#180 of 198 Destin Restaurants

Camille’s at Crystal Beach

Camille's at Crystal Beach – Dine in Style at a Chill Café and Upscale Restaurant in One
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

For the ultimate Gulf-to-table fare, get on over to Camille’s at Crystal Beach for a meal to remember. You can choose your own dining adventure by coming by in the morning or afternoon for a chill café experience. Or show up in the evening hours to enjoy dinner and drinks in a sophisticated setting.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Camille’s at Crystal Beach serves as the go-to place for chill café fare all day long and an upscale restaurant dining experience in the evening hours. All day long, Gulf-to-table goodness awaits your arrival, along with truly friendly service from the moment you walk through the doors. Local musicians play live for their patrons more often than not, too, elevating the welcoming ambiance even more.

If you’d like to start your day off right, wake up early for a stroll on the beach at sunrise and then come over to the café for a bite to eat right when they open. On their brekkie menu, you’ll find freshly baked cinnamon rolls and muffins, toast topped with your favorite fixings, and many other delightful dishes. Camille’s at Crystal Beach also has coffee sourced from Destin Coffee and freshly brewed to order. If you don’t want coffee, they also have tea and smoothies available.  

After 11 am, the café rolls out its lunchtime menu, featuring everything from Fried Green Tomato BLTs to BBQ Chicken Pizza. Once the clock strikes 3 pm, it’s time for their coveted cocktails and bar snacks. For two hours each day, they happily pair Margaritas with Nanny’s Chex Mix, Rose with Hummus + Pita Chips, and Mangrove Pale Ale with Smoke Tuna Dip + Chips. Choose what you want and Camille’s at Crystal Beach makes it happen.

At 5 pm sharp, the aesthetic changes once again as the crew moves into the evening dinner hour. Fine dining dishes land on the menu at that time, including Seafood Gumbo, Pasta Primavera, and Filet Mignon. All their seafood comes straight from the Harbor Docks Wholesale Seafood Market, so you just know it’s ultra fresh. They put just as much care into sourcing their other ingredients and then preparing them using imaginative recipes.

You won’t want to miss these favorites at Camille’s at Crystal Beach:

Cinnamon Rolls
Buttery, cinnamon-y, and oh-so-sweet, the Cinnamon Rolls promise to jumpstart your day in an instant. These treats are baked fresh each day, so they melt in your mouth wonderfully as you take bite after bite. Pair your sweets with freshly brewed coffee to put even more pep in your step as you set out on all your waterfront adventures.

When you want a decadent dish midday, look no further than Camille’s at Crystal Beach. Come by and treat yourself to the Cubano for lunch. This sandwich packs a powerful punch with its mojo roast pork, ham, and Swiss cheese on a Cuban roll. House pickles and mustard finish it off right, while chips, tater tots, or a fruit cup serve as the perfect side.

Hot Honey Pizza
If you love sweet, spicy, and savory flavors in every bite, don’t miss out on the chance to nosh on the Hot Honey Pizza for dinner. This imaginative pie starts with olive oil and garlic slathered on fresh pizza dough. After that, they add pepperoni and mozzarella before baking it in the oven. Chopped basil and a generous drizzle of hot honey join the party right before serving.

Stuffed Shrimp
A true dinnertime favorite at Camille’s at Crystal Beach, the Stuffed Shrimp. It lets you savor all the best Gulf flavors from the beginning to the end of your meal. This dish features large shrimp stuffed with crab meat and then wrapped in smoky bacon. Once that’s baked to perfection, it’s plated alongside mashed potatoes and haricots vert. Sweet pepper aioli comes alongside for dipping.  

There’s perhaps nothing more magical than enjoying a live music performance while enjoying your meal. That’s why Camille’s at Crystal Beach always makes a point to bring in musicians to fill the air with music at least once a week. Although their schedule changes often, you can usually see who’ll be playing and when by following their Facebook page.

Insider Tips:
-Seating is first come, first served from March through October. After that, they take limited reservations by phone or email.
-Want a fantastic venue for your next special occasion? Just call the restaurant to see if they have room on their schedule for your event.