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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Destin

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Destin? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.8
4.8 (952)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Destin
About the restaurant
Beach Walk Café, known as the “Most Romantic Dining Experience in Destin,” is located inside the Henderson Park Inn where guests enjoy unobstructed views of the Gulf overlooking more than a mile of the world’s most beautiful and secluded beaches with spectacular sunset views.

In this idyllic private setting Beach Walk Café features an intimate atmosphere with dining available inside, with a cozy fireplace and magnificent views of the coast and outside on the verandas of the Inn overlooking the emerald waters of the Gulf. A favorite with locals and tourists alike, Beach Walk Café is known for its meticulous service, innovative cuisine and a stunning, unparalleled view.

Reservations are recommended. Please note, all diners at Beach Walk Café must be 13 or older. If there is inclement weather, your outside seating reservation is subject to alteration or cancellation.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
My family had the swordfish, snapper and steak and I had the risotto. It was all delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed the risotto. It’s a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. Waitstaff was very friendly and attentive.
A photo of Renaissance restaurant
4.9
4.9 (73)
$31 to $50
Traditional French
Santa Rosa Beach
About the restaurant
Pure white Haussmannian wall panel moldings, gold mirrors, marble bistro tables, herringbone floors, green velvet booths…

…The sweet perfume of Rosemary, Thyme, Toasted Baguette, Truffles, Boeuf Bourguignon served by an elegant waiter…

…Melodies from Serge Gainsbourg and Edith Piaf are playing in the back, you love these songs, you try to guess the words…

…A Champagne bottle suddenly pops. You hear that very typical sound of 1500 years of French history in a bottle.

You have landed in Paris.

But are there palm trees in Paris?

Is it the Seine River? Why do you see a white sandy beach on the horizon? Are we in Paris? Or are we in “Floride”?

Come and see for yourself.

You are eating at Renaissance tonight!

Miam! Bon Appétit.

Top review
MichaelWvip
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent authentic experience, loved everything about our evening
A photo of Bijoux restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3096)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Destin
About the restaurant
Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits is a full-service fine dining restaurant located in The Market Shops outside the front entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Open for dinner seven nights a week, we feature the freshest Gulf seafood, prime steaks and an extensive award-winning wine list. Our intimate Bijoux lounge features a full bar complete with a large selection of specialty martinis.


Top review
Loganvip
Dined 1 day ago
We eat here 2x per week , Usually at the bar but brought out of town guests & sat in the dining room . Wonderful staff & food is always excellent .
A photo of Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2427)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Destin
About the restaurant
Seagar's Prime Steaks and Seafood, located in the iconic Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, is the area's only AAA Four-Diamond steakhouse. Seagar's specializes in the finest prime beef and freshest seafood available on Florida's Emerald Coast, and offers a wine list that has repeatedly garnered Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence."

Seagar's brings traditional elegance back to the fine-dining experience, complete with private dining options, captain service, sommelier service and tableside preparation of items that include steak Diane, Dover sole and its signature bananas foster.

Seagar's also features a private-reserve wine list of more than 600 wine labels. The lounge offers guests full dining service and live piano entertainment.

Dress code is Sophisticated Casual. Gentlemen are asked to wear collared shirts, long pants and closed toe shoes. Jackets not required but appreciated. No beachwear, athletic wear or casual attire including hats and flip-flops.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Food very good. Service was fairly slow. Special occasion not recognized.
A photo of Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar - Sandestin restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2347)
$30 and under
Seafood
Destin
About the restaurant
Tommy Bahama combines a tranquil environment and great food with an emphasis on hospitality to make for the perfect place to recharge or unwind while indulging in a unique dining experience. The experience is sure to feel like a getaway, whether you’re on vacation or looking for a vacation from your everyday life
Top review
LEM1vip
Dined today
Thanks for quick seating. Had to ask about the bread as it was not brought when I seated. Otherwise still great food.
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Destin restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1675)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Destin
About the restaurant
Ruth's Chris Steak House specializes in serving USDA Prime steaks, each seared to perfection, finished with butter and freshly chopped parsley, and served sizzling on a 500-degree plate. We invite you to join us in Destin, FL!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great all around! Chris and Cheryl were excellent!
A photo of Basil and Baxter's Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant
4.9
4.9 (263)
$30 and under
American
Destin
About the restaurant
Locally owned and operated.. We have a unique menu blending American cuisine with a touch of creole. Lunch varies from our popular shrimp & grits, to our delicious and filling $9.99 specials like bourbon chicken or sweet n sour chicken, to a fresh beef burger. Dinner provides a daily special on our blackboard often offering local grouper or steak, or consider our dinner menu with salads, pastas, steaks and unique entrees. Brunch on Sunday offers a la carte menu, buffet from 9am till 130pm, along with $10 bottomless mimosas. We also have a full bar with a great wine list.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Always a pleasure to dine here. Good was cooked to perfection. The shrimp bisque was to die for. Great waitress.
A photo of Pazzo Italiano Santa Rosa Beach restaurant
4.7
4.7 (919)
$30 and under
Italian
Santa Rosa Beach
About the restaurant
Pazzo Italiano SRB is the 2nd location of the highly rated and locals favorite Destin location, featuring award winning Italian dishes and wood fired Neapolitan pizza, full bar and two private rooms in a cosmopolitan Family friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great service and flavorful food. We had grouper and duck.
A photo of Ovide - Hotel Effie restaurant
4.4
4.4 (101)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Miramar Beach
About the restaurant
An elegant, culinary adventure, Ovide brings together classic Gulf Coast flavors and southern culinary traditions. At Ovide, every dish is fueled by a passion for sustainability and seasonality that gives each bite incredible flavor unlike anything you've tasted before.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Good place to go to dinner. Besides they didn’t tell us that on the Caesar salad it had anchovies on it besides thatgreat experience
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Sandestin restaurant
4.6
4.6 (921)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Destin
About the restaurant
Your Sandestin Fleming's is located on Grand Boulevard off Highway 98, between Destin and Route 30A, only a short distance from Sandestin's Hilton Hotel and Baytowne Wharf Conference Center. Fleming's in Sandestin is an outstanding choice to enjoy an exceptional Prime steak, glass of wine or handcrafted cocktail. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, hosting a business dinner or simply wanting to enjoy a night out - we will create a safe and memorable evening in our Dining Room or Outdoor Patio. If you prefer to enjoy your fine dining experience at home, you can order and pay for lunch or dinner online and then pick up curbside or select from one of our delivery partners.
Top review
SteveWvip
Dined 1 day ago
Service was top notch and quality was good as usual
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