#34 of 198 Destin Restaurants

Miller’s Ale House

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Miller’s Ale House in Destin: Sports Bar With Full Menu & Late Hours
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Destin’s branch of Miller’s Ale House is essentially a sports bar with a full restaurant menu. Even if you’re not here for a game, it’s a decent choice for lunch or dinner—and after-hours grub and drinks, given it stays open later than most other local eateries.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

The Miller’s Ale House franchise began back in the late 1980s in Jupiter, Florida, and now has nearly 100 locations in some 13 states. Destin’s version across from Destin Commons exemplifies the chain: a sort of hybrid sports bar/family restaurant with an expansive menu and quite the lineup of beer.

The Miller’s Ale House menu runs the gamut from seafood and steaks to pasta, decked-out salads, and flatbreads. The signature starters are the Zingers: boneless, hand-breaded, buttermilk chicken tenders that have helped define the restaurant chain since the early days.

But you’ve also got Mozzarella Planks, Warm Bavarian Pretzels, Potstickers, Smoked Fish Dip, Southwestern Chicken Egg Rolls, and a variety of other appetizers to get things going here. Soups and salads range from the French Onion Soup and Beef & White Bean Chili to the Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad, Asian Grilled Chicken Breast Salad, and—surprise, surprise—the Zingers Salad.

You’ve got a full spread of burgers, sandwiches, and fajitas plus broad-spectrum entrees: Pork Osso Buco, grilled steaks, North Atlantic Lobster Tails, English Pub Fish & Chips, and more.

In the sides department, Miller’s Ale House offers everything from coleslaw and seasonal veggies to sweet potato fries and the Loaded Baked Potato.

There’s a kids menu on offer, a small but indulgent list of desserts, and daily specials—not to mention a happy-hour “Early Dining Deal.”

You’ll find 75-plus kinds of beer here, from creative microbrews to by-the-books mass-produced American lagers. All sorts of cocktails, plus margarita mojito, sangria, and Long Island Iced Tea pitchers, spice up the bar possibilities, alongside a modest wine selection.

Here’s a closer look at some Miller’s Ale House menu favorites.

English Pub Fish & Chips
White fish lightly fried in a Sam Adams beer batter makes this a better-than-average fish-and-chips platter for a chain, served of course with tartar sauce, a lemon wedge, coleslaw, and the Ale House’s seasoned fries.

Shrimp Alfredo Linguine
This seafood pasta dish doesn’t skimp on the shrimp: There’s better than a half-pound of it, sautéed, served with a creamy garlic Parmesan sauce, mushrooms, and scallions, plus a side of toasted garlic bread.

Mahi-Mahi Sandwich
You’ve got your choice of blackened, grilled, or broiled mahi-mahi for this fish sandwich, and blackened might just be the way to go every time. The mahi-mahi is served in a toasted black-and-white sesame bun with tartar sauce, lettuce, and beefsteak tomato.

Captain Jack’s Buried Treasure
Save room for this kingly dessert, which dresses up triple-layer vanilla ice cream cake with Oreo cookie crust, a Heath Bar crunch crumble, and some caramel and hot-fudge sauce to top it all off.

It’s not fine dining, but the comprehensive menu at Miller’s Ale House recommends the place for family dinners and friends’ nights out—plus, of course, a place to root on your favorite team or catch the fight with a larger-than-average selection of pub grub at your fingertips.

Insider Tip:
Despite the legitimately large selection of beers, Miller’s Ale House doesn’t always pour very many local brews. So be forewarned if you’re looking to try some Emerald Coast craft beer; calling ahead to find out what’s on tap is a good idea.