Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant at Crab Island is the original location of this popular family-run restaurant. With other locations in Destin Harbor and one in nearby Navarre, FL, the menu offers homespun Southern seafood dishes in a relaxed and casual setting. This Crab Island restaurant is housed in a wooden crab shack; however, don’t be deceived by the austere architecture, since the establishment offers tables on the pier which provides waterfront views as far as the eye can see. Additionally, Dewey Destin’s provides a massive outdoor patio deck with just as many tables and equally magnificent views.

Southern Seafood at Dewey Destin’s

When visitors enter Dewey’s, it seems that the menu focuses exclusively on daily fish preparations such as sea trout, swordfish, flounder, scamp, grouper, wahoo, snapper and cobia, just to name a few. However, the menu does prepare a couple of options for vegetarians and landlubber specials such as burgers, sandwiches and a couple of USDA cuts (petit filet and NY Strip). But undoubtedly, the kitchen excels at preparing seafood. Moreover, many of the items prepared in the kitchen follow the Gulf-to-table ethos so common in this part of Florida. In fact, many ingredients are found in local waters and prepared fresh daily. During lunch and dinner service, the kitchen also provides a nice array of salads, appetizers and a kids’ menu.

Bay & Gulf Specials

As mentioned above, the menu shines with its seafood selections. The Mahi Mediterranean topped with tomatoes, olives, basil, garlic, feta and finished in a reduced balsamic reduction is an excellent choice, while the Grouper Parmesan comes smothered in a cream and white wine sauce. If grouper isn’t your fish, try the Pecan Crusted Mahi made in the same style. The Grilled Yellowfin Tuna or the Sesame Crusted Tuna are two other well-prepared options that customers rave about. Whatever you choose, the portions are large, and prices are excellent compared to some of the other seafood restaurants in the area.

What to Drink

One of the best beverages to accompany seafood on a hot Florida day is a cold beer. Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant serves a few domestic ones like Michelob, Miller and Corona, but for something a little more local, the Destin Ale or Grayton Beach 30A Blonde Ale are excellent replacements for the usual domestic swill. The bar also slings some mighty mojitos and martinis, a hard lemonade and a powerful Pirate’s Punch. Whatever dish you choose or whatever time you come, the friendly servers and staff are always willing to help in you with a drink choice to accompany your meal. When staying on 30A you can enjoy amazing meals and head home to amazing vacation rentals!

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