Fort Walton Beach is home to some of Florida’s freshest, most succulent seafood and a variety of other cuisines. Savor the flavors as you taste your way through Fort Walton Beach on the ultimate foodie vacation!
Day 1: Fried Seafood from Stewby’s Seafood Shanty
This family-run joint is a cozy, informal, and inexpensive eatery known for serving up Fort Walton Beach’s freshest seafood. The specials change daily depending on availability, but you’ll find seafood like local mullet, mutton snapper, colossal shrimp, and even shark, among others.
Day 2: Craft Beer at Props Brewery & Grill
Props Brewery & Grill is Fort Walton Beach’s homegrown craft beer brewery, owned and operated by local veterans with United States Air Force-themed beers and delicious pub fare. Try draft beers on your Fort Walton beach dining like Blonde Bomber, Flying Coffin IPA, or Prop Oil Porter.
Day 3: Florida Gourmet French Cuisine at Bay Café French Restaurant
This casual yet high-quality Florida gourmet French restaurant is nestled near historic Downtown Fort Walton Beach, along Brooks Bridge. Enjoy stunning views while dining on omelettes, croissants, amberjack meuniere, scampi provencale, duck Montmorency, filet mignon, escargot en croute, duck pate, and more.
Day 4: Italian Dishes at Clemenza’s at Uptown
Lunch and dinner are served at Clemenza’s at Uptown, covering a range of traditional Italian favorites. The homemade pasta, wood-fired pizzas and calzones, and famous garlic rolls are too good to pass up.
Day 5: Baja-Style Mexican Food at Burrito del Sol
Burrito del Sol serves up build your own Baja-style Mexican food in Downtown Fort Walton Beach, with Fort Walton beach dining options ranging from traditional grilled shrimp, fish, and steak, to chicken and tempeh. Get a burrito with your choice of Baja, chipotle, southwest, or barbeque style fixings.
Day 6: Tapas, Brunch, & Wine at Taste
Enjoy the extensive wine and tapas menu at Taste, where you can share charcuterie boards, hot or cold small plates like smoked salmon canapé or goat cheese empanadas while sipping on a world-class selection of wine. Come for brunch and enjoy the lobster cake benedict with a butter rum coffee or a Bellini.
Day 7: Seafood with a View at The Shack
This laidback seafood restaurant is renowned for its steamed crabs and its ample outdoor seating, overlooking the shimmering waters of the bay. Pair one of their seafood plates with a unique cocktail and soak up the seaside ambiance before heading home.
Bonus: Food and Drink Events
The Greek Festival takes place in late August through early September yearly, during which time you can not only celebrate Greek culture, but also sample delicious traditional Greek cuisine.
Late September of each year brings on the Taste of Fort Walton Beach Food and Wine Festival, an afternoon of food trucks, local restaurants, wines, music, and fun.
In the nearby city of Destin, the Destin Seafood Festival is held annually during early October, giving visitors a chance to indulge in fresh seafood in all of its forms.