chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, steak and eggs, and omelets cooked up in every way imaginable.

Of course, no visit is complete without trying their signature strawberry cheesecake pancakes. These have cheesecake baked right into the batter and are topped with strawberries and whipped cream for a dessert-worthy breakfast treat!

Looking for a lighter bite? You’ll also find egg-white omelets, avocado toast, and fresh fruit on the breakfast menu. Whether you’re in the mood for a big plate of comfort food to start your day or just want a light breakfast — Chicken ‘N The Egg serves up something delicious for everyone.

Fuel Your Mornings in Fort Walton Beach

These are just a few of the many delicious breakfast spots you’ll find in the Fort Walton Beach and Destin area. You’ll also find plenty of local coffee shops, bagel places, and smoothie spots. Looking for something fast and familiar? Well-known breakfast restaurant chains like Denny’s, IHOP, and Waffle House are also in the area.

Want to cook up your own breakfast and enjoy some quiet time in the morning? Book your stay with Legacy Vacations and enjoy having a fully stocked kitchen where you can whip up your own breakfast creations.

You’ll also enjoy sipping your morning coffee on your own private balcony overlooking the beach, one of the dreamiest ways to start your day!

While there’s no shortage of things to do in beautiful Fort Walton Beach, one of the best things about being on vacation is trying the local cuisine. And when it comes to dining, Fort Walton Beach does not disappoint. From fresh, local seafood and Cajun classics to tasty tacos and French fare, you’ll find it all in Fort Walton Beach.

You won’t have to go far to find great food in Fort Walton Beach; many of the best restaurants are right on the beach, just steps from your vacation rental. Whether you’re staying for a few days or a few weeks, here are 8 of the most delicious Fort Walton Beach restaurants you must try on your trip!

Floyd’s Shrimp House

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  • Address: 1415 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: floydsshrimphouse.com
  • Price Point: $$
  • Favorite Menu Items: Floyd’s Kickin’ Shrimp, Shrimper Feast, and Shrimp Tacos

Serving up good food, good views, and good vibes, Floyd’s Shrimp House is a casual beachfront eatery known for, well, you probably guessed it — shrimp! You’ll find pretty much every kind of shrimp, every kind of way, at Floyd’s. Whether you prefer peel-and-eat shrimp, like your shrimp boiled, blackened, fried, tossed in a taco, or on top of pasta, it’s all on the menu.

If shrimp is not your favorite food, don’t worry. Floyd’s still has plenty of seafood restaurant staples like fish and oysters, plus American classics like burgers and steaks. You’ll also find a lively menu of signature drinks, including Floyd’s famous “Swamp Juice, ” a 32-oz bucket of fruity rum fun—be sure to share with a friend!

High Tide Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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  • Address: 1203 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: hightiderestaurant.com
  • Price Point: $$
  • Favorite Menu Items: Seafood Gumbo, Raw Oysters, and Fried Cheesecake

A local favorite on Okaloosa Island for more than 40 years, High Tide Restaurant & Oyster Bar is known for its seafood specialties, freshly shucked oysters, and friendly staff. Visitors and locals alike rave about their homemade gumbo, raw bar selections, and signature fried cheesecake.

High Tide Restaurant & Oyster Bar has been family-owned and operated since its inception and strives to maintain its relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. It boasts a big kid’s menu with much more than just chicken fingers, so everyone in your party will enjoy their meal. High Tide is the perfect spot for families looking to relax, grab some great food, and get to know Okaloosa Island.

Stewby’s Seafood Shanty

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  • Address: 235 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: stewbys.com
  • Price Point: $
  • Favorite Menu Items: Fried Seafood Platters, Gumbo, and Fried Okra

All about good food without a fuss — Stewby’s Seafood Shanty serves up Southern seafood favorites in a rustic roadside eatery. You’ll find cajun classics like gumbo, fried oysters, okra, and fried fish platters with all the fixings.

The side dishes at Stewby’s are just as talked about as the main entrees, with their BBQ baked beans, hush puppies, and cheesy grits all stealing the spotlight.

Stewby’s Seafood Shanty may look small and unassuming, but it’s a favorite among the locals, holds a top spot on Tripadvisor, and always has a line of patrons out the door! Stewby’s offers up great seafood, at a great price. It’s the perfect place to have a quick bite after the beach, a casual meal with the family, or grab takeout to enjoy in your vacation rental.

Asiago’s Skillet

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  • Address: 110 Amberjack Dr, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Website: asiagoskillet.com
  • Price Point: $
  • Favorite Menu Items: Bananas Foster French Toast, Country-Fried Steak Skillet, and Bangin’ Bloody Marys

If you’re looking for a great breakfast or brunch spot, look no further than Asiago’s Skillet on Okaloosa Island. From decadent dishes like bananas foster French toast, country-fried steak, and crab cake benedict to light bites of yogurt, fruit, and bagels — you won’t find a wider selection of breakfast or brunch favorites anywhere else!

While fresh brewed coffee and juices are always on the menu for breakfast, Asiago’s Skillet knows that brunch is better with cocktails.

Try their signature “Bangin’ Bloody Mary” with your biscuits and gravy or a fruity mimosa with your French toast. Asiago’s offers a fun, laid-back atmosphere for breakfast or brunch and is a favorite morning spot for visitors and locals alike.

Rockin’ Tacos Grill & Tequila Bar

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  • Address: 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Website: rockintacos.com
  • Price Point: $$
  • Favorite Menu Items: Avocado Fries, Baja Fish Tacos, and Tequila Flights

Rockin’ Tacos is the place to be if you’re in the mood for some Mexican food with a view. This casual beachside cantina serves up authentic Mexican favorites with outdoor seating and gorgeous views of the blue-green Gulf waters. Their menu features traditional Mexican specialties like enchiladas, flautas, and burritos, plus homemade chips, salsa, and guacamole.

As the name implies, you’ll also find tacos of nearly every type on the menu, from chicken and steak to exotic offerings like cajun gator and Caribbean lobster. Of course, you can’t go wrong with the classic Baja Fish Tacos, a local favorite.

If you’re wondering what goes best with tacos — it’s tequila, of course! You’ll find dozens of different kinds to choose from at Rockin’ Tacos. You can even do a tequila tasting to try a few varieties or order your favorite in a margarita. Rockin’ Tacos is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy some tasty tacos and refreshing margaritas after a day at the beach.

Bon Appetit French Bakery & Cafe

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  • Address: 420 Mary Esther Cut Off NW, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: bonappetitfrenchbakery.com
  • Price Point: $
  • Favorite Menu Items: Croissants, Chicken Salad, Tomato Soup, and Cream Puffs

Whether you’re looking for morning coffee and a croissant or a light lunch of soup, salad, and a baguette — Bon Appetit French Bakery and Cafe is a must-try. A local favorite since 1983, Bon Appetit bakes up a wide selection of fresh bread and pastries daily, as well as offers a light lunch menu of sandwiches, soups, and salads.

While there’s nothing quite like a cup of hot, creamy soup with a crusty baguette for dipping, you’ll want to be sure to save room for dessert at Bon Appetit. With a typical selection of over 30 different kinds of French pastries, cakes, and desserts, it’s hard to pick just one.

Can’t choose? Grab a box to go and enjoy some croissants, cream puffs, and macarons in your vacation rental throughout your stay.

Soi Bistro

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  • Address: 234 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: soibistro.com
  • Price Point: $$
  • Favorite Menu Items: Mango Tango Roll, Miso-Glazed Salmon Salad, and Ube Flan

Boasting an impressive list of sushi rolls and a mix of Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Korean dishes, Soi Bistro is the spot for Asian fare in Fort Walton Beach.

Sushi lovers will have plenty to choose from, with over 50 different rolls on the menu and a wide selection of sake to pair with them. The mango tango roll, filled with salmon, mango, avocado, and crab all rolled up crunchy-style, is a featured menu item and visitor favorite.

If you’re not feeling like sushi, you’ll find plenty of noodle and rice dishes, tempura, ramen, curries, and more. The miso-glazed salmon salad is also a local favorite. Be sure to save room for dessert; Soi Bistro serves up a classic fried cheesecake to die for and a delightfully different ube flan full of unique flavors!

Old Bay Steamer

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  • Address: 102 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach
  • Website: oldbaysteamerfwb.com
  • Price Point: $$
  • Favorite Menu Items: Crab Legs, Shrimp Alfredo, and Seafood Steampots

Old Bay Steamer is one of the best spots for seafood in Fort Walton Beach, serving up a wide variety of fresh seafood specialties like blackened fish, crab legs, and shrimp alfredo. While you’ll find no shortage of tasty seafood on the menu, plus steakhouse favorites for the landlubbers — no visit is complete without trying one of their namesake steam pots.

Simmered in traditional Old Bay seasoning, you can choose from a variety of seafood steam pots or try the “little steamer,” which has a little bit of everything, including crab, shrimp, mussels, clams, and oysters. A match made in heaven for seafood lovers!

On top of good food, you’ll find nothing but a good time at Old Bay Steamer. It’s known for its funky, colorful decor, unique lighting, and iconic “old lady” mannequin that’s permanently parked at the bar with a cocktail ready to entertain guests.

Find All Your Foodie Favorites in Fort Walton Beach

With so many great options, it wasn’t easy to narrow down the best restaurants in Fort Walton Beach, but rest assured; this list was just to get you started. There is much more to try along Fort Walton Beach and the Destin area. Whatever you’re craving, you’ll find it in this Florida Panhandle paradise.

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Best of all, you’ll have your own private, fully stocked kitchen, unlike hotels. So, go ahead and order that extra dessert or take home leftovers to enjoy later; you’re on vacation after all!