#5 of 175 Destin Restaurants

Vinny McGuire’s Pizza

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Vinny McGuire's - Personalized Pizza And Irish Ales In a Relaxed Setting
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Vinny McGuire's is the pizza joint you never knew you needed in your life. Combining build-your-own pizza with Irish ales, this unique gem is worth visiting for a pleasant dinner out or as you wait for your spot at the nearby McGuire's Irish Pub.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

There’s no restaurant or bar quite like Vinny McGuire’s. This Destin gem is best known for its seamless combination of pizza joint and Irish pub vibes. Initially, this pairing may seem strange, but upon arriving, you’ll realize the genius of providing both pizza made to order and quality Irish beer. 

Locals often think of Vinny McGuire’s as the place you hang out at as you wait for a spot at the better-known McGuire’s Irish Pub. After all, wait times for the other McGuire’s can be extensive. That being said, this pizza restaurant deserves recognition in its own right.

Yes, it provides a great opportunity to wait in comfort alongside a mouthwatering plate of appetizers, but with such delicious food and beer available, it might not be worth fighting the crowds at McGuire’s when you can visit Vinny’s instead. 

Vinny McGuire’s pizzas are made to order based exclusively on your preferences for sauces and toppings. If you have no idea what you want and feel overwhelmed by the range of options, don’t worry — the servers are friendly and happy to help. While pizza is the main attraction, you may find that you prefer to order wings, boxtys, or one of the many other appetizers available. 

Pizza personalization is half the fun of ordering at Vinny’s, but it can also mean a fairly lengthy wait — particularly during the busy dinner hours. Thankfully, the interior environment is friendly and relaxing. As you wait, take a glance around the restaurant. You’ll see vintage Italian movie posters, kitschy lighting fixtures, and a whole lot of dollar bills. 

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

Irish Boxtys
The traditional Irish pancakes known as boxtys can best be described as a blend between hash browns and mashed potatoes — but fried to perfection. The boxtys at Vinny McGuire’s are unique in that they are served alongside horseradish sour cream sauce, guacamole dip, and salsa. 

Vinny’s Spinach, Artichoke, and Cream Cheese Dip
All of the ingredients are listed in the name of this delicious dip, so you know exactly what you’re getting. Served with tortilla chips, this appetizer will induce cravings long after you’ve demolished it. Resist your urge to fill up with too many chips; you’ll definitely want to save room for pizza!

Create Your Own Pizza
Rather than provide specialty pizzas, Vinny’s allows you to take charge with a DIY approach. A wide range of toppings are available; you can go classic with pepperoni and sausage, or more adventurous with smoked prime rib, Philly steak, or prosciutto. The first three toppings are free, but keep in mind that one of these will probably include cheese. All pizzas served at Vinny’s feature a New York-style crust. You’ll enjoy the opportunity to choose between Italian red sauce or Alfredo white sauce. Either option is tasty, so your choice will ultimately come down to your preferred toppings.

Tiramisu
Featuring mascarpone cream, ladyfingers, and coffee brandy, this dessert is both delicate and delicious. Vinny McGuire’s also serves a variety of flavors of frozen gelato. 

Whether you crave pizza, boxtys, or dessert, you’ll appreciate the care that goes into every menu option at Vinny McGuire’s. 

Insider Tips:
-Vinny McGuire’s doesn’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait for your table if you decide to visit during peak dinner hours. If you’re lucky, there will be room at the bar to enjoy appetizers during your wait.
-If you only want pizza and don’t particularly care about the beer or ambiance, your best bet may be pick-up. Ordering is available over the phone or online via ChowNow. If you already know that you plan to order in a few hours, select the “order for later” option online. This approach will reduce the chances of a delayed order.
-Visitors regularly comment that the pizzas at Vinny McGuire’s are larger than they anticipate; keep this in mind as you order, particularly if you hope to also enjoy appetizers.