The unique Harry T’s Lighthouse is one of the Gulf Coast’s most eclectic restaurants. Flanked on one side by views of the Old Highway 98 Bridge which rises majestically over the East Pass Inlet and the vast Gulf of Mexico on the other, Harry T’s provides some of the best seats in town when sunset arrives. Harry T’s in Destin Florida opened in 1987 and it takes its name from former world-renowned trapeze artist Harrison Baben, also known as Flying Harry T. The décor thereby has a certain circus motif and it also pays homage to the nautical theme with a sunken ship vibe to it all. Inside the kitchen, the chefs offer American comfort food with a southern, typical Floridian twist.

Big Top Menu

Open for lunch and dinner during the week as well as brunch service early on the weekends, Harry T’s in Destin Florida is always serving specialties from the kitchen. From the fryer, try the popcorn shrimp, jumbo shrimp or grouper strip basket, or if you prefer the steamer, the snow crab platter (in season) and harbor steamer chock-full of seafood are two recommended options. The entrée selections do not forget about landlubbers who aren’t interested in seafood, as there are several meat lover’s options such as chicken and broccoli alfredo, a 14oz. ribeye, a French dip and various burger choices. Since Harry T’s is ultimately a family-friendly restaurant, the kitchen also serves a kids’ menu, naturally headlined with their favorite chicken fingers. To drink, the bar slings a plethora of cocktails, each one made with top-notch liquor and quality ingredients. The barkeeps also have a cooler filled with superbly handcrafted local beers from Destin itself and from other locales down the coast.

Bayside Brunch

Florida usually has such great weather that weekend brunch is found at almost every establishment throughout the state, especially those restaurants located near the water. At Harry T’s Lighthouse, the brunch menu is a simple yet effective presentation of classics such as eggs benedict made three ways, several different omelets, a kids’ sunrise breakfast, and best of all, a bottomless champagne flute! Additionally, the deserts are massive, so share a slice of key lime pie, bread pudding or a brownie sundae with the whole table.

Extra Perks at Harry T’s Lighthouse

On certain evenings throughout the month, Harry T’s has live entertainment with bands, DJs and other musical themed events. Harry T’s is also the perfect place to host an event or happening such as birthday parties, private events, banquets and even wedding receptions. And when the celebrations are over, head home to your beautiful 30A vacation rental perfectly equipped for groups of any size.

Area Attractions and Activities to Enjoy

Making time for a meal at Harry T’s Lighthouse is bound to be a treat and likely a savory highlight of your Destin getaway. That being said, this restaurant’s great location at 46 Harbor Boulevard also means that guests looking to follow up their meal with a side of fun will find plenty of the way in nearby attractions and activities to enjoy! When you just can’t wait to expand your itinerary and get out and enjoy it all, there are plenty of options to choose from and the following are just a few of many suggestions that might take your trip over the top.

Destin History and Fishing Museum

For those travelers to Destin that also have a heart for history, learn more about your surroundings with a well-planned stop at the Destin History and Fishing Museums. Whether you stop here before a meal at Harry T’s Lighthouse or utilize this destination as a follow-up, you’re sure to be inspired by what you find. Located at 108 Stahlman Avenue, the Destin History and Fishing Museum is a wonderful place to dig into how fishing has defined the Destin economy over the centuries and how techniques have progressed through the modern era. From learning about fish species to seeing different vessels that take to the water, it’s an eye-opening and engaging experience from start to finish.

Destin Crab Island Adventures

Headquartered at 7 Calhoun Avenue, Destin Crab Island Adventures is open from 9:30 am until 9:00 pm daily, making them the ideal partner when it comes to on the water fun in Destin. Those that book time with Destin Crab Island Adventures can enjoy everything from guided trips to the iconic sand bar itself, or time spent sailing during sunset, keeping your eyes peeled for jumping dolphins on the horizon. Whether you’re one for sightseeing or snorkeling tours, this company brings the fun to it all.

Norriego Point

If you’re more in the mood for following up a meal with time at the beach, Norriego Point is sure to please. Accessed at 1 Gulf Shore Drive, Norriego Point offers an out of the way locale to soak up the sun from the sand while watching tranquil waves roll in. The gentle surf here makes this a great place to enjoy snorkeling as well! Bring your beach chair and enjoy a fantastic view, while working on that well deserved golden Florida glow.

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