Best restaurants for families in Destin, Florida — theCityMoms (2024)


Written By Kim Chance

Summertime is here, and that means it's time to pack up the kids and hit the road. I don't know about you, but when I think of a vacation, I imagine somewhere hot with lots of things to do and also some great places to eat! And one of my all-time favorite destinations is sunny Destin, Florida.

I grew up spending my summers on the Florida Panhandle and you can't beat Destin—especially with its gorgeous white sand beaches and crystal blue water. But my favorite thing about Destin isn't the breathtaking views, it's all the great eats! If you're a foodie like me or just someone who can appreciate a freshly-caught shrimp dinner, then I've got the perfect list for you.

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Here are 10 of the best family-friendly restaurants in Destin, Florida:

1. Back Porch

If you're looking for a super relaxed atmosphere, the Back Porch Seafood and Oyster House is the ideal spot. A treasured favorite of the locals since 1974, it's the perfect place to take in the breathtaking Gulf views while you and the fam enjoy fresh seafood!

2. Beach House

With live music Wed-Sun and pets welcome on the deck, The Beach House offers a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy. Plus, with happy hour specials and a menu for both adults and kids, it's a great spot for a fun and laid-back dining experience by the beach.

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3. Boshamps Seafood

With a casual and comfortable atmosphere overlooking the beautiful Destin Harbor, BoShamps welcomes families to enjoy fresh seafood dishes while surrounded by authentic Southern charm. Whether you're looking for signature dishes like Grilled Gulf Grouper or Shrimp Po Boys, BoShamps is the perfect choice.

4. Crab Trap

Nestled along Florida's Scenic Highway 98, this Gulf front seafood restaurant offers stunning views of the Emerald Coast and a wide variety of menu options, including fresh seafood and daily specials. They even have a special menu just for kids (and a fun treat they get to keep!) You and your crew are bound to have a good time at the Crab Trap!

5. Dewey Destin's Seafood Restaurant

With a rich history dating back to the town's founding in 1835, the seafood here is fresh, sustainable, and delicious. Plus, the casual atmosphere and friendly staff make it the perfect spot for a memorable dining experience with the whole family. For a taste of local tradition and some seriously tasty seafood, Dewey Destin's is a must-visit.

6. Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill

Voted Best Family-Friendly Restaurant by the locals, Fudpucker's restaurant offers a unique dining experience with live alligators, family entertainment, world famous t-shirts, and special kids menus. With a casual, fun atmosphere and plenty of activities for kids of all ages, it's the perfect spot for a memorable and enjoyable meal with the whole family

7. Harry T’s

Harry T's Lighthouse might just be your go-to spot! With a menu that specializes in locally sourced seafood, steak, chicken, and pasta you'll have tons of delicious options. Plus, with an amazing view of the harbor and happy hour specials, it's a dining experience your family will be talking about for a while. (Bonus: Brunch is served daily)

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8. LuLu's

​With scratch-made, southern style dishes created by Lucy Buffett herself, there's something for everyone, whether you've got a chicken tenders and french fries only kiddo or one who's all about the popcorn shrimp. Lulu's has it all. The family-friendly atmosphere means you can enjoy your meal without worrying if your little one is a bit squirmy or loud. AND there's an arcade for after dinner fun!

9. McGuire's Irish Pub

If you're jonesing for something other than seafood, McGuire's Irish Pub is the place to be. A local favorite, McGuire's boasts a diverse menu, including their famous burgers and steaks. Your and your family will love the fun atmosphere of the pub--especially the thousands of dollar bills that hang from the ceiling and cover the walls. (Supposedly, there's more than 3 million dollars covering the wall! wowza!) Plus, you can listen to live entertainment, including some traditional Irish favorites.

10. Pompano Joe's

This gem is not only a Gulf Coast favorite but also super family-friendly. It's fresh (and affordable!) Gulf seafood dishes that have a fun Caribbean twist, it's a hit with both the grown-ups and the kiddos. And if seafood gumbo is your thing, definitely try a bowl at Pompano Joe's--it's award-winning and sooo delicious!

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There are so many excellent choices when it comes to kid-friendly restaurants in Destin, and honestly, you can't really go wrong with any of the options on this list. What's your favorite spot? Let us know!

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Kim Chance

Kim, an author, editor, and former high school English teacher, currently lives in the Midwest where she spends most of her time sitting in a school pickup line. When she’s not writing, you can find her re-reading her favorite books for the hundredth time, watching True Crime with her hubby, or playing soccer mom to her three incredible kiddos. Kim loves to connect with other moms, especially fellow mamas of multiples, and she drinks entirely too much coffee.

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