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About Fish out of Water

Fish Out of Water, WaterColor Inn’s signature restaurant, sets a glamorous scene overlooking the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with virtuoso cuisine and a distinctive wine list to match. The freshest local fish and meats, combined with an eclectic approach to traditional ways of preparing and serving food, translating into dishes unlike anything else offered in the area. A semi-private dining room is available, lined with bottles from the restaurant’s collection of over 3,000, representing some 600+ labels. Fish Out of Water has earned a number of distinctions for excellence. In addition, to garnering a Forbes Travel Guide four stars, AAA four diamond award, received a Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend magazine, and also earned a Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.

34 Goldenrod Circle
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 8:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Daily

Dinner
5:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Tuesday - Sunday


Cross Street:
Highway 30-A

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(850) 534-5050

Website:
http://www.watercolorresort.com/

Catering:
Weddings, Meetings, Rehearsal Dinners

Parking Details:
Open parking lot in front of Inn, covered parking next door.

Executive Chef:
Preetam Pardeshi

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
30-A Songwriters Festival

Fish out of Water Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
2
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (21)
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Good for Anniversaries (18)
Romantic (16)
Good for a Date (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Authentic (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Business Meals (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Seasonal (4)
Healthy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Cozy (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We always try to make it to FOOW when visiting 30A. I personally love the relaxed ambiance and consistent quality of the food. This was our last visit before what was described to us as a 5 month, 3 million dollar renovation. The Watercolor Inn has always been upscale but this sounds like things will be going to a whole new level. Can't wait to try it when completed around May 2018. In the mean time we highly recommend you try the Snapper or Lobster in squid ink pasta
( and a souffle for dessert) so you can make your own before and after comparisons.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Have a special occasion or just want to treat yourself?? Go to FOOW!! Always excellent food, service and view. You can’t go wrong!!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

They were so sweet for our birthday celebration, the service was impeccable.

Tags: Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This was my first visit and I was not disappointed! Everything I ordered was divine. I give it five stars.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

It was a really good dinner! The best meal we had on 30a. Service was so accommodating.

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We booked in advance an outdoor table for sunset. When we got there we were told they don't hold outside tables. The receptionist had an attitude and was not nice about it either. I said you have my phone number and my email, why didn't you let me know this? Reluctantly, we stayed and sat at a table next to the window and all we saw were the people getting to see the sunset. The food was not up to par (we have been coming here for 25 years) Our waiter was great, but definitely will not put this on my list again. No "I'm sorry," nothing. Just rude rude manager. We know A LOT of Nashville folks that come here and will certainly share our experience.

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was our third dining experience here. The food and service has been constiently good. However, I was a little disappointed with recent experience probably because I ordered the special entree, without asking questions, consisting of four jumbo shrimp, a couple slices of bok Choy on a bed of brown rice all priced at $45. Tasty but over priced. It would have been a good appetizer.

Tags: Bar Seating, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

My husband and I ate here for dinner for our anniversary. Everything from the atmosphere to the food was 5 stars! Also, I have eaten here before but only for breakfast, which is also 5 stars! I look forward to having dinner and breakfast here next trip!!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We love this restaurant. We only come to florida every few years but it is our favorite place for special family gatherings.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 8, 2017

FOOW needs some new blood. We have had much better meals. Maybe it was an off night. Still a fabulous space. And innovative food.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Fantastic food and great service, every year when we are here on vacation. The wine list is extensive and the wait staff are always helpful and knowledgeable.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great sunset dinner at FOOW! Everything from the cocktails to the dessert was extremely well done and beyond satisfying. We’ll be back!

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

The entire group enjoyed their dinner. We had beef, fish and even one vegan meal (which was wonderfully prepared and presented). Yes, the place is pricey, but it was worth every penny. The service was outstanding. No water glass was ever empty and never did we have to search for a waiter/waitress. We will definitely go back once we are back in the area.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Outstanding experience from start to finish. It's been awhile since I've been impressed with every stage of food service. A "thank you" to Luke and the rest of the team.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great views, good food and wonderful service.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Enjoyable evening. Great food and service. Loved the sunset!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

This was a great meal, great service and seated outside to watch the sunset made it all the better. We arrived early for our reservation, and got seated due to openings, which was nice because we sat outside. The flavors of the local fish with sides it was served on were perfect, the ceviche was outstanding, and make sure you order a soufflé...one of the best I've had in a long time...great place for a nice meal, a special occasion, or simply treating yourself!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Our very favorite restaurant at the beach. Exquisite food and impeccable service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Best dinner on 30A. Impeccable service. Grouper and swordfish dishes full of flavor. Well worth the few extra bucks.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 22, 2017

This was our first time to dine at this restaurant, which was recommended by a friend, and we were caught off guard by the Hostesses' reply when we asked to be seated at a window table. The restaurant wasn't busy when we arrived for our reservation at 6:45 p.m. so we asked if we could please be seated at a window table if possible. The Hostess refused to seat us at a window table because we weren't "Celebrating a special occasion". She said that the window tables were reserved for guests celebrating special occasions and seated us near the center of the dining room. Upon paying our check there were, at least, four empty tables near the window which were vacant the entire time we were at the restaurant. We will not dine at this restaurant again.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Our waiter was wonderful.. made the entire meal

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The food and the service we great. We are so glad the fried okra is back on the menu this summer. This is the 3rd year in a row we have celebrated our anniversary here.....grouper and ahi tuna were delicious

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Service was excellent and the view exceptional. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Always a special treat to enjoy the fine dining offered at FOOW while watching the sun set on the Gulf.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Everything was amazing. We will be back! We loved the atmosphere, menu, and waitstaff!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Came here for our 1 year anniversary. Service was fantastic. Did not "want" for anything: water, wine, food, etc they were on top of it. We were also surprised with a peach soufflé that was compliments of the chef; which was fantastic!! Definitely will come back on a future vacation

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We are here for our babymoon - great food EXCELLENT service. Wasn't expecting tons of kids at an 8 pm reservation but since the restaurant is in a resort I guess that's what you get. Only reason this didn't get five stars all around was the noise level.

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The view made the evening spectacular. Service was OK and food decent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great restaurant! Went here on a date night for our anniversary and was thoroughly pleased. Very accommodating staff, great atmosphere, no complaints whatsoever. My wife can't have tomatoes and not only did they ask, they offered alternatives and suggested which would go best with the meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romantic, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Awesome. Every time I go there it is wouderful. It has the to things a resturant needs

Fantastic service
Excellent food

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Very lovely setting, right on the water with great outdoor seating. Nice ambiance, would prefer to not have to walk upstairs thru a hotel. Parking is a bit difficult. Food and drinks were great, although the grouper was a little dry. That could have been because the kitchen was closing soon (9pm???). We felt a little rushed by our server, but I understand the kitchen was closing (9pm???). Drinks were awesome and the cheese plate was great. Again, felt a bit rushed but other than that it was great!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Fish out of Water is one of our favorites when we visit 30A. It is pricey but the food, service and surprises are outstanding. They truly do things that signal a fine dining experience from the ambience, music, treats from the chef, etc. Highly recommend for a fine dining experience on the waterfront.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great night, great setting and fine food. The view of the ocean is very nice and we had a beautiful sunset

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great food. Great service. Combined with seaside atmosphere, always a treat.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We save Fish Out of Watet for our last night in the panhandle to celebrate our week of relaxing. It NEVER disappoints! The food is delicious and plentiful. The corn muffins are the very best. (I could eat only muffins for supper and he happy as a clam!). Our server ,Julie, was knowledgeable and attentive. She helped make the evening relaxing! Well done!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Dated decor and not so fresh fish. Best to stick with the Bay or Goatfeathers for good seafood.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 12, 2017

My husband & I went to Fish Out of Water while visiting the Destin area and the ambiance was sensational and so was the service. We sat outside & enjoyed a beautiful view the ocean. The food however could have been cooked better, we both had fish and it could have been cooked better.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Sat outside, lovely evening! David did an outstanding job taking care of us. He is a true professional! The food was excellent and the service was outstanding!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Excellent all around. Special attention to detail
For our food allergies and celiac disease. Exceptional service.

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