#16 of 175 Destin Restaurants

Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi

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Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi: Classic Destin Seafood With a Twist
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

 Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi brings the perfect combination of local seafood and international culinary style to Destin's HarborWalk Village, the beauty of which is on full display at this centrally located restaurant.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Situated in the heart of Destin’s vibrant HarborWalk Village,  Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi delivers the best of local seafood while infusing international elements to form a unique ‘New South’ menu. Every sushi roll, appetizer, and entree comes with its own special twist. 

The restaurant’s memorable name derives from a famous fishing spot located just southwest of Destin Harbor. Once renowned for its abundance of amberjack, this iconic spot eventually transitioned into a haven for barracuda, which consistently put on a show for fishing spectators. 

It’s clear not only from the name, but also the entire atmosphere of the restaurant that its staff members seek to pay homage to Destin’s fishing spirit. The ambiance is chill, and yet, service is prompt. Depending on where you sit, you can take it all in as you also enjoy a spectacular view of the boardwalk.

When you’re not feasting on sushi, you’ll be downing your favorite alcoholic beverage. The restaurant offers a vast selection of both beer and wine, as well as a full bar where you can order a variety of mixed drinks. The strawberry and watermelon mint lemonade drinks are popular among those in the mood for alcoholic beverages, but a small selection of non-alcoholic options can also be depended on to keep you and your companions happy.

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

The Ultron
It’s no secret that sushi is a big deal at Jackacudas. With such a wide range of options available, however, it can be difficult to arrive at a final decision when ordering. The Ultron is a great choice for those who appreciate a little spice. This baked roll includes shrimp, yellowtail, and crab, with spicy mayo, black pepper, and sriracha adding the perfect kick. 

Chicken Tender Basket
Not a fan of sushi or seafood in general? No problem — despite its name, Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi offers a variety of other menu items worth ordering. The chicken tender basket, in particular, is sure to please picky eaters. It features a sizable serving of hand-breaded tenders, along with crispy potato spuds and honey mustard for dipping.

Vegetarian Tofu Drunken Noodles
Healthy but still capable of inducing cravings, this dish will appeal to vegetarians and meat lovers alike. It includes tofu and rice noodles tossed with sauteed peppers, carrots, and green onions. A tamarin garlic glaze grants the dish a complex, yet enticing flavor.

Family Feast Platter
Perfect for the seafood-loving family, this dish comes loaded with a full two pounds each of snow crab and royal red shrimp, plus a pound of mussels. On the side, you and your group will enjoy roasted potatoes and fried corn.

Jack’s Pie
Whether you feast on sushi, snow crab, or chicken tenders, you’ll definitely want to save room for dessert. This special treat features a delectable filling of chocolate and cream cheese, served with fresh berries on a graham cracker crust. 

You don’t have to adore sushi to fall in love with Jackacudas, although it certainly helps. No matter what you order, you will be impressed by the intricate flavors and attention to detail evident in your meal.

Insider Tips:
– Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi is worth visiting in person, but lazy evenings are to be expected from time to time. Feel free to order your sushi or other favorite dishes for delivery. While this option is only available for select menu items, it’s a worthwhile approach if you’re in the mood for a night in. Check out the delivery section on the Jackacudas official website to get started.
– The restaurant regularly participates in pub crawls and other events involving several of HarborWalk Village’s most beloved establishments. These events typically support great causes, such as hurricane relief. To get involved, check out the events section on the HarborWalk Village Facebook page.