Our Favorites and Recommendations
We love Local Catch because of the casual atmosphere, the fantastic tacos (shrimp, steak, pork) and the wallet friendly pricing. Music is a local favorite Sunday afternoons too. You’ve probably passed it just out the gate on the way to the beach.
This is one of our favorites. Asian fusion, sushi and local seafood. Their “special” is frequently Snapper and we highly recommend it. Bonus, it’s just out the gate to the left. They take reservations!
A brand new addition with a gorgeous view of the Gulf and OYSTERS always. We hear rave reviews about their bisque. Live Music too! At corner of 393 and 30A.
Stinky’s Fish Camp
With a name like “Stinky’s” it’s got to be good is their saying and it’s true. Louisiana influenced. Go early, no reservations and it’s always jammed. If you like Fat Tuesday’s type frozen drinks, their “Stink Juice” is legendary, but probably not for the driver in the group. West end of 30A.
Vue on 30A
Best view, fine dining, and famous “Hell’s Kitchen” Chef Gio. They are on Open Table for reservations. Go for sunset, even just for drinks.
The Perfect Pig
Praise the Lard! You gotta love bacon! Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and bar hours. Located at Gulf Place.
Pizza by the Sea
Good solid pizza, located on 2nd floor at Gulf Place. We like the Chicken Bacon Ranch. Order and pickup. No delivery.
Pizza Delivery Options
Hungry Howie’s Santa Rosa Beach 850.622.3333
Fat Daddy’s Pizza Santa Rosa Beach 850.267.4992
Located on corner at Gulf Place. Outdoor patio with gulf views. Taco bar (think Chipotle type) and also open for breakfast. Very casual, easy on the wallet (for 30A) and order at the counter. Their empanadas are fantastic too. http://laplaya30-a.com/
Small and intimate (and tight quarters). You heard me say SMALL, correct? Food is 5 Star and priced accordingly. It’s the red house just past Local Catch on the way to the beach. Not recommended with small children. Reservations are a must!
Blue Mountain Creamery
An absolute MUST DO! Long lines, but they move. Banana Pudding ice cream is legendary (but they have others) NOTE: Cash only!!!!!
Pecan Jacks 30A
It’s really good too and also a candy store, famous for it’s pralines. Great ice cream. It also has “liquored up” ice cream (for adults only). Just before you get to Shunk Gulley and Gulf Place/393.
Craft beer, tap room, beer to go and wine. No food served. Patio on 30A. Just before Gulf Place/393
The local coffee shop also offering limited breakfast/lunch/dinner options. Located on corner at Gulf Place/393
Italian meets the Gulf. A top favorite. Located in Grayton Beach. It’s back where it belongs if you followed their move to the bay. It’s back to everything that made it Grayt! They do take reservations and you’ll need them.
THE Red Bar
But it BURNED DOWN 2/14/19. Stay tune for rebuild info.
The iconic place that everyone must go. It’s a restaurant and a bar. Whether it’s more restaurant or bar depends on the time of the day and day of the week. Limited menu (5-6 choices on a chalkboard), but the food is really good. Get the grouper for dinner. Their shrimp poboy can’t be beat for lunch. There’s no dress code. Parking is pretty much a nightmare and there’s generally a long wait. Grayton Beach (walk down to the beach when you’re there to see Western Lake meet the Gulf). Music options daily. But you have to go even if you think I’m talking you out of it. They are no longer cash only despite what people tell you.
Bud and Alley’s
Another iconic place. Literally the Red Bar and Bud and Alley’s are on everyone’s list. Go for the 2nd floor view (there’s no other reason). Have drinks and maybe appetizers (we don’t go for the food). Located in Seaside.
On the Bay at the base of the 331 bridge. Gorgeous bay view, beach, dock, arrive by boat. Sushi, local seafood and a great “Bay” burger (the 2 patty one). It’s a favorite of ours.
The Great Southern
Located in Seaside, we like to sit on the patio/outdoors. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s solid and popular.
Johnny McTighes Irish Pub
Exactly what you’d expect. Beer, corned beef and good pizza/calzones (huh?…yes!). Cash only (ATM onsite). Blue Mountain Beach.
Redd’s Fueling Station
It’s a fun place. More on the adult side (I personally wouldn’t take children). She’s a Singing Bartender named “Redd”, you request it on a dollar bill and she sings it. Check the schedule on whether she’s singing or if she has a band. They serve food and lots of drinks. Blue Mountain Beach.
Los Rancheros Cantina and Grill
GREAT specials and a bargain for sure. We love their queso dip!!! Everything you’d expect on the menu.
The Donut Hole
BREAKFAST!!!! Across from Walmart in Santa Rosa Beach on Highway 98. There will be a line, it moves relatively quickly. They’re open for lunch and dinner, but it’s Breakfast that’s the attraction. They do have “to-go” Donuts.
Don Pedro’s Mexican Restaurant
BREAKFAST!!! This is where the locals go for breakfast. Shhh! Located on Highway 98 before Walmart.
If you are looking for the traditional seafood mecca, this is it. Local fresh fish, oysters and crab/crab legs. It’s clean, friendly, locally owned and kids will enjoy seeing all types of fish on the walls! And, their ribs are Dennis’s favorite! BUT, their grilled oysters are the best on the planet, trust me, I’ve eaten them all! On Highway 98, west before Walmart or end of 30A.
It’s the “Red Bar” on Highway 98. Same owners, same menu, same eclectic atmosphere. More restaurant than “bar”. Debbie likes the crab cakes but you can never go wrong with the grouper if it’s the fish of the day.
If you don’t see something on our “list” it’s either because we missed it, it’s farther down 30A or we left it off on purpose (Goatfeathers as an example).