#187 of 196 Destin Restaurants

East Pass Seafood & Oyster House

East Pass Seafood & Oyster House – A Favorite Restaurant to Feast on Freshly Prepared Local Seafood at in Destin
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Visit East Pass Seafood & Oyster House on the Destin Harborwalk Village for a restaurant that serves up a friendly atmosphere, flavorful food, and great service. Local seafood prepared with tasty Southern-inspired recipes and above-par service ensure that you'll have an unforgettable meal.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

East Pass Seafood & Oyster House offers excellent dishes made with local seafood and the freshest oysters. Many meals served have flavorful spices inspired by Southern and Cajun cooking, such as blackened fish, gumbo, or grits. Perfectly cooked seafood with balanced flavors combined with stellar service make this restaurant a repeat destination for many in the Destin Harborwalk Village.

If possible, choose a table outside on the patio to get a relaxing view of the boats entering the harbor. While tables inside can still catch a glimpse of the boats on the water, you may not have as unbroken a view as you would on the patio. Watching the watercraft provides you with entertainment while waiting for your food. Visitors remarked on this exceptional view which improved their overall experience at the restaurant.

East Pass Seafood wants you to feel like you entered a family member’s home. The servers strive to be both attentive and friendly. In fact, diners frequently rave about their servers by name and request the same ones every time they visit.

Though the atmosphere at this restaurant is casual, the kitchen takes exceptional care in preparing all the dishes. Fried foods come out crispy, sauces have a velvety smoothness, and fish is tender and flavorful.

You may see changes in side or entrée options due to seasonal availability. Whatever the kitchen creates, almost always impresses visitors to this restaurant. However, some order options stand out more than others for former diners. Use these standout options to help you find exceptional foods to order from East Pass Seafood.

Sample one of the following highly recommended foods from East Pass Seafood and Oyster House:

Blackened NOLA Redfish
When you order the NOLA redfish, you get a redfish fillet blacked with Cajun spices and topped with blackened Gulf shrimp, and a Creole meuniere sauce. Sides include grilled vegetables and roasted garlic potatoes, depending on availability. Even diners who don’t like fish have loved this dish. The sauce, shrimp, and fish have perfectly balanced flavors. Several diners suggest ordering this entrée, which appears on both the lunch and dinner menus.

Cook Your Catch
Fishing is highly popular in Destin. While on vacation, though, you may not have access to a kitchen to cook your catch. Bring your fish to East Pass Seafood and let the kitchen prepare it for you. The cost of this service is similar to other entrees, and you have the satisfaction of enjoying the flavor of fish that you caught that day.

You may request your fish seared, fried, or blackened. Plus, you get a side per person in your party with the meal served family-style. Those who have done this noted that the kitchen did a fantastic job of preparing the fish and would repeat the experience.

The Mayor Oysters  
If you prefer baked over raw oysters, try The Mayor oysters. You choose six or 12 oysters, which come baked with smoky gouda cheese, bacon crumble, and jalapenos. A half dozen of these oysters, which comes with a bread roll, is a satisfying lunch. Among the many cooked oyster option, The Mayor ranked as a visitor favorite.

Key Lime Pie
Save room for dessert or request a slice of key lime pie to go. Prepared at the restaurant, this pie stood out enough for many diners to claim it as their favorite dish. The pie is so flavorful that some people even suggest visiting East Pass Seafood for the great service and the key lime pie.

East Pass Seafood & Oyster House cooks Southern-inspired seafood dishes with local fish, shrimp, and oysters. Attentive servers, great food, and an unmatched view of the boats entering the harbor will make you want to come back to East Pass the next time you visit the Destin Harbor Boardwalk.

Insider Tips:
-East Pass Seafood & Oyster House does not use a conventional tipping system. The restaurant charges all tables a service fee instead of requesting tips. You do not have to tip extra at this restaurant.
-If you have your dog with you on vacation, bring them to dine at the dog-friendly outdoor patio at East Pass Seafood.