15 Great Dining Experiences in Miramar Beach, FL

15 Great Dining Experiences in Miramar Beach, FL #Cool places to eat miramar beach

15 Great Dining Experiences in Miramar Beach, FL

While you likely know Miramar Beach because of our Miramar Beach Rental
Condos, the beautiful beaches, and the idyllic setting of Scenic Gulf Drive,
the area is well known for its restaurant scene. The area’s best restaurants
offer a range of delectable cuisines that keep locals and tourists returning
for more. 

Yet, just like with our condo rentals, choosing the perfect restaurant can
seem daunting. (Side note: If you are struggling with your vacation rental,
feel free to call me at 850-269-3342, and I will help narrow it down to the
perfect place!) This blog is here to help!

Relax, and let me guide you to the unforgettable culinary
adventures that the best restaurants in Miramar Beach have to offer. Some of
these restaurants made the list more for where they are located, like Solaris
dinner cruises or the crab trap and Whales Tale, but all these places have truly
delicious meals. I will add my humble suggestion to each.

Fat Clemenza’s/ Mama Clemenza’s

Mama Clemenza’s breakfast offers a variety of breakfast dishes with European influences. Fat Clemenza’s nighttime with delicious pasta options (Bolognese is my personal favorite)

Bijoux

Bijoux is a romantic white tablecloth serving New Orleans-inspired seafood, steaks, and entrees.

Vin’Tij Food & Wine

Vin’Tij Food and Wine is home to a restaurant, market, and bar serving wine conveniently located on Grand Blvd.

1. Mama Clemenza’s

12271 US-98
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
(850) 424-3157
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Pros

    • Authentic Italian cuisine: The restaurant is known for its authentic flavors and generous portions, making it a favorite among Italian food enthusiasts.

    • Cozy and inviting atmosphere: The restaurant’s rustic decor and friendly staff provide a pleasant dining experience, perfect for a casual meal with friends or family.

Cons

    • Limited menu options: If you are looking for a wide variety of culinary choices, you might feel restricted by this restaurant’s menu.

    • Potential wait times: Due to its popularity and small size, Mama Clemenza’s can get quite busy, especially during peak hours. 

Mama Clemenza’s is awesome and hard to beat for unique flavors. The
prosciutto and honey… WOW, French quiches, cheese blintzes, sweets and
savory and back again; it’s good.

If you want something to eat for brunch, we recommend the Classic Hot
Italian Sandwich.

The Croque Madame breakfast sandwich, which is distinctly French, will stick
in your mind.

The open-faced sandwich made by Mama Clemenza, topped with egg, prosciutto,
Gruyere cheese and creamy bechamel sauce will leave you happy but not.
overstuffed.

2. Bijoux

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9375 US-98 #22
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
(850) 622-0760
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Bijoux is a romantic white tablecloth serving New Orleans-inspired seafood, steaks, and entrees.

    • Elegant dining experience: The restaurant’s refined atmosphere makes it ideal for special occasions or romantic dinners.
    • Creative and seasonal menu: The culinary creations are meticulously prepared and presented, ensuring a delightful gastronomic adventure for diners who appreciate unique flavors and culinary artistry.
    • Higher price range: $$$$ Bijoux’s upscale ambiance and fine dining experience come at a cost.

Choose Bijoux Destin’s fresh and savory Seared Diver Scallops if you’re in the mood for seafood.

You can eat it with charred corn salad, chimichurri, cherry tomato confit, and griddled cheddar polenta cake.

3. Vin’Tij Food & Wine

500 Grand Blvd #100K
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
(850) 650-9820
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Vin’Tij Food and Wine is home to a restaurant, market, and bar serving wine and inventive small meals.

Why It Made the List

At Vin’tij Food & Wine, you can enjoy an elegant dining experience with inventive meals and top-notch wines.
Come in for a drink and food, then leave with a bottle of your favorite beverage.

Despite having over twenty years of experience serving the Emerald Coast, this award-winning restaurant’s menu and environment are still as modern as ever.

5. Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

Tommy Bahamas might have you thinking of colorful Hawaiian prints and home décor, but here in Miramar Beach, it should also have you thinking of food—delicious food at that. Located at Grand Blvd, Tommy Bahamas is one of my personal favorite happy hour locations. 

Popular Dishes to Try

My Favorite dish here is the Ahi Tuna Nachos, which has almost a Tuna Poke vibe and flavor. The coconut shrimp from Tommy Bahama served with a papaya-mango chutney, is delicious and gets glowing reviews from diners.

525 Grand Blvd, Sandestin
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
(850) 654-1743
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6. Pompano Joe’s

2237 Scenic Gulf Dr
Destin, FL 32550
(850) 837-2224
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Pompano Joe’s, well, you will see them mentioned on our site repeatedly, with good reason. Atmosphere, it’s hard to get better than this. Beach Front with a great view and that coastal Caribbean esque type vibe.  Also, proximity, if you are staying at most of our condo complexes in Miramar Beach Leeward Key, Maravilla, Beach Retreat, Beach Resort, Mediterranea, and Ciboney, you know by now how easy it is to walk to Pompano Joe’s and enjoy the atmosphere as well as the food.  Admittedly Pompano Joe’s is not winning a Michelin star rating anytime soon, but they have so many options that make for an enjoyable time and experience.

Popular Dishes to Try

When we come here, my dad gets seafood gumbo. If you are looking for something shareable, get the Seafood Nachos. These are massive and more than enough food for two people.

7. Buffalo Jack’s Legendary Wings & Pizza

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11275 Emerald Coast Pkwy #3
Destin, FL 32550
(850) 424-6288
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Buffalo Jack’s Legendary Wings & Pizza is a sports bar and restaurant offering hand-tossed pies, happy hour deals, and chicken wings and sauces.

Great Wings, Cold Beer
Their Buffalo wings are like no other.
Numerous sauce options are available, ranging from Habanero Hot to Thai Peanut.

8. Sunquest Cruises

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9300 US-98
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
(850) 650-2519
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Sunquest Cruises, set on the SOLARIS yacht, features a delectable three-meal course and entertainment.

Why It Made the List

Are you in the mood for a romantic dinner but don’t know where to eat in Miramar Beach?

Experience a luxurious time at Sunquest Cruises with an upscale ambiance and romantic atmosphere.

The atmosphere is what does it here again, While the fine dining is better at Bijoux or Beach Walk. Solaris and Sunquest are beautiful experiences that are not easily replicated.

9. Fat Clemenza’s

12273 US-98
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
(850) 650-5980
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Located on US Highway 98, Fat Clemenza’s is a cozy restaurant offering Italian cuisine. If you are looking for the best dinner places in Miramar Beach, Fat Clemenza’s will never disappoint. Fat Clemenza’s is an authentic popular, checkered tablecloth restaurant that welcomes families and offers wood-fired pizza and Italian favorites. Although originally from Chicago, the owners are experts in Italian cuisine, so you will surely experience the best Italian dinner.

They may sound like the simplest things, but you’ve never had better Chicken Alfredo or Spaghetti Bolognese than you can get at Fat Clemenza’s.

10. Aegean Greek Restaurant

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11225 US-98
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
(850) 460-2728
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Aegean Greek Restaurant is a classic Greek restaurant that serves breakfast and dessert in a relaxed atmosphere with Mediterranean paintings.

One of the only Greek restaurants in town besides the brand-new Bosforos (which I have yet to try). There are many options, such as steaks, pasta, sandwiches, and more. Coconut Pie is amazing. The Lamb Tenderloin is like no other. It is deliciously marinated and grilled, cooked over a skewer, and served with pita bread and tzatziki over rice.

11. Captain Dave’s on the Gulf

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3796 Scenic Hwy 98
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 837-2627
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Since 1968, Captain Dave’s on the Gulf in Airy has served traditionally fried, grilled, and broiled seafood.
Broiled, Blackened, or Bronzed get the seafood and a loaded potato. Captain Dave’s gumbo is a delicious fusion of their award-winning, home-made, Florida-style tomato-based gumbo with shrimp, Mahi, scallops, and sausage.
Again, proximity and Atmosphere matter. Captain Dave’s is a little pricey but worth trying out.

12. Another Broken Egg Cafe

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755 Grand Blvd Ste 107B
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
(850) 424-3416
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Another Broken Egg Cafe is a casual chain restaurant with egg dishes, breakfast items, and sandwiches.

Why It Made the List

Are you looking for casual spots to eat in Miramar Beach?

Another Broken Egg Cafe serves New Orleans-inspired cuisine on the Emerald Coast. It has one of the most extensive breakfast, brunch, and lunch menus in the Destin area.

Even though this restaurant is a part of a chain, the food is exceptional.

Popular Dishes to Try

Start your day off properly by grabbing a serving of Crab Cake Benedict.

The dish comprises andouille-infused hollandaise, poached eggs, red peppers, green onions, and jumbo lump crab cakes atop an English muffin.

Try the City Grits, a specialty of Another Broken Egg that you can order as a stand-alone side or substitute into specific dishes.

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13. Whale’s Tail

1373 Scenic Gulf Dr
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
(850) 650-4377
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Whale’s Tail Is a back beachside Dive restaurant and bar. I like their tacos and the grilled seafood (I’m not a fan of fried food, so I imagine it’s pretty good at any of the places on the list, but it’s just not my thing). The Whale’s Tail is a super easy walk from Majestic Sun rentals.  

Remember to sample a Key Lime Colada, a perfect match for seafood and truly a tropical delight.

14. Surf Hut

551 Scenic Gulf Dr
Destin, FL 32550
(850) 460-7750
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Surf Hut is located right next door to our Beach House condo rentals. This one is also about the atmosphere, but I love it personally.  Especially the Grilled Shrimp Skewers.

Popular Dishes to Try

Start your meal with the best appetizer, the Smoked Tuna Dip. Then get the Grilled seafood.  I’m drooling just thinking about it.

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15. Kenny D’s

2964 Scenic Gulf Dr
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
(850) 650-0755
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Kenny D’s is what you would call a Dive restaurant.  Located directly next door to our Leeward Key rentals in Miramar Beach and within very easy walking distance of all our other rentals from Ciboney, Mediterranea, Crystal View, Maravilla, Beach Retreat, Beach Resort, and Leeward Key.  Kenny D’s is a great place to grab a bite or enjoy a laid-back drink in the evening.  PRO TIP Karaoke Wednesday night is Karaoke night at Kenny D’s, and it’s a hilarious good time.

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