Destin Restaurants Open Christmas Day

No need to cook on Christmas at the Beach!

Posted on 12/17/2021

Spending Christmas on the Emerald Coast and don't want to cook? Not a problem! With a number of restaurants open on December 25, you can dine out in Destin instead. This means enjoying more quality time with loved ones and a delicious Christmas meal. For a memorable holiday experience, check out these Destin restaurants that are typically open on Christmas day.

Primrose Restaurant

Primrose Restaurant
200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, FL 32541 | (850) 424-4453

Who doesn't love a good Christmas Brunch? Visit Primrose at the Henderson Resort for their Christmas Day Brunch from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. The event features a delicious meal curated by the chef, and Santa Claus will make an appearance. You can also enjoy a five-course Christmas Eve dinner the night before. Make sure to call to reserve your spot for either event.

Sandcastles Restaurant

Sandcastles Restaurant
4000 S Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550 | (850) 267 - 9500

Celebrate Christmas the gourmet way at the Sandcastles Christmas Buffet. The buffet has something for everyone, including crab bisque, charcuterie, and cheese boards, roasted prime rib, bourbon brown sugar glazed ham, pan-seared red snapper, roasted garlic asiago mashed potatoes, and much more. Price is $54.95 for adults and $24.85 for children. Call the Sandcastles restaurant to make a reservation.

AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar

AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar
116 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541 | (850) 837 - 1913

There is nothing better than a Christmas dinner with great food and an even better view. With its easy-going atmosphere, AJ's is a favorite dining spot any day of the year. Its menu features something for everyone, including fresh seafood, a variety of tacos, southern favorites, oysters, signature sandwiches, and refreshing libations.

Boathouse Oyster Bar

Boathouse Oyster Bar
288 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541 | (850) 837 - 3645

Grab a cold one and a dozen raw oysters on Christmas at Destin's Boathouse Oyster Bar. Here, you can get anything from seafood to burgers, as well as the best oysters and gumbo on the Emerald Coast. In addition to the great menu and cold beer, locals and visitors alike love the great views, live music, and laidback atmosphere of the oyster bar.


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Harry T's Lighthouse

Harry T's Lighthouse

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46 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541 | (850) 654 - 4800

Located in HarborWalk Village, Harry T's Lighthouse serves classic American cuisine. Originally opened in honor of trapeze artist "Flying Harry T," Harry T's features circus-themed décor and radiates a fun, playful, and theatrical atmosphere. With its waterfront location, you can also enjoy great views of the Gulf. The restaurant's menu includes classic favorites, such as fresh seafood, chicken, steak, and salads, as well as refreshing drinks.

Margaritaville Restaurant

76 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541 | (850) 460 - 7700

It's always five o'clock in Margaritaville… even on Christmas! As soon as you enter Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville in HarborWalk village, you'll enter a relaxed, stress-free state of mind. In addition to amazing Gulf views, the popular restaurant boasts an island-inspired menu, outdoor seating, live music, and (of course) the best margaritas.


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Marina Bar & Grill

8330 Mike Hayes Dr, Miramar Beach, FL 32550 | (850) 267 - 7778

Celebrate the holidays at Marina Bar & Grill, a great restaurant located on Choctawhatchee Bay. The family-friendly establishment has a tasty menu and great views of the bay. Relax with your family and friends while enjoying an ice-cold beer paired with a fresh salad, wrap, sandwich, or one of the grill's daily specials!

Tailfins Waterfront Grill

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172 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541 | (850) 650 - 1200

Known for its views of the Gulf and dishes made from fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients, Tailfins is a great option for a memorable dinner. From breakfast to dinner, there's always something on the menu for everyone in the group. Enjoy amazing sushi, dockside oysters, the Tailfin Stack, Crab Stuffed Mahi, New Orleans Cajun Shrimp, Johnny's Famous Kansas City Baby Back Ribs, Alfredo Pasta, and more.


Make your Christmas in Destin a memorable one by dining out at a favorite local restaurant. Or, whip up your own delicious, homecooked meal at your Ocean Reef Resorts vacation rental. Whatever you decide, it's sure to be fantastic. Wishing you a joyous (and tasty) Christmas this year!

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