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Boathouse Oyster Bar

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
As featured in Best Food in Destin
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288 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541-2374
+1 850-837-3645
11:00 - 23:00
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McKinney, Texas
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A classic Beach Bar, this place offers great food in addition to a lively atmosphere. We were looking for a good bowl of gumbo, and found a great one here. The waitresses were friendly, and visitors have tacked hundreds of dollar bills to all parts of the structure.

Thank TexCul
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Hung out for the afternoon with apps and beer - Lori was our waitress and a fantastic one at that. Food was hot, fresh and so tasty! Not to mention quick. Stop here. It's a local fave, too.

Thank Jill W
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119 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there for a couple of beers and some bloodys one afternoon. Bartender was friendly and chatty. Beer was cold. Watched the boats and birds. Beautiful view of the water. After reading the other reviews I definitely want to check it out some evening.

Thank Patty S
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

amazing oysters and food in general. If you love local places with local flair and friendly people, go. It was our favorite place which we visited twice.

Thank Nitin C
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133 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's your perfect water front dive bar, with character. That character being Rusty Hammerstrom, those house musician, entertainer, and driver behind the party. Drinks are not outragous and the mix of locals and snowbirds make it a favorite dive bar where you can staple a buck to the ceiling, or what ever under wear you happen to want to leave... More 

Thank cndrocks
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Rusty, the musician had snowbirds and regulars singing and dancing. Was a magical night that we were all one. Took friends back and had deep friedcrab claws and oysters with cheese and jalepenos and of course drinks. Laid back casual bar. Good staff. Different musicians played in outside bar before and after Rusty. Right on the wharf.

Thank PIbaGlendive
Bandon, Oregon
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99 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Been quite a few years since we were back in Destin but the Boathouse is still relatively the same, a little bigger and more choices for food. It would have been a 5 if the sandwiches were a bit bigger for the price but the oysters were just great.

Thank akoobra
Destin, Florida
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

We arranged to meet friends for the SuperBowl Game at the Boathouse. They were late in arriving and sensing our concern, the Manager, Jenn, introduced herself and made us feel at home. She was so personable and friendly that at first we thought she was a patron. What a lovely young woman, and so competent. She will keep us going... More 

Thank 1Gardenia
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

This little spot on the harbor has been our go-to place for 6 years now. The fried oysters have wowed us year after year, the casual atmosphere has been inviting and the wait staff is always friendly and competent. But fried oyster prices now seem too high for just a plastic basket with a wilted piece of lettuce on the... More 

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Foley, Alabama, United States
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Been coming here for years and still love the laid-back funky feeling. If you're into Karoke, don't miss it, but make sure you're well lubricated beforehand.

Thank 361lawrencek

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 288 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541-2374
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Destin
  • Phone Number: +1 850-837-3645

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?