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“ok food--long wait”
Review of The Back Porch

The Back Porch
Ranked #22 of 313 Restaurants in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Description: The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House has been a local favorite in Destin since 1974 serving the finest smoked tuna dip, ice-cold oysters and our famous char-grilled Amberjack. Happy Hour 3-5PM daily.
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Reviewed 13 September 2004

Ate here on Wed 09/08, we had a party of four and were told it would be a 35 minute wait. We actually waited 1 hr. We were starved when we were seated and asked the server to bring out the kids meals with the appetizers. In about 8 minutes, the appetizers arrived with the kids meals. We had the baked oysters topped with cheese and crabmeat. They were spectacular. We also had the fried blue crab claws which were ok , they reminded me of clam strips from Red Lobster.

About 15 minutes later our server asked if we wanted dessert and we told her that we had not received our entrees yet. She then immediately brought our food out. Apparently, she thought another server would run it to our table. I had the captain's platter which was good except the fried oysters seemed burnt. My wife had grouper which she seemed to like.

The food was good for the most part, but with the long wait it did not seem like much of a value. If you have kids, they have a playground in back of the restaurant on the beach.

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Reviewed 30 August 2004

We used to love the Back Porch, but the last time we ate there the food was not good. In fact we just didn't want to finish it was so poor. The manager did come out and adjust the food bill, but the service was also bad. We did not even get refills on our iced tea. The view is wonderful, so if that is what you want and don't care about service or quality go ahead and spend the extra dollars. The view will cost ya.

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Reviewed 26 July 2004

Although it's been almost a year since we were last there, this place is our favorite!

I must note that there was no construction going on at our last visit.

The ambience is marvelous; I love the glass-less windows! You look right out on the Gulf and it's beautiful.

The food is wonderful, and we've tried almost everything over the years. Their frozen drinks are to die for!

Never have I seen a dirty restroom there. We have been coming to Destin every September for about 15 years and we always eat here at least 4-5 times.

All I can say is we love it and I'll have to see it again in Sept. to change my mind!

4  Thank Captiva
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Reviewed 13 July 2004

Recently visited this restaurant in Destin (first trip to area) based on a personal recommendation. As a party of one I was promptly taken to a side table next to a glass-less window (no glass in the place), an arms length from a heavy construction area. Although work had stopped for the day the view was depressing to say the least. I looked around and saw empty tables elsewhere and asked the manager to relocate me. I volunteered to eat at the bar because a party of one seemed to be a problem for management. The bartender was surly and obviously didn't want to be bothered. Be forewarned - the restroom was absolutely filthy. I've seen bar restrooms that were cleaner. Negatives aside, the grouper florentine was very good, just as I had heard. The view as you walk in the main entrance is breathtaking; immediately in front of you is the beach and beautiful, green, Gulf.

4  Thank towerlady
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