13 Best Restaurants in Fort Walton Beach

01/18/2024 | by BuildUp Bookings | Restaurants and Bars

Fort Walton Beach, nestled on Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast, is not just a haven for sun-soaked beaches and crystal-clear waters, but it also packs plenty of restaurants for you to visit after you’ve worked up an appetite on its sandy shores.

If you’re one of the fortunate vacationers enjoying our top-tier Coastal Vibe accommodations, get ready for a journey through some of the best Fort Walton Beach restaurants the area has to offer!

 1. Stewby’s Seafood Shanty

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  • Address: 235 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 
  • Favorite Menu Item: Fish Tacos
  • Price Point: $$

For a more laid-back experience without compromising on flavor, head to Stewby’s Seafood Shanty. This family-owned, casual eatery is a local favorite, offering a diverse menu of seafood classics at affordable prices. 

The outdoor seating adds to the relaxed atmosphere, where you can enjoy the warm breeze while you dig into your seafood feast at one of their picnic tables. Don’t miss their Fish Tacos, a crowd-pleaser that perfectly captures the essence of Gulf Coast cuisine. Stewby’s commitment to using fresh, locally sourced ingredients ensures a tasty dining experience.

2. Fubar Pizza

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  • Address: 114 Amberjack Drive, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Favorite Menu Item: Fubar Tater Bombs
  • Price Point: $$

Locals flock by car, bike, and boat to Fubar Pizza on Okaloosa Island for Stuffed Tater Bombs, fusion pizzas, hearty subs, and cold drink specials. This locally owned eatery isn’t just known for its Americana-inspired cuisine; it is also a hot spot for live entertainment and themed nights like Karaoke Tuesdays and Wine Wednesdays.

An outside deck with corn hole, dart boards, and kid’s games makes this family-friendly establishment the perfect place to wind down after a long day at the beach.

3. The Gulf Okaloosa Island

  • Address: 1284 Marler Ave, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Favorite Menu Item: Voodoo Pasta
  • Price Point: $$

Perched on the edge of Okaloosa Island, The Gulf seamlessly combines breathtaking views with fresh seaside cuisine. The open-air seating and coastal vibes make it a quintessential Gulf Coast experience. Opt for the Lobster Shrimp Roll or the Voodoo Pasta, although all dishes highlight the restaurant’s commitment to fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

As the sun sets over the water, savor a memorable dining experience at The Gulf.

4. Clemenza’s at Uptown

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  • Address: 75 Eglin Pkwy NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Favorite Menu Item: Any of their woodfire pizzas
  • Price Point: $$

Clemenza’s at Uptown is synonymous with authentic Italian cuisine in Fort Walton Beach. Situated on Eglin Parkway, this upscale restaurant offers a refined dining experience with a touch of old-world charm. Try the signature Clemenza Martini paired with one of their woodfired pizzas.

While the prices are on the higher side, the impeccable service and sophisticated ambiance make Clemenza’s a top choice for a special night out. It’s especially nice if you feel like you need a little break from seafood on your beachside vacation.

5. Rockin’ Tacos

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  • Address: 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Favorite Menu Item: Blackened Fish Burrito
  • Price Point: $$

For a lively dining experience with a Mexican flair, look no further than Rockin’ Tacos. Situated on the Miracle Strip Parkway, this vibrant eatery offers a festive atmosphere and a menu bursting with bold flavors. This is the place to go for tacos, tortillas, and tequila. The 12-inch Blackened Fish Burrito is a standout and was even featured on the Travel Channel.

With reasonable prices and a lively beachy vibe, Rockin Tacos is a go-to spot for those craving beachfront dining with a margarita on the side!

6. Sealand

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  • Address: 47 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 
  • Favorite Menu Item: Salmon in Paradise
  • Price Point: $$$

Sealand is a seafood lover’s paradise, offering a delectable menu that showcases the freshest catches from the Gulf. The restaurant’s chic coastal ambiance, complete with stunning waterfront views, creates a perfect setting for a memorable dining experience, especially if you want to go somewhere where you can dress a little fancier. 

Dive into flavors of the Gulf with the Salmon in Paradise, with juicy salmon laying on a bed of spinach and scallops, or enjoy the extensive wine list! 

7. Prop’s Brewery and Grill

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  • Address: 125 Lovejoy Rd NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Favorite Menu Item: The Florida Salad and French Dip
  • Price Point: $$

Props Craft Brewery was established by two passionate USAF Special Operations pilots who had a deep love for both brewing and “taste testing” beer. With the assistance of their friends, families, and local community, they transformed themselves from a modest brewpub into a highly respected Panhandle brewery with food to match. 

Their Fort Walton Beach location has the perfect menu to compliment bespoke brews. From Boom Boom Shrimp and Fried Pickles to the regionally inspired Cubano sandwich, Props creates a palate pleasing experience for all.

8. Al’s Beach Club

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  • Address: 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 
  • Favorite Menu Item: Al’s Burger
  • Price Point: $$

For a laid-back and seasonal (Al’s is closed October-March) beachfront dining experience, Al’s Beach Club is the go-to spot. Nestled on the white sands of the Emerald Coast, this vibrant restaurant offers a diverse menu with a focus on fresh and locally sourced ingredients. 

Their fast-casual setup makes them the perfect place for an informal bite if you’re just taking a break from the sun and sand. Kids will love the life sized games as well! Since Al’s is a burger joint, there’s no harm in trying the signature Al’s Burger.  

9. Asiago’s Skillet

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  • Address: 110 Amberjack Dr, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Favorite Menu Item: Country Fried Steak Skillet
  • Price Point: $$

If you’re in the mood for a filling, classic American breakfast, Asiago’s Skillet is the place to be. Located on Okaloosa Island, this charming restaurant boasts a warm and inviting atmosphere. The breakfast joint has a large menu with many skillet-prepared dishes. Some skillets include Country Fried Steak, Asiago’s Shrimp & Grits, and Veggie Skillet.

They also serve traditional breakfast items and sweet griddle dishes like Cinnamon French Toast and Bananas Foster French Toast. Why not add a mimosa to your meal?

10. Old Bay Steamer

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  • Address: 102 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 
  • Favorite Menu Item: Steamer Pots
  • Price Point: $$$

Old Bay Steamer is synonymous with flavorful, steamed seafood served in a casual and warm environment. Situated just steps away from the beach, this restaurant offers a unique dining experience. Indulge in the Steamer Pot a generous serving of crab legs, shrimp, mussels, and more, all seasoned to perfection with Old Bay spices.

The friendly staff and beachy decor enhance the overall enjoyment of your meal. Don’t miss your chance to snap a picture with the iconic “Old Lady” at the bar!

11. The Remedy 

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  • Address: 380 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Favorite Menu Item: Beignets and Creole Gumbo
  • Price Point: $$

The Remedy? It’s a combination of fresh coastal dishes, a bright, airy atmosphere, and a little Kickin’ Bayou Sauce for good measure. The Remedy is Fort Walton’s premier destination for a cozy brunch or leveled up lunch.

Heavily inspired by Creole culture, their menu is chock full of elevated comfort food like New Orleans Crispy Fried Catfish, Spicy Chili Lime Shimp, and Creole Gumbo. Brunch brings a hearty Shortrib Hash, Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast, and Louisiana Biscuits and Gravy. You can’t miss with this remedy!

12. Angler’s Beachside Grill

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  • Address: 1030 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Favorite Menu Item: Coconut Shrimp
  • Price Point: $$

Angler’s Beachside Grill combines an extensive menu of seafood and Southern-inspired dishes with a prime beachfront location. The Coconut Shrimp packs a punch, especially when dipped in the side of coconut pineapple glaze. 

With its open-air deck and panoramic views of the Gulf, Angler’s provides a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, making it a perfect spot for both families and couples. Head there for all-you-can-eat pancakes on Saturday morning or their generous Sunday brunch.

13. Ali’s Bistro

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  • Address: 171 Brooks St SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Favorite Menu Item: Chicken Florentine
  • Price Point: $$

Ali’s Bistro is renowned for its splendid traditional Italian cuisine in a modern and casual setting.

They also serve fresh seafood, exquisitely prepared steaks, and gourmet pizzas baked in a brick oven. The establishment also boasts an outdoor seating area, perfect for soaking in the ambiance on a warm evening. A full bar of wines and cocktails round out the perfect date night spot!

Stay and Eat in Fort Walton Beach

As you explore the best restaurants of Fort Walton Beach, these places promise to add memorable experiences to your vacation.  Whether you’re craving upscale elegance or a casual seafood feast, these restaurants are sure to leave a lasting impression. Indulge in the flavors of the Gulf Coast, and let the culinary scene in Fort Walton Beach become a cherished part of your vacation.  

Book your stay with Coastal Vibe Vacations today! 

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