Our favorite restaurant, we love their award winning Grits à ya ya and their Balsamic salmon. Don’t forget to sample their mojitos! Peach, strawberry, classic, mango, guava … you really can’t go wrong.
2. Perfect Pig
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, we love this place all day long. At breakfast you have to try their brown sugar bacon and their Parmesan Crusted breakfast sandwich. For dinner, the Pork Tenderloin Medallion are wonderful…and the salmon is also very good. And a great thing about this restaurant….it is a 9 minute walk from Sea-esta or a 2 minute drive!
Located in Grayton Beach, just north of 30A, Chanticleer Eatery has a laid-back casual atmosphere, with indoor and outdoor seating. It has become one of our favorite dinner places that is not as well knows as other restaurants on this list. They bake all of their own breads and offer made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads and soups at lunchtime. Dinner offerings include grilled perfectly ribeyes and pork chops, shrimp and grits, smoky jambalaya and juicy burgers and lots of terrific appetizers and made from scratch cookies, cakes and key lime pie.
If you have not had a fried or grilled grouper sandwich at Seagrove Village Market Cafe, you haven’t had the best one we have ever tasted. A local institution, the Grouper Sandwich at Seagrove Village Market Café was named one of the “100 Things You Must Eat Before You Die” by Garden & Gun magazine, and it’s consistently voted as one of 30A’s hot spots for deep fried seafood. A no-frills diner and souvenir shop that’s just a short bike ride or car ride from Sea-esta and anywhere on Seagrove Beach.
5. Cafe 30A
Café Thirty-A is a casual fine-dining restaurant featuring grilled and fire roasted seafood, meats and poultry, wood-oven pizza, vegetarian fare and hedonistic desserts. The menu changes daily according to availability of ingredients. Fine wines and cocktails–including the best martinis in the area–complement the meal. We really like their daily two for one specials from 5:00 to 6:00. This restaurant is only a five minute drive from Sea-esta.
George’s has regional coastal fare in the quaint town of Alys Beach, Florida. They craft all of their dishes using locally sourced, organic produce and the freshest seafood available. Their dishes fall into two categories: Behave and Misbehave. The Behave section features organic, spa-inspired dishes, while the Misbehave side touts traditional beach fare like fried seafood baskets and po-boys. When the weather is nice, we love to sit outside in their porch or garden area and enjoy a nice meal along 30A.
7. Surfing Deer
Surfing Deer is an exciting new concept/restaurant full of bold ingredients and flavors, domestic and international inspired specialty dishes, and a love to create delicious food. We specialize in comfort food from the sea and the farm, new american style cuisine, seafood, fusion, international, eclectic and locally sourced ingredients, produce and meats. Surfing Deer offers gluten-free, vegetarian and the occasional vegan option for appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
Pescado Seafood Bar & Grill is a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in Rosemary Beach. The chic eatery provides exceptional service and delectable cuisine – casual fine dining for magical evening. The menu features eclectic cuisine complete with small plates, a raw bar, and shareables that pair perfectly with fine wines available in house. There are nods to global cuisine: Moroccan Spiced Lollipop Lamb Chops; Clams and Mussels with flavors of lemongrass, coconut milk, basil and ginger. And nods to Southern foodways: Pan-Seared Diver Scallops; and Pan-Roasted Pork Belly served with a fig compote.
A local institution that’s not to be missed, Grayton Beach‘s Red Bar is quintessential 30A. Known for its fun and funky bohemian beach shack vibe, The Red Bar’s a great spot for food, cocktails and live music (usually world-class jazz courtesy of the house band, or the ever-popular Dread Clampitt). The wait at the Red Bar may be a long one, but it’s always worthwhile.
10. The Bay
Chef Jim Shirley’s family-friendly waterfront restaurant features mouth-watering Southern gulf coast cuisine, sushi, a 12-draft beer system, excellent wine selections, and inventive bar-crafted cocktails. Table and bar seating is available inside and outside on the deck overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay
We had to add a number 11 to our top ten list! While food trucks are anything but new, Seaside joins the popular urban trend with classic silver Airstream trailers offering a variety of fare. Illustriously known as “Airstream Row”, the grouping of food trucks are at the center of Seaside directly on Scenic Highway 30-A. Airstream trailers are as much a part of the landscape and style of Seaside as any of the other elements.
The Airstream restaurants in Seaside are unique in style and cuisine making them stand out among the other more traditional dining establishments.
“Airstream Row” includes:
- Frost Bites – Hawaiian shaved ice, homemade frozen custard, fresh squeezed lemonade and cold drinks.
- Barefoot BBQ -Specializing in beachside BBQ in retro, tiki-style atmosphere. Meat is hormone, steroid & antibiotic-free.
- The Meltdown on 30A – Everyone loves a traditional grill cheese sandwich! Now you can also try specialty. Serving traditional and specialty grilled cheese sandwiches.
- Wild Bill’s Beach Dogs – Best hot dogs on the beach! No antibiotics, hormones, nitrates, filler or junk.
A few restaurants that we also like but did not make our Top Ten list are Cowgirl Kitchen in Seagrove Beach and Rosemary Beach (casual pizzas, fish tacos) and Amici at 30Avenue past Rosemary Beach (good Italian food) and our favorite pizza place, Bruno’ Pizza in Watersound.
You may also want to see our Top Ten Things to Do on 30A!