Bud & Alley's Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

4.2
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770 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(850) 231-5900
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Bishop
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Private party facilities
For 23 years we have been specializing in amazing events right on the Gulf in Seaside. Whether you are booking a wedding reception in our beautiful gulf front courtyard or a private corporate luncheon in our open-air gazebo, we can create a unique and unforgettable experience tailored for your needs. We have always been known for our outstanding service and award winning menus. We look forward to making your event an exciting and memorable day.
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Private party contact
Kim Estes: (850) 865-4780
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
CR 395
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Parking details
Public Parking is available all throughout Seaside and on CR-30A.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They put us in the kids section, but we suspected it was because we were wearing shorts. The food was amazing tho!

GC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

When the salad description is “Heirloom Tomatoes and Peaches” one would not expect the tomatoes to be cherry tomatoes. The food was “meh” from a flavor profile perspective.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Poor service with mediocre food. Our waiter was either on drugs or low IQ. We had to ask him for drinks after he took the food order. Also, Staff was not accommodating prior to our reservation when we asked to bring an additional person, but when we arrived they could have clearly accommodated it.

KC
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bud and alleys! Always a favorite! I would highly recommend it to others!! The shrimp pasta was my favorite!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

The food was horrible and way overpriced. The waiter told us they were known for their crab cakes (also the most expensive thing on the menu) & kept going on & on about how amazing they were. Well of course I ordered the crab cakes. Huge mistake! They were extremely bland (literally had no taste). I put salt, pepper, and squeezed a lemon on them to try to amplify the flavors (didn’t work), so I ordered remoulade sauce. He was so shocked I ordered the sauce Bc he says everyone loves him. Long story short, I wouldn’t have minded paying $40 if they were actually amazing, but I’m convinced he actually just wanted me to have a more expensive meal, so he would get a larger tip. I won’t be back for dinner.

W
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reserved a table for 4 with a view and when I arrived they struggled to find my reservation. After they found it we were seated in a corner with a view of a wall. Terrible.

CW
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Little loud due to families. Waiter was engaging but seemed to forget about us at times.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks amazing beach atmosphere

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melissa took great care of us! Thank you!!!!

S
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bud & Ally’s and the crab cakes, best on 30a anywhere. We also love our server, she’s the best. Thanks for great service as always Melissa, see you again soon.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole fish didn’t disappoint.

RI
Little Rock
21 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice location; good service. Food was very good, but everything was a bit too heavily seasoned. The scallops were almost too salty to enjoy. We have eaten here many times when visiting Seaside and although good, the food is not as high quality as I would expect.

JM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our favorite place in 30A! The location is wonderful and after dinner the kids can go run around on the beach!

MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Was greatly looking forward to a nice dinner. From the moment we sat down, we were practically rushed out the door. For the price of the meal, we should have been given the opportunity to enjoy our food. This was on a quiet Thursday evening. Not a fan.

MK
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best scallops I have had! My husband and I hand a wonderful dinner.

SC
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good food. Enjoyed the crab cakes and key lime pie. A little over priced for what you receive, but service was very good. There are a lot of seafood restaurants on 30a so I might select one of those over bud and alleys. It’s great, but not excellent. The restaurant was also very noisy inside.

OT
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was really disappointing! Ceviche was terrible. Salad was drowned in vinaigrette. Steak overcooked. Sides were not good. We used to love eating here but its not worth it anymore.

OT
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was extremely friendly and knowledgable. We have been here before and will continue to return on future visits

RR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

if you are in Seaside, you have to visit Bud & Alley's!

S
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Unfortunately, the grilled fish was over cooked. We enjoyed the rest of the experience.

GA
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food at a Seaside favorite. We went to Bud and Alleys on our family vacation based on recommendations from friends. It’s located in the cute town of Seaside which makes for a great setting but parking is tough. The food was wonderful and everyone enjoyed their dishes. The atmosphere was surprisingly casual given the caliber and price of the food. We dressed up a little but shorts would have been fine. The only thing that was disappointing is that there was no ocean view. FYI - This is also one of the few restaurants in the area where you can make a reservation.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful sunset
Nice date night
Great food

JP
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the crab cakes! The best I’ve ever had. Blood orange margarita was delicious too.

OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined upstairs. Beautiful view, great food, outstanding service

J
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I was disappointed in the service and food. We felt rushed and that the food had been prepared in advance so they could turn tables. Wait staff was just going through the motions not really interested in creating a dining experience. Restroom was being remodeled and had to use porta-potty which I was not thrilled with either.

RH
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Melissa provided very good service. Sautéed scallops are excellent as well as the boiled shrimp. Recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

JW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite place to go when we come to 30a. I chose it for Mother’s day. It would have been a nice touch to give Mother’s a free drink, appetizer or dessert. Just a thought

CM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Absolutely delicious food. Attentive service that made this mama feel special on Mother’s Day!

B
Kansas City
35 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was good but not great would have liked to have something other than swordfish as fish of the day. You can get that anywhere. Service was very good. Table setting was good with nice linen. Overall a little disappointing as we have heard such great things. Give me Surfing Deer anytime as they are about the same price range.

BK
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

My wife an I planned to have our anniversary dinner here since it was on the beach and well-known for the area. Unfortunately, I feel that the hype was not lived up to and it really wasn't as nice as everyone else made it out to be. The food was definitely fresh but not worth $40 per plate. I don't feel that my experience should have cost as much as it did. We were in and out within an hour... Good food, not a great experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the whole fish!

J
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and ambiance. Very fresh and very tasty! Would come back in a heartbeat!

OT
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed it!

E
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

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.

DE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

BB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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.

DM
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience2

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Over priced and under served

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal and lovely view. We plan to become regulars

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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