#45 of 94 30A Restaurants

Roux 30A

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Gather at Roux 30a for an Intimate, Community-Oriented Culinary Experience
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

An intimate experience awaits at Roux 30a, where a community-oriented approach to dining breaks down barriers. Each meal here is an event, complete with friendly conversation, sophisticated cuisine, and excellent wine pairings.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

An exceptional restaurant involves more than quality cuisine or fancy decor. A sense of community can quickly elevate any meal. That’s the philosophy that lies at the heart of the Roux 30a experience.

Built on the desire to create an intimate restaurant setting, Roux 30a aims to break down barriers by incorporating an open kitchen and community seating. This connected environment turns a simple meal into an opportunity to build strong relationships with people from all walks of life.

Nestled within Grayton Beach’s Art District, Roux 30a is visually impressive. The event space spans 1,200 square feet and features custom decor and farm tables constructed from distressed wood. 

Chef Nikhil Abuvala is the genius behind the greatest dishes at Roux 30a, as well as the equally excellent offerings at Nanbu Noodle Bar. Boasting over two decades of experience, he hopes to combine the best of coastal and contemporary cuisine. He believes that Roux 30a offers a “new level of transparency.”

Roux 30a provides a unique tasting menu, with offerings changing regularly based on ingredient availability and the chef’s inspiration. This makes the restaurant well worth a return visit, as both the cuisine and company differ considerably each time you show up  — but both are always delightful.

The meals at Roux 30a are amazing on their own, but wine can further elevate any dish served here. Strategic pairings bring out the best flavors from the chef-selected tasting menu, with prestige pairings available for an additional fee. 

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

Soba Noodle Salad
This impressive noodle salad comes with charred cabbage and carrot sorbet. Dressed with peanut vinaigrette, it will get your refined Roux 30a dinner experience off to a great start.

Swordfish
This seafood entree goes above and beyond typical Emerald Coast fare. Lemon butter and garlic lend it an enticing flavor. It also includes a blend of parsnip, turnip, carrot, kale, radish, and sweet potato.

Beef Medallion
Mediterranean and Asian flair meets hearty beef with this memorable dish. It’s served with edamame hummus, heirloom radish, hoisin, and a sesame micro radish salad.

Tomahawk
Carnivores will adore this meal, which is certainly not for the faint of heart. Get ready to take on a 38-ounce Black Angus bone-in ribeye, which is flavored with rosemary, thyme, and roasted garlic butter.

Ginger Cake
The dessert at Roux 30a is just as delectable as the salads, appetizers, and entrees. This cake is especially memorable. It’s sweet, yet complex flavor is made possible by the perfect blend of spices, apple broth, sumac, and candied ginger. Buttercream brings it all together. 

While the menu items highlighted above may not be available when you visit Roux 30a, they should give you a great idea of the types of dishes served at this unique restaurant. Stop in to enjoy the sophisticated cuisine and a casually intimate environment.

Insider Tips:
– Don’t hesitate to mention dietary restrictions or preferences if you opt for the tasting menu or dinner series. The chef is happy to accommodate special requests.
– Reservations are essential if you want to enjoy a relaxed dining experience. The process can take place online via Resy, which is accessible from the Roux 30a website.