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Cafe Thirty-A
Cafe Thirty-A
  • Address:
    3899 East County Highway 30A
    Seagrove Beach, FL 32459
    Seagrove Beach
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Cafe Thirty-A Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafethirtya.com
  • Email: info@cafethirtya.com
  • Phone: (850) 231-2166 x1
  • 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 FishboneContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Everything was top notch. Lovely presentation, food, wine, and service. My only feedback would be it is a noisy restaurant. We were on the porch and grateful; the main dining area is VERY loud due to acoustics"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Never fails to impress. Our server did the little things that make dining out special. She was a real pro. The food is always sublime."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food could not have been more delicious and nearly spectacularly presented. Everything was fresh, from appetizers to deserts."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We dine here every time we come to Destin! Best Dinner of the week every time! Early Bird B1G1 from 5-6 is too good to pass up. Fish entrees are amazing! Beet salad was fantastic!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "My husband and I had a fantastic experience! Theodore our server was great! Really made it a fun evening for both of us. First time to this area of Florida, and we will definitely make it back to the restaurant before we leave for home."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Our party of 6 had two kids and therefore by appearance we were whisked away upstairs to the 'banquet room' which lacks any charm or personality. So while our kids are well behaved for such an experience, the party of 20 teenagers with only 2 adults was so loud we couldn't hear our conversation. Our 'kids' don't order off the kids menu, however when we requested a simple substitution we were told the chef doesn't do any substitutions. In addition, once we placed our order, it was a rapid fire service of appetizers, salads and entrees without the opportunity to even take a breath between courses. 30A has been a favorite of ours in the past, but seems to be operating more like an Applebee's these days."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The buy one get one free from 5-6 pm is a great thing! We had 7 in our party and it was fantastic! Don't miss out on the lobster Mac n cheese or the grouper or the filet. All delicious!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We had a party of 6 and each of us thought the food and service were absolutely terrific. I had a strip steak that was literally one of the best steaks I have ever had, and my friend said the same thing about his rib-eye. They were tasty, tender and perfectly cooked Everyone else had fish and all commented on how good their meal was. The service was equally good and our waitress handled both the food and wine pours professionally and very pleasantly. There was nothing not to love about our meal. This is clearly the best restaurant on 30A."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "While the food is always good, it is pricey. Recommend going for 2-1 entree from 5-6pm. Restaurant is very nice and somewhat upscale for the beach but they are not snobby and allow you to wear what you want within reason. I would recommend a visit."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "What a great way to end a great vacation. We had always wanted to eat dinner here but prices were a little high to take our whole family. For the first time this year, it was just the two of us. We decided to treat ourselves and boy was it a treat. We both had the halibut fish dinner which just melted in our mouths!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We always make it a point to dine out at Cafe Thirty A when we are at our place on 30-A."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The waiter we were given was very rude. It was my first time eating there and he was very impatient with me and my wife. When I made my dinner selection he scoffed at our choices with a disapproving "ok". He hurriedly grabbed our menus and rushed off not to be seen again except to visit with his other customers. After I paid the bill I mistakenly didn't add a tip, I requested if he could add one on to the bill and he told me "well I could've before I closed out this tab! But I'll see what I can do!" With sarcasm and indignation like he didn't have time to charge for his own tip (that he honestly didn't deserve). We will be returning to this area for vacation but never to this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The food quality and presentation was excellent. We sat on the verandah which was pleasant, but the view over the shrubbery was average. The restaurant could spend a small amount of money and create a much more scenic feel to the verandah area"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at Cafe 30A. It pretty much "made" our first time vacation trip to 30A and confirming that we will be back for this restaurant! The service was impeccable, the ambience was excellent (quiet, friendly, and casual), and the food was out of this world. You definitely get what you pay for. The food was light, not too heavy, just right, perfection personified. There was not one thing wrong with this place. The pineapple upside down cake was to die for. Our waitress was super friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was perfect, and the food...there simply are no adequate words to fittingly rave about the food and this place. We will be back if only to eat here!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We have eaten here for years and it is always consistent and excellent. Our server, Adam, was so helpful in describing and helping us choose our entree. Took great care of us! We will be back."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "A great meal well served. We have put Café 30A on our mandatory places to eat while visiting list."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "our first time visiting here and the food was excellent but a little pricey. Food was presented very well and we had 5 different dishes and everyone was pleased. Restaurant was noisy and music in background was not necessary in all our opinions."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The best restaurant on 30A. If you enjoy great food, beautiful atmosphere, leisurely dining and attentive waiters then this is the restaurant for you. A gem!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "30-A is a long time favorite, and I think our last visit was the best yet. Our server was attentive, helpful and gracious. My husband ordered the wedge salad - big enough to share - and the grouper. My daughter had a salad and the lobster mac and cheese. The lobster was huge and delicious. I had the tuna, a generous portion perfectly seared. Nice wine by the glass too."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "the food and the service were very good. Our waiter, Andy, was willing to make Menu suggestions and was friendly and Competent. We will definitely be back Next year."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Had a great meal with friends. Will definitely go back again soon!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "we have always just driven by 30A, stopped in this trip and we were thrilled with the food, atmosphere and the service from Scott was awesome! We had the tuna and the red snapper both were to die for, and the quail appetizer was fantastic! Don't forget the Cafe Diablo after dinner!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Our waiter rushed us thru drinks, appetizers, and entree. Acted as if he needed ton turn the table over because of others waiting to dine. It was Sunday night and no one waiting. It was uncomfortable."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Consistently great. Cafe 30A never disappoints, food, service and atmosphere make 30A a special dining experience."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The atmosphere in the Bar area is our favorite,anywhere! Jim is personable and quick with your beverage.....a great combination!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I've eaten here many times and the food is consistently superb. The atmosphere is comfortable and homey, and the service is always excellent. Cafe 30A truly is a gem of the Emerald Coast."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We are South Walton locals, and Café 30A is one of our go-to restaurants for when friends come into town and we want to treat them to a fabulous meal. You can always count on exceptional service and amazing food. This was our first time to be seated upstairs and it seemed to be where people with small children were seated - the noise level was higher than usual. This didn't bother us though, because our reservation originally was for five with a booster seat and we had to make a last minute change because the child ended up not coming. The new Seafood Cioppino dish was exceptionally good. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Neighborhood gem and a very quiet relaxed setting. Food is to die for. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "My husband and I went there for his birthday. 2 drinks each plus 2 entrees and 1 salad = $120. Then there's the mandatory valet parking. So, not a cheap dinner choice. We very much enjoyed our dishes, which were imaginatively prepared, fresh and brought out in a reasonable amount of time. Our waitress was sweet and good at her job but you could tell she was a bit frazzled. My only real complaint with the experience was how tightly packed in all the tables were and, as a result, the noise level. My husband and I strained to hear one another since our 2-party table was inches away from a wedding party of about 20. This was a Saturday night so I'd like to return on a weeknight to see if the atmosphere is a bit more relaxed."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "Excellent food and attentive service. Highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Thirty A in just over a week. Food was just delicious and special. Loved the spinach oyster salad. We can hardly wait for another visit to Seagrove to experience our favorite restaurant there."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We had a nice dinner there and the food was so good but our waiter really made the night. He was on point and very funny. I think we would have enjoyed our dinner with whoever waited on us but he really made it"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed all the food and the presentation. Grouper delicious with the delightful sauce. Buns were warm and tasty. Loved the desserts. My husband loved the bread pudding, like his mom's. The waiter was very good, enjoyed our conversations with him and very informative and pleasant."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "As always, we were not disappointed. We LOVE Cafe 30A!! Amazing food, amazing service, overall absolutely amazing!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Cafe 30A is just extremely consistent! I never want to visit the Gulf Coast without dinner at Cafe 30A. We dined with my parents and our 3 year old son. The staff was very accommodating, as always, to all of our needs. Our waiter did a fantastic job of pairing a chardonnay to all of our entrees. Just an extremely enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was excellent the waitstaff was awesome and the overall atmosphere was outstanding! Well done!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Everything was impeccable! Can't wait to return! You must try the tuna poke and creamy grits!!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Cafe Thirty A was, without a doubt, the best dining experience we have had in the 3 years we have been vacationing in the Panhandle. I'm sorry it took so long for us to find this gem. We were a party of 4 adults and 2 children and the service couldn't have been better. We are definitely going to return."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went to Thirty-A for a special occasion, but it would be great for just any evening. The service was great and very timely. The food was absolutely some of the best I've ever had! This was a true gem. If you're going to be around Fort Walton, Destin, or Panama City, do yourself a favor and make plans to go here at least one time."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have been to Cafe 30a several times. We decided to dine again on Valentines day. A day we knew would be crowded. It is a good test for service and quality. Cafe 30a passed with an A+. Valet parking was essential and quick. We were immediately seated in a very crowded restaurant. Our waiter was quick to take our drink order and deliver the drinks. The Chilean sea bass was the best I have ever experienced. We never felt rushed although the crowd was growing larger. The decor is light and airy and we had a great relaxing evening. The noise level can get quite high and make it difficult to carry on a conversation."
    Dined on 2/14/2014