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Cafe Thirty-A

4.7
4.7
2197 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - Close

  • Phone number

    (850) 231-2166 ext. 1

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ken Duenas

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    David Kessler: (850) 231-2166 ext. 3

What 2,197 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. J

    Jazzyj

    Atlanta

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Reviewed on June 26, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Still has GREAT crab cakes and excellent service!!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great dining on 30A
  3. SV

    SuVan

    Birmingham

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent. Th service was good. Little noisy, but an overall wonderful dining experience.
  4. CM

    ChrisM

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my fiancé there for Valentines Day. It was our first time there and we have definitely marked it as a local favorite! The food, staff, and atmosphere was excellent.
  5. G

    George

    Tallahassee

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe 30-A is always outstanding. It is our go to restaurant for dinner and entertaining.
  6. m

    margaretb

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal. Everyone raves about their dishes and our server was excellent!
  7. TC

    TracyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my husbands birthday here. We were told by many people this was an awesome restaurant. So true! We will be back.
  8. MM

    MichelleM

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bravo! Excellent every time from friend,y host andhostesses,servers who aretip top, tochefcreations. Fresh seasonal delectable never disappointing
  9. G

    Gator

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best thing in the restaurant.......the FOOD!!!! Phenomenal!!!
  10. d

    davisj2

    Atlanta

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Dinner with friends at the always wonderful Cafe Thirty-A did not disappoint. All meals prepared as ordered, tasty, and fresh. We are locals, so it’s nice to have a consistently good restaurant where we can dine on and off season. And love $5 martini night.
  11. ME

    MichaelE

    Nashville

    55 reviews

    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As before, a great meal and efficient service. Food and menu are excellent, and on busy nights, valet parking.
  12. C

    Cass

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Greeted poorly by staff at door. No smiles .First impression was negative. Getting food was prolonged. Waiter was good; did best with what he had. Crab cake was good. Beet salad not what I expected ( compare with Edward's at Rosemary) . Tasted like canned beets. Menu prices have increased . Overall we were disappointed. Used to be a place you could count on, not by last visit on 1/17/2019.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We celebrated our 43rd Wedding Anniversary this year at Cafe Thirty-A ... The setting is very nice, our server Alex, took very good care of us! Very helpful with the menu recommendations.. The food was excellent from beginning to end! We will defiantly visit again!
  14. d

    darlenes

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great waiter Great Food Weird that you could not get the $5 special martini at the table, it Was a real pain standing in line in the bar and then carrying them back to the table..... But I will not take away a star because there must be a good explanation for this.... Darlene
  15. j

    johnj

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We have visited #0A numerous times and are always pleased. This trip we had a party of six and each of us enjoyed our meal, the atmosphere and the service. We will go back
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Ask for a special table. Didn’t get it had to ask to be moved to another table. Ambiance is not so good there. Better after we got second table. I think. They should pay more attention to customers request on the open table restsevation .
  17. KH

    KeithH

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and the service was exceptional. Our waitress was friendly and informative.
  18. JK

    JimK

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2019

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Very slow service from the kitchen but the food was excellent when it arrived. Would have liked dessert as it was my birthday but our time was running short as our friends had a sitter until 8. Waiter was ready and willing but the food took too long coming out.
  19. ME

    MichaelE

    Nashville

    55 reviews

    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed the food and the ambiance. The ahi was superb and the snapper even better. Jennifer served us and nailed wine and dessert recommendations; she was outstanding. Overall, an outstanding meal. We’ll return soon.
  20. RI

    RichardI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and wait staff was fantastic. Plan to visit often !
  21. WD

    WandaD

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an awesome dinner and the service was superb!!
  22. KC

    KCFL

    Tallahassee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat here over 25 time a year and consistently outstanding
  23. MG

    MikeG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday and we had a great meal. Jennifer was our server and did a fantastic job. We didn’t feel rushed and our food came out just as expected. We love coming here for our Anniversary, Birthdays and when friends and family come to visit.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. We will be back!
  25. F

    Frenchwife

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food served by wonderful servers. This is my third time here and I’m always impressed. The Happy Hour deals are great! You will never be disappointed.
  26. D

    Dgiberish

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    My wife and I both ordered seafood which can make or break a dining experience. Both dishes were well prepared and perfectly cooked. Service was adequate. The restaurant is lovely and overall it was a great dining experience.
  27. C

    Cynthia

    Tallahassee

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    We had a party of 4 adults and 1 toddler. Mentioned this as well in my online reservation. We sat near an exit door, normal with having a toddler. I hate garlic and found that some chefs put garlic on steak (WHAT??), yes they do. So, I did ask my server if Chef puts garlic on the steaks, "No mam, only salt and pepper, garlic is on the field peas" (which OMG what person does that) was his reply. Garlic Has the fine flavor of kerosene to ME, I cannot help it. My steak came with black paste dolloped on top and garlic was on my steak. Field peas, rather dried black eye peas, were undercooked. Went to cut a pea with my knife and it pinged off my plate. I had intended not to tip my server. I had intended to see the manager. But why, I have no intention to go back to Café 30A so "why?". I tipped my water 40$ for cleaning up the bread my grandson dropped on the floor. The Vue 30A, Cuvee 30A, Restaurant Paradis, Trebeache, Surfing Deer, Grand Marlin and Emeril's Coastal Italian is the reasons for not caring about rude service and attitude from Café 30A.
  28. b

    beachrocket

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderfully evening. We were seated as requested in the bar area with our favorite bartender’s Jim, Jason and Kerri. The food was sublime, the drinks were first class and the service was outstanding. Cafe Thirty A is the hands down best restaurant on 30A.
  29. J

    Justyna

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This place is amazing. I’m glad we have a house down there bc we will go back soon again
  30. HE

    HarperE

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    We love this place and this is the first time I have not given everything five stars. Food was a little over salted and waiter distracted. That is unusual for this restraint and we will be back for sure
  31. G

    Gtownmom02

    Memphis/West TN

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Had a birthday dinner celebration here and loved it. The food was beyond delicious! It was a little crowded but we didn't mind it at all. The flounder was amazing.
  32. P

    Priddys

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food; great decor; great service. We love to enjoy Cafe 30-A whenever we are in the area.
  33. i

    indyrose

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Thirty A is one of my favorite restaurants ever! In the 20+years I have been patron, it has delivered excellent food, unpretentious service and beachey ambiance every visit!
  34. NG

    Nut4Gnocchi

    St. Louis

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Thirty A has been my favorite restaurant for over 16 years! The food is always delicious and Jim the bartender makes a killer key lime pie martini. You won’t be disappointed at this restaurant.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We enjoyed our dinner, but don't like that you can get martini night martinis in the bar area, meaning you have to leave your table to get one. Also, we were two couples dining together and we mentioned to the server at the beginning of the meal that the bills were to be separated by couple. Each couple got a 2 for 1 entree. One couple, not my wife and me, also got an appetizer, two desserts, and an after dinner drink. The server, against our request, arbitrarily split the bill in half, meaning that we were charged for much more than we would have been had he split it. He said, in light of the 2 for 1 he had to do it that way. Don't see why.
  36. b

    bhmlrw

    Birmingham

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is our favorite restaurant in the area. We dine here anytime we travel to the beach. Service is always great and the food outstanding!
  37. P

    Priddys

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Café 30 A . Excellent service, soothing ambience, and delicious food. Our server, Jay, made our evening memorable. We will return!
  38. J

    James

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our service was wonderful. Our food was perfect. However we were seated by a table of 8 people who were so loud and obnoxious that we could not converse amongst ourselves and hear anything anyone said. Our server said she would have the manager speak to them however we did not have any peace until they left which was midway our meal!!!
  39. V

    Vg043051

    Birmingham

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. It has been a while since we dined at Thirty-A. The Opah was outstanding, paired with the Sancere...great. My wife and I will be back soon. Happy New Year to you and your great staff.
  40. N

    Nbeale

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    An excellent meal, definitely will return for another special occasion in the future.

FAQs

Cafe Thirty-A offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (850) 231-2166 ext. 1.

Cafe Thirty-A is rated 4.7 stars by 2197 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Somerset Bridge Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Rosa Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - Close

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Somerset Bridge Rd.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ken Duenas

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (850) 231-2166 ext. 1

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    David Kessler: (850) 231-2166 ext. 3

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