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Bud & Alley's Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

4.2
623 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
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 Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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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 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
What 623 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
3.6
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

The ahi tuna was subpar. The sauce was unbalanced and overwhelming. The scallop and grits dish was a disappointment. The grits were heavy and the texture was unpleasant. The snapper was good but $40 for fish and boiled potatoes was a bit much. Filet was fine.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Loved the waterfront location and outstanding service for dinner. Ordered the crab cakes and tuna dip. Both were good, but the grouper was better.

I'm glad we tried Bud & Alleys on our trip to Seaside. As it was our first time at Seaside, we quickly learned how expensive everything was, we thought Bud & Alley's was more expensive than nearby options.

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2.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Very loud restaurant!!

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Delicious food. Server was very good. Had requested via open table a window table a couple of weeks ahead of time which was not acknowledged at check in

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Another great meal at Bud & Alley's. The best service we've had on 30 A. All of the recommendations were perfect, the scallops were my favorite. Good wine list and one of the only beachfront restaurants (although you may not have a view if on the first floor inside). High recommend for special occasions, friends get together. Leave kids at home and enjoy your night at the beach!

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Good food and service, great location on the beach although you can’t see much of it unless you are at the upstairs bar. Very busy but nice place to experience.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Beautiful outdoor dining. Charming place. Tuna dip for appetizer was delish!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Great food! Great location! We will definitely be back.

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2.0Dined on June 4, 2018

First time visit to Seaside, and we were very excited about our reservation. With reservation called in day before, we were seated at a table facing the outdoor restroom on the left and the waitress' work station /cash register on the right. No view, no 'beach atmosphere' as expected. The menu selections were limited, 2 in our party chose not to order at all due to $ and limited options. They did not want to pay expensive price for something they did not really want. Overall dining experience was not as expected, and our group would not likely return.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

service was very disappointing. I don't think our order got turned in until we asked as we saw others who arrived after we ordered, receiving their food. It would have been nice if the waitress acknowledged the mistake.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Location is excellent and you will pay for it. Service was very good and food was good.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Wonderful as always!

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1.0Dined on May 26, 2018

It was clear that the management had NOT planned for the holiday weekend crowd. Memorial Day weekend is every year so it should not be a surprise.... Drinks took 25 minutes. It took 25 minutes to get dinner order placed and 30 minutes after that for food that very bad. Seriously, what happened to this once nice place?

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We had a great view and great meal. Our only complaint- the Moscow mule wasn’t great & no copper mug!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Birthday -

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

My family and I were visiting Florida when we went to Bud & Alley's for dinner. Jackie was our server and she made our experience so wonderful! We are from Maryland so I was skeptical about the crab cakes, but they were delicious! The steak and wine were also phenomenal. Thank you again Jackie for the great service! We will be back again next time we are in Florida.

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Restaurant can be extremely loud and very informal . Food good but not great.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

All the food was very good, but maybe not the best value. Overall it was a pleasant experience and I could see myself going back here when in town.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Long time overdue visit back to very special place with happy memories !! Sabrina was excellent! Keep it up Bud and Alley’s so we can continue to visit !

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. Great evening with family and friends.

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Many reviews have said this but it needs to be repeated. The food here is good but overpriced. Views are great. Service is good. Seaside is now a booming tourist spot and the traffic and parking is a challenge. If you’re staying in Destin, there are several restaurants that are a better value with great views and much closer.

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1.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Food was TERRIBLE. One guest ordered the pasta and the fish was raw and had to be sent back. The grouper was served cold on top of a cold bed of rice and peas that had no taste or seasoning added whatsoever. During our time at the beach this was the worst meal we had. We will not be back.

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3.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Don’t waste your money.. food is average.. you are paying for name and resort setting.. if that is all you want then you willbebsatisfied

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Excellent! We had a great table, great food, and the location was awesome! We will be back!

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3.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Average tasting food and expensive.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We actually ate at Bud and Alley's 3 different times. Dinner for my anniversary. Lunch with my daughter while shopping. Brunch the day we left Seaside/Seagrove. Fab food all three meals!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We had the best crab cakes we have ever eaten.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Nice neighborhood bar/restaurant. We dined downstairs and it was nice just a bit too warm.
The food and service were very good! Thanks.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We were outside at about 5.30 pm. It was beautiful, the food delicious , white tablecloths and service excellent except the water waiter passed in front of my husband to fill my glass. When you pay $147 a meal fo two you don’t expect that .
We also had 2 tables next to us with 6 babies and small children who are obviously going to be a bit noisy . They should place adults with babies on one side and the others on the other under the pergola for instance .
It was a very enjoyable dinner. Excellent

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Overall very mediocre experience. Probably won’t be back.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Have been here before and always excellent food. This time, all our meals were just ok. Crab cakes didn’t have a lot of flavor nor did the steak. Gumbo was very good. Just not up to the usual “wow, that was great!” experience. Nice ambiance, had a wonderful table location. Good service.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Crab cakes are hands down the best in Florida

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Seated outside immediately with our reservation. We all 3 shared a quail appetizer that was amazingly delicious & very filling. My hubs & I shared the blue cheese wedge salad that good but nothing extraordinary. We all enjoyed entree’s : whole fish, red snapper special, & another entree off the menu. All 3 were tasty. Finally we shared a slice of the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. Again, good but not remarkable. Overall we’d come back for appetizers & the view over & over again.

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2.0Dined on May 7, 2018

It’s well located, but food is marginally ok. Limited selections and they don’t allow any substitutions, so you don’t get what you want, you get what they want. I do not recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

It was my wife’s birthday.

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We love Bud & Alley’s and visit each trip we make to 30a. This trip the food delivery took over an hour from the point that we ordered. The experience was not the excellence we are use to receiving from Bud & Alleys. Hoping it was an off night.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Prompt service, delicious food, ocean views.

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We were seated in a small room with two large parties and a couple of other small tables. The noise was so loud we rushed through our dinner so we could leave. We couldn’t hear each other and it was making my ears hurt it was so loud. Service was okay. Food was good, but overpriced for what it was. I know they’re famous and have been around a long time so it’s a popular place. It felt like they were rushing to turn tables. There are so many delicious places along 30A now. Probably won’t go back.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great spot amidst vacationers and locals alike. Plenty of traffic came through from the beach with many still in swimsuits from the day, but there were also several tables of groups celebrating special occasions, dressed very nicely. We enjoyed our meal; the brussel sprouts are fantastic! The pizza was good, though we built our own since the menu was full of non-traditional fare that didn’t suit us. Finally, we tried a few of the specialty drinks from the bar, and they were good as well. Normally, we would have ordered a glass of wine, but the list was just so-so.

After dinner, there were a ton of shops and vendors to enjoy. The square is definitely worth an extra few hours outside of just eating dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Great table by the window. I had the red snapper with succotash and my husband had the seafood stew. Both were delicious! The stew was a variety of seafood, a ton of seafood. Our waiter was excellent and very attentive. We’ll be back!

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