The Ultimate Guide to 30A's Best Seafood Restaurants - 30A

The Ultimate Guide to 30A’s Best Seafood Restaurants

By: Jessica Roberts | Posted Nov 17, 2021

It’s not only sights and sounds that make an area iconic. Its cuisine and restaurants help build a full picture of a destination. Along 30A and the rest of the Emerald Coast, nothing is more synonymous with the area than seafood.

But, with so many options, where should you start? Check out the list below for the ultimate guide to 30A’s best seafood restaurants (in no particular order).

There’s a reason we always love the classics! We go back time and time again, and it never gets old.

1. Stinky’s Fish Camp

Baked oyster log at Stinky's

Baked oyster log at Stinky’s

For a casual, laid-back vibe, try Stinky’s Fish Camp with their cajun menu options, fresh seafood, and don’t forget the baked oyster log, which has every kind of baked oyster on Stinky’s menu and is topped with frog legs. The catfish dish is soaked in milk and mustard batter with fish fry, Brabant potatoes, green beans, and meuniere sauce, which is their “labor of love” and takes three days to make.

2. Seagrove Village MarketCafé

MarketCafe Exterior

Seagrove Village MarketCafé has been a part of the Seagrove community since 1949, and the menu hasn’t changed much in those 60 years – their grouper sandwich is absolutely legendary and not to be missed!

3. The Shrimp Shack

Seafood Medley at The Shrimp Shack in Seaside

At The Shrimp Shack in Seaside, you’ll be charmed by this tiny wood-framed cottage serving up steamed royal reds and their beloved Florida Lobster Roll with gorgeous Gulf views.

4. Nick’s Seafood Restaurant

Fried Shrimp and Sides

And, if you’re looking for something a bit off the beaten path, you have to visit Nick’s Seafood Restaurant in Freeport for truly homegrown restaurant featuring seafood fresh off the boat.

As the area continues to grow, the culinary options have expanded as well. Some staples have already established themselves as new classics and must-try spots along 30A.

5. Grayton Seafood Co.

Calamari Dish

If you’re looking for “Grayt Food and Tall Tales” then Grayton Seafood Co. is for you. The menu specials are always changing depending on fishing and growing seasons, so you know you’re getting the freshest catch available.

6. Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar

Cheddar Jalapeno Oysters

Cheddar Jalapeno Oysters

Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

On top of great food, great views and fresh, fresh, gulf oysters, Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar is doing terrific things with sustainable fisheries and artificial reef structures. They are deeply committed to ongoing local conservation efforts and preserving the rich history of the area. Drop in on your next trip to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

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The land where Shunk Gulley currently sits was once used as a landmark for the legendary fisherman of South Walton. And the menu at Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar reflects that heritage and highlights the best this area has to offer. A 30A hot spot for oysters, live music, and great beer to pair with your favorite seafood items.

7. The Bay

Sitting directly on Choctawhatchee Bay at the southern foot of the Hwy 331 Bridge, The Bay offers a wide variety of seafood options along with delicious sushi rolls and specials. Definitely a local favorite!

8. Old Florida Fish House

Array of Sushi and Entrees

Old Florida Fish House

Located in the heart of Seagrove Beach, Old Florida Fish House prides itself in providing a family-friendly, casual dining experience serving daily Gulf fresh seafood specials, some of the best sushi on 30A, and more fondly known as a locals’ hidden gem.

Along 30A, we like to have toes in the sand and may walk into a restaurant straight off the beach, but don’t worry – if you’re looking for more of a date night spot, we have you covered there, too!


Cold oysters and fresh shrimp at FOOW - Fish Out of Water

Cold oysters and fresh shrimp at FOOW – Fish Out of Water

Located in the award-winning WaterColor Inn, FOOW (the acronym for a new iteration of the restaurant formerly known as Fish Out of Water) focuses on the fresh flavors of the coast combined with one of 30A’s most impressive Gulf views. FOOW is perfect for a midday break with family, a fun evening with friends, or a romantic date night.

10. Pescado Seafood Grill & Rooftop Bar

Lobsters, paella and scallops are just some of the other tantalizing delicacies offered at Pescado.

Lobsters, paella and scallops are just some of the other tantalizing delicacies offered at Pescado.

Pescado offers casual fine dining for the +18 crowd. Located to the west of Rosemary Beach Town Hall, you’ll come for the food, and stay for the atmosphere. Perfect for an adults-only night out!

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Jessica Roberts is a Santa Rosa Beach writer and event producer. When not working or writing, you’ll find her out on the water or traveling somewhere new.