Arriving late into Destin area for your vacation? Your vacation rental is not ideal to cook in? You may find it difficult to get a good meal. Luckily, fast food restaurants are not your only option. We wanted to list some of the best after hours restaurants in Destin and Santa Rosa Beach that will stay open late.
McGuire’s Irish Pub
I am pretty sure most of you already know about the Irish McGuire’s. They have two locations in Pensacola and Destin. If you are looking for a great restaurant with ambiance, you are in the right place. McGuire’s serves seafood as well as steaks, burgers, and so much more. I personally recommend the Irish Boxtys. Garlic mashed potatoes hand rolled in herbed bread crumbs and flash fried. Best of all, they are open until 2AM! If you are arriving in Destin relatively late and wonder where you can fill your belly before starting your vacation, this is the place.
Another cool factor about McGuire’s is that they have live music and great talent.
Address: 33 US-98, Destin, FL 32541
Boathouse Oyster Bar and Grill
A Great American traditional seafood restaurant by the water and guess what? They are open till 2AM as well. One of the best after hours restaurants, Boathouse Oyster Bar is located at the Destin Harbor and they are one of the best places that you can eat steamed or raw oysters. If you are not a seafood lover, they serve burgers as well. Extremely friendly staff and perfect view of the Gulf are add-ons. If you stop by the Boathouse Oyster Bar, I would also recommend that you taste their Gumbo. It is insanely delicious.
Address: 288 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541
Phone: (850) 837-3645
Hog’s Breath Saloon
Here is another great seafood restaurant and BBQ option in Destin. Hog’s is open until 1AM . Hog’s restaurant was established back in 1976 in Ft. Walton Beach. Although I said that it is a seafood restaurant, you can find a variety of options on the menu. Burgers, wings, chicken fingers, calamari, pasta and taco dishes to name a few. If you are a seafood lover, I would recommend that you check out their Fresh Catch of the Day dinner plate.
Hog’s also features great deal of entertainment with live music on the deck. If you are arriving late in Destin for your vacation, you may want to check this place out.
Miller’s Ale House
If you are tired of driving and now in the mood to have a cold one while watching sports, Miller’s Ale House is a great after hours location which is open late, until 1AM during week days and till 2 AM over the weekends. It is a classic American sports bar with really good food on the menu. If you want to stay in and order instead, they offer delivery too.
You can find over 75 varieties of beer (both local and import), signature cocktails and other specialty drinks. Their crispy cauliflower dish is a must taste. I also recommend their Mahi-Mahi Sandwich.
Que Pasa Mexican Kitchen
If you love Mexican food, you may want to choose Que Pasa Mexican Kitchen in Destin, especially if you are arriving late. They are open until 11 PM. Great margaritas and taco platters. It is authentic Mexican/Tex-Mex food.
You may want to try their Mexican Volcano dish as well as the egg rolls. They offer delivery service too.
Address: 985 US-98, Destin, FL 32541
Phone: (850) 279-4256
Fubar Pizza Bar
If you do not mind the carbs, Fubar is a great choice by the water. It is rated as one of the best after hours restaurantsby our guests and certainly a great choice as Okaloosa Island’s waterfront sports and pizza bar. You can watch every game, event and fight night while you are tasting their signature hand tossed pizzas. You can also play pool or fooseball while you are waiting. They are open until 2 AM.
If you like bacon and egg with fresh mozzarella and Alfredo sauce, I recommend ordering The Hangover. You can also build your own pizza from all their fresh ingredients.
Address: 114 Amberjack Dr, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Cabana cafe is located in Miramar Beach and is a great late dining option for any food lover. They are open until 2:00 AM and are located inside of the Seascape Resort. They offer casual dining, live entertainment and a late night bar. The menu is pretty diverse. It has an American theme with seafood options. From the appetizers menu, I recommend their Crab Chowder dish.
If you are not into seafood, they have great deli sandwiches, burgers, pasta and stone fired pizza options. They check all the boxes for best after hours restaurants in Destin.
Address: 112 Seascape Dr, Miramar Beach, FL 32550
30A Restaurants that are open late for vacationers
The night life around 30A tends to end much earlier than the Destin area in general. Restaurants also close relatively early for the vacation rental properties in Santa Rosa Beach. Here are few options for you to try out if you are arriving late into Santa Rosa Beach, Blue Mountain Beach or anywhere on 30A
Red Fish Taco
As the name gives away, this is a taco restaurant with amazing, creative small plates. Their soft flour tacos are second to none. Red Fish Taco is located in Blue Mountain Beach and they are open until 10.00 PM.
Address: 2052 W CR 30A , Blue Mountain Beach, Florida 32459
45 Central Wine & Sushi Bar
One of the few places where you can find great food yet is still open after 10.00 PM, is the 45 Central Wine and Sushi Bar. They serve vacationers until midnight. You will not only find creative dishes but also ambiance in this cute restaurant. If you have kids younger than 21 however, this may not be the best place.
Award-winning chef and owner, Jim Shirley has an extensive selection of wine that will compliment some of the most amazing sushi dishes I ever tried.
45 Central Wine & Sushi bar is located in Seaside.
Address: 45 Central Square, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, FL 32459
Barefoot BBQ –
This food truck offers the best BBQ in town and they are open until 2:30 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. They close at midnight during weekdays. Smoked meat sandwiches, side dishes, and a variety of beer brands are served. Barefoot BBQ is located in Seaside. If you like ribs, I would recommend it. Slow cooked, smoked sandwiches will also amaze your palate.
You will find a pretty long line during day time but if you are arriving late in town, you should not have a problem.
Address: 2235 E County Hwy 30A, Seaside, FL 32459
Hope this article will help you to get a feel for the best after hours restaurants in the Destin & 30A areas. By the way, if you need advice on photography, please make sure to read our article about the best beach wedding & family photographers for vacationers in Destin, 30A.