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FOOW- Fish Out Of Water

34 Golden Rod Cir, WaterColor Inn, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5979
+1 850-534-5050
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good18%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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34 Golden Rod Cir, WaterColor Inn, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5979
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: FOOW- Fish Out Of Water
1. The Best Views on 30A!
"The view and the restaurant atmosphere screams relaxation!"
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2. Exceptional Service!
"He created the most memorable evening and provided exceptional service"
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3. Great Value!
"Very reasonably priced for an upscale restaurant in this area"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

FOOW has always been one of mine and my wife’s favorite places to eat when staying at Water Color Inn, but the recent renovations and changes to the menu will have us coming back more than ever. Service, atmosphere, and quality food. It doesn’t get...More

Thank Z8482IVtimr
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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

We were seated quickly on a Friday night, and the service was excellent. The appetizers were very tasty. The pimento cheese dip was sinfully delicious! I was thinking about the Snapper or Redfish, but got the Grouper. The succotash like mix that went with it...More

Thank Kankead8
Reviewed yesterday

Fish Out of Water is completely renovated. Although not a "five star" restaurant as previously rated, it is still an excellent restaurant. The menu offers a variety of dishes that are very tasty but while not large dishes are reasonably priced for this venue with...More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was my first visit to "FOOW" and I was pleasantly surprised. The restaurant has apparently undergone a resent remodel and was beautiful and the view of the water was equally as nice. I enjoyed the chicken sandwich and French fries. The batter on the...More

Thank teresag863
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very vegetarian friendly. Gorgeous views - from inside and outside. Very friendly employees. Loved that it’s very stately in appearance but beachwear is acceptable for clothing. Can’t wait to go back!

Thank 358graces
Reviewed 30 September 2018

We had lunch at the newly renovated FOOW a couple of weeks ago and it was wonderful.We had the pimento cheese dip with bubble chips, spicy shrimp, and fish tacos. They were all incredible! We bragged to all of our friends about the new menu...More

Thank yvonne l
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

It really is lovely to sit outside and enjoy the view. The decor inside the restaurant is nice too. I found it very light and airy. The wait staff were attentive and nice. We went for lunch and we all enjoyed it. I had the...More

1  Thank Julestwo
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

My husband and I took our daughter, son-in-law and grandson to the beach for the first time. We choose this restaurant because they had happy hour from 3-6, but they also offered kids eat free from 5-6! Between the 4 adults we tried nearly everything...More

1  Thank Kristin T
Reviewed 16 September 2018

We had lunch there (really miss their breakfasts!!!) -- Lunch was great. We had delicious, gourmet tacos. Unique taste, great combination of ingredients. We sat outside overlooking the gulf. They just redecorated. You can beat the location and the food. Very highly recommend. --Service is...More

Thank Kerry P
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

I have dined at Fish out of Water over the years and it was fancy and pretty pricey. So the entire restaurant has been updated to a more casual beat and a little less expensive to boot. The outside on the water dining has tv’s...More

1  Thank Evelyn R
Quinn D, F&B Supervisor at FOOW- Fish Out Of Water, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2018

Good Morning Ms. Evelyn, We thank you for taking the time to review the new FOOW! We always appreciate the feedback from our guests it assists us in continually striving to pursue hospitality excellence! Please come back and visit with us and we will look...More

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Questions & Answers
9 November 2017|
Response from SamS6678 |
are u open on june 29 ?
Brenda F
19 September 2016|
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Response from Tina B | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in Fish Out of Water. We serve breakfast everyday from 8 am until 11 am. In our peak season (Memorial Day weekend until the first week in August we have offered a breakfast buffet the past few... More
Melissa L
11 March 2016|
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Response from Tina B | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in Fish Out of Water. Yes, we will are taking Easter evening dinner reservations. Hours of operation will be 5pm-9pm. 850-534-5050
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$28
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Full Bar, Private Dining, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Golden Rod Cir, WaterColor Inn, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5979
    (Highway 30-A)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Santa Rosa Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 850-534-5050
FOOW is the acronym for the restaurant formerly known as Fish Out of Water at WaterColor, FL. After a significant renovation, the restaurant reopened on June 23, 2018; and remains committed to offering the same high-quality service and cuisine it is known for, now in a more approachable coastal setting. As one of the 30A area’s only large family-style restaurants and bars overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, FOOW embodies the spirit of the WaterColor community: coastal, fun, and unpretentious, with impeccable service and cuisine. The menu, drinks, and interior design, coupled with a streamlined open-air kitchen, create a lively and engaging ambience- perfect for a midday break with family, a fun evening with friends or a romantic date night. FOOW features live music seasonally; and the expanded FOOWbar offers an inspired beverage program. For large groups for special celebrations, the FOOWroom is a private getaway from the crowds, surrounded by an impressive wine cellar.
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