Fort Walton Beach offers a broad selection of seafood in its many local eateries, plus a range of other types of food, from down-home to fusion. You can enjoy fresh, grilled seafood, fusion-style seafood, fried seafood, and just about any other kind of seafood you can dream up.

    If seafood isn't what you're craving, you'll also find plenty of establishments serving up craft burgers, cocktails, craft beer, tacos, standard bar fare, and a wide range of other types of food. If you're looking for an exciting culinary experience on your holiday, check out 10 places locals love to eat in Fort Walton Beach.

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    Stewby's Seafood Shanty

    Try some great fried seafood takeaway

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    Stewby's Seafood Shanty is a casual take-out and dine-in eatery offering drive-thru and walk-up service, with outdoor picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy your locally-sourced seafood meal. It's a laid-back atmosphere that's family-owned and -operated and offers staples from classic gumbo to a variety of fish sandwiches.

    Many items are available grilled or fried, so you can go for whichever option suits you. Some menu highlights include soft-shell crab, colossal shrimp, calamari, a rotating fish-of-the-day selection, and a platter of fried fish, shrimp, and oysters.

    Location: 427 Racetrack Rd NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 10 am to 9.30 pm, Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 850-586-7001

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    The Shack

    Enjoy an award-winning, family-owned establishment with a waterfront view

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    The Shack is a family-owned and -operated casual seafood restaurant featuring an award-winning menu and a down-home feel in Fort Walton Beach's historic city centre area, right along Highway 98. From the back deck, you can get great views of the Panhandle while you enjoy the local cuisine.

    A few of the favourites on the menu include the crab dip, hickory-smoked wings, smoked tuna dip, blue crab claws, spicy fried ("Bangin") volcano shrimp or crawfish, and drunken mussels. While eating, don't forget to try a speciality drink like the Shack Sunrise, Emerald Shore, or Shack Sangria.

    Location: 104 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 850-664-0345

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    Al's Beach Club and Burger Bar

    Kick back with a classic burger, fries, and shake

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    Al's Beach Club and Burger Bar offers something a little different from the many seafood restaurants in the area, featuring classic and craft hamburgers, delicious shakes, and hand-cut fries. This place is a local staple that offers a range of toppings, including jalapeño, avocado, caramelised mushrooms, and, of course, bacon.

    Speciality sandwiches like chicken, tuna, and a vegetarian Beyond Burger are also available, as are salads for those who want lighter fare. Enjoy offerings from their selection of wine and draft beer, and don't forget to ask about the caramel or Key lime pie milkshakes.

    Location: 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

    Open: Opens daily at 11 am. Closing time varies between 8 pm and 10 pm

    Phone: +1 850-226-4100

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    Bay Cafe

    Enjoy authentic French food in the heart of Florida

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    Bay Cafe is an informal, laid-back French restaurant featuring a large waterfront deck, a fantastic view of the Gulf, and a wide selection of French food and wine. Some of the highlight menu items include French onion soup, escargot in pastry, sauteed scallops, grilled veal rib chops, chicken Florentine, and steak au poivre.

    For those looking for lighter fare, there's a lunch menu that features a range of croissant sandwiches and entrees like Omelette Chamonix and shrimp marinara. Be sure to save room for French silk pie and crème Brulee for dessert.

    Location: 233 Alconese Ave SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 850-244-3550

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    Blue Collar Cafe

    Try a craft sandwich with house-roasted coffee

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    The Blue Collar Cafe is a breakfast and lunch establishment and a great place for what they call a "Texas-sized" bagel. Their breakfast menu includes staples like 2 eggs with potatoes and bacon, cheesy grits, a bagel breakfast sandwich, a breakfast burrito, and country ham.

    The lunch menu offers up a range of sandwiches, including Kosher beef hot dogs, a spicy club sandwich, hot roast beef, a turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce and cream cheese, and an Italian hoagie, amongst other sandwich offerings. Coffee lovers will enjoy a hot, fresh cup of joe made from beans roasted right in-house.

    Location: 314 Bayshore Dr, Niceville, FL 32578, USA

    Open: Thursday–Monday from 7.30 am to 2 pm (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

    Phone: +1 850-279-4327

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    Floyd's Shrimp House

    Kick back with some fried shrimp on the boardwalk

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    Floyd's Shrimp House has something to suit every shrimp lover, including classic fried shrimp and shellfish that's served in a wide variety of styles, flavours, and sizes. This laid-back and fun restaurant features all-you-can-eat specials with fish and seafood, and it's located right on the Boardwalk in Fort Walton Beach, offering gorgeous views of the Gulf while you dine.

    While shrimp is their speciality, it's not all that's on the menu. You can also enjoy oysters, fried seafood platters, and more.

    Location: 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 850-243-2232

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    Clemenza's at Uptown

    Sit down for delicious Italian dining

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    Clemenza's at Uptown is something of a formal, sit-down Italian restaurant with separate lunch and dinner menus that include wood-fired artisan pizza and calzones, crepes, and pasta dishes.

    The restaurant has won multiple awards for its fine sit-down meals, including Best Italian, Best Brunch, Best Restaurant, Best Locally Owned, and Best Service and Drink from Best of the Emerald Coast, as well as Best Restaurant in Walton County from the Emerald Fork Awards. Clemenza's also features a wide wine list featuring domestic and international selections of whites and reds. Don't forget to ask about the daily specials.

    Location: 75 Eglin Pkwy NE #126, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturday 5 pm to 9 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 850-243-0707

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    Props Brewery and Grill

    Hoist a craft brew with your nearest and dearest

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    Craft beer culture is in full swing at Props Brewery and Grill, where you'll find IPAs, lagers, pilsners, blonde ales, porters, stouts, and more, plus a variety of delicious dishes. The menu features starters like a giant pretzel or fried pickles, a range of sandwiches and wraps, and craft burgers like the half-pound fried pickle burger with jalapeno ranch.

    Of course, you can also enjoy seafood favourites like fish and chips or fish tacos. Lighter and vegetarian fare is available on the soup and salad menu.

    Location: 255 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE #19, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 850-586-7117

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    Asiago's Skillet

    Sit down for a seafood skillet breakfast

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    Asiago's Skillet is a popular local breakfast stop with a range of selections, from your classic basics to artisan-crafted meals. Some of the menu highlights include seasonal fruit bowls, a bagel and yoghurt, and, of course, a range of skillets featuring potatoes, eggs, cheese, steak, bacon, sausage, and even seafood like shrimp and seafood. Vegetarian options are available for those who aren't into meat.

    If you like eggs, you can enjoy a selection of unique omelettes as well, with everything from ham to chorizo and even bay shrimp and crab. If something sweet is your gig, go for the bananas foster.

    Location: 110 Amberjack Dr, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

    Open: Daily from 6 am to noon

    Phone: +1 850-586-7998

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    Rockin Tacos

    Try some fresh fusion with fish tacos and Mexican burgers

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    • Families

    Rockin Tacos offers Mexican fusion cuisine and is a top spot to find the Gulf shores favourite, Baja fish tacos, in a casual, laid-back setting. The restaurant serves up everything from tacos to Mexican burgers, local seafood, guac made with fresh local avocado, and, of course, a selection of house-made margaritas and speciality cocktails.

    No matter what you choose to sample here, the restaurant promises it will be a fiesta on a plate. It's also a family-friendly establishment, even into the late night.

    Location: 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 850-226-8226

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