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About Bud & Alley's Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

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.

2236 E County Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
CR 395

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(850) 231-5900

Website:
http://www.budandalleys.com/

Parking Details:
Public Parking is available all throughout Seaside and on CR-30A.

Executive Chef:
David Bishop

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.

Private Party Contact:
Kim Estes: (850) 865-4780

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bud & Alley's Waterfront Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

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Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
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Good for Anniversaries (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Romantic (7)
Scenic View (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Seasonal (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Fun (5)
Cozy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Authentic (3)
Casual (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Healthy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Business Meals (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Been coming to Bud & Alleys for 30 years and it never disappoints!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fun
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Perfect from the food to the service! Thank you for a wonderful date night ....

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Romantic, Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was just ok for the price. We were not happy with the quality, can get same food anywhere.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Scallops were not great - average. Roasted red peppers came from a jar. Very little flavor. Wedge salad same. No flavor. Halibut was delish however. Service was great. Awful wine selection.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Slow erratic service, inexperienced servers, management had a “so what” attitude
Food way overpriced for the quality

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Staff was very friendly. Great experience!

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Best crab cakes ever!!!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The pompano was so tender and delicious and the view was breathtaking!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I had the crab cakes which were pretty bland-zero flavor. For the crab cakes to be $39 with no side included they should be great. The atmosphere is not that great either—more like a cheap restaurant. Not worth it in my opinion. For the price, the food should be much better.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Flavorful, fresh, food in a lovely environment.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our experience wasn't as great as normal. The cocktails were super weak and the service was just very slow. We have eaten here often though so we will be back. Probably just an off night

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food, quick and friendly service - a mainstay in the neighborhood that I will continue to go to.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Fabulous for dinner with friends. Grouper was excellent and extremely fresh. Very attentive server with excellent recommendations. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Scenic View, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The food was very good as always. We were vacationing in the area. The crab cakes were great as well as the steak.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was delicious

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Excellent atmosphere , service and food! A definite place to come back to every time we travel to the beach!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 29, 2017

We had great service and meal. The credit card machine wasn't working so luckily one of our group had enough cash to take care of bill. Not the most convenient and Could've been in an awkward situation. They need to have access to a square or take a cc number in these situations.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We are vegetarian, the options on the menu were!!! two salads, arugula salad, that was good and fresh but too small and the tomato, mozzarella and avocado salad that was not special at all, the mozzarella was of the lowest quality. So for $17 each salads we were expecting more!!!
Regarding the cocktails, my wife's was ok. My was called something fizz!!!! didn't had any vodka, it tasted more like cranberry juice on ice!!! Over expensive ($84)for the quality!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Best meal I've had there in a number of years
Whole pompano was perfectly seasoned
Grouper and succotash delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 24, 2017

On day one of our visit to Seaside, we stopped at Bud and Alley's for lunch and had a great lunch. At that moment, we already knew we had to comeback for dinner. So this is two reviews in one, lunch and dinner. Our lunch was excellent. I had the grilled Cobia while my wife had the Paneed chicken.... yes, chicken. But trust us, it was excellent. Service was great as well as the location. I heard the hostess tell someone they had better get reservations for dinner, so I did. 5 nights later we went for dinner. And as I waited a tad too long for reservations, the only thing available was at 6pm, which ended up being fine as we got the best table in the house I think. And service was once again terrific. I had the pork shank.... and yes, pork at the beach. It was great!! My wife had the scallops, also great, our friends had the crab cakes and pork shank... everything, including the smoked tuna dip appetizer, all great. I would go back in a heartbeat.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, People Watching, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Outstanding Crab Cakes and Crab Claws! Our service is always exceptional!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

We have eaten at Bud n Alley's many times and were very disappointed with the quality of the food this August. The menu was lackluster and the wine-by- the-glass list was minimal (one Pinot Grigio option, for example). The service was good but not exceptional. The location is outstanding, and is easy to access. Overall, we won't be returning for quite a while as we have found there are many other options with better service and quality of food and drink on 30A.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 13, 2017

My daughter and I stopped in while we were in the area for a weekend getaway. This restaurant is right on the water and offers great views and excellent food and service. The people are friendly, too. I had the scallops and they melted in my mouth.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Extremely, extremely noisy in the indoor side annex where we were seated. No ambience in this spare room - in previous years, I have eaten in the main dining room which has some ambience (but is also noisy) and also in the outdoor patio.

Service was friendly but slow. Food is tasty but over priced - delicious 2 large crab cakes entree was served only with some lettuce and nothing else for $39.00.

Other restaurants or the food trucks are more satisfying, interesting, and better value.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Fabulous food and great service! Fresh local ingredients. The crab cakes are not to be missed!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Service and food was excellent but very overpriced. Bread was extra with my order of soup so ended up paying a $14 for a bowl of soup plus bread. we probably should have gone for brunch Instead of dinner.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 10, 2017

We were sat immediately upon arriving, and our table for 7 was overlooking the ocean. It was a beautiful spot, and we were able to walk out to the beach and take some photos while waiting for our food. It was also very convenient for a walk on the beach after dinner.

The service was great - quick and everything came out correctly. However, the food was mediocre. Of our party of 7, no one was impressed with the entrees with the exception of my four year old who liked his grilled cheese. For the price of the entrees, I felt like they missed the mark.

We loved the view and service, but we won't return due to a lackluster menu.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Food was priced as if this was a 5 star restaurant. I had the whole fish yellow tail snapper which was very undercooked and not worth half of the $37 I paid for it. My son had only the gumbo and got very sick within hours of eating it but was ok by the next day. It used to have a great reputation and can still charge exorbitant prices because of the location. I will never be eating here again.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on August 2, 2017

We were a bit disappointed based on the very positive review given in a local magazine. Our seating was outside but the placement was very distracting. We were offered no bread to go with our entre although my fish was very good. We did not have a view of the gulf as touted in the recommendation and would definitely say it has more of a tourist feel... almost commercial instead of what I would have thought of a restaurant in Seaside.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly
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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Excellent dining experience!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 31, 2017

The food is absolutely incredible. I cannot express this enough. Everyone at the table loved their food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Limited menu... over priced... for just so-so food.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We originally were going to have dinner here, but decided to order drinks and appetizers and then go elsewhere for dinner. Our waiter seems quite annoyed that we were leaving after appetizers and that we wanted separate checks. A storm was blowing in, so they were also in the middle of moving everyone inside from the outside tables.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We were a few minutes early to our reservation and were greeted by the RUDEST hostess I've ever met. She was simply mean. We asked to speak with a manager twice but never got to.
Fortunately our server (Drew) and meal made up for the bad first impression. Best crab cakes I've ever had!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Food was good but pricy for the quality.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Some of our meals were delicious. Others were mediocre. It seemed inconsistent, and for a restaurant at this price point, I'd expect better.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

Loved the location. Great feel and ambiance. Food was just ok. Service needs to be stepped up. Wife got the ribeye. It was about as good as you'd get at Waffle House. And very thin.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on July 23, 2017

It was wonderful

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Tuna dip was delicious as well as the hummus. Service was great - waiter had quick response for anything we needed. Fun, popular, convenient place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on July 17, 2017

I felt like we were rushed. We placed a drink order soon after being seated, then shortly afterwards we ordered our dinner. Our drinks didn't arrive until our dinner arrived. Then after about 5 minutes the check was brought to our table. Would've loved the option to have dessert but never even heard the choices though we heard another waitress tell another table about the dessert options. Disappointing experience all around.

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