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Best New Destin Restaurants of 2017

Just when we thought Destin and the beaches of South Walton couldn’t get any better, we enjoyed the opening of some delicious new restaurants this year. Here’s a list of the best new restaurants in Destin and South Walton in 2017.

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Shunk Gulley

Located on 30A right across the street from the beach, you cannot beat the breathtaking view and the beach bum vibe. Shunk Gulley is serving up a dozen delicious raw oysters for only $8 all day every day. Named after a historic reef that was a secret fishing goldmine, Shunk Gulley is focused on serving the freshest, local seafood available. Stop by for the local fresh fish and stay for the live music upstairs while watching the sunset.


Pazzo Italiano

Located in Destin by the Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Pazzo Italiano serves real authentic Italian fare. They’ve got wood-fired pizzas made fresh upon order, as well as delectable eggplant parmigiana and house-made lasagna. Come hungry and enjoy a glass of Italian wine in this modern rustic restaurant.



Located in Miramar Beach right down the road from our main office, Culver’s is a northern fast food restaurant that’s finally made it’s way down to the Florida Panhandle, and it brought their savory butterburgers with them. Their famous fried cheese curds are the perfect addition to any of their value meals.


Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack

Located in Destin at its new location by Barnes and Noble, Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack brings groovy live music scene back, along with great pizzas and pasta dishes. Come get funky with live music each night and enjoy their infamous fried green tomatoes.


Mezcal Mexican Grill

Located in the Seascape Towne Centre, Mezcal Mexican Grill brings the Mexican flavor we’ve all been craving to MIramar Beach. Enjoy some fiery housemade salsa and the seared gulf shrimp salad is fantastic. When the weather is nice, enjoy a margarita or cold cerveza at the outdoor tiki bar with live music.


Dine, Stay & Play

Now that you know what’s new and happening here in Destin, come taste for yourself. Click here to start planning your next beach vacation, including rentals at Hidden Dunes, Destin condos at Jade East and cozy, beachy rooms at Beachside Inn. Need help narrowing yoru search, call one of our vacation specialists at 1-800-225-7652. Always book direct to ensure no hidden fees and our best rate guarantee.

See you @ the beach!