Whether you are looking for some pre-party appetizers on New Year’s Eve or looking to escape the tyranny of the kitchen on Christmas Eve, South Walton and Destin have plenty of holiday dining options on the menu. Here are just some of the culinary experiences that are available.
723 Whiskey Bravo
3031 Scenic Highway 30A, Seagrove Beach
In the South, the holidays also mean college football bowl games. 723 Whiskey Bravo is the place to watch all the action no matter who you're cheering for. The restaurant will be open early for games and will have a special New Year's Eve buffet from 5 to 9 p.m. for sports fans and families who crave football prior to ensuing midnight celebrations. Because the holidays and football often go hand in hand, 723 Whiskey Bravo is kicking off the last night of 2012 with a hearty buffet including a slider bar of pork BBQ, crab cake and chef-carved roast beef plus wings and sides including the traditional black-eyed peas and turnip greens.
2743 East County Highway 30A
Seagrove Beach, Fl 32459
V Seagrove offers a relaxed eclectic atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor dining and a menu focused on fresh seafood and produce that is locally sourced. V has just been awarded the Golden Spoon Award for best new restaurant by Florida Trends Magazine. Chef David Cunningham offers the best of the best this holiday season. Check out Chef David's New Years Eve menu on their website.
Bentley's and Maddog's
10343 East County Highway 30A, Seacrest Beach
Bentley's & Maddog's is holiday central for the whole family. A 10-foot Christmas tree in the center of the restaurant is surrounded by toys and surprise treats for the kids. The Christmas Day buffet begins at noon and features turkey with all the trimmings, prime rib, ham in raisin sauce, crab legs, shrimp, Caesar salad and desserts. New Year's Eve opens at 4 p.m. with adult and kids menus followed by the perfect outdoor seating for Rosemary and Alys Beach fireworks including free wassail to keep the chill away. The New Year’s Eve party starts at 9:30 with live music, dancing, hats and horns, and a champagne toast at midnight.
3295 West County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach
Basmasti's serene, intimate atmosphere, for years, has provided a wonderful place for family and friend gatherings of all sizes and the seemingly effortless excellence makes Basmati's a must visit during the holiday season. Their unique menu, overseen by our inspired chef, bring seasonal offerings based on local availability, resulting in truly unsurpassed excellence. They are also offering a traditional "New Year's Eve Five Course Dinner."
A Culinary Christmas
Whether you’re looking for a fine Christmas meal out with your significant other or dinner for the whole family, select local restaurants will be serving merry patrons on Dec. 24 and 25. On such busy days, reservations are always appreciated.
West of the Walton County line, Beachwalk Café will serve on Christmas Eve, 5 to 7 p.m. and Christmas Day, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make reservations at 650-7100.
Ruht’s Chris Steakhouse in Destin will also be open the night before Christmas from 5 to 8 p.m.
Chef Tim Creehan’s Cuvee Bistro will be open Christmas Eve, 6 to 9 p.m., and Christmas Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., to serve a special holiday menu. Make reservations at 650-8900.
The Marlin Grill in Sandestin’s Village of Baytowne Wharf will be serving Christmas Day dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 351-1990.
Baytowne’s Lumpy’s Wine bar will serve the thirsty crowd 4 p.m. to midnight, while The Village Door will also satiate 5 p.m. to 2 p.m.
For more casual fare at Baytowne, Grin-go’s will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Hartell’s Village Diner will be open 3 to 10 p.m.
If you’re looking for more fun family entertainment, Blast Arcade and Laser Maze, Baytowne’s Adventure Zone, and Baytowne on Ice will be open 4 to 10 p.m.
Just over Highway 98 on the beach side of the resort, Sandcastles inside the Hilton will serve Christmas brunch 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fine-dining restaurant The Ocean Club will also be open and serving dinner 4 to 8 p.m. Make reservations at 267-3666.
At Grand Boulevard, Mitchell's Fish Market will be open Christmas Day, 1-7 p.m. They will be serving their regular menu, a surf and turf menu, a winter prix fixe menu and a Christmas prix fixe menu. Reservations are recommended, 650-2484.
On 30A, Christmas Day will be quality over quantity, with just a couple of restaurants open.
Grayt Coffee House in Grayton Beach will be open 8 to 11 a.m. with hot beverages and breakfast fare.
Join the chefs at Fish Out of Water at WaterColor Resort Christmas Day for dinner service 4 to 8 p.m. Make reservations at 534-5050.
Seaside’s Great Southern Café will open on Christmas Day at 5 p.m. for dinner. For information call 231-7327.
Rosemary Beach restaurants will be closed Dec. 25, but Onano Café will be open Christmas Eve, and the doors of Restaurant Paradis will be open Christmas Eve until 8 p.m.