#4 of 196 Destin Restaurants

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

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Tommy Bahama Sandestin -- Fine Dining with Relaxed Island Flair
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Expect flavorful, well-plated dishes and a unique upscale island atmosphere at Tommy Bahama. Tall, airy ceilings, fresh foliage, and floor-to-ceiling windows capture a breezy island vibe. Couple the atmosphere with attentive service and unique, mouthwatering dishes, and you're sure to have an unforgettable dining experience. 

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

If Tommy Bahama style makes you think of classy-but-casual islandy charm, you might expect a Tommy Bahama restaurant to capture the same vibe–plus some spectacular island-inspired flavors and drinks to round out the experience. And you’d be right. The Tommy Bahama in Sandestin pairs the famous store with a full bar and fine dining experience.

The second you step in, you’ll be greeted by gentle breezes and welcomed into an elegant, impeccably-designed interior that feels more than a little like a Caribbean resort. The satisfyingly effortless atmosphere of the dining room finds its counterpart in the menu–always well-curated, always interesting, and full of tantalizing dishes you’ll want to try. 

Although walk-ins are welcome, during the summertime and on special occasions you’ll likely want to call ahead for reservations. Tommy Bahama is a popular date-night destination, so keep that in mind when making your dinner plans. For those who just want to stop by the bar after an afternoon of shopping, though, you’ll always find a place–and Tommy Bahama offers a broad selection of cocktails that are certain to impress. 

Some of our favorite menu items include: 

Kona Coffee Crusted Ribeye
This isn’t your dad’s ribeye. Generously rubbed with a Kona coffee spice blend, this ribeye is packed with flavor, and it’s always perfectly tender and fresh. This ultimate steak dinner is also served with a cauliflower “steak,” lemon arugula, and a scoop of garlic butter. Steak dinner perfection. 

World-Famous Coconut Shrimp
Served with a papaya-mango chutney, Tommy Bahama’s coconut shrimp hits the spot–and leaves guests raving. Each shrimp features a delicate balance of sweet and savory flavors, and the tropical fruit chutney adds a refreshing hint of spice. This starter is a no-brainer if you’re a fan of shrimp. 

Cuban Sandwich 
An easy lunch choice, the Cuban is a hearty, filling handheld packed with flavor. Tommy Bahama’s Cuban features fork-tender house-roasted pork, black forest ham, gruyere cheese, pickles, spicy sriracha mustard, and spicy aioli–and it’s served with jerk-seasoned yucca fries, a delightful way to mix things up a bit. 

Cilantro and Ginger Crusted Mahi-Mahi 
Feeling particularly islandy? Go for the mahi-mahi–broiled with a cilantro and ginger crust. This dish is served with a crispy furikake rice cake, a cup of shrimp broth, an order of sauteed squash and carrots, and spicy chili oil for drizzling. A fan favorite, the cilantro, and ginger-crusted Mahi is light, refreshing, and immensely satisfying–and one that frequent diners tend to order on repeat. 

Tommy Bahama Sandestin is located in Sandestin’s Grand Boulevard, which is packed with shopping and dining opportunities. You’ll find it just off the main Grand Boulevard drag. 

Insider Tips:
– Don’t skip dinner. With dishes like pineapple creme brulee and oreo-crusted chocolate cake, it’s worth indulging. 
– Dining with kids? Kids are welcome at all times, but many visitors particularly enjoyed the dining experience at lunchtime with younger gourmets in tow. Tommy Bahama’s servers and chefs are helpful and eager to accommodate pickier palates. 
– If you drop in and things look a little busy, you might want to order from the mini-menu at the bar. The food is just as good, and you’ll skip the wait.