#140 of 198 Destin Restaurants


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Lulu's - A Fabulous Eatery to Let Loose and Indulge
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Lulu's is a fun and laid-back place to grab a cocktail and some crab dip. With its nightly live music and separate menus for nearly every dietary restriction, it's no wonder it's become a tourist destination in Destin that is nearly always packed to the brim. Imagined by Lucy Buffet, sister of Jimmy, there's really nothing else to do but kick back and enjoy the coast when you're here. 

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Lulu’s is an all-in-one destination for drinks, dinner, and dancing. The live music, elaborate events, and incredible food keep patrons feeling the beat from beginning to end. Guests stop by as much for the atmosphere as they do for the plates of nachos and bowls of gumbo. 

This restaurant is owned by Lucy Buffett, the little sister of musician Jimmy Buffet. She has managed to build an empire around her love of food and her come-what-may philosophy. Her attitude has served her well for many years. You get that laid-back feeling everywhere you turn in Lulu’s, making this a must for travelers who want to take the edge off during their trip. 

One of the most appealing things about this place for its patrons is its many menus. There’s the main menu of course, but there’s also one if you’re dairy-, egg-, gluten-, shellfish-, seafood-, or soy-free. Oh, and if you’re a vegan, Lulu’s has you covered there too. 

Lucy is first and foremost a people person, but she’s definitely a foodie too. She may not get stressed about the small stuff, but she knows how important her customers are to her. It’s why Lulu’s has become a tourist destination for people who want to experience the care-free days that the Emerald Coast is known for. 

It’s hard to narrow down favorites, but here are a few suggestions when you’re at Lulu’s:

Crazy Sista’s Crab Dip 
The sweet claw meat from the crab meets mayonnaise, cheddar, Swiss, and green onions to create a delectable dip that will have you scooping out the last bit with the fried flour tortilla chips served alongside it. It’s a great way to whet your appetite alongside a cocktail or two. 

Lower Alabama Caviar
Off the vegan menu and made with black-eyed peas and balsamic vinaigrette, this simple but clever dish is a delicious precursor to your main meal. Usually made with some sort of pork flavoring to accompany the peas, Lulu’s has made an original dish for those who’d like a lighter, meat-free version. 

Big Fry Seafood Basket 
If you’re looking for a mound of food that serves two, the big fry is shrimp, oysters, and crab claws — and plenty of it. This menu item also comes with fish, which you can get grilled or blackened if you want a little break from the fried food. 

LuLu’s Specialty: The “Pa-Menna” Cheeseburger
Fried green tomatoes are a staple of Southern cooking, but you might not be used to seeing them as a topping for your burger. The cheese on top is pimento spiked with honey ale, and the whole burger is seasoned with Lulu’s special seasoning blend. If you’re famished from a long car ride or flight, this is definitely a hearty way to fill you up. 

Whether you love seafood and Margaritaville or you just to listen to the local musical talents in the area, Lulu’s is happy to welcome you into the fold. There may be more than one Lulu’s in the country, but Destin has its own vibe that you won’t want to miss. 

Insider Tips:
– Looking for a dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, shellfish-free, seafood-free, soy-free, or vegan menu? Lulu’s has made it easy to accommodate your dietary restrictions. 
– Lulu’s is happy to accommodate you and your well-behaved pooch on its open patio. 
– Lulu’s live music is packed with plenty of local talent.