Cafe Thirty-A
Cafe Thirty-A

Cafe Thirty-A

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafethirtya.com/
  • Phone: (850) 231-2166 ext. 1
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ken Duenas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Somerset Bridge Rd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Somerset Bridge Rd.
A word from Cafe Thirty-A
Café Thirty-A is a casual fine-dining restaurant featuring grilled and fire roasted seafood, meats and poultry, wood-oven pizza, vegetarian fare and hedonistic, "architectural" desserts. The menu changes daily according to availability of ingredients. Fine wines and cocktails--including a creative menu of the best martinis in the area--complement the meal. The ambiance is open, casual, "islandy," yet sophisticated, with vaulted ceilings, upside-down market umbrellas, hand painted chairs, intimate lighting and half-wall dividers creating the atmosphere. Patrons often state, "It just makes you feel good to walk in here!" It's a fun, happening place to dine - with impeccable, yet unpretentious, service. Recent and ongoing awards are: Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award, North American Restaurant Association Five-Star Award of Excellence, NW Florida Daily News “Restaurant of the Year.” Private dining for 25-80 is available upstairs in the Fishbone
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Cafe Thirty-A reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (108)fit for foodies (103)notable wine list (77)romantic (72)neighborhood gem (71)good for groups (39)hot spot (39)kid-friendly (17)vibrant bar scene (15)scenic view (9)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Great food.
    Bowfinger
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Had the Grouper with added lump crab. Wonderful presentation. Taste was excellent. We will return. Server was fine,
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was excellent, food was average
    TurkishDelight
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This was not Our first time to 30-A restaurant. As there are few options for special occasion restaurants near to Seaside (vacation) We opted to revisit for a birthday dinner. The service was over the top great!!! However, the food was average at best. The ingredients used were good the crab meat, scallop, mussels and tuna were very fresh. The execution by the kitchen was sloppy. Crab cakes were very greasy. The curry overwhelmed the mussels. The tuna was soaked in the sauce. It could have been so good and just fell short. At the prices they charge, the food should be better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Recommended to go there at a business meeting and it was worth the 25 min. drive. Food was great, the place ran like well oiled machine but did not feel rushed. Will absolutely go again and have already recommended it to others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious treat
    DrNick
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Four of us completely enjoyed our meal and time together at Cafe Thirty A! The staff was prompt and friendly and helpful! Not cheap but worth it for a nice night out! Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best on 30A
    LocalsVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We relocated from Philly a few years ago and was pleasantly surprised to find that Cafe Thirty-A hits all the right foodie buttons we miss from up north. This is now our special go to place! You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • suziekinns
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food was okay. Nothing spectacular. We went at a busy time so we felt we got forgotten in the crowd.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed!
    HardtoPleaseVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Great food and great service! One of our favorite places to eat in Seaside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This restaurant opened around twenty years ago. It is as special today as it was when it was new to the scene. We had not been in probably ten years or more so it was great to see that it had not lost how special it is. One of my favorites anywhere and this includes New York, New Orleans, San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always delicious
    ArtsySam
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We brought some friends from our home town and were not disappointed. Everyone loved the food. I had the beet salad and the seared tuna - a super choice! Our server was very attuned to the needs of two diners with serious allergies in our group. We always love Cafe - A!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed
    AUTOMVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Went there twice during our 2 week stay and it was excellent both visits . Great food and outstanding waiters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem!
    Mlward
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Always a fabulous experience! Food was great, service was perfect and a great overall experience!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Food was excellent. Service was intrusive as we were interrupted when talking. Plates were taken away before everyone was finished a course. Waitress pushed expensive wines. Will return when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All time favorite on 30a
    mmac
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We have been coming here for over 10 years and we are never disappointed. An all time favorite. Get the beet salad, so yummy. We love the atmosphere and the food is always top notch. We thank you again for another great dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vac2013
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My favorite place to eat on 30A. Food and service is always great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Thirty A a winner
    bdaymeals
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This place turned out to be all that we were led to believe, and maybe more. We got there at 5:50 so we barely qualified for the early bird 2 entrees for price of 1 deal. Our waiter got the order in on time and we got that deal. The food also came very quickly and we were extremely impressed with the taste and quantity. Service by Scott was outstanding and personable. We would go there again and again and try some of the other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Moderatefoodie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The atmosphere was light and lovely, while still being very "beachy". We had grouper and boulabais both of which were very tasty. The 1/2 bottles of wine from a large list was very nice and unusual. I did think that charging $5.00 to valet park in front of the restaurant was a little excessive. Overall it was a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!
    Campbell
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was an outstanding dining experience. I read a few reviews stating that the food was just average, so I was a little nervous about what we would encounter. However, several local residents told us (at separate times), that Cafe 30 A was their favorite restaurant. So, we took a chance, and I"m so glad we did! The wine list was great, dinner was outstanding, and it was a fun place to be. I highly recommend the grits - they come with an appetizer, but you can order them separately. They are probably the best grits I have ever eaten. I had the filet for dinner, and my husband had the taco pizza - both of which were very, very good. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a good dinner, good wine, and a good time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shrink
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have been to Cafe Thirty A several times over the past few years. They are consistently excellent in their food and service. Often I will pick several appetizers (e.g., St. Andrews Mussels, Beef Carpaccio, etc. It has become a "tradition" when we visit Sandestin and we will keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great beach vacation dining
    Hokie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Cafe 30-A is a staple for us when we visit Rosemary Beach. We have eaten there many times. Food is consistently excellent. We plan to return on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad, but not great either
    Toesinthesand45
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had heard several positive things about Cafe 30A, so we had high expectations, but maybe they were too high. The food was good, but not great. Our server was excellent and very knowledgable about the menu. We would recommend it but there are other places we would recommend before this one. Would we eat here again? Maybe.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gone by the wayside
    DestinDad
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    For many years this has been one of our favorite places to dine. Unfortunately the last 2 times we have eaten here the food quality has deteriorated. The grouper was mushy and tasteless, like it had been prepared far in advance. The scallops were undercooked and flavorless. The place was very busy, hence the server was stretched far too thin to give great service, but he was the high point of the meal! For some reason the noise level was much higher than normal, perhaps the other patrons were having the same tasteless experience we were and instead of savoring the food they used their mouths for talking!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Go early
    Froggy
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great value between 5 and 6 PM. Affordable wine list. Exceptional service. Best in this area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love this restaurant.
    Vicky
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    They offer buy 1 get 1 free entrees between 5-6pm.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the best on 30A
    luv2eat
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The spinach oyster bacon salad is amazing. Our entrees were very good and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service.
    Traveler
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Alex was best all time waiter. Caesar salad and mussels were great. Husband's grouper and risotto also great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Meal
    missyd
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everything was delicious! We were two couples - the girls wanted to get a little dressy, the guys wanted to be in shorts and nice t-shirts. We all felt comfortable here. The food was amazing, and the service was great also. This was the best meal of the weekend, and we ate really well all weekend. All four of us highly recommend Café Thirty-A!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    PaulGA
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Open Table reservation worked out great at this popular restaurant. Great food & service - definitely recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe 30A
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This is our favorite place in the area! The staff the food never disappoint! We love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE IT !
    Christi
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Cafe Thirty A is always consistently fabulous. When we go down for a week, we eat there twice ! VERY GOOD, My Favorite restaurant in that area :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Harriot's still got it!
    Tigeralum87
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Been some time since dining at this 30A mainstay and we were not disappointed! Excellent food and service from start to finish. Tracie took great care of us and Jay helped tremendously with our wine selection. Started with the TUNA POKE, the BEEF CARPACCIO and GEORGIA QUAIL on Thirty-A's famous creamy grits; all delicious! The herb crusted SNAPPER was perfectly crispy and paired well with the Couscous. The LOBSTER with truffled three cheese mac was unbelievable creamy goodness! The BREAD PUDDING with cinnamon ice cream finished our evening, yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice evening
    jimandeileen
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    hadn't been there in years. did not disappoint. wife said grouper was exceptional. will go back when in the area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 15 Years
    5959
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our 15th year celebrating our anniversary at this establishment. Will be back again next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first class food
    MikeSVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We ate here twice during a 4 day stay at Watercolor resort. The food was superlative. My wife had the lobster on both nights -- it was so well done (and we are from New England). the crab cake, grouper and snpper were outstanding. The food here was as good as any 4 star restaurant in Boston, and we can recommend this restaurant without reservation -- except for the mandatory $5 valet parking fee -- who knew that there would be no parking in Seagrove, Florida?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Delicious as always. Pan seared scallops and panko crusted snapper....mmmmmm!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best on 30-A
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Could not have been more impressed with the ambiance, food and service. My wife and I dined during the nightly "5-6 p.m. BOGO." dining room was busy, but the server staff was attentive and timely. Great place for a special meal on scenic Hwy 30-A.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Best on 30A
    WesBSr
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Probably the best food on the competitive 30A strip. No complaints. The chef is magnificent; the menu is well thought out; and the drink and wine menus are very nice. The is a must visit restaurant every trip to the 30A area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service / Food!!
    Jill
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband ordered the Grouper and I ordered the Scallops. The Grouper was incredible, and the Scallops were just good. I would order the Grouper next time or maybe the lobster. Unfortunately, we had a late lunch so I can't speak to any of the appetizers or desserts but the service was outstanding and the atmosphere was romantic/casual. Would go again when in Rosemary Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Meal
    tilldog13
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    loved the setting, great food & service, grilled grouper with "sticky" rice & veggies was wonderful, filet mignon was excellent. Homemade truffle mac n cheese - perfect! Portions were better than expected. No room for dessert. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Beauzer
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    As always, Cafe Thirty-A was Awesome!! The food is presented well and prepared wonderfully! Many of the waiters have been there for years which is a sign that something is being done well. We will go every time we are in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charlena
    charlena
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The welcome, the service, food...everything was tremendous! My husband and I like to eat early and appreciate the special between 5 and 6:00. We always come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.