As you continue your culinary tour of Fort Walton Beach and Destin, you’d be remiss to not include a stop in Margaritaville. Not a town or a state of mind, this local favorite is a restaurant that offers great service, tasty food, and, of course, the best margaritas in town! Open every day of the week from 11 AM until 11 PM, this reasonably priced spot is famous for its friendly vibe and stunning views of the canal. Named after the famous song that you are probably humming as you read this, Margaritaville in Destin has become a Florida staple and has many locations up and down the coast, including the original in Key West—but this one is our favorite, of course!
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Destin –
Located at 76 Harbor Boulevard in Destin
Built in the classic Florida style and constructed of wood painted light, it’s location on the bay and large dining area on the back patio offers the perfect spot to relax and chill over dinner. Live music will have you dancing in your seat, and while the sunset may cause a temporary distraction, once the sky is dark your meal will once again be your main focus. Inside, the décor is spacious and bright, filled with casual tables and floor to ceiling windows that also allow unobstructed views of the water outside. Also offering a store that sells everything an islander needs to survive, picking up a little something from Margaritaville’s store will help keep the islander inside you happy once you return to real life! Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Destin is definitely one of the best restaurants in the area.
Starting with innovative appetizers such as Asiago Crab and Artichoke Dip, Lava Lava Dip, or our personal favorite, the gigantic and terrifically spicy Volcano Nachos, the feeling that it’s just going to keep getting better grows with each bite. The dinner from the Margaritaville in Destin menu is a compelling blend of local seafood dishes (the catch of the day), Latin inspired meals (Island Cuban Sandwich or Fish Tacos), and of course, a variety of burgers, including the infamous Cheeseburger in Paradise! An extensive kids’ menu features more than the standard chicken tenders and burgers; our youngest feels so grownup when he can order the half rack of ribs off the 12 and under menu! Finish up the meal with a Florida favorite, the Key Lime Pie. No one will blame you for wanting seconds—why not ask for a piece to go?
Make it a Group Event at Margaritaville
While heading to Margaritaville in Destin with the family or a small group of friends promises to be a treat, this location is also well-equipped to welcome large group gatherings upon request! If you’re in town for a reunion or exciting event, consider having it hosted here. Margaritaville is a wonderful, fun, and savory option for birthdays or other celebrations that are best enjoyed directly at HarborWalk. The atmosphere is endlessly entertaining, and the on-site sales team is happy to set up customized moments with an advance reservation.
Making it an amazing event at Margaritaville in Destin is easier than ever to do. This location enjoys incredible scenery complete with the marina and boardwalk—adding to an atmosphere that’s sure to inspire guests! Pick and choose between indoor and outdoor seating options for your Margaritaville event or combine the two for a truly unique guest experience. The overall island vibe is hard to top when it comes to planning a one-of-a-kind event here. When live music is involved and friendly service is guaranteed, you’re sure to be in for fun from start to finish.
An event at Margaritaville includes access to not one but three permanent bars where handcrafted cocktails, wine, and beer are easily served up upon request. Planning on incorporating media or presentations into your event lineup? This location offers audio-visual equipment right on-site to make the process easier than ever. Be sure to email the restaurant or call in advance to make sure your event time and options are all readily available.
Nearby Places to Enjoy
A meal or event enjoyed at Margaritaville promises to please, but part of the fun of time here is the proximity it provides to other nearby destinations worth exploring as well! Semper Fish Charters is just down the street and happily helps guests set up customized fishing charter experiences upon request. If you’re less of an angler and more of a history buff, the Destin History and Fishing Museum isn’t far away either. If you find that you’re in the mood to hit the open waters in style, Olin Marler’s Dolphin Cruises is also close by, and provides for a chance to sail the blue waters and keep your eyes peeled for some spectacular dolphin jumps as they enjoy thriving in their natural habitat. No matter what your travel interests may be, a stop at Margaritaville for a meal puts you in a good place to indulge all of your hobbies which are definitely within reach!
After the last note has played and you’ve savored the last bite of pie, there’s still some good times ahead as you head home to your vacation hideaway from The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach for a night of rest and relaxation. Enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony, feeling the lullaby of the Gulf speak to your soul, before climbing into one of the most comfortable beds you have ever slept in. Reserve yours today and EVERY night of your getaway will be as perfect as the first night.