Best Seafood Restaurants on Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A (2023) - 30A



Best Seafood Restaurants on Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A (2023)

The picture-perfect stretch of sandy paradise along Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A offers a plethora of seafood havens. Based on thousands of votes cast by seafood aficionados and local foodies, we’ve curated a list of the top 30A Hot Spots that promise an unforgettable dining experience consisting of the freshest catches and coastal creations. From rustic fish camps to refined seafood establishments, these are the must-visit destinations for all seafood lovers on Scenic Highway 30A:

Winner: Stinky’s Fish Camp

As the crowned champion of the 2023 30A Hot Spots for Seafood Award, this iconic eatery located in Dune Allen Beach takes seafood dining to new heights through its Cajun-based recipes. With its rustic charm and coastal ambiance, Stinky’s offers a delightful selection of seafood dishes and cocktails.

From their raw oyster bar and succulent shrimp fixings to their spot-on fresh fish entrees, every bite is a testament to the exceptional quality and expertise of Stinky’s culinary team.

Don’t let the name fool you—Stinky’s Fish Camp is a gem you won’t want to miss when it comes to savoring the best from the Gulf. Stinky’s is open 11 a.m. -9 p.m. (Monday-Thursday) and  11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Friday-Sunday). 

Runner-up: Old Florida Fish House

Old Florida Fish House, located in the heart of Seagrove Beach, comes in a close second with its seafood favorites. This large and charming lake-side establishment offers a delightful menu of perfectly grilled fish, mouthwatering seafood pasta, sumptuous crab cakes, and its very popular sushi rolls. With its laid-back vibe and friendly service, Old Florida Fish House captures the essence of casual coastal living, making it a must-visit destination for seafood enthusiasts on 30A. Old Florida Fish House is open for lunch from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Third Place: Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar

Located directly on 30A across the street from Gulf Place and the beautiful beach, Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and claims the well-deserved third spot on 30A’s Hot Spots for Seafood list. This iconic eatery is a haven for seafood lovers, offering fresh oysters and a diverse menu of coastal cuisine. (Do NOT miss trying their Grouper sandwich!).

The laid-back atmosphere – complemented by daily live music and breathtaking views of the sugar-white sand beach – really captures the essence of seafood dining on 30A in the most delightful way possible.

More 30A Hot Spots for Seafood Nominees:

While they may not have claimed the top spots with your votes, these exceptional establishments deserve recognition for their outstanding seafood offerings. From casual beachside joints to upscale dining experiences, each of these runners-ups brings something unique to 30A’s sprawling seafood table.

The Bay

Situated directly on South Walton’s Choctawhatchee Bay, The Bay offers more than just a spectacular waterfront view. With a menu that showcases the flavors of the Gulf Coast, this seafood hot spot consistently delights diners with dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Whether you indulge in their fish tacos, savor their mouthwatering seafood gumbo, or dig into their trademark sushi rolls, The Bay serves up a consistently rewarding dining experience. Open daily from 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., it is also a great spot to witness 30A’s local musical talent perform.

Seagrove Village Market Cafe

Tucked just north of 30A in the heart of Seagrove Beach, Seagrove Village Market Cafe is a long-standing gem treasured by locals and visitors alike. From their famous shrimp po’ boys to their mouth-watering fried seafood baskets, Seagrove Village Market is a must-do tradition for those seeking authentic coastal flavors, prepared precisely as they have been for decades. MONDAY—SATURDAY 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM SUNDAYS 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Local Catch Bar & Grill

As its name suggests, Local Catch Bar & Grill is all about showcasing the freshest catches sourced from the Gulf of Mexico. With a super laid-back atmosphere, this Santa Rosa Beach eatery serves up a variety of excellent seafood dishes, without all the pretentious fuss.

Don’t miss their signature fish tacos or their succulent crab cakes for a true taste of 30A’s seafood bounty. 

Ambrosia 30A Prime Seafood & Steaks

Elevate your seafood dining experience at Ambrosia 30A Prime Seafood & Steaks, at the entrance to WaterSound Origins on Highway 98. Indulge in their exquisite seafood creations, such as the buttery lobster tails or the perfectly seared scallops, for a taste of true culinary excellence. Don’t miss the opportunity to hang out at their stunningly beautiful bar. 

Down Island

Down Island is a culinary gem located directly on Highway 98, right in the heart of Santa Rosa Beach. As one of the family-operated restaurants in the area, Down Island exudes a distinctive charm and passion for Gulf South cuisine. Founded by Chef Brannon Janca, (who was also the co-founder of Stinky’s Fish Camp), Down Island brings together Janca’s Mississippi Gulf Coast roots and his unending love for food, art, and entertainment. The restaurant’s interior is adorned with artwork from Gulf Coast artists, including pieces by Janca’s uncle, Frank Janca, and Walter Anderson. Signed concert posters, vintage Grateful Dead memorabilia, and New Orleans Jazz Fest posters add to the laid-back vibe. Driftwood and other treasures collected from the Gulf Coast’s barrier islands adorn the walls, creating an authentic coastal atmosphere. Chef Janca, who recently lost his years-long battle with cancer, left behind his distinctive artistic touch, showcased not only in the food but also in the pottery he made, including the hand-thrown dinnerware used in the restaurant. Down Island perfectly combines Chef Janca’s passion for Gulf South cuisine, southern hospitality, and artistic flair to create a unique and inviting atmosphere for visitors and locals alike. 

Café Thirty-A

For a sophisticated seafood experience, look no further than Café Thirty-A. This elegant, long-running tradition in Seagrove Beach delivers a fusion of flavors in a refined setting. With a menu that showcases the finest ingredients, their seafood dishes are prepared with precision and finesse. Treat yourself to their exquisite Sesame Crusted Bluefin Tuna and Snapper Puttanesca.  Hours: 4:30PM-9:30 PM daily

Goatfeathers Seafood Restaurant

Located at the intersection of Highway 98 and Scenic Highway 30A in Inlet Beach, Florida, Goatfeathers at 30Avenue is the new location of the Goatfeathers Seafood Market and Café located in Santa Rosa Beach. With its upscale setting in the 30Avenue shopping center, Goatfeathers offers customers the same commitment to excellent service and the freshest seafood but in a more refined package.

Whether you choose to shop in person, dine in, or take out, Goatfeathers provides a wide selection of fresh fish, shrimp, shellfish, crab meat, and more.

Their seafood experts behind the counter offer advice and even provide free steamed seafood. In addition to its seafood offerings, the market also stocks wines, beers, bread, and other items to compliment your seafood feast. The quick-service café serves a variety of grilled, fried, and fresh seafood dishes, providing a convenient and satisfying dining experience. With its dedication to quality, simplicity, and exceptional seafood, Goatfeathers at 30Avenue is a must-visit destination for seafood lovers seeking the best of the Gulf. Goatfeathers Market is open every day from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and the restaurant operates from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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