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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Northwest Florida

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Northwest Florida? 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 (953)
$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 5 days ago
Food and service was excellent! Highly recommend. You can’t beat the scenery.
A photo of Café de Martín restaurant
4.7
4.7 (35)
$31 to $50
Peruvian
Tallahassee
About the restaurant
Café de Martín (Mar-teen) brings the flavors of Peru to Tallahassee! The man behind the restaurant is Chef Martín, originally from Lima, Peru. He has marked his influence in Leon County's Hispanic community for his outstanding Peruvian cuisine. With Peru always in his heart, Chef Martín continues to lead Tallahassee's gastronomic revolution with new culinary additions serving Peruvian classics such as Papas en salsa Huancaina, Pastel de Choclo, and Aji de Gallina to name a few. In addition, to the classics, the Café highlights many coffee drinks. Peru: a country of great culture, beautiful climate, tasty food, and delicious coffee right here in our Capitol City. Sabe a Peru!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
We truly enjoyed our delicious food and hospitality! Always top notch!
A photo of Drift restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1057)
$31 to $50
American
Pensacola
About the restaurant
Join us for dinner or a Gulf side drink. Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, perched high above on the second floor, DRIFT is a casual fine dining restaurant serving steaks & fresh seafood, offering guests THE best view on Pensacola Beach featuring an indoor bar & indoor seating as well as a patio bar & outdoor seating. Join us for our Sunday night Prime Rib Dinner, only $39.95 and check out our Sunset Happy Hour Wednesday-Sunday for Half Off our specialty cocktail menu plus all appetizers - Sunday 4pm-6pm.

Check out our Chef Specials and come see for yourself why we won Best in Pensacola 2022 for 1. Best Restaurant - Pensacola Beach 2. Best Steakhouse - Pensacola 3. Best Happy Hour - Pensacola and 4. Best Girls Night Out - Pensacola.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Balcony dining with a beautiful view. Snapper was excellent.
A photo of The Owl Cafe restaurant
4.6
4.6 (61)
$30 and under
American
Apalachicola
About the restaurant
In the heart of downtown Apalachicola, the Owl Cafe offers a River City dining experience like no other. Sensational appetizers, delicious entrees and incredible desserts are prepared and served by an attentive staff. The menu is varied and colorful, with daily chef’s selections ranging from exotic imported dishes to fresh, locally-caught seafood. The amazing wine list is as full of character as Apalachicola itself, and delivers the perfect complement to every meal.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
My favorite restaurant in Apalachicola. The food is delicious
A photo of The White Marlin and Oysterette restaurant
4.6
4.6 (345)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Port St. Joe
About the restaurant
We are accepting reservations to make your experience the most pleasurable. The White Marlin is a magnificent beach front steak and seafood restaurant that boasts a selection of seafood with a longstanding commitment to offering top quality ingredients from local fisheries up and down the coast of Florida. Freshness is our only priority working directly with fishermen and farmers, to bring you the most amazing fresh catches and beef there is to offer. With an ethos of spotlighting ingredients first, The White Marlins menu features simple preparations executed to perfection to allow quality to take center stage. We have two dining options for our guests experience between the more casual and lively Oyster Bar and patio to the traditional Main Dining Room. The Main Dining Room possesses classic and sophisticated warmth, is adorned with sharp accents throughout the room and plush seating lends the ideal setting for celebratory dinners or just a simple night on the town.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
My family and I are on vacation. Wanted a more refined dinner and atmosphere. We were very please with everything. Service was great!!
A photo of Pompano Joe's - Panama City Beach restaurant
4.3
4.3 (459)
$30 and under
Seafood
Panama City Beach - Bay Point
About the restaurant
Pompano Joe's takes tremendous pride in serving Gulf seafood to its guests. If it lives in the Gulf, you will most likely find it on our menu. Our seafood is delivered daily and it is handled with great care from the minute it arrives at our door to the time it arrives at your table. Our standards are high and it shows in the presentation and flavor of every seafood dish we serve. We're a neighborhood beach place where you can "savor the flavor" of the Islands!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 7, 2024
Waitstaff was super and the food was outstanding. Will be going again
A photo of Franklin Café at the Gibson Inn restaurant
4.3
4.3 (251)
$31 to $50
Southern
Apalachicola
About the restaurant
Briny catches from surrounding waters, craft cocktails, and OCBC brews from our hometown brewery. At the Franklin Café and Parlor Bar, we source fresh and serve simply—honoring the spirit and traditions of the Gibson Inn’s original Franklin Café, which opened in 1907. We invite you to drop in for a Southern-style breakfast, lunch or dinner on the porch, or a Happy Hour toast, as we turn the tide on all-day dining in Apalachicola.

Open Daily for Breakfast 8am-11am, Lunch 11am-5pm, and Dinner 5pm-9pm. Weekend Brunch every Saturday and Sunday! Daily Happy Hour from 3pm-5pm.

Top review
ElaineC
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
The waitress was wonderful and very attentive. The food was delicious and servings were generous.
A photo of Beach House Social restaurant
4.3
4.3 (369)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Pensacola
About the restaurant
Savor our carefully crafted and locally sourced dishes by our Executive Chef, Mason Cheney at Beach House Social on our hotel property here in Navarre Beach, Florida.

Enjoy handcrafted cocktails and stunning water views by the fire table while indulging in our Award-Winning Cuisine.

For reservations over 8 guests, we cannot guarantee that your entire party will be sat together.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Waiting on the food... Takes long time but is delicious
A photo of Whiskey Joe’s Pensacola Beach on the Boardwalk restaurant
3.7
3.7 (179)
$30 and under
American
Pensacola Beach
About the restaurant
If you're looking for a warm tropical breeze, white sands, family fun, cold drinks, delicious island-inspired grub, killer sunsets, and a breathtaking view of the waterfront from Pensacola Beach, look no further than Whiskey Joe's.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Great food - sat out on the patio in a Saturday afternoon. Food was excellent!
A photo of The Back Porch Bay restaurant
3.6
3.6 (72)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Panama City Beach - Bay Point
About the restaurant
The Back Porch takes tremendous pride in serving Gulf Seafood to its guests. If it lives in the Gulf, you will most likely find it on our menu. Our seafood is delivered daily and it is handled with great care from the minute it arrives at our door to the time it arrives at your table. Our standards are high and it shows in the presentation and flavor of every seafood dish we serve.
Top review
WilliamD
Dined on Apr 30, 2024
The food was great. The portions were huge so my wife and I split an entree. The drinks were good as well.
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