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Red Fish Taco

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Red Fish Taco - Tacos and Tequila in Blue Mountain Beach
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

A laid back, family-friendly taco bar, located in Blue Mountain Beach. Red Fish Taco serves up its namesake tacos, specialty margaritas, and other Mexican fare and street food favorites in a casual, lively, counter-service setting with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Popular with locals and tourists alike, diners can expect a warm and efficient wait staff and reasonable prices for the area. 

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

A South Walton staple, Red Fish Taco is conveniently located right on 30A adjacent to the Redfish Village condo complex. Red Fish strives for a fun, relaxed atmosphere perfect for the beach, and offers ample indoor and outdoor seating with hip couches lit by strings of twinkling lights, tables ready to accommodate larger groups, and vibrant, cantina-inspired decor. 

Red Fish’s menu features local seafood, slow-cooked carnitas, and smoked brisket, as well as quesadillas, signature salads and other vegetarian options. Tacos are prepared a variety of ways, from soft flour tortillas to crispy street tacos, and items can be ordered a la carte or as a Plate paired with sides of Spanish rice, black beans, and guacamole salad. Starters are a standout here: street corn and queso are customer favorites not to be missed. A “small fry” Kids Menu offers pint-sized portions of popular menu dishes, alongside reliable items like chicken fingers and fries.

In addition to serving up reliably fresh and flavorful Latin-inspired eats, Red Fish hosts live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in their outdoor Garden Room. If you’re looking to unwind with a relaxing and well-rounded evening out, plan to take advantage of Red Fish’s daily happy hour from 3-5 pm, with music kicking off at 6. Happy hour specials here offer unbeatable prices on both tacos and bottled or canned beer. 

On a recent visit to Red Fish Taco, we opted to do just that and grabbed a table outside. Red Fish offers counter service, so plan to get sorted with ordering first before finding a comfy spot to settle in. Perfectly mixed house margaritas (a Red Fish standout, with a full list of both fruit-forward and smoky, spicy options that never disappoint) and grooves from local musicians set up the perfect atmosphere to dig into the following dishes: 

Queso and Chips
Popular for good reason: made with mild jalapeno jack cheese, this crowd-pleaser is done just right. 

Grilled Red Fish Tacos
Red Fish’s namesake has earned its title; served with marinated cabbage, bright and creamy chili lime aioli, and fresh salsa.

Taco Salad
Considered to be one of the signature dishes at Red Fish, these salads feature a nice portion of either grilled redfish, chicken, or avocado, or blackened shrimp. We opted to enjoy it with shrimp, which was described as the most popular pick. It was delicious!

Smoked Brisket Tacos
Served in grilled corn tortillas with white chipotle BBQ sauce, lime, and Southwest slaw. We found the brisket cooked to perfection; these tacos are flavorful, well-balanced, and were the definite highlight of our meal. 

Red Fish Taco offers a great menu of inventive, Mexican-inspired items, but its namesake tacos are where it really shines. There’s no wrong way to eat at Red Fish but here’s what we recommend: order a margarita (or two), grab a spot on a couch as the sun sets, and enjoy some fresh seafood and salsas in a fun, beach setting. Cheers!

Insider Tip:
If you have room left for dessert, try one of Red Fish’s homemade cookies. While easy to miss on a menu of spicier, savory delights, they’re outstanding.