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Bay Cafe

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233 Alconese Ave SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-5832
+1 850-344-7822
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not an easy place to get to but well worth it when you arrive! We had lunch outside on the patio and it was really good. Large portions and the beer was cold. What else could you want?!

Thank 145bubbasmom2010
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our go to boating destination for food. Sit on the outside deck and watch the boats go by or the occasional tug/barge. The bottle wine selection is good, they should put better choices for wines by the glass though. Now onto the food, it's great. Being locals we demand fresh seafood (not the frozen stuff tourist traps sell),... More 

Thank Kevin F
Clovis, New Mexico
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123 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tried the escargot was different but delicious. Also had the Veal Sweetbreads, Lamb Shanks and Grouper. The Veal was a little gamy but tender. The lamb shank was very tender and delicious marinated well and the Grouper was cooked perfectly. A little pricey but overall a great experience great service and atmosphere.

Thank Brittany A
Florida Panhandle, Florida
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this place. Whenever I need to feel I'm not dining in a local spot, I go to Bay Cafe. I have never sat inside. The deck, with its colorful umbrellas, feels intimate and sophisticated. I usually get a bottle of wine and an appetizer or two. I've had salad, croissant sandwiches, duck pate. I really can't remember. The... More 

Thank Patricia P
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210 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an awesome place. The food was outstanding, the service was superior. It was a real treat for my wife and me. The braised leg of lamb is huge, and very delicious. My wife had the scallops. It is expensive, but you do not feel like you have been taken advantage of. Very quiet and romantic.

Thank G Y
Mandeville, LA
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111 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants when in the Ft. Walton/Destin area. It is french and it is expensive because everything is ala carte. I suggest lunch for a more reasonable cost.

Thank dixiestar
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Everything was 5 star service food and atmosphere Great secret spot on the water A must to go to . If you have never been you must Go Never been to a better spot in anywhere around the Ft Walton destin area

Thank DocFlorida
Olney, Maryland
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279 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Our group of 8 had a delightful dinner on the patio at Bay Café. We all had the fish special which was perfectly cooked. The service was attentive and cheerful. This is a wonderful location if you want to dine overlooking the bay.

Thank alliecat2842
Atlanta, Georgia
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Showed up without a reservation at about 6:00pm on a Friday. Even though they had a reservation list, they got us a table for two. This place is right by the water and has tables inside and out. We ate inside in a brand new looking room. The food was excellent, and the staff were friendly and nice. My wife... More 

Thank jimmyb304
Crestview, Florida
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Lunch with another couple was wonderful. The menu choices were extensive, the atmosphere was pleasant, and the food was absolutely delicious. The grilled grouper on a croissant served with a salad was the best I've had in my twelve years in the panhandle. Others enjoyed scallops and an omelet. The experience was enhanced by the great and friendly service by... More 

Thank Ken K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 233 Alconese Ave SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-5832
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Fort Walton Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 850-344-7822

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