#154 of 193 Destin Restaurants

Dock on the Island

Dock on the Island – Enjoy a Truly Laidback Dining Experience in Ft. Walton Beach
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

With every visit, you can trust that Dock on the Island will provide the ultimate lowkey, waterfront dining experience in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Their food is spectacular and they offer the service to match, providing you with a dining experience to remember. You’ll want to stop in between all your beachside adventures to fill up on amazing grub and tasty drinks while resting up for your next activity.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Nestled next to the beach and arcade in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, Dock on the Island is a true hidden gem that’s well worth seeking out. Although this eatery doesn’t have a huge menu, all their items are well worth enjoying again and again. Their service is second to none, providing you with an excellent dining experience at every visit.

Thanks to their waterfront location, you can take in spectacular views of Choctawhatchee Bay while enjoying your meal. If you have kids in the group, go ahead and let them run and play between bites. At this lowkey eatery, no one seems to mind. They may not have the energy, however, if you already spent the day at the beach and enjoying the arcade next door.

A lack of energy is not likely to last after enjoying a tasty meal at this restaurant. All the items on their menu promise to restore your energy while delighting your senses. As you browse their offerings, you’ll discover many amazing options plus build your own fare you’ll want to try. Upon selecting either of those options, you can dream up your own burger or pizza using the ingredients they have available.

Fan favorites on the menu include:

Dock Tots
Whether you just want a quick snack or need to whet your appetite before your meal arrives, put the Dock Tots on your radar. These little potato pillows come baked to perfection and sprinkled in their flavorful dock spice. But they don’t stop there. After that, they top them with queso cheese, bacon crumbles, and jalapeno slices galore.

Island “Wham Bam” Nachos
The Island “Wham Bam” Nachos go beyond the appetizer, almost serving as an entrée all their own. These nachos start with crispy tortilla chips that’re covered in mixed cheese and queso. Over the top, they add equal amounts of smoked chicken and pulled pork. And then, as if that’s not enough, pico, jalapenos, and lettuce go on top of that. Then, just before bringing it to your table, they cover it all with a drizzle of Island Wham Bam Sauce.

Ms. Ashley’s Fish Tacos
To enjoy all the delightful flavors of the Gulf Coast, you absolutely must try Ms. Ashley’s Fish Tacos. This dish centers around blackened Gulf fish put in the middle of flour tortillas. Kicking it up a notch is the bright coastal slaw, pico, and lettuce. Ranch and garlic buffalo sauce brings it all together just right.

Lee’s Way Burger
When you want a touch of sweet and savory in every bite, you need Lee’s Way Burger in front of you. To create this fan favorite, they put double smash burgers on a hearty bun smothered in bacon jam. Then, they stack on a fried egg and jalapenos. Island Wham Bam Sauce goes over that before they put on the top bun. Queso arrives on the side, so you can dip your sandwich before taking each bite.

No matter what you order, take a moment to admire their plating expertise before digging in. Each dish comes creatively plated on planks, platters, and other interesting surfaces. If you’re really impressed, don’t be afraid to take a photo and post it on your social media for all to admire.

Insider Tips:
– They have many specials on tap to treat their guests to discounts galore. Your server will usually tell you about them, but if not, just ask and they’ll give you the full scoop.
– Weekends often get really busy, so allow for extra time to get your meal and drink refills.