One of our favorite things about warmer weather here in South Walton is the luxury of waterfront dining. Who doesn’t love sitting outside on a nice day and enjoying a good meal (and maybe even a cocktail)? One of the perks of living at the beach is that there is no shortage of waterfront restaurants! One might even say that there are so many options it makes it hard to choose, am I right? Here are a few of our suggestions for waterfront dining in South Walton.

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This cozy spot is located at the Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. They serve breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner and overlooks Choctawhatchee Bay. The view is pretty spectacular and can easily set the stage for whatever mood you may be in.

  • The Marina Bar and Grill even has a mascot – a Macaw named MaryAnn. If you say hello to her, she just might say hello back!
  • The Marina Bar and Grill is also known to have live music on certain nights, as well as other family friendly events.

Bud & Alley’s

I know what you are thinking – this one is a no brainer, right? That’s exactly why we couldn’t leave it off our list! With a great view of the gulf, paired with an impeccable menu, this is a local’s favorite spot! An afternoon or evening spent on the top deck of Bud & Alley’s is hard to beat – regardless of whether or not you are actually ‘dining.’ In fact, Bud & Alley’s is actually also known for being one of the best spots to watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand. If you haven’t done that yet, it needs to go on your bucket list!

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Located just before the 331 bridge, The Bay is an excellent spot for waterfront dining. Not only can you enjoy an excellent variety of food and drink options on their menu, but you can also play a game of cornhole on the beach while you wait for your food.

  • You can even head to The Bay by boat and tie up on their dock – that takes waterfront dining to a whole other level!
  • If you pick the right night to head to The Bay you can also enjoy live music – Forrest Williams plays there every Wednesday night!

The Whale’s Tail Beach Bar & Grill

Who doesn’t love casual dining right on the beach? The Whale’s Tail is an infamous spot located in Miramar Beach with a full beach bar downstairs and a restaurant upstairs – no shoes, no shirt, no problem! You can spend your day sun bathing on the beach and whenever the mood strikes, head on up for a bite to eat (and maybe even a Mai Tai)! And did I mention that the food is delicious? There is a reason this place has been around for so long!


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