Cafe Thirty-A

4.8
2287 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Café Thirty-A is a casual fine-dining restaurant featuring grilled and fire roasted seafood, meats and poultry, wood-oven pizza, vegetarian fare and hedonistic, "architectural" desserts. The menu changes daily according to availability of ingredients. Fine wines and cocktails--including a creative menu of the best martinis in the area--complement the meal. The ambiance is open, casual, "islandy," yet sophisticated, with vaulted ceilings, upside-down market umbrellas, hand painted chairs, intimate lighting and half-wall dividers creating the atmosphere. Patrons often state, "It just makes you feel good to walk in here!" It's a fun, happening place to dine - with impeccable, yet unpretentious, service. Recent and ongoing awards are: Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award, North American Restaurant Association Five-Star Award of Excellence, NW Florida Daily News “Restaurant of the Year.” Private dining for 25-80 is available upstairs in the Fishbone
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - Close
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Phone number
(850) 231-2166 ext. 1
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ken Duenas
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Somerset Bridge Rd.
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Parking details
Somerset Bridge Rd.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Private dining is available in one of our two private rooms, The Fishbone Room (25-80) or The Side Porch (35-55). In addition, the entire restaurant accommodates 250 for seated dinners or 350 for standing buffets--all individualized to reflect your vision, resources and wishes.

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D
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the place to enjoy the best dining on 30A

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Columbus
69 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

First time we had a forgettable meal at Cafe 30A - bummer but the truth is to pizzas were hard and flavorless with tough chicken - ugh. The Caesar salad was cafeteria grade and we say 20 minutes just to pay once the bill was delivered. The linguine with seafood was the one good dish - wish I had ordered it too.
The place was hopping but there is too much competition on 30A to let this happen again. I do recommend the James Bond martini - very good.

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BR
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe 30A never fails to stay on top of our list. There are many choices along 30A, all unique and most are very good. Cafe 30A is one of the BEST! Fun bar with $5 martinis a couple of evenings a week, white linen tablecloths, attentive service and absolutely delicious food all add up to a wonderful dining experience. Cafe 30A has thrived on 30A since 1995. Not to be missed!

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here on our honeymoon in 2015 and it was amazing! Three years later we came for our anniversary and it was just as good as I remembered!

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DV
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding. Never had even close to a bad experience in the past 12 years.

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RH
Mississippi
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on 30A. A little pricey but worth it. Parking is a problem unless you have visited the restaurant. Valet parking is available when the attendant is not sick.

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M
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on 30A for 4 nights and ate here twice. The other two nights were wedding events. Loved the service, the food and the drinks!

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time there and had another outstanding experience. Great Food, Service was great....Rob was our Waiter both times and he is awesome. Will be making Cafe Thirty A a regular destination on our stays in the area.

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AW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for our one year wedding anniversary. Husband was super happy with his filet mignon dish. He loved every bite! I had a lobster with crawfish Mac and cheese. It was good but way too rich for me to eat a lot in one seating. Anyway the service was impeccable and because of that it is automatic 5 stars for me. Would always go back when I'm in the area because it is really the best service in the area. More like whole experience than just eating. Highly recommend to anyone!!

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F
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. We’ll be back.

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S
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks & service. Love the small plate selections.

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B
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One member of our party has severe dietary restrictions. Our server, Kimberly, and the chef went beyond helpful to find a delicious solution. The food for all of us was divine and no one had to feel in any way left out. We went for the food but will come back often for the caring and competent service.

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VM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

30A never disappoints! We will continue to come back every year.

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S
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Third year in a row we celebrated our anniversary at CafethirtyA. Wonderful food and service

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JW
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites on 30A! Delicious food every single time!

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JB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Cafe Thirty-A. The food was delicious and the service outstanding. We will definitely return if it survived the hurricane.

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Z
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A Special gathering of 7 Dear friends of more than 63 years arrived from Texas, Louisiana and Georgia to spend the week the beach!! Our dining experience at Cafe 30A was outstanding....several of us had the grilled scallops which were perfectly prepared . Others enjoyed the lobster entree. Our server, Charles was terrific. He was knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive . Although our long awaited reunion was terminated after only 2 days due to the Hurricane, THIRTY A turned out to be the highlight of our visit to the beach! Make your reservation ahead of your vacation! After our fine meal, we packed our 4 cars and evacuated Santa Rosa Beach on Monday night.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The snapper dish with the broccolini, zucchini, had no flavor. The waiter was very nice and did not charge me for the dinner, which i didn't ask for. The fish was good, but the overall dish didn't work for me. I love the restaurant, but this dish wasn't very good.

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner that was simply incredible

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NH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Cafe 30A never disappoints! We will be back soon!

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TE
Tallahassee
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Great service. Definitely a Top Choice on 30a.

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LD
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My hubby and I decided on the last night of our beach vaca that we would splurge and go for a really nice dinner .. Cafe 30A was the perfect spot ! Everything about the dinner was perfect, from making an easy reservation on Open Table to Valet Parking ! We were seated as soon as we arrived ( 10 minutes early) , in a beautiful side room that was divine!
Mathew was our server, perfection to every detail! Had cocktails , half bottle of wine with the dinner entrees, which were so delicious, then a shared dessert! His suggestions were informative and helped us decide on our food choices. A wonderful evening!

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AP
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here several times and never disappoints! Love being able to make reservations and walking right in! A must stop for us every time we come to the area!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and Wait staff!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience especially the food was the best 30A has to offer! We come back every single time we are down here. LOVE IT!! ❤️

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BF
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

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C
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! Chris was a great server and the food delicious

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Devine! The crab cakes and grits were a m a z I n g.

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New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience and service, best food on 30a.

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RM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Thank goodness for the BOGO hour, though! Staff friendly. The crab cakes and bread pudding were a “10”!

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LM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe 30A is one of the best restaurants in the Destin and 30A area. We have eaten dinner there several times and we’re never disappointed. My wife had the seared scallops in July and said they were the best she had eaten anywhere. She ordered them again this week and they were again excellent. I had the filet which was also delicious. On another night we had the halibut which was also excellent. The service has always been outstanding. The atmosphere is upscale casual. The prices are comparable to other similar upscale restaurants in the area. Be aware that parking is limited but there is valet service for a charge.

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JA
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though I managed to book our reservation for the wrong day, they accommodated us without any questions! Thanks for saving me from embarrassment!

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G
Nashville
26 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding as always😎. The salmon was tremendous and the best grits anywhere!!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food was Great service very attentive

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SO
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing as was the service. The lobster was the best I've had and she loved her filet. Our server, Chuck, was delightful as well. A bit noisy and not quite the ambiance, but it's a beach town so it was nice.

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W
Atlanta
57 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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l
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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B
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and waiter who described all the meals that came out before ours. We come here every time we are down in destin

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I returned to Cafe 30A for the second time since learning of the establishment on a recent visit to PCB. Our second visit was as outstanding as the first. Our server Robert made our visit even more enjoyable by attending to our every need. The entire staff from the valet to hostesses and managers seemed to be focused on assuring a well-rounded visit. Thanks for yet another memorable experience. If you're looking for an outstanding culinary experience during your visit to PCB, reserve your self a table at 30A.

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