Best Date Night Restaurants in Destin

What's more romantic than a coastal dinner & a walk on the beach?

Posted on 2/11/2022

There's nothing more romantic than a lovely coastal dinner with your person and then a walk on the beach! Fortunately, Destin's Emerald Coast has a lot of great restaurants to choose from when it comes to a romantic night out. Check out this list of the best date night restaurants in Destin so you can plan the perfect evening with your honey.


4000 S Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Located in Sandestin near Destin, Seagars is a New York-style steakhouse that offers a luxury club-like dining experience for Destin locals and visitors. The menu features Prime USDA steaks and fresh seafood dishes, as well as a 600-label wine list. If you love steak and are looking for a lavish yet old-school vibe, Seagars is just the place. It's also perfect for celebrating—an engagement or anniversary, perhaps? No matter the occasion, an evening at Seagars will certainly be one for the books.

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1 Grand Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Combining classic Gulf Coast flavors with traditional French techniques, Ovide at Hotel Effie in Sandestin takes your tastebuds on a delicious culinary adventure. Ovide boasts a big-city atmosphere with high-end food and excellent cocktails. Though a tad pricey by some reviewers, the experience is highly worth it. The ambiance is luxurious yet relaxed, so it's a great date night spot for slowing down and enjoying every moment. After dinner, head to the Rooftop Pool & Lounge for drinks and an unparalleled view of the coast. Simply sit at the bar with your date for a great time.

Emeril's Coastal

435 Grand Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Destin's Miramar Beach is the proud home of one of Chef Emeril Lagasse's renowned restaurants. Emeril's Coastal is hip, fun, and surprising well-priced. And Emeril himself even cooks in the kitchen from time to time! The menu showcases mouthwatering coastal dishes, including Gulf Coast classics, most of which incorporate fresh and local ingredients. Emeril's Coastal is a dining and date night hotspot, and reservations are recommended.


500 Grand Boulevard, #100K, Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Who doesn't love a date at a classy wine bistro? Vintij Food & Wine in Sandestin's Grand Boulevard Shopping Center is just that and more! Established more than 20 years ago, this restaurant has long been a long-time local favorite. Each dish uses fresh ingredients from regional farmers and fishermen. Prices can be tall, but portions (and flavors) are large. The elegant dining establishment boasts a local and artistic ambiance, as well as indoor and outdoor seating. After your meal, browse the boutique Vintij Wine Shop, which features hand-selected and hard-to-find wines. Perfect for an after-date drink with your love!

Wine Bar Destin

4424 Commons Dr E d2, Destin, FL 32541

The Wine Bar in Destin is very local, tucked in a liquor store at the Shoppes of Paradise Key. Not only does it offer an award-winning wine list, the food is amazing as well. In the evenings, enjoy prime steaks and fresh seafood while having a romantic dinner with your other half. If you and your date are into cheese, be sure to try the Premier Cru Board or the Grand Cru Board—your tastebuds will thank you.

Tommy Bahama

525 Grand Blvd, Sandestin, FL 32550

Tommy Bahama is the only national chain to make our list of top Destin Date Night Spots, and for good reason! It's a wonderful social restaurant in Sandestin that radiates a true island feel. High, airy ceilings and tropical interior décor immediately transport you and your date to paradise. Coastal-inspired fare like Tamarind-Pineapple Glazed Mahi Mahi and specialty cocktails like the Baja Margarita simply add to the romantic island experience.

Horizons at the Henderson

200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, FL 32541

Enjoy a great dinner and spectacular views when you dine at Horizons at the Henderson Resort in Destin. A hot new-ish local scene in Destin, Horizons is an octagon-shaped bar with delicious seafood and handcrafted cocktails. The drinks are fantastic, the food is fun, and the ambiance is fancy but not stuffy. When you're done at the bar, take your date to the roof for fresh air, an after-dinner cocktail, and a view of the beach sunset.


414 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

With its waterfront location on the Destin Harbor, Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House provides guests with a true Destin experience. The restaurant is known for its Gulf-to-table cuisine, as well as its custom cocktails, beers, and wines. Though it features a more tourist setting than some of the other local favorite date night venues, it's the best of the best in that genre. The atmosphere is lively and fun, casual and comfortable—while still offering amazing food, drinks, and service. It's a great way for you and your date to get out and enjoy the Destin scene!

Louisiana Lagniappe

775 Gulf Shore Dr, Destin, FL 32541

Destin's Louisiana Lagniappe is a relaxed yet classy dining establishment that serves traditional Gulf fare with a Creole flair. The menu is full of classics that both you and your date will love. Located on the water, Louisiana Lagniappe combines its tasty menu with remarkable views. The restaurant radiates a quieter, older tourist vibe. Though not as lively as Boshamps, it's a great place for you and your date to slow down and thoroughly enjoy each other's company.

Fat Clemenzas

12273 US-98, Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Located in Miramar Beach, Fat Clemenzas is a small, authentic Italian joint, which is perfectly dreamy for a night out. Famous for its brick oven pizzas and Italian fare, this Destin hotspot focuses on recipe quality and consistency, ensuring a five-star dining experience every time. Many of the ingredients used come straight from Italy, adding to the restaurant's authenticity. After a mouthwatering dinner, end your night on a sweet note by sharing the Cannoli with Chocolate Chips and Pistachios with your date.

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Is it date night yet? If you can't decide which Destin restaurant to try for your night out, just plan multiple date nights and try them all! After all, you can't go wrong with a great date on the Emerald Coast. And if you're still looking for a vacation rental for your Emerald Coast stay? Many of our Destin rental homes and condos are within walking or close driving distance to all of these dining destinations. Browse our properties to see what's available!

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