Bud & Alley's Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

4.3
737 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Founded in 1986 and named for a dog and cat, Bud & Alley's has been a revered gathering place by loyal patrons for great food, great fun and Seaside's finest sunsets for 23 years. South Walton's longest established restaurant, Bud & Alley's is nestled in the dunes overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Bud & Alley's has garnered numerous awards including Florida Trend Magazines Golden Spoon Award designating the eatery as one of the top 20 restaurants in Florida as well as receiving a five star designation from the Tallahassee Democrat and annually winning Wine Spectator Magazines Award of Excellence.
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Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed it!

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

It was not good. We split the whole fish and it was terribly burned. My wife cannot eat potatoes which were served in a separate ramekin and they would not substitute the side dish even though the restaurant was not crowded.

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DE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our wonderful waiter, Drew, made the evening! We took his recommendations for dinner and it was perfection! The crab cakes were the best we’ve ever had! Highly recommend Bud and Alley and ask for Drew!

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BB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and service was perfect in dinning room downstairs. In bar on upper deck our waitress spent more time talking to her friends behind bar then doing her job. She blamed the bar tender even though we all saw her standing around doing nothing but talking to friends. Instead of having several drinks and maybe an appetizer we left after 1 drink. Close to ruining a great experience.

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DM
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

Overall really good food but no “water view” from the inside. Must have to sit up on the roof to see that. For such a high end dining place it’s a shame that they won’t let you substitute anything on the menu. Kids were disappointed there were no French fries.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Over priced and under served

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal and lovely view. We plan to become regulars

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Austin
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Found the food to be enjoyable but slightly chewy calamari and sourdough was slightly burnt. Felt a little over priced.

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Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Bathrooms are under construction. Luckily we were staying right in Seaside so no need to use mobile bathroom trailer. Waitress was awful. Never offered bread and when we asked for some she never brought it. But she of course remembered to ask if we needed another round of drinks and dessert:(. For the price per plate I expect a lot more from waitstaff.

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VC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quickly seated a few minutes before our reservation time. Excellent service and very energetic and personable server.

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FS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was marginal, food was not great & just an overall bad experience. We didn’t get service for 15+ minutes, soup was cold, and we were seated at a horrible table. We have eaten here several times and always had a good experience but don’t know if we will ever come back.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service and location of this restaurant were fantastic. It was a little confusing trying to figure out whether to go upstairs or downstairs, so we went up & were yelled at by a waitress saying, “open seating.” We had to go back down to see where we should go for our reservation & were directed to our table.

The food was great, but there are no vegetarian options. If you are purely vegetarian, you may want to skip this one.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, awesome service!!! Will be back.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going here for years. Always excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We wanted a nice dinner with our children while we were on vacation. This restaurant has a great location for viewing the sun set. I was disappointed with the pace of service. We ordered an appetizer, soups, and dinner and drinks. Our soup came and I had barely started when my dinner arrived. My dinner wasn’t even hot. Sorry to say we probably won’t be back.

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JM
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Awesome server. Good food. Positive experience !

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Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. It is definitely pricey, but we knew that before we made reservations. Would recommend if you don’t mind pricey and very delicious food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and outstanding due. Service was excellent!

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CT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Overpriced bar food!! $40 fish special dry n over cooked. Waitress largely absentee.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, relaxed environment in one of the most idyllic places on Earth...Seaside!

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B
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Overrated. The service was an embarrassment to the establishment. Our waitress never brought our appetizers or drinks before finally bringing our food out. Bud and Alleys should be disappointed to know how terrible the service was.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner was phenomenal and I absolutely loved our server. She was exceptional and most importantly, she was kind.

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R
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Not a great menu and rather pricey. Allergy sufferers beware..everything either contains shrimp or is cooked with shrimp. Sweet potato fries were 12 dollars and were totally inedible. You have to buy your table bread and was a very small piece. Luckily the half plates were enough for us or our meal would have been easily $500 for 4 people. Waitress was very nice and did a good job. Food was decent but not worth $200. Great Southern across the street puts them to shame plus no parking :-(..not impressed.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Terribly overpriced for the quality and service. Would not recommend this when there are so many other great options nearby.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our server, Gulxhan! Gave great suggestions that lead to a delicious meal. Initially our table location wasn’t satisfactory, but hostess was very accommodating and moved us to a better table. Clearly no one read my Open Table request not to be seated near serving station. But all ended well.

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Houston
25 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Was expecting much more from our experience here. Food was upscale price but nothing really special. Service was decent but not great. No bathrooms at this restaurant!! Have to use a portable washroom. Only place I’ve ever been where a $300 meal for five doesn’t include a decent bathroom.

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Kansas City
34 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Went to this restaurant on vacation because we had had heard fabulous things about it. The food was good but they are doing construction on the restroom. We had to outside if we needed to use the restroom. Very disappointing!

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They didn’t except our 630 reservation, they said our reservations were for 730, not 630 and it was an issue with OpenTable, not Bud and Alky’s, I wasn’t happy since we made these reservations two weeks ago. The 8 of us had to be sat at two separate tables.

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C
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

21st Birthday

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J
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend. She really enjoyed it! It’s one of my favorites for years!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

The service was great, but the food was AWFUL. Not only was the food extremely expensive I would have been mad if I cooked it for myself. The side dishes were cold and straight out of the frozen food section. I was embarrassed to take my friends to dinner there. If I had gotten my meal for free I would have been mad. On top of all of this everything was cold... there excuse was the “warming element” was not working. I have a house in Seaside and will never eat there again. Try Cafe 30A or Borago for a much better dining experience.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was very good. No bread service. Waiter - Paul very knowledgeable and helpful!

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c
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The crab cakes were very fishy. Short rib rigatoni was nothing special. Ambiance was nice.

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SS
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We love going to Bud & Alleys and have always sat upstairs and enjoyed the view and laid back atmosphere. However, we were having a big group in and wanted to make reservations. Didnt even know they did that. Made them on Open Tabkr Well, beware!!! It’s acrually ONLY for their restaurant downstairs where we had no view of the ocean, my crab cakes were so bad and fishy smelling I couldn’t even eat them and they were $35!!! No side or anything and the presentation was poor. And the calamari was terrible. My husband just wanted a burger like they have upstairs and they don’t even offer it on the menu. I’m still confused on how they are even the “same restaurant”

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Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Portions for snapper were ok but not impressive. Overall pretty good choice.

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PJ
Dallas
42 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had our Valentines Dinner here. We love Bud & Alley’s But this dinner was a little rushed. Entree arrived soon after salad. Seating was very tight bcs of Valentines Day. We will continue going here as regulars but this was not their best service night. Food was delicious as always!

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L
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special night with an amazing view. The crab cakes and grits were the best we have ever eaten.
We will return soon.

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h
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delicious! Crab cakes are all meat and no filler. Calamari appetizer was best I've ever had. Pricey, but worth it as a special meal. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable of menu.

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r
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food I have had in years! Great service as well.

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MK
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We first ate a Bud and Ally's 32 years ago. At that time there were about ten houses in Seaside and the road was gravel. It is as delicious now as it was then. We come back every year, enjoy the excellent food and wonderful service. See you next year!

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