Where to Eat in Fort Walton Beach: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Lean Nau

The great outdoors is likely to feature prominently in any vacation to Fort Walton Beach. There are two public golf courses in Fort Walton Beach, The Oaks and The Pines, while championship courses such as the one at Regatta Bay are within easy reach. Sea anglers have the opportunity for some fine shore or boat fishing, hunting down the big game fish which populate the waters off the Florida coast. The more adventurous may wish to go surfing - or even take instruction and perform a parachute jump!
Things to do in Fort Walton Beach

1. Stewby's Seafood Shanty

427 Racetrack Rd NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547-1555 Television, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 18 +1 850-586-7001
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Stewby's Seafood Shanty

STEWBY'S Seafood Shanty is a small take out and drive thru seafood restaurant in Fort Walton Beach. Offering the most affordable and freshest local seafood. You can eat on our enclosed heated and cooled deck or take it to-go. All our seafood is fresh and locally bought. The fish comes straight of the boats in Destin. Average order time is between 7-9 minutes. So if your in a hurry, don't worry. We'll have you on your way in minutes. STEWBY'S also offers a drive thru window for your convenience. But don't let the drive thru fool you. You don't have to sacrifice quality for convenience. Drive thru and take some to go or stop in and order from the walk up window. STEWBY'S is always providing the best quality seafood at the best price!

Reviewed By HLSESS - Birmingham, Alabama

My son just moved near this place so we stopped in on Saturday- so delish-I had the grilled amberjack with fried onions and succotash( which was warm and prefer it cold)-son had the grilled platter with fried okra and fries- all plates were gone except the succotash- we took him a menu home so he will be back and how convenient to have a drive thru- tables were full but by the time the food was ready we had a spot!

2. Burrito Del Sol

201 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE Ste B, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-2818 Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Television Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 +1 850-226-8016
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 247 reviews

Burrito Del Sol

Burrito del Sol is a Mexican Restaurant serving fresh Baja-Style Mexican food in Downtown Fort Walton Beach. All dishes are prepared in one of four signature styles including baja, chipotle, bbq, and southwest. Our chicken and steak are slow roasted for up to 7 hours. Our fish selection includes Mahi and our Catch of the Day which varies by season. Popular menu items include blackened shrimp tacos "baja style", steak nachos "chipotle style", and chicken burritos "southwest style". We are 100% family owned and operated.

Reviewed By jcpadie58 - Cantonment, Florida

Ready for something different? Order at the counter, serve yourself. Food was good. Wife loved her three chicken tacos baja style. I had the chicken burrito with baja. Would've preferred the south west. Everything al carte. You do get a small order of chips and salsa with your entre. They have 5 main entrees. Different meats, shrimp, fish. 4 styles. See pics. Uniquely different fare. Really busy and lots of take out goin on. Great local flare. I would check it out again. Large portions, didn't go away hungry.

3. Bay Cafe

233 Alconese Ave SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-5832 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch +1 850-344-7822
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 299 reviews

Bay Cafe

Reviewed By joaniemaria - Eldridge, Iowa

This hidden gem is found under the Brooks Bridge in Fort Walton Bridge. Delicious lunch fare includes blackened grouper on croissant with fresh salad and burger on croissant. The seasoning on my grouper was exquisite. Many French dishes offered on menu as the chef is from France. We were so pleased with our lunch. I hope to return and try the chicken piccata. The view of the bay is lovely. We ate outside on this beautiful day. Sunset views would be gorgeous here. I highly recommend you eat here. Great restaurant for that special occasion or just a wonderful meal that you will enjoy near the water. I can’t wait to return. Our waiter was very pleasant.

4. Tijuana Flats

39 Elgin Parkway N.E., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Southwestern, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 4 - SGD 10 +1 850-301-0002
Excellent
68%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 279 reviews

Tijuana Flats

Reviewed By Tomahawk7498 - HSV, AL

Been to destin a lot over the years and eat seafood as much as possible but love mexican. Decided to try this place since it was rated #9 of 186 of all rest in Fort Walton...was so glad we did! we got Chipotle chicken flatuas and beef burrito which is really big and they gave us the chips with 3 sauces as an appetizer (guac, salsa, queso). it was all so delicious!!! You get handed a menu when u walk in order at counter then find a seat in or on patio.then they wait on u constantly with refills. The appetizers are bottomless and gave me some to go! They even have a hot sauce bar u can try difft kinds of hot sauces but I didn't want heartburn :) wish one of these places was back home.they top even our go to mexican places. Very very good flavors and service. It's the purple bldg very close on eglin pkwy from the miracle strip. Please open up shop somewhere closer to us in North Alabama/Huntsville area....I'm craving some now! Thank you!

5. Original Waterfront Crab Shack

104 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6615 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 850-664-0345
Excellent
59%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 837 reviews

Original Waterfront Crab Shack

Reviewed By BarrFamily03 - Greenwood, Indiana

The food was so good and so was the service. We ate lunch. Both of our young boys enjoyed their food and that we ate outside. Will definitely eat here again the next time we are in town.

6. Asiago's Skillet

110 Amberjack Dr, Located Beside Helen Back, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6224 Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night SGD 8 - SGD 21 +1 850-586-7998
Excellent
70%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 441 reviews

Asiago's Skillet

Reviewed By Traci V - Kissimmee, United States

We wanted something other than the standard chain locations and found Asiago's Skillet. Breakfast was delicious! I got the seafood omelet...crab and shrimp! It was yummy! They brought an entire pot of coffee to the table! That is my style!! A little pricey for a standard breakfast (mine was $15), but wonderful!

7. Blue Collar Cafe

104 B Hollywood Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 14 +1 850-586-7211
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

Blue Collar Cafe

Reviewed By Patricia P - Florida Panhandle, Florida

I didn't expect a styrofoam cup for morning coffee or disposable forks and knives. Jelly and butter in little packets. I ordered a la carte because I'm allergic to eggs. With those things being said, my friend said her scrambled eggs were delicious. The cheese...MoreThanks for taking time to review us and hope yall make it back again.

8. Angler's Beachside Grill

1030 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Okaloosa Island Pier, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6204 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Seafood, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 850-796-0260
Excellent
53%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Angler's Beachside Grill

Anglers Beachside Grill, a Fort Walton Beach restaurant, has been open since 1999. It stands at the entrance of the long time landmark, Okaloosa Island Pier. Angler's Specializes in full service beach weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, or any corporate/group dining event.

Reviewed By LoisandAllen - Ft. Walton Beach, FL

We had the pleasure of having Sunday Brunch at Anglers. The menu was varied with a large selection of breakfast/brunch items, as well as a full lunch menu. It took us quite a while to decide on our selections. The food was prepared as requested. Not only was the presentation done well, but the food was very tasty and satisfying. The view of the Gulf of Mexico while we were eating was a delight. One of the best parts of the experience was our server, Tiffanie. She was prompt, attentive, very pleasant and friendly. She made sure our coffee cups stayed full, and checked back with us numerous times. She was wonderful. Deverek also assisted her and he was efficient and friendly.

9. Rockin Tacos Grill & Tequila Bar

1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, at The Boardwalk, Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6800 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, American, Southwestern, Bar, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night +1 850-226-8226
Excellent
64%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Rockin Tacos Grill & Tequila Bar

Welcome to ROCKIN TACOS, the newest addition at The Boardwalk, Okaloosa Island! We will be serving up fresh, local authentic Mexican cuisine located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. At Rockin Tacos we are committed to bringing you an experience like no other. Our fun family friendly atmosphere promises to wow you with authentic Mexican cuisine, bringing the true taste of Mexico to The Emerald Coast. Come enjoy the beach with a freshly infused margarita in hand, shoot a game of pool on our outdoor pool tables and grab a bite to eat choosing from our vast menu of fresh, local hand crafted selections. When day turns to night, Rockin Tacos doesn't stop rockin'! We serve a late night taco menu accompanied by our Rockin House DJ! Come on down to Rockin Tacos at The Boardwalk, we've got something for everyone!

Reviewed By Michael W

We visited Rockin Tacos for dinner. My children are younger than 21 so we did not enjoy any alcoholic beverages.

The waitress brought us several baskets of chips and bowls of salsa. The salsa was outstanding. It exceeded my expectations. As far as the dinner goes, it was your typical beach food with the added bonus of the beach.

The burrito i ordered was large and good. My daughter ordered a hamburger. I know, why would you order at a Mexican restaurant?Well she did and it was not what any of expected. My wife and other children ranked their dinners so-so based on what we end up getting closer to home.

Would I go back, yes. I would end up ordering another item from the menu.

10. Clemenza's at Uptown

99 Eglin Pkwy NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-4965 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 17 +1 850-243-0707
Excellent
66%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 307 reviews

Clemenza's at Uptown

Reviewed By tlawrick - Springfield, Illinois

Happened on this restaurant while visiting Fort Walton Beach. Seated immediately. Waiter was very nice and attentive. I went with the Homemade Eggplant Parmesan over Pasta (listed as a customer favorite) and mom got Spaghetti w/Bolognase Sauce. Dissapointed that pasta does not come with any type of bread, we ordered two garlic rolls. They looked more like what we would call a garlic knot and seemed pricey at 2 for $3, but they were very good. Food was presented nicely and was truly delicious - portions were very generous and we should have stopped eating sooner, but we ‘forced ourselves’ to finish every last bite. :-) It was that good. I would agree with some other reviewers that it is a tad pricey for lunch; however, this is not fast food - it is a very nice restaurant with excellent service and quality food. Worth every penny in our opinion. Would definitely recommend and would revisit if ever in FWB again.

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