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Boathouse Oyster Bar

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
As featured in Best Food in Destin
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288 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541-2374
+1 850-837-3645
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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133 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's your perfect water front dive bar, with character. That character being Rusty Hammerstrom, those house musician, entertainer, and driver behind the party. Drinks are not outragous and the mix of locals and snowbirds make it a favorite dive bar where you can staple a buck to the ceiling, or what ever under wear you happen to want to leave... More 

Thank cndrocks
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rusty, the musician had snowbirds and regulars singing and dancing. Was a magical night that we were all one. Took friends back and had deep friedcrab claws and oysters with cheese and jalepenos and of course drinks. Laid back casual bar. Good staff. Different musicians played in outside bar before and after Rusty. Right on the wharf.

Thank PIbaGlendive
Bandon, Oregon
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99 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been quite a few years since we were back in Destin but the Boathouse is still relatively the same, a little bigger and more choices for food. It would have been a 5 if the sandwiches were a bit bigger for the price but the oysters were just great.

Thank akoobra
Destin, Florida
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arranged to meet friends for the SuperBowl Game at the Boathouse. They were late in arriving and sensing our concern, the Manager, Jenn, introduced herself and made us feel at home. She was so personable and friendly that at first we thought she was a patron. What a lovely young woman, and so competent. She will keep us going... More 

Thank 1Gardenia
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This little spot on the harbor has been our go-to place for 6 years now. The fried oysters have wowed us year after year, the casual atmosphere has been inviting and the wait staff is always friendly and competent. But fried oyster prices now seem too high for just a plastic basket with a wilted piece of lettuce on the... More 

1 Thank Joan M
Foley, Alabama, United States
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been coming here for years and still love the laid-back funky feeling. If you're into Karoke, don't miss it, but make sure you're well lubricated beforehand.

Thank 361lawrencek
Saint Louis, Missouri
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My first time to Destin and we went the first night to the Boathouse upon the recommendation of family we were with. What a great night !!! Loved the band Gunner, danced crazy, met lots of nice people and had great food. We were ready to party and dance so this was perfect. Later in the week we went back,... More 

1 Thank Susan H
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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51 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We go to this oyster bar about 5 times a year. It is a real dump. Nothing about this place is nice. If you go in flip flops and cut off shorts you are overdressed. Swimsuits and a old t shirt are about right. The place needs a major overhaul and fix up. On the other hand, the oysters are... More 

Thank Rob S
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

It's a shack on the water, and it's wonderful. Drinks are always good, food is good, atmosphere is great. One of the best places to watch the sunset!

Thank Nicki G
Hamilton, Georgia
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80 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

My wife and I have been to the Boathouse on MANY occasions. Whenever we're craving oysters this is our go-to location. You can't beat the view, the service, the salty oysters and ice cold beer. If you plan accordingly you'll enjoy all of this while watching some live music. Always a great experience!

Thank SamKnows

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 288 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541-2374
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Destin
  • Phone Number: +1 850-837-3645

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?