Best Casual Dining Spots Along Florida’s Scenic 30A - 30A

Best Casual Dining Spots Along Florida’s Scenic 30A

Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A is a treat for all the senses, and what better way to complement your beach vacay than by indulging in the region’s best casual dining options? Based on votes cast by thousands of 30A experts and fans, we’ve compiled a list of the top hot spots where you can enjoy mouthwatering dishes in a relaxed, coastal setting. From seafood havens to eclectic eateries, these destinations are guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds and elevate your 30A experience. Here are the best casual dining spots, as nominated and voted by 30A fans.

Winner: Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar – A Seafood Haven with a Laid-back Atmosphere

Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar. Credit: Facebook.

Located in Santa Rosa Beach, across the street from the beach and from the community known as Gulf Place, Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar is the ultimate destination for seafood lovers and casual diners alike. This hotspot not only boasts a fantastic selection of delicious oysters but also offers a diverse menu with classic coastal cuisine and dishes that cater to a wide range of tastes. The laid-back atmosphere, complemented by live music daily and gorgeous views of the sugar-white sand beach, makes it a go-to spot for locals and visitors. Don’t miss their unique entrees that showcase the culinary team’s passion for great food. 

Runner-up: The Red Bar – A Funky, Eclectic Eatery with a Longtime Loyal Following

The Red Bar is a beloved 30A establishment, known for its funky décor, eclectic vibe, world-class musicians, and delicious menu. With offerings like their famous crab cakes, blackened grouper, and a selection of pasta dishes, The Red Bar caters to a variety of tastes. The dimly red-lit, cozy interior creates an intimate atmosphere, while live music always sets the stage for a memorable dining experience. 

Runner-up: North Beach Social – Sunsets, White Sand Beach, and Scrumptious Eats

North Beach Social, situated below the popular Farm & Fire restaurant and speakeasy, offers stunning sunset views overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay. This open-air beach bar is perfect for casual dining, with menu highlights including refreshing cocktails, the Great Southern Café’s famous Grits a Ya Ya, the Bay’s Bomber Burger, fresh raw oysters, and tuna poké bowls. With plenty of outdoor seating and a large white sand beach, it’s the ideal spot for both kids and adults (and even dogs!) to unwind and enjoy a delicious meal. Come by sea or come by land. 

Have you already been to all three of these winning hot spots? Many many times, you say? No worries! Here are seven more casual dining establishments that 30A fans nominated for this prestigious annual honor. They’re all worth checking out, so get busy!

FOOW – Fish Out of Water

Amigos 30A Mexican Kitchen

Chanticleer Eatery

The Bay

Stinky’s Fish Camp

Red Fish Taco

Great Southern Café

For a complete list of this year’s 30A Hot Spot Award winners, click here